Slatkin & Co. Winter Night Scented Candle — A Sea of Clove
My Christmas tree is fully decorated, the multi-colored lights, gleaming ornaments, and star topper adding a festive feel to our apartment. And yet something is definitely missing: the smell of the needle-like leaves and blister-y branches of a fresh Balsam fir tree. See, like many New Yorkers, I live in a walk-up building and, given my modest stature and complete lack of upper arm strength, the mere notion of carrying a real tree up to the fourth floor by my lonesome is laughable. Since I couldn’t fathom the holidays without a tree, I settled on an artificial tree which, when packaged in its neat box, was easy enough to carry up the stairs (sore limbs notwithstanding). Now in its third year, the artificial tree is still going strong, but its aromatic shortcomings have been making the entire holiday experience feel just a tad incomplete.
Thankfully, the Slatkin & Co. Winter Night Scented Candle ($19.50 at BathAndBodyWorks.com) is making my home smell like Christmas — even without the presence of a real tree. The 14.5 oz. vegetable wax candle is housed inside a cylindrical glass container measuring 4″ in diameter an 3 1/2″ in height, plus it features a removable metal lid and three lead-free wicks in a triangle-like formation. Featuring a high concentration of fragrance oils, the Slatkin & Co. Winter Night Scented Candle combines fir tree, warm cypress, and clove bud notes, with just a touch of incense and cedar completing the welcoming, woody, warm effect.
The wax itself has a grayish lavender color, and the outside of its glass jar bears a black-and-white image of a forest canopy walkway, with snow covering the ground and the barren tree branches. Combined with the silver color of the metal lid, these characteristics lend the candle a mysterious quality.
As soon as you remove the top lid, the room is filled with its cozy, inviting, spicy but woody aroma and, of course, the olfactory experience only intensifies once the candle is lit. The spicy smell of clove is particularly prominent, while the fir notes add a lush feel add the dash of incense creates a smoky, intoxicating effect, recreating the aroma you might expect to experience while sitting in front of a fireplace inside a log cabin on a wintry night, snuggling with your boyfriend or husband while enjoying hot cider spiced with cinnamon and clove.
Simply put: it’s like Christmas in a jar.