Candles, candles, candles

This past week I have been down with a really bad cold.

I was tired and exhausted. Emotionally and physically drained. I was better and then suddenly feeling bad again. Being sick is so stressful to me as I have so much on my plate. I had this overwhelming feeling of leaving so many things undone behind that it literally gave me so much anxiety.

I find that hot tea and candles make me relax. They are my best medicine. Yes, CANDLES. They make my house so cosy and charming. So when I am down with a cold, I light all my candles at night, and have a sip of my most beloved tea.

As I am starting to feel better, it comes to mind that Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Even though I do not have a valentine this year, I am looking forward to this magical day. This year we will cook for a friend that has her birthday on Valentine’s day and was feeling sad and alone.

That’s what friends are for right? So I bought some special candles to warm her heart up.

These candles are simply amazing you guys. They set the relaxing ambiance and it can also be very romantic for that special person on valentines day! ( In this case, that special friend in need of much love! )

Candles can be great for when your stressed and need to relax – have lots of them close to your bathtub! – or if you just want that wonderful smell in your house. I love to light a candle on my bathroom when I am doing my make-up. It always set the mood of my day 😉

I highly recommend these amazing candles.

I asked Joy, this super cool and nice lady that produces them, to tell us a little about her candles. They are made in Australia and are so good. So enjoy!



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MANGO MADNESS – Essence of Summer – days of sunshine in a tropical escape. Enjoy this intoxicating creamy fruity blend of juicy sun-ripened island mangoes with tropical hints of pineapple and sweet peach nectar rounded out perfectly with fleshy papaya and coconut cream. Top notes are cinnamon and musk; middle notes are coconut milk, and base notes are mango, papaya, apple sugar and vanilla caramel. Additional notes of rose, jasmine, lily and vanilla bean enhance the scent of summer fruits with a delicate bouquet.

PEAR PARADISE – Essence of Autumn – a warm, comforting and spicy blend of French pear, hot baked apple pie covered with brown sugar and cinnamon and embraced in a tasty crust with a heady scent of cinnamon bark and warm clove. Top notes are cinnamon, black clove and nutmeg; middle notes are tangy apple, pear, plum and light citrus and base notes of sweet candied pear. Other notes of fig, quince, brown sugar and vanilla round out this warm, sultry Autumn fragrance.

BANANARAMA – Essence of Fruity Fun – creamy banana, smooth with a caramel swirl of passion berry evokes childhood memories of this playful concoction, delicious fruity scents of banana complimented by a sweet creamy vanilla fragrance. Top notes are ripe banana and creamy coconut; middle notes are caramel passion berries, apple and lemon rind and base notes are honey, caramel and maple syrup. This delicious banana scent with the subtle allure of tropical coconut will have you going bananas wanting more of this divine dessert.

PASSION FRUITY – Essence of Passion Pop – a fresh and lively tropical blend of luscious exotic fruits. Top notes are passionfruit, papaya and pink grapefruit; middle notes are paw paw, peach and green apple and base notes are citrus lemon, lime and orange. Subtle hints of peach, mango and blackcurrant make this delicious fruit cocktail pop with liveliness and great zest.

WATERED MELON – Essence of Oceania – long hot summer days lazing on the beach breathing in the fresh, ozone crisp salt-watered coastal ocean breeze and refreshing juicy watermelon. Top notes are orange blossom, bergamot, sparkling berries and citrus; middle notes are watermelon, aqua, sea spray and melon, base notes are strawberry, lilac, driftwood, waterlily and apple musk make this fresh aquatic marine fragrance a delightful blend of soft watery melon fruits that will evoke strong sea beach scents of youthful happiness and joy.

DRAGON’S BLOOD ORANGE – Essence of Mystery – this potent and earthly alluring blend brings this mysterious fragrance from the Amazon to the depths of your senses. With warming notes of amber, incense, Madagascar vanilla and patchouli, this fragrance is lightened up with layers of romantic notes such as rose, jasmine and lilac, in a sensual, deep blend of dragon’s blood/orange and grapefruit. Top Notes are, blood orange, tangerine peel and tamarind; middle notes are Satsuma Flower and lychee and base notes are coconut milk, white pepper and musk. The sweet smell of orange flower and herbal pepper captures this gorgeous tangy mysterious resin, bringing the Amazon forest alive to enlighten and energise you.

SPRING BLOSSOM – Essence of Spring – a soft floral bouquet walking through a forest of spring blossoms with gentle leafy tones of delightfully fresh cut flowers. Top notes are crisp magnolia, gardenia, pearl tuberose and freesia blossoms; middle notes are soft florals, creamy vanilla, jasmine, rose and white frangipani and base notes are green foliage, lily and pink magnolia. This crisp, sweet and enticingly romantic floral aroma of blossoming flowering plants will evoke your favourite spring memories in abundance.

ENCHANTED ROSE – Essence of Romance – a modern and sophisticated aroma of freshly cut roses that opens and envelops you with classic majestic rose petals in bloom. Top Notes are rose, geranium, bergamot, saffron and black pepper; middle notes are Victorian rose, clove leaf, cinnamon bark and nutmeg and base notes are oud wood, white musk, amber patchouli and vanilla. This elegant floral tribute to the rose will surround you in an intense bouquet of red rose buds that ignite great love and passion to be celebrated every day and not just on special occasions.

SPA DAY – Essence of Relaxation – unwind and get pampered, let your senses drift away and tension fade as you embark on a journey of mind, body and soul enabling a feeling of wellbeing to envelop you. An overall fresh aroma with a cool water accord, clean spearmint, zesty orange rind combine perfectly with green pear, crisp cucumber and hints of mimosa flower and ginger root. Top notes are Lime, cucumber, violet and rustic amber; middle notes are East Indian sandalwood, jasmine, rose crystals and herbal clary sage and base notes are Lily of the Valley, French lavender, melon and light musk. This cleansing fragrance will give you the tranquillity, zen and peace of mind reminiscent of a day at the spa.

VELVETY VANILLA – Essence of Comfort – a warm traditionally wholesome aroma that fills the senses with the sweet and buttery classic waft of French vanilla velvety ice cream swirls. Top notes are vanilla bean, cream and musk; middle notes are brown sugar and vanilla crème, base notes are malt and buttermilk. Additional notes of cocoa butter, toasted coconut and caramelised sugar makes this velvety smooth, sweet and rich delicious milky blend of vanilla will bring this nostalgic scent to capture you like the warmth in a cool breeze.

CRÈME CARAMEL – Essence of Indulgence – a decadent dessert blend of rich buttery caramel, infused with pear, spiced clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Enriched with sweet and salty buttery caramel this sweet scent is balanced perfectly with rich creamy vanilla bean, coconut and tonka bean. Top notes are creamy caramel, salted buttery toffee and creamed butter; middle notes are brown sugar, milk and almond, base notes are vanilla bean, amber and maple making this an edible, dreamy and delectably smelling dessert sensation of a burnt caramelised brown sugar crust with a lush creamy custard centre.

LEMON MERINGUE PIE – Essence of Lemon Lusciousness – a tangy, citrus dessert favourite smells good enough to eat with its zesty lemon, lime and bergamot icing, creamy notes of buttermilk, coconut and heliotrope all whisked well in a melt in your mouth pastry base of hazelnut and vanilla meringue. Top notes are; lemon zest and roasted hazelnut, middle notes are pineapple, caramel and brown sugar, base notes are vanilla, malt, tonka bean and musk make this zingy lemon delight with fluffy light folds on a warm pie base a delectable dessert that will leave you wanting more.

CHOCO – LATTE – Essence of Decadence – a warm café vibe of smooth creamy chocolate with a rich roasted coffee base. Top notes are Belgian chocolate, hazelnut, fudge brownie; middle notes are vanilla, buttermilk and malt, base notes are dark rich ground coffee beans. This heady dessert is a wonderful concoction of soft hazelnut chocolate, cappuccino, fresh dark roasted coffee-bean fragrance with a touch of tiramisu scented espresso dipped ladyfingers, whipped cream, marsala and cocoa powder makes this a must have for all chocolate and coffee lovers.
*Note, this can also be made into CHOCO-HOLIC (just pure chocolate – or CAFÉ LATTE as coffee only)

PEACHY BELLINI – Essence of Celebration – the lively fun of peachy sparkling cocktails enjoyed at poolside parties bathed in sunlight with friends, capturing the fresh ripe uplifting bursts of juicy fruits with bubbly champagne. An effervescent fruity blend of pineapple, grapefruit and peach coupled with mango, rhubarb and brown sugar. Top notes of white peach nectar and pomegranate; middle notes of orange blossom, jasmine and cyclamen and base notes of leafy green with undertones of musk and vanilla bean. Sensual and vibrant, fruity tossed bubbles of happiness will take you to your own private sanctuary of little Italy.

PRETTY PINK LEMONADE – Essence of Youth – recapture your childhood with this memory provoking fragrance of warm summer days with refreshing pink bubbles of playful sparkling fun and pretty pop fizz. Delightfully effervescent, this fruity blend bursting with pink grapefruit, cherry and lemon, with pineapple and peach, rhubarb and brown sugar. Top notes of lemon, orange and red currant; middle notes of sweet raspberry, ripe strawberries, blueberry, apple and lime and base notes of creamy vanilla, buttermilk and malt. This sweet, mouth-watering and tart classic with summer berry goodness is a fantastic blast for spring/summer rounding out pretty pink liveliness reminiscent of fun, unbridled days of nostalgic youth and zest.

ISLAND ESCAPE – Essence of a Tropical Island Paradise – endless lazy days in a hammock surrounded by tranquil coconut palm trees reminiscent of idyllic destinations of lush beauty. Top notes are pineapple, coconut cream and lime; middle notes are papaya, peach, vanilla and almond and base notes are tangerine, ruby guava, white musk, frangipani and lemon zest. This vivacious, idyllic blend of ripe fruity, floral spiced scents of coconut, pineapple and mango will take you to your own oasis of vast tropical destinations and endless white sandy beaches bathed amidst the warmth of a heavenly island retreat.

AUSTRALIANA – Essence of the Australian Bush – with herbaceous floral and fauna this delightfully earthy, woody toned scent is filled with crisp zesty florals. Top notes are lemon myrtle, pine, fir needle and orange peel; middle notes are eucalyptus, banksia, honey and sweet rose, base notes are cyclamen, star jasmine and bergamot. This herbal orchard of citrus and floral fusion will invigorate and take you straight into the headiness of outback Australia.

ORIENTAL ODYSSEY – Essence of Exotic Thailand – busy open air markets of fresh fragrant produce and exotic spiced scents that are complex and warm. Top notes are Lemongrass, lime and green tea; middle notes are grapefruit, mango, kaffir lime and orange zest and base notes are ginger, coriander and coconut cream. The heady opulent scents of the orient along with vibrant zesty aromas will take you on a journey of fresh fragrant Asian fusion to oriental destinations of delectable delights.

BEACH BUM – Essence of a Sandy Beach – Long hot days, cool sea haze, surfing is fun being out in the sun then lazing on the warm sands of your favourite beachside bay, boardwalks, sea shores, sandcastles with sea gulls hovering, sea salted ocean air, sandy hair bumming around without a care, while feeling alive and hanging five. Top notes are sea spray, lemon peel and driftwood; middle notes are sea kelp, musk and bergamot and base notes are apple, French lavender and Indonesian clove oil. This sandy beach scent is reminiscent of the sea shells on the sea shore that will leave you wanting more.

50 SHADES OF HIM – Essence of Masculinity – suave, stylish and sexy, this powerful alluring masculine musky aftershave fragrance will send your senses into overdrive. Top notes are bergamot, mandarin, green apple and lime; middle notes are tobacco, sea spray and rosewood and base notes are patchouli, cedarwood, leather and musk with the smoky undertones of warm leather, fruity hints of blood plum and a bold finish of oakmoss. Sharp, spicy, alluring, this deep and rich woody musk aroma with earthy vetiver ensures that there are no less than 50 shades of this bold blend of sensuous masculinity.

SCENT OF A WOMAN – Essence of Femininity – sophisticated, sparkling and sensual, this timeless floral feminine perfumed fragrance enhances the elegance and class of a lady. Top notes are bergamot, lemon, ylang ylang and peach; middle notes are jasmine, iris, violet and rose and base notes are passionfruit, peony and white musk. This playful perfumed tantalising fragrance serves to spotlight her natural beauty and true scent of a woman that exudes confidence, beauty and glamour all day every day.

The Essence of Joy Collection features 21 luxury uniquely scented signature blends to create intoxicatingly stunning aromas that truly complement each other capturing the essence of Joy, happiness, health and wellbeing, with a modern and lively twist. Our 350g candles are strong and multi scented using only premium fragrance oils containing natural ingredients for a 60hr burn using the highest quality pure organic soy non-toxic wax and 100% natural lead-free cotton double wicks and are carefully hand poured and handmade in Australia with love and Joy. Shine a light and spread the Joy!

* All candles are $24.95 or in store for $28.95. For further information or orders please contact Joy on: 0431 333 185 or enquire at Healthy Life, Stockland Balgowlah.

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