I have roughly nine thousand candles in my apartment (give or take), but still came home with two more within the last 48 hours. It’s an addiction, you guys. 😛 One of the two that joined my collection was the October in Salem candle by Herbal Candle Co. They teamed up with local historian Jen Ratliff to create the History by the Sea Collection. This is a series of candles based around Salem, MA which is, of course, right up my alley.
The label features an image of the witch city and a fun fact or two. The October in Salem candle label reads as follows:
“Haunted Happenings began in 1982 as a weekend-long Halloween celebration with events throughout the city. It included a Horribles Parade, with costumes judged by Laurie Cabot, a witch’s brew contest at Victoria Station, and an exhibit on the Salem Witch Trials at the Essex Institute. Haunted Happenings now draws more than 250,000 people annually.”
I opened it immediately, of course and smelled it. I made a point of not looking up the scent notes beforehand so I could decide on my own, without bias. To me, the first and strongest scents I get are cinnamon and clove. It also has an earthy, woodsy, patchouli type note in my opinion. If you have ever burned incense that has patchouli in it, you’ll know exactly what I mean by that nice earthy smell. The candle is autumn-like without relying on pumpkin or pumpkin spice to get there which I think is awesome. Once I had made my own guesses, I checked it out and it’s listed as “a mix of apple and spice, October in Salem evokes the festive spirit of Haunted Happenings and autumn in the “witch city,” using an all-natural essential oil blend of: patchouli, clove, cinnamon bark, chamomile, and balsam fir needle.” I wasn’t too far off!
Before I wrote this I wanted to let the candle burn for a few hours at least, to get an idea of how that goes and it’s still sitting on my desk going strong while I type this. There is no heavy smoking or inconsistencies in the flame going through the wick. It has a nice even, clean burn in regards to the wick and wax and the scent is even, too.
Overall, I am very pleased with the candle. I will definitely be burning it all of the way down to enjoy the whole thing. You could even leave the lid off to let some of the scent into the air without the full intensity of lighting the wick! Jen let me know that the next scent is going to be released shortly and available at Moody Interiors, this one focusing on the Old Burying Point in Salem. I can guarantee I’ll be checking this one out too, possibly adding it to my collection.
As mentioned above, you can grab the candles at Moody Interiors in Salem as well as online here. The October in Salem candle costs $20 USD and is 6 ounces. It’s in a glass jar, with a cotton wick. If you decide to get your hands on a candle, I hope this was helpful and I hope you enjoy it as much as I already do. 🙂
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