South Carolina is the home of "Beach
Music" -- original style American Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll
that started in the 1940s and always maintained its popularity in both of the
Carolinas as popular music tastes changed elsewhere. Think of classic tunes
from artists and groups including The Coasters, The Platters, Maurice Williams
and the Zodiacs, General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board, and that's
beach music. Beach music goes hand-in-hand with our official State Dance, the
Carolina Shag, which also originated along the strands of Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina during the 1940s.
This fragrance cranks up those beloved tunes
and brings back memories of all things beachy. It's a mouth-watering
tropical cocktail of pineapple, peach, cranberry and orange with just a splash
FIG & OAK MOSS
the story goes; there was once a traveler who came with his Spanish fiancée in
the 1700s to start a plantation near the city of Charleston, South Carolina.
She was a beautiful bride-to-be with long, flowing raven hair. As the couple
walked the plantation site near the forest, making plans for their future, they
were suddenly attacked by a band of native Americans who were not happy to
share the land of their forefathers with strangers. As a final warning to stay
away from their land, they cut off the long dark hair of the bride-to-be and
threw it up in an old live oak tree. As the people came back day after day and
week after week, they began to notice the hair had shriveled and turned to grey
and had begun spreading from tree to tree. Over the years the moss spread from
South Carolina to Georgia and Florida. To this day, if one stands under a live
oak tree, one will see the moss jump from tree to tree and defend itself with a
large army of beetles."
fact, this Southern tale has been told for many years...
Along the South Carolina coast is Charleston,
our gem of a city with a rich 300 year history that may well be America's most
beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure. Oak moss, due to
its propensity for growing in humid southern locales like Charleston, is a
plant often associated with Southern Gothic imagery and folklore.
Folklore aside, this rare and beautifully
enigmatic fragrance with top notes of fig, green apple, strawberry and melon is
one of our most popular fragrances.
The heart is a fresh green
floral blend with lily, rosewood jasmine and violet with a rich woody base of
oak moss and velvety cashmere.
Charleston's French Quarters
FRENCH PEAR & LYCHEE
The French Quarter
of Charleston, South Carolina, is a section of Downtown Charleston bounded by
the Cooper River, Broad, Meeting and Market Streets, it was first referred to
as the French Quarter in 1873 to recognize the high concentration of French
merchants in the area's history. Noted horticulturist Louis Augustin Guillaume
Bosc, the pear's namesake, who grew up in France, spent a few years during the
late 1700s in the U.S., arriving in Charleston in 1796.
is a delicious blend of ripe, juicy pear with notes of rich lychee (a tropical
fruit native to Southeast Asia) and a generous drizzling of honey. The typical
pear harvest period in South Carolina takes place between the first of August
and the first of November, making it the perfect fragrance for Fall...but is
sure to become a year-round favorite.
NIGHT BLOOMING JASMINE
Our state capital and South
Carolina's largest city, Columbia is the also home of the University of South
Carolina (my husband's alma mater) and Columbia College (my alma mater in my
hometown). The city's name comes from a poetic synonym for America, derived
from the name of Christopher Columbus. Yellow Jasmine, the State Flower of
South Carolina blooms prolifically in our capital city and its fragrance is
Yellow Jessamine (or Jasmine) was officially adopted by the General Assembly on
February 1, 1924, for the following reasons: it is indigenous to every nook and
corner of the State; it is the first premonitor of coming Spring; its fragrance
greets us first in the woodland and its delicate flower suggests the pureness
of gold; its perpetual return out of the dead Winter suggests the lesson of
constancy in, loyalty to and patriotism in the service of the State. "No
flower that blooms holds such perfume, As kindness and sympathy won. Wherever
there grows the sheltering pine Is clinging a Yellow Jessamine vine." From
"Legend of the Yellow Jessamine," by Mrs. Teresa Strickland of
Anderson, South Carolina, when the flower was made the emblem of Dixie Chapter,
U.D.C., about 1906. The "Carolina or Yellow Jessamine" is defined by
the New International Encyclopedia as "A climbing plant which grows upon
trees and fences and bears a profusion of yellow, funnel-shaped flowers an inch
in diameter, with a fragrance similar to that of the true Jasmine." Its
odor on a damp evening or morning fills the atmosphere with a rare and delicate
celebrating our Capital City and my hometown, is an intoxicating Southern
floral bouquet that captures the sweet essence of night blooming jasmine, a
close cousin to the yellow jasmine, layered between rose petals & ylang
in the heart of the South Carolina Upstate, GREENVILLE is known as the
"Textile Center of the World" and offers great shopping,
entertainment, historic, scenic and
attractions. A nationally acclaimed downtown features tree-shaded streetscapes,
public artwork, parks, shops, a variety of annual festivals and a 60 ft.
a more personal note, my husband was born and raised in Greenville and after
many years away, we are proud to make Greenville our family home and the home
of Carolina Chic.
A nod to Greenville's textile heritage and a
tribute to the historic textile mills and the mill workers who wove the fabric
of many generations, GREENVILLE - High Cotton - has a wonderfully fresh and
crisp scent of sun-dried cotton sheets with subtle notes of ripe, juicy fruit.
Isle of Palms
COCONUT LIME VERBENA
of Palms is a beautiful barrier island on the South Carolina coast near
Charleston and one of our favorite vacation destinations. Originally named
Hunting Island and then Long Island, it's thought to be at least 25,000 years
old, and was first inhabited by the indigenous Seewee Indians. The Seewees were
said to have greeted the first English settlers to the area by swimming to the
ships and carrying the travelers to shore. Whatever
contributions the English made to the Seewees reportedly inspired some of them
to try and reach England in their canoes - all lost at sea in storms.
Legend has it that the only other occupants of
the island were the pirates who buried their treasures for safekeeping in the
deserted dunes and woods, although none has been found so far.
The true treasures of Isle of Palms can be found in the
memories created by her pristine beaches. Conjuring those memories is this
clean, fresh coconut blend with top notes of tangerine, lime, orange and lemon
verbena. The heart is clean and green with herbaceous sage, coriander,
petigrain, thyme and lavender. The base is a
subtle white musk.
WHITE TEA & GINGER
The Lowcountry is
a geographic and cultural region located along South Carolina's coast. The
region includes the South Carolina Sea Islands. Once a location that was known
for its agricultural wealth, the Lowcountry today is internationally renowned
for its historic cities and communities, its natural beauty, and its unique
cultural heritage, which have attracted millions of visitors and thousands of
new residents. In the heart of the Lowcountry, on Wadmalaw Island, Camellia
Sinensis tea plants are grown at the Charleston Tea Plantation and used in
American Classic Tea, the only tea grown in America.
This bright citrus
& tea blend begins with a top note of white tea, bergamot, mandarin orange
and ginger. The aromatic heart combines thyme, jasmine, nutmeg, peony and
mimosa with accents of crisp leafy greens and wild lavender.
PEACHES & CREAM
Southern woman appreciates her natural assets: a winning smile, impeccable
manners and that unforgettable Southern drawl. She’s taught to put on her
lipstick before she leaves the house and to never go to bed without washing her
face. While it’s true that beauty comes from within, a peaches and cream
complexion certainly helps!
fragrance can best be described by the thought of biting into a mouth-watering,
freshly picked peach. It’s simply divine!
Sweetgrass & Tobacco
created this candle for the true Southern Gentleman. It celebrates the scents
of the south from the farmland to the Carolina coast. The men have given it
rave reviews, but the ladies seem to love it just as much, if not more!
fragrance is a masculine masterpiece. It is bold and complex - leading with a
top note of leather, tobacco, amber and musk. The middle is a spicy mixture of
black tea and pepper. The base note is aged teakwood with tones of patchouli,
sweetgrass and sandalwood.