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Monday, June 11, 2012

Organic Home Fragrance: NuboNau Trinity Candle in Refresh

Is it possible to create a luxury spa-quality candle with all of the proven aromatherapeutic benefits of natural, certified organic essential oils, with all the sophistication you desire, and none of the cliche trappings of aromatherapy (i.e. health food store smell, hippie, kitschy, crunchy)? Oh, yeah. It is.

NuboNau Organika candles are beautiful  in their simplicity, like a neutral-color Calvin Klein sheath dress for your personal environment. They burn cleanly and evenly, and the scent throw is excellent, yet it's never overwhelming. Each candle is hand-poured and fragranced with 100% certified organic (by the Soil Assn.) essential oils, sustainable vegetable and plant waxes are used, as well as lead-free, unbleached  cotton wicks. There are no synthetic stabilizers or boosters-- in fact, they contain nothing synthetic at all.



There are three fragrances available: Tranquility, Euphoria and Refresh. I asked Hazel, the owner of the NuboNau Skin Care Boutique in Encinitas, California, to choose a blend for me based on my scent preferences, and I received the Trinity (3-wick) candle in Refresh. It was immediately clear to me that it is perfect for my home environment, which includes a very picky husband. He loved Refresh instantly, as I did.

As for the fragrance, citrus oils are the most prominent scent element, with a persistent herbal undertone. It just makes me want to take deep breaths, and I can safely do that without any smoke-related carcinogens hovering in the air. I don't know exactly which oils comprise the Refresh aromatherapy blend, but to give you an idea of its scent, I think it probably contains a combination of several of the following:
eucalyptus, geranium, bergamot, neroli, juniper, cypress, lemon balm (melissa), lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylang

This candle creation is not a passive object, it goes to work for you. It calms nerves, sharpens focus and squashes harmful inner monologues; it's literally an anti-depressant. From the sublime fragrance blend to the satisfyingly clean and stark presentation with a special silver lid etched with what looks like a Mandala, it's an unfussy ode to the simple perfection that exists only in nature.


I adore the re-usable magnetic-flap boxes!

I've also had the opportunity to try votives of the other two candle scents- Tranquility and Euphoria, and they are both lovely, but Hazel was spot-on by pairing me up with Refresh. We were just meant to be.

The NuboNau Trinity 3-wick Candle is $95 and is available on their website or in-store. The Duo Votive Set is $59 with a choice of 3 fragrances (Tranquility, Refresh, Euphoria). NuboNau also carries a lot of my favorite natural and organic beauty brands, and they also put together great little themed gift sets (of mixed-brand origin, which is wonderful). They also have The Facial Room, where signature facial services are offered using Aromatherapy Associates, Pai and Ila Spa products. I NEED one of those Pai facials. I'll add that to the list of reasons why I should visit California as soon as possible.

Remember-- eyeliner on a cat readers can get 15% off any order at NuboNau.com with code NN15 [thanks, Hazel!]


[product sample was sent to me by the company for my consideration. I have no affiliation with this company or any other]

8 comments:

  1. Hi Carrie, I was looking at their site and noticed their Frangipani perfume, and I was wondering if you have smelled it yourself. They don't seem to sell samples and I can't fathom spending 118.00 without trying it first.
    Thanks

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    1. Looks like NuboNau's got a sweet little deal waiting for you! (See below)

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  2. Hi Sujaan, I have not tried this perfume. The brand is One Seed, and on their own website, it looks like you can buy a 5ml sample for $17.95, but I'm not sure of the shipping cost (from Australia). I will ask Hazel from NuboNau to address the sampling issue, hang tight for a response. :)

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  3. Hi Sujjan ( and Carrie) Thanks for your message and please email us at customercare@nubonau.com with your details and we will be very happy to send you a complimentary trial size sample of Frangipani. Just mention Eyeliner on a cat in your email and we will also ship it free for you.

    Have a lovely evening,

    NuboNau x

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    1. That is so awesome of you to extend that offer to Sujaan, you're the best!

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    2. Wow! That is wonderful. Thank you so much Carrie and NuboNau! :-)

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  4. Hello!

    We're so priviledged to serve you - we do hope you will enjoy your fragrance discoveries and experiences - and please post your feedback for us as we really value your opinion very much.

    NuboNau x

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  5. I've always been curious on how they make scented candles since I've been enjoying these ever since I've installed one of those jetted bathtubs at home.

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