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Soap! February 04 2015, 0 Comments

Soap is one of our most popular products, thanks to everyone who buys it!  The one downside to making soap is that it has a 2 month curing period.  Christmas season was one of our best ever for soap sales and we are furiously making soap every day to catch up on our inventory.  If you see a favorite soap with an "available on" date, that is the reason, it is on the curing rack!


One More Recent Review January 10 2015, 0 Comments

Eureka!

 

How is it possible to generate a new invention? It might seem impossible, as the business at Tahoe Bath and Candle Works felt when they were developing what would become their Emerald Bay Blend Bath Bomb. Many are familiar with the story of Archimedes, who gained a sudden insight into how to weigh a crown for the local king, shouted “eureka!”, and then ran through the streets, but how can you recreate this?

 

This moment of sudden insight has been important for inventors throughout the ages. Einstein’s concept of special relativity came to him whilst he was riding a streetcar in Bern, and Newton reportedly was hit by a falling apple and conceived of gravity. But how would it be possible for someone to create the conditions that result in such a breakthrough? What is it that unites these moments of sudden insight and clarity?

 

Critical in all three cases is relaxation. Einstein was just riding home, not thinking about anything in particular. Newton was chilling out sat under a tree. And Archimedes? He was of course having a bath. In fact, the benefits of relaxing in the bath are exactly what the Tahoe Bath and Candle Works were trying to give to their customers, but first they had to do a bit of their own inventing. To get the same effect as these great inventors, they were experimenting with different fragrances. In fact, this form of play can be an amazing way to bring out the eureka effect.

 Emerald Bay Bath Bomb

The result was a completely new fragrance for the local business. It consists of a striking blend of different elements. Starting with a base of sweet rose petals, the scent also includes freshly cut jasmine flowers and lemongrass, with its citrusy notes. Holding together the other scents is soft sage, a herb known for its scent and beautiful color.

 

In fact, it’s this color and the local scenery that inspired the name Emerald Bay Blend Bath Bomb. Emerald Bay is an incredibly pure natural part of Lake Tahoe, close to where the company is based. Since its launch, the blend has become a classic for Tahoe Bath and Candle Works, and sells well year round. So if you’re looking for your own moment of breakthrough, or just a way to relax drawing on the stunning scenery of this alpine lake, you should consider the Emerald Bay Blend Bath Bomb, Tahoe Bath and Candle Work’s own eureka moment.


A Recently Published Review - Achieve Total Clarity January 10 2015, 0 Comments

Achieve Total Clarity

It might seem like there’s little connection between Lake Tahoe, and Heavenly Pear Bubble Bath, but you’d be wrong. Lake Tahoe has been providing inspiration for artists and film makers for many years, and has been used in films as diverse as The Godfather Part II and the 1951 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, A Place in the Sun.

Yet Lake Tahoe doesn’t just provide clear inspiration for film makers, it is also giving the impetus to local people to pursue their passions. This is exactly what has happened in the case of the Tahoe Bath and Candle Works. Located in the Carson Valley, at the foot of High Sierra, the business draws on the natural beauty and power of Lake Tahoe, which sits on the far side of the mountains above them. This natural beauty has driven them to put their passion into handmade, high quality products, which reflect nature, and the wonder of their surroundings.

 In particular, this can be seen in their Heavenly Pear Bubble Bath. Lake Tahoe, which at its widest measures 35 by 19 kilometers, is known for its incredibly clarity. This purity is also something that characterizes the humble pear. In particular, the soothing qualities of pear juice, often the first fruit given to infants, is backed up by their being hypoallergenic. In effect, their soothing nature means that they’re far less likely to cause an allergic reaction in someone eating them, and they can even form a part of the diet of people suffering very seriously from allergies.

 Heavenly Pear Bubble Bath

Consequently, Tahoe Bath and Candle Works chose to harness the soothing power of pears when they were producing one of their most popular products. Designed to help you soak away any stress, their collection of bath products hope to achieve something of the effect of looking at the wondrous beauty of Lake Tahoe.

Inspired by this crisp beauty of Tahoe, and the warmth of the flavor of pears, their Heavenly Pear Bubble Bath is a top seller throughout the year. In particular, their company has tried to capture the complexity of pear flavor within the scent of the bubble bath, underlying the crisp fruity tones with warming brandy undertones. So remember, with natural beauty, a passion for great products, and the power of pears, it’s possible to connect Lake Tahoe with bubble bath!


Wax Melter Truths November 01 2014, 0 Comments

Just to clarify...our wax melts work in any wax melter, so don't be afraid to use them in yours, no matter who makes it!
We had someone at a Farmers Market not let her hubby buy our melts because a certain wax melt maker said it's not safe to use any melts but their own. Not true!!

Visit our Holiday Collection October 30 2014, 0 Comments

All of our Gift Bags and Holiday Candles have been grouped together for our Holiday Collection Page. Visit the Holiday Collection page.


Come visit us at "Live At Lakeview" free summer concert series. July 02 2014, 0 Comments

We are proud to be a participant in the "Live At Lakeview" free summer concert series at Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe. The event takes place every Thursday afternoon/evening through August. Plenty of great food and free music from some really hot bands, not to mention some really great vendors such as, well, us! Stop by and say hi and mention this blog for a free gift.


Types Of People You Meet At the Farmers Market April 24 2014, 0 Comments

Those of you that know us and our company, also know that we sell our products at farmers markets...lots of em. I ran across this story on Huffington Post yesterday and I could definitely relate. I'm sure many of you can too.

farmers market family


Bath Bomb Blog March 25 2014, 0 Comments

Since we have been on a marathon bath bomb making spree, thought we would talk about bath bombs.

Bath bombs are what started our company. On a trip to Las Vegas 5 yrs ago I tried one out for fun and fell in love. I was now on a mission to make the perfect bath bomb. Tried many different combinations of ingredients and oils till “voila!” the perfect bath bomb! There are many other folks making bath bombs, putting in dried herbs and topping “cupcakes” with egg meringue. In our opinion this just makes a big mess. Every ingredient in our bath bombs serves a purpose and doesn’t leave you with a big mess to clean up in your tub when you’re done.

Many of our customers use our bath bombs exclusively for their kids baths to help with eczema. Now, we aren’t allowed by law to make any medical claims, I’m just repeating what I’ve been told! I love ‘em cause they are so relaxing and make my skin feel awesome!

We offer eight different scents to choose from, including the famous “Ahh Bomb” made with eucalyptus and camphor to help clear those sinuses and relax those sore muscles.

Ahh Bomb

We enjoy making our bath bombs and know you will enjoy using them!


Sperm Whales and Jojoba Oil…huh? March 21 2014, 0 Comments

Jojoba Oil has been used commercially the United States since1980. Interestingly, it’s popularity grew as a direct result of the prohibition of the killing of sperm whales by industrialized nations. It seems that the whale oil- spermacetti- was used heavily by the cosmetic industry. Once this spermacetti oil became unavailable, the cosmetic industry turned abruptly to the oil of the jojoba seed. The American Indians of the Sonora Desert region had been extracting jojoba oil with their primitive methods for hundreds of years in order to use on burns and other skin irritations.



Today, many countries produce jojoba oil. The worlds largest producers include USA, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Israel and Australia.

Jojoba oil has many uses and benefits-

•    As an anti-bacterial—Jojoba oil has shown itself to be very effective in preventing and treating infections of the skin.
•    As a moisturizer—Because jojoba oil is so similar to the natural oils that our bodies produce on a regular basis, it is particularly effective as a moisturizer. It is easily absorbed and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. This superb all-natural moisturizer is highly effective for treating dry skin, thereby helping to create a more youthful appearance.


•    As an anti-inflammatory—As the American Indians of the desert southwest discovered, jojoba oil reduces the painful swelling and redness that so often accompanies a skin injury or allergy such as poison oak or poison ivy. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it an effective treatment for acne.
•    As an acne treatment—Jojoba oil can benefit younger skin just as much as it benefits older skin. Acne, typically a problem for teenagers, is usually characterized by pimples and clogged pores. These blemishes can eventually become infected if not treated appropriately. Since many over-the-counter skin products contain animal fat, they can actually make acne even worse. But jojoba oil is non-greasy, and because it’s a natural antiseptic, it’s a very effective treatment for acne. Jojoba oil both cleanses and moisturizes the skin at the same time.
Jojoba oil is a completely natural, healthy treatment for the skin. At Tahoe Bath Works we use jojoba oil in our bath bombs, bubble bath, lotions and body oils because even though it may be a little pricey, we feel the results are worth every penny! We know you will too.


What Size Candle Do I Buy March 07 2014, 0 Comments

Question: Why won’t this canning jar candle I bought make my living room smell good?

Answer: Well, there are a few things to consider when purchasing a candle in order to scent a particular living space. Let’s take these considerations one at a time.

A. One common misconception about a scented candle is that the flame burns the scented wax, which in turn causes the living space to smell good. Not true. In fact, the scent released from burning wax will actually be a little different from the scent of the wax that is simply pooled around the flame, because, well, it’s burning. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of our soy candle wax is that when it burns it has a more neutral smell than a paraffin (refined petroleum sludge) candle. It also doesn’t release benzene and toluene particles into the air like a paraffin candle. But I digress. Really, what you’re getting when you use a candle is a vessel that contains scented wax and a wick that burns that scented wax in order to heat up the surrounding wax, which in turn forms a hot scented wax pool that will scent the living space. To simplify, just remember this…the hot scented wax pool is what scents the living space, not the flame burning the wax.



Sooo, it stands to reason that the more of the hot wax pool that is exposed to the open air, the more scent is released into the living space. Simply put, the larger the surface area of the melted wax pool, the more fragrance will be released into the air, ergo, in order to scent a living room you need a candle/s with lot’s of surface area. Now, onto the next consideration…

B. We’ve heard this time and time again, and it really goes back to the previous discussion: “I lit a jar candle in the living room and I could only smell it in the hallway”. Well, first of all, that poor jar candle in your standard sized living room never stood a chance. We’ve covered that already but there’s another problem as well. A living room is a drafty place, typically ventilated by large windows, maybe a ceiling fan, a fireplace and/or a couple of furnace ducts. Plus there are usually pathways leading away from the living room into a hallway or a kitchen or a staircase. So really when you set out to add scent to a living room, you actually ended up scenting half of your house either barely or not at all. A dead end room such as a bathroom or bedroom is much easier to scent adequately with a single candle, or some wax melts.



C. The quality and amount of fragrance oil in a candle directly affects the amount of fragrance in your living space, period. The strength of the particular fragrance will also affect the end result. Typically a “citrusy” or “musky” fragrance will be perceived to be stronger than a “clean cotton” or an “ocean air” fragrance. Our Soy Candles hold approximately 50% more fragrance oil than a comparably sized paraffin candle so it stands to reason that the fragrance from our Soy Candles will be stronger. In fact, we add the absolute maximum amount of fragrance that a soy candle will hold. The added fragrance will definitely help a smaller candle scent a larger space.