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Lux Fragrances and Christmas at the Warehouse in Des Arc

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It is that time of year when people flock to the biggest Christmas sale in the South. Located in the heart of the Arkansas Delta, the land of soybeans and rice, the Guess and Company “Christmas at the Warehouse” sale in Des Arc is a destination shopping event. Des Arc native Paul uses his talents to bring hand-picked holiday decor to this one-stop shopping event in Arkansas. If you have never visited, make plans to go this year. You will find exactly what you need to make your Christmas special.

But the decorations aren’t the only thing drawing you to the Christmas at the Warehouse sale.

 

Seasonal Event, Year-Round Business

Paul Guess is the leader of Lux Fragrances, the high-quality, hand-poured candles. He chose to bring the company back to his hometown and lean on the talents of his relationships for the creation of the candles. To him, each one is a work of art designed from the heart. Every Lux Fragrance is made by hand, even down to the candle wicks. Guess puts his soul into each candle to make it elegant, full of character, and an asset to any environment.

The high quality and beauty of Lux fragrance candles, tins and bowls make them perfect Christmas gifts. Guess is proud his candles have a strong fragrance because he wants his customers to get their money’s worth. Each Lux candle offers eight to 10 hours of burn time per candle ounce. So, a 13-ounce Lux candle can provide over 100 hours to enjoy the high-quality fragrance. Each candle has a 15% fragrance oil content made from a premium wax blend containing no soy.

After you burn a Lux candle, you will appreciate the difference.

This Year’s Popular Fragrances

This year, the most popular holiday scent is Noble Fir. It smells just like Christmas. Another favorite is Maple and Cream – with an espresso base that smells of cooking and coffee. It is the perfect candle to burn while sitting around the fire. Other popular fragrances include Noel, with a strong cinnamon smell, and the White Christmas Lux creation with a light, fresh cinnamon base.

The scents come in traditional candles, dough bowls and candle tins, as well as botanicals. The botanicals (potpourri) come with fragrant oil.

I love the unique and elegant dough bowls. One of the bonuses of purchasing these dough bowl candles is that they can be repurposed. The bowls are handmade of raw wood, so no two are alike. Each varies in shape and size and may contain scratches, knots, small cracks and other irregularities. Once the candle is finished burning, you can reuse the beautiful bowl for something else in your home.

A Tip for Using Candles

After visiting with the local Lux Fragrances employees who hand-poured these candles, I came away with a great tip. You should never blow out a candle or put a lid on a candle to extinguish the flame. You should use a toothpick to lay the wick in the wax because it keeps the candle fresh and makes your candle avoid the smoke smell. When you blow it out the wax can absorb some of the smell from the smoke.

They also shared more tips for burning the ever-popular Lux Fragrances Dough Bowl candles.

Dough Bowl Candle Burning Tips:

  • To enjoy maximum burn time, keep wicks trimmed to less than ¼ inch at all times. The shorter the flame, the longer the burn time.
  • Burn for three to four hours, allowing the wax to liquefy across the top. Extinguish. Allow the wax to cool. Trim the wick to less than ¼ of an inch. Relight. This will increase your burn time and help prevent smoke and overheating that can cause the candle to crack or combust.
  • Do not burn up all the wax in the bowl or burn down to the exposed wood. Simply use a spoon to remove any remaining residue.

Wash the bowl with liquid soap, let it dry, and your bowl is ready to be repurposed as a catch-all tray, planter or decorative holder.

Make your way to the Guess and Company Christmas at the Warehouse event in Des Arc before they close for the season. You will find plenty of Christmas decor and check out the wonderful, Arkansas-made, hand-poured candles.

Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!

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Arkansas Women Blogger member Amanda Farris is a wife to her super hero hunk of a husband and a mother to 3 little kiddos. She is a teacher/coach who hung up her coaching whistle after she got promoted to motherhood. She is a runner who loves all things sports and outdoors. She loves long coffee chats with her husband,fresh flowers on her table, and hosting game nights. Her friends would call her a "gatherer of people" who loves building genuine community. She's just Living the Adventure!. You can find her occasionally blogging at amandafarris.org.

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