It all started when I flew to Seattle earlier this month to surprise my best friend, Molly, for her 50th birthday.
When I arrived at her house, I noticed that it smelled really clean… a fresh laundry-like smell that reminded me little of Fels-Naptha. (If you use this product, you’ll know instantly the smell of which I speak.) Now this smell didn’t surprise me because the only reason I know about Fels-Naptha is because Molly has always had a bar or two in her laundry room in all the years I’ve known her. I figured it was just the scent of the bar as I passed by her laundry room and that was that.
But then as I was putting my bag into the guest room, I noticed she had this gorgeous little lamp sitting on a table in her living room. It looked exactly like this:
I was all, “Moll… what a cool lamp! Where’d you get it?”
And so begins my Scentsy Story.
First, know this: I am not selling Scentsy. I was slightly familiar with the company having been invited to a few parties over the years, but always declining the invite on account of my personal scent sensitivity.
Next, know this: I realized that the smell I was smelling wasn’t, in fact, a random Fels-Naptha bar, but instead, a wax melt from Ashland called Mountain Air. And so, quite unexpectedly, I entered into the vast and complicated world of melted wax scents.
Molly, being the kind-hearted friend that she is, contacted her Scentsy rep and ordered me a Parlor Warmer as a little gift upon my return home. I located some of the Mountain Air wax melts on Esty and I was ready to begin the wax melt experience. In went a cube and I sat back as my home filled with an overpowering scent that smelled nothing at all like Mountain Air and within about 15 minutes I had a growing headache and was pouring the wax into the trash.
I was perplexed. Wasn’t this the smell that had smelled sooo good at Molly’s house? She assured me that at first the scent would be a bit strong, but then it mellowed. So I tried another cube. Again, within 30 minutes I felt like I was going to pass out in a scented haze. More wax into the trash and the quest began to find something that would work.
I headed off to Rosedale Mall to hit up both Bath & Body Works and the Yankee Candle store, where I picked out a handful of wax melts to bring home and try. Each one I tried gave me more and more of a headache and I was beginning put the facts together of something I somehow forget: I don’t really like smells.
But I still loved this warmer lamp, so I forged ahead and read some reviews of Scentsy scents on this website, and picked a few out to try (Luna, Camu Camu and Just Breathe). But when those arrived, I could almost tolerate Luna, but the others were just not working for me at all.
Then I Googled “modern wax warmer” and came across this cool company, Penrose Candle, and ordered some of their Norwegian Woods wax melts, which I have to say are pretty nice but still not something I would use all the time.
The I tried some scents from this lovely little Etsy shop, and while they were nice, again, they weren’t ones I would want to smell every day.
As much as I want to be a scent lover, all signs are pointing to the contrary.
I realize there are worse things in life than not loving smells. As my friend Molly said, “Well, just use the warmer as a light then,” and I was all, “YOU ARE SO SMART!”
But I will toss it out there, for those who love smells, what do you like to smell in your home?
If I’m being honest, the only candle I ever loved was the Euphoric scent by Aveda, which is no longer made. Dan used to get me one for Christmas every year.
I did recently order an Aveda Shampure candle and plan to scoop out some of the wax and plop it into the warmer dish and see how that one works.
But I’m not holding my breath.
Get it? Yep. I knew you would.