Some people go to bookstores to peruse the titles that line the shelves, while others can’t get enough of the inviting atmosphere those literary sanctuaries provide. Part of that warm and fuzzy feeling involves the distinct scent of books. But what about when you want to go one step further and actually catch some odors inspired by the books themselves? Don’t fret. Sit back, relax, crack open your favorite tome, and breathe in these 11 book-friendly candles for all the lit-geeks out there.
1. HARRY POTTER
If you can’t apparate from your couch to the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade to actually drink butterbeer, why not have a wizard’s beverage of choice to smell instead? This candle, which is called “Wizard’s Pub,” features the nutty and buttery scent of spiced pralines—which is intoxicating enough that even Voldemort would want to take a whiff.
2. SHERLOCK HOLMES
Amateur sleuths can follow the clues to cozy up to this candle inspired by 221B Baker Street’s most famous resident, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most notable literary creation: Sherlock Holmes. With a warm fragrance of black currant tea and leather, the only way to round out such an elementary scent would have been with a bit of Holmes’s pipe tobacco. But as is, it’s enough to make anyone break out your deerstalker hats (and, obviously, your wallet) to solve the aromatic mysteries of this candle.
In Henry David Thoreau’s nonfiction classic Walden, the Transcendentalist wrote, “I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” If you want to break away from society for a woodsy jaunt just like Thoreau, but also want to make your one-room shack smell nice while doing it, look no further than this Walden-inspired candle scent.
4. CHARLES DICKENS
Charles Dickens was the bard of the dark and gloomy streets of foggy London with such dreary high school English class staples as Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. But like the scrappy street urchin protagonist of the latter, you’ll be asking for some more, please, when you experience the scent…