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Luscious Lux Aromatica

21 Oct

Just about every household has a scented candle burning these days. But did you ever think about what’s in that candle?

I think that the most motivating factor when someone selects a gourmet candle is scent, right? Well imagine if your favorite scent is lavender or coffee…and you have a candle burning that contains the actual essential oils from the lavender plant or coffee bean? That is exactly what you get when you burn a Lux Aromatica candle, hand-made by Kerensa Bertolino in her home-based candle kitchen in Newport, Rhode Island.

Lux Aromatica products (soy candles, soaps, perfumes, salves, bath salts and more) are made with natural waxes, botanical carrier oils and butters, essential oils for fragrance and vegetable-based preservatives for the skincare products. They are free of synthetic fragrance oils, added colors or other artificial ingredients. All ingredients are purchased from suppliers here in the United States.

Not only does Kerensa manufacture the candles by hand, she designs her labels and makes every effort to keep her packaging minimal, reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Her label design is inspired by nature, art, smell and texture.

I design my fragrances from essential oils, blending them into sophisticated, interesting perfumes that garner a broad appeal. I’m often inspired by places I’ve visited. If a place smells amazing, I want to replicated it and put it in a bottle.

Creating products from natural ingredients is a slow, meditative process. When making candles, soaps and salves, the oils are gently stirred into the molten wax or soap, then hand-poured in small batches for each fragrance. Tempering, blending, and pouring all must happen at particular temperatures, for certain amounts of time, to make each individual candle come out just right.

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Jovial characters in whimsical lands.

12 Aug

JYLL ETHIER-MULLEN

Ethier-Mullen is an artist, illustrator, and painter of jovial characters in whimsical lands. The primary land is known as Sickfeet, and it is the contextual world in which her characters adventure and interact with one another. It is a world of joyful tones, organic emotions, reminiscent textures, and inspiring tales. There is something strangely familiar in her work which reminds the observer of something in the past, while filling it with a fresh and hopeful commentary.

Her aspirations include a Sickfeet book, more art shows on the East and West coast, and a plethora of creations varying from magnets to toys. Ethier-Mullen says of her work, “I want to express truths and real life experiences through an unreal world of extraordinary lands and characters.” She finds her sources of inspiration in Bjork, Tim Burton, Dr. Suess, Roman Dirge, Clayton Brothers, Jeff Soto, Edward Gorey, Barry Mcgee, Shepard Fairy, Blaine Fontana, Klimt, Gama-Go and many more…

Jyll resides on the West Side of Providence, RI with her husband, Travis, her son, Teagan, and her dog, Dunkers. Check out more of her work at  www.sickfeet.net, store, www.sickfeet.etsy.com, blog, www.jyllethiermullen.blogspot.com

 

We are excited for our next festival, the East Greenwich Art Festival Saturday, September 3, 2011!!

The East Greenwich Art Festival is proud to be sponsered by Whole Foods, RI Monthly, Natural Awakenings, Cat Country-WCTK, Yelp, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Cardi’s Furniture, Robyn Ivy Photography, Galaxy Nutritional Foods, DeLuca + Weizenbaum Attorneys at Law, Rhode Island Medical Imaging, Summer Arts and Festival Organization, Coastal Medical, Aim High Academy, and South County Hospital Medical & Wellness Center