My seasonal scent mixology posts are some of my favorites. One of the few times a year I concentrate on melting from my preposterous stash of Yankee tarts and votives collected over many years of sales and employee freebies. Since Spring has finally sprung here, I was quite inspired to delve into sunny scents.
On the last two occasions of mixing these up, the results were pretty equal among successes and failures, but I must say these are my best combinations yet!
French Lavender + Soft Blanket= Provencal Dreams
I adore Yankee’s French Lavender because it’s so superior to their plain Lavender candle and yet it’s simple and true with no filler notes, just strong aromatic lavender. Herbaceous, peppery stems uplift the thickly powdered cotton of Soft Blanket while toning down it’s sometimes cloying muskiness.
The combined scent throw is stellar but remains rich and soothing. *I don’t think I will ever melt Soft Blanket on it’s own again after sniffing what it can be, which might be a problem with only two French Lavender tarts left. I will be scouring the outlets for them when I next make the trip.
Granny Smith + Tiare Flower= Apple Blossom
If I had to pick one Yankee floral I favored, it would be the fair Tahitian Tiaré Flower. It’s bright pear nectar and bergamot match evenly with Granny Smith‘s crisp green apple peels, but tempers the tartness of the Macintosh and sharpness of it’s white birch base. The performance is strong, cool and fresh. I recommend this mix for those not crazy about florals, or apples, like me.
Sun-drenched Apricot Rose + Juicy Citrus & Sea Salt= Liquid Sunshine
Because I’m steering clear of Yankee stores but was intrigued by some of their newest Spring batch, I purchased the 2.6 oz. packs of wax pods sold at Walmart. For $3.93, it’s a better value to buy a single tart; however, I appreciate the ease of use from these cylindrical shapes, perfect for blending without any of the crumbliness found in the tarts.
Bright and bursting with juicy apricot and blushing roses, this scent is just as it sounds. On it’s own, I like it, but it’s slightly monotone. Mixed with the citrusy sea salt it becomes a gorgeous layered cocktail of fruit-infused punch and freshly-squeezed juices topped by sparkling water and a salty rim. A powerhouse performer with throw-open-the-windows strength, these scents were made for each other!
Lavender Sunset + Juicy Peach= Twilight & Daylight
A woodier lavender from cedar, vanilla and musk, this floral is much softer. With tones of night air, it adds complexity to the natural peach character of the fruit. I wonder if lavender fields are ever grown near peach orchards, because these do make a felicitous combo. However, the juiciness of the peaches outshines the green lavender notes. I’d adjust the amount of peach next time, or better yet, add some patchouli to ramp up the earthiness. If you prefer a fruity floral, I think this will be fabulous with Yankee’s new Peaches and Cream scent too.
Peeps + Salt Water Taffy= Peepin’ on the Boardwalk
5 out of 6 combos were winners, but there’s always one stinker and this was it. Although, the sweet marshmallows paired just fine with the fruity vanilla candy, the usually medium strong throw of the SWT was subdued by the lesser Peeps. The best part of the mostly lemony-vanilla taffy is the salty edge and it got lost in that fluffy mallow. Another case for the theory that mixing a medium scent with a light one doesn’t make the weaker strong, but makes the stronger weak. Lesson learned.
Strawberry Buttercream + Bakery Air= Strawberry Shortcake
Undeterred, I tried two more scents on the sweeter side, both medium-strength with greater success. YC’s Buttercream was my first scent love and always rings nostalgic, but the berry version is syrupy sweet for my taste. Adding the whipped goodness of subtly spiced frosting transports the scent to a fuller-bodied bakery experience. The crystalline sugar does lean toward the crispy crunchy side, it may not be for everyone, but I think it cuts through the sweetness of the strawberry just right. Classic the way it is, or made richer by throwing in some coconut (next time) for the best of all fresh, creamy berry worlds. *Strawberry Buttercream is retired but could be duplicated by pairing current Buttercream with Sweet Strawberry.
I hope I’ve inspired a few new blends, experimenting can be a fun satisfying way to break out of a comfort zone. For those who noticed I missed an April recap, it was intentional. Still experiencing the same stressors of last month and there’s nothing productive about recapping it. May will be busy, but I have quite a few items in the works, so I will be popping in. Before then, we are deep in planning the end-of-year Speech team fundraiser this weekend, and duty calls. I will catch up with everyone on the other side of next week. Happy Spring!