Who doesn’t love entering a warm and cozy house filled with scents that remind us of holiday gatherings long past and ones to come. Judy Graham, owner of Pink on Palmer in Larchmont is an expert when it comes to choosing the right scent for the occasion. Here, she offers her expertise on the most popular scents during the winter season. Judy says that heavier scents are the hallmark for the cold weather seasons. She says that the most popular candles of the season are “warming scents” like pomegranate, amber, spruce, sage, and sandalwood.
Her best seller is – has been for years – Frasier Fir by Thymes. This candle consists of Siberian fir needles, sandalwood and cedarwood. “Our customers call it the Christmas tree candle but we do sell it all year round as it smells clean and fresh,” says Graham. “Another favorite this time of year is Nest Moroccan Amber candle. In addition to amber it has patchouli and bergamot. And Votivo’s Forgotten Sage candle has dried sage, cedar and hints of sweet grasses.”
Votivo’s Red Currant candle
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Candles are not the only scent options. There are welcome alternatives to candles. Graham suggests diffusers as an alternative to candles—oil is absorbed through reeds and the air diffuses the scent. These are particularly great for college dorm rooms where candles are not allowed. Diffusers also release scent constantly so there is always that aroma in the room whereas after you blow out a candle, there is little scent left. Another method is through potpourri or scented rocks. Graham says they may not be as efficient as the other options, but they are very attractive.
Essence of Florets reed diffuser
What is your favorite scent for the holidays? If you haven’t chosen one yet, head over to Pink on Palmer and seek out her advice as it can open the door to many wonderful holiday gatherings.