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What 15 States Would Smell Like If They Were Candles

Baxter of California and original Parisian cool-girl boutique Colette have teamed up to give California its very own honorary candle: Cruel Summer ($30). While it's fittingly scented with a green floral accord "inspired by the scent and ambience of California," this definitely sounds a little bit more like So Cal to this Northern California girl. But still, it got me thinking about what other states' candles would smell like. Do you have any state candle suggestions? To read my stereotype-laden ideas, just keep reading.

  • Mississippi: Magnolia (obviously), hush puppies, William Faulkner's mustache pomade, and piney woods.
  • New Jersey: Gardens and the angry tears of any resident who's ever watched Jersey Shore.
  • Florida: Sunscreen, orange groves, salt air, and a splash of Gatorade.
  • Minnesota: Cheese curds, ambient scent from the Abercrombie & Fitch inside the Mall of America, and a base of wood from little houses on the prairie.
  • Vermont: Maple candy, snowboard wax, and Cherry Garcia.
  • Pennsylvania: Philly cheesesteaks, Quaker Oats, and Amish pastries.
  • Illinois: Chicago dogs slathered in relish, Abraham Lincoln stove pipe accord, and Saint Lawrence Seaway salt.
  • Colorado: Rocky Mountain oysters from Coors Field, fresh air, and dust from the Continental Divide.
  • Canada: Rage because it's actually a country, not a state, polite disgust at tired American jokes, and utter resignation rounded out with sighing.
  • Georgia: Peach blossoms, chicken and waffles, and 'possum fur.
  • Michigan: Motor oil, Motown record wax, and fresh cherries.
  • Ohio: Cincinnati salt boxes, Buckeye cookies, sweet cream, and Lake Erie driftwood.
  • New York: Buffalo wings, big apples, and Sleepy Hollow pumpkin pie.
  • Texas: Yellow roses and hand-tooled leather in a base of Rio San Antonio water.
  • North Carolina: Carolina jasmine, Blue Ridge meltwater, and Wake Forest football jerseys.

Join The Conversation
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I'm with you KeLynns, never heard of a Cincinnati Salt Box either, and I live in Ohio.
ahles ahles 6 years
Maryland: Old Bay, mint, sea salt, horses, rain, and gunpowder.
taylvs3 taylvs3 6 years
Yay WF!
Ana-bear Ana-bear 6 years
Hawaii: The scent of a fresh picked Pikaki flower from the base of Diamond Head, a drop of kukui nut oil squeezed by the hands of a fire dancer from the Polynesian Cultural Center and a snowing of Matumoto's Li Hing Mui Shave Ice from the North Shore! Whif to the sound of Somewhere over the Rainbow by Brother Iz. :-)
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
Seriously? I wouldn't describe Illinois OR Colorado the way you guys did. I think it's a bit cliche almost. I'd describe Illinois as corn-on-the-cob, wheat and maybe beer with a dash of Morton's salt. Illinois isn't all about Chicago, most of Illinois is used for agriculture. When I think about where I live, I definitely think about the waving wheat and corn fields here, not hot dogs. Colorado: I hold Colorado very dear to my heart. I loved living there. A Colorado candle to me would smell exactly like the Rockies (yes, I know it's a wee cliche). The smell of crisp, cold mountain air, pine, oak and maple, dirt, cold and crisp river water, moss, rocks and a very good dose of wildness that you can't find the right word for.
bemyanchor bemyanchor 6 years
Correction: Those football jerseys in NC would be Tarheels jerseys.
anonymoushippopotamus anonymoushippopotamus 6 years
kentucky: bourbon and grass
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
And that is why we are grateful for our Wisconsin neighbors! :drool:
prencesschris prencesschris 6 years
Wisconsin: beer, cheese & brats
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
No, no, no. True Minnesotans loathe the Mall of America, and don't get us started on Abercrummy. The revised version: Minnesota: Honeycrisp apples, daybreak on one of our 10,000 lakes, Sweet Martha's chocolate chip cookies, tater tot hotdish, and former Governor Tim Pawlenty leaving office.
KeLynns KeLynns 6 years
I live in Cincinnati and I am not sure what these "salt boxes" are. I googled it and I'm still not sure....can you elaborate? Now I'm really curious!
myhousemd myhousemd 6 years
Delaware: manure, fresh cut grass, sewage treatment plants, and malls
nholcombe nholcombe 6 years
Kansas: Sunflowers and wheat!
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