With Summer Solstice fast approaching, we are now fully into the summer season. I often recommend to customers to switch up your home fragrance as the seasons change. It’s a simple and effective way to update your interior and infuse new energy into your abode.
I'm frequently asked what my favorite scent of the moment is. Warm weather, outdoor pursuits and abundant sunshine call for something fresh and light. One of the hottest fragrance trends for this summer is a crisp citrus scent. I custom blended the perfect summer fragrance to hit just those notes. Luxey Maison’s Star Ruby with an accord of grapefruit and verbena is vibrant, fresh and exudes summertime sparkle. It’s available in our online store as a candle and scented oil reed diffuser. I’ve been burning Star Ruby constantly in the workshop, and guests have been enchanted by its refreshing scent.
If you’re looking for something bright and beautiful indoors and out, I recommend Star Ruby for your summer fragrance. Like a catchy summer song, this scent hits all the right notes.
Founder, Luxey Maison
What's better than 1? How about TWO DAYS of fun at West Elm Palo Alto!!
We're back so join us this weekend for our latest pop-up. Shop the full collection, pick up unique gifts for Dad and grads, and chat with the maker. See you starting at 12 noon on both days! #shoplocal
Happy Earth Day! Today is a reminder of what a beautiful, precious planet we inhabit and an opportunity to incorporate greener practices into our everyday lives. This month’s expert home fragrance tip is ever so appropriate for the occasion plus read on for details about a new contest we’re launching!
Tip #4: Reuse the Vessel
“Modern”... “elegant”... “simple chic.” Yes, our customers rave about our gorgeous packaging but did you know Luxey Maison candle and diffuser vessels were consciously designed to be reused? Or that our packing chips are biodegradable? We’re proud Californians after all, and it’s important for us to do our part to reduce waste. We’ve created some hacks to upcycle your used Luxey Maison vessels and give them new life.
Candles: A candle has reached its max burn time once it has burned down to 1” of wick. Our pure soy wax makes it easy to clean the vessel. Carefully pour hot water into the vessel and let it sit long enough for the wax to soften. Loosen the metal wick holder from the bottom and discard. Pour out the water and scoop out the softened wax. Hand wash the vessel with soap and warm water to remove remaining pieces of wax. Rinse and wipe dry. Your vessel is now ready to reuse.
Diffusers: Our diffuser vessel can similarly be repurposed. Once the diffuser oil has evaporated, dispose of your used diffuser reeds. Pour about one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol into the vessel to rinse out any remnants of oil. Give the vessel a gentle shake side-to-side to clean the interior and then pour out the alcohol. Repeat if the vessel still has oil. Allow the vessel to dry before reuse.
Some customers have used their candle vessels as water tumblers, succulent planters, and makeup brush holders. We’ve even seen the diffuser vessels reused as cute terrariums. What creative way have you reused your vessel? Post your image to Instagram, tag @luxeymaison and use #myluxey. We’ll repost our favorite uses all month long and choose one lucky contest participant at the end of May to receive a free gift*!
*Contest winner must have a US shipping address to receive free gift.
Luxey Maison is thrilled to partner with home décor retailer, West Elm in Palo Alto for an exclusive pop-up this Saturday. Stop by starting 10am and shop our full collection including newly released Spring scents. It will be the ultimate sensory experience, and you don't want to miss it. À bientôt!
We hope you've been enjoying our Expert Home Fragrance Tips. Our goal with the series is to educate fellow candle aficionados and share our passion for home fragrance with the community.
As previewed in Tip #2, we're pleased to announce you can now purchase our Candle Wick Trimmers online. This must-have tool is available in Matte Black and Rose Gold colors. As a special gift to our customers, all online orders $125+ will receive one complimentary Wick Trimmer. This bonus offer is available for a limited time!
Tip #3: Burn Baby Burn
While it may be tempting to burn a scented candle all day long, the recommended burn time is only 3-4 hours in one sitting. This allows for a more controlled and even burn. If you experience excessive "mushrooming" (when the wick begins to tilt and bloom), you are likely burning your candle for too long. Be sure to extinguish it after 4 hours of continued use and wait for the flame to be fully out before leaving the candle unattended.
Also, it's important to always burn your candle on a heat safe surface and keep your burning candle away from drafts. Besides being a fire hazard, drafts will push the candle to consume more energy, and in turn, reduce the life of your scented candle.
Last month we introduced a new series on our expert home fragrance tips. You can check out the first one here. It's been wonderful to hear from our customers how much they enjoyed the first installment so now we're back to share more.
Tip #2: Watch the Wick
Before you burn any candle, ensure your wick is trimmed. A new Luxey Maison candle comes pre-trimmed at the optimal wick length. A candle wick should be at ¼ of an inch before each burn. Any longer and you risk a very hot, uncontrollable flame and any shorter the wick will be too close to the wax and not fully ignite. If you’re a candle enthusiast, it’s worth buying a proper wick trimmer like the gorgeous ones made by Wickman. We'll soon offer these on luxeymaison.com! The benefits of a properly trimmed wick are less smoke and soot when you blow out the flame.
Another clever method to reduce smoke when extinguishing the flame is to dip the wick. Simply use a long metal object to push the burning wick into the melted wax pool. Once the flame is out, lift the wick back into an upright position. Trim your wick after you've fully extinguished the candle and the wax has had a chance to cool.
You're likely a pretty savvy candle user. You know what scents you favor, and you’re already educated on the benefits of soy wax vs. paraffin. That’s all there is to know about candles, right? Maybe not. You might have been missing some key steps in candle burning. There is so much more to proper candle usage other than lighting it and letting it burn.
Luckily, Luxey Maison is here to elevate your luxury candle game. This month we will begin a series on candle and diffuser tips to help you get the most out of your prestige home fragrance investment.
Tip #1: The first burn
The first burn is a crucial step not to be overlooked. If you want to prolong your candle, it is recommended you do not burn it for hours on end in the first use. A brand new candle should be lit and enjoyed for about one hour and then extinguish the flame. This is very important and the step even the most seasoned candle users tend to miss.
Why only one hour? It gives the candle a chance to form a top layer of melted wax and produce an even burn the next time it is lit. Candle wax has a memory and that first, even layer will mean optimal burn the next time around.
Still haven't checked off all the gifts on your list? Don't fret! We'll be at the Fourth Street Maker's Row in Berkeley this Saturday from 11am-5pm. Recently featured in USA Today, Maker's Row is the place to "pick up a one-of-a-kind piece and meet the person who actually created it before they become one of the big names themselves." Sample and purchase every single scent in our collection including ones not yet released or sold out on luxeymaison.com. Pop-up shop customers will receive a bonus treat with purchase. Can't wait to see you tomorrow!
Saturday, December 15th- 11am to 5pm
Pop-up @ Fourth Street Maker's Row in Berkeley, CA
(Entrance on Fifth Street behind SoulCycle and Anthropologie)
Candles and diffusers make the perfect holiday gift. All Luxey Maison products are handcrafted and some, like our reed diffusers, are made to order. To ensure you have ample time to send your gifts, please refer to our holiday shipping guidelines below. We will do our best to accommodate last minute orders by offering local pick up or the option to pay for express delivery, but the further away you are from San Francisco, CA the less time you have. Short on time or can't decide? We now offer Luxey Maison e-gift cards which can be emailed directly to the recipient.
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Happy Holidays from Luxey Maison!