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SMELL

"Smell seems to be the sense of singularity. Forms reappear, invariant or recurrent, harmonies are transformed, stable across variations, specificity is countersigned by aroma. With our eyes closed, our ears stopped, feet and hands bound, lips sealed, we can still identify, years later and from a thousand other smells, the undergrowth of such and such a place in a particular season at sunset, just before a rain storm, or the room where feed corn was kept, or cooked prunes in September, or a woman."  Philosopher Michel Serres, The Five Senses I have always desired a life of bohemian ambience and find myself immersing in this aesthetic more and more. The garden surrounding the house where I live is overflowing with...

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TOP TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CANDLE

1. Make sure the wick is trimmed to approx. 3-5mm to ensure a smaller flame, longer burn time and less soot (the width of your little finger is a great guide). Any small pair of scissors can be used to trim, however a pair of 'wick trimmers' is absolutely ideal.  Use regularly to prevent the candle producing excess smoke and to keep the candle glass clean.  2. For the first burn, burn your candle for 2-3 hours to enable the wax pool to melt out to the edge of the jar (or as close as possible - this will vary with each candle as each fragrance reacts differently and not all will melt all the way out to the glass for...

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NATURAL vs. MAN-MADE scent

Scent mysteriously unfolds within us. Read on to discover the journey of fragrance from naturals to synthetics. Lisoire chooses natural botanical scents, adding these to soy wax, creating an olfactory journey of delight.  Natural essences, essential oils, live in plants and can be extracted by various means. They are volatile aromatic compounds whose molecules become airborne and reach our nose. Different parts of the same plant can sometimes smell completely different, such as; the blossoms of the orange tree can render neroli and orange flower absolute, bitter orange oil from the fruit rind and petitgrain from the leaves and twigs. Essential oils can be extracted by pressing rinds and others are extracted by the gentler method of distillation with water...

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How natural is the wax in your Soy Candle?

Soy wax candles aren't all the same and it is important to know what your are buying and burning. Not all soy candles are created equal or made with non-GMO responsibly sourced Soy Wax. Many are labelled "Natural" or as "Vegetable" wax blends when in fact this can mean there are hidden additives within the scented candles you purchase. More often than not, the soy candle wax you are burning, may contain a blend of soy and palm wax, and even worse it may contain paraffin wax also. For reasons of personal health and wellbeing and for the state of our planet it is wise to do your research if wishing to purchase soy only wax candles. A little candle history:...

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