Growing up in California in a Latin family, candles had a very different significance than they do now. Since weather always ranged from tepid to warm (to extremely warm), the idea of lighting candles to create a cozy atmosphere was not something my family ever adopted — candles were mostly used by my Catholic grandmother for worship. Now that I live in the Midwest I cannot imagine going a couple of days without burning candles — truthfully, lighting candles around my place is the first thing I do when I get home from work.
Since I light candles all around my home, to keep it simple for the longest time I refused to purchase scented candles. But about a month ago, during a recent shopping trip at Anthropologie I discovered what has now become my favorite scented candle (Voluspa's Makassar Ebony & Peach). So now I simultaneously burn mostly unscented votive candles and one scented one. Speaking from experience though, I know that many of my friends HATE scented candles, some claiming allergies, others claiming sinus problems and even migraines.
So what about you? Do you burn scented candles at home, or just unscented? Are there scents you avoid? What types of candles do you burn when you have company over?