Basil scented candle

Scents, Sense, and Fragrance Week 4

Greetings from quarantine, a time for reflection and more—re-tooling, working to import all our hand-made lines onto our website—a work in progress where “coming soon” is the operative phrase. My candles are currently posing for their web portraits by in-house photographer—me. 

So, to scents. Last week’s Candle of the Week featured ‘Sod and Soul’, a meditation on the persistence of happy memories that don’t discriminate between “good” and “bad” scents. This week I introduce ‘Basil Faultless’, named after iconic BritCom blunderer Basil Fawlty, created by John Cleese. Though I have not had the honor of smelling my favorite comedian or his character, I thought to put together a scent based on his name, backed up with English turf, sea breezes, and a bit of wood. I used Nature’s Garden’s Seaside, Vetiver, and Sandalwood, topping it up with a whopping dose of Basil essential oil. The result is quite Basil-y but pleasantly pungent, see pic.

As an arena for experimenting with evocative and unusual aromas, the Comfort Zone line offers limitless possibilities. Some “memory” scents in my mental pipeline include “Classroom”—a bouquet of old wooden desks, floor wax, and cheap perfume. Another is the eponymous “Rain on Tarmac”, that heady aroma of summer rain pounding on sizzling hot tarmac. There are many more, but I’ll save for later.

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