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I’m a strong believer in aromatherapy. Something about burning a good candle can put me in a better mood. While most people recommend lavender, chamomile or ylang ylang for relaxing, my favorite has to be these fall scented spiced cider candles from Anthropologie.
So far, I’ve already burned through three of these candles in about two and a half months.
Shop: Capri Blue Spiced Cider Jar Candle, $32
Smell can often bring up emotional memories or a feeling of nostalgia. According to an article published by Scientific American, as a smell enters your nose, it travels to through the cranial nerve to the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb process smells and connects to the brain, specifically the amygdala, which processes emotion, and the hippocampus, an area linked to memory and cognition.
“Neuroscientists have suggested that this close physical connection between the regions of the brain linked to memory, emotion and our sense of smell may explain why our brain learns to associate smells with certain emotional memories,” the article explains.
My mother is sensitive to smell and has always hated extravagant scents. She doesn’t wear perfume. Growing up, she found Abercrombie and Fitch’s cologne misters at the mall appaulling. But around Thanksgiving and Christmas, she always burns apple-scented candles in the house.
The Capri Blue Spiced Cider Jar Candle at Anthropologie smells of apple, but with a twist. According to fragrance notes, it’s the scent of “sparkling berries and grapes mixed with harvest apple and cinnamon within a soothing vanilla and Canadian fir base.”
I know, it sounds like a mixed bag, but it’s a warm smell and not overly strong at all. Either way, it takes me right back to the holidays at my childhood home. I picture myself sitting in the living room next to the fire, waiting for my relatives to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner — right after my mom probably asked me for the tenth time to take my collection of coats that have piled up in the kitchen to my room.
I usually like to light my spiced cider candles in the morning and let them burn throughout the day while I work from home. I started with a medium 19-ounce candle, which has a burn time of 85 hours. When I finished that one, I purchased two mini 4.5-ounce spiced cider candles with a burn time of 25 hours each — and now I’m going back for more.
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