PRODUCT LOVE: MY NEW FAVORITE HEALTHY CANDLE

There are a few things that I can’t live without in my home, the first is plants, the second is candles! I have candles in every room and I’m always looking for the perfect combo of fragrance, non-toxic ingredients and long burn time, a trifecta that’s safe for humans and my furry babies, that smells great but doesn’t overdo it. In essence, a healthy candle. Sounds impossible, right?

Enter Locale58. A new candle company based in San Franciso. Co-founder (and super fierce chick) L. T,. reached out and asked if I’d like to try out one of her new candles and write about it. Ummm, yes, please! I was so excited to learn about Locale58’s new line of candles inspired by the West Coast that are made right here in California.

According to the site, the candles are hand poured by two friends (B + L) whose roots run “California deep”. The candles are made from 100% soy wax and come in scents that they feel truly represent different locations in California. L + B’s mission is to share their favorite West Coast spots with people worldwide. Pretty freakin’ awesome IMO!

THE CANDLE

I was sent a “San Francisco” candle that came in a super sweet cotton drawstring bag and I could smell it before I even took it out. The scent is deep and masculine, which I love, and is described as “clean and defined,” which it truly is!

The scent profile for the California candle is: 

High Notes: Cedar

Mid Notes: Tonka Bean (which I’d never heard of, read about it’s awesome smell profile here). 

Low Notes: Amber

I’ve burned the candle several times and it just keeps going, filling my large living room with warmth and a super inviting scent, perfect for Fall and cozy nights in.

ince I don’t always get to speak directly to the creators of products that I love I decided to do a little Q+A with Lexie to get the full scoop!

ME: I’m really getting into essential oils and their amazing benefits, are you using any essential oils in your candles? I’d love to hear more about what’s going into them–without giving away all of your secrets!

L: We are using a blend of fragrance oils, the equation to our candles is wax and a secret fragrance oil.. oh and some love too! 🙂

ME: What is it about the city of San Francisco that evoked these scents (cedar, tonka bean and amber) for you? 

L: When we started working on SF, we picture it would be burning in a San Francisco high-rise in a really industrial penthouse with lots of leather furniture, really cold air, crisp & clean. Primarily in a man’s flat. Hence, the masculine scent. 

ME: Why did you choose soy?

L: Soy Wax is a cleaner burning wax that emits no toxins, carcinogens and pollutants which help reduce risk of allergies. Soy wax also burns at a slower rate than traditional paraffin wax so you get to enjoy your candle 30-50% longer.

I can’t wait to try out the Newport Beach and Los Angeles scents next!

FIERCE LIST: V-DAY GIFT GUIDE 2016

Last year I shared my Valentine’s gift guide from Cabo San Lucas Mexico, where I was warm and loving some quality time with my hubby! This year feels completely different, but also very special, I’m writing this from my amazing home in the Oakland hills, feeling a lot of love for life. I fallen in love with some new products this year and also have some old faves coming back in to my life. Check out the list below for the perfect gift for yourself or the special person in your life!

  1. Far Leaves Tea Gift Set ($80)The perfect gift for the tea lover (or tea novice) in your life. Far Leaves emphasis the art of tea and after one tasting with them I was hooked on their high quality and super flavorful teas. This amazing glass pot truly takes your tea game to the next level and the gift set is wrapped in a hand stitched tea towel, so dang cute! The Jasmine green tea is beyond potent so it’s a great option for those looking to avoid coffee but need that caffeine fix.
  2. Aritzia Faux Fur Vest ($50): Real fur is an obvious no-no in my book, who wants to wear cruelty on their body? Gross! That’s why I love this Aritzia faux fur vest. I bought it when the sale started after Christmas and now it’s even more discounted. This kind of reminds me of my raver days with the big hood but it’s (thankfully) much classier, sits at the perfect length and is the most beautiful color.
  3. W3ll People Gift Set ($75)I discovered this makeup line about a year ago and I’ll never look back. WP foundations and lip glosses come in lots of tones and last all day! They’re now selling the line in Target stores too, YES!!
  4. Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap ($24)This amazing Colorado created soap came in to my life about four months ago and I absolutely love it! As I’ve mentioned before I’m done treating my skin like crap with chemicals and other toxic ingredients and now I’m all about simplicity. This soap combines Black Australian Clay and Dead Sea Mud that tones, cleanses and nourishes skin without over drying. The bar is tiny so it’s easy to travel with but lasts forever! This company is going to make big waves!
  5. Marisa Mason Summer land Earrings ($115)Because I love summer and gold, these are clearly a must have. These can be dressed up or dressed down and will make a boring outfit pop!
  6. Matt & Nat Central Bordeaux Wallet ($70): I’ve loved Matt & Nat since my days of working in retail. The company has been around for a long time and the quality and design of their products has continued to grow year over year. Every bag and wallet is 100% vegan and the company is serious about ethics and sustainability. No animal products are used in their designs, instead, they use recycled nylon, cork and rubber.

If all else fails, check out these insanely cute (and funny) cards.