This past weekend I had an escape. I was in a deep coniferous forest surrounded by the scent of fir trees.
I felt the moist earth along with the crisp crunch of pine needles under my feet.
The air was clean and the smell of the forest was so invigorating.
In the midst of the quiet, cool forest I built a fire with more glowing embers than flame. I found the perfect stick on the forest floor and with my small pocket knife whittled the end to a sharp point. Upon that point I skewered the freshest marshmallow ever, and toasted it to a golden brown.
What could be better than a marshmallow melted by an open flame, I thought, than to pair it with a bit of creamy chocolate? And to sandwich it all between two squares of graham cracker? They call that delectable treat a s’more. Anyone who has been camping, and even many who haven’t, know the utter delight of this taste treat.
Such satisfaction I felt, deep in the woods and indulging in the gooey lusciousness of a s’more.
Except I wasn’t in the woods at all. And there was no campfire and no marshmallows. I was busy pouring candles in my studio all weekend long. But my work took hold of my imagination and I was transported.
It wasn’t an accident that I poured a large batch of Northwoods Dream pillar candles, a lovely fir scent that takes you deep into the woods of northern Minnesota, a batch of Toasted Marshmallow votive candles and a batch of German Chocolate votive candles. The three scents took me away from what would normally be considered work into the fantasy of a lazy afternoon in the peace and quiet of nature, not to mention the decadence of s’mores.
The sense of smell is one of the most powerful of our five. One whiff past the nose can take you back to your childhood or to a cherished place. Never underestimate the influence of scent and the primitive power of a single flame.
Auntie B’s Wax has a variety of scented candles. Check them out and come back often as there will be additions to the shop periodically.