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Things That Go Bloom — White Barn Scented Candle in Honeysuckle

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Springtime: that magical season when blades of grass break through soil once covered by snow, when perky birds begin to perch on once barren tree branches, when the sweet fragrance and vibrant hues of newly blossomed flower petals lifts our collective spirits and blesses us with a renewed sense of optimism. And, though some ladies might be blessed with a green thumb with which they can cultivate their fantasy gardens, others have to rely on potted plants and floral bouquets they can purchase from the drugstore, flower shop, supermarket, or farmer’s market whenever they desire an aromatic boost. Since buying bouquets on a regular basis would prove extremely costly and time-consuming, women can research more practical alternatives — mainly scented candles — when they wish to infuse their homes with welcoming, sunny, charming floral aromas. The key, of course, is finding top-of-the-line candles that properly integrate different fragrance oils to create the most refined and pleasant aromatic experience. One such alternative is the best-selling White Barn 3-Wick Scented Candle in Honeysuckle ($20 at Bath & Body Works stores and BathandBodyWorks.com).

This 14.5 oz. vegetable wax candle features three lead-free wicks placed in a perfectly triangular position at the very center in order to make the fragrant experience more potent. Measuring 4″ in width and 3 1/2″ in height, the candle is packaged inside a clear cylindrical container and it features a golden metal lid. The decorative sticker along the front of the clear container — a zoomed-in photograph of a wicker basket filled with honeysuckle blossoms, the latter altered digitally so that their yellow tint appears all the brighter next to the monochromatic basket — captures the spirit of the fragrant, light yellow wax inside its walls. As soon as you see this image, you imagine riding a mint green bicycle through a quaint French village while wearing an A-lined day dress, a basket propped between the bike’s handlebars and filled with flowers and baguettes.

If that image is captivating, then consider the candle’s scent: a harmonious blend of honeysuckle, pink peony, and creamy vanilla. Honeysuckles thrive during the spring and summer months, their trumpet-shaped petals harnessing thread-like pistils that, when pulled, offer up a drop of sweet and edible nectar, so the central note of this scented candle is itself noteworthy, a celebration of new beginnings and sunny dispositions. The addition of a pink peony note, meanwhile, bestows a romantic and feminine feel upon the fragrance composition, while the vanilla note renders the scent creamy, seductive, and even succulent.

The candle’s scent is rather potent, so it’s definitely the type of candle you’d want to use for a guest bathroom or to set a festive mood during a lunch gathering in the patio or backyard — not the type of aroma you’d want for, say, a relaxing soak in the tub or a romantic date night.  While not a spot-on replica of a honeysuckle blossom’s smell, this candle will likely have you embarking down memory lane, remembering childhood spring and summer outings and smiling at your own nostalgic impulses.

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