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Pacifica-California-Star-Jasmine-Candle.jpgWe’ve long been fans of the Pacifica line. Each scent seems to smell more and more amazing—fruity and completely delicious. Recently, though, we’ve become completely obsessed with the California Star Jasmine Soy Candle.

This 3oz. candle not only has a 30-hour burn time—pretty impressive when you look at its tiny size!—but it just smells out of this world amazing. A blend of star jasmine, driftwood and orange make for a carefree fragrance that just permeates the room without ever feeling cloying or overwhelming. It’s light and airy but with a uniquely deep base that just makes us keep coming back for more! (Which is a problem when it’s gone after 30 hours!)

In addition, every Pacifica soy candle is handmade with vegetable soy wax and a lead-free wick. They’re scented with essential and natural oils, and they burn down really cleanly and evenly. The bright colors of the wax add a touch of vibrance to the home, too!

The Pacifica California Star Jasmine Soy Candle retails for $6 at
A few weeks ago, I ran out of conditioner so I used a trick I came up for when you’re already in the shower and realize the conditioner bottle is empty: fill the bottle 1/3 full with water, close the cap and shake. You end up with a milky rinse with just enough conditioner in it to get the job done. Later in the week, having just started this column and needing to pick up a bottle of grocery store conditioner to last me until my next salon visit, I decided to try something new.

Enter Renpure Organics ‘i love my hair!’ Body and Shine Conditioner with green tea, chamomile and sunflower oil. Yes, I bought just the conditioner. And yes, I kind of liked it for the following reasons:

1. It has 100% organic ingredients
2. It was on sale because it was a “new item!”
3. It didn’t change my hair. Didn’t make it better, didn’t make it worse. I’m okay with this.

Read more about the products at
Crabtree-&-Evelyn-Lavender-Room-Spray.jpgWant the beautiful scent of spring to waft throughout your home? Then be sure to use Crabtree & Evelyn Room Spray!

This spray is absolutely divine, if we do say so ourselves. A combination of violet, tonka bean, lemon leaf and soft musk blend with the aforementioned lavender to create a scent that’s rich and heady.

We love spritzing this throughout our home on a daily basis. It eliminates all odors, from leftover cooking smells to kitty litter! And, what’s better than a dose of spring inside—no matter what the temperature or weather outside? It just makes us feel like we’re in the midst of a huge field of lavender, which we’re certain is exactly the point.

Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Room Spray retails for $16 at

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