Transport yourself to Sicily with Spadaro

SpadaroCandle_SolNero_1_420_420If you are interested in a wonderful splurge for yourself, consider a Spadaro candle. Spadaro is owned by the Kim Spadaro, a stunning woman who creates fragrances based on her own travels, as well her passions for design, music, and aromatherapy. Kim is a true inspiration, a strong woman who has created a huge company and who gives back to the world in memory of her mom. Spadaro sent a candle in the Sole Nero scent, one of four original fragrances available.

Spadaro Notes of Sole Nero Candle

Spadaro Notes of Sole Nero Candle

Kim Spadaro was inspired to create the Sole Nero scent after a visit to Sicily. She wanted to recreate the experience of the fresh citrus found in the outdoor markets and the smells of the cozy night fires as people gathered for a beautiful dinner and wine.

Sole Nero is warm and a little spicy. The base is Italian citrus – grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The citrus scent is warmly hugged with honey, musk, sandalwood and frankincense, with a touch of white pepper and cumin. I also smell almond and vanilla…it’s a comforting scent that smells like warm family memories.

matches inside the candle

matches inside the candle

Inside the beautiful packaging, there is a small matchbook attached to the top. This attention to detail is what makes Spadaro a cut above the rest.

beautiful candle...

beautiful candle…

beautiful message!

beautiful message!

The glass jar is emblazoned with “Celebrate the Spirit of Adventure” and “Inspire Journeys of Self Discovery“. Once the candle is gone, the jar makes for a perfect juice glass that will keep inspiring you every morning!  Be prepared, though, it will take a while since this candle has a 70 hour burn time.

These candles are a big favorite with celebrities. I often see them featured in the big fashion magazines – they are just a wonderful luxury item that make you feel pampered. I love mine! In addition to the candle, Spadaro also offers a shower gel and perfume in the same beautiful scent.

Spadaro candles can be purchased worldwide on for $50.  – Lisa

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5 Limited Edition holiday gifts to put on your list!

Limited Edition Holiday Gifts

Yes, I know.  The holidays are about giving.  But let’s be honest…receiving is pretty nice, too!  This is the time to take full  advantage of the wonderful deals and special sets that are only available for the holiday season.  Here are five limited edition gifts sent to the BIZ that are worthy of your personal holiday wish list.

1.  Pur Minerals 3-pc. Let It Glow Bronzer, Blush, and Brighten Cheek Trio ($24)  Already on my wish list, I was sooo happy when Pur Minerals sent us this set!  It has three mini twist-up makeup sticks: a bronzer in Naughty & Nice, a blush in Sugar & Spice and a highlighter in Glisten & Glow. Together, these three give you everything you need to contour and create a rosy glow.

Pur Minerals Let It Glow Set up close

2.  Meijer Bath Collection Gift Sets #MeijerBeauty:  these super cute sets are fantastic gifts for Secret Santa exchanges or for last minute presents – pick some up to have on hand, and get a few for yourself.  The Winter White Vanilla scent is especially yummy.

Meijer holiday sets

3.  BECCA Holiday Collection One Perfecting Brush in Limited Edition Gold ($49 at Sephora and Ulta)  I have been jonesing for this multi-purpose brush ever since Marcia did her fabulous review of it last year (read it HERE).  Why not get the limited edition gold version?  This beautiful brush works for liquids, creams, powders…whatever you want to throw at it.  Gotta love the fashion/function combo.

Becca Holiday Collection LE One Perfection Brush in Gold

4.  Whish Body Vanilla Spice, Sugar Plum and Vanilla Mint Holiday Sets ($24 at  I have loved the fabulously retro Whish for years, and this holiday set is just too good to pass up.  The three scent choices (Vanilla Spice, Sugar Plum, and Vanilla Mint) are seasonal limited edition, so ask for each set to stock up for the winter months!  Each set has a 3 oz Body Wash, Body Butter and Body Scrub – travel friendly and TSA approved sizes.

Whish Sugar Plum Holiday Set

5.  Soap & Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle & Soap Set ($36)  The fragrance of this full-size pure soy candle and bar of shea butter soap is pure holiday.  The mix of Siberian Fir, pine, and Cedar wood is truly transporting.  It makes a great gift, but believe me you will want this set for yourself.

The Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Set

Put these limited edition items on your own Christmas wish list, or do a ‘one for you, one for me’.  You’ve been a good girl all year and now it’s time for some rewards!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editiorial consideration, opinions all mine

Nuture your inner hippie with hip E chick Organic products

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. I always seem to want to go back in time and hip E chick organic bath and body products lets me time travel to the groovy ’70’s! This is a very cool, ‘hip’ line that is all about eco-friendly living. Everything is hand crafted with organic, non-toxic ingredients. hip E chick recently sent the BIZ a few things to try and I am happy to report they are as practical as they are stylish.

hip e chick

hip E chick Maui Wowie Soy Candle


totally gift ready!

The Maui Wowie Soy Candle ($24 for an 8 oz. candle) arrives gift-ready with a cheery lime ribbon bow. The scent is totally addictive, a mix of coconut, pineapple, and cilantro. It’s yummy and sultry and clean smelling all at the same time.


Maui Wowie in the box


100% hand poured pure soy wax

This beautiful, fun, and practical candle is 100% hand poured pure soy wax. It has a cotton wick so there’s none of that nasty candle smoke and it is free of synthetic dyes and additives. This is a great candle for you or for any hippie chick you know.

The Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap ($16 for 8 oz.) is a wonderful way to get a little boho into your day.


hip E chick Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap


super cute packaging!

I wash my hands many times each day, so I want a soap that not only sanitizes but also moisturizes. Add in totally cute packaging and I am sold! Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap has ingredients like Kangen Living Water, Strong Acid Water, and certified pure therapeutic grade oil blends of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. It leaves a very light, clean scent on hands and skin is wonderfully  cleansed and hydrated. If you love liquid hand soap, put this on your list because it’s a real winner.

hip E chick offers lots of other products, such as a sugar body scrub that sounds delicious, body wash, body oil, and even products for pets.

hip E chick’s do not only cultivate exciting and peaceful lives for themselves; but they always reflect upon how their choices are affecting the rest of the world.”  So what do you think – are you a hip E chick?  – Lisa

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Love and Light from Noodle & Boo

Whether you are a new mom, aunt, grandma, or you just love babies, Noodle & Boo is the place for you to browse!

Noodle and Boo

Noodle & Boo is a store that caters to the sensitive skin care needs of new moms and babies.  Everything is organic, dermatologist approved, and of the highest quality.

In addition to skin care, they have beautiful shower gifts and items for nurseries. They sent the BIZ the Love Light Candle ($10) and it is so darn cute…I almost want to be pregnant again.


Love Light Candle for the mama

The Love Light Candle is perfect for a nursery, although really it’s terrific for any room. Even the box is calming with beautiful pink and white stripes and a thick black bow. I love how it’s for ‘happy and peaceful times’. It reminds of evenings spent rocking my daughter to sleep in a softly lit room.

love it!

makes you feel totally spoiled…love it!


The Love Light Candle

The candle has a very delicate fragrance that smells perfect for a nursery without being overpowering in any way. It has a fruity aroma, a combination of English Pear and peaches with rose and honey. It’s a fabulous subtle scent that won’t offend anyone making it a great gift option.

The candle is a soy blend and the scent is a combination of essential oils. The wick is cotton so it won’t smoke; you get a wonderfully clean burn every time. And the 12 ounce jar is stunning – once the candle is gone it’s perfect for storing little baby necessities like cotton balls.


a closer look


beautiful flower painted on the jar



The jar is frosted glass with a gender-neutral floral design. The box is wonderful and the candle inside is even better – this is a thoughtful, meaningful gift that any mom would be thrilled to get.

Check out the website for other fantastic ideas for a babies room, like the Room Spray, Reed Diffuser, and Essential Care Kit. But be careful…browsing Noodle & Boo just might put you in the mood to get preggers!  – Lisa

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Getting cozy this fall with Skeem Candles


Skeem Fall Candle Sale

It’s getting chilly, so it’s time to break out the candles!  My favorite candle store is Skeem.  They don’t make just candles – they make works of art.  I have kept every single jar I’ve gotten from Skeem, each earning a new life once the candle becomes a fragrant memory.  I put Q-Tips in one, pencils in another, hair ties in yet another.  Several we use for drinking glasses.  I will also admit that there are some I don’t even burn, because they are so darn gorgeous I want to keep them looking exactly the way they arrived!

Skeem sent a few candles from their Fall 2013 selection and I am completely gaga about them.  Take a look:

The White Lotus Half Pint ($14) is a new scent in the Half Pint line, which at 7.5 ounces gives at least 50 hours of burn time.  The jar itself measures 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, and it is perfect for repurposing after those luxurious 50 hours.


Skeem White Lotus Half Pint


silk-screened sides


fantastic candle with no smoke and a terrific throw


love the metal lid print!

Don’t you just love that amazing jar??  The sides are silk-screened with the floral pattern, and the top is a metal lid with a parrot and vintage wallpaper print.  Right now this adorable candle is filling my office with a gorgeous mix of lotus, coral, and orange flowers with a hint of tea and musk.  My plan for after I’m done burning the flame fantastic is to fill the pretty jar with some Hawaiian Sea Salt I purchased a while back that we grind by hand in our marble pedestal grinder.

Other new Half Pint scents for season include Blood Orange and Tea Leaf.

If you want to go big, you want to check out the Weck Jars.  The Vintage Peony Weck Jar ($29) is one of the new scents in this very popular line.


Skeem Vintage Peony Weck Jar


vintage scientific ephemera


a huge 100 hours of burn time!


Sigh.  I love this.

The Weck Jars are perfect for canning pretty much anything once the candle is gone – right now on the website they talk about using the jar to can pickles.  People have been using Weck jars in Europe to can things since 1895.  The jars are a huge 4 1/4″ wide x 4 1/4″ high, and you get at least 100 hours of burn time.

The Vintage Peony scent is a grown up floral mix of peony, lily, and musk.  It is perfect for a family or living room.


beautiful canvas label


In 100 hours, you will be full of pickles!

Please do yourself a favor and take a look at all the amazing designs available in the Weck Jars!  Skeem says, “The lids were designed from our collection of vintage scientific ephemera. We layered detailed drawings of animals, insects and nature, popular with 19th century illustrators, with charts, type and labels from this same time period, to create these beautiful sepia-toned designs. The side of each jar features an embossed Weck logo and our signature printed canvas label.”  The designs are fantastic additions to your decor, and the candles themselves are the best you can find anywhere.

Other new scents for the season in Weck Jars include Grapefruit Zest and Sweet Balsam.

Right now there a few sale candles left, and also Skeem has free shipping for any order over $70.  It’s a perfect time to stock up for the season, get those heavier candles and avoid the postage costs!  You’ve got to go to and look at the truly gorgeous items they have.  You won’t believe how fantastic this line truly is.  – Lisa

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Out of this world! Lollia Petite Perfumed Luminary from Planet Beauty

Well, I think I am just going to move to Planet Beauty.

Have you checked this website out yet? There are 34 brick and mortar locations in California but for those of us who live elsewhere in the world we have the web! Planet Beauty houses a plethora of primo beauty lines from hair care to cosmetics to skin care.

Planet Beauty just happens to be my own personal version of heaven.


Lollia Wish Petite Perfumed Luminary

Planet Beauty recently sent the BIZ a gorgeous Lollia candle to review, sending this confirmed candle junkie to another planet.  Lollia is a line that is undoubtedly lust- and drool-worthy; I would say it is probably most famous for the far-out packaging. There is exquisite attention to detail, just girly goodness that makes me swoon. Lollia has tons of items that range from bubble bath to sea salt sachets, with fragrances that are completely unique and totally chic.

Planet Beauty sent me a Lollia Petite Perfumed Luminary ($34) in the scent Wish. There are three things that make it a must-have item:

1.  The gorgeous packaging

2.  The soy candle

3.  The beyond beautiful scent


I wish…for more Lollia

The packaging is described as, “Blue French inspired foulard pattern dancing around a glass container with Real Gold accents and a hanging cut glass crystal.”  The wick is tied to a glass crystal that you attach to the side of the candle. When it’s burning, the light is reflecting through the crystal…just imagine bath time with this fiery gorgeousness!


absolutely stunning detail


hanging cut glass crystal

The soy wax candle is terrific because soy burns longer, it’s a sustainable renewable resource, it has less soot so it’s healthier for you, and buying soy supports U. S. farmers. Plus soy gives scents a beautiful subtlety. This is not your run of the mill candle…the fragrance is not going to hit you over the head like a cheap, cloying, craptastic candle.

The Lollia Wish Petite Perfumed Luminary has a long 56 hour burn time and when the candle itself is nothing but a sweet smelling memory, you will still have this amazing glass for your wine or vase for your roses.


it just doesn’t get more beautiful than this!

The Wish scent is a spectacular combination of vanilla, sugar cane, and jasmine. It also has notes of Italian bergamot, cinnamon, pepper, rice flower, ylang ylang, and amber. It is a feminine scent, but it’s earthy enough to appeal to those who typically aren’t fond of floral scents.

And here is a tip – if you need a great gift, this is your answer. Anyone would be thrilled to open a package and find this gorgeous, practical, fantastically fragrant treasure.  The Lollia Petite Perfumed Luminary in Wish is out of this world. Check out Planet Beauty for Lollia and lots more universal beauty goodness!  – Lisa

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Skeem Pint Pack is perfect for the holidays!

Skeem for the holidays

Candles are always a safe bet to gift at the holidays, and some of the finest candles out there can be found at Skeem. Skeem’s candles have a clean burn, and the empty jars are beautiful. I have a whole bunch of them that I have re-purposed for different things – one holds my Q-Tips, one is a pen and pencil holder at my desk, and I even use some as drink glasses.

Skeem Pint Pack #3

Right now Skeem has ‘Pint Packs‘ for $25, a $33 value. Each Pint Pack includes two Half Pint candles (50 hour burn time) and a box of coordinated matches. The match box is double sided, and each side has the design that graces the lids of the candles.

I am totally loving Pint Pack #3, which has Sweet Pea & Vanilla and Black Currant candles and coordinating matches.

skeem holiday matches 1

Sweet Pea and Vanilla is a mixture of delicious vanilla and fragrant sweet pea. It’s a lovely scent that has a wonderful throw. And I adore the packaging, the peacocks are stunning.

Sweet Pea and Vanilla

Black Currant is sweet and fruity, it’s a great scent for the holidays.

Black Current

Black Current

I love the rich jewel tones in the design.

Skeem holiday matches 2In addition to the Pint Pack reviewed today, you can also find Pint Pack #1 with Grapefruit Zest and Gardenia Nectar candles and coordinating matches; and Pint Pack #2 with Peach Velvet and Lilac Dandelion candles and coordinating matches. Any of the packs would make great holiday gifts!  – Lisa

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