I didn’t own scented candles until maybe 5-7 years ago. Over the last few years, I have become increasingly interested in the element of olfactics, especially because I teach it in one of my courses. A few years ago I started lighting a candle as a wind down habit after we finished the dishes each night. Then when we were quarantined and at home over the past year, I’d light a candle in the morning for a couple hours that would help start out the day. Now those times are some of my favorite parts of the day, and I search out scents that define our “happy thoughts”. As a whole that is clean, fresh, fruity, a little woodsy, sea salt air, coconut, and a touch of floral, but not too much. I have some standard candles now (Rosmario iced coffee, Firefly coconut lime, and Magnolia amber are ones I always have, and restock), but each season I like to bring in new scents to test out. Here are three I picked up and a little more about them:
Nest’s Amalfi Lemon and Mint. If you buy this thinking it smells like lemon and mint, I don’t think it rings true to that. It has a masculine cologne essence, but in that like fresh out of the shower clean category. Scent memory is super resonating to me, and this just makes my heart happy when it’s lit.
Slow North’s Sweet Clementine. This smells exactly like what it says, like clementine, pure and true. It is REALLY light. I actually cannot hardly smell it when it’s burning, but B says he can. I think it would work well in a smaller space. In our open kitchen, a lighter fragrance gets lost a bit.
Nest’s Sicilian Tangerine. Okay, I’m going to get really specific here. When I was in college, I had a favorite perfume by Escada. They stopped making it, and I ran out of the fragrance probably close to two decades ago. This candle smells like the best of that perfume, and I would have purchased it in a larger size if it had been available (and if it comes in stock I will). While it does have a bit of a fruit floral punch to it, it’s not super strong (however, a larger Nest two wick candle would probably carry it as a stronger fragrance).