Not all celebrity products are good, but one unique celebrity mother/daughter collaboration, really does pass the “smell test” (pun intended) for home scent — Nell’s Compass is the vision of actress Mary Steenburgen and her daughter, Lilly McDowell. Nell is Steenburgen’s mother, and Lilly’s grandmother. They have created a quartet of high quality candles ($38.00 9 oz./each) that (as the web site says): “helps you find your way home.” Cleverly labeled “North, South, East and West,” each of these made-in-America candles, are luxurious way to “travel home.” They are made with over 70% (premium) soy and natural fragrance, and they feature lead-free wicks. That means they won’t smoke as much as less luxe candles and they will last a longer time (these candles have an impressive, 60-hour burn time). And they’re hand-poured into colorful, recycled glass votives to add a bit of color to even a dreary, Winter day or evening.
The presentation is also impressive. The candles arrive in sturdy, natural colored cardboard tubes with color-coded bases that match the color of the candle, inside. The votives are also issue-wrapped to keep them safe and fresh, until they’re ready to be revealed, and used. Each features an elegant Nell’s Compass logo of the four points of the compass and the tops bear the name of the candle, as do the bases.
“North” is a red candle in a red votive. It’s great for the holidays: a blend of amber, musk, frankincense and myrrh, with hints of white rose, cedar wood, and tonka bean. It’s subtly spicy and reminds me a bit of the scent of power–a CEO’s leather office chair, perhaps.
“East” is represented by a gold candle in a gold votive. The vibe is amber–a vision of an Italian hillside orchard full of warm, amber fruits. Notes includes persimmon, peach nectar, mandarin sapote, apricot and a pinch of browned sugar. The East candle is tart, and uplifting. Two dollars of the proceeds from the sale of this candle from this website will be given to Heifer International, an organization who works with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth by giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out.
“West” to my nose, is a great choice for a guy. It’s a brown votive with brown candle West that has warm wood tones and lots of spice, including ebony, bamboo, sandalwood, amber and a hint of vanilla. Two dollars of the proceeds from the sale of this candle will also be given to Heifer International. Heifer International is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance & sustainability I like the incense-y vibe, perfect for cooler weather and for romantic interludes.
Not surprisingly, the lush, green votive and candle of the “South” is reminiscent of stately mansions It features fragrant florals such as: Bergamot, Rose, Lily of the Valley, Water Lotus, Heliotrope Flower, and Ylang Ylang. If you love rich floral scents, especially white florals, you’ll love this lush, fragrant scent. Two dollars of the proceeds from the sale of this candle from this website will be given to Heifer International.
There are plenty of high end candles out there, but these four offer at least once scent that will be to everyone’s taste. True, Nell’s Compass candles are a bit pricey, but they’re also going to last a long time and give you joy every time you light it. Any one of these would make a perfect gift for a weekend host/hostess, a bride, or “just because.” These are neither too girly, nor too masculine. The simple design will fit into every decor, the only choice being which to choose! The holiday gift-giving frenzy is just about over, but a gorgeous, scented candle like these from Nell’s Compass will light up your life for the rest of the Winter. So whether or not you gave, or got, scented candles this holiday season, the time is right to get some for yourself.
Visit the Nell’s Compass web site to learn more and to order.
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