Riverview Scent Shop – Fragrance for home, body and soul

October 7, 2008

Fall Open House this weekend at Riverview Scent Shop

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Fall is here…air is cooler, nights are longer and I have the baking urge!

This weekend we are having our 14th annual Fall Open House

Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-3pm

  • Free Aromatique Cinnamon Cider Poptpourri gift with any Aromatique purchase.
  • 50% off all Candle accessories, even holiday!
  • Apple Cider & Home baked cookies
  • 25% off all Aromastone diffusers
  • and more!

Stop by and try some of the new fall scents from Yankee….cinnamon cider, candied apple, mulled spice, evening air and autumn gold.

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September 11, 2008

Antica Farmacista home fragrancing has arrived at Riverview scent Shop!

Antica Farmacista has arrived at Riverview Scent Shop!

Antica Farmacista has captured old-world European charm and mystery with its collection of unique signature scents for the home and body that draw inspiration from the mystery of the Mediterranean Sea and the serenity of the gardens of Tuscany.

While Antica Farmacista is loved for its packaging and its innovations in home ambiance, the heart of the brand is the fragrances themselves. Made with superior formulations and only the finest natural ingredients in unique combinations, each scent truly embodies the authenticity and heritage of Antica Farmacista.

With a range of signature scents that appeal to both men and women, Antica Farmacista prides itself on its ability to change the feel of the room and the allure of the body in a powerful, yet never overpowering way. Fabulous candle alternatives for fragrancing your personal space.

Please click on either picture below to view our collection of fragrances from Antica Farmacista or stop by today to smell the fabulous fragrances in person.

Home Ambiance Fragrance {Le Fragranze d’Ambiante}

size 500ml (17 oz.)
Antica Farmacista Home Ambiance Fragrance, the signature product in the collection, is a unique and beautiful way to fragrance and decorate the home or office. The Home Ambiance Fragrances utilize antique inspired apothecary bottles, filled with distinct fragrance, that permeate the air through the bottles’ open neck and white birch reeds that have been inserted to further diffuse the scent. Simply position the fragrance bottle in the room of your choice and uncork. Place the reed bundle into the neck and reverse the reeds every few days or as desired to enhance the scent. The Antica Farmacista fragrance will infuse the air and provide a lasting, constant and beautiful scent.

Room and Linen Spray {Le Fragranze di la Stanza}Size 100ml (3.4 oz).

Antica Farmacista’s Room and Linen Spray is a wonderful candle alternative for home fragrance. Packaged in a beautiful glass bottle, the high quality room sprays are formulated to be sprayed into the air or onto fabrics and linens to instantly refresh and set the mood in any room. Perfect for use in your car as well.

September 10, 2008

Benefits of Glycerine Soap

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Ever wonder why your skin is so dry even though you are applying lotion everyday? Not only does the type of lotion you use affect your skin (see our website http://www.riverviewscentshop.com), but so does the type of soap you use. (click here to see our fragrance layering tips)

The soap you buy are your local grocery store may be the cause to your never ending dry skin. Actually, the soap you think you are buying, is in fact, not soap at all. “Soap” as we know it is actually made of petroleum by-products and is in fact detergent.  Well, I don’t have to tell you, but if you use regular bar soap you know that your skin is tight, dry and sometimes itchy. Not only does regular bar soap contain lye and petroleum, they also contain DEA and drying alcohols.

This is all great to know—so what kind of soap can I use that will be good for my skin you ask??

Pure Glycerin soap. Glycerin is a clear liquid that absorbs water from the air.  It is a humectant, drawing moisture to your skin, allowing it to remain hydrated and soft. I love soaps made of pure vegetable glycerin. Beyond hydrating your skin, glycerin is also known to be a natural remedy for yeast and fungal infections, such as eczema and psoriasis. It is especially good for sensitive skin. Glycerin soap does not contain synthetic ingredients that will cause skin irritations. It keeps your skin looking and feeling healthy and soft.

Glycerin is a sweet tasting, colorless, thick liquid that has a high boiling point, it freezes to a paste and is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture. It is also a natural by-product in the soap making process. Commercial manufacturers remove a significant quantity of glycerin from soap to be used in more expensive lotions and creams.

Glycerine was first discovered in 1779 in the saponification process, today, glycerine is found in and sourced from animal fats, vegetable oils and synthetically from petrochemicals.

It is generally thought that Glycerine is an ingredient added to handmade soap but as stated above it is actually a by-product of the soap making process (saponification). Clear soap is often mistaken for glycerine soap when in fact all handmade soap contains glycerine, a treatment using alcohol and sugar is what makes the soap clear and this is what people generally refer to as glycerine soap. You can add extra glycerine to improve the moisturizing properties of the soap but it is not a necessity. Glycerin soap combined with selected oils can be a great way to relax and mixed with carefully selected herbs and essential oils can be great for acne suffers, it is also very mild and gentle so can be used by children

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia found that glycerine makes skin look, feel and function better by attracting moisture and by helping skin cells mature properly; they also discovered that it helps convert fats or lipids in the external, protective membrane. All cells have this layer, but skin cells secrete extra lipids to form a protective barrier. “Think about it. If there was not some sort of barrier, when you took a bath, all the water would go into you and you would blow up like a balloon.” This research is not news to natural soap makers who for years have been telling the virtues of real soap over mass-produced chunks of soap full of chemicals that are cheap, but not skin-friendly.

The skin covers our whole bodies.  It is the largest human organ and is our first defense against dehydration, temperature, infection and harmful substances.  Glycerine Soaps give your skin the care it serves and make bathing a gentle, soothing experience.

Indulge yourself.  A fragrant, handmade glycerine soap, like  Camille Beckman is a simple indulgence that enhances the feeling of relaxtion and well-being.  Treat yourself, or a loved one to the benefits of a handmade glycerine soap.  Men love to use it for smooth shaving!  It is gentle enough to use on babies.

Stop by our Riverview Scent Shop to smell one of the fragrant choices we offer from Camille Beckman today.  The soap is all natural and is fortified with vitamin E.  Priced at only $3.25 per soap bar.

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September 8, 2008

Sold out Jim Shore Items

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Wow, it was a crazy, crazy Jim Shore weekend! I know some of our customers think every year we are plain insane to get as much Jim Shore Christmas, fall and Halloween items in as early as June but they sell out or retire so quick. This week we sold out of retired Cornucopia, that was new for 2008! We still have a few of the Stacked pilgrims, Mayflowers and Turkeys left.
For Halloween we are down to one large Black cat on Pumpkin with lantern. We also sold out of the Minnie Mouse witch ont op of pumpkin jack-o-lantern. We still have a pretty good stock on the other Halloween witches, cats and Disney items.
Christmas items we are almost out of that are retired are:
Santa’s large sleigh centerpiece (2 left)
Santa’s sleigh with ornaments (4 left)

You can click on the picture below to go directly to our website http://www.riverviewscentshop.com

Santa sleigh with ornaments

Santa sleigh with ornaments

We sold out of small nativities this past weekend so I hope we can get more in.

A few of the favorite ornaments are low…naughty & nice santa, angels with doves, teacher, nurse angel, and small santas.

Don’t forget we have our Jim Shore open house Saturday September 13th from 10am-5pm
There is a free piece being given away with any Jim Shore purchase $100 or more.

Weekly specials at Riverview Scent Shop for Sept 8th

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This week we have some exciting new ways for you to save and start shopping early for the Christmas Holiday season.

Saturday from 10 am-5pm

Join us for our

Jim Shore Open House

Free Mini Santa with Tree

Jim Shore Mini Santa with Tree

Jim Shore Mini Santa with Tree

undersigned by Jim Shore

with any Jim Shore purchase $100 or more

This is the time to view all things Jim Shore for best selection in Florida. Many Halloween and fall harvest items sold out already this past weekend. If you are a beginner with Jim Shore, every year item retire early and if you miss them they are gone. About 75 of ornament selection are sold out already this year with the company and stock on hand is all we will get. Do not wait until December to start shopping for Jim Shore or you will be disappointed I have a couple of ladies who keep coming in browsing and one in particular has missed out on 3 items that are now sold out and retired.

We will also have some limited edition exclusive items. The way Riverview Scent Shop handles this is anyone interested needs to stop in the store and after a Jim Shore purchase of 5 items throughout the year, (Jan1st-Dec31st) you can enter the raffle to purchase the items. We get only 1 or 2 of these limited dealer exclusives and this has worked for us best to make it fair for all Jim Shore enthusiasts and collectors.

also this week

Yankee Candle large jars

Buy 2 get 1 Free

with coupon

Best selection of over 100 scents in Brevard County, Florida.

All new fall fragrances in stock now!

September 3, 2008

Candle Lore

Filed under: Candles,Weekly Specials — by riverviewscentshop @ 8:03 pm
There is no recorded history of candle making. However, references to lighting candles date back to ancient times as early as 3000 BC in Crete and Egypt. Candles are mentioned in Biblical writings as early as the tenth century BC. A fragment of a candle from the first century AD has been found in Avignon, France.

In the fourth century B.C., candles were developed by the Ancient Egyptians by soaking the pithy core of reeds in molten tallow (animal fat). Called rush lights, they had no wick like a candle.

The early Romans are credited with developing the candle with a wick which was made from papyrus (a tall, aquatic, Mediterranean grass like plant) .

In the Middle Ages, beeswax, a substance secreted by honey bees to make their honeycombs, was introduced. Beeswax candles were a marked improvement over those made with tallow since they did not produce a smoky flame or emit an unpleasant odor when burned. Instead, beeswax candles burned pure and clean. However, they were expensive and, therefore, only the wealthy and the church had them.

In fourteenth century England, servants of the Royal household were paid partly in beeswax candles. Through to the reign of George III, the ends of used beeswax candles from the royal palaces were given to the Lord Chancellor as a valuable benefit of his position.

From the sixteenth century onwards, living standards improved as evidenced by the increasing availability of candlesticks and candleholders and their appearance in households. At this time, candles were usually sold by the pound and sold in bundles of eight, ten, or twelve candles. Everyday candles were made of animal fat (tallow), usually from sheep (mutton) or cows. These candles were usually a dark, yellowish color and probably gave off a nasty smell.

Early Chinese and Japanese candles were molded in paper tubes. They were made out of a wax made from an insect known as a “Cocus” and were mixed with seeds from various trees. The wicks were made of rolled-up rice paper.

In India, the use of animal fat in candles was prohibited by religious decree so candles were made from wax skimmed while boiling cinnamon.

Along the Northwest coast of North America the Indians produced light by inserting oily dried smelt into a slit at the end of a stick and lighting it.

In the Shetland Islands ( Scotland) the Stormy Petrel as well as other birds known to have a high content of fat in their bodies were hunted, killed and dried. They then had wicks put down their throats which were lit to produce light.

America ’s Colonial women discovered that boiling the grayish green berries of bayberry bushes produced a sweet-smelling wax that burned clean. However, extracting the wax from the bayberries was extremely tedious.

In 18th century England, candles were taxed and common people were forbidden to make their own. There were two guilds of chandlers, one for tallow chandlers and one for wax chandlers. They were the only ones licensed to produce candles until 1831. At that time the law was repealed.

Also in the 18th century the growth of the whaling industry brought the first major change in candlemaking since the Middle Ages. It was then that spermaceti, a wax obtained by crystallizing sperm whale oil, became available in quantity. Like beeswax, the spermaceti wax did not elicit a repugnant odor when burned. It was also harder than both tallow and beeswax which meant it did not soften or bend in the summer heat.

It was during the 19th century when most major developments affecting contemporary candle making occurred. In 1834, inventor Joseph Morgan introduced a machine which allowed continuous production of molded candles. A cylinder which featured a movable piston ejected candles as they solidified.

In 1850 the production of the first paraffin wax made from oil and coal shale began. It was made by distilling the residues left after crude petroleum was refined.

Lady Primrose Tryst Kiss has arrived!

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As many of you know, we recently starting carrying Lady Primrose products this past summer. We are very please to introduce this new scent just released. I love it! Very Florida, very fresh and very uplifting. I tried the samples out for a couple days and got compliments while out in the grocery store and also at the post office.

Tryst Kiss is kissed with acai berry and grapefruit. It has an uplifting quality to it. My customers, young and old have enjoyed it.

Tryst Kiss Collection

Tryst Kiss Collection

Tryst Kiss is vibrant, charming, fresh and witty.

Fragrance: Juicy pink grapefruit and peach, sweetened with fresh berries – Softened with pink roses, lilies and jasmine – Warmed with creamy caramel and sandalwood

Key Ingredient: Touted as the #1 super food, the Acai Berry is found in all Tryst Kiss products. This high energy berry is found in the Amazon Rain Forest. Loaded with anti-oxidants to protect the skin, it is also packed full of amino acids and reparative omega-3 fatty acids.

Tryst Kiss is available in:

Eau de Parfume $64
Rollerball Parfume for your purse $36
Body Creme $36
Skin Moisturizer $24
Shower & Bath Gel $24
Body Polish $24
Powder in a Puff $26
Compact with Blotting Papers $28
Blotting Paper refills $10

I love the packaging, very feminine!

Stop by Riverview scent Shop today to try in store samples.

August 20, 2008

Candles – Symbolism

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Candles have always had a distinctive place in our society, and as such they represent an incredible link that taps into our past. In their own unique way, candles radiate messages of romance, passion, security, warmth, hope, spirituality, and mystery, to name just a few. Today, candles are used mainly for their aesthetic value and scent, particularly to set a soft, warm, or romantic ambiance, and for emergency lighting during electrical power failures. Scented candle are used in aromatherapy. Deeply rooted in almost every religious and spiritual practice, creed and nationality, there is something peculiar and symbolic in a solitary flame and the aura of light surrounding it. It communicates with our souls. It speaks beyond words.  Candles symbolize enlightenment,inspirations, religious clarity, and comfort.  No matter how thick the darkness, the light of one candle conquers it. No matter how solitary one flame is, it is never alone or lonely for its light knows no boundaries and touches eternity. People of all faiths and walks of life, and many different creeds, have been joining together in a candlelight vigil to grieve, pray or celebrate. Candles are an integral part of our identities, they have been playing an important role in both our collective and individual consciousness.

Although we are live in modern times with electricity and such, very few of us haven’t had contact with candles. From the very first blazing encounters on a birthday cake, where candles are introduced as a magical agents which help our wishes came true, to every possible ritual and practice of social initiation, rite of passage or pleasure lubricant, candle flame has been our constant companion. Our initial enchantment with birthday candles is precursor to our belief that magic and candles naturally go together. Symbolism of birthday candles is not the only candle symbolism we are exposed to from the earliest days. No matter what religion we are born into, there are sanctuaries and special places to light a candle for health, protection, blessing and loving memory of departed ones. Candles are believed to connect people with divine, and with the deceased. They send our message beyond the boundaries of the visible and material world. In a candle light, the material world and the world of the Spirit are met.

Many couples have a Unity Candle at their wedding. Two outside candles are lit by the couple’s mothers to represent their lives to this moment. These distinct flames, each burning alone, represent the faith, wisdom and love received from their parents. Together, the couple lights a center candle, symbolizing the union of their lives. Their thoughts shall be for each other, and they will share both joys and sorrows. The flames of the two smaller candles remain lit to show how although they are now one, they are still each unique individuals.

A candle represents love which can light our spouse’s world.

A candle wipes out darkness and shows us how love can brighten our beloved’s life.

When we are near a candle, we feel warmth, just as we feel warmth from the love of our spouse.

A candle can give a sense of direction, and can draw people together, reminding us of how our love is a binding force also.

When a candle burns, the melting wax on the candle in a way disfigures the candle, representing the risk and element of pain that exists in a love relationship.

A candle, in order to fulfill itself, must burn itself out. If a candle is never lit, it never fulfills it’s purpose.

Newest Yankee Candle Fall Scents

It’s that time of the year…new fall yummy scents from Yankee Candle!

Well kids are back to school, just for one day due to the Tropical Storm Fay. Lots of rain, little sun, bot other than that, not too bad.  I figured I would sit down and keep you all informed on the newest of the new. I have worked my way through the tarts on all and will give you a brief description of what my sniffer smelled.

  • Orchard Pear – Ripe, succulent pears, fresh from the tree, warmed with notes of jasmine and cognac. I thought it was a nice warm spicy pear. Not at all like the old spice pear. This has more of an out in the fields smell to it.
  • Blueberry Scone – Yummy! The delicious aroma of English quickbread with sweet blueberries, rich cream and a hint of vanilla. I love scones and this scent is pretty true. It is very blueberry with a touch of sweet scones.
  • Candied Apple – From the county fair … crisp red apples coated with a mix of melted sugar, orange, pear and vanilla Very sweet, and a good renditions of a candied apple from the fair or halloween.
  • Cinnamon Sugar – A warm, sweet sprinkle of heaven … brown sugar and cinnamon with notes of nutmeg and vanilla. This one has been one of my top sellers for the new ones. Anthingcinnamon is popular year round for me. A nice, warm, cozy smell that I find my enjoy.
  • Evening Air – The crisp breeze of a fall night warmed with notes of clove, geranium, basil, cedarwood and musk. My customers who like Cottage Breeze and Midsummer’s night are enjoying this one. Masculine Undertones to it.
  • Mulling Spices – Autumn cheer … the warming aroma of hot apple cider infused with cinnamon, clove and vanilla. I ahve lots of customers asking me of this is similar to the old Baking Spices, it is in the fact that it is a spicy scent but this one does not use the warm spices as much as the deep, earthy baking spices. You can definitely smell the clove in it and the apple adds a sweetness to it.
  • Green Bamboo – The exotically sweet freshness of green bamboo leaf with notes of freesia, pear, teakwood, and musk. This one is a bit weak for me but the people who like Jasmine Green Tea will like this one.
  • Chocolate Cupcake – This creamy sweet aroma of cocoa, buttercream and vanilla is an irresistible treat. Very rich, very chocolaty. there is no subtle sweetness to this one. If you are looking for a strong, sweet bakes smell…this is it.
  • Cafe’ Au Lait – So warm and enticing … rich, fresh brewed coffee topped with milk froth and a dash of cinnamon. Not as good as the old coffee to me, a bit creamier and warmer with the cinnamon added. Think Starbucks!
  • Autumn Gold – A treasure trove of fall favorites … spicy cinnamon and clove with notes of cranberry and vanilla. The color is deceiving on this one. It will be great for cooler weather when family & Friends are coming over.

The last 3 on the list, Autumn Gold, Cafe’ Au Lait and Chocolate Cupcake are Yankee Candle store exclusives. I don’t think that is too important as they are the weaker of the new ones.

Try them out in tarts and samplers if you do not want to go into all large jars. Then go back and buy your favorite! Riverview Scent Shop always offer buy 10, get 1 free tart and samplers year round but we also have several tart and sampler specials coming up!

August 19, 2008

How to layer your home fragrance

Home fragrance Layering

This popularity has created an incredible demand for a variety in scents and forms of fragrance. Essence oils, fragrance sprays, candles, light bulb rings, drawer liners, soaps, incense, sachets, simmering crystals, and potpourri are just a few of your choices, depending upon your lifestyle and personal preferences.

Just as layering your personal fragrance with powder, lotion, and cologne makes a richer, longer lasting smell, the same is true of home fragrances. Try using different forms of the same scent throughout your house for a “home sweet home”. Although you might want to mix and match, we recommend sticking to one fragrance family at a time.
Please click here for our article on fragrance families.

  • Level 1-3
    Potpourri, Scented Rocks, Scented Beads, Stone Diffuser, Reed Diffusers, Scented Drawer Liners, Sachets

    These fragrance choices are what we call the stage. They set the tone and mood in your home.
    The above choices all provide you with a nice, subtle, ever-present scent.
    Most of these fragrance choices will last 4-12 weeks depending on size.
    All can be refreshed or refilled.

  • Level 4-6
    Jar, Pillar and Votive Candles, Linen Sprays, Scented Soaps, Incense

    These all provide you with a step above your background level. A way to increase intensity of fragrance in your surroundings.
    Nice to light candles for a while to add to your existing fragrance.
    Lighting candles an hour before guests arrive will give you more umpph to your home fragrance.
    Scented soaps add a nice feel in guest bathrooms.

  • Level 7-8
    Room Sprays, Room Mist, Simmering Potpourri, Potpourri Tarts, Simmering Oil, Lamp rings (for oils)

    All of these products will give you an extra amount of fragrance released into your home.
    Combine with levels 1-6 for a greater scent experience.
    They are formulated different with the opportunity to enhance an greater release of fragrance into your home.

  • Level 9-10
    Fragrance Lampes, Refresher oils

    For the strongest fragrance release opportunities use these in your home. Fragrance lampes not only scent the air but clean and purify the air much like an ozonator without the noise.

Be careful with the fragrance products you buy! Not all home fragrance oils are created equal. remember that old saying your Mom had…You get what you pay for. That applies here. The amount of fragrance oil used in your home fragrance choice like candles, potpourri, reed diffusers, potpourri tarts, warming oils, room sprays and lampe oils is going to effect what you pay for.

Among the 100’s of scented home products – especially the enormous variety of candles – the most popular fragrances are consistently vanilla, cinnamon, and rose. Seasonal smells are also popular, such as apples, cinnamon, and peaches in the fall and winter, and clean, fresh scents during March through May. Other scents, including lavender, sandalwood and patchouli enjoy steady year-round sales because of their applications in aromatherapy.

Although you don’t want to overpower visitors to your personal space with too much scent, you can’t realistically expect one candle to scent the entire house. Generally one candle per room is a more realistic ratio. Don’t be stingy with your scent. Some of the stronger oil-based scents can easily fill an small room like a bathroom, office, den with their aroma. Open bowls of potpourri gently fragrance the immediate vicinity, but oils (and freshly administered room sprays) are far less subtle and should be used only in larger areas.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with new forms and scents of home fragrance. Just remember to layer your fragrance. You do not want guests to arrive and be anxiously waiting for a breath of fresh air.

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