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Link Love: Gift Guide Coming!

Things have been a little quiet over here at Indigo+Canary lately—one big reason is that I’ve been working on our second annual Holiday Gift Guide. It’s coming (and soon!), but in the meantime, here are a few great links for you to explore.

  • From Organic Authority: low exposure to this chemical fungicide has been linked to obesity.
  • My friend Rosie wrote this beautiful post about fear and how it can hold us back.
  • Starre Vartan’s post about these Tatcha Polishing Powders has me intrigued. Have you tried any of them?
  • This post from Siobhan at No More Dirty Looks makes me think I ought to try aromatherapy. Do you incorporate aromatherapy into your daily life?
Happy Monday, everyone! Here’s to a fantastic week. —Aleigh

(Image via Sarah Parrott)


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Beauty Obsession: Neom Organics

One of my favorite ways to decompress and de-stress is through aromatherapy–specifically, aromatherapy in the bath. When we bought our little 1930s bungalow a few years ago, one of the biggest selling points for me was the huge, jetted tub in the master bathroom. My soak-and-decompress strategy usually includes a lovely bath oil (I really like this lavender bath oil from Dr. Hauschka), a facial mask (lately I’ve been using my Una Biologicals facial masque or my Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry mask from Pangea Organics), and at least one candle for aromatherapy and ambience.

A few weeks ago, O&N Collective sent me a sample* of the Neom Organics Complete Bliss Candle to try out, and I’ve been happily burning it throughout the house–while I’m watching television, in the bedroom while I’m folding laundry (ugh) and finally in the bathroom while I treated myself to a bath!

What I tried: Neom Organics Complete Bliss Candle. I have the travel size ($21), but there’s also a larger home size ($60). These candles are made with 100% vegetable wax—not paraffin, which can release icky chemicals like toluene and benzene as it burns. Add a lead-free paper/cotton-blend wick and there’s no black soot when you burn the candle.

First impressions: My little candle came packaged beautifully (in a recyclable box), and I like that the glass container can be recycled as well. The light rose scent (made with a natural essential oil) is delicate, but powerful enough that it permeates the room. For hours after blowing out the candle, I could still smell it.

What caught me by surprise: This is an important one. I get the occasional migraine, and harsh/strong scents are a big trigger for me. (You should see me trying to navigate a mall…I have to hold my breath when I walk by Bath & Body Works or Abercrombie & Fitch. It’s kind of hilarious.) I can happily say that I’ve burned this candle for several hours with zero migraines.

Plus, I like that my Neom candle doesn’t contain any binders to adhere the candle to the container, so you’ll eventually use up every last drop of wax. So many candles become impossible to burn after a while because there’s so much wax left on the sides of the container that you can’t reach the wick at the bottom. Wasteful.

Bonus: I love that the sustainable beauty apothecary who sent me this sample, O&N Collective, is based in Burlington, N.C. We’re practically neighbors!

I’ve been burning my candle as I’ve been writing this–time to go blow it out and start the rest of my day. What’s your latest beauty obsession?

Want to read about more of my beauty obsessions? Here’s where you can find them.

(Photo credits: Top, via O&N Collective; Bottom, my Neom candle burning in my living room.)

*Disclosure: This candle was sent to me for review, but I only write about the products that are truly worthy of being shared with you. View my full disclosure here
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