Now that I'm no longer living in a college dorm with ultra-sensitive smoke detectors, I've been really loving having candles in my room. I've noticed a trend in some of my posts and it's that smell good make me smile—candles especially. I only have two candles, and I love them both very dearly.
I picked up this Woodfire candle by Illume when I was working at a luxury ceramics store and could use my employee discount to snag some home goods items at a more reasonable price. When the store was slow, I would legit just stand around smelling this candle. It absolutely smells like the holidays and evokes images of sitting next to a fire while there's snow falling, sipping hot cocoa, and snuggling up in a warm blanket to watch a movie. People who actually know what they're talking about explain the scent like this:
The special holiday edition jar for the candle is so beautiful. The reflective interior of the makes it super pretty when it's lit. I truly enjoy looking at it on my desk even when it isn't burning because it is so gorgeous. I bought this candle on my last day of work that summer and sitting here with it now I have no regrets! Illume also makes smaller candles and diffusers of the same scent! I may grab a diffuser so I can make my room smell like a winter wonderland 24/7. You can also pick it up from Amazon, but don't let that lone 1-star review turn you away!
I originally bought a friend of mine one of these Tobacco & Patchouli candles as a joke when it was included on a gift guide for hipsters. I ended up loving the way it smelled so much that I ordered another one for myself! I find the aroma of this candle to be soft without being flowery and smoky without being gross. It's also reminiscent of holiday baking and pumpkin pie in a subtle way. A fragrance expert would explain it like this:
I definitely plan on repurchasing a larger size of this candle eventually. Paddywax Apothecary has some cool vintage jar designs, but I love this updated urban collection!
What candles do you love? Let me know in the comments!