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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Spring fragrance from Skeem: Lilac Dandelion Pure Perfume

We all know Skeem as one of the best candle companies out there.  Their candles are more than just a light in the dark, they are truly works of art.

Sweet Pea and Vanilla

Sweet Pea and Vanilla

But did you know that Skeem also has beautiful perfumes?

Skeem Lilac

Skeem Lilac Dandelion

My absolute favorite for this spring is the Lilac Dandelion Pure Perfume ($15) fragrance. Lilac can smell a little ‘old lady’ish, and the addition of dandelion gives lilac a little more green and little more sophistication. The end result is a gorgeous, outdoorsy floral that isn’t perfumey or cloying.

So pretty!!

So pretty!!

Oh, and did I mention the packaging? It’s classic Skeem, amazing depth and detail. The roller ball perfumes are perfect for your purse and I find the fragrance to be super clean and long-lasting.

Love the portability of a rollerball perfume

Love the portability of a rollerball perfume

The bottles are 7.5 ml and made of glass with a rollerball applicator.

skeem lilac dandelion roller ball top

Skeem’s Pure Perfume rollerball fragrances are made with just three natural ingredients: denatured alcohol, filtered water and fragrance.

only three ingredients!

only three ingredients!

Skeem has quite a few new products for spring, there is a lot to get excited about. I am looking forward to the new Weck Jar Candles, too!  If you haven’t perused this beautiful website yet, now is the time to take a look.  – Lisa

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skeem weck

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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Some holiday ideas that aren’t quite run of the mill

We’ve reviewed a few brands on Beauty Info Zone that don’t come to mind instantly when you are thinking of products to buy as gifts. They aren’t owned by the big cosmetic companies and don’t have big advertising budgets but their products are fabulous. We thought we’d share a few items with you that might be nice to see under a Christmas tree/Chanukah bush.

VMV Hypoallergenics is a brand we’ve shared before. They have gifts for the people that have sensitive skin. My favorite is the MistleGlow gift but that’s currently out of stock.

VMV Hypoallergenics Mistleglow

What is in stock at Dermstore though are three different sets of skincare: Very Merry VMV Happy HoliDew kits for combination skin, dry skin or oily skin at $25.00.

Very Merry VMV Happy Holiday kit

One of the products most sensitive women moan about is mascara since most won’t work on their eyes. That’s where VMV Ooh La Lash shines. Finally a product that won’t burn or turn their eyes red. ($23 at VMV Hypoallergenics) This will help the person who normally can’t wear mascara have a special holiday look. This would be a great stocking stuffer.

VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh La Lash

“Each application adds a new sleeve, coating each lash, building an ever-thicker cocoon of rich, beautiful color, and creating s-tube-pendous, non-smearing volume. Non-clumping, smear-free (and therefore skin-friendlier). Why? Because instead of applying layers of looser pigments across a swath of lashes, it creates a clean, “sealed” tube around each lash.” 

SKEEM is a brand that makes beautiful candle sets that your candle loving friends won’t find in every store in town. Here’s one of our favorites:

Pillar Pack 2

This is the Pillar Pack 2 that includes Night Jasmine and Fig & Black Pepper Pillars, and a Night Jasmine Half Pint. This set may be our favorite but there’s also 5 other sets ranging from $25 to $48. Read Lisa’s reviews on Skeem and you’ll see why it’s a favorite.

For your friend that would never wear Estee Lauder, Lancome or even Dior; the one that wants to be noticed; check out these amazing OCC Metallic Lip Tars.

OCC Metallurgy Lip Tars (photo borrowed from

These lip tars have a metallic sheen and give you the amazing long lasting color of the original Lip Tars. “Apply even less product than usual in this newest iteration of our groundbreaking Lip Tar™ formula for a fully metallized lip look.” These are available at OCC’s website and at for $16.00. ICED: OPAQUE SNOW WHITE FROST

Last but not least, we love everything from Mont Bleu. We’ve recently reviewed some great files and gorgeous mirrors but they also have amazing jewelry, tweezers, hair brushes and cosmetic brushes. Plus they have a Black Friday sale at Design Glassware. You can’t go wrong with Mont Bleu.

Two Hearts Key Ring by Mont Bleu

Have fun shopping – only 36 days left!! — Marcia

Gorgeous Pure Tapers from Skeem

Are you a candle person?  Some people prefer tarts, others prefer candles.  I am a total candle person.  Candles can be works of art, and no one does them better than SkeemSkeem candles are stylish and trendy, in fact they have been featured in magazines like Lucky and InStyle.  They makes the most beautiful candles in glass jars, check out some of my previous reviews here and here.  My latest obsession is with their Pure Tapers ($22).

Skeem Pure Tapers: Bluebird

The Pure Tapers are made in Germany by a factory that has been producing tapers for more than 200 years using the drawn style.  With this method, the wax is built up around the wick so the candle has wonderful, individual linear marks in the wax.  Then Skeem hand screen prints the tapers in the US.

I’m not sure which is prettier, the box or the candles.

The screen prints are fantastic.  I have Bluebird, but other choices include Honeybee, Butterfly, and Filigree.

Such fantastic, detailed prints!

They are understated, classic designs that I think are totally drool-worthy.  The Pure Tapers are $22 for a set of 2, with 12 hours of burn time.  Even better, the tapers are smokeless, dripless, and unscented.

If you love candles, you really need to check out Skeem.  They have absolutely gorgeous products that are perfect for yourself or for gifting.  – Lisa

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Pure Perfume by Skeem

My love affair with Skeem continues…I adore their pillars and half pints, which are not only amazing candles, but also works of art.  Now you can get the scent of your favorite candles in a roller ball perfume!  These perfumes have only three natural ingredients:  denatured alcohol, filtered water, and Skeem’s exclusive fragrances.  They took the scents from their Pure Pillar collection and made them into cute roller ball perfumes.  Each Pure Perfume 7.5 ml glass bottle rollerball fragrance is only $15.

Skeem Sweet Pea and Vanilla Pure Perfume

Just like with their candles, the packaging for each scent is a work of art itself.  Check out the beautiful butterflies that adorn the Sweet Pea and Vanilla scent.

What beautiful packaging!

The Sweet Pea and Vanilla scent is a great combination of deep, rich vanilla and the beautiful floral of Sweet Pea.

Fun travel sized roller ball

The scent on these is strong at first, then it dries down to a gorgeous subtleness that lasts throughout the entire day.

Skeem Blood Orange Pure Perfume

The adorable Blood Orange is just fabulous, adorned with a vintage looking bumble bee pattern.

The perfect size for your purse!

This is a true, bright blood orange scent that smells so real you won’t believe it.  And it’s great for travel and for your purse.  In addition to Sweet Pea and Vanilla and Blood Orange there are four other beautiful scents available, including Grapefruit Zest, Flower Market, White Lotus, and Vintage Peony.

While you check out these awesome new perfumes, be sure to take a look at their limited edition Spring Gift Sets.  There are three different sets from which to choose, and the two half pints (plus a beautiful box of matches) give you over 50 hours of burn time – plus the freaking fantastic jars can be repurposed as cotton ball holders, or paper clip jars,  or drinking glasses, or tons of other possibilities.  These are great gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day, and just for yourself.  You really need to take a moment to peruse the Skeem website, it’s full of fabulously unique items!  – Lisa

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Lush Red Dragon Soap

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, begins January 23rd.  The Lunar New Year dates all the way back to 2600 B.C.,  which is the year Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  This is the Year of the Dragon.  Those of you born in the years 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 or 2012 are under the sign of the Dragon, and you are known for being extremely lucky and charismatic.

In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, Lush has come out with a limited edition soap shaped like a dragon and covered in golden dust, aptly named Red Dragon Soap ($7.95).

Lush Red Dragon

I think it’s just beautiful.  Here is what mine looked like when it arrived:

It is scented with the Karma fragrance, a long time favorite of mine.  Karma is a combination of patchouli, lavender, and pine, which doesn’t sound like anything I would ever like since I tend to go for sweeter scents.  But this smells freaking amazing, and it truly is a unisex scent.  Here’s what the soap looked like out of the packaging:

It really does look like a curled up red dragon.  I try so many things my family doesn’t get excited about much, but there was a big fight over this soap.  My teenage son loved the scent so much he demanded a slice, and my daughters were totally in love with it.  Even my hubby, who is pretty neutral on most things, had to have some.  So ultimately my beautiful dragon was sliced into pieces (with a sword, of course!) and divided amongst the villagers.  First, though, I had to take some pics of it with my Skeem Midnight Orchid Candle.

Lush Red Dragon with Skeem Midnight Orchid Candle

What a perfect match!!  I hated to slay the dragon, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, and the Red Dragon soap didn’t disappoint anyone.  It foams up beautifully, smells soooo good, and it’s just a fun way to honor a beautiful culture.  The Red Dragon Soap is available ONLINE ONLY at  – Lisa

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