INTRODUCTING: PALO SANTO INCENSE

  

Since Andrew returned from Peru we’ve had Palo Santo burning constantly, and have been plotting ways to incorporate the incense into our collection as our first non-candle item. 

Intrigued by this scent, and inspired by our travels, we’ve crafted a minimal, geometric ceramic dish designed specifically for the Palo Santo cones (which we imported directly from South America.).

For those not familiar with Palo Santo, it’s part of the citrus/balsam family and has rustic notes of earthy pine, mint and lemon. Palo Santo wood is left on the ground to age for 4 to 10 years from naturally fallen branches, and is one of Peru’s most sacred treasures. Palo Santo is known holistically for it’s healing benefits and cleansing abilities. It’s been used for centuries for protection, purification, luck, and pain relief. Palo Santo’s warm, delicately sweet and woodsy aroma continues to fill us with a sense of peace and tranquility within our fast paced and distraction filled days. 

Rich with ancient mythical history, an array of climates, color, and home to this magical scent, Peru exceeded our wildest dreams, provided endless inspiration, and has us obsessively checking for flights to anywhere, day-dreaming of our next adventure abroad. 

 

SHOPS WE LOVE: FRANCES

Frances is a shop is filled with unexpected treasures. It is the type of store where you can find the perfect gift for your eclectic best friend, boyfriend, grandma, pet dog, etc. It’s a situation where you walk in to get one thing and leave with 8. It’s a Phoenix treasure.

Located on Central and Camelback here in Phoenix, Frances has an awesome location and an even greater interior. From their whimsical tree branched jewelry displays where the coolest, one of a kind accessories hang, to their entrance which is filled with bright greeting cards for any occasion from floor to ceiling, the brick building carries a medley of inspired goods.

In the very beginning of Standard Wax history, we somehow got our candles in the hands of Georganne Bryant, the brilliant owner behind the store. Georgeanne, for some reason, saw potential in our early (quite honestly gross) candles and placed an order for the store. Through the years, she and her team (hi Sandy!) have seen the evolution of our brand and have continued to support our growing business. Frances has been such a helpful and friendly presence in our lives from day one, and we could not be happier to have our scents sit alongside their other incredible merchandise.  

Frances
10 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Not in Phoenix? Check out francesvintage.com or @francesvintage on Instagram

AN ESCAPE TO JOSHUA TREE

"So you're a home goods company, but your focus is always on getting outside, going on adventures and essentially being away from home. How does that work?"

This is a real question my husband asked during our time away this week in Joshua Tree National Park. I've been wanting to visit the park for literally ages and it had never worked out before. This week, almost on a whim, we decided to pack up and spend two nights camping inside the park. The combination of no cell service and inspiring natural wonders in every direction set the scene for so many great conversations, the question above starting one of them.

And the answer was easy: because we gather all of the inspiration of our travels and adventures and bring them to life in our candles and (soon soon soon!!) other goods. We bring the sense of wonder and adventure home to be enjoyed at any time, and to inspire you to get out and experience something new.

We're so incredibly lucky to live the life we do. We run a business that brings adventure and inspiration into people's lives, with time leftover to practice what we preach by taking in the wonder and beauty of the many corners of this crazy planet we live on. But in between adventures it's nice to have a little reminder of those travels close at hand... Something to remind us to never stop exploring and never stop being inspired.

If our candles can remind you to get out and explore, to appreciate the wonders of life whether big or small, then our work is all worthwhile. 

-Sam