This post by Jennifer Flaten
Fall is the scent of wet leaves, fires and cinnamon…or at least in my house. That and the scent of pumpkin bread, applesauce cake or chocolate chip cookies. I still bake over the summer, but my baking tends to ramp up in fall.
In spring all I want is to throw the windows open and let in the fresh spring air. Then summer rolls around and the windows are still open-some days-all the better to let in the scent of freshly mown lawn, flowers and clean laundry.
In fall our windows are still open as much as possible, but there are cold and damp days when the windows are shut against the chill. On those days, I love to burn scented candles, or use my tart burner. I fill the house with scents like Witches Brew, Apple Pie and pure cinnamon. These scents swirl and mix with the smell of my batch of cookies and the house is instantly warmer and cozier.
Scent is a funny thing though. One person’s ‘warm vanilla’ is another person’s ‘what is burning’.
I am sensitive to scents, when I was little I couldn’t go down the laundry detergent aisle because the overwhelming mix of scents gave me a headache.
I am a little better now, but still have to be careful with things like perfume. I’ve had to give up scents because while it was fine in the tester, when I put it on the scent gave me a headache. Still that doesn’t stop me from testing out the candles every time we are at the store.
I open the candle jar and give it a big sniff. This means occasionally other shoppers are treated to me screaming “Ewww!! That smells terrible” before I hastily slap the cap back on the jar and shove it on the shelf.
It’s worth it to find the perfect scent that makes the house smell like it isn’t inhabited by three almost teenagers, one dog and three cats.
Do you have a favorite scent?