While at the recent Elements Showcase, I happened to stop by the booth of Anne McClain’s MCMC Fragrances and I’m so glad I did. The brand recently launched a collection of scented candles and they are excellent. As we chatted about life, her aspirations for the collection, etc., I couldn’t put them down. One after the other I picked up the candles and inhaled awesomeness.
The one my nose gravitated to most was Hunter. A replication of a scent in the collection with the same name, Hunter is comfort. It’s sweet and smoky and will leave you thinking a campfire is somewhere nearby. I wondered how the scent would diffuse as sometimes it’s just not the same. Hunter didn’t disappoint. The scent is just right; it nicely perfumes a room without being overbearing.
If history tells us anything, winter isn’t done with us just yet. As you agonize over the beginning of spring, Hunter’s notes of tobacco absolute, organic Bourbon vanilla and balsam fir will distract you long enough keep you at ease.
Hunter by MCMC Fragrances – $48 for 6.5 oz
I generally scent my home with candles and will occasionally use room sprays. Reed diffusers have never really been my thing; in particular because the one time I gave in and bought one, if I was lucky to catch the scent, it was because the wind happened to be blowing on that side of the room. After that experience, I wanted nothing to do with them. All of that changed, however, when Nest Fragrances contacted me about the launch of their newest collection. Continue reading
I like to burn candles. They give a room some umph and can change its energy. As the weather turns and it gets colder outside, I shift to heavier scented ones. I was home one day recently and decided it was a good time to try one I was sent, Pumpkin Chai by Nest Fragrances.
I will admit, when I first heard about it, I thought it’s to early to be thinking about the holidays. (Pumpkin triggers memories of mom’s cooking) But I decided I would give it a try mainly because of who’s behind Nest, Laura Slatkin.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Harry Slatkin’s candles. Heck, Fresh Bamboo was burning in my home last weekend. So I was naturally curious to smell Pumpkin Chai and what his wife has cooking. Yes it’s warm, and cozy and a great fall scent. But what I appreciated most of all is how subtle it is. I was not expecting that. The scent was just enough to add to the moment without overpowering it.
As we get closer to the holidays, the smells of cinnamon and pine will be chasing you as you stroll through the stores. Oddly, I never really want that in my home. Pumpkin Chai, however, is the best medium, awesome fall scent but not beating you over the head, that I’ve found.
Pumpkin Chai by Nest Fragrances retails for $32 and is a blend of wild pumpkin, spicy Masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. Available at Neiman Marcus and other fine boutiques.