I love how a scent can immediately take me back to another time in my life. The smell of Rave hairspray transports me to the late 80’s and my best friend’s bathroom, where we must have gone through a can of that a week as we tried to see how high we could spray our bangs. Beef jerky makes me think of my first television job, in Oklahoma. We shared the building with a newspaper company and the custodians would make beef jerky in the basement. The number of roaches in that place was unreal! My sense of smell is strong, for that reason I love candles, and perfume. Rarely will I pass by a flower without stopping to smell it. Hyacinths remind me of my grandmother, from England, who had the most lovely garden you’ve ever seen. Each spring, when these flowers are in bloom, I take a big whiff and WHAM! I’m eight years old again posing for pictures in my grandma’s garden on Easter Sunday.
I’m blessed to have lived in so many wonderful places, all across the country. Some have more distinct smells than others and Rhode Island is no exception. What Rhode Island lacks in size, it makes up for in splendor. So, naturally, I was delighted to be asked to take part in Better Homes and Gardens ‘State Fragrance Contest. ‘ The task? Use Better Homes and Gardens Scented Wax Warmers and Scented Wax Cubes to come up with a scent original to Rhode Island.
The warmers are available in several different styles and the wax cubes comes in packs of 6, with dozens of scents. They’re only available at WalMart and you can get them both for less than $20. That’s a bargain!
There are so many things to love about Rhode Island, but perhaps the most notable is the ocean. I couldn’t create a “Rhode Island scent” without incorporating our sweet smelling ocean. Trust me, I love Fall in Little Rhody and those Fall scents are to die for, but there’s a reason we’re called the Ocean State. For that reason, I decided to stay true to what most people know and love about Rhode Island: The ocean and Del’s lemonade. A scent was born, Sea Breeze Delight. To create this scent I added one cube of Fresh ocean flowers and one cube of Lemongrass verbana to my wax warmer. Pure heaven.
Some benefits of the wax warmers and BHG scented wax:
- You can fill your home with your favorite fragrance, for less. For a small space, use just one cube…for a large space, use more!
- The warmers are attractive and come in several different styles and colors. Priced at just $15 and scented wax cube packs, start at only $2 each
- Safe to use with no flame or soot (great for the workplace, or areas with little ones)
- Easy to re-use and clean (just wipe clean and pour the wax back into the tray)
I’m not wild about voting contests, but if you’re so inclined, I’d love your support in making Rhode Island’s Sea Breeze Delight the top state scent. If it’s chosen 10 A Mom Knows Best readers will get a $25 Walmart gift card. Additionally, 10 randomly selected voters will be chosen to win a Wax Warmer and a 6-pack of Wax Cubes. Here’s where you vote: The Better Homes & Gardens Facebook page.
For those of you living in Rhode Island, what scent would you choose to represent the state? What about those of you who live elsewhere?
Disclaimer: A gift card was provided to me to purchase the wax warmer and cubes.