A beryl + blossom summer

Things to look forward to this summer include but are not limited to, bumper to bumper traffic, unrelenting heat, too many children in public spaces and last but by no means least, beryl + blossom's soy candle line. Each candle retails at JMD$1500 or USD$12. Our summer collection candle line includes the following quintessentially Jamaican scents:

Baby Powder
Lignum Vitae
Puddin'
Mint Tea
Ortanique

Our candles are sold primarily via our website and social media. Catch up to us online and see if we'll be in any pop up shops or expositions in and around your area for all our discounts and promotional offers. 

Summer 2018 (so far)

July 29, 2018
Kingston ArtWalk
Downtown, Kingston

August 5, 2018
Devon House Emancipendence Expo 2018

 

Delivery/Pickup

If you're interested in owning your own soy candle but you are unable to make it to any of our events,  we offer the following services.

Pick-up
Wednesdays at Devon House, St. Andrew
11-am - 1pm
4pm -6pm

Tuesdays at Glistening Waters, Trelawny

5:30pm- 6:30pm

Deliveries within Kingston and St. Andrew
JMD$350

Deliveries outside of Kingston and St. Andrew
Knutsford Express Courier
$600*

*this is Knutsford Express Courier's standard price for small packages. Prices are subject to change at the discretion of Knutsford Express. 
 

 

 

 

Indigenous Flowers of Jamaica

Our journey to to creating a quintessential Jamaican company reminded us how unique the Jamaican experience is. Part of being proud of being Jamaican, for Beryl & Blossom, is knowing all the little cutchrements that fit into the crocus bag of "Jamaica" and knowing all the safely kept secrets that nobody else will ever be party to. The hand-me-downs, the something-news and the things that you just can't come across unless you're firmly planted 18 degrees North and 77 degrees West, span across food, music, fashion, street lingo and yes, flowers. 

Gardening for Jamaicans extends far beyond mini wheelbarrows and watering perfectly manicured plants on Sunday mornings while wearing straw hats. Our gardens happen. They happen sometimes haphazardly among the mint bush, pepper trees, blades of fever grass and bunches of indigenous species. 

  1. Lignum Vitae Guaiacum Officale
  2. Lantana Lantana Camara (white
  3. Rose Rosa
  4. Orchids
  5. Ferns (Cystopteris fragilis )
    (fern gully)
  6. BROMELIADS/WILD PINES
  7. Blue Mahoe Hibiscus Elatus
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Royal Palm Roystonea Regia

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Ixora Ixora Coccinea

 

West Indian Jasmine

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Yellow Poui Tree Telebuia Serratifolia

Yellow Poui Tree

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Codiaeum variegatum

Jamaican croton, Joseph's Coat

Candles on your brain

The gentle flicker of the flame, the soothing sound of a crackling wick, the intoxicating scent of heaven- when you ignite scrumptious Beryl + Blossom candle, a time of peace and relaxation undoubtedly awaits you- unless you live in Jamaica and badmind JPS cut off yuh light 🙃.

All jokes aside- candles can set the mood for a well-needed TLC or self-care session. 

While you enjoy our decadent candles we want you to understand why candles are beneficial for the mind and soul. Here are five facts about the psychological and physiological effects of candles:

1. Candles trigger positive emotional memories

Did a whiff of our Puddin' scent send you right back to Christmas in mama's kitchen? According to experts at the Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology at Boston University you have an emotional connection to scents particularly those from your childhood. This can be attributed to the connection between the olfactory system and the amygdala in our brain. After a smell enters the nose, it travels through the cranial nerve through to the olfactory bulb, which helps the brain process stimuli. The olfactory bulb is part of the limbic system, the emotional center of the brain. Olfactory has a strong input into the amygdala, which process emotions. The kind of memories that this connection evokes are often quite powerful and is one of the reason odors cause a spark of nostalgia. 

2. Candles lower anxiety

Have a fear of heights? Nervous about a test? Well, a Beryl + Blossom Lignum Vitae candle might help! In 2010 researchers at the King's College of London found that presence of a lit lavender scented candle significantly lowered the anxiety levels of dental patients who feared sitting in the dentist's chair. The same effect was observed in patients preparing for surgery at New York University's Langone Center. Preoperative anxiety decreased when patients were exposed to the smell of lavender.

3. Candles help to form good memories

Planning a romantic night with the wife? Want to set the mood for your hubby? You can make those experiences last a lifetime with the mere presence of a candle such as Beryl + Blossom's Ortanique candle.  While candles can trigger memories they can also help to make them more vivid once they are associated with a particular scent. 

4. Candles promote rest

After a long day on your feet or laboring away in front of a computer screen, settling in for a good night's rest can be challenging. Switching from bright LED or incandescent light bulbs to candlelight a few hours before bed can help your body relax and help your mind to prepare for rest. 

5. Candles improve memory, focus, and drive

In Japan, the Takasago Corporation tested how smells affect the accuracy of typists. They found that typists made 55% fewer mistakes when they could smell lemon, 33% fewer with jasmine and 20% fewer with lavender. Additionally, scholars at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle explored the effect of scents smells on memory. They discovered that people in the rosemary-scented room exhibited better memory skills overall when compared to those exposed to no scent.  So if you are studying for a test or a major presentation at work don't hesitate to light a Beryl + Blossom earth and soul friendly candle today!

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Card, J. (2018). Tips for boosting productivity with good office design. [online] The Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/jan/23/productivity-office-design [Accessed 5 Jun. 2018].

Ducharme, J. (2018). Being Exposed to Even a Small Amount of Light During Sleep is Linked to Depression. [online] Time. Available at: http://time.com/5189387/dark-room-sleep-study/ [Accessed 5 Jun. 2018].

Duron, A. (2018). The Scent That Improves Your Memory. [online] Women's Health. Available at: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a19945867/the-scent-that-improves-your-memory/ [Accessed 5 Jun. 2018].

Franco, L., Blanck, T., Dugan, K., Kline, R., Shanmugam, G., Galotti, A., von Bergen Granell, A. and Wajda, M. (2016). Both lavender fleur oil and unscented oil aromatherapy reduce preoperative anxiety in breast surgery patients: a randomized trial. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 33, pp.243-249.

Holohuan, M. (2018). [online] NBC News. Available at: https://www.nbcnews.com/healthmain/smells-nostalgia-why-do-scents-bring-back-memories-895521 [Accessed 28 Jul. 2011].

Kritsidima, Metaxia, Tim Newton, and Koula Asimakopoulou. "The effects of lavender scent on dental patient anxiety levels: a cluster randomized-controlled trial." Community dentistry and oral epidemiology 38.1 (2010): 83-87.

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