Monday, November 15, 2010

The bain of my existence....

Just a quick post promoting my latest addiction.... You see - I have lived most of the last 6 years with a total of 6 stinky pets, 3 stinky men, and now - I am living in a home that is 70+ years old. Sometimes, no matter how clean your house is, it is still just stinky. I have tried Febreeze - but I can't seem to find a scent that I like from them - plus it kind of goes away after a bit anyway... I have the good old standby of watered down fabric softener on the soft surfaces of my home. But there aren't that many since we have lived with hard wood floors and leather couches to minimize the stinkability in the first place...


So - I have tried the oils with diffuser reeds. These are okay but can be expensive and you can't really have them too many places around kids or cats. Which we have exactly 6 of around here... so - I have decided to go with a combination of candles and plug ins. Okay - so the plug ins that I have tried from the stores don't last very long and they seem to either be soapy smelling or super fruity smelling. Neither are my thing... I have also tried the Scent Story discs and that contraption that "plays" the scent discs. It works good if you are sitting near it to smell the air flowing out - but I didn't find it to "diffuse" through the room much at all. And as soon as you turn it off - the scent is basically gone....


But - thank goodness for Bath and Body Works. First of all - their candles are very expensive - I must admit - $19.50 for the larger version. But - they are still cheaper than Yankee candles by far (which don't smell up an entire room larger than like 10x10 very well - JMO :-). The pluses are that they are self consuming, burn evenly, do not leave soot at all, they have a lead free wick which burns so cleanly, and they can smell up even a huge room in no time. The lid is a modern silver style that sits atop nicely, and after the candle burns completely down to the wick clips - you can still use the jar and the lid for something else - like your crafty supplies - hint, hint...


I have tried every candle from Target, Walmart, in-home party sales types, etc... I have just found these to be the most fragrant and longest lasting. Trust me on this - I burn candles all day long and I haven't been able to find anything better - if you like your candles strong that is.... At least for what's available to me in my town. Of course - I suppose it depends on which scent you purchase as well - some scents are stronger than others. I tend to go with the warmer - musky scents.

Anyway - I just wanted to give a quick testimonial on this because it has driven me nuts spending money on candles - and having them leave black yuckiness on my walls, ceilings, and moldings - and only smelling good if you get up close to them...


I am burning the Leaves version during this next couple of weeks in tribute to Thanksgiving - it smells kind of like apple pie to me without the huge cinnamon smell. I am also a big fan of the Fireside scent which completely smells like a crazy combination of a campfire and a scrumptious man... Reminds me of happy memories camping plus a little cologne smell in there...


If you burn these candles - what are your favorite scents? Do you mix any scents - or keep the scents consistent through your house?
The company that makes them is Slatkin & Co. and I think you can find them other places besides B&BW. I know I saw them on some home shopping network recently like QVC or something...


Bonus!! - The Wallflowers that they offer are wall plug ins that you can buy to match your favorite candle scents - so basically my house is gonna smell like apple pie for the next month - and I am totally okay with that :-)

1 comment:

Heather said...

OOOH I so love the smell of cinnamon in the winter! I do love B&BW candles. Some are not so sweet smelling :D but some are really nice. I like the one they sell from White Barn New York called Pineapple Mango in the summer. It is a sweet fresh summery smell. Strong enough, but not make you want to puke strong :D lol!!!
I would love to be at your house to smell apple pie all day... :) yummy! My peeps love to eat and when I cook with garlic and bacon... so that smell is terrible to get rid of!! Whew!!! not to mention collard greens (my mom taught me to cook those outside in a nesco oven, lol!) Cleaning with vinegar will also rid smells.. .if you can stand the smell of vinegar until it dissipates :) lol!!!

HUGS to you. Enjoy your sweet smelling home!!! thanks for sharing too. I was wanting a good fall / winter smelling candle!