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A Christmas Past

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With Christmas knocking on our door, let us take a look at the history of Christmas and how it came to be celebrated. It is hard to imagine now, but at the beginning of the 19th century Christmas was hardly celebrated. In fact, many businesses did not even consider it a holiday and worked through the day. However, by the end of the century it had become the biggest annual celebration that we recognise today. Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For thousands of years, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature.

The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many people rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.

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In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. The people would feast until the log burned out, which could take as many as 12 days.

In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the 4th century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Unfortunately, the Bible does not mention date for his birth. Although some evidence suggests that his birth may have occurred in the spring, Pope Julius I chose December 25th.
It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. First called the ‘Feast of the Nativity’, the custom spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the 6th century. By the end of the 8th century, the celebration of Christmas had spread all the way to Scandinavia.

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In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

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The transformation happened quickly, and came from all sectors of society. Many attribute the change to Queen Victoria, and it was her marriage to the German-born Prince Albert that introduced some of the most prominent aspects of Christmas. In 1848 the Illustrated London News published a drawing of the royal family celebrating around a decorated Christmas tree, a tradition that was reminiscent of Prince Albert's childhood in Germany. Soon every home in Britain had a tree bedecked with candles, sweets, fruit, homemade decorations and small gifts.

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In 1843 Henry Cole, an inventor commissioned an artist to design a card for Christmas. These weren’t affordable for ordinary Victorians and so were not immediately accessible. However, the sentiment caught on and many children including Queen Victoria's were encouraged to make their own Christmas cards. With advancing print technology, cards became cheaper and more popular. By the 1880s the sending of cards had become hugely popular, creating a lucrative industry that produced 11.5 million cards in 1880 alone. The commercialisation of Christmas was well on its way. Along with this came gift giving, all over the world, families and friends give presents to each other. Most children around the world believe in a Christmas gift bringer. It's often St. Nicholas, Santa Claus or Father Christmas, but in parts of Germany they believe that it is the Christkind, in Spain they believe it is the Wise Men and in parts of Italy they believe it is an old lady called Befana. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. Ideas of Santa Clause have evolved within different cultures and different elements now embody the father christmas we know and love today.

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The Christmas feast has its roots from before the Middle Ages, but it's during the Victorian period that the dinner we now associate with Christmas began to take shape. In England, mince pies start to be eaten at Christmas, originally made with mincemeat. The roast turkey also has its beginnings in Victorian Britain.

While carols were not new to the Victorians, it was a tradition that they actively revived and popularised. The Victorians considered carols to be a delightful form of musical entertainment, and a pleasure well worth cultivating. Old words were put to new tunes and the first significant collection of carols was published in 1833 for all to enjoy.

The Victorians also transformed the idea of Christmas so that it became centred around the family. The preparation and eating of the feast, decorations and gift giving, entertainments and parlour games were essential to the celebration of the festival.

The Victorian way of celebrating Christmas is in fact very similar to how we celebrate today. Their festivities have been handed down and today are recognisable of a Victorian Christmas past. While Charles Dickens did not invent the Victorian Christmas, his book A Christmas Carol is credited with helping to popularise and spread the traditions of the festival. Its themes of family, charity, goodwill, peace and happiness encapsulate the spirit of the Victorian Christmas, and are very much a part of the Christmas we celebrate today.

Notable Festive Dates:

• 354 AD 25 December is made the official birthday of Jesus.

• 11th Century The word Christmas is first used (previously it was called Yule). However Christmas is just one of many festivals and is not particularly important.

• October 1621 The origins of Thanksgiving date back to 1621 when a group of English pilgrims in present-day Massachusetts shared a feast with a tribe of Native Americans to celebrate a plentiful harvest.

• 16th Century In Central Europe Christmas trees are decorated with a variety of candles, wax ornaments and gingerbread.

• 1843 The first Christmas card is designed by John Horsley.

• 1847 Christmas crackers are made for the first time by a confectioner named Tom Smith.
The 'bang' inside Christmas crackers is added later in 1860.

• 1848 Victoria and Albert are shown in a picture in the Illustrated London New with a Christmas tree. As a result Christmas trees become more popular in England.

• 1862 Cartoonist Thomas Nast creates our modern image of Santa Claus

• 1863 Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday across the whole of the USA. Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada and various Caribbean islands.

• 1871 Christmas Day is made into a bank holiday.

• 1882 Christmas tree lights are invented.

• Late 19th Century Christmas cake was originally eaten on 6th January but at this time people began to eat it at Christmas.

• 1974 New Years Day is also made a bank holiday in Britain.

• 7th January Today Christmas is still celebrated on 7th January in Ethiopia. The Russian and Greek Orthodox Church also celebrates Christmas on 7th January.

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However, you chose to celebrate Christmas this year, make sure to check out what The Candle Tree has to offer. We have a large and fabulous range of soaps, gifts and luxury bath products, both online and in-store. Take a look at our online store from the comfort of your home to discover our collection of French soaps, speciality soaps, body treats, home fragrance, special gifts and much much more! If you are local, pop along to our Gloucester store right next door to the beautiful Gloucester Cathedral for lots of festive gift ideas and inspiration!

Cinnamon & Orange Festive Favourites

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Welcome to the festive season..the time of year in which the aromatic scents of orange and cinnamon take centre stage. These two are perfect seasonal partners. Cinnamon, with its richly evocative spicy fragrance is perfectly complimented and enhanced by the zingy aroma of oranges.

Orange and cinnamon is a truly familiar festive Christmas scent as the festivities begin. For centuries we have decorated our homes at Christmas with these two gifts from nature, we have studded tangerines with cloves and tied ribbons around cinnamon sticks. Orange and cinnamon combined are smells of Christmas, and winter warmth and will bring seasonal joy during the cold winter months.

Here, at The candle Tree, we have a great range of products featuring this delightful orange and cinnamon combination fragrance. We have a selection of tealights, festive candles, soaps, gift sets and diffusers. Let these products get you in the festive spirit and bring aromatic warmth and seasonal joy into your home!

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Cinnamon & Orange French Soap

It’s beginning to look a like Christmas, why not smell like Christmas too?! This invigorating cinnamon and orange scent, coupled with the natural benefits of French soap, helps to improve both your skin and is wonderfully uplifting for the spirit. Winter can play havoc with dry and sensitive skins, so nourish yours with a festive lather infused with hydrating shea butter for soft, smooth skin. Treat your skin with this zesty, French soap bar fragranced with cinnamon and orange.

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This French all natural, 100% vegetable soap enriches your skin with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. Our French soaps are infused with shea butter to help soften and moisturise your skin, leaving you with a natural glow. Shea butter is used to keep skin in good condition and is perfect for sensitive, damaged skin or skin that is dehydrated, promoting skin elasticity. The addition of Shea Butter creates a rich and creamy lather leaving your skin soft and moisturised. This is an artisanal vegetable French soap, certified without animal fat and made in Marseille from rigorously selected raw materials. As well as being deeply moisturising, the rich shea butter forms a protective layer to defend skin from harsh winter conditions. Overall, shea butter is a wonderful ingredient to form the basis of this aromatic naturally scented soap. Along with improving your skin’s health, this soap has a unique citrus and spice aroma to help relieve stress as you soak in its aromatic fragrance.

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Orange & Cinnamon Reed Diffusers

These orange and cinnamon reed diffusers are a festive delight for any household during the Christmas season. This reed diffuser is blended with vibrant zesty orange and sweet, earthy cinnamon to give a refreshingly warm and uplifting scent for your home. Their aromatic scent will gently fill the room to evoke a subtle and delicious festive scent. These are great for seasonal use and also make a wonderful Christmas gift. Why not combine these with another cinnamon and orange delight for a festive themed gift for someone special. Each gift tube comes with a cream bottle, 10 reeds and bottle of our festive orange & cinnamon fragrance.

Along our fabulous festive range, The Candle Tree has a large and fabulous range of soaps, gifts and luxury bath products, both online and in-store. Take a look at our online store from the comfort of your home to discover our collection of French soaps, speciality soaps, body treats, home fragrance, special gifts and much much more! If you are are local, pop along to our Gloucester store right next door to the beautiful Gloucester Cathedral for lots of festive gift ideas and inspiration!

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Introducing Our Christmas Collection!

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With the dark nights drawing in and cold, bright winter days, we can be sure that Christmas is just around the corner…Here, at The Candle Tree we are very pleased to introduce our delightful Christmas range. In store we have a large selection of Christmas gifts, ranging from beautiful scarfs and gloves, luxury festive candles, body treats and much much more! Our online shop features Christmas themed candles, soaps, and gift sets. There is also our usual collection of great gift ideas and luxury treats!

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Get ready for the Christmas countdown with our traditional festive advent candles, a unique and interesting twist on the calendar.

An Advent candle is a candle marked with the days of December up to Christmas Eve. Each day in December the candle is burnt down a little more, to the mark for the day, to show the remaining days leading up to Christmas. St Eval traditional advent dinner candles marked with the days of December are the perfect start to the holiday season.

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Be uplifted by our Inspiritus scented tin candle. Enjoy our hand-poured Inspiritus scented candle tin with its warm and uplifting scent of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Enjoy these festive candles in the run up to Christmas. Alternatively, these warm, aromatic scented tin candles make the perfect gift for Christmas time.

Sit back and enjoy a burn time of about 45 hours.

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Evoke the scent of flowers in winter with this festively scented soap. This rich luxurious shea butter body bar contains natural essential oils. The addition of shea butter makes it a perfect hydrating choice for winter parched skin. It is 100% Triple Milled vegetable soap for a smooth lather. Generously perfumed to provide a luxurious fragrance, that lasts.

Made in England by The English Soap Company.

These beautifully packaged gift bars evoke the spirit of Christmas with the scent of cinnamon and mulled wine. Enriched with shea butter, these soaps are a perfect winter treat, adding a touch of luxury to your day.

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The soaps are 100% triple-milled vegetable soap, for a refined and luxury lather. Ideal as a small gift or stocking filler, a real festive treat! There are x 3 100 gram bars in each pack.

Made in England by The English Soap Company.

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The Candle Tree has a large and fabulous range of soaps, gifts and luxury bath products, both online and in-store. Take a look at our online store from the comfort of your home to discover our collection of French soaps, speciality soaps, body treats, home fragrance, special gifts and much much more! If you are are local, pop along to our Gloucester store right next door to the beautiful Gloucester Cathedral for lots of festive gift ideas and inspiration!

New Candle Tree Soaps!

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Here, at The Candle Tree we are delighted to introduce our very own handmade branded soaps. These were handmade by our supplier Mitcheldean Soap and we are extremely excited to collaborate with this expert soap maker. The soaps are beautifully packaged according to the scent of the soap, and make a beautiful gift. Sara, the soap maker has been making great quality soaps for nearly a decade, and our customers love a natural soap, so we have included the customer favourites to The Candle Tree range.

 Vanilla & Orange Soap

Vanilla & Orange Soap

Mitcheldean Natural Soap is a home grown business making traditional handmade soaps bursting with natural fragrance. They are made in The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire by Sara Gates, who started the business from her own kitchen. In her own words; "I started it as I wanted to work from home because of the children, however it soon outgrew my kitchen and I had to take on a unit. This was much better as I didn't have to keep clearing up to make meals etc, and then get everything back out again. I love that the our soap is never tested on animals just on hubby first. I really enjoy making the batches of soap, it's a bit like cake making but you must not get the two mixed up!"

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With 3 years of industry knowledge, we’ve really got to know what it is that our Candle Tree customers like. For me, it felt like a natural way to introduce The Candle Tree branded products. High quality, handmade, local soaps and the help of the wonderful soap maker, Sara Gates, meant we could do this.

So together with Mitcheldean soap we have created a lovely selection of Candle Tree soaps in our brand packaging. These include: Orange & Cinnamon, Rose, Geranium & Lemon, Rosemary & Lavender, Tea Tree & Lime and Vanilla & Orange. Orange & Cinnamon is a seasonal favourite beautifully fragranced with a balance of zesty orange and aromatic spice. All soaps are naturally scented with natural extracts and essential oils.  

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All Mitcheldean soap bars are made from natural ingredients, no artificial ingredients or nasty chemicals, or parabans and are very kind and gentle to the skin. The quality of the soaps is exceptional and the fragrances are a natural delight. Mitcheldean soap bars contain locally sourced ingredients where possible, for example, the addition of honey is from a smallholding in The Forest of Dean. 

There are exceptional benefits of these naturally handmade soaps, with the beauty boosting properties of natural ingredients. Their fresh and aromatic aromas are captivating, the distinct natural oils are unmistakable. Since natural essential oils and natural ingredients are used, these beauty bars have an enticing but light subtle scent. Mitcheldean soaps are gentle and ultra-hydrating. Once infused with essential oils, the combined vitamins and nutrients work together to minimise dry skin, add hydration and deliver naturally cleansed and beautiful skin.

Mitcheldean soaps are not only a great natural essential to your toiletry collection, but also make wonderfully pretty gifts with their unique printed packaging. They are available in-store at The Candle Tree in Gloucestershire and also on our online shop, where you can take a look at our other fabulous products! See below for our fabulous new range of naturally scented soaps:

Rose, Geranium & Lemon Soap

Rosemary & Lavender Soap

Orange & Cinnamon Soap

Tea Tree & Lime Soap

The Candle Tree has a large and fabulous range of soaps, gifts and luxury bath products, both online and in-store. Take a look at our online store to discover our collection of French soaps, speciality soaps, body treats, home fragrance, special gifts and much much more!

Pur Pur Soaps Are Back!

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Hungarian in origin, Pur Pur soaps are a beautiful addition to our large soap range, here, at The Candle Tree. The soaps are available now, both online and in store at our shop in Gloucester, situated next to the stunning Gloucester Cathedral. 

Pur Pur products are packaged in a unique pretty illustrative paper and come in variety of lovely floral scents. Our range includes soothing aromatic Lavender, classic sweet Rose, fresh clean Verbena and the green floral scent of Lily of the Valley. They really are a luxury for both the body and your bathroom.

Each Pur Pur soap is enriched with shea butter to create a luxurious moisturising lather, great for all skin types. Shea butter is especially good for dry and sensitive skin conditions that need extra soothing. The hydrating agents in shea butter are very similar to the skin’s own moisturising sebaceous glands, making it a fabulous match for dry skin. Shea butter has several great anti-inflammatory benefits as well as these rich moisturising qualities. The lather produced by Pur Pur also provides a rich soothing shaving foam cream.

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Shea butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturising for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils. It alleviates sensitive and dry winter skin conditions. Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. Regular use of Shea butter enriched products can revive tired, dried out winter skin and boost your skins natural oils. Another great reason to add Pur Pur soaps to your daily skin care routine!

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As well as the larger Pur Pur soaps, we also have a range of smaller Pur Pur heart shaped soaps on a hanger which are a delightful accessory and makes a perfect gift! They can be used as normal soaps or placed in wardrobes and drawers to beautifully fragrance your clothing and bedding. They also come in range of floral scents, as the larger soaps, including; Lily Of The Valley, Lavender, Verbena and Rose.

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We have an extended range of Pur Pur products in store at our Gloucester shop. This includes gift sets, bath tub soap dishes and other fragrances such as Cornflower, Sloe Berry, Wine Grapes, Acacia, Paprika and seasonal Quince. Along with these fabulous Pur Pur soaps, we also have a large selection of wonderful high quality soaps for you to try. Our range includes speciality soaps, French soaps, and seasonal soap collections. The ingredients used in our soaps are 100% natural and have not been tested on animals. A lot of the soaps we sell are enriched with soothing shea butter, a delightfully hydrating ingredient for daily use. See link below for more soaps:

Shea Butter Skin Care

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It is that time of year again where it’s getting colder and we spend more time indoors around our central heating. Autumn brings lots of interesting changes in nature and things to enjoy, but it is also time to give your skincare routine a boost. Central heating and cold weather can dry and dehydrate skin, causing soreness, dryness and chapped skin.

Shea butter is really a saviour this time of year, and is included in many skin care products to enrich and moisturise. This wondrous beauty product was being used cosmetically as early as Cleopatras Egypt. In ancient Egypt it was used to protect the hair and skin from the fierce sun and desert winds.

Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection of around SPF 6 and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturising for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils. It alleviates the pain associated with tightness and itching of eczema and dry winter skin conditions.

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Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction. Shea butter melts at body temperature, making it easily absorbed into the skin. It absorbs rapidly into the skin, acts as a "rehydrating" agent, and has good water-binding properties. Used regularly, Shea butter products can revive tired dried out winter skin and boost your skins natural oils.

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Once you’ve tried Naturally European Hand Cream we’re sure you’ll agree it’s the best hand cream around for soothing dry hands. With 20% Shea butter, Naturally European Luxury Hand Cream provides outstanding skin care, is beautifully scented contained in attractive packaging. This Neroli & Tangerine fragranced hand cream will lift your mood and improve and protect the delicate skin on your hands. This luxurious hand cream is blended with rich shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, baobab seed oil and rosehip oil to hydrate and ensure you’re left with soft, supple skin. Massage Naturally European luxury hand cream in and let the rich, creamy moisturiser melt to reveal softer, smoother skin.

As well as being deeply moisturising, the rich shea butter forms a protective layer to defend skin from environmental damage. Shea butter helps to firm skin and combat the signs of aging, fighting fine lines and wrinkles. Perfect for skin that is sensitive, dry and dehydrated, as it helps with skin elasticity. Overall, shea butter is a wonderful ingredient to form the basis of these beautifully scented creams. Here at The Candle Tree, we have a range of Naturally European hand creams. Our selection includes: fresh Verbena, classic Rose, zesty Ginger & Lime and comforting Lavender. See below for the range:

Red Clay French soap with shea butter, is currently half price!

Here, at The Candle Tree, we have a large selection of French soaps. The soaps are infused with shea butter to help soften and moisturise your skin, leaving you with a natural glow. Shea butter is used to keep skin in good condition and is particularly useful for applying to sensitive, damaged skin or skin that is dehydrated, promoting skin elasticity. BIO Shea Butter creates a rich and creamy lather leaving your skin soft and moisturised. These are artisanal vegetable French Soap, certified without animal fat and made in Marseille from rigorously selected raw materials. As well as being deeply moisturising, the rich shea butter forms a protective layer to defend skin from environmental damage. Overall, shea butter is a wonderful ingredient to form the basis of these naturally scented soaps.

Sanatio Naturalis Essential Oils

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Sanatio Naturalis essential citrus oils are therapeutic quality aromatherapy oils and are cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit. These finest essential oils are ethically and sustainably sourced, elegantly packaged in Sanatio Naturalis signature gift box. 

Sanatio Naturalis finest essential oils are 100% pure and natural, therapeutic grade. Comprehensive analyses and quality controls are performed including: gas-chromatography, optical rotation, refraction index and density tests.

At The Candle Tree, we have a selection of these beautiful scented oils. Lemon and Sweet Orange are just two of these wonderful natural oils.

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Sanatio Naturalis Award-Winning Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) is a pure therapeutic-quality aromatherapy essential oil, and is cold-pressed from the rind of the Italian sun-ripened oranges.

Aromatic Description: Sweet, fresh, citrus and zesty.

Therapeutic Properties: Anti-depressant, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, tonic, sedative, detoxifying.

Sanatio Naturalis uses sweet orange, grown in Calabria and Sicily, in southern Italy, known for its unique and sunny quality. Fruits are harvested between November and February, when the oils are at their best. Every orange is expertly harvested by hand, cut at the stalk using special hand-secateurs, ensuring the optimum condition. The producer, a family business, was founded in 1926, and the traditions, skills, expertise and cultivation techniques have been handed down from generation to generation, now at the fourth generation.

Naturally revitalizing, Sweet Orange is a vibrant and radiant oil, which is mood enhancing and enhances happiness which is helpful with depression, nervous tension, stress, anger, fatigue, and anxiety.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil boosts immunity and is a great support for the lymphatic system, helping to eliminate toxins, and reduce edema and cellulite. Sweet Orange Essential Oil may also help to ease digestive discomforts, improve digestion, relieve abdominal spasms and alleviate nausea, and vomiting. Sweet Orange Essential Oil can be mixed with a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage over the abdominal area in a clockwise direction.

Sweet Orange, like other citrus fruits, is a rich source of Vitamin C. Add it to your regular skin care routine. It is a great tonic for the skin – mix a drop with your cream it may help refresh, detoxify and rejuvenate the skin. It contains powerful anti-oxidant defence against free radicals and helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. When used topically Sweet Orange Essential Oil leaves skin with a radiant, youthful glow, especially good for dull, mature, oily and acne-prone skin.

Sanatio Naturalis Sweet Orange Essential Oil has such a fresh and joyful scent and is full of natural warmth. Try making Sweet Orange essential oil part of your morning routine to start your day off with an inspiring boost of citrus aroma. Add 5 - 6 drops in a diffuser, it brightens the room and has the added air cleansing benefit during cold and flu seasons! 

Fabulous Ways to Use Sweet Orange Essential Oil:

Uplifting Diffuser

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Sweet Orange has a bright, summery, sweet fresh scent, bringing about a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy.
Add 5 - 6 drops in a diffuser to inhale the bright uplifting magic of Sweet Orange Oil. 

Geranium & Orange Bath Oil

2 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil

2 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil

3 drops of Geranium Essential Oil

Comforting and relaxing - smells heavenly! Blend with a teaspoon of carrier oil, add to a warm bath. Soak in the bath for 15 - 20 minutes before bedtime for a restful sleep.

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Naturalis Sicilian Lemon (Citrus limon) is a pure therapeutic-quality aromatherapy essential oil, and is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit. Sanatio Naturalis finest essential oils are ethically and sustainably sourced. They are each elegantly packaged in a Sanatio Naturalis signature gift box. 

Aromatic Description: Citrus, fresh, fruity, zesty and bright.

Therapeutic Properties: Antiseptic, antibacterial, antioxidant, astringent, cleansing, refreshing, revitalizing and uplifting.

Zesty, fresh and citrussy, Sanatio Naturalis Lemon Oil, grown in Siracusa, in southern Italy, boasts a unique and sunny quality. Sanatio Naturalis use only exceptional lemons which are cultivated in a traditional way, and hand-picked with care. Sanatio Naturalis work directly with the producer whose handcrafted cultivation techniques and knowledge have been handed down from generation to generation. Even today old techniques for pruning, fertilization, and irrigation are replied upon to produce the finest citrus fruit. 

Varied geological and climatic conditions give Sanatio Naturalis Essential Oils exceptional qualities and makes them unique. These organic cultivated lemons contain at least 34% of juice, rich in Vitamin C and citric acid. Its aromatic, fine-grained peel with abundant oil-producing glands gives the highest-quality essential oils. Most of the lemons are harvested between October and May, when the oils are at their finest. It takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of Lemon Essential Oil.

Lemon Essential Oil is a key ingredient in many hair and skin care products. Its antiseptic and astringent properties are great for greasy and acne-prone skin. Make Lemon part of your beauty routine, adding a drop to your face cream to reduce the appearance of blemishes, awaken dull skin and promote a glowing complexion, or to conditioner and DIY hair masques to give your hair a smoother, shinier look.

Lemon Essential Oil is known to boost the immune system and cleanse the body, whilst stimulating the body’s defences against bacterial and viral infections, colds and flu. These effects are enhanced when blended together with Tea Tree. Lemon essential oil also has a tonic effect on the circulatory system and aids lymphatic cleansing. Used in massage, lemon oil helps to boost circulation and reduce cellulite and varicose veins. It is also a traditional remedy for the treatment of broken capillaries visible on the skin. 

This uplifting citrus oil helps to clear the mind, and lift the spirits whilst simultaneously reducing stress and fatigue. Simply add 3 - 5 drops to an essential oil burner or aroma diffuser for a bright, joyful and citrus scent. Lemon Essential Oil blends beautifully with Sweet Orange, Lavender, Geranium, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, and Ginger. 

Fabulous Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil:

Happiness Diffuser

The bright, joyful scent of citrus essential oils are used in aromatherapy to energize, enliven the spirit and boost overall mood. Geranium and Ylang Ylang help to balance emotions and feel more positive.

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2 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

2 drops Lemon Essential Oil

2 drops Geranium Essential Oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Relaxing Lemon & Lavender Bath Salts

100% natural sea salts infused with pure therapeutic Lemon and Lavender Essential Oil help to soothe tired muscles, relax and unwind before bedtime. Run a warm bath and sprinkle in one or two generous spoonfuls of salt crystals. Soak in, relax, and enjoy.

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5 drops Lemon Essential Oil

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Lemon & Sweet Orange Pure Essential Oils:
Fruity, citrus, refreshing, revitalizing and uplifting.

• Size: 10ml.

• Country of Origin: Italy.

• Expressed from the rind of the fruit.

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Along with our full range of fabulous Sanatio Naturalis essential oil range, we also have a large selection of home fragrances & accessories, oil diffusers, luxury bath & body products and creative lighting ideas. There is lots to see online and in-store! Click the button below for our online shop.

Sanatio Naturalis Diffuser Lamp

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Here at The Candle Tree, we are delighted to introduce our luxury natural home fragrance products from Sanatio Naturalis. We stock a range of essential oil diffusers along with beautifully scented oils. This diffuser lamp is hand-crafted from glass, and adds a touch of natural elegance and luxury to any space. It utilizes ultrasonic technology to produce a fine, cool fragrant mist, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing aromatherapy moment.

With its beautiful, Eastern-inspired design, our Sanatio Naturalis Diffuser Lamp is a unique decorative piece, ideal to give an elegant touch to your interiors. This pretty translucent glass is hand-crafted, making each piece unique. A stunning gift or wonderful treat for your own home. 

The diffuser is designed to work in harmony with Sanatio Naturalis finest 100% pure essential oils. It functions to fill your home with a therapeutic fragrance to suit any mood and promote well being. Depending on the oil you choose, the diffuser can work to soothe your spirits, encourage a sense of calm, aid sleep, de-stress, boost your energy or lift your mood. In addition, there are other beneficial elements; the soothing humidity alleviates dry air, with an optional soft light creating a peaceful ambiance. Just by the simple act of adding a beautiful scent to your home creates a sense of well being and a delightful sensory experience. Our finest therapeutic pure essential oil collection ranges from natural fragrances of a forest, happy citruses, relaxing French lavender, cleansing mints, or warm spices.

This elegant diffuser is ideal for scenting small spaces, such as home, office and spa. It makes the perfect gift and an excellent way to add a spot of fragrance to your home or office. A patented ultrasonic, high-frequency technology, emits 2.4 million vibratory waves per second to delicately transform the essential oil into a dry, cool fragrant mist with no heating or burning for diffusion. Every piece is unique and no two diffusers are the same.

Sanatio Naturalis Diffuser

  • The perfect gift

  • Use in home, spa, hotel, office

  • Handcrafted / Water Capacity: 120ml

  • Soothing Humidity

  • Auto shut off safety feature

  • Optional light for creating ambiance

  • 8 hours of run time

  • Program Option: 4 Hours Non-Stop

  • Program Option: 8 Hours Intermittent 

  • One year warranty

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Along with this fabulous Sanatio Naturalis diffuser lamp, we also have a large range of home fragrances & accessories, luxury bath & body products and creative lighting ideas. There is lots to see online and in-store! Click the button above for our full range including beautifully scented Sanatio Naturalis essential oils to compliment this wonderful diffuser!

Verbena Collection

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Verbena Flower

The botanical name can be either Aloysia citriodora or Lippia citriodora, is native to Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Central America.  A lemon verbena plant can grow over 10 feet high in warm climates where it originates from. This plant was named after Maria Luisa, the Princess of Parma. It was brought into Europe by the returning Spanish sometime in the 17th or 18th century. Lemon Verbena flowers have pretty purple buds during August to October. It blooms during late summer and is used for its strong lemon scent. The essential oil is extracted from this herb that has various healing properties. 

Lemon verbena oil is richly aromatic and has been made use of for centuries and it was a well-known therapeutic oil throughout the Victorian era. Particularly for healing muscle spasms, inflammation, skin infections and also as a sedative. The flowering tops and leaves can be used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Lemon verbena’s fresh citrus scent has made it popular for inclusion in fragrances and scented products. A delightful uplifting scent to use all year round!

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Verbena Luxury Body Lotion is a sheer treat! This luxurious Verbena lotion is blended with rich shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, baobab seed oil and rosehip oil to hydrate and ensure you’re left with soft, supple skin. Massage Naturally European Luxury Body Lotion in and let the rich body moisturiser melt away revealing instantly smoother skin.

As well as being deeply moisturising, the rich shea butter forms a protective layer to defend skin from environmental damage. Shea butter helps to firm skin and combat the signs of aging, fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

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Our Verbena Soap is French and is made by Savon de Marseille, the ingredients are 100% natural and have not been tested on animals. The soap is enriched with soothing shea butter. 

Lemon Verbena is known for its therapeutic skin properties today. It breaks down cellulite, and hence, offers a healing, toning and relaxing effect to the skin. That is the reason this herb is often used in the preparation of natural soaps. Lemon Verbena soap suits all skin types and makes the skin feel soft and toned. The essential oil of this herb is gentle on the skin and helps maintain the proper balance of the skin’s natural oils. The soap also helps to give the skin an even tone. 

The Lemon Verbena oil present in the soap gets rid of excess sebum and pollutants from the skin without causing excessive dryness. It also aids in repelling the bacteria that cause acne, and blocked pores, thereby leaving you with a blemish-free skin.

Its plant-derived oils help in giving the skin a nourished and clean feeling. It offers smoothness to skin and uplifts it after every wash. The soap contains the goodness of flavonoids that soothe and nourish the skin, thereby giving it a radiant appearance.

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Naturally European Verbena Hand Wash adds a touch of luxury to your day. The liquid soap’s classic design and perfected formulation will bring elegance to any sink. Revive your hands, and indulge your senses with this fresh fragranced soothing lather.
 
Our range of Naturally European liquid hand soaps is bursting with fragrances, each inspired by natural European landscapes. We have a range of fragrances to chose from and each fragrance is made using essential oils.

Naturally European Luxury Hand Wash is free from parabens and SLS making it ideal for skin that’s a little sensitive.

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Along with this fabulous Verbena range, we also have a large range of home fragrances & accessories, luxury bath & body products and creative lighting ideas. There is lots to see online and in-store! See below for our range including more beautifully scented Verbena products!

Jasmine French Soap

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At The Candle Tree, we have a large collection of luxury natural soaps. Our French soap range in particular has many skin and well-being benefits. Our 125g Savon de Marseille Jasmine Soap is enriched with BIO Shea Butter, which creates a rich and creamy lather leaving your skin soft and moisturised. It is an artisanal vegetable French Soap, certified without animal fat and made in Marseille from rigorously selected raw materials. Our Jasmine French soap is a perfect floral seasonal choice for Summer. Even more fabulous is that the soap is currently on offer at half price, whilst stocks last.

Jasmine is a genus of shrubs and vines that belong to the olive family. It contains around 200 species native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Asia, Africa, and Australia. These can be either deciduous (leaves falling in autumn) or evergreen (green all year round), and may be upright, spreading, or climbing shrubs and vines, with white or yellow flowers in clusters. Jasmine is typically grown for the flowers, which open between six and eight in the evening when the temperature starts to go down. Some varieties thrive in cool weather, while others do better in warm weather, with the outdoor varieties thriving in full sun with fertile, well-drained soils. Historically, jasmine was used in many ways to provide health benefits. 

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The word Jasmine actually means “Gift from God”. Jasmine has long been used as a form of aromatherapy to treat depression, stress, and to calm nerves.

The exquisite essential oil has a sweet exotic smell, which deeply relaxes, soothes nerves, and boosts confidence.

The Chinese used the stems, petals, roots, and leaves for pain relief. They also used the flowers to ignite passion. The roots were used internally to treat headaches and insomnia, and were reported to have anesthetic properties.

Skin Benefits of Jasmine

Jasmine is rich in a variety of active chemical components that are beneficial to the skin.

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  • Anti-aging: Because of its antioxidants, jasmine can help protect from environmental stress. This can help give a youthful appearance to your skin.
  • Evens skin tone: Jasmine can help as the oil is very effective in evening the tone of skin as well as reducing the appearance of age spots.
  • Moisturising: Like many natural oils, jasmine oil helps treat dry skin and provide natural moisture that won't clog pores.
  • Soothing: Jasmine Sambac, a variety from Hawaii, is perfect for those with finicky skin temperaments, as it's non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It's also great for dry, greasy, or sensitive skin, as it helps to balance all types without irritating.
  • Beautiful scent: We can't deny the lovely natural scent that this flower has, so adding it to skin care helps to elevate mood as well as nourish your skin.

Along with this fabulous Jasmine soap, we also have a large range of wonderful high quality French soaps for you to try - 60g & 125g Savonnette Marseillaise, 250g luxury oval soap from Marseille, 300g square block French soap, heart guest soaps and traditional 300g Savon de Marseille cubes.

Wash away your worries, relax, close your eyes and let your body absorb the natural ingredients of our fabulous soaps! See link below for more soaps:

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Lotus Flower French Soap

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Lotus Flower

Our 125g Savon de Marseille Lotus Flower Soap is enriched with soothing and moisturizing BIO Shea Butter. 

Summer is now in full swing with plenty of sunshine which brings us into nature. Here, at The Candle Tree, we have a lovely lotus flower soap to inspire and add floral fragrance to your summer skincare routine. Our all natural, 100% vegetable soap enriches your skin with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. Suitable for all skin types, French Lotus Flower soap both exfoliates and purifies the pores to improve skin health.

The soap is infused with shea butter to help soften and moisturise your skin, leaving you with a natural glow. Shea butter is used to keep skin in good condition and is particularly useful for applying to sun damaged skin or skin that is dehydrated, as it helps with skin elasticity. Overall, a wonderful ingredient to form the basis of this beautifully scented soap.

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The Lotus Flower

Known scientifically as Nelumbo nucifera, the lotus (also called “Indian lotus”) is an aquatic perennial not to be confused with the water lily. The lotus is native to southern Asia and Australia. India and Vietnam chose it as their national flower. The roots are planted in the soil of the pond or river bottom, while the leaves emerge on the top of the water surface. Lotuses are considered “heat-producing” plants, and can sustain a temperature of 86-95 degrees Fahrenheit even while the outside temperature is only 50˚ F.

Lotus Flower Skin Benefits

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Ancient Hindu and Buddhist writings linked the lotus flower to serenity and purity. It's also said to have soothing and calming properties. In skin care, lotus cleanses and purifies, while providing the antioxidant protection that we gain from so many natural botanical ingredients. The lotus is full of compounds that benefit the skin, including antioxidants, flavonoids, fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Like most natural plant ingredients, it provides many benefits at once:

  • Antioxidants: Lotus flower extract is rich in antioxidants, and the fragrant lotus acts as a skin conditioner.
  • Balances: Natural products infused with lotus can not only help control our sebum production, balancing out oily skin, but can hydrate and improve elasticity as well.
  • Vitamin A: the lotus root contains vitamin A which helps reduce inflammation and promotes healing.
  • Purifies: Use lotus on your skin and you may notice a minimized appearance of your pores and your face feeling more fresh and vibrant.
  • Soothes: The lotus has natural moisture that conditions and hydrates.
  • Exfoliates: Like hibiscus, lotus has natural alpha-hydroxy acids that help exfoliate and restore a youthful look.
  • Firms and tightens: The proteins in lotus help firm and tighten.

Along with this fabulously floral lotus soap, we also have a large range of other wonderful high quality French soaps for you to try. Wash away your worries, relax, close your eyes and let your body absorb the natural ingredients of our fabulous soaps! See link below for more soaps:

Natural Insect Repellent Candles

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The sun is shining, Summer is in full swing, and we hope you are enjoying the long warm days and evenings. Along with the sunshine, Summer can also bring a whole host of irritating insects which can spoil your al fresco dining experiences and generally be a pest!

At The Candle Tree we sell a huge variety of candles, including those fragranced with natural insect repellent. Citrus fragrances in particular are well know to deter insects. Lemon, grapefruit along with certain herbs such as thyme and rosemary are great combinations to use with both indoor and outdoor candles. Citronella oil is also a popular choice to repell insects and has been used for centuries for many health giving and medicinal reasons. 

Citronella oil is a concentrated form of antioxidants and phytochemicals taken from the plant's stems and leaves. Citronella oil comes from the Asian grass plant known as Cymbopogon nardus (species of lemongrass). It has many uses, due its natural fragrant oil which is utilised in beauty, household and perfume products. According to scientific research, pure citronella oil has been proven to have antibacterial and antifungal elements.

Citronella oil has a powerful citrus aroma, bursting with a crisp, lemon and grassy scent. It is a pleasure to use as well as keeping the insects at bay. Try our St.Eval Citronella tealights for both indoor and outdoor use.

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This beautiful potted candle does not only will look delightful but also have the added benefit of being a natural insect repellent. Lemon and thyme scented Tuscan pot candle is a great natural repellent candle, to keep away those little bugs.

Bring the ambience of a balmy Tuscan evening to your back garden or terrace with these simple yet stunning outdoor candles. Let freshly picked lemons and thyme warm your garden. These pretty pots are hand poured at a factory which is beautifully situated on the North coast of Cornwall.

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Fly repellent ideas:

Lemon stuffed with cloves:
This method works well both indoors and outdoors. All you have to do is place whole cloves in half a lemon, place as many of the cloves as you can fit into the lemon flesh. Place the lemon half in a bowl, and let the fragrance work its magic!

Cayenne Pepper:
Simply mix some up with water and put it all in a spray bottle. Spray liberally on areas with lots of flies, it’s a safe and non-toxic solution for eliminating flies in both your home and your garden.

Cucumber:
Not only do ants hate the smell of cucumber, but so do flies. Place slices in any areas that are at risk of being infested. This will keep them away before they even have a chance to seek out and discover the places they might want to nest.

There are lots of other herbs and plants which act as natural insect repellents, which you can plant to use to get rid of a range of bugs:

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  • Basil: Repels flies when made into an alcohol solution.
  • Bay leaves: Repel flies. 
  • Chives: Repel carrot flies, Japanese beetle and aphids.
  • Dill: Repels aphids, squash bugs, spider mites, cabbage loopers and tomato hornworms.
  • Fennel: Repels aphids, slugs and snails.
  • Lavender: moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes.
  • Lemon balm: Repels mosquitoes.
  • Lemon thyme: Repels mosquitoes.
  • Mint: Repels mosquitoes, ants, flies, fleas and moths
  • Oregano: Repels many pests and will provide ground cover and humidity for peppers.
  • Parsley: Repels asparagus beetles.
  • Rosemary: Repels cabbage looper, carrot fly, slugs, snails, and the Mexican bean beetle
  • Thyme: Repels whiteflies, cabbage loopers, cabbage maggots, corn earworms, whiteflies, tomato hornworms and small whites.
  • Venus flytrap: Consumes ants and other insects.

At The Candle Tree in Gloucester, we have a fabulous assortment of candles and natural French soaps. Why not pop by and see our range of home fragrances & accessories, luxury bath & body products and creative lighting ideas. Lots to see online and in-store!

Strawberry French Soap

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At The Candle Tree, we have a huge collection of luxury natural soaps. Our French soap range in particular is a firm favourite with good reason. French soap has many skin and well being benefits. Our 125g Savon de Marseille Strawberry Soap is enriched with BIO Shea Butter, which creates a rich and creamy lather leaving your skin soft and moisturised. It is an artisanal vegetable French Soap, certified without animal fat and made in Marseille from rigorously selected raw materials. Our Strawberry French soap is a perfect seasonal choice for June. It will bring a lovely fresh fruity fragrance to your summer skin care routine.

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This fruit had its first mention in the ancient Roman literature in reference to its medicinal use. In fact, the word strawberry is derived from the Old English streawberige – because the plant sends out runners that are similar to pieces of straw. Also called ‘fraise’ in French, ‘erdbeere’ in Greek, ‘fragola’ in Italian, and ‘fresa’ in Spanish, strawberries have been in cultivation for thousands of years. They didn’t find their place in the commercial market until the late Renaissance era in Europe. The fruit is native to North America. Some records show that the early settlers in Massachusetts cultivated and ate strawberries as early as 1643.

Strawberry Skin Benefits

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• Controlling Inflammation
Researchers suspect that the berries’ anthocyanins (the pigments that give them their brilliant red colour), are of great importance. These compounds have important anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties and are capable of repairing and protecting your skin.

Rich In Vitamin C: These fruits can be used to make excellent face masks to fight oily skin, as well as nourish and revitalize your skin. Strawberries are acidic in nature and this is effective to remove the excess sebum on skin. Strawberry juice is very efficient in lightening blemishes and acne scars.

Improve Skin Health: Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acid, which is an important substance that helps eliminate dead skin cells and cleanses the skin in the process. Some studies have shown strawberry treatments with alpha hydroxy acids have been found to reverse signs of aging. 

• Improve Skin Appearance: The strawberry fruit also contains salicylic acid and ellagic acid, which are known for reducing hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Salicylic acid is also known for removing dead cells from the skin and tightening the skin pores to prevent further acne breakouts.

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• Vitamin C: Strawberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C, which can cleanse the skin and keep it healthy. The berries have other skin benefits too. They improve your complexion, tone and soothe irritated skin, and offer protection from UV radiation.

• Natural Face Mask: You can simply mix strawberry paste with some honey and apply to your face every morning. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and wash with cold water. You can replace honey with rose water as well, or even add milk to the recipe. All these ingredients work wonders in improving skin health.

• De-puff Eyes: If you suffer with tired, puffy eyes in the morning, try slicing a cooled strawberry and placing them on your eyelids for a few minutes. The strawberries have astringent properties, which means they help the skin to contract. 

Along with the Strawberry soap, we also have a large range of wonderful high quality French soaps for you to try - 60g & 125g Savonnette Marseillaise, 250g luxury oval soap from Marseille, 300g square block French soap, heart guest soaps and traditional 300g Savon de Marseille cubes.

Wash away your worries, relax, close your eyes and let your body absorb the natural ingredients of our fabulous soaps! See link below for more soaps:

June 17th Father's Day

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is fast approaching and here at The Candle Tree, we have a great selection of gifts to show your love and appreciation! 

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This luxurious beard gift set by the fabulous Bloom Remedies is a perfect grooming gift for bearded men. This boxed set by Bloom Remedies contains award winning Men's Moisture Care organic face cream - a light organic daily moisturiser for men packed full of skin loving nutrients, vitamins and natural antioxidants. With floral waters to help rehydrate the skin, while astringent Witch Hazel and organic essential oils of Lemon, Sweet Orange, Juniper & Cardamom cleanse naturally.

This gift set also contains Bloom Beard Oil which is a luxurious leave on conditioning treatment for all beards, that softens the bristles and conditions the skin beneath.  Formulated using organic Safflower, Castor and Sweet Almond oils and lightly fragranced with the woody notes of Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Juniper & Patchouli. Set contains a 50ml bottle of moisturiser and a 30ml bottle of beard oil.

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This Sandalwood Shaving Soap makes a great gift for Dad, or your significant other. It produces a luxurious lather which conditions and cleanses the skin, leaving a lovely sandalwood fragrance. Sandalwood trees are known as highly aromatic woods that can retain their fragrance for several decades. Santalum Album, or Indian sandalwood, is native to India that has been used for centuries in Indian culture. Sandalwood oil is taken from the core of the tree which produces an essential oil with a sweet, woody earthy aroma. The fragrance of sandalwood is proven to evoke feelings of relaxation and calm.

When combined in a soap bar, sandalwood can deliver a range of beneficial skin enhancing properties. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative,  emollient, memory booster, sedative, and a tonic substance. Sandalwood is also a mood booster, beneficial for mental clarity, it also helps to create a feeling of relaxation, calm and peace. A perfectly lovely gift for Father's Day! 

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Redecker has been making brushes for many years and are one of the last producers of hand-crafted brushes in Germany. These brushes are the product of 75 years of experience in making handcrafted products that are functional and beautifully designed. Redecker are passionate about producing high quality products; "75 years have made us neither inflexible nor bored. We remain creative, curious and dedicated to our task with passion and enjoyment." 
Redecker combine both traditional and highly modern brushes to suit all the needs of modern day life. 

This luxury shaving brush is made from the highest quality badger hair for a smooth luxurious shaving experience. Badger hair is the classic bristle for shaving brushes, as it has rounded tips, so will not irritate or damage the sensitive skin of the face, its fineness and density ensure a firm, substantial foam. Only the top-quality crest hair from the badger’s back is used in these brushes.

A luxury brush with a simple design based on utility and craftsmanship. Perfect for everyday use and also for travel. The brush is complimented by waxed beechwood handle, what a superb treat for Father's Day!

 

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Our shop based on College Street in Gloucester is full of home fragrance & accessories, luxury bath & body products and creative lighting ideas. We also have a fabulous selection of Father's Day cards.

Lots more gift ideas to see in-store and online, click the link below! 

St Eval Lotions & Soaps

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We sell a fabulous range of St Eval candles and toiletries online and in store at The Candle Tree. St Eval is a unique company inspired by nature and its beautiful fragrances. The St Eval Candle Company is based on a traditional working farm where environmental issues are of key importance. As a business they are always working towards reducing their impact on the environment. The packaging is sourced from recycled materials and they do everything they can to minimise waste, in fact the company is now nearing being carbon neutral. Their products are not tested on animals and are paraben free. Both their candles and toiletries are a sheer delight to use, naturally gentle and bursting with fragrant and uplifting aromas.

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Bay & Rosemary Liquid Hand Wash

Now you can experience fabulous St Eval fragrances on your hands too; made with plant extracts to leave your skin soft, nourished and with a delicate aroma. Bay & Rosemary scented liquid soap is a beautifully rich hand wash with natural plant extracts that leaves your hands clean, fresh and hydrated. Bay and rosemary combine perfect natural aromas in this high quality hand wash to cleanse and refresh. Apply the liquid soap liberally to the hands, massage under warm water and rinse. 

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Sea Salt Hand Wash & Lotion Set

St Eval presents a beautiful sea salt scented hand care set. This fabulous gift set includes a fresh liquid hand wash with a soothing hand lotion. Enjoy the unique blend of ozonic and citrus scents reminiscent of the ocean with the sea salt fragrance. The nourishing hand lotion with natural plant extracts leaves your hands soft and delicately fragranced. The sea salt scented hand wash soap will leave your hands feeling soft and beautifully scented. A luxury hand wash and lotion set that makes an ideal gift and is presented in a pretty, floral gift box. 

As a special treat for The Candle Tree customers we are offering a 10% discount on all St Eval Hand Wash & Lotion till 31/05/18, please use this promotional code in store and online:

At The Candle Tree we have a large range of these beautiful natural toiletries, plus lots more! We stock candles, hand crafted local and french soaps, home fragrances, bath & body products, jewellery, creative lighting and accessories. Pop along to our treasure trove of gifts based in the heart of Gloucester, or take a look online at The Candle Tree. 

Sienna Glass Orbs

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At The Candle Tree in Gloucester, we delight in stocking these stunning glass ornamental balls. We have an extensive range of these beautiful orbs for every occasion, event or for gifting.

In stock we have angel orbs, birthstone balls, spirit balls, friendship hearts - both in small & large sizes. Other examples we sell are glass orbs that represent different energies such as; friendship, hope, gratitude, remembrance, strength, healing, and inspiration. We also have celebration balls for weddings, anniversaries, an engagement, a new baby and christenings.

These handmade glass balls can be given to friends and family to hang in windows as a token of friendship and good luck. They are handmade and blown by mouth making each piece unique and slightly different from the photograph. All are gift packaged, with a gift tag and explanation. They are truly beautiful and unique pieces and make wonderful gifts.

Below is this coming month's birthstone orb for May. This stunning glass orb is flecked with beautiful emerald greens, which are highlighted when hanging in a window to catch the light. A perfect gift for a May birthday!

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Our Sienna collection christening orb is an ideal and original keepsake gift for a new baby or Christening. The glass is delicately coloured with whites and light greys, so pretty and purely simple for a new baby gift.

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Add a splash of magical colour to your home with this beautiful handcrafted hanging glass Spirit Orb! Stunningly eye catching with multi-coloured strands of glass in the shape of a tree inside the ball. It comes in a gift box with hanging ribbon and gift tag with a brief explanation of the ball and its focus. An ideal gift for any occasion, the colours are especially nice this time of year when we get more sunlight and light. The orb can be hung inside or outside in a window or bright place where the light catches the colours of the ball as a reminder to focus your thoughts and attract spirituality into your life. 

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At The Candle Tree we have a large range of these beautiful glass orbs, plus lots more! We stock candles, hand crafted local and french soaps, home fragrances, bath & body products, jewellery, creative lighting and accessories. Pop along to our treasure trove of gifts based in the heart of Gloucester, or take a look online at The Candle Tree.

 

 

Red Cedar Moth Protection

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Moths are well know pest when it comes to your wardrobe, jumpers and fabrics can be left in a poor state of repair. If you see moths flying in your house, they probably aren't clothes moths, but the type that infests flour and grains. Clothes moths shun light and are so discreet that you'll probably never see them. Actually the adult flying moths won't do any harm, damage to woolens is actually done by the larvae of clothes moths and carpet beetles.

It is always the better option to chose natural non-toxic options in your home that is safe for you and the environment whilst effectively solving your problem. There are various natural and pleasant scented options to repell moths whilst also adding some wonderful aromatic aromas to your home:

• Place scented lavender bags in your wardrobe and drawers, as it's highly repellent to moths and other pesky insects.

• Mint leaves are another effective moth repellent. Place a handful of dried peppermint in a sachet, or place fresh loose leaves among your clothes. Peppermint oil is very effective too, just apply a few drops to a cotton ball, and place in your drawers and wardrobe. Mint oil is also a good repellant for flies and spiders!

• Fill a sachet bag with a combination of cloves, thyme and rosemary to keep moths at bay for months. Moths dislike the smell of these herbs so make sure you replace the contents of your sachets every six months, or whenever they begin to lose their fragrance. 

• One of the most highly effective and natural ways of deterring moths is by using the scent of cedar wood oil in your home. The dark-coloured heartwood of red cedar contains natural oils that kill clothes-moth larvae, making cedar wood products a natural non-toxic product for you and your home. At The Candle Tree in Gloucester we sell a range of easy to use cedar wood products naturally scented with cedar oil. These are perfect to add to your clothing areas and you can easily replenish the scent to keep by sanding the wood lightly or dabbing on additional cedar oil.

Red Cedar Clothes Hanger Discs by Redecker. 
Natural moth protection without harsh chemical smells. The red cedar clothes hanger discs have a fragrant aroma that repels moths. Keep your clothes moth-free with environmentally friendly, untreated cedar wood:
• Place 2 - 5 cedar pieces per wardrobe/unit/drawer. 
• Place the cedar items on a piece of paper to protect the clothing from the oils in the cedar.
• When the scent begins to fade, rough the wood slightly with sandpaper.

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Moth Protection Oil. 100% Red Cedar Oil by Redecker.
Natural moth protection in a bottle. American red cedar has a pleasant fragrant aroma which repels moths. You can keep your clothes naturally moth-free with this cedar wood oil. Use this oil alongside other red cedar products or place a few drops on a cloth in your wardrobe.

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Red Cedar Hooks by Redecker
American red cedar has a fragrant aroma that is pleasing to people but repels moths.
Place 2 – 5 cedar pieces per wardrobe unit, in such a way that they are not covered by clothes to protect them form the oils in the wood. When the scent begins to fade, rough the wood slightly with sandpaper. This type of moth protection is absolutely environmentally friendly, since American red cedar is not an endangered plant cultivated under governmental regulations.

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Whilst cedar wood products are extremely effective at preventing a moth infestation, or ridding your home of an existing infestation, it is also important how and where you store your clothing. Here are some tips to make sure you're storing your clothes properly for a moth free closet.

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• Wash all clothing, and dry well before packing it away at the end of the season. This will help to kill any larvae that may be present in the clothing. Cotton garments can also be ironed as a further deterrent.

• Store clothing in sealed containers such as chests, plastic storage containers, suitcases, where moths can't get to them. Zip wool garments into garment bags. Be sure to move wool socks them out of your sock drawer during the warmer months.

• Moths prefer moist environments, so store your clothes in a dry area of your home. Storing clothes in the attic or under your bed is definitely preferable to storing clothes in the basement or garage.

• Moths gravitate towards dirt, so vacuum your carpets and skirting boards regularly to prevent an infestation or eliminate an existing infestation.

• If you're dealing with a current infestation, change your vacuum bag regularly to ensure you're getting the larvae out of your home.

• If you find moths on clothing, place the affected garment in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any active larvae.

At The Candle Tree we have large range of candles, hand crafted french soaps, home fragrances, bath & body products, jewellery, creative lighting and accessories. Pop along to our treasure trove of gifts based in the heart of Gloucester, or take a look online at The Candle Tree.

Easter & The Spring Season

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Easter Scene

Easter is nearly upon us and it has been a long, cold and snowy winter! We are sure everyone is especially eager to welcome Easter and the unfolding of Spring. What a beautiful season to embrace as the first flowers of Spring emerge and the countryside is full of lively spring lambs. Along with those cherished brisk sunny days offering a glimmer of hope of the new season to come, Easter brings a break from the winter months and welcomes these celebrations.

Here, at The Candle Tree, in Gloucester we have been stocking up on Easter goodies, and have a fabulous window display to get our customers in the mood for the Spring season! Take a look online at our shop or come along to our shop for all your seasonal Easter treats!

Here are some interesting facts about Easter to whet your appetite and brighten your spirits for the coming holiday!

• The name 'Easter' owes its origin to Eostre or Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and the dawn who was honoured at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival of spring.

• Easter is known to be the Sunday that marks the end of the Holy Week, an event that commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It marks the end of the fasting ritual known as ‘Lent’. Lent takes place every year in the 40 days leading up to Easter.

• Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians. This is because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.

• Eggs have been seen as an ancient symbol of fertility, while springtime is considered to bring new life and rebirth.

Decorated Eggs

• Secular celebrations around the Easter period involve egg hunts, decorating eggs, of course; easter egg eating along with a celebration meal.

Pysanky is a traditional egg craft in Ukraine and Poland. The method is similar to batik - patterns are drawn on the egg with wax, which then protects the covered areas from the dye that is applied. By repeating this process with different colours of dye, a multi-coloured pattern is built up. Finally, the wax is removed to reveal the colours that were covered up at each stage. Egg dyes were once made out of natural items such as onion peels, tree bark, flower petals, and juices.

• As well as eggs, chicks and lambs, rabbits are associated with the easter period. The first story of a rabbit (later named the 'Easter Bunny') hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680 within German literature.

Easter Rabbit

• There are many theories of how rabbits became associated with Easter. One such theory is that rabbits were associated with the Teutonic deity 'Eostra'; the goddess of spring and fertility, for their especially high reproduction rate.

• According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. 

• The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011. Standing 10.39 metres tall and weighing 7,200 kg, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant. 

Easter Table

For beautiful Easter treats, candles and gift alternatives to chocolate then look no further than The Candle Tree. Take a look for yourself at our wide range of online and in-store products, we'd love to see you! Wishing you all a lovely Easter and a joyful Spring!

 

Coconut French Soap

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This 125g Coconut French Soap is a beautiful luxury soap, and a real treat for your skin. This handmade Coconut French Soap is enriched with BIO Shea Butter for superior hydration. When combined with the naturally occurring vitamin E in coconut, your skin will feel nourished, smooth and hydrated. 

Coconut oil for skincare has been popular during the last several years. The benefits of coconut oil are many, so why not turn to our 100% natural coconut soap for your daily dose of coconut!

Aside from the many healing and hydrating benefits of coconut oil, it has a lovely, light and sweet tropical fragrance. The scent is light enough that you can easily layer other scents on top and is not over powering in any way.

There are many skin benefits from using our luxurious coconut soap. Coconut oil contains many properties that will improve and protect your skin. Coconut is an excellent topical anti-fungal, helps to heal minor skin abrasions and can be used to treat acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

The natural and wonderful qualities of coconut contained in a soap bar makes it a super convenient and easy way to utilise this fabulous natural product! Coconut is an all-round great, natural and non-toxic ingredient, beneficial to many skin conditions for improvement in overall health.

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Benefits of Coconut Oil as a beauty aid.

• The oil possesses antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties. The lauric, capric and caprylic acids within the oil are credited with many of these benefits.

• Coconut oil for acne is a great natural remedy that contains no harsh chemicals or preservatives, and helps to keep skin healthier and nourished, and encourage healing.

• For your skin, it’s great for soothing dryness and even irritation from rashes. Common skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema can be soothed.

• Coconut oil can be used for removing eye makeup without the use of chemicals. It is also great as a conditioning lip balm for sensitive skin.

• It is also good for reducing wrinkles and signs of aging. Coconut oil will not only bring temporary relief to the skin, but it will aid in healing and repairing. It can help bring back a youthful appearance.

• Coconut oil can aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy shine. While doing this the coconut oil will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues.

• Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed into the skin, where they can be directly utilized for nutrition and energy. This provides all the energy your skin needs to heal and maintain itself.

All of our Savon de Marseille French soaps sold at The Candle Tree in Gloucester are artisanal vegetable soaps. They are certified without animal fat and made in Marseille from rigorously selected pure materials. Come and see our fabulous and extensive range of French soaps, gifts and luxury body treats at our gorgeous shop on College Street in Gloucester or browse our online shop at your leisure:

 

 

Sandalwood French Soap

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Here, at The Candle Tree we sell a large range of French soaps both in store at our College Street shop in Gloucester and also online. The 125g Savon de Marseille Sandalwood soap bar is a luxuriously scented French soap which has many amazing qualities! It's enriched with shea butter, which creates a rich and creamy lather leaving your skin soft and moisturised. A perfect Mother's Day gift, with its lovely purple/pink hue, it would make a pretty and fragrant addition to bath time.

Sandalwood trees are known as highly aromatic woods that can retain their fragrance for several decades. Santalum album, or Indian sandalwood, is native to India that has been used for centuries in Indian culture. Sandalwood trees can survive for up to 100 years, and enjoy growing in dry, arid places. Sandalwood oil is taken from the core of the tree which produces an essential oil with a sweet, woody earthy aroma. The fragrance of sandalwood is proven to evoke feelings of relaxation and calm.

Sandalwood has many beneficial health and beauty properties, it is; antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient, expectorant, hypotensive, memory booster, sedative, and a tonic substance.

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When combined in a soap bar, sandalwood can deliver a range of beneficial skin enhancing properties.

• Anti-aging - The toning effect of sandalwood helps in shrinking skin pores that provides an even skin texture and prevents sagging and aging skin. It tightens skin tissues in order to provide a supple and youthful appearance to the skin.

• Skin Softening Effect - One of the most effective sandalwood oil benefits is ensuring baby soft skin and relief from dry skin. Sandalwood oil can either be used by itself or infused with other natural oils within a soap bar and massaged into the skin to get best results.

• Pimple and Acne Treatment - The powerful antibacterial properties of sandalwood work effectively in fighting the bacteria and fungi and prevents the breakout of pimples and acne.

• Itch Relief - Skin itching and infections can be relieved within 30 minutes of application of sandalwood on the skin. It also helps in subsiding inflammation, skin redness and sore skin.

• Prickly Heat Solution - Excessive heat and sweating during summer season often result in itchy and painful prickly heat. The cooling astringent property of sandalwood helps in cooling the skin and curing prickly heat naturally.

• Mood Booster - Not only is sandalwood beneficial for mental clarity, it also helps to create a feeling of relaxation, calm and peace.

As a special treat for Mother's Day, The Candle Tree is offering a 10% voucher code for online and in-store purchases for this Sandalwood French soap until 12.03.2018. Please use the discount code below (SANDALWOOD) at the checkout for your 10% offer!