April 29, 2010

inspirational tulips

I have a soft spot for tulips. They remind me of spring in Lawrence, new beginnings and my happy times walking from class to class on the campus of the University of Kansas.

Tulips in front of Strong Hall at KU

{Tulips add color and cheer to the University of Kansas campus in spring. Photo By Richard Gwin/Courtesy Lawrence-Journal World.}

When I graduated college, I asked for a simple, elegant tulip necklace instead of a clunky class ring to commemorate my four years at KU. My lovely sister-in-law gifted me with this beautiful Tiffany necklace:

Tiffany tulip pendantTo keep tulips in my life without setting aside a chunk of my budget for fresh-cut flowers (wouldn’t that be nice?) and counting on being surprised by special bouquets from nice people I know, I’ve discovered the next-best thing to having beautiful tulips in my apartment.

While researching home fragrances for an upcoming issue of Natural Home, I found a company I absolutely adore. Hillhouse Naturals makes elegant, eco-friendly diffuser reeds and soy candles scented with French Tulip essential oils. I love the soft scent and simple packaging.

Hillhouse Naturals French Tulip Diffuser Reeds

{I rarely use diffuser reeds because the essential oils are usually too overpowering, but I love the light, clean scent of Hillhouse Naturals' French Tulip. The essential oils are powerful, but never too heavy. Photo Courtesy Hillhouse Naturals.}

Hillhouse Naturals French Tulip Soy Candle

{Soy candles burn cleaner than conventional paraffin-wax candles. Photo Courtesy Hillhouse Naturals.}

Because I share a bathroom with my Siamese cat, Anya, I keep the powerful diffuser reeds on my bathroom countertop to help balance the odors. I was a little worried Anya would whack the reeds around, but so far she’s been fine with the new addition to the countertop. The diffuser reeds release the sweet scent of French Tulips into my bathroom by allowing the highly concentrated essential oils to seep up through the bamboo reeds and then evaporate. I’ve only have the diffuser reeds in the bathroom for 24 hours, but I’ve already noticed a difference in the smell!

Hillhouse Naturals Diffuser Reeds

{I keep the diffuser reeds close by all my other smell-good stuff.}

I’ll be sharing a more in-depth review of Hillhouse Naturals products on the Natural Home website in the coming week; until then, enjoy these inspiring pictures of my favorite flowers.

pink tulipspurple and yellow tulipscoral tulips

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  • http://www.bodiesinfocus.com Megan

    Love the photo of the tulips on campus! Whoever is in charge of KU’s landscaping is truly and artist. Do you know whether there anything “French” about the French tulip scent? Are tulips in France more fragrant? Do they have a distinct fragrance from those stateside?

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    French tulips are the biggest tulips! They were originally hybridized in France…did you see any when you were there? :-) They’re also called Lazy Late Tulips because the French are lazy…hehe…and because French tulips take longer to grow.

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