• Diwali Gifts for the Hostess

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    Someone sent a message today sounding a bit desperate and excited. They had been invited to a Diwali party but didn't know what to bring!

    A quick lowdown on Diwali...

    Diwali is the "festival of lights"- an ancient Hindu festival.  It celebrates good winning out over evil and is one of the largest and most important events of the year.  Indians celebrate with a gathering of families and lights: clay pot lights, lanterns, rangolis, fireworks, bonfires, etc. They also share sweets and worship Lakshmi- the goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity. We should all worship her! Men hug women, women hug men and overall you will take the cues from the family at the house where you have been invited. Be warned- you may be asked to remove your shoes.

    What are some great Diwali hostess gifts for that party you were invited to? It is the "thought that counts" first and foremost, however, there are many ways to impress as well. Since sweets are on the top of the list we shall start there.

    number 1

    alma chocolate gift box

    Sweets are beloved and what's better than artisan chocolate? We love this gift pack from Alma Chocolates- the crowns and fleur de lis adding a royal touch. $25, shop here

     number 2

    mecca prosperity candle

    The coconut is an auspicious puja offering to Hindus. Since a big, round coconut isn't the prettiest gift we like to gift this gorgeous Mecca candle. It's the combination of light AND a prosperous blend of coconut, vanilla, and patchouli. $20, shop here

     

    indian money envelopes
    The perfect way to offer money to Goddess Lakshmi is with these money envelopes. Not expected but a great way to participate. You can make your own or buy these beauties from Chain of Joy. $10 for 10 is a steal! Shop here
    number 4
    purity farms ghee amazon

     

    The gift of ghee. That's right and in this cute little container. Perhaps easy to find at your local co-op or health food store. Purity Farms Ghee is a delightful gift that will win over the chef of the house. $10.95 for a 13 oz jar. Shop here

     

    number 5

     

    Sandalwood is one of the most sacred herbs in Ayurveda. Smoke is believed to help ward off evils. Sandalwood incense is the perfect gift to help your recipient welcome all that is good into their life. 50 sticks per container. $20, shop here 

    Other ideas for Diwali hostess gifts are wine or liqueur (depending on the tastes of the host), olive oil, or flowers. These are all suggestions that can help you get creative and if it's last-minute you can pick up your local, handcrafted, artisan version of the above.  Namaste.

     Love and light!

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  • L & L Candle Co- Sumptuous soy candles made in Israel

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    Sometimes we get so lucky on Instagram when we stumble across a beautiful product made in a land far away (from us!). Such is the case with L & L Candle Company and their soy candles made in Israel.

    This husband and wife design team has a studio in Kfar Saba, a city in the Sharon region, where each candle is created with the memory of their travels and the sights and smells of those experiences. They are both nature lovers and we have always been attracted to the world of design. Through their candle making, they discovered that they were able to combine both worlds: nature & design. This is why it was important for them to work with soy wax- which is natural, eco-friendly and the process allows them to run free with their creativity.

    This immediately attracted FAITHHAUS, as not only do WE love natural, sustainable and eco-friendly qualities but the laws of all religions tell us to love and respect our planet. Read on for the inspiration behind L & L soy candles.

     
    Would you consider yourself spiritual or faithful?
    We consider ourselves to be spiritual and faithful.
    We believe that spirituality is transmitted through our energy: our experiences in life, what we believe in, what we've learned and what we want to give and share in life. We believe that the energy we give is the energy that we receive in return.
     
    For us, having faith is believing in a better world and having hope that what we believe in and desire can happen.
    We believe in G-d, spirituality and energy.
     
     
    Orientel Amber Candle
    The Oriental Amber Candle $27. Burns 40 hours. Amber's spiritual properties are balance, harmony, inspiration. It's an exotic and intoxicating scent!
    Sandalwood Soy Candle
    The Sandalwood & Tonka Candle $24. Burns 40 hours. Sandalwood is harmony and peace with a sweet and woodsy smell. Tonka is an oil of initiation. It is warm and caramel-y. The two are the perfect blend for moving forward with grace.
    Lavender Soy Candle
    The Lavender Candle. $30. Burns 50 hours. Lavender is restorative and calming-just what you need when life feels a little out of control. Light then ask your worries to fly away!
    Neroli Soy Candle
    The Neroli Candle XL. $52. Burns 60 hours. Neroli is joy, peace, money and success. The L & L version comes with a hint of cardamom (love) and bergamot (strength). As a matter of fact we need to burn this asap-bring it on.
    Coconut Soy Candle
    Coconut Mini Travel Candle. $15. Burns 20 hours. The healing properties of coconut are indesputable. The scent is universal one-love. It's healing, protecting and smells incredible.
    Patchouli Soy Candle
    The Patchouli Candle. $30. Burns 50 hours. Ahhh, patchouli. Often maligned as the 'hippie fave' but a personal favorite of ours. It's fertility, lust, stimulation (want to have a baby!?) and this one is mixed with a touch of lavender (calming) and vanilla (relaxing) for a blend of sensuality.

    A lot of thought has gone into the blends of the L & L soy candles, using oils with amazing spiritual properties and nature at it's core. Find L & L at www.llcandleco.com and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/llcandleco/.

    Thank you to Mama Bear Musings- our go-to source for essential oil magic and wisdom!

     
     

     

     

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