Scented Candle Favorites

One thing that just screams fall and winter is burning a scented candle. While one could view it as literally burning money, a beautifully scented candle is just so cozy and adds to that quintessential feeling of warmth and home that is one of the most beautiful things of the winter months.

While there is a plethora of candle offerings on the market, the P.F. Candle Co. ones are firm favorites for me. Diptyque and Byredo are beautiful but out of my student budget and the sickly sweet and artificial scents of Bath and Body Works are plain migraine triggers.

P.F. Candle Co. sits nicely in the middle with sophisticated and seasonal scents at a decent price. And they look beautiful as well. Housed in a simple brown glass container with a gold lid, you can easily keep them from getting dusty and gross and use them with almost every decor all year round.

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One of my favorite scents is their best seller Teakwood & Tobacco, are gorgeous woody and warm scent that is wonderfully unisex and not too cloying. With hints of leather, tobacco, and cedar. It evokes scenes of dark cigar lounges and cozy gloomy days. Fun fact: I also own a mini size of this one, I love it that much.

Another seasonal fave is Apple Picking. While definitely a sweet scent, it is not to heavy or sickening but delivers a beautiful waft of fresh and warm apple and cinnamon goodness. This scent just screams fall, but works equally as well in winter, which is why I love it so much.

Finally, a bit of a fresher scent is Golden Coast, a herbal and light offering that takes home scents nicely throughout the whole year with a woody undertone of Cedar and Palo Santo.

I know it is slightly decanted to rave this much about candles, but I really do love them. The candles look chic and cozy and add so much warmth and atmosphere to my home. If you are a candle addict as well, please let me know about your favorites!

Commodity Moss

As far as scents go, I usually favor something herbal and almost spicy smelling to a sweeter, more floral perfume. Case in point – Jo Malone’s Wood, Sage and Sea Salt.

While perusing the aisles of Sephora a few months back, I stumbled across Commodity‘s perfume line and was immediately intrigued by their concept. With unusual names like Book, Whiskey, Gold, or Mimosa, their scents evoke specific settings and moods and are made for layering to create a unique fragrance.

I finally decided on a travel sized version of Moss, a green, fresh, and enticing scent that reminded me of the outdoors after rainfall. It is not sweet in the slightest, so it truly is a unisex scent, but I found it so unique and lovely that I had to pick it up immediately.

A close runner up was the Rain fragrance, which is even more fresh and a good bit lighter than Moss (though I wouldn’t describe that as a heavy scent either), so I’m keeping it at the back of my mind for future reference.

Sephora also sell a sampler of all of Commodity’s fragrances, so if you are intrigued by their concept and want to get sampling and mixing, give that little set a go.

Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land

Around some time last year, when I was traipsing through the beauty halls, I stumbled across the impossibly sleek perfume bottle of Swedish luxury brand Byredo. Enticed by their clean and stylish branding and mysterious fragrance names I started testing and was soon in love with their unique and modern scents.

The first scent I coveted was Gypsy Water, a warm, complex and inviting perfume. The one that stole my heart in the end, however, was Rose of No Man’s Land, one of the newest offerings in their line-up.

 

Byredo Rose of No Man's Land

As I have gotten older, I have been warming up to rose scents, but oftentimes they can smell too powdery or old lady-like. Not this one though. Rose of No Man’s Land starts off with a fresh floral hit but dries down to an almost spicy, multifaceted scent that includes warmth while still remaining fresh and light.

Now Byredo perfumes are a real treat and not something I can splurge on regularly on my grad student budget, but truly they are pieces of art. The different scents invoke unique stories and atmospheres and are certainly not your regular run of the mill perfume. I completely understand why they have such a cult following and I will cherish Rose of No Man’s Land as one of my all-time favorite scents.

Fragrance Wardrobe

While many people stick to a signature scent, I like to have what I call a ‘Fragrance Wardrobe’ with different perfumes for different occasion. My reasoning behind this (besides my penchant for beauty shopping) is that while I might love a scent in the wintertime, it might be to heavy for summer or I connect it with a specific memory that I want to be reminded of when I wear the fragrance.

Now my fragrance wardrobe isn’t huge, but I like to have a few choice options to pick from.

 

Fragrance Wardrobe

For the last year or so, my daily scent of choice has been Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt. I have raved about this before, but I still love the fresh, almost crisp and slightly herbal smell of this perfume and I think it works in every season. This is also a great one for layering, as are all Jo Malone perfumes, so if you like playing with different scent combinations, this is a winner.

Then there’s my nighttime fragrance – Narciso Rodriguez For Her EdT. There are two different types of this perfume, but I’ve always chosen the black version, which is a warm, rich, rose-based fragrance that feels sexy and sophisticated without being cloying. I hoard samples of this for travel as I know that this is a scent I won’t get tired of and the actual bottle doesn’t travel quite as well as the Jo Malone offering.

The next two scents are actually on my wishlist, but I fell in love with both of them when I first smelled them. Stella McCartney’s eponymous scent Stella is a beautiful subtle floral that is raved about in the beauty blogging community and with good reason. It is inoffensive but instantly recognizable and an all-round crowd pleaser. This would be a great, more girly everyday option.

And then there’s Gypsy Water, a lush perfume from the extremely luxe Swedish brand Byredo. I haven’t stopped dreaming about this scent since I first sprayed it on but as of now, I haven’t had the heart to part with that much money for something that literally dissipates in the air. It is a beautiful complex fragrance though that dries from a fresh, invigorating first spritz down to an earthy, warm base. It’s most definitely one for the Christmas wishlist.