Beyond the Sugar: My Obsession with Seasonal Scents

I have and always will be a seasonal kind of girl. Many of my favorite kitchen and food memories are often related to the seasons. From weekly summer trips to roadside farmers’ stands with my mom to rolling a gazillion pumpkin rolls in the fall with my Nana – these moments all have seasonal connections. Along with these strong connections with seasonal foods, also comes a strong connection with scents.

Each time the seasons change, I obsessively revamp household scents – from candles, plugins, and hand soaps – right down to my personal perfume. In my opinion, as soon as the calendar flips to September, I am in full on fall mode. Digging through the closet for cardigans and putting away my flip flops until spring.

Photo Credit: Bath & Body Works

One of the best fall scents that I have across so far is this incredible Salty Caramel candle made by Slatkin for Bath and Body Works. It’s creamy, buttery scent will fill your home with an intoxicating fragrance that’s smells so good – you’ll almost want to eat it.

Not only does it smell all kinds of scrumptious, it’ also highly fragranced, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. Brian came home from work while it was lit and questioned what was baking – when he saw a clean kitchen and me watching an episode of Cupcake Wars – he came to the realization that Salted Caramel Cupcakes were not in his immediate future – just a caramely scented living room.

Do you have favorite fall scent? Let me know, because I’m totally jonesing for more!

This is NOT a sponsored post for Bath and Body Works or Slatkin, I simply love the product and think that you might too!

40 Responses to “Beyond the Sugar: My Obsession with Seasonal Scents”

  1. Clare @ Clare Cooks! — September 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Yes! I am totally the same way with the candles! I don’t even like pumpkin pie or apple cider, but I need to smell them all day, every day once fall hits.

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — September 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Oh girl… you are straight after my own heart. I am such a nut over candles and B&B Works scents right now are driving me wild! I love the salty caramel and the s’mores, but please tell me you got the pumpkin caramel latte? I’m burning it right now and it smells like heaven!

    • Jamie — September 8th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Ha! I wrote this post last week and since then I have picked up 4 more! They were on sale – I can’t resist a sale! I got s’mores, apple crumble, caramel apple and marshmallow fireside! Clearly I need to add the pumpkin caramel latte to my collection! I am obsessed and glad to find a fellow addict!

  3. cluttercafe — September 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I love the Macintosh scent by Yankee Candle. It is crisp and refreshing. I burn it all year! Can’t get enough of it!

  4. Jessica — September 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Ohhh I cant wait to head over there this weekend! I just went on their website and it appears they have a bunch of new scents… Marshmellow Fireside, Pumpkin Caramel Latte, S’mores, Cinnamon Sugared Donut… ohhhh my to many options LOL! Looks like they are having a 2/$10 sale tho ;)

  5. Kelly — September 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Hot Buttered Rum from Bath and Body Works. I’ve been told it’s part of their winter line, so I’m anxiously waiting =)

  6. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — September 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I got a cinnamon ginger scented candle from Target the other day that actually smells amazing! Some brand called Nature’s Wick – it has a wooden wick that crackles. Usually I think cheap Target candles smell, well…cheap, but I’m kind of in love with this one.

  7. Maria — September 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I love the pumpkin one from the BBW. SOOO GOOOD. And they last so long too!

  8. Loren — September 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    My absolute favorite: Slatkin & Co’s Autumn. It’s pure happiness. Also their Leaves and Creamy Pumpkin are delicious smelling!

  9. vanitycake — September 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    My sister gave me a pumpkin scented candle from Anthropologie for Christmas last year, and it was amazing. It came in a little metal tin, so when I used it all up, I put the tin in my car as an air freshener. It worked pretty well!

  10. Yes, mine is fresh baked apple cake with cinnamon streusel.

  11. Liz @ Southern Charm — September 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I’m the same with the candles! I actually store mine each season for the ones I don’t use. I love love anything with pumpkin, caramel or cinnamon.

  12. Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — September 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I LOVE fall & winter scented candles. I’m currently still burning a nice blueberry candle, but I’m ready to move on to a fall scent.

  13. Becca — September 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I absolutely adore (worship) Bath and Body Works. And I love love love their candles. My favorites are: kitchen spice and frosted cranberry.

  14. Autumn — September 9, 2011 at 1:17 am

    i’m always a sucker for cupcake, or Christmas cookie scents but currently B&BW has a Fireside candle smells very “manly” maybe best used in the bedroom! :-D

  15. Kathryn — September 9, 2011 at 4:29 am

    That candle sounds amazing; when by boyfriend is in America next month I am going to send him on a hunt for it!

  16. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 9, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I’m pretty much obsessed with apple scents – year round even. They make me happy.

  17. Savorique — September 9, 2011 at 7:12 am

    My favorite scents are lavender and cedar/pine tree. Can you beat that? ;)

  18. Meredith Bowyer — September 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Check out the Candleberry Company’s Hot Maple Toddy. It is also HIGHLY scented and is perfect for Fall. :O)

  19. shelly (cookies and cups) — September 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

    How do I not know of this candle? I am kinda a candle freak…especially fall scents.
    I guess I’m going to mall today ;)

  20. angela@spinachtiger — September 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I could never burn this. My husband would say where are the cupcakes? I get sentimental when I walk by those cinnamon brooms at craft stores. By the way I do have a chocolate salty caramel cupcake on my blog (which became his all time favorite) and if you want to live dangerously, top with roasted peanuts.

  21. cursingmama — September 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I’m not a huge fan of most food scents – but I am addicted to Scentsy for all of my scent needs. Right now I’m melting a lavender lemon in the bathroom, a tuscan in the kitchen and oxford in the laundry room.

  22. Kristen — September 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

    LOVE most the Bath and Body Works three wick candles. They smell up the whole house. My fall seasonal favorite is the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin – delish!

  23. The Sweet Cupcaker — September 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I love caramel so this scent looks divine! might have to try it!

  24. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 9, 2011 at 11:10 am

    OMG, YES! I already have some pumpkin candles out. My fave fall scents are pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, and caramel!! I didn’t know they had a salted caramel! That sounds so amazing!! I also change out plugins and hand soaps. I am counting down the days until Oct. 1st so I can put up Halloween decorations without looking like a fool!

  25. mandy — September 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Sometimes you say exactly what I am thinking!!! I also LOVE the holiday scents. I really wish I could find a candle that smells like burning pumpkin, you know, like jack o’ lanterns on Halloween. But I am going to go get a Salty Carmel because it sounds AMAZING!!!! thanks for a great blog!!!!

  26. LB — September 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    My fave scent is Leaves! I like the room sprays better than the candles, candles never seem to keep their scent. But the sprays seem to last. And, yes, sometimes in the summer I spray the Leaves scent and wish it was autumn lol!!!

  27. Jocelyn in oc — September 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I LOVE fall scents! I have been guilty of hoarding pumpkin spice candles in every denomination (tealights, votives, pillars, etc.) because I love that smell so much. I have to check them by brand individually, because sometimes they can be too sweet, and not enough spice for my preference. All of the comments sound great, and I am waiting for it to be a little cooler to pull out my fall hand soaps (plus I feel like we need to use up the summer ones.) One thing I don’t understand is why companies like P&G don’t do more seasonal scents for dishwashing liquid. I would think people would love it!

  28. Katie — September 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    This scent sounds awesome! Clearly I need to go look for some new fall candles as the one sitting by my kitchen sink is “Cucumber Mint.” Not very fall-ish.

  29. Diane — September 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Oh I am also Scent crazy..
    To me the world revolves around scents!
    I have many many Yankee Candles and the wonderful amazing scents from Bath and body works….. I love lots of what I call Kitchen scents like cinnamon and pumpkin and apple and sugar cookie …Oh and I love the coffee ones to I’m not much of a coffee drinker but love the smell of it..Looks like I need a Salty Caramel :))

  30. Jen at The Three Little Piglets — September 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Yankee Candle Harvest is my favorite hands down. I can’t wait to dig that one out every year. It just screams fall, and since I live in Georgia where it doesn’t feel like fall until almost Christmastime, I like to burn it and pretend I’m still living in New England!

  31. June's Kitchen Cafe — September 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I’m feeling very deprived. I just clicked on the BBW website and the furthest outside of the US they’ll ship to is Canada. Waaaahhhh! I live in Ireland! I’ve seen a few Yankee Candles in shops, with flavours like Kitchen Spice and Warm Spice, but nothing compared to what sounds sooooo amazing, fragrance-wise, to Salty Caramel. I’ve had a look on ebay, but it’s quite expensive, and that’s not even including the shipping. I’ve just gotta find a way to get me some of this autumnal gorgeousness. Help!

  32. Trooppetrie — September 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    this looks like something i would love. I love pumpkin roll from scentsy, it is my new favorite

    • Kathy H. — September 11th, 2011 at 2:02 am

      Love Scentsy’s Pumpkin Roll too! (See my post about other good Scentsy scents and also the B H & G ones they carry at Wal-Mart…the Spiced Pumpkin Pie is very similar to Scentsy’s Pumpkin Roll!)

  33. Kathy H. — September 11, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I love the fall scents too, and I’m definitely going to have to try the Salty Caramel. Slatkin makes a wallflower scent called Creamy Nutmeg that is heavenly. I’m also completely addicted to Scentsy’s Maple Butter, which they had at this time last year, but sadly it isn’t in the new catalog! Sometimes you can find them on Ebay. Needless to say, though, I did hoard quite of a few of them last winter! HOPEFULLY they’ll bring it back as a scent of the month sometime this fall/winter. I also love their Central Park Pralines, Honey Pear Cider, Gingersnap (also discontinued) and Mochadoodle! Better Homes & Gardens are now making the candle bars you can use in the Scentsy burners and other warmers, and they’re only $2.00 each. My faves are Baked Apple Struedel and Spiced Pumpkin Pie!

  34. Rachel @ the Avid Appetite — September 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I love seasonal scents! My all time favorite though it any sort of Christmas tree scent around the holidays! It just transports me to flannel pajamas with Christmas frogs on them.

  35. Kate — September 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I am the same way. I LOVE fall, everything about it. I get this giddy feeling inside me when the leaves start changing, and we get our first cool breeze. It sounds silly but i completely relate to this post. As a matter of fact, I went to BBW on Friday and got a bunch of the 1oz candles to try out to see which ones i want to buy in the big jars! (when they go on sale of course) (:

  36. jeannette — September 21, 2011 at 8:55 am

    i am a sucker for fall scents when they pertain to food. the leaf and airy smells, not so much. i don’t want my living room to smell like wet leaves. no. thanks. but i DO love the Mulled Cider candles from walmart. i know, not exactly classy but it is the perfect cider scent and you can get 2 big candles and 3 small ones (think bathrooms and kitchen) for $10!! and the smell permeates. i think you should check it out.

  37. Alaina Frederick — December 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve been searching for scents to fill our home – something strong to cover my lack of cooking skills. So far my favorites are little soy tarts that I put into my plugin-wall warmers and LOVE it. I start the morning with “Blueberry Pancakes” and “Warm Vanilla Sugar”. I have one of each in the warmer. Then by evening after I’m totally starving and craving real old fashioned blueberry pancakes I switch over to the “Spicy Apple”. It’s a nice mix of a cinnamon and apple cider plus it’s strong enough to hid any burnt food smells. LOL

  38. Annie — October 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I also love seasonal scents! They get you in a good mood no matter what. Great idea for gifts as well.

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