Thursday, May 28, 2009

Candle scents for the real world

I enjoy the scents of the different seasons. It is one of the many things I enjoy about the area of the country where I live. Spring rolls into summer that 'leafs' into fall and then the snows and warmths of winter. When they are not always available by natural means, several companies offer many of your favorite smells through candles. It is nice to have the warm scent of pine indoors during the Christmas season. Combine that with cinnamon apple and the like and you just want to sit in front of a roaring fire with a glass of wine or a sip of bourbon. The most common problem I see with many of these scents is they just smell like perfumes and nothing very real. If candles are to be named by their scents they should actually smell like what they are. Does 'Ocean Breeze' really smell like the ocean?

The following is a list of scents that could easily be used from the real world, although you may not want most of them.

For that county living feel:
Wet Barn; manure field; wet dog; DDT (although that would later have to be banned); fresh hay; Rendering plant; Skunk (or any roadkill); Well water; Egg farm; Drainage ditch.

Urban scents:
Jersey shore (commonly known as dead fish); Tagger; Rusty Chevy (although any vintage American auto will do); Lawn fertilizer; Gasoline; Restaurant cooking grease; Septic field; Damp basement; South-side (my family will know what this means).

Unfortunately most of the smells we recognize aren't pleasant although every once-in-a-while you get that one scent that takes you stale pink bubble-gum in a pack of baseball cards.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes the stale slice of hard pink bubble gum was the best thing about a pack of cards if you did not get any stars or got all duplicates of what you already had!