SAN DIEGO, October 21, 2014 — Many avid candle lovers anticipate pumpkin-scented candles, signaling the advent of the fall season.
The scent of pumpkin, along with cinnamon, vanilla and apple, suggest that Halloween and the holidays are just around the corner.
Few can deny the relief of the long-awaited cooling trend following summertime heat, lending itself nicely to wearing a cozy sweater, relaxing by a blazing fireplace and sipping hot apple cider spiced with a hearty cinnamon stick–ideally shared with a loved one.
In fact, pumpkin scent is purported to be an aphrodisiac, with the promise of raising testosterone levels in many men.
Alan Hirsch, director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation of Chicago suggests, “Throw away the perfume and get some pumpkin pie.”
Though research studies were not able to determine the reason that the scent of pumpkin is pleasing to so many men, it is thought that “The odors could induce a Pavlovian continued response reminding partners of sexual partners of their favorite foods,” according to foundation researchers, published in Natural News.
Sixteen brands of pumpkin spice candles were rated in the Huffington Post for the quality and strength of their pumpkin scent, as well as their visual appeal, with the following candles listed in order beginning with the top picks:
-Mixture’s Soy Arctic Fill: Pumpkin Spice
-Bath and Body Works: Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
-Yankee Candle’s Pure Radiance: Crackling Ginger Pumpkin
-Anthropologie’s Bistro Candle Tin: Pumpkin Chai Latte
-Bath and Body Works: Pumpkin Sugared Donut
-Glade: Pumpkin Pie Diner
-Yankee Candle’s Pure Radiance: Pumpkin
-Anthropologie’s Boulangerie Jar Candle: Pumpkin Soufflé
-Yankee Candle: Spiced Pumpkin
-Bath and Body Works: Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun
-Yankee Candle: Pumpkin Ginger Bark
-Hillhouse Naturals: Autumn Harvested
-Yankee Candle: Buttercream
-Yankee Candle: Apple Pumpkin
-Diamond Candle: Pumpkin Chai Ring Candle
-Paddywax: Pumpkin Spice Little Happy Candle
But not everyone shares the appreciation of fall’s pumpkin pleasures experienced by many Americans.
Television personality John Oliver cites from the Washington Post that “Americans eat over five pounds of pumpkin per person every year,” intimating that he doesn’t understand what all the excitement is about.
Oliver further quips, “It’s that special time of year where we voluntarily imbibe pumpkin spice lattes, the coffee that tastes like a candle.”
Perhaps the smell of a pumpkin scented candle evokes memories from seasons past of pleasurable experiences like tasting freshly baked pumpkin pie, devouring pumpkin cookies or muffins, or sipping hot pumpkin soup.
Regardless of the origin of such fond memories, the joy which the sight, taste and smell that the fall pumpkin evokes is simply undeniable.
So trim the wick of a pumpkin scented candle and set it alight to burn brightly throughout every room of the home this fall.
Enjoy the pleasurable emotions felt when inhaling the spicy, warm scent of a pumpkin scented candle, and share this experience with loved ones all season long, creating memories to last a lifetime.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.
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