Monday, May 16, 2011

May Candle of the Month

It's about that time again! I feel sad that blogger was down for me all last week because sure enough this post got delayed and now the link to these Anthropologie candles is non-existant. So while I'm assuming they sold out online, be sure to check your local stores if you want to track one down. They were originally $24-$30 each, and were down to $14.95 and $9.95 last I checked.

I'm going to be honest, I was sold long before I took a sniff. The cute little painted ceramic containers and knitted 'scarves' (as I have dubbed them) are so fun that they truly could've been unscented and I would have scooped them up.
But lucky for me, they are not unscented! The smaller blue/white cannister is Jasmine Cedar and has 15 hours of burn time. The larger green/white one is Sugared Balsam with an estimated 25 hour burn time. I know they sound "woodsy" but actually have a very fresh, natural scent.
I don't know what initially draws me to woody scents, but as long as I can remember I have always loved them. One of my fondest memories is of my first solo vacation, I was about 12 years old and flew out to British Columbia all by myself to spend a week with my Aunt Carol. She is one of my favorite Aunts, but I actually think of her more like a best friend because we have so much in common. No matter how young I was she always treated me like a grown up.

On my mini holiday with her she took me to a neighboring farm she worked at that had a beautiful old castle on the property. It was featured in numerous movies and tv shows and I was isnstantly in love, but even more exciting was that she allowed me to pick out one item from the carriage house-turned-gift shop. I settled on a bottle of essential oil, but not knowing anything about flowers or scents I picked one solely on smell. The smell that I found to be most beautiful of all was Balsam. It was strong, fresh and hearty and I had absolutely no idea what it was.
I am sure most 12 year olds wouldn't have found much to excite them there but I actually still have that old half used bottle of Balsam oil. It was so precious to me that I used it very sparingly. Stealing a sniff every once in a while, and everytime I smell Balsam I immediately remember my magical little holiday.
And speaking of magical, Carol is close to completing one of the most beautiful homes I've ever set foot in on an acreage just a few minutes away. She hopes to move in June and once she is all settled lets cross our fingers that she will share a tour with us all (you know I've already been asking!!). It may take a year or two, but I know her yard will be insanely beautiful as she is a horticulturist and has quite the eye for landscape design.

11 comments:

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

I just love how scents take us back to a memory! Love that story! =)

High Street Cottage said...

I happen to love that trunk, it's got my name on it ;)

Marnie said...

Love those scents.

Swirls of Happy said...

I love this post, and those candles. Smell and music all bring back memories!

Passionate for White said...

Jasmine cedar scent sounds wonderful!

Sush said...

Just a whiff of a remembered fragrance is all I need to take me back in time to a special place, moment or memory! Fresh mown grass...ocean breezes woodland forest...the list goes on and on!

Nessa said...

Those candles are so pretty. Love their scarfs.

Ashley and Jeremiah Byars said...

where are these light fixtures from in your pictures?! LOVE them!

Holly and Sean said...

Thanks Ashley, If you check out DIY archives I made them last summer and did a tutorial.

Comeca Jones said...

I love where you have it sitting on the trunk looks lovely sorry about blogger I didn't do a post that week but I did have a few comments eaten ...Oh well.

Hello My Pretties said...

Pretty!

 
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