Fall is in the air, and with it the crisp and spicy scents that I crave this time of year. I am candle-obsessed year-round, but I do consider Autumn to be the official beginning of “candle season”. The comforting ambiance brought to a room by the soft glow of a candle is hard to beat (and especially needed this year)! I truly believe that after a stressful day, a candle’s soothing aroma and soft glow can help you relax and recenter (along with perhaps a Caramel Apple Chi from Headrush because a little treat is always helpful and I’ve already had about five since their seasonal menu launched). While I love our spring scents full of fruit and sweet freshness, I find myself dreaming of wrapping myself in a warm embrace of delightful fall and winter notes like oak, amber, peppermint and ginger. These scents smell good enough to eat and make my mouth water just thinking about them (although for the sake of Patrick from our beloved Pickwick Candle Co., I will say for the record – do not eat the candles!). Take a journey with me as I pair some of my favorite scents with the coziest fall corners of the shop.
Molasses Room. The Molasses Room is one of my favorite shop spaces year-round. With warm brown walls the color of New Hampshire’s finest maple syrup, there is an inherit comfort to the room however it has been styled. We tend to put more of our earthy, masculine, and cabin-inspired furniture and accessories in this area to enhance the rich and slightly rustic atmosphere. A room like this is the perfect space for an abundance of textures and patterns that provide intrigue and complexity. There is not a better candle pairing than the intricate blend of flavors that is British Oak. This is a new candle for us to carry and I have been loving it since Patrick introduced me to it. With notes of cardamom, galbanum, lime, and mandarin mixing with jasmine, basil and base notes of sandalwood and tree moss, it is a scent with many intriguing layers.
Hedge Apple Room. This space, located right inside our front doors, is full of natural light and has no shortage of personality. Plus, what better place for some fall foliage than a room the color of freshly dropped hedge apples? With no shortage of punchy and bright colors, this is a fall look full of sunshine and crisp lines. Enter one of my go-to scents, Black Pepper. I have mentioned this candle before in a blog post and I still can’t get enough! This scent is interesting because it smells almost completely different when it is burning and when it is unlit. When it is lit, the sharp notes of black pepper soften to blend beautifully with the fresh floral scents of lemon, jasmine, and violet leaf, creating the perfect top notes to a long-lasting base of oakmoss, amber and patchouli.
Plaid Bedroom. As a plaid-obsessed person, this bedding design speaks to my heart and soul and deserves a very special fragrance to enhance it. This one was hard because how do you make plaid even more beautiful than it already is?! It demands a unique and unexpected aroma that both stands out and blends effortlessly just as this perfect pattern does. In my search there was only one candle that could do it justice and that is Masala Chai. This scent snuck up on me unexpectedly and now burns in my bedroom almost every night! Both warm and uplifting, it contains soothing bedtime oils like peppermint, green tea (yes please!) and lemon along with spicy touches of green cardamom, clove, pepper, ginger and white amber.
These are just a few of the scents that I’ve been oohing and awing over this season (honorable mentions to my other fall favorites: Oakmoss, Autumn, Balsam and Cedar, Adorn and of course, Gatherings) but since every Pickwick candle is so divine, it is necessary to limit the list! Until next time – Happy Decorating!