NEST Fragrances Expands Support for Autism Speaks | March 31, 2016 #NotAnAutisticAlly #BanABA

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NEST Fragrances Expands Support for Autism Speaks

Growing Blue Garden Home Fragrance Collection – with Two New Luxury Scented Candles Debuting this Month – to Benefit Autism Speaks


In recognition of Autism Awareness Month starting April 1, NEST Fragrances today announced its newly expanded Blue Garden Home Fragrance Collection will benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. What began in 2010 as one scented candle designed to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Autism Speaks and raise awareness and funds for autism research, Blue Garden has since blossomed into a complete collection of six home fragrance products available for purchase year-round, including a new Three-Wick Candle and Votive Candle debuting this month.

“I have always said that everything I do to support the field of autism is done in honor of my son David who was diagnosed with autism 15 years ago at 17-months-old, and that has not changed,” said Laura Slatkin, Founder and Executive Chairman of NEST Fragrances and member of the Board of Directors of Autism Speaks. “We have made significant progress in the field of autism since 2001 but David remains severely impaired, and there is still much more to be accomplished. By expanding the charitable component from one candle to the entire Blue Garden Collection, we will be able to contribute much more to our quest to better understand autism and find answers.” 

NEST Fragrances has raised more than $241,000 for Autism Speaks by donating 10-percent of the retail price of each Blue Garden Classic Candle sold since its debut in February 2010 through December 31, 2015. 

“Who knew one candle could make such a big difference,” said Peter Morton, Vice President of Corporate Development at Autism Speaks. “With this expanded partnership, we are excited about the possibilities to increase awareness and raise funds towards Autism Speaks’ mission.”

Blue Garden is a modern-floral fragrance that blends blue hydrangea, hyacinth and forget-me-nots accented with fresh green notes and a dewdrop accord. Effective January 1, 2016 – in addition to the original 8.1 Oz. (203 g) Blue Garden Classic Candle for $40 – NEST Fragrances will donate 10-percent of the purchase price of every Blue Garden product sold to Autism Speaks, including a new Votive Candle, 2 Oz. (57 g), $16; new Three-Wick Candle, 21.2 Oz. (601 g), $64; Reed Diffuser, 5.9 Fl. Oz. (175 mL), $42; Liquid Soap, 10 Fl. Oz. (300 mL), $22; and Hand Lotion, 10 Fl. Oz. (300 mL), $24. All prices SRP. 

To further celebrate Autism Awareness Month, NEST Fragrances also announced an exclusive partnership with Bloomingdale’s to raise awareness and funds for the Child Mind Institute, an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. During the month of April, Bloomingdale’s and NEST Fragrances will support the Child Mind Institute with a grant from Autism Speaks generated from sales of the NEST Fragrances Blue Garden Collection at the following select Bloomingdale’s locations: 59th Street; Boca Raton; Aventura; Medinah; Palm Beach Gardens; Chestnut Hill; White Plains; San Francisco; Roosevelt Field; Sherman Oaks; Chevy Chase; and South Coast Plaza; as well as 

To support this initiative, Laura Slaktin will make a personal appearance tomorrow, April 1, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Bloomingdale’s 59th Street store, and April 7, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at Bloomingdale’s Palm Beach Gardens, 3105 PGA Boulevard, Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 

About NEST Fragrances 
NEST Fragrances is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of luxury fragrances for the bath, body and home. Founded in 2005 by fragrance authority Laura Slatkin, today NEST Fragrances produces more than 20 home fragrance collections consisting of luxury scented candles in several sizes, reed diffusers, liquid soap and hand lotion. In 2012, the company launched the NEST Fine Fragrances Collection, which today consists of eight fragrances available in eau de parfum sprays and roller balls and luxury body cream. NEST Fragrances products are sold primarily in North America through a growing wholesale customer network of luxury specialty department stores, beauty product stores, boutique stores and spas, and the company’s online flagship store

About Autism 
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks 
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

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