andles have been used to illuminate our homes and celebrations for more than 5,000 years, and for a good chunk of that time we were content with the ordinary “candle”-smelling candle. But in the 20th century, the notion of a scented candle caught on like wildfire.
The popularity of candles remained steady until the mid-1980s, when interest in candles as decorative items, mood-setters and gifts began to increase notably. Candles were suddenly available in a broad array of sizes, shapes and colors, and consumer interest in scented candles began to escalate. In the middle ages, a major improvement came to Europe in the form of a beeswax candle. It didn’t produce a smoky flame and emitted a pleasant odor, unlike the foul, acrid odor of Tallow, which was currently being used.
Candles nowadays have come a long way. We have been getting more and more creative with our aromas. The internet has dreamed up some pop-culture creations like “Netflix Binge,” “Post Nap Haze,” “Facebook Stalking,” and “Chinese Take Out.” But as yet, these have not been brought to life.
Forget chocolate chips cookies, holiday spice or freshly washed linens. These unconventional candle smells are unexpected—but kind of amazing.
1. NEW MACBOOK
Every tech nerd loves a top-of-the-line gadget, but now your home can smell just like one. Twelve South’s “New Mac” scented candle is infused with notes of mint, peach, basil, lavender, mandarin, and sage, which is apparently what your freshly opened computer smells like.
2. NETFLIX AND CHILL
Whether you want to set a certain, ahem, mood, or you just want to add some extra ambiance to your living space, this is the candle for you.
3. OLD BOOKS
Bibliophiles (and anyone wishing to make their home library smell a little more authentic) will be drawn to the scent of this candle, which smells of paper, dust, vanilla, and just a hint of fresh grass.
4. WHITE CASTLE
Ah, the essence of a steam-grilled hamburger slider, minus the calories.
Infuse your home with the entire animal kingdom—or at least “the telltale scents of the tangy grizzly bear, the pungent rhinoceros, and the regal, yet completely stinky tiger.” (And if that doesn’t float your boat, the site also offers candles in the scents of skunk, fart, and chlorine.)
6. YOUR HOME STATE
As a wise, ruby slipper-clad girl once said, “There’s no place like home.” And there is definitely no place that smells quite like home, but thankfully these candles, in the scent of each of the 50 states, aim to make your home-away-from-home a little more familiar.
There truly is a candle for every occasion. Apparently, this one captures all the complexities of the dissolution of marriage. “Part happy, part sad, a little relieved, and unsure of your future financial stability.”
Want the scent of a beard without all the maintenance? This one smells of bonfires and cologne.
9. QUIDDITCH PITCH
Up the ante of freshly cut grass with this candle, which just might inspire you to embrace your inner Quidditch player. (Snitch not included.)
Yep, someone spent hours researching the scents that should go into this one. Those scents are “the perfume counter at your local department store times a thousand … plus some baby powder.”
We understand why there are scented candles that smell like flowers, citrus, or vanilla, but how do you feel about ones that emit the scents of beard, divorce papers or a MacBook? There are so many weird candles smells that each room in your home could have its own signature strange scent!”Find your own scent” is not limited to perfumes anymore!