A big hello to Soy Candle Lovers

If you”ll like to know more about me . . . here goes

I guess university is far back enough.

I went to Keele University in Staffordshire from where I graduated with a Bsc in biochemistry and management science.

My heart was always on cosmetics so I went on to study for a diploma in cosmetic science at the polytechnic of central London.

I then went on to work in the research and development department of various skincare, colour cosmetic and fragrance companies including Creightons, Lorien, Rimmel and Firmenich.

I had always known I wanted to own my cosmetic company and after 4 yrs in Firmenich I made the move, quit my job and here I am with Sentelle.

Not quite a cosmetic company yet but the plan is to add different product ranges gradually and soy cosmetics would be featuring along the way.

Soy candles are the first product range because I love candles and the first supplier I spoke to introduced me to soy candles.

 

soy pillars and soy jars

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Soy Candles By Sentelle in 7oz Lardes Jar Collection

The new range  launched by soy candles by sentelle are soy candles in the 7oz Lardes jar collection . . . they would initially be sold in 9 divine scents , 1 unscented and 1 essential oil.

Scented Candles

Lily of the Valley . . . this is the classic scent of delicate lily of the valley blooms dancing in the wind.

Green Tea & Jasmine . . . this fragrance is the rejuvenating aroma of the sweet fragrant green tea combined with the wonderfully romantic jasmine.

English Ivy . . . this is a clean , vibrant , embracing warm green scent.

Wild Fig & Ivy . . . this is the comforting scent of rich , ripe late season fig combined with the scent of fresh juicy melon.

White Gardenia . . . this is a beautiful floral scent with a lively lift.

Citrus Basil . . . this is an inspired combination of grapefruit , pineapple, pears rounded of with the scent of dew covered basil . . . perfect for citrus scent lovers.

Eucalyptus Spearmint . . . this is a combination of the cool and soothing scent of the eucalyptus plant with the refreshing aroma of mint leaves and an added slightly fruity tone.

Lemongrass & Sage . . . this is a blend of the sweetly scented lemongrass complemented with a bunch of freshly picked herbs of which the smell of sage is the strongest.

Raspberry & Patchouli . . . this is an inspired combination of the sweetly fresh smell of sun ripened raspberries with the rich, earthy and woody aroma of patchouli.

Unscented Candle

Perfect for when you want the ambience a candle creates but not the fragrance of a scented candle.

Aromatherapy Candle

Ylang Ylang . . . has an intensely sweet floral and heavy aroma , it is an aphrodisiac and it also soothes and uplifts .

You can read the full scent descriptions and buy any fragrance from the range by going to http://www.sentelle.co.uk/products.asp?cat=16

 

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Exclusive Stylish Jar Design For Soy Candles By Sentelle

This is what is now happening in Sentelle . . . in May 2011 it was decided that all Sentelle jars would have an exclusive design etched on them, this is because Sentelle jars do not have outer packaging as we want to stay true to the eco-friendly credentials of soy candles by Sentelle and we also hope our customers would like the etched stylish design in place of outer packaging.

The first jar to “showcase” the etched stylish design is the 7oz Lardes jar.

Stylish design on Soy Candle by Sentelle jars

This is an image of the 7oz Lardes jar with soy candle scented with the White Gardenia fragrance.

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Sentelle First Stop For Soy Wax Candles Part 2

Following on from the previous blog which started to give details about the development and creation of soy candles by Sentelle.

For the soy pillars;

I make sure the fragrance oils and essential oils are delivered to candle manufacturers who use 100% soy wax , the soy pillars are then made in my chosen colours and fragrance oils and in the case of the aromatherapy soy pillars they are made colourless with essential oils.

For the soy jars;

I  make sure the jars, fragrance oils and essential oils are delivered to candle manufacturers who use 100% soy wax the soy candles are then made in my chosen colours and fragrance oils and in the case of the aromatherapy soy candles they are made colourless with the essential oils.

Unfortunately a soy candle with as little as 40% soy wax mixed with for example paraffin wax can still be called a soy candle.

Alot of candle makers take this option as pure soy wax is very soft and a quick shortcut to make the candles harder is to add for example parrafin wax also blends are cheaper to make.

Here at Sentelle we believe this kind of defeats the point .

Soy candles by Sentelle only use 100% soy wax because we believe if you have made the switch to soy candles because of its benefits then you want soy candles made with 100% soy wax to ensure you have all the benefits.

The stylish jars with its divinely scented soy candle or aromatherapy soy candle or pillar is then sent to me and I label them up ready to be bought and sent to you so that you can enjoy the wonderful scent throw of the scented soy candles or the therapeutic benefits of the aromatherapy soy candle.

 

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Sentelle First Stop For Soy Wax Candles Part 1

I am often asked if I make my soy candles and I often see the face of the person who asked drop when I say no, but even though I do not  make the soy candles . I am involved in the development and creation of soy candles by Sentelle.

For the soy pillars;

I choose the size of the pillars I want .

I choose  the fragrances and essential oils from manufacturers of pure fragrances oils and unadulterated essential oils .

I choose the colour of the pillar for example the Lemongrass and Sage fragrance is a  yellow -green colour.

The pillars are sold without outer packaging in order for sentelle to stay true to the eco-friendly credentials of its soy candles.

 I design the little label that gives customers information on how to get the best from burning the pillar and also the fragrance or essential oil name.

For the soy jars ;

I choose the glass jars from manufacturers of stylish glass jars. Sentelle is a trendy, stylish brand and a plain cup would not sit well with the brand.

Also because Sentelle has to be true to the eco-friendly credentials of its soy candles the jars have to be beautiful and stylish in order to stand alone without any outer packaging.

The exclusive etched design on the sentelle jars makes the jars even more stylish.

I choose the fragrances and essential oils from manufacturers of pure fragrance oils and unadulterated essential oils, and I finalise my choices after asking customers what fragrances and essential oils they like.

I choose the colour of the candle to match the fragrance for example the freesia fragrance is a pale lilac colour.

I design the swing tags that gives customers information about the benefits of soy candles and also the fragrance or essential oil name.

 

solid 100% soy wax pillar

8oz Olympus jar with 100% soy candle scented with freesia fragrance

 

7oz Lardes jar with 100% soy candle scented with green tea and jasmine fragrance

 

 
 
To read more about the development and creation of soy candles by Sentelle please read the next blog.
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A Soy Wax Candle For Romantic Nights

 

In this blog we suggest that the way to build a stronger relationship is to have romantic nights in

It could be said that a night at home with your loved one is the ultimate in romance – it takes planning, care and imagination.  Whereas a meal at a restaurant followed by drinks at a bar couldn’t be more formulaic.

Here’s how to make your home a haven for true romance:

The way to his/her heart

Food is a crucial ingredient for a romantic night in.  Don’t serve a ready meal on a lap tray – get creative.  Search the Internet for delicious recipe ideas that you know you can handle – a starter, main course and dessert will really sweep your partner off their feet and make them feel truly spoiled.

If music be the food of love….

Plan ahead and create a playlist that will set the right mood for the occasion – upbeat tunes to start with, followed by mellow music for dinner and beyond.

Dress the part

Just because you’re staying in, don’t be sloppy with your clothes.  Dress to the nines to show your partner you care about looking your best for them. 

A romantic flick

An after-dinner movie may be a good way to unwind and snuggle into each other’s arms.  Who needs the cinema?  Set the mood with popcorn and settle down for a film that you’ll both enjoy.  If you share a love of comedy, go for laughs, or if you’re both hopeless romantics, choose a classic love story.

Ambience is everything

Dim the lighting and surround the room with beautiful scented candles for a soft glow and a sensual fragrance.  If you really want to impress, go for scented soy wax candles like those found at http://www.sentelle.co.uk/soy-candles.asp 

They have a natural base that holds the fragrance for longer.  And you’ll earn “green” kudos, as they are made from soya bean oil, a natural, renewable resource that doesn’t give off toxins like manmade candles.  Whatever you do, keep a wide berth of paraffin wax candles, which could kill the mood with their “burnt petrol” smell or, worse, give your partner a headache!  

Below is the image of the 6oz Tureen jar red door fragrance found at http://www.sentelle.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=TJreddoor  . . . one of the romantic scents sentelle retails.

100% soy candle in red door type fragrance100% soy candle in red door type fragrance

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Seven Wonders of Soy Candles Part 2

 

In this blog we would talk about the last three seven wonders of soy candles and explain how a simple little luxury of burning soy candles can enhance your life.

Scented candles are an essential for your home.  The softness of candlelight aids relaxation and romance and a delicate fragrance completes the recipe for sensual pleasure. There are different ways we can enjoy our candle, but did you know that swapping your usual candles for soy wax candles could bring added benefits?  Here are seven ways that soy wax candles can bring you joy:

A calm, creative working environment

Inject an inspiring atmosphere into your workspace by using citrus scented soy candles, which enhance alertness.  Far better for you than gallons of coffee and more conducive to creative thinking.  And you don’t need to be distracted by your green conscience – soy candles are made from hydrogenated soybean oil, which is natural, renewable and biodegradable.

 A tool for house sales

In these uncertain times, you need all the help you can get to sell a house.  So de-clutter, put on some fresh coffee, fill the house with fresh flowers and light a few scented soy candles.  Your home will be a cacophony of colour and fragrance – working its seductive spell on potential buyers.

 Romance and drama at a wedding reception

A candle lit reception is the ultimate romantic touch for a wedding.  Scented soy candles in  beautiful glass jars dotted around the venue will add sparkle to the occasion. Once the tables have been decorated, light the candles for at least an hour before the guests arrive to fill the room with a romantic scent.

To enjoy the atmospheric and sensual benefits of candles without negative effects, use candles made from soy. 

There are many benefits of soy candles:  They are clean burning, so they don’t produce soot; they have a pure fragrance, which is slowly released without losing intensity; they are made from a natural, renewable source – soybean oil; and they don’t produce toxins or carcinogens, so you can breathe the air safely.

And here is our hot tip:

With soy candles, as with all of the finer things in life, quality and performance go hand in hand.  So choose 100% soy wax candles made from high quality soya beans.  Sentelle scented soy candles are a fine example.  They come in beautiful packaging, making them a lovely gift or treat.  They are available in a variety of colours and fragrances and can be purchased at www.sentelle.co.uk.

Four different soy candles by sentelle in red

Red Soy Candles By Sentelle

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Seven Wonders of Soy Wax Candles Part 1

In this blog we would talk about four of the seven wonders of soy candles and explain how a simple little luxury of burning soy candles can enhance your life.

Scented candles are an essential for your home.  The softness of candlelight aids relaxation and romance and a delicate fragrance completes the recipe for sensual pleasure. There are different ways we can enjoy our candle, but did you know that swapping your usual candles for soy wax candles could bring added benefits?  Here are seven ways that soy wax candles can bring you joy:

         A relaxing soak

Immerse yourself in a deep bath drizzled with your favourite bubble bath or bath oil.  Surround the bath with aromatherapy soy candles and enjoy an indulgent 45-minute soak.  Soy candles are clean burning so they won’t leave sooty marks on your bathtub.  And the slow release fragrance means you’ll never smell burning, just a wonderful, subtle scent.

         Time to chill

After a long, hard day, put on your favourite tunes, switch off harsh lights, lie back on the couch and surround your living room with your favourite scented soy candles.  Keep distractions such as TV and phones turned off and lose yourself in music and fragrance for one perfect hour.  Soy candles last 50% longer than paraffin candles so you can rest assured they’ll keep on burning.

       Bedroom bliss

If you’re enjoying an early night, or a little romance, candlelight is the best way to create a sensual atmosphere in your bedroom.  Light a few essential oil soy candles with your favourite scent and enjoy.  You don’t have to worry about wax spills on your bedroom carpet – unlike paraffin wax candles, soy wax candles are water-soluble so you can clean stains with soap and water.

       Dinner party ambience

If you’re having a dinner party, light gourmet soy candles one hour before guests arrive to fill your home with a warm, welcoming scent.  In the dining room, opt for a subtle fragrance that complements the food you are serving.  An exotic dish may call for a fruity-floral, while a Chinese dish may suit a musky scent.  Remember to blow out scented candles before serving food.

To enjoy the atmospheric and sensual benefits of candles without negative effects, use candles made from soy. 

There are many benefits of soy candles:  They are clean burning, so they don’t produce soot; they have a pure fragrance, which is slowly released without losing intensity; they are made from a natural, renewable source – soybean oil; and they don’t produce toxins or carcinogens, so you can breathe the air safely.

And here is our hot tip:

With soy candles, as with all of the finer things in life, quality and performance go hand in hand.  So choose100% soy wax candles made from high quality soya beans.  Sentelle scented soy candles are a fine example.  They come in beautiful packaging, making them a lovely gift or treat.  They are available in a variety of colours and fragrances and can be purchased at www.sentelle.co.uk.

soy candles by sentelle in beautiful glass jars

soy candles by sentelle

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Soy Wax Candle and Bay Essential Oil

Bay (Pimenta racemosa

Origins

Roman emperors wore sprigs of bay, known as Laurus nobilis (Roman Laurel), not only as a sign of wealth, but to ward off evil spirits. Greek priestesses chewed the leaves for their soporific effect, and after gastronomic banquets it was chewed as a breath freshener.

Description

Popular as a culinary herb, bay is an attractive evergreen shrub whose shiny leathery leaves produce clusters of yellowish-green flowers in spring. The spicy-smelling oil is extracted from the leaves and is yellowish-brown in colour.

Therapeutic effects

As a pulmonary antiseptic, it helps relieve bronchitis, colds and flu. Also used to aid digestion and sleep, to soothe rheumatic aches and pains, and as a general tonic.

Uses

Inhalation, baths, massages. Widely used in perfume and exotic bath essences for its uplifting effects 

Cautionary note

Avoid during pregnancy

As a guide Bay which is a Relaxing oil and is good for

  • Rheumatism
  • Bronchitis
  • Body Odour
  • Arthritis

For the treatment of persistent problems please seek the advice of a qualified aromatherapist. Chronic conditions should be referred to a medical practitioner.

Rose, geranium, orange and lavender are pleasing and uplifting scents for a room.

A good way of receiving the therapeutic benefits of essential oils is through the use of aromatherapy candles (candle plus essential oils).

The best aromatherapy candles are based on pure essential oils, high quality soy candles and cotton wicks.

 

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Soy Wax Candle and Basil Essential Oil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)  

Origins

Basil was used in baths and body massage by ancient Greek nobles for its fragrant perfume. The Egyptians used the aromatic fragrance in their offerings to the gods and also mixed it with essences of myrrh and incense to embalm bodies.

Description

Native of Africa and the Seychelles and now grown as a popular culinary herb in Europe, it can grow up to three feet (90cm) in height and has small white flowers. The essence is distilled from the leaves and is a light greenish-yellow with sweet green overtones, its aroma is clear, spicy , sweet and fresh

Therapeutic effects

Ideal for Awakening, Clarifying, Decongestive, Stimulating, Strengthening, Uplifting.

Uses  

Inhalation, baths and massage. It has both hot and cold qualities. When used in the bath or smoothed over the body it has an invigorating effect – great for sluggish skin and pepping up circulation. Combined with other oils such as thyme it also acts as a powerful antiseptic.

As a guide Basil which is a good Relaxing and Stimulating oil depending on percentage in mixture is good for

  • Relieves muscle spasms (cramp) , gout , arthritis and rheumatism
  • Use after exercise for tired muscles
  • Recommended for delayed menstruations , scanty periods and menstrual cramps
  • Recommended for digestive disorders
  • Highly beneficial for relieving difficult and painful digestion
  • Probably one of the best nerve tonics as basil uplifts , clarifies , strengthens and restores
  • Relieves nervous tension , depression and nervous exhaustion
  • Use for mental fatigue and inability to concentrate as it is reputed to clear the head
  • All respiratory problems including asthma , bronchitis , coughs , colds and whooping cough
  • Excellent for clearing the head
  • Use for catarrh , earache , nasal polyps , rhinitis , sinusitis , head colds , headaches and migraines
  • Useful for flatulence , gastric spasms , nausea and vomiting
  • Effective as an insect repellent especially for wasps and mosquitoes

 

For the treatment of persistent problems please seek the advice of a qualified aromatherapist. Chronic conditions should be referred to a medical practitioner.

Cautionary note

A powerful depressant if over-used. Use in low dilution with sensitive skin. Also best to avoid during pregnancy

A good way of receiving the therapeutic benefits of essential oils is through the use of aromatherapy candles (candle plus essential oils).

The best aromatherapy candles are based on pure essential oils, high quality soy candles and cotton wicks.

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