There is almost nothing more perfect and beautiful than an orchid. And Madagascar happens to be the place where an astounding number of rare and beautiful orchids can be found with almost 1, 000 species, some unique to the island. some are stunningly beautiful, others quite strange.
A Winter (or anytime) treat is an elegantly scented candle. And one of the nicest ones out there is from Lisa Hoffman Beauty. Hers is scented the Lisa Hoffman award-winning Madagascar Orchid fragrance that won an Allure 2008 Best of Beauty award, and was also the 2009 Fragrance of the Year Finalist of The Fragrance Foundation.
The white candle (9 oz for $46.00) arrives in a simple, clear, round, glass votive that will work with ever decor. While I see it as a romantic touch for your a boudoir, it will work anywhere you want a feminine, romantic scent. A nice touch is the proprietary soy wax blend infused with a very high concentration of essential oils, so you’ll be able to enjoy the fragrance for over 50 hours. The candle also has a flat, wood wick. These wood wicks seem to be the “it” thing for candles, and I’ve seen them cropping up in a variety of high end candles. The wood wick seems to burn more steadily than fabric ones, and the crackling sound the wood wick makes gives you the ambiance of a teeeny, tiny, fireplace!
I really don’t know which orchid or orchids from Madagascar that Ms. Hoffman selected for this beautiful scent. There are intensely fragrant orchids, some that only have a scent at night, some without any fragrance, and even some that smell like certain types of bees or wasps (to attract them), or vanilla, chocolate, curry, cinnamon, or surprisingly, corn chips. Although most scented orchids are beautiful and have a lovely scent, there are some that smell like fish, and I have learned that there’s even one very disgusting orchid that grows somewhere in Madagascar under a certain type of bush — it is bright red and looks like chopped meat and smells rotten. Perhaps, like the ancient Coelacanth fish that survived millennia by stinking like urine or rotten eggs (take your pick), these orchids survived by being unappealing. No matter–it wouldn’t attract me and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near it!!!! But I digress….I am positive Lisa Hoffman’s Madagascar orchid scent is from beautiful, white orchids. To my nose, the Lisa Hoffman Madagascar Orchid fragrance is a pretty, white floral with notes of sheer jasmine, ylang mimosa, and pink peony. It has a slightly spicy finish that reminds me the flowers that grow in Hawaii (and there are a lot of orchids there as well). Lisa Hoffman’s Madagascar Orchid fragrance doesn’t bowl you over like some of those famous, tropic scents . This fragrance is subtle — almost comforting in the way a luxurious cashmere shawl feels when you wrap yourself in it on a chilly day.
Get this little treasure, and make your Winter cheery instead of dreary!There is an $85.00 Valentine’s Day Gift too that features the Madagascar Orchid fragrance with Daytime & Evening Perfume Oils, a beautiful Leather Case, the 9 oz Wood-Wick Candle and a Semi-Precious Agate Coaster
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