Sunday, November 24, 2013
Pink Zebra & Mysteries Go Hand in Hand - Giveaway!
You’re walking down the street and suddenly you stop – the smell of perfume has caught you and you immediately think of that special someone.
You catch a whiff of lilac and you’re immediately transported to your grandmother’s backyard.
The smell of pine makes you think of Christmas.
Scent is the most evocative of the senses. An aroma can bring back memories long forgotten, and it can also create new memories.
I recently became an independent consultant for Pink Zebra. Pink Zebra is a direct sales company for home fragrance products. Our main product is Sprinkles. Sprinkles are tiny beads of a fragranced soy blend wax you melt to create wonderful fragrances in your home. The wonderful thing about Sprinkles is that because of their small size, they blend really well. So, even though we have around 51 scents, you can mix and combine to create your own personalized fragrances!
Mystery writers transport us to another world with their words. Their words inspired me to create scents designed especially for them! As I was reading Isabella Alan’s Murder, Plain and Simple I could imagine myself walking around Rolling Brook, Ohio. To make it even more real I began to smell-apples and to help celebrate Watermelon Fest-watermelon! I got my Sprinkles and mixed. Equal parts of Red Delicious Apple and I Love Watermelon became Amish Festival, my Pink Zebra recipe inspired by Murder, Plain and Simple.
I came up with that recipe for the whole book, but you could create recipes for individual characters as well. For Rachel, what about mixing Blueberry Muffin with Mom’s Lemon Bars? Or perhaps Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Vanilla Crème?
When thinking about Amanda Flower’s Appleseed Creek Mystery series I came up with a blend inspired by the whole series thus far. Red Delicious Apple (of course, it is Appleseed Creek) and Citrus and Herbs. I call that recipe Amish Countryside.
When I read the Witchcraft series by Juliet Blackwell I always smell a unique and wonderful scent. Although I could have chosen a clean linen type of scent, I went to a more mystical place. I mixed Garden Lilac with a little bit of Moroccan Spice and call it Witchcraft. This scent is extra special to me. It reminds me of wonderful times and places in my past as well as the infinite possibilities of the future. Pink Zebra has discontinued the Moroccan Spice, but I stocked up, so if you want some, just let me know!
More series inspired more combinations: Apple Orchard (equal parts Red Delicious Apple and Farm House Cider for The Orchard series by Sheila Connolly) and Bibliophile (Napa Leather and Citrus & Herbs for the Bibliophile series by Kate Carlisle).
It’s wonderful to be able to combine my love of mysteries with my love of home fragrance-and my new business. I’d like to share Pink Zebra with you. One winner will receive a jar of Sprinkles, Witchcraft, the blend inspired by Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft series. I trust that melting this scent will transport you to Aunt Cora’s Closet in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco. All you have to do to enter is mention one cozy mystery book or series and what scent or scents you think correspond to it in the comments section here. Also be sure to leave your e-mail address so that I know how to find you if you’ve won! The winner will be chosen by random.org Thursday, Thanksgiving night at 11:59pm EST so be sure to comment before that time!
I hope I’ve piqued your interest in Pink Zebra. Let me tempt you to create scents for your favorite mysteries and characters. Come check out my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CricketHollowSprinkles ) and website (http://www.pinkzebrahome.com/crickethollowsprinkles) where you can order any time you’d like. If you have any questions about Pink Zebra, please e-mail me at CricketHollowSprinkles@aol.com. If you have mystery questions you can use my mystery address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I currently have an online party going on-feel free to join the party and order through this link: https://www.pinkzebrahome.com//parties/53718 Orders will be shipped after the party closes, early November 30th.