Green Gamine: Artisan Candles with a Conscience

Green Gamine is an eco brand with an artisan candle collection of small-batch soy candles handmade from “green” materials sourced in the USA. All candles have a powerful affirmation corresponding to the natural energy of the botanic or holiday featured, according to herbal lore, floriography and The Language of Flowers.

In support of socially and environmentally ethical consumerism, Green Gamine donates a portion of proceeds to saving the planet. A tree is planted with every direct purchase of a Green Gamine candle to aid with the conservation and reforestation of the planet’s imperiled forests, and combat the effects of global warming.

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There are currently four distinct Green Gamine candle collections:

Herbes Aromatiques

The Herbes Aromatiques or “Aromatic Herb” collection is inspired by the abundance of herbs growing in Provence. The three scents in this line include Lavender, Rosemary Mint and Chamomile Clove.

Fleur Blanche

The Fleur Blanche or “White Flower” collection features the scents of snowy blooms with potently sweet floral fragrances and luxuriously elegant notes. The three scents in this line include Jasmine, Honeysuckle and Gardenia.

Maison Aromatics

A soothing collection inspired by the ancient practice of Feng Shui designed to purify and transform the energy in your home. Using botanics aligned with happiness, harmony and luck, each sumptuously fragranced candle will permeate your home with uplifting energy. Scents in this collection include Green Bamboo, Lemon Citrus and Almond Honey.

Saison Des Fêtes

In days of old, our ancestors lived more closely tied to nature and the Earth’s seasons. Archeologists have discovered ancient monuments aligned precisely with the sun, moon and stars on the dates marking seasonal changes. Our Saison Des Fêtes or “Holiday Season” collection honors these sacred dates.

The Fall-Winter holiday collection features the “dark half” of the year when daylight is waning  to include Autumn Equinox scented with Apple Cinnamon, All Hallows Eve scented with Pumpkin Spice and Winter Solstice scented with Evergreen.

The Spring-Summer holiday collection or “light half” of the year contains Candlemas scented with Sweet Butter Crepe, Spring Equinox with Blooming Freesia and Summer Solstice scented with Ripe Strawberry.

Free travel candle with any Green Gamine purchase in October

In partnership with our talented brand rep “At The Dog Eared Page”, Green Gamine is now offering a free travel candle with any purchase this October. Green Gamine’s standard pure soy candle size is 8 ounces. The travel candles are 4 ounces making this an incredible offering.

Free travel candle with any Green Gamine purchase in October

Travel candles are great for tucking into satchels and duffles as a luxurious momento from home while adventuring on the open road. They are also great for acting as a focal point for setting one single intention you would like manifested in the near future. Green Gamine travel candles have the same ability to fill a room with natural, pure botanic scents as the regularly sized 8 ounce candles.

To receive your complimentary travel candle, just enter “atthedogearedpage” at checkout. Offering is on a per-order basis, not per item.

Green Gamine Brand Rep Search!

If you’d like FREE lusciously fragranced, pure soy artisan affirmation candles made with a dose of magic every month and have a talent for styling and photography then please enter our rep search! We are looking for TWO reps who can taking amazing photographs, with a talent for styling candles, home decor and a love of nature, flowers and trees.

Green Gamine Artisan Soy Candle Rep Search

In exchange for submitting and posting 1 styled candle image per week which will be used for Green Gamine’s social channels (website/blog, Instagram and ultimately pinned to Pinterest) you will receive 1-2 candles per month for the next 3 months. If all goes well, we can extend the length of our agreement.

How would this work? Prior to each month I would send you 1-2 of our lusciously scented handmade soy candles and provide a little creative inspiration. You would then use your photography talents and creative genius to style the photos, send them to me and we would both post them once per week.  You are only required to post to Instagram, though you are welcome to post wherever you want!

How can you ensure you win? We are looking for beautifully styled photos with a lot of light, arranged with natural objects, plants, bouquets and books – basically we want to show how beautiful candles can look in your home and how they can enhance your life.

To enter:

  1. Follow @greengamine on Instagram
  2. Share this post on your page tagging @greengamine & #greengaminebrandrep
  3. Take 3 styled decor-oriented photograph of a candle tagging #greengaminebrandrep (if you wish to put them in a collage, you are more than welcome to do so! ) We just want to get an idea of your style 🙂

You do not have to have a large Instagram following, just working knowledge of Instagram, reliability,  flexibility,  a passion for nature and candles and an amazing talent for styling quality photos with candles. Deep apologies to our international friends, but you must be a US resident as we only ship within the USA.

Timeline:

We will be accepting entries through July 30, 2017.  Winners will be announced by August 7th. I will send you September’s candle by August 18, 2017 and your first photo will be published by September 5th!

Malas for manifestation

The sweet surrender of synchronicity never fails to humble and amaze me.

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I recently traveled through the midwest and Colorado. My first morning in Denver, while perusing my favorite blog MindBodyGreen over my morning coffee, I stumbled down the link wormhole and found myself on the LA-based yogi-coaching hub Rock Your Bliss.

I found an interesting tidbit about malas – a topic I had always been intrigued about – when a sentence in th post made me take pause; “if you happen to visit Denver, Colorado this year, check out Sarita from Tibet Imports and schedule a {vedic} reading with her”.

I thought it was an odd “coincidence”, but Denver is a large city, so I doubted this place was anywhere near me. I followed the link, and as it happens, I was 1.6 miles away.

I couldn’t NOT go.

I made it there in 10 minutes. The small, unassuming shop was packed with mystical items and thousands of malas of every color and stone you could imagine. $55 gets you a 10 minute Vedic astrology reading with a 108-count mala customized to align with your chart and intentions.

Mala beads are a meditation tool historically used by Buddhists and Hindus to count mantras {}. They usually consist of 108 beads, a guru bead and tassel which symbolizes completion and enlightenment. Wrist malas typically have 27 beads. When using it for mantras or affirmations, you would usually start with the bead above the guru and recite the mantra as you move through all beads on the strand.

According to my astrologist Sarita, Vedic astrology is slightly different than Western by its emphasis on the rising sign rather than the sun sign. Usually the configurations in your chart are about one sign behind than Western astrology. So if the moon is in Pisces, in Vedic astrology it will be in Aquarius.

The reading was fascinating and I though I hate to admit it because I’m a Western astrology loyalist, it was uncannily accurate and answered many questions lately on my mind.

After the reading, Sarita selected about six malas in the shop for me to choose from, stating I would be drawn to the right one for me. I picked a lovely blue-green Amazonite mala whose smooth beads resembled tiny Earths. Amazonite is connected to healing, prosperity and confident communication aligned with integrity and empowerment. According to Crystal Vaults.

The mantras used with mala beads are typically Sanskrit, but I love to gather wisdom from anywhere inspiration strikes and incorporate it into my own spiritual practice. Mantras can seamlessly be replaced with affirmations. The repetition and focus of using the mala will pack an extra powerful punch into your affirmation practice for reprogramming your subconscious and manifesting your heart’s desire.

Spring Equinox handmade soy candle marks fresh new beginnings

Spring Equinox marks the first day of Spring which is usually around March 21st in the Northern Hemisphere. Equinox means “equal night” and on both the Spring and Autumn equinoxes, night and day are nearly exactly the same length.

Spring Equinox signifies nature’s shift from Winter’s dormancy to the awakening of Spring. Flowers are blooming and trees buds are breaking new green shoots of new life. We are compelled to go out into the sunshine and get our hands dirty planting seeds in the garden in the Spring.

Inspired by this magical time of year marking new beginnings and the awakening of nature, the “Spring Equinox” candle is sweetly scented with Freesia and is part of the Saison Des Fêtes or “Holiday Season” collection. Delicate freesia is one of the most fragrant blooms of Spring. Freesia is synonymous with friendship in the language of flowers making it a meaningful gift to enjoy all season long.

Introducing Green Gamine’s Candlemas soy candle

As we usher in a New Year we proudly welcome a new candle to our collection! Green Gamine has expanded the Saison des Fetes (Holiday Season) collection to now include the first half of the year with three new scents marking Spring and Summer holidays. First up is Candlemas!


Candlemas is a cross-quarter day around February 2nd in the Northern Hempisphere, and the mid-point between two seasonal changes –  Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Candlemas, is the Christianized version of a much older sacred date named many things in many cultures. It is probably most recognized as Groundhogs Day in the US and Imbolc or St. Bridget’s Day in Ireland.

Green Gamine opted to go with “Candlemas” in lieu of the other holiday names because it was impossible to resist the opportunity to select a holiday with the word candle in it!

It was surprising to discover that such an overlooked holiday had such rich symbols, customs and lore tied to it. Here is what I found most interesting and used to craft this product:

The root holiday celebrated by the ancient Celts and perhaps even earlier (Tuatha de Dannan?) was to honor their goddess Brigid. She was a fire goddess who governed the hearth, home, fertility, creativity and inspiration.

The date was celebrated with grain-based foods such as crepes, pancakes and oat cakes. Present-day France celebrates by making crepes, which are a symbol of prosperity for the coming year. I just adore layering a product with multiple meanings so I created a sweet, buttery crepe scent to accompany this candle.

The Catholic custom is to bring candles to church to be blessed and then bring them home to serve as lucky talismans. Interesting to note that the Catholic custom is fire-based when the Celts  were honoring a fire deity!

The energy tied to this time of the year is centered around exploring your inspiration, dreams and passions. By physically igniting the flame of your passion, you are symbolically lighting the path to your desires, so we kept the affirmation simple: Ignite Passions.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this candle as much as I do, and perhaps even be inspired to add this meaningful new holiday into your annual traditions, even by intentionally setting aside space for quiet contemplation to consider how to ignite your desires for the New Year.

Stay tuned for future posts featuring the Spring Equinox candle!

How can we save the planet in the wake of the election?

Fight global warming - plant a tree!

As we all reel in the wake of a shocking election here in the USA, the implications of a president and congress majority who deny the science of global warming and obstruct renewable clean energy solutions is terrifying.

Sadly, the subject of climate change and preservation of the environment has become fodder for heated political debate due to Fossil Fuel’s influence in our political process. Climate science denial only benefits the multi-billion dollar corporations who profit from recklessly plummeting our natural resources unchecked and unregulated.

We are at a critical moment in determining the future of the planet and its survival. With fracking, drilling, deforestation, air, water and soil pollution to name a few problems, the last thing our poor struggling planet needs is to reverse the progress we’ve already made and recklessly inflict more damage.

Many like-minded friends I’ve spoken to say, there is nothing we can do but hope for the best and see how it goes. I disagree. Each one of us can pour our energy into responsible and ethical solutions, no matter how small.

I built my business around this concept. I want every single person who purchases a candle to feel they can make a positive contribution for good. Every single candle purchased directly from me plants one tree. If you aren’t in the market for a candle, then I urge you, plant a tree native to your area in your backyard. Or a friend or family member’s yard. Or go directly to One Tree Planted and plant a tree!

In the coming months we will all have opportunities both nationally and in our every day lives to champion for social and environmental justice. I pledge to seek and ways we can all help to save our home, the only known habitable planet in the Universe.

New Feng Shui Inspired “Aromatic Home” soy candle collection

We’ve launched a new candle collection folks! Introducing The Maison Aromatiques or “Aromatic Home” artisan soy candle collection! Maison Aromatiques is inspired by the ancient practice of Feng Shui designed to purify and transform the energy in your home. Using botanics aligned with happiness, harmony and luck, each sumptuously fragranced candle will permeate your home with uplifting energy. The Maison Aromatiques Collection make great housewarming gifts, hostess gifts or can help balance and refresh the energy of any home.

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Green Bamboo has been hailed for its lucky properties and promise of good fortune for centuries. Bamboo’s fresh and earthy green scent has been captured in this candle’s light and purifying fragrance which reads “Lucky Home”.

A dear friend of mine swears every kitchen needs a citrus candle to keep it fresh. Our Cheery Lemon Citrus candle makes for a “Happy Home”. Its blend of cheerful, cleansing and stimulating lemon combined with a hint of Orange which uplifts, balances and revitalizes, together, create a refreshing scent that invigorates, cleanses and detoxifies any stagnant energy.

Warm, nutty almond is sweetened with honey in this lovely “Harmonious Home” candle. The soothing energy captured in this elegantly fragranced candle is sure to neutralize and sweeten any discordant energy stuck between four walls!

Strawberry Summer Solstice Candle

The Summer Solstice, typically on June 21st, marks the longest day of the year and heralds the leisurely warm days of summer. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, June’s full moon was named “Strawberry Moon” by Native Americans in honor of the short season in which strawberries are harvested. Thus, our Summer Solstice candle is aptly scented with juicy, ripe strawberries dipped in cool, sweet cream.

The spirit of Summer Solstice is captured in the words “Gather & Rejoice”. Historically, the Summer Solstice was a time for gathering with friends and family to celebrate with great bonfires, music, dancing, feasting and revelry.

The Summer Solstice candle is part of the Saison Des Fêtes or “Holiday Season” collection. The other candles available in this collection include Autumn Equinox scented with Apple Cinnamon, All Hallows Eve scented with Pumpkin Spice and Winter Solstice scented with Evergreen.

Artisan soy candles get a makeover

Green Gamine’s soy candles have received a mini makeover! The beloved handcrafted artisan candles have replaced their muslin “bonnets” with sleek new silver caps. They are now packaged gift-ready in lovely homespun muslin bags which can be reused again and again!

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