Anecdote’s Candle of the Year is Inspired By the Dumpster Fire of 2020

updated Oct 25, 2020
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Anecdote Candles, the candle company that makes fragrance a conversation piece, will soon release a candle that is reflective of our current times. The brand behind those hilariously descriptive fragrances that touch on cultural trends like Comfort Zone (“smells like the joy of missing out”) and Quarter-Life Crisis (“smells like all panic and no disco”) will debut two limited-edition candles for the year 2020 and 2021. “It’s time to burn 2020 and pray for a better 2021” is the ethos of the new collection, which will drop on October 27.

The 2020 candle will smell “like WFH and WTF,” while the 2021 candle will smell “like not soon enough.” (Amen.) Available in 7.8 ounce glass jars with a retail price of $26 each, 2020’s “WFH and WTF” candle will have a fragrance of amber and mandarin. The “brightness of mandarin reflects the optimism of a new decade, while the depth and weight of amber reflect the unexpected complexities 2020 gave us,” per Anecdote Candles.

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2021’s “not soon enough” candle, on the other hand, will have a fragrance of cedarwood and oud, evoking a “calming blend of fresh and earthy fragrances” as a reminder of “life’s fullness and all of the things that are worth the wait.” Ah, sounds like bliss. “Many have asked if we have a candle that’s reflective of the times,” Anecdote Candles founder Julie Maskulka said of the astute collection. “Now that the hysteria has died down, we’re ready to put our social commentary in candle form.” 

The new fragrances come after the brand debuted a fall collection that pays homage to all things autumn: sweater weather, evening revelry, and weekend adventures. The collection includes Basic (“smells like pumpkin spiced lattes and cable knit sweaters”), Bonfire Blaze (“smells like flickering flames and drunken disclosures”), and Farmer’s Market (“smells like long lines and tote bags”).