Strawberry Fields Forever– Slatkin & Co Strawberry Patch Scented Candle
Tropical fruits like coconut, passionfruit, guava, and mango tend to get special treatment in the summer season, when our minds are flooded with visions of exotic island destinations, rustic bard and nightclubs with steel drum bands, performances by hula dancers donning grass skirts and lei necklaces, and trays of frozen cocktails adorned with toothpicks bearing paper umbrellas. Still, many of the fruits we consume throughout the year tend to taste even better in the summer, when their juicy interiors quench both our thirst and appetite — take, for example, the classic strawberry. Though the time frame in which these delicious fruits are harvested depends largely on the geographical location in question —in Florida, for example, strawberries are typically picked between December and May, while most California growers pick their crops between January and November — the months of June, July and August tend to be particularly busy for strawberry farmers in northern states. By all accounts, then, strawberries could be categorized as summer fruits, making them an ideal addition to Slatkin & Co.’s Summer 2011 scented candle round-up.
The triple-wick Slatkin & Co. Strawberry Patch Scented Candle ($19.50 at BathAndBodyWorks.com) smells as juicy as a bowl of firm, shiny bright red berries with perky green stems — and, best of all, it will have a much longer shelf life than that fruit-filled plastic container from your local supermarket. Created by Harry Slatkin, this vegetable wax blend candle features a high concentration of fragrance oils that work together to yield a robust, full-bodied aroma that will transport you to a picnic at the park or a lush garden lined with vine-ripened strawberries. Poured into a round glass jar measuring 4″ in width and 3 1/2″ in height and topped off with a removable metal lid, this red-colored candle boasts notes of ripe strawberry alongside notes of tangy mango and juicy white peach and a hint of vanilla for a creamy, playfully flirtatious aromatic layer.
Every time I light this candle and allow the fruity scent to fill the room, I feel like unwrapping a handful of old-school strawberry bon bon candies or running to a Godiva counter and sinking my teeth into a chocolate-dipped strawberry treat.