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:D Hi all,

Just wanted to get a thread started where we discuss the scents of Autumn and Halloween. I'm a huge fan of all the holiday aromas and begin my annual scent-a-thon at the start of September.

I buy all of the Yankee Candle offerings but also have recently bgeun mixing in some scents from Scentsationsla, who I feel make outstanding Halloween scents.
So I thought we could discuss your favorite smells, custom blends that you make, and what you're looking forward to trying for this fall. Also, hopefully we'll get some rumors as to what Yankee Candle may be offering us this year.

I'll get started: One of my favorite custom scents that I mixed up last year was what I call Halloween. I melt in a jar a votive of the Yankee Candle annual Halloween patchoulli offering, a half of a tart of Evening Air and one scent cube of Witch's Brew (Licorice) from Scentsationals. It has a big throw, lasts for about a week, and to me just smells like everytthing Halloween should.

So what about you guys? :eek:
 

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I take every chance I can to recommend Darkcandles as one of the best suppliers for sinister or autumnal scents out there.

http://www.darkcandles.com/

This Spring and Summer will give you plenty of time to decide what scents you want for Halloween. Graveyard? Dark Carnival? Bonfire? The best Clove on the market? You can get candles, heated scents and oils. Popular place for a reason.
 
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Spats, I have to try them this year. I vow every year to place an order but always forget. So many people love their stuff. We need those members who use their stuff to give us reviews, much like Hilda and her Yankee reviews. It would be much appreciated! :)
 

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Well, like I said, I think Darkcandles.com has the best pure clove scent available.

Scents work like this - candles give a suggestion to the air, something you smell every now and then, nice touch for those who don't want the entire house perfumed.
Wax melts give a constant smell, stronger than candles, but generally confined to the room they are in, with a little travel down the hallway. The strongest is the simmering oil. It can fumigate an entire residence easily.

I like Bonfire, a smokey orange smell with some spice in it. Nice, general autumn scent, really kills the summer heat.
Dark Carnival is one of the most popular. It smells like a circus midway, minus the animals. It is popcorn and sugar, best description I can give.
Haunted House was surprising. I figured it would be a musty old house, but it is a sweet musk with some leather and wood tones to it. Very 'sitting in the parlor on a stormy night' kind of a smell.

Some people are nuts for Jack O' Latte, a coffee/pumpkin spice combo that for lots of folks is just the epitome of a dark October night. Haven't tried it myself, but I intend to as soon as it returns to Darkcandles this summer.

I buy smaller candles. I like the small hint in the air. My house is small, though, and a larger residence would likely benefit from a wax melt or oil.

Hope that helps as a review. I still have a lot of scents from Darkcandles to try.
 
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Thanks, I think I need them all! I just clicked on their website and they have a "Werewolf Collection" as well! OMG !

I am going for the oils. They have a Buy 4 get 1 free deal right now.
 

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I just heard about their new summer scent "Campfire Treat". That sound sremarkeable for the fall. Another custom blend I do is what I call Samhain. It's got Yankee Candle Firesde, Apple Cider, Autumn Leaves and Harvest Moon from Scentsationals. I may substitute Firesdie with Campire Treat. The goal of this scent is to smell like a crisp outdoor fall party to celebrate the season.
 

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Following this thread! I had so much fun reading about the Yankee Candles last year. I'm very seasonal with my scents, so I won't break out the fall candles until September, but I like having my shopping list all ready to go! Last year Apple Pumpkin became a new favorite, thanks to a recommendation from a HF member.
 

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Following this thread! I had so much fun reading about the Yankee Candles last year. I'm very seasonal with my scents, so I won't break out the fall candles until September, but I like having my shopping list all ready to go! Last year Apple Pumpkin became a new favorite, thanks to a recommendation from a HF member.
I love apple pumpkin. I had to go back to Yankee for seconds! I too never burn autumn scents until September 1st. I love mixing them up. It's become a hobby of mine. I have 3 candle warmers around the house and actually use a knife to chop up pieces of candles and tarts for a variety of blends.

I have a spreadsheet I use that I have been working on for years (at work when I'm bored). It has all of my favorite Halloween and Thanksgiving movies, as well as all of the Yankee Candle and Scentsationals scents I have tried. I broke that section down into current perrennial favorites and new items, retired scents that I try to re-create, and custom blends that I make. This was last year's list of custom fragrances (some were Yankee Candle ideas but ya can't waste a good idea)
PUMPKIN PATCH - HARVEST AND SPICED PUMPKIN
TRICK OR TREAT - CANDY CORN AND BUTTER CREAM
HALLOWEEN – LICORICE, PATCHOULLI
HAUNTED CANDY - CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE, WHOOPIE PIE, BUTTER CREAM, CARAMEL
HALLOWEEN NIGHT – PATCHOULLI, LICORICE, EVENING AIR , HARVEST MOON
COZY CABIN - AUTUMN LEAVES AND AUTUMN LODGE
HARVEST KITCHEN - KITCHEN SPICE AND HARVEST
JACK O’LANTERN – SPICED PUMPKIN, CREAMY CARAMEL
SAMHAIN - AUTUMN LEAVES, FIRESIDE, HARVEST MOON AND APPLE CIDER
CRYPT - ROSE AND PATCHOULI
AUTUMN AFTERNOON – LEAVES, EVENING AIR, PINE, FIRESIDE
BLACK JACK - LICORICE AND BUTTERCREAM
 

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Yankee Halloween Candles.jpg We have some classic Yankee Halloween candles which I can't burn, since the original one is going for $1000 online. Picked up most of the 2012 scents. Apple Pumpkin is very strong, and I burn that year round now. Also have received Dark Candles and were very good. Another one that I should have bought more of was from Big Lots, called Ginger Pumpkin. At $5 I thought it was a cheap imitation, but man I was wrong. Great scent, not overly powerful, but it kept its smell to the very last piece of wax, and it lasted over 2 months, burning it a few times a week. Now I can't find them anywhere. This year I'll be buying more, especially at that sale price pre-Halloween.
 

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u kno what reminds me of halloweeen? the smell of hot glue ... seriously ... i'm weird like that

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No, I know exactly what you mean. I would add to that construction paper. I think it's from doing art projects in school. There's a feeling I get every September when the leaves are changing and the wind is colder and it's getting that overcast look to the sky, where I feel like a little kid. It gives me a "homey" feeling that I can't recapture in my own home as an adult. It's that feeling of going to school making some construction paper leaves and gluing them to another piece of construction paper, or maybe a hand tracing turkey or jack o lantern and bringing those home to show Mom and Dad. And when I get home dinner is almost ready and there's Mom with a big hug and smile and Dad arrives shortly after and builds a fire in the fireplace. Fall.....I love it! ;)
 

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I've found that the "generic" pumpkin spice (my fav) candles' scent may not last as long as the Yankee Candle, etc. name brands, but you can buy 4 for the price of one of the name brands and actually get more smell per dollar, so to speak.
 

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DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRKKKKK CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDLES

One of the biggest addictions I have going :cool:

Dark Carnival forever!

Also mad props to Yankee Candles' "Apple Pumpkin" and "Witch's Brew."
 

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I had so much fun doing my little whimsical 'reviews' of a bunch of Yankee Candles last year! I HAVE to share this story!

After melting the votives for the reviews, I placed them in a shoebox to store them and put them in the bottom of a cupboard in my kitchen island. I was pleased that everytime I walked by the island, I got a wonderful bouquet of scent. One night I pulled out my pots, which are on the other side of the island, and the bag of Carolina rice, and I made dinner. We sat down, and I could not get Witches Brew off my mind. After a few bites of the rice, my husband asked me what I used to 'flavor' the rice....

Uhhhhh.... I didn't use anything. ROFL Apparently, the Yankee Candles 'flavored' the rice. OOPS! So just a warning. Don't keep your candle stash anywhere near your rice! LOL

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I had so much fun doing my little whimsical 'reviews' of a bunch of Yankee Candles last year! I HAVE to share this story!

After melting the votives for the reviews, I placed them in a shoebox to store them and put them in the bottom of a cupboard in my kitchen island. I was pleased that everytime I walked by the island, I got a wonderful bouquet of scent. One night I pulled out my pots, which are on the other side of the island, and the bag of Carolina rice, and I made dinner. We sat down, and I could not get Witches Brew off my mind. After a few bites of the rice, my husband asked me what I used to 'flavor' the rice....

Uhhhhh.... I didn't use anything. ROFL Apparently, the Yankee Candles 'flavored' the rice. OOPS! So just a warning. Don't keep your candle stash anywhere near your rice! LOL

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Patchoulli Rice......Kind of seems hippyish. ;)
 
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