I arrived at the scented air diffuser revolution a bit late, but now I’m a convert. Fragrant, attractive, and more reliable than candles, these mood setters can really change the aura of your home or office.
San Francisco-based Agraria was one of the first companies to capitalize on the power of room scent. Thirty years ago, Henri Bendel greeted shoppers with the brand’s Bitter Orange potpourri. Bergdorf Goodman followed in 1985.
But environmental fragrance has greatly evolved since the seventies. The new Agraria AirEssence ($110) diffuses scent through charming looking flowers sitting in a short crystal base filled with essential oils.
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Candlelight is the ultimate beauty secret. A woman never looks more than beautiful than when illuminated by the flickering glow. But whether tapers or pillars, Volcanica Candles stand out with such exceptional style. Mesmerizingly beautiful, each one is a unique work of art illuminated from within as the light shines through the decorative façade hand sculpted in Bali. Artisan-made each Volcanica candle reflects the time honored, world-renowned tradition of Balinese wood carving. Eco-friendly, fabricated from only natural ingredients indigenous to Bali, pure waxes from bees and palm trees, these candles are accessibly luxurious. An object of natural beauty, these unique candles add a touc
Air Wick Gentle Color Changing Candle ($6.99)
For decades, many a romance has started in the flattering glow of candlelight. And in recent years, scented candles have come to represent the ultimate in hostess and holiday gifts. In fact, you may have received one just yesterday. But like all good things, there has been progress. Firstly, scented candles have become regular consumer goods and the prices have become much more acceptable. And for me, the Air Wick Gentle Color Changing Candle ($6.99) has upped the ante with “new technology”—yup, even a candle can have this—because it actually changes color when lit! It’s quite magical. Okay the secret is that it’s run by an LED
The holidays are the perfect time to give back to your favorite charity – or to make a donation to a new one. A glowing way to start is with the purchase of a candle for a worthy cause. And there are a whole range of charities from which to choose – from child advocacy groups, AIDS and cancer research to dog and cat rescue shelters. Here are three celebrity-endorsed charities and three more with hearts of gold. Your holidays will be even more joyous when you give a gift that helps others.
AID AIDS WITH ELTON
Pop superstar Elton John has been working tirelessly f
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