It’s Candle Season

We’re very nearly in peak Autumn time, which let’s be honest is the best time of year by far. With amber coloured leaves, crisp mornings and beautiful nights, Autumn really is picturesque.

Here at Home by Rachel we like to call Autumn and Winter ‘Candle Season’ the perfect time to cozy up next to one of our bespoke, hand-poured luxury candles. No matter your style or preference, we have a range of unique blends to suit all tastes, but this Autumn we want to showcase one of our original and best loved fragrances, Sweet Myrrh and Caramel.

Sweet Myrrh and Caramel is sweet, warm and delicate, as with all our candles the scent builds gradually, permeating the air with a gorgeous refined aroma that is always gentle and never overpowering. Sweet Myrrh and Caramel is a sophisticated floral blend of sweet myrrh with edible notes of nut, soft powder vanilla, coconut, caramel, walnut, soft woods, amber, musk and tonka. It makes the perfect gift for loved ones or yourself, the gift of relaxation, comfort and a beautiful atmosphere. Your home will smell sweet enough to eat, with this delectable blend of coconut, vanilla, caramel and walnut inspired by some of our very favourite treats.

Our candles are of the highest quality, hand-poured in the UK and made of 100% natural soya wax and burn for up to fifty hours. Aside from our signature candles, each of our fragrances also come in room-spray and diffuser forms. You can choose how you’d like to release your fragrance, opting for diffusers for peace of mind around children and pets, or room-sprays for an instant atmosphere.

Scent layering, the HomebyRachel way

Scent layering is a way of infusing your home with luscious, enticing aromas that are all your own.

Your scent – and the scent of your home – is a unique signature that tells your friends, family and loved ones much about who you are. Scent layering lets you create your own unique aromas that reflect your personality, set the mood and take you back to happy times.

Discover the true potential of scent layering and how you can get started with HomebyRachel:

So, what is scent layering?

Scent layering means combining complementary aromas to enhance the atmosphere around the home.

Our homes all possess a complex scent already – whether we know it or not. Our perfumes, cleaning products and lifestyle choices all combine to create an intensely personal blend.

Scent layering gives you an opportunity change this into something that matches your personality, as well as the design and atmosphere of your home.

Having your own unique scent will fill you with joy whenever you get home from a long day at work. You could even create a scent with therapeutic qualities, that could help with everything from waking you up with energy and verve, to rocking you off into silent slumber.

And, how can I get started?

For something that can have such a profound effect, scent layering is easy to achieve.

Scent sources

Aromas come from everything around your home: cooking, furniture, fabrics, flowers – the sources are almost endless.

But, if you want to take ownership of your aroma and create something unique, your best bet is to combine heavily scented candles and diffusers.

Scent combinations

Scent layering gives you the chance to be completely original by combining scents you love to create unforgettable aromas.

Not sure where to begin? Here’s a quick HomebyRachel guide to scent combinations:

Mood boosters

Scent is a great way to adapt the mood in your home. These are some of the moods you can create with different scent combinations:

Foods

Food and memory are intrinsically linked. When visitors pick up a culinary scent, they’ll immediately be transported back to a cherished moment in time.

Try balancing a sharp scent with a creamier, richer one. These are some of the combinations I would recommend:

Places

Scents also have strong associations with places and the feelings they represent. Here are some ideas for recreating different locations with scent layering:

  • Ocean: sea salt and waterlily
  • Meadow: rose, geranium and lavender
  • Forest: bamboo and coconut, sandalwood and cypress

There’s so much to explore with scent layering. Take time to find irresistible ingredients and fill your home with scents that inspire you.

Trust HomebyRachel to fill your home with luscious aromas that are all your own. Discover our collection of scented candles and diffusers, or speak to our friendly team.

From candles to crystals: Valentine’s Day gifts that’ll make you fall in love

Personal, effortlessly stylish Valentine’s Day gifts can help you fall in love all over again this February.

But, dropping some not so subtle hints about your dream gift and ideal romantic gesture can be a real challenge.

Our lovingly compiled Valentine’s Day gifts guide should give you the inspiration that you need:

Unforgettable Valentine’s Day gifts

Jewellery

Jewellery has long been used to mark key moments in relationships. 14590427_10207526437342944_3280914956459672811_n

The combination of precious metals and sparkling crystals can be used to say anything from “I’m glad I’ve met you” to “I want to be with you forever”.

Freshen things up with new jewellery designs and ideas. Then come up with a delivery method that’ll take their breath away (a champagne flute, their secret hiding place or some special place for both of you).

From heart-shaped earrings to necklaces with a special message, there are lots of lovely trinkets to show your affection.

But, for the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift, you’ll need a visual metaphor that represents your strong supportive partnership. And, what better way to say it than with an interlocking love ring?

Candles

Candles can create an irresistible atmosphere. With flickering light and luscious scents, you’ll be lulled into a state ofhomebyrachel_candle heady romance.

Set the mood, enjoy a candlelit dinner, and light the way with handcrafted candles that fill your home with fresh, complex aromas.

Choosing the right scent will make sure your gesture has the desired effect. Combining the earthy, almost liquorice-like aroma of myrrh with the mouthwatering sweetness of rich caramel is one that can really ramp up the romance.

Bamboo and coconut is another combination that will add an element of exoticism to your evening. But, the ultimate in romantic scents has got to be bergamot and citrus; a musky yet fresh twist on an old classic, with elements of leather, cedar and patchouli.

Homeware

Make that Valentine’s Day glow last all year round with a permanent addition to your home.Valentine's Day gifts

It should be a physical symbol representing the permanence of your love. Something that takes you back to those special moments whenever you need a little lift.

Start by thinking about the places in your home where you put things on display, and the types of object that might fit there.

If you share a love of reading, a heart-shaped bookend could be used to symbolise two halves of a whole that frame a unique collection of knowledge and experiences.

A picture frame can become a timeless window into your happiest times together. You can display it somewhere for the world to see, or keep it in an intimate spot. Make your beloved the first thing you see when you wake up with a photo frame that fits perfectly on your bedside table.

The big day is just around the corner. You’ll have to act fast to make sure your heart’s singing come Valentine’s Day.

Trust HomebyRachel to provide all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Explore our collection of candles and crystals, or speak to our friendly team.

The Scent of Autumn

What excites you most about Autumn?

As mornings grow crisp, and evenings cast amber light onto fallen leaves, here at Home by Rachel we can’t help but smile: true candle season is upon us! No matter your Autumn style, we have a unique blend to suit you in our shop

What could be better than unzipping your boots as you come in from the cold, hanging up your hat and scarf, and lighting your Rich Winter Cinnamon Luxury Candle? Fill your home with the aroma of the very best of winter; cinnamon, citrus orange and lemon, on a base of cosy wood and musk. Cuddle up with a cup of tea by the fire, and let the fragrance of the candle warm you, head to toe.  CinnamoncandleLONG

For most of us, Autumn means indulgent home comforts and delicious food. With the Chic Cocoa Café CocaCafeCandleLONGLuxury Candle, you warm your home with the mouth-watering aroma of roasted coffee beans, sprinkled with walnut and the finest cocoa. Perfect for hosting friends for coffee and cake, or spending the day beneath blankets, Ben & Jerry’s in hand.

With Christmas on the horizon, perhaps you’re thinking of gifts, and what could be more appropriate for the season than our Sweet Myrrh & Caramel luxury candle? Your home will smell sweet enough to eat, with this delectable blend of coconut, vanilla, caramel and walnut. MryyhCaramelLONG

Maybe you’re a summer child at heart? Hibernate the cold days away, snuggled in beside our Exotic Bamboo & Coconut Luxury Candle,

BambooCandleLONGlet the aroma of tropical lands transport you to a beach faraway, or help you count down to your Winter sun break.

Perhaps tropical beaches aren’t your thing at all and you just adore the fresh English sea-side. Our Restful Rock-Salt & Waterlily Luxury Candle RestfulrockCandleLONGpays homage to our childhood memories of English Summertime. With the notes of seaweed and a coastal breeze of cyclamen and water lily, you can practically hear the waves lapping at the shore.

Our Romantic Bergamot & Citrus Medley Luxury Candle BegamotCandleLONGwill create the warm glow of romance, essential to any evening for two. The sensual fragrances of leather, cedar, amber, patchouli and musk are given a modern twist with the addition of jasmine and tonka. Nothing could be more blissful than the embrace of a loved one, to help you defrost on these chilly Autumn nights.

However, you plan to spend the colder months, a Home by Rachel candle is the perfect addition to your home, or an elegant thoughtful gift.

Home by Rachel Photo Shoot

This was an exciting day, when we did a professional photo shoot of our beautiful Home by Rachel luxury candles and diffusers.  Richard, the photographer, has shot some amazing projects over the years, such as Rolls Royce, BMW, British Airways and I’m happy he can now add Home by Rachel to that salubrious client list!

My day started with a shopping trip for all sorts of accessories for the shoot, including cinnamon sticks, bamboo leaves, coconuts and caramel! When I got to the studio, we began by chopping fruit and flowers in readiness for the shoot.

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After the fruit and veg prep, my next task was to set up the candles and diffusers with their accessories to correspond with their fragrances.  This took a while to get right as I wanted the images to look professional and uniform.

IMG_1831  IMG_1832IMG_1833We then began the shoot – making sure we had the right distance between camera and products!  I chose to display the products with the flowers and fruit to emphasise the beautiful natural fragrances encapsulated in every hand poured candle and diffuser.  Richard set up the cameras and lighting and finally, it was lights, camera, action and we were ready to shoot!

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IMG_1823As you can see, Richard kindly let me have a go!  Although on balance, I think it was best I left it to the professional.

It was a long day in the studio, but I hope you’ll agree, the results were well worth it.

Happy shopping at Home by Rachel.

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