Season 2, Episode 5: A burning pumpkin a-romance

Season 2, Episode 5: A burning pumpkin a-romance (like aroma-romance! Get it??)

Between this and last year’s blog, I bet you didn’t think that there was a way that I could take my relationship with pumpkin spice to the next level.

Realistically, how could I? Isn’t consuming pumpkin spice products for 31 days straight and then blogging about them the peak? Other than straight IV injections of PSLs, what else could I POSSIBLY do?

Well think again.

Today, I pumpkin spice the air in my apartment.

DAY 5: Trader Joe’s Vanilla Pumpkin Scented Candle

Item: Trader Joe’s Vanilla Pumpkin Scented Candle
Purchase Location: Trader Joe’s
Cost: $3.99
Manufacturer’s Description:
Each Candle is hand-poured and crafted exclusively for us, made from a neutral soy wax blend that allows the warm, creamy Vanilla, sweet Pumpkin, and notes of cinnamon, cloves, and caramel to really shine though.

I haven’t really burned a candle in my apartment since transitioning to an essential oil diffuser a year ago (much cheaper and I don’t have to worry about accidentally starting a house fire!). But when I saw this by the register, I couldn’t help myself.

If you’re wondering: yes, I was the little kid that would freak out at the grocery store checkout and do my best to convince my mom to let me get a piece of candy. I’m the kind of person who they designed checkout traps for - I’m just impulsive enough where I can see something and rationalize that it’s “just this one time”... every time.

Opening the can, the candle itself was flat white with a simple white wick. Honestly, I had no expectations here. I didn’t expect the candle to be orange (although that would have been nice) or to see any spices in the wax. There was even a gentle and warm smell of pumpkin and vanilla without burning the wick!

I decided to light the candle and place it in centrally my family room while cleaning. I didn’t notice it at first, after about 15 minutes, my apartment started smelling like someone was baking a fresh pumpkin pie. For this next part: I don’t know if it was in my head, but I felt like I could even smell some clove and cinnamon, really rounding out the aroma (update: it contains clove and cinnamon!).

I really liked this candle. Even after putting it out, the gentle smell of a baking pumpkin pie remained in my home. For me, it evoked feelings and memories of autumn from my childhood, Thanksgiving, crunchy leaves, and spending time with family.

Pretty much, it was the smell equivalent of a hug. I’ll take it.

Added bonus of today’s review: It was also a healthy break from edible pumpkin spice for a day.

Final rating: 5/5 Pumpkins!

(Just FYI, the candle industry does $3.2 BILLION in revenue annually in the United States. That’s crazy! But this one was $4 for 20 hours of burn, so I’ll take it.)

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