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Greetings from The Swiss Alps

Now that the holidays are behind us, in Switzerland it's time to lean into the winter season with après-ski culture. Imagine days spent on the slopes in the fresh alpine air followed by evenings by the fire with mulled wine, fondue, and moon-lit mountains. 
 
In the spirit of the winter season and Mizensir’s heritage, below are a few of our favorite ways to transport oneself to the Swiss Alps from the comfort of home. 
 
 
Enjoy the Brisk Air 
To truly appreciate the best part of après-ski culture (i.e. sitting by the fire with good food, wine, and friends) one first needs to get outdoors in the cold, fresh air. No matter where you reside, the winter season comes with an abundance of different outdoor activities. Here are some of our favorite ways to channel the nature of the Swiss Alps in the wintertime.  
 
Skiing: Après-ski is a French term that directly translates to “after ski”, and what better way to experience the culture than hitting the slopes. Skiing is one of the most-beloved past times in the mountainous terrain of the Alps, enjoyed both competitively and leisurely. The adrenaline rush that comes with speeding down a white powdered mountain makes it the ultimate winter activity. 
 
Snow Shoeing: Another way to take in the views of the mountains or city-scapes this time of year is on foot via snowshoe. Snowshoeing has become increasingly popular in the Alps over the years and is perfect for those looking to get into nature and maybe even spot some wildlife. If you live in a city, try this out in your nearest park with plenty of open space. 
 
 
Sledding: You’re never too old to embrace your inner child. Grab a sled and a few friends to reignite the thrilling joys of racing down a snowy hill. Switzerland is known for having some of the best sledding (also known as “sledging”) in the world. It is even considered to be a serious, organized sport for people of all ages.  
 
Ice Skating: For those who may not be as experienced on the slopes, try swapping skis for skates. Ice skating is a fun and easily accessible activity, even for those living in warmer climates. Whether indoors on a rink or outside on a lake, gliding around the ice is a great way to celebrate the winter season.  
 
 
Ignite Your Olfactory Senses 
To warm up your senses after a day outdoors, light a relaxing candle. We recommend ourEdelweiss Des Alpes candle as the scent channels the breath of pure mountain air with the freshness of surrounding greenery – brilliant and wild. Or if personal fragrance is more to your liking, try our Ideal Oud fragrance. The unexpected yet harmonious mix of rose and oud wood provides endless intrigue for those who dare to wear it. The scent gets a jolt of spice with fiery notes of precious saffron, and a warm fullness from papyrus wood and Centifolia roses. Perfect for adding depth to your personal fragrance collection.
 
 
Cook Comforting Winter Food Inspired by The Alps  
Winter dining in The Alps is all about comfort. After a day spent outdoors, wind down with a warm, delicious meal in the evening. The travelogue cookbook, Alpine Cooking  by  Meredith Erickson, gives an eclectic mix of recipes while transporting you through the many regions of the alpine mountains through food, photography, and personal travel stories. A hot pot of fondue may be the most iconic Swiss dish and is the perfect company for those ready to bundle up fireside.  
 
We hope this helps adds a touch of comfort this winter and brings the brilliance of Mizensir and Swiss culture to you. Discover our complete collection of candles and fragrances here.
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Alps images reprinted with permission from Alpine Cooking, by Meredith Erickson, copyright © 2019. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Alps photographs copyright © 2019 by Christina Holmes.