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Relax with a Hint of Fragrance


Have you noticed the recent coloring craze? All at once it seems stores everywhere have started carrying grown-up coloring books. Retailers have realized that coloring reduces stress, and have started offering highly detailed coloring pages as a new form of relaxation for adults everywhere. If you've ever tried coloring before bed or after a long day at work, you already know how calming it can be. If you haven't, it's probably time you gave it a try.

So this weekend, pamper yourself some well-earned relaxation time. Grab a coloring or sketch book and create a calm, quiet, solitary environment to put you in the right frame of mind. Turn on some soft music, shut out the noise from the rest of your house, and light up a soothing scented candle. Nothing sets the mood of a room faster or more effectively than the warm glow of a fragrant candle. What books and candles should you choose? That all depends on what relaxation means to you.


Lavender has long been known for its calming properties, so it's a natural choice when creating a soothing environment. Pair this sleepy scent with a mandala coloring book, and give your mind the chance to slow down. Enjoy the hues and rhythm of your colored pencils as they leave their pigment on the page. The meditative qualities of mandalas will promote a calm and quiet mind. Even in sleep, our minds are actively creating dreams. So to fully rest, we have to create a place where we can safely turn our minds off for a little while.


But not everyone relaxes by toning it down. If you're looking to foster a more creative mood, consider the delicate, invigorating scent of Cherry Blossoms instead. Nothing promotes peace and creativity more than the airy aroma of the newly opened buds of a cherry tree. To let your mind stretch its wings in a relaxing space, take out a blank sketch book and start drawing whatever comes to mind. If you're stuck for inspiration, close your eyes and breathe in the rich fragrance of the beautiful pink blossoms. There's a reason artists flock to Japan's Ueno Park – famous for its hundreds of cherry blossom trees – each spring.


Of course, if you're looking for more of a cozy environment, your best choice is Vanilla Cotton. This warm, motherly fragrance will put you in the right frame of mind to curl up on the couch with your crayons and give color to your favorite plants, animals, or birds. Thanks to their growing popularity, you can find just about any assortment of flora and fauna depicted in the waiting pages of coloring books. Find one that appeals to your inner child, and let your imagination go.

However you relax, a little aromatherapy and a few blank pages can go a long way to helping you create the ideal resting environment. Find your perfect coloring and candle combination by browsing through our selection of aromatic, soy-based candles. Don't let another week go by without giving yourself the rest you deserve.

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