Our sense of smell is the one most strongly tied to memory. So it's no wonder that this company that makes candles that smell like different states is growing in popularity amongst those who are far away from home.
What does home smell like to you? Your mother's baking, wafting from the kitchen and through the house? A shaggy old dog napping on a rug in front of a woodsy-smelling fireplace? Your sister's signature scent of perfume lingering in her room even though she moved out-of-state years ago? Your neighbor's delicious dinner creeping up the building's stairs?
Homesick, a company created by a group of friends who relocated from states they still felt close to, aims to capture the scent of home in a candle.
Made in the USA with natural soy wax and cotton wicks, Homesick has created a candle for each of the 50 states (and a limited edition line dedicated to cities, too).
"We worked hard to perfect the scent of each state we craft a candle for to create that feeling of home, wherever you may be," the company says on their website.
The New York candle features hints of "Adirondacks forest floor, apple orchards, and pumpkin," while Massachusetts "takes you back to The Bay State with hints of apple cider doughnuts and Dunkin coffee."
Southern California channels "hints of cactus, orange and (of course) the ocean" and Oregon's "hints of pine tree, hazelnut and Oregon pears" promise to bring you back home.
Washington, D.C.'s scent has nothing to do with politics; it is "reminiscent of spring days when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom" and includes "hints of the noble stone that composes many of D.C.'s landmarks and statutes and finishes with just a touch of leather-bound history books."
Candles begin at $29.95 and burn 60 to 80 hours on average.
What scent reminds you of home?