Our Scents

The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses.  Because of the strong connection between smell and memory, the sense of smell acts as a sentimental pathway to memories. This can often happen spontaneously, with a smell acting as a trigger in recalling a long-forgotten event or experience. The signature collection of fragrances was designed with this in mind. Each scent is inspired by a memory or formative event in our lives, and it is our hope that these fragrances bring back pleasant and comforting memories for you as well.


All of our fragrances are custom-formulated using premium phthalate-free oils. Any scent can be made with either soy or beeswax. To learn more about how your wax choice will impact your experience, click here.


Click on a scent name to read the fragrance profile and the story behind the fragrance.

 

The Signature Collection 

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A simple, comforting combination of honey and clean vanilla.

The Story Behind the Fragrance
When the dairy farmer sold the farm and moved into a new house, he kept his beehives and stored his apiary equipment in the garage. His wife was a skillful baker, and the kitchen was often filled with the fragrance of baked goods. When visitors came, they never entered through the front door. Instead, the smells of honey and vanilla would blend into a sweet welcome as they walked through the honey-scented garage and into the warmth of the kitchen.

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An elegant combination of bergamot, lavender, and black tea.

The Story Behind the Fragrance
Water begins to bubble as the fragrant leaves are carefully dispensed into their metal baskets. As the water is poured over the leaves they release their delicate flavors. A kinship is being formed within the cups and without. The flavors of the tea itself are enhanced by the stories shared and the connections formed over the course of a quiet afternoon.

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A warm, sweet blend of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and peppercorn.

The Story Behind the Fragrance
The journey of motherhood is like a labyrinth. It takes nine months to reach the center of the labyrinth. It takes much longer for the new mother to find her way back out of the labyrinth and into an understanding of her new identity. Every mother’s path out of the labyrinth is different, and it is easy for her to lose herself along the way. For one young mother, the journey back to an understanding of herself has come through returning to an old love - creating food to share with her loved ones. She began working her way through a cookbook that had been sitting dusty on her shelf. The first recipe, an old colonial gingerbread cake, feels representative of her journey. The birth of a new nation. The birth of a new baby. The birth of a new mother.

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A fresh, spicy blend of clover verdure, sandalwood, sweet musk, and campfire.


The Story Behind the Fragrance
There is something reverential about walking the same forest path that camp-goers have been walking for more than a century. This short walk through the woods to the campfire clearing at the end of each day is a favorite of campers and staff alike. Clusters of friends huddle together around flashlights, whispering stories as night air cools their sun-kissed cheeks. Here life-long friendships have been formed, foundations of faith have been built, and countless lives have been touched. This is a sacred place.

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A cozy medley of freshly roasted coffee beans, cardamom, and tobacco leaves.


The Story Behind the Fragrance
Every Wednesday, just as the sun begins to peek up above the horizon a group of women gather. With coffee cups in hand, they share their lives. When one has joyous news, they celebrate. In times of hardship and loss, they mourn together and shoulder one another's burdens. The trust built among them provides a rare sense of safety; each woman is valued, treasured, and wanted. Together their souls find rest, leading to freedom, joy, growth, laughter, and healing.


The Luminaries Collection

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Freesia, jasmine, grasse rose and tuberose

The Story Behind the Fragrance
Frida Kahlo is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists. She is known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by nature and Mexican culture. Frida Kahlo survived through childhood illness, abuse, and serious injury all before reaching adulthood. It was the injury that really got her into painting.

On the way home from school, Kahlo was involved in a near fatal bus accident. Kahlo suffered multiple fractures throughout her body, including a crushed pelvis, and a metal rod impaled her womb. She spent one month in the hospital immobile, and bound in a plaster corset, and following this period, many more months bedridden at home. During her long recovery she began to experiment in small-scale autobiographical portraiture, henceforth abandoning her medical pursuits due to practical circumstances and turning her focus to art. During the months of convalescence at home Kahlo's parents made her a special easel, gave her a set of paints, and placed a mirror above her head so that she could see her own reflection and make self-portraits. She would continue to create autobiographical self-portraits throughout the rest of her life.

The legacy of Kahlo cannot be underestimated or exaggerated. Not only is it likely that every female artist making art since the 1950s will quote her as an influence, but it is not only artists and those who are interested in art that she inspires. Her art also supports people who suffer as result of accident, as result of miscarriage, and as result of failed marriage. Through imagery, Kahlo articulated experiences so complex, making them more manageable and giving viewers hope that they can endure, recover, and start again.

If you are a fan of Maison Margiela’s “Flower Market”, you’ll love our Frida Kahlo candle

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Rose, violet, leather, birch and ebony woods

The Story Behind the Fragrance
Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans," was born in 1412, in Domremy, France. The daughter of poor tenant farmers Jacques d’ Arc and his wife, Isabelle, also known as Romée, Joan learned piety and domestic skills from her mother. Never venturing far from home, Joan took care of the animals and became quite skilled as a seamstress.

At age 12, Joan of Arc began to have mystical visions encouraging her to lead a pious life. Over time, they became more vivid, with the presence of St. Michael and St. Catherine designating her as the savior of France and encouraging her to seek an audience with Charles—who had assumed the title Dauphin (heir to the throne)—and ask his permission to expel the English and install him as the rightful king.

At age 18 Joan of Arc led the French army to victory over the English at Orléans.

On May 29, 1431, the tribunal announced Joan of Arc was guilty of heresy. On the morning of May 30, she was taken to the marketplace in Rouen and burned at the stake, before an estimated crowd of 10,000 people. She was 19 years old. Her ashes were gathered and scattered in the Seine. After Joan's death, the Hundred Years’ War continued for another 22 years. King Charles VII ultimately retained his crown, and he ordered an investigation that in 1456 declared Joan of Arc to be officially innocent of all charges and designated a martyr. She was canonized as a saint on May 16, 1920, and is the patron saint of France.

“Joan of Arc is like a shooting star across the landscape of French and English history, amid the stories of the Church’s saints and into our consciousness. Women identify with her; men admire her courage. She challenges us in fundamental ways. Despite the fact that more than 500 years have passed since she lived, her issues of mysticism, calling, identity, trust and betrayal, conflict and focus are our issues still.” Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior by Barbara Beckwith

If you’re a fan of Byredo’s “Burning Rose”, you’ll love our Joan of Arc candle

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Vanilla, orange blossom, rose, and magnolia

The Story Behind the Fragrance

Being handpicked to be one of three black students to integrate West Virginia’s graduate schools is something that many people would consider one of their life’s most notable moments, but it’s just one of several breakthroughs that have marked Katherine Johnson’s long and remarkable life.

When Katherine was 34, she heard that NACA (later called NASA) was hiring African American women to solve math problems. These workers were called “computers.” Katherine applied for one of the jobs, but the jobs were already taken. Still, she did not give up. She applied again the next year, and this time NACA hired her. She worked with a large group of women who were all computers like she was. But Katherine was different from the other human computers. She asked a lot of questions. She wanted to learn more about her work and about NASA. So she started going to meetings. Before Katherine, only men attended these meetings. She learned so much that she left her job as a computer. She became a team member who worked on different space projects for NASA.

For Johnson, calculating space flight came down to the basics of geometry. She calculated the path for Alan Shepard's 1961 journey to space, the first in American history, and finalized the calculations for John Glenn’s successful orbit in 1962. While the work of electronic computers took on increased importance at NASA, Johnson remained highly valuable for her unwavering accuracy. She performed calculations for the historic 1969 Apollo 11 trip to the moon, and the following year, when Apollo 13 experienced a malfunction in space, her contributions to contingency procedures helped ensure its safe return. Johnson continued to serve as a key asset for NASA, helping to develop its Space Shuttle program and Earth Resources Satellite, until her retirement in 1986.

If you’re a fan of Louis Vuitton’s “Contre Moi”, you’ll love our Katherine Johnson candle

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Rose, green leaves, pomegranate, and cedar

The Story Behind the Fragrance

Lili’uokalani was Hawaii's first queen and final sovereign ruler before the islands were annexed by the United States in 1898. Lili’uokalani was educated at the missionary-run Royal School, where she learned to speak fluent English and received some musical training. She would retain her interest in music and poetry, producing more than 160 songs over the course of her life, including the beloved "Aloha 'Oe." In 1874, Lili’uokalani’s older brother, David Kalakaua, was named king.

When her younger brother, William Pitt Leleiohoku, died three years later, Lili’uokalani was announced as Kalakaua’s heir apparent. In the years that followed, Lili’uokalani did much to lay the foundations for her future on the throne, devoting her efforts to establishing schools for Hawaiian children and serving as regent during the king’s 1881 tour of the world. It was in this capacity that she demonstrated what would be her lifelong devotion to the Hawaiian people and first made enemies on the islands: When a smallpox epidemic on Oahu led her to close its ports, she was hailed by many locals but also drew the ire of wealthy sugar cane growers.

In January 1891, King Kalakaua died and Lili’uokalani became the first woman to take the throne. She would also be the kingdom’s last ruler. After she attempted to establish a new constitution that would restore power to the monarchy and the Hawaiian people, a group known as the "Committee of Safety" staged a coup with the support of U.S. Minister John Stevens. Wishing to spare her people a bloody conflict, Lili’uokalani stepped down but appealed to President Grover Cleveland to restore her to power. Despite his sympathy to her plight, the president’s efforts ultimately proved ineffective, and in 1894 annexationists established the Republic of Hawaii, with Sanford Dole named its first president.

The following January, Lili’uokalani and a group of her supporters were arrested by the new government and charged with treason for their implication in an attempted insurrection. After serving several months of house arrest, on January 24, 1895, she signed a document formally abdicating her throne in exchange for the release and pardon of her compatriots.

If you’re a fan of Dityque’s “Baies”, you’ll love our Lili’uokalani candle

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Prosecco, citrus, apricot, and lily of the valley

The Story Behind the Fragrance

Born into a wealthy, political family on December 13, 1818, Mary Todd Lincoln was sophisticated, educated, and versed in politics. On the surface, her success in the White House seemed assured. Yet, few women in American history have endured as much tragedy and controversy.

Mary was the daughter of a prominent Lexington native Robert Smith Todd and his first wife Eliza Parker, who died when Mary was six years old. Mary was the fourth of the eventual sixteen children born in her father’s two marriages. A businessman and politician, Robert provided his children with social standing, education, and material advantages that Mary's future husband, Abraham Lincoln, lacked in his own youth.

A mutual interest in politics was one of the things that drew Mary to attorney Abraham Lincoln, whom she met while visiting an older sister in Springfield, Illinois. Mary exchanged her life of relative ease and privilege for that of a middle-class wife when she married Lincoln in 1842. She actively supported Abraham Lincoln’s political career, offering advice and hosting events. When Lincoln learned that he had won the presidential election of 1860, he reportedly ran home yelling "Mary, Mary, we are elected."

She took on the role of first lady-from hosting balls to visiting troops - with enthusiasm. The White House years were difficult for Mary Lincoln. The pressures and anxieties of the Civil War were unrelenting. Mary watched her husband age under the strain. In early 1862, when their eleven-year-old son Willie died from typhoid fever, Mary was grief-stricken. He was the second of three Lincoln children who would die before adulthood. The heaviest blow fell on April 14, 1865, with Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Mary survived her husband by seventeen years. During these years, she traveled internationally, fought for a widow’s pension, explored the practice of spiritualism, and continued to raise her youngest son Tad. Sadly, Tad died shortly after his eighteenth birthday in 1871. Four years later, at the instigation of her only surviving child Robert, Mary was confined against her will for several months at an asylum in Batavia, Illinois. Mary Lincoln’s mental health continues to be debated by historians and is frequently the subject of pop culture references to the former first lady.

Mary Lincoln lived independently in Europe for several years following her controversial institutionalization. Illness forced her to return to the United States, where she died July 1882 in the home of her sister Elizabeth, in which she married Lincoln almost forty years before.

If you’re a fan of Antica Farmastica’s “Prosecco”, you’ll love our Mary Todd Lincoln candle

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Old paper, antique woodwork, vanilla perfume, cedar desks

The Story Behind the Fragrance
Ada Lovelace is considered the first computer programmer. Even though she wrote about a computer, the Analytical Engine, that was never built, she realized that the computer could follow a series of simple instructions, a program, to perform a complex calculation. Her work was completed at a time where it was a challenge for women in many scientific fields. The early programming language Ada was named for her, and the second Tuesday in October has become Ada Lovelace Day, on which the contributions of women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are honored.

If you’re a fan of Maison Margiella's “Whispers in the Library”, you’ll love our Ada Lovelace candle

Fragrance profile
Violet accord, cardamom, iris, ambrox, cedarwood, leather, sandalwood. Less of a "candley" scent, and more of a cologne scent.

The Story Behind the Fragrance
Josephine Baker was a dancer, singer, spy, and more. She was an American-born French dancer and singer who symbolized the beauty and vitality of Black American culture. She was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture. During the German occupation of France, Baker worked with the Red Cross and the Résistance, and as a member of the Free French forces she entertained troops in Africa and the Middle East. She was later awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honour with the rosette of the Résistance. After the war much of her energy was devoted to Les Milandes, her estate in southwestern France, from which she began in 1950 to adopt babies of all nationalities in the cause of what she defined as “an experiment in brotherhood” and her “rainbow tribe.” She adopted a total of 12 children. A couple of weeks ago it was announced that in November 2021 she will be interred in the Panthéon in Paris, the first black woman to receive one of the highest honors in France.

If you’re a fan of La Labo Santal 33, you’ll love our Josephine Baker candle

Fragrance profile
This one is a bit hard to describe. It has food notes, but it's really not a bakery/food scent. It's complex, sultry, earthy, and spicy. It has notes of carrot, pimento berries, Tahitian vanilla flower, laurier rose, glycine, tiger orchid, sandalwood and vanilla.

The Story Behind the Fragrance
Elizabeth Marie Tallchief (Osage family name: Ki He Kah Stah Tsa) is considered America's first major prima ballerina. She was the first Native American (Osage Nation) to hold the rank, and is said to have revolutionized ballet. She was the first American ballerina to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet. Maria Tallchief was asked to change her surname to help her fit in. Someone suggested the name Maria Tallicheva. She refused. She was proud of her name and her history as a Native American. She was best known for her roles as the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the lead role in Firebird. She also founded the Chicago City Ballet

If you’re a fan of Byredo Seven Veils, you’ll love our Maria Tallchief candle

Fragrance profile
Soft light through curtains and clean, fresh sheets. Top notes: Pear Accord, Ambrette Seeds, Clean Accord. Middle notes: Iris Accord, Rose Petales, Orange Flower Base notes: Patchouli Indonesia, White Woods, White & Creamy Musk

The Story Behind the Fragrance
One of the most mysterious and powerful women in ancient Egypt, Nefertiti was queen alongside Pharaoh Akhenaten from 1353 to 1336 B.C. and may have ruled the New Kingdom outright after her husband’s death. Her reign was a time of tremendous cultural upheaval, as Akhenaten reoriented Egypt’s religious and political structure around the worship of the sun god Aten. Nefertiti is best known for her painted sandstone bust, which was rediscovered in 1913 and became a global icon of feminine beauty and power. On the walls of tombs and temples built during Akhenaten’s reign Nefertiti is depicted alongside her husband with a frequency seen for no other Egyptian queen. In many cases she is shown in positions of power and authority—leading worship of Aten, driving a chariot or smiting an enemy. Nefertiti disappears from the historical record around the 12th year of Akhenaten’s 17-year reign. She may have died at that point, but it is possible she became her husband’s official co-regent under the name Neferneferuaten. Akhenaten was followed as pharaoh by Smenkhkare, who some historians suggest may have been another name for Nefertiti. If Nefertiti kept power during and beyond Akhenaten’s last years, it is possible she began the reversal of her husband’s religious polices that would reach fruition during the reign of King Tut.

If you’re a fan of Maison Margiella Lazy Sunday Mornings, you’ll love our Nefertiti candle

Learn more about Neferitit here 

Fables & Fairytales • Fall 2022

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Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, this candle will transport you to a forgotten castle in provincial France. It has notes of cognac, cinnamon, old paper, oak, and cinnamon.

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Not too hot, not too cold, this candle inspired by Goldilocks and the Three Bears is just right! Hot, rich oats with milk, sweetened with vanilla sugar. Sweet, creamy, and oaty.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what is the best fall apple candle of them all? This one! Inspired by Snow White, it smells like warm apples baked to tenderness in a spice blend of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and scentless iocane powder.

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As legendary as the town itself, this candle is a warm, autumnal blend of damp woods, pumpkin flesh, clove, nutmeg, and patchouli.

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A brother and sister walk through the woods, following the enticing fragrance of gingerbread, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange that wafts from a cottage tucked away behind the trees.


Classic Christmas Collection

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This heady, warm fragrance feels like a putting on your favorite wool sweater, preparing a mug your favorite warm drink, and cozying up for an evening at home with your favorite people.
Comfort and Joy features notes of immortel, cardamom, pepper, patchouli, cedar, labdanum, star aniseed, gaiacwood.

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly and homemade orange garland.
This nostalgic scent blends sweet orange zest and honey infused with cinnamon, ginger and clove, rounded out with an autumnal blend of ripe persimmon and rose petals.

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Everyone's favorite pumpkin pie is the one they grew up having at the holidays every year. Whether that was grandma's secret recipe or bought from the bakery down the street, there's nothing like coming home for the holidays and having a piece of that nostalgic pumpkin pie.
This scent layers butter pie crust, creamy pumpkin, and sweet sugared cinnamon over a trio of ground clove, nutmeg and ginger.

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If only the little drummer boy had a comforting candle to offer as a gift to the newborn king. Most moms can agree that would have been much more appreciated!
Plums and cinnamon mix with fallen leaves, and cashmere woods, making this scent perfect anytime as a multi-dimensional fruit fragrance.

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Take a walk through a wooded winter wonderland with the perfect pine scent.
Winter Wonderland contains notes of ebony woods, douglas fir, orange, black currant, spiced clementine, balsam fir, blue spruce, white cedar, and white clove.