Vacation With Candles!

This year I decided to take the family on a secret luxury vacation.  Secret because the kids didn’t know it was going to be “luxury” or they wouldn’t go. I was taking along my candles to set an extra special atmosphere but I do that on every trip I take.    As I searched for our spot, I found everything was booked because I waited a little too late to make a reservation and my adult children were insisting on being where the action was, so how was I going to find a happy medium?  The more I searched, the further west the lack of vacancies pushed our trip.  No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get away from this one spot on the map, called Rosemary Beach or just down from it, Alys Beach.  I was able to get what looked to be a lovely little chateau right across from the beach.  I was very nervous because Google Earth showed mostly tree-covered area with a cluster of homes and the beach.  However, once we arrived it was clear we were smack in the midst of a hidden gold mine of a vacation spot.  It was like driving into a little Tuscan city on the seashore! What a treat!  Sure, the grocery was at least a 15-minute drive but I didn’t care about that, I was getting my luxury vacation!   

A Luxury Village By the Sea

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After settling into this perfect little palace, I did what I always do first; break out the candles.  I had gifted myself a full set of the UnEarthed® candles as a pre-vacation present. Yes, I was the person who designed the fragrance, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting to enjoy the finished product.  When I opened my gorgeous  fragrances, I experienced something I rarely do.  Fragrance overload! You see, I work in fragrance, and when you’re in it all day, you can’t smell it.  I never take multiple candles home, so it was actually new for me to open four scents at one time.  I had forgotten just how powerful this candle can be!

Crystal Waters & Sea Salt

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I was in a luxurious village by the sea, so I picked spring and summer candle scents. I know how impatient I am, and that I would want the scent to “activate” quickly, so I actually brought a matching scented room spray along with me too (do other people do this?).  I took a good book, a refreshing drink and my goodies to the gorgeous teal mother-in-law suite upstairs and lit my 6 oz. candles and then sprayed the room so I didn’t have to wait for the melt pool to develop.  Normally, by the time the spray dies down a little, the melt pool is right about where you need it to fill the room.  Later, when I lit it without the spray, I learned this little fragrance packs a quick punch!  A SIX OUNCE candle scented the entire large bedroom, and I mean, powerfully and quickly!  I almost called back to the factory the 2nd-day to ask them to quick-ship me a bigger candle.   I mean it was the only vacation I was taking for the year and the scent is almost as important to me as a great outfit for dinner out!  I know, I know, again, I designed these fragrances, so why am I talking like I’ve never smelled them before?  Well, because there is a huge difference in attempting to formulate a fragrance at work, surrounded by seven-hundred other scents and relaxing at home or on vacation, away from work and really enjoying the scents to their fullest.  

You Can't Take too Many Scents on Vacation!

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Anyway, I came to my senses and realized how many candles I already had with me, including some bigger ones, clean and foody all the same! I lit my vanilla travel candle in the living room.  I loved that it has a masculine edge to it.  I would say I can’t quite put my finger on it but you know I can.  It’s a smoked vanilla. It's just a really nice, mellow but powerful scent.  I think if I had to pick a correct occasion for the fragrance, it would be for relaxing, for company, or for relaxing with company.  It took three afternoons just to burn through my first travel tine, so needless to say, I didn’t get to burn through all of them.

A Set of Memory Markers

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These are the most intoxicating, sweet, fragrances I’ve ever experienced.   Then one night I lit a lavender candle and a smaller version of the same thing in a different part of the room.  WOW, that was out of this world.  It literally started throwing fragrance the moment I lit the candle and it didn’t take five minutes to start filling the house with creamy, clean, warm, cozy, lovely, lavender vanilla fragrance.  It’s not your average lavender vanilla.  It is really something special that you would need to experience to understand.  Of the fragrances I took with me on that trip (that I burned) this was my personal favorite.  
To wrap my vacation thoughts up, I have to say, if you go on vacation without a scented candle, you're missing out on a complete set of memory markers.  I, personally, do this, not just to make my vacations more enjoyable, but so that every time, from this day forward, that I light this fragrance or smell anything similar, I'm reminded of that great vacation back in twenty-something.  It's nice to do that when you want your home to have a tropical vibe.  You just break out the fragrance from that tropical vacation and it's like you're taken right back to the good times!
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