Thursday, February 25, 2010


Want to know a secret to the success of all those red carpet events and lavish Hollywood parties? Celebrity party planners create the mood with custom scents developed especially for the occasion. The real secret is that you can do the same thing in your own home just by blending different candle scents.

At Yankee Candle we call it Fragrance Mixology, but you can call it the finishing touch that makes an ordinary event extraordinary!

To create your custom scent, you’ll first need to think about the theme for your occasion and then shop for fragrances that reinforce that theme. Once you’ve narrowed down your choice to 2 or 3 scents that sound like they’ll go well together you can have fun experimenting. If you use Tarts® wax potpourri, you can break them into pieces and add a little of each into the bowl of the warmer until you get the aroma that you like. (Be careful not to add too many pieces, you don’t want melted wax to drip out of the warmer!) If you use Samplers® votive candles, you can either use several holders throughout your entertaining space or you can buy a unique clover shaped holder at that will allow you to burn 3 votives together. You could even try blending scents with non-candle forms such as using a candle in one fragrance and an electric plug-in in another. The scents will mix as they waft through the air.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

You can see that the possibilities are endless – truly limited only by your own imagination. Have fun and let me know what custom scent you create!

About Me

Hi, I'm Carolyn and I've worked at the Yankee Candle headquarters for nearly (gulp) 20 years! I'm on the fragrance committee, so I get to smell candles for a living - lucky me :) I work in the retail office and get to visit our stores from coast-to-coast. My husband, daughter, and I live 11 minutes from the world's BIGGEST candle store - the "Scenter" of New England - the Yankee Candle Flagship store in S. Deerfield MA!

I have all the inside scoop about candles and fragrance and LOVE to share my tips of the trade.