The Scent and Science of Romance

Each year we struggle to find the perfect way to say, ”I LOVE YOU!” There are such high expectations for the day. To create more fun and playfulness in our house, we just extend the day to Valentine’s Month and surprise each other with acts of love and appreciation all month long.

Whenever we imagine a romantic evening it always starts with candlelight. Think about every romantic movie you have watched and how they set the scene for romance. It always includes candles. You know romance is in the air when dinner is served by candlelight. Then there is the scene by the fireplace. Picture a warm fire roaring with candles providing a soft glow to the room. You know what’s about to happen…because the mood is set, and love is in the air. When you walk into a bedroom strewn with rose petals, champagne chilling, and two beautiful, stemmed glasses standing by... what is your first thought? You notice the plate of chocolate-covered strawberries on the nightstand. You know the scene would not be complete without the soft glow emanating from the array of gorgeous fragrant floral candles. This is the ultimate setting for romance and passion.

Do you know what your partner's love language is? What makes them feel loved and appreciated? Is the way to your lover’s heart through food? Cooking their favorite meal can be the ultimate gift for some. For some people, it's spending quality time together. For others, it's a thoughtful gift. Some people love elaborate surprises or adventures. And then there are the people who feel
loved and appreciated by acts of kindness, thoughtful help with chores.
If you are a hardcore romantic and searching for a way to plan a celebration that truly expresses your love and passions, answer these questions to get started:
How would your partner respond to the questions below?

1. What is my love language?
2. What would be the perfect gift from my lover?
3. What would I want to be included in our celebration?
4. What would I need to set the mood?

If you can answer these questions from their perspective that you deserve an A+. Here is a suggestion for how to set the mood by choosing the perfect fragrance for passion backed by real science.

The 2014 Study by the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons, which examined the aphrodisiac response of males to various aromas/scents. The top five sexy scents:

1. Lavender and pumpkin pie: 40%
2. Doughnut and black licorice: 31.5%
3. Pumpkin pie and doughnut: 20%
4. Orange: 19.5%
5. Lavender and doughnuts: 18%

Note: When in doubt choose doughnuts. Who knew it was that simple!!! These scents increase blood flow to the sex organs.

Women respond to the above scents with increased arousal as well. Women especially favor the following.

1. Rose – increases the immune system and enhances a women’s libido and confidence.
2. Peppermint- excites the brain, enhances blood flow, and stimulates the body.
3. Lavender – relaxes and stimulates simultaneously.
4. Grapefruit- women who wear this scent are perceived to be six years younger.

It would be fun to experiment with your partner and do your research. Experiment with various scents and see how aromatherapy increases the love, energy, and passion around your house. The team at Chateau Candle Company would like to wish you and your loved one lots of love and joy this February. Remember when choosing your candles, you want to make sure you burn an all-natural organic candle.

Our Citrus, French Lavender, and Cinnamon are relaxing. The Cardamom and Pomegranate are invigorating. The chocolate aroma gets us in the mood for romance. The scent of an English Rose evokes happiness and joy and deep passion.We offer hand poured small-batch pure plant wax. Our candles create a luxurious atmosphere and a healthy and safe burn. Set the mood by choosing from our gorgeous selection of organic, vegan, handmade, natural fragrance candles made in our shop in Southern California and shipped directly to you.

Chateau Candle Company

Brian Morris
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Setting the Mood for Success in 2021

Setting the Mood for Success in 2021

Most of us could not wait for 2020 to be over!!! Last year was full of challenges to our businesses, our personal lives, our physical health, and our futures. Instantly we had to adjust to homeschooling, online shopping for everything, working from home, and living with an uncertain future. 

We are missing simple things like getting a smile from a stranger after holding the door open for them, hugging our friends, and grocery shopping without having to mask up and feel like we are putting our lives at risk for a bag of fresh produce!!! 

There have been some positives in all this. We have gained a few hours in our days by not commuting to work. Most of us have become better cooks. More of us are growing our vegetables. Dog adoptions have soared since the pandemic began. We are spending more quality time with our families, even if it is on Zoom. 

We woke up on Jan 1st to a New Year, but it feels very much like a continuation of 2020 

So how can we make 2021 a better year? How can You be a better YOU this year? 

Many of the lifestyle gurus and business experts have come to the same conclusion.

Big New Years' resolutions are not an effective way to set yourself up for success. Small commitments that you know you can manage, stacked over time, add up to the biggest changes. 

Change your thinking= Change your Actions= Change your Results   

Setting the Mood for Success 

When you first wake up, use the extra time you save by not commuting to work to begin a morning practice that sets the mood for success for the day. 

Better Mood= Better Outcome 

If you are like most of us, the first thing you do when you open your eyes is reaching for your phone and check the morning headline. That immediately taps you back into the ongoing low level of anxiety and fear constantly running in the background, impacting every area of our lives. You start the day feeling anxious and powerless. 

Instead, focus on what you can. Transform your physical environment to Create the mood for success and adopt a few new daily practices to enhance your performance 

Start your day by choosing a new morning practice. Take fifteen minutes and try somethings that nourishes the mind, body, and soul. 

Here are some ideas to choose from to set the mood for a successful day.

 Commit to a Morning practice 

  1. Writing-In the book “The Artist’s Way," Julia Cameron suggests we write three pages every morning. Just put pen to paper, don’t think. Start writing. This healing exercise opens creativity, clarify your concerns. Solutions to problems will pop up on the pages. Free up your mind and energy for a more productive day. 
  1. Mediation -is a great way to start the day. It brings clarity and peace of mind. Start simply by sitting in the stillness and breathing. There are endless suggestions online about how to meditate. 

Create a mini alter in a space where you will be undisturbed. Light a natural scented candle like Orange Blossom or French Lilac to upgrade your mood.  Do not overcomplicate it. Meditation resets the neurological systems and brings relaxation and greater clarity. 

  1. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese exercise practice- 15 or 20 minutes of Qi Gong in the morning will awaken every part of your body, get your chi energy flowing and limber up all your joints. It reduces anxiety, rejuvenates the organs, and reduces signs of aging. It gets rid of all the aches and pains from the night before. 

Qi Gong is a perfect exercise for any fitness level or any age. Check out Lee Holden's 20 minute morning or evening routines on YouTube to get started. Energize your day! Minimize the stress from working on the computer and the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

Organize Your Home and Office Space 

Marie Kondo, one of the more famous home organizers, speaks about surrounding yourself with things that bring you joy and eliminating the things that no longer make you happy. When our space is cluttered and disorganized, it impacts our thinking and our effectiveness. Clutter is a mental distraction. Sometimes it's not even clutter, its functionality.  Every few months, look at your environment and ask yourself..".is this still working for me? " 

Maybe you recently started working from home or launched an online business.  We are so busy just getting our daily to-do list done. Now is the time to stop and ask,  “ Have I set up my physical space for success?” Does working in this space feel inspiring, make me productive, and bring me joy?

  • Is it functional?
  • Is it peaceful?
  • Do I have the right furnishings?
  • Is it ergonomic?
  • How is the lighting, the airflow?
  • Do I feel grounded or distracted in this space? 

Everything matters.  There is even psychology around colors.  What colors are energizing and perfect for our office spaces.  What colors will create a restful environment for sleeping?  

The environment that you operate in creates the context for everything you do.

Set Yourself up for Success. 

Update your workspace.  Simple things like adding a computer stand for your laptop, a new chair, or improved lighting will prevent the aches and pains, eye strain, and stress that distracts you from doing your best.  Something as simple as changing the light bulbs to soft daylight can change your life.  Bring in some nature with a few plants or photos of your favorite nature destination. Light a natural candle with an energizing scent. 

Close your eyes and take a deep breath…. What do your smell? last night’s leftovers?

Now close your eyes and think about a smell that brings back a pleasant memory.

For me, it’s always the smell of the ocean that reminds me of the joys of summer, combined with the intoxicating aroma of the lilac tree outside my childhood bedroom window. 

Using Aromatherapy Scents to create a mood for success

Aromatherapy uses essential oils and plant essences to enhance the mind and body’s healing.

Marketers know that scents evoke emotions and therefore spending.  There is an entire science devoted to scent branding. Their goal is to encourage us to shop longer and spend more. 

Scents make us feel good and decrease stress and anxiety. Realtors bake cookies before they show a house to fill it with warm and happy memories. 

Citrus, French Lavender, and Cinnamon are relaxing. Cardamom and Pomegranate are invigorating. The chocolate aroma gets us in the mood for romance, The scent of an English Rose evokes happiness and joy. 

What Fragrance will you choose as your 2021 Success Scent? 

Step into your office space and ask yourself …

“What do I need to eliminate, upgrade, or add to set the mood for success?” Clean up the clutter, light your favorite scented candle, and get ready for a successful 2021!!! 

Here at the Chateau Candle Company, we have devoted our days to recreating those scents that bring you joy, peace, and happiness. Our California Candle Company offers small-batch manufacturing of eco-friendly, vegetarian, natural candles. In 2020, Chateau Candle Company expanded our line to include home perfume diffusers, car air freshener diffusers, room spray mist, and doubled our variety of scents. 

Visit our online candle shop today.

Let us help you set the mood for a Successful 2021.

Chateau Candle Company

Orange County, California

Brian Morris
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Vote with your Dollars $$$ Shop Ecco- Friendly

Vote with your Dollars $$$ Shop Ecco- Friendly

Let's face it... 2020 has been a challenging year.  We've experienced one disaster after the other. Covid -19 Pandemic has impacted every area of our lives.  Our level of stress is through the roof.  For many families, the pandemic created heartbreaking losses. For countless entrepreneurs and small businesses, the shutdowns created unprecedented financial challenges. 

The environment has been under assault. Mother nature delivered hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires at record levels. It has been another year of record-breaking temperatures globally. The impact of global warming has been felt in every sector of our planet, from the North Pole to the Southern Hemisphere.  Hopefully, Santa and his Raindeers still have enough snow and ice left for their landing strip!!! HO HO HO. 

And then there was the United States Presidential election... 

In a world where it feels like we have less and less control, I'm grateful we still have a voice that gets people's attention.  Where and how we spend our dollars makes a difference. Every time we make a purchase, we are voting with our pocketbooks. We are confirming and condoning the business practices of a company.  Do they have policies that protect the environment? Take care of their employees and contractors? Source their materials sustainably?  Contribute to the well-being of the people who buy their products?  Do they have a plan for reducing their carbon footprint and conserving our precious water supply? 

There is a global movement among the Fortune 500 and 100 companies, competing for the top awards for sustainability.  New companies are entering the marketplace every day with a purpose-driven message and a plan to help the planet.  It may seem like we are in a  hopeless place when it comes to the environment, but there are thousands of new companies, non-profits, and NGOs hard at work creating new ways to live a  sustainable future and heal the planet.     

Companies committed to becoming green certified work on measurements such as carbon footprint, energy consumption, product recycling rate, waste reduction, sustainably sourced ingredients, ethically produced products, and ending slave labor practices.

Some of the brands we know and love to shop for are purpose-driven, green companies like Toms, Patagonia, Allbirds, and  Seventh Generation. 

And then there are up and coming companies inspired by the passion of being able to do good for their customers and employees.  Happy Feet, which sells socks and T-shirts and then uses a part of the proceeds to provide transitional employment to young people ages 16-24 who are experiencing homelessness.

Dog Threads makes shirts and sweaters for dogs and matching attire for their human owners.  Started in 2014, they created a few designs for their doggie after seeing the need in the market.  Gena and Scott Davis donate a portion of every sale to support non-profit dog rescues. 

When  Holiday Gift Shopping 2020 you want to consider what's important to you and do a little research on the companies that you plan to shop.   It doesn't have to be complicated. Just check out their website first for your 2020 gift ideas.

Check out clothing stores that use recycled materials or like Patagonia repair and restore.

Keep your old clothes out of the landfills, and receive a discount on your new purchases. Some older recognizable names recycle or upcycle like Levi's, The North Face, Zaras, and H& M.   Also, check out a few companies you may not be as familiar with, such as  Reformation and Madewell. 

Buy gifts that contribute to solving our environmental problems, like a great water bottle from Hydro Flask.  Even though we are getting better and better at recycling, over ninety percent of the plastic bottles used end up in the landfills and leach into our oceans each year. 

Reusable metal straws make great stocking stuffers and save us from adding to the 500 million straws used in the US each day. Yikes!  There are quite a few choices on Amazon. 

Now that we are in our second waver of Covid shutdowns in Southern California, we can protect our family and our community health while still shopping with the businesses that need our support. Get takeout from your favorite restaurants. Hint: If possible, order from the restaurant directly rather than a delivery app. That will save your restaurant from having to pay a hefty fee for your order. 

Continue your holiday shopping online. Choose products from companies that are socially conscious about the issues that are important to you. Find products that meet your needs and also support a healthy planet, social justice initiatives, and keep you and your family healthy. 

Holiday Shopping  Gift Ideas 2020

 If you need a little shopping inspiration, try these Top Three-Holiday Gift Categories for 2020. Contribute to your friends and family's home cooking craze, get moving with the latest exercise routines and products for the much-needed home spa. 

Anything for the Kitchen

We are home and cooking more than ever. Who wouldn't love a subscription to a farm box delivery service? Or how about a new set of baking tools or a healthy zoodle maker.  Maybe it's time to indulge that dream of home brewing your special beer or wine. They have kits for that! 

Something for the Home Gym

Your favorite gym is probably closed.  How are you going to recreate your exercise routine at home? Ask Santa for a subscription to your favorite trainer, yoga instructor, or exercise channels,  and join them online. Try an exercise bike for cardio and some resistance bands or some kettlebells to keep the muscles fit. Putting together a home gym can be a great gift and fun project for the entire family. 

Your Home Spa Experience

We need to de-stress from our days on zoom calls, homeschooling the kids, and the endless news cycle.

What better way than to create a home Spa Experience.   The fastest way to set the mood and enhance the environment is to start with a selection of Natural Candles. Add music and maybe a home massager and bath salts. Turn off your technology and luxuriate. Enjoy your me-time or invite your partner.   Whatever you buy for a gift to give, make sure to double your order and gift yourself a relaxing spa experience. 

 We spoke to  Brian, of the Chateau Candle Company, who shared about how his hobby turned into this popular  Ecco –Friendly, California Candle Company.  He became tired of spending a small fortune on the natural candle scents he had grown to love while traveling in France. Brian wanted a luxury candle that was free from toxins and petroleum waste products. He loved creating his little pieces of luxury and comfort and wanted to share it with his friends & family. Combined with his love for France and his passion for candles, Chateau Candle Company was born. 

"Love and care go into each candle as we hand pour them in small batches. We feel fortunate to be able to offer a healthier, high-end candle at a more reasonable price and hope you enjoy our candles too. All our luxury candles are handcrafted and hand-poured one at a time in small batches at our small studio in Orange County, California."Made with 100% Pure Natural Coconut & Soy Vegan wax combined with a cotton wick that is lead & zinc-free to provide a clean and non-toxic burn.” 

To enjoy these luxury vegetarian candles visit our online candle shop.  Give the gift of luxury, peace, serenity, and joy. Experience the healing aromatherapy effects of our natural and exotic scents

Chateau Candles are the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 

Happy Holidays Every. Remember to Vote with your Dollars $$$ Shop Ecco- Friendly !!! 

Brian Morris
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