Buy a candle, plant a tree

I think trees can save the world. With every single Green Gamine candle purchase, I donate a portion of proceeds to the non-profit organization “One Tree Planted”. As the name indicates, one tree is planted for every Green Gamine candle purchased. I believe strongly in giving back, and taking small actions every day to change the world for the better. Too often we overlook this precious planet we call home and most of us consider trees so mundane we don’t give them a second thought. But, once you take the time to consider all the ways in which trees sustain both us and the planet, and contemplate each tree’s unique beauty,  you realize trees are pretty incredible.

Plant a tree like this beautiful California Buckeye Tree

Plant a tree like this beautiful California Buckeye

Trees create the very oxygen that we breathe and are critical for balancing the Earth’s atmosphere by filtering harmful carbon dioxide and toxins in the air. Tree cover cools the Earth temperature and can prevent heat sinks  (also called heat islands) in urban areas. Their roots enable soil to store more water preventing flood and drought. Trees protect soil from wind and water erosion. When their leaves fall, they provide the land with organic nutrients producing fertile ground for the food we eat. And if you have ever been fortunate enough to walk through a majestic old-growth forest, their astounding beauty is nothing short of magical.

Honor your wine, make a cork wreath

I started collecting corks over eight years ago and finally accumulated enough to make a wreathe. It seemed a lovely way to preserve memories of milestones celebrated, both large and small. What is wine if not a delicious & meaningful marker for family, friendship, love, holidays, achievements, rites of passage, unforgettable travel destinations and extraordinary meals? I found fantastic cork wreath DIY directions {here}.

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Spring Energy Clearing

With Spring beckoning, this is a perfect time for cleansing and refreshing the energy in your home. I found this Space Clearing Ritual in The Good Energy Book by Tess Whitehurst – which I’ve condensed for simplification purposes.

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Preparation

  1. Open all windows. Remove all exposed food/drink/pet food
  2. Make a clearing mist with 20 drops peppermint essential oil and 40 drops Rosemary essential oil.
  3. Pick up a sage bundle
  4. Place sea salt on a plate with a tea light candle in the center.

Ritual

  1. Starting in the center of your home (for most, that would be your living room) light the candle and place the plate of salt in the center of the room. Circling about the room, clap your hands being sure to include corners and closets to draw out the stagnant “old” energy.
  2. Light a bundle of sage and move counterclockwise to purify the stagnant energy.
  3. Spray the room with the peppermint and rosemary clearing mist moving in a clockwise direction.
  4. Repeat in each room of your home until finished.
  5. Extinguish the candle and flush the sale down the toilet.
  6. Shower and cleanse with lavender salt scrub.
  7. Eat carbohydrates and drink 16 ounces of water.

Namaste

Namaste, loosely translated means “the divinity within me bows to the divinity within you”. I am fond of this word because it captures the very essence of recognizing and honoring the divinity – the soul – in all living beings.

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Whispering Namaste and bringing my hands in yogic prayer to my third eye, I have created a simple ritual for honoring the life force of creatures both big and small. “Namaste” I whispered to the little oak barely surviving in the drought-stricken, hard, dry earth this past summer. “Namaste” I whisper to the one-legged bird who is trying to keep up with the rest of the flock, “Namaste” I whisper to myself when my perfectionism kicks into overdrive and I feel like I’m failing when I can’t do it all… Namaste is gracious and kind, the soul food that can feed us all

Cloutie Wishing Tree

The British Isles are full of magical places rife with fairy lore. Many of these places are marked with Cloutie trees where it is custom to tie a ribbon or cloth to the tree and make a wish.

Cloutie Tree on the Hill of Tara, Ireland

Cloutie Tree on the Hill of Tara, Ireland

While visiting the UK, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a Cloutie tree and was enchanted by all the colorful ribbons full of hopes and wishes fluttering in the wind. I tied on my own ribbon and my wish came true two months later… Since then, I always intended to make a Cloutie or Wishing Tree of my very own.

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I finally got to it, and this spectacular Azalea seemed perfect for fitting the job. With Valentine’s Day approaching, I tied white, pink and red ribbons to its delicate branches. My family and I wrote the wishes on bits of folded paper and pinned to each ribbon. Wishes for 2016, wishes for family and friends, wishes for our dear imperiled Earth are all now fluttering on my perfect little Cloutie tree. My daughter was enchanted with the project so now I think we’ve just found a lovely annual tradition!

Holiday evergreen soy candle 

Nothing evokes thoughts and memories of the holiday season quite like a Christmas tree. As a tree lover, creating a candle that effectively captured the essence of this very special time of year sent my perfectionism into overdrive. So it is with great pride that I introduce you to Green Gamine’s Winter Solstice candle!

  

Winter solstice is the first official day of Winter, and marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs around December 21st in the Northern hemisphere.

Winter Solstice evokes holiday memories with evergreen top notes of fir balsam and spruce sweetened with warm clove and vanilla musk. 

The “Winter Solstice” candle is offered seasonally in a limited quantity as part of the Saison Des Fêtes or “Holiday Season” collection. 

The Winter Solstice affirmation can be found on the label reading: “Celebrate Miracles”.

Each seasonal candle is decorated festively with a bit of removable evergreen trim around the top rim, which can be tossed if the clean lines of our classic look are your preference. 

Remember, all our candles are already sweetly packaged gift-ready!

Autumn Seasonal Soy Candle

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

This year, the Autumn Equinox is September 22nd, but many believe the Full Moon closest to the equinox –  called the Harvest Moon – is more powerful and a better marker for celebrating the holiday. This year, the Harvest Moon falls on September 27th and is one of the most magical nights of the year. Not only is it a Blood Moon so rare it won’t take place again for another 18 years, but it is also the night of a lunar eclipse. There is no doubt that some very powerful universal energy is focused on Earth this Equinox!

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Autumn is historically a time to harvest the bounty of the Earth, but since there are very few of us living off the land these days, instead we can celebrate the harvesting of the blessings gathered throughout the year. The Autumn Equinox candle’s affirmation is “Harvest Blessings” fragranced with Apple Cinnamon. This scent is elegantly captured in a cool, crisp apple sweetened with sugar and cinnamon making for a quintessential Fall Scent.

Announcing the Seasonal Candle Collection

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.

To honor those sacred days, we proudly introduce our Saison Des Fêtes or “Holiday Season” collection for sale on Etsy through December. The collection includes three gorgeously fragranced candles: Autumn Equinox scented with Apple Cinnamon, All Hallows Eve scented with Pumpkin Spice and Winter Solstice scented with Evergreen.

Like all Green Gamine soy artisan candle collections, each Saison Des Fêtes candle has a unique affirmation corresponding to the natural energy of the holiday it celebrates.

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80 Acres Lavender Balm for Sleep

The chaos of day-to-day life can make it difficult to unwind at night. Even when you’re physically exhausted, it can be impossible to turn off your racing mind. I created a simple ritual, which once instilled as a habit, my body now automatically recognizes the relaxation cues. I light my Green Gamine Lavender candle aligned with the energy of serenity, drink a warm cup of peppermint tea and dab a little Lavender body balm on my collar bone. The sweet, pure scent of lavender instantly soothes me and carries me away to a distant escape… a lavender field in Provence, perhaps?

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Turns out, I don’t have to travel that far, even in my dreams.  80 Acres Lavender Olive Oil Body Balm is produced at the Mcevoy Ranch Estate in Petaluma, CA. It is certified organic product containing Beeswax, Olive Oil and lavender grown, pressed and produced on the farm. Take that, Provence! (Just kidding, I still love you)

Green Gamine candles now available at the Loop in Sonoma

I am completely thrilled to announce you can now find Green Gamine candles at The Loop in Sonoma Square! The Loop is an exquisitely curated boutique in the heart of California’s wine country, full of chic clothing, luxurious accessories, scintillating handmade jewelry, and now, artisan candles!

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The lovely ladies who run the shop are warm and welcoming, and strive to stock high-quality items that are locally crafted and made in the USA.

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Shopping at The Loop is a delightful experience both with its friendly, low-key shopkeepers, and artfully arranged goods in an elegantly appointed ambiance.

The Loop Sonoma Square

I highly suggest anyone visiting the Sonoma and Napa valleys to pop in for a visit – prepare to be inspired!