Whenever I have a moment to relax, about a million tea decisions start flying through my mind. It's always been about the tea. But this year, I've found myself pairing sessions of tea with a fragrant candle. There's always something great about aromatherapy as well as the act of watching as the flame flickers. It's wonderful!
Here are the candles that have been making my nights and weekends just a little cozier (and a few books:
So for those of us who live near a Bath and Body Works store, no matter how hard you resist, it's hard to stop yourself from being swept up in their adoration for Autumn. With my great love for this fragrant season, as well as a story I'm working on set in an Autumn-centric town in Vermont, I wanted a candle that would always set the mood. Marshmallow Fireside has become one of my favorite Autumn (even though this jar is their Holiday edition) cozy imbued scents. I'm often a little reluctant about BBW's sweet scents. They're either heavenly or a nightmare. Nevertheless, Marshmallow Fireside is full of everything a s'more lover loves about toasted marshmallow, but has this added warm, earthy, musk undertone. I'm so excited to have finally found a quintessential scent that will always remind me of Fall!
Down the Garden Path
I found this charming 1935 edition of Beverley Nichols' garden musings on Abebooks, which tends to be horrible for the wallet if you enjoy collecting old books! I initially became drawn to it after seeing a beautiful picture of it on a desk on Tumblr (of course, right?). It's the true story of Beverley Nichols purchasing a cottage in a small county in England called, Huntingdonshire, and realizing upon arrival that the place has not been kept up. He then commits to learn all he needs to in order to make his new garden burgeon with life. Nichols offers his musings on botanical life and this new adventure with the perfect conversation of someone learning as he goes--curious and full of wonder. His writing is gorgeous and thoughtful. The endpapers are whimsical with a hand drawn map of the estate and garden with all its nooks and crannies that gives me that same treasured feeling of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. I love stories, especially true stories, where a person has the unique opportunity to step out of themselves and do something they could've never dreamed. I also love flowers, and in the story I'm writing, my main character discovers this book in an old library, so there's that too! It looks and feels like a book that you couldn't look for, but would serendipitously chance upon. I haven't finished it, not even nearly, but what I've read makes me feel like it will be a one of a kind experience.
Whilst strolling through Anthropologie one day, I was drawn to a shelf of candles in ornate golden jars. Amber has long since been one of my favorite scents of all time. On it's own, it's warm and comforting. It has the perfect ability to balance an overly floral scent, mellowing out what can be a little overwhelming and making it subtle and mature. That's what this Voluspa candle is. Baltic Amber is a chic Autumn-cozy fragrance that is spicy and warm, just beautiful! Plus it adds a bit of gorgeous decor to any room!
The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite
This book has got to be one of my greatest finds. I fell for it on sight because I love love love the thought of a cabinet of curiosities, and this encyclopedia by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins is one that can be carried with me all the time. It even looks the part with it's brilliant red binding and delicately illustrated book jacket. In her book, Jenkins' delves a little deeper into some of the worlds most romantic and curious objects/ideas such as Lingerie, The art of Hot Air Ballooning, The Bob (Hairstyle), the Carousel, L'Art Pour L'Art (the idea of Art for Art's Sake). It's such a wonderful collection spanning time and culture, and you get to learn a bit more about the worlds dreamiest past times.
A glorious trend that I've noticed in the bookish community are literary inspired candles. These candles are another harsh reality for wallets everywhere. Just saying. Whilst perusing Etsy one afternoon, I stumbled upon Hearth & Hammer, a gorgeous company specializing in all natural soy candles. I purchased Moonlit Moors on a whim, believing that the combination of violet, orris and musk flower would most likely make for a beautiful fragrance. It arrived promptly a few days later, to my surprise, heading up the blizzard about to hit New York, and let me tell you, it is simply one of the best floral scents I have ever experienced. And I mean that. I opened this at work, and literally, my coworkers started passing the frosted jar around for everyone to experience. Aside from having been inspired by the moors of my favorite Brontë Sisters, it has such a lovely scent that is both delicate and heady which seems hard to accomplish. It would be amazing to experience a summer in the moors with the wind carrying this fragrance into my room. Man! This is pure gold, ladies and gents.
Here's yet another novel that has been at home on my shelf for too long. I haven't even cracked into yet, however, I adore reading these novelizations of historical figures, and one featuring Emily Brontë is pretty awesome. In Always Emily, Michaela MacColl pens a tale of intrigue featuring teenaged Emily and Charlotte (and weirdly missing Anne (as seen from the synopsis), which kind of grates a little bit, but I digress) in the throes of a mystery as a series of burglaries and a murder has taken place in the village. Along with this, cue an equally mysterious and handsome new landowner and we've got a tale that I'm sure these two sisters will turn into a masterpiece. I'm looking forward to reading this one at some point after I finish The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë by Syrie James, and I can't with how with how wonderful it is.
What are your favorite candles? Any Literary Candle Shops I should know about? Any book parings?