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My hands-down favorite candle of all time. Good thing they’re made and sold locally in my town (Los Angeles), so I can replenish quickly once I’ve run out! (Pommes Frites, $16)


This bright, fresh and natural smelling fragrance begins with notes of orange Valencia, bergamot tea and plum wine. Then adds jasmine, violet, lavender and orange flowers to end with a clean citrus musk. (Coco & Bubbles, $18.50)

This company’s gardenia candle was featured in Design Sponge, but I’ve always loved their midnight amber scent best. (Theme Fragrance, $14.50)


The Lemon Verbena is my favorite of their scents, but the real reason I buy is the amazing crackling wooden wicks! (Orange Fuzz, $20 for 3)


A true-to-life blend of ripe, tangy grapefruit and mangosteen- an exotic fruit that is citrusy and sweet with a hint of peach. While not burning the fragrance mellows just a bit, with the warmer and sweeter mangosteen coming through. The fragrance reaches balance while burning, when both fruits meld into a strong fragrance that has a citrus punch, a hint of peach, and a naturally derived sweetness. (Jenny Bean Beautiful, $18)

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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7:33AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Love candles! Thanks 4 the tips.

1:00PM PDT on May 21, 2013

"Midnight Amber" sounds rather nice... going to have to get some of those.. I like a candle flame flickering...

1:30AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Oh good. I have heaps of wax from candles, the wick only burns a small hole through the middle.

8:34PM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:53PM PDT on May 3, 2013

I love making candles and only use soy wax :-)

4:32AM PDT on May 3, 2013

I love candles!!

7:40PM PDT on May 2, 2013

Thanks. This is a wonderful skill to have but beginners should start out with the supervision of someone who knows.

9:52AM PDT on May 2, 2013

Thank you for the article!

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