100% owing credit to Andy’s Yankee Candles’ burn diary and the Yankee Candle Sisters’ monthly report card for inspiring this post. I’ve missed the monthly best and worst recaps I used to write, which among other things, highlighted memorable scents I’ve been melting and burning.
Although I’m unable to adhere to a rigid blogging schedule due to other obligations, I intend to share a seasonal fragrance journal: providing a glimpse into my monthly candles and melts and allowing me a way to keep in touch with my fragrance followers. Thank you to those who have stuck with me since I left regular blogging in March, and to those who have been with me since the beginning, back in January 2016:)
Caught this old Bath & Body Works favorite last year and returned to it again and again this summer. Nicely balanced with fruity aquatic tones. The airy notes transport me to a carefree summer mindset, I can almost feel the sway of the hammock ‘neath the tropical breeze.
Fooled by the inviting marbled packaging, I should have known this candle would be too light. Not unexpectedly, Beachscape brought nothing of it’s sea breeze, warm cotton and lotus blossom to the table. A disappointing reminder not to be taken in by pretty labels.
After hoarding my beloved Lake Sunset by Yankee Candle for years, I decided to let go and lit it often. The sweet suede-like powdery blend was a treat on long summer evenings.
I rotate quite a variety of wax vendors but have mostly ordered from these two this summer:
That Smell Good Shop: Villains restock
Thanos- lavender/palo santo/amber. Palo Santo shines in blends. This one is nearly perfect with the three most relaxing scents out there; smokey-sweet light woodsy Palo Santo, herbal lavender and ethereal comforting amber.
The Joker– caramel/baked peaches/roasted nuts. The only problem with the simple combinations that are a hallmark of TSGS blends; there’s nowhere for a bad note to hide. Rather than a bubbly cobbler, a phony air freshener aroma clashed with the parched nuttiness. A missed opportunity for a warm bakery fragrance.
Voldemort– driftwood/vetiver/coconut. Another summer beauty similar to the salty sea air and coconut blends I’ve craved. Cool creamy coconut lifts the dense chewy driftwood as vetiver grasses blow in the background, tickling the nose.
Candles from the Keeping Room
Coconut Lavender Sugar- soothing, pillowy and sweet. Not all lavender blends are created equal but this is superior in every way. Beautiful.
Sweet Sumac Tea– bold authentic sun tea refreshment with an extra herbal element.
Magic in the Air- I loved this sample of softly floral, sophisticated spa-like musk. I’d only previously tried the bodycare by B&BW and was underwhelmed. In home fragrance, I’d definitely melt this scent again.
Working through my endless wax stash has led me to a few forgotten treasures. I reviewed Fakery Bakery Wax two years ago and sort of forgot about them. Unearthing the muffin tin of Cake by the Ocean was a happy re-discovery. Two years on, the scent is powerful, pure Pink Sugar goodness. Ocean water and shaving cream chunks under the caramelized spiciness of pink sugar has brought a fresh, yet sultry scent to my home for weeks. I sure miss this vendor.
Out of season stunner
OMG– lavender/peppermint/coconut cream by Closet Full of Wax. A snap of clean peppermint, cool flinty lavender and calming rich coconut. This scent single-handedly nursed me through a raging summer cold a couple weeks ago. *If there’s one scent that truly surprised me this season, it was this dreamy delight.
I tend to want to cook more during the summertime than any other season, so bread is a natural kitchen scent choice to me. B&BW’s French Baguette is a crispy fresh-baked slice of foodie heaven. I can even smell the pinch of salt. You’d have to love bread to enjoy it, but who doesn’t love bread?
Drift Away is an underrated gem in Yankee’s retired catalog. More unique than standard watery scents, it bring the joys of lake life to my land-locked home with deep dark blue mountain lake-level serenity. A subtle coastal feel springs from sea salt and lily, while lush woodlands hint at a secret depth. I have a large jar of this one I’m saving to the last.
A must for humid summer days is this outlet rarity, Garden Cucumber. Vibrant green with delicate watery essence. Ultra realistic as taking a crisp bite of a juicy garden cucumber, but not overwhelmingly tangy. An ideal fresh summer-in-a-jar experience.
As summer comes to a close, my emotions run bittersweet. But I foresee orchards, cool woods, spooky nights and cozy treats in store the next time we meet.