Best Smelling Candle


I wish I could Facebook a smell to you.

Or tweet it.

Or pin it on Pinterest.

Isn’t this 2013?  Aren’t we a technologically advanced society?




This candle is the best smelling candle I have ever smelled.

Ever… the history of ever.

You know when you walk through the doors of one of those shops on a tucked away street in the middle of a town that was built when the Pilgrims were still around……and everywhere you look there are vintage finds and antiques and baskets overflowing with textiles that were made by pioneer women by candlelight and soaps and pomanders and freshy powders and chandeliers hung from silk cords and burlap pillows with yards of ruffles.

And when you open the door to the shop….you smell it.

The smell of history and elegance and classic simplicity that envelopes you with a wonderful sense of timelessness.

This smells even BETTER than that.



Park Hill Candle

I don’t work for this company.

Not even close.

They don’t know me.

And I’m sure they have never even heard of thistlewood.

They are too busy making candles that smell like perfection to know about a girl in a farmhouse in the middle of no where who just appointed herself president of a candle’s fan club.


But I could not let the sun set on today without telling you about it.

About this candle and how it inspired me.

It burned so brightly and smelled so good that it inspired me to do the very thing I have been putting off.


Before Christmas Packing Up


It inspired me to pull down those Christmas boxes from the attic.

All 37 of them.


And begin to start un-decorating.

And to go from this.

Dining Room
To this.

Before Library

And then going from this.



To this.

Isn’t it amazing what one little really wonderful smelling candle can do. 🙂


PS  The name of the candle company is Park Hill and the scent is Pomander.

PPS  Just in case you have been to that same store and know the scent I am talking about…..I am totally up for any other candle suggestions. 🙂


  1. Image for Laura Laura

    The aroma is wafting over and I think I may be feeling some inspiration to pull out those infinite number of boxes and start...........or maybe I just need a cup of tea. Wish mine was done :) Hugs, Laura

  2. Image for Sharon Sharon

    I've wished that very same thing. I changed out my Scentsy bar yesterday and that little change really did motivate me to start undecorating too.

  3. Image for Beverly Beverly

    That is a project in action over here, too. Would you mind turning on a fan so that some of that heavenly sent would waft my way? Good job, KariAnne.

  4. Image for Gina Gina

    My favorite is WINTER by Slatkin, available at Bath & Body Works. I have a stash of it. It even smells good unlit. Balsam, fir, winter woods and probably smells like your backyard! But for me in South Florida, it transports me to a warm, cozy place where a fire was just lit. It is top rated and I actually love it any time of year. Will check yours out, too!

  5. Image for Jerri C. TN Jerri C. TN

    I know THAT smell from a quaint little shop in Meridian, MS. where we use to live and it was there I found Aspen Candles. You must try Aspen Candles in the "Living Room" scent, it is the most beautiful & unique fragrance ever.

  6. Image for Debbie Debbie

    I have to get my decorations down...just have so much to do and I figure I'll wait till I have a free afternoon. Beginning to look like we'll be having Christmas in July? lol Good for you for getting yours down! Oh and I love candles...have them burning most of the time, and vanilla or some sweet baking scent is my favourite! Debbie :)

  7. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    The sense of smell is most powerful, it can transport you to another time and place...pomander sounds wonderful. And, if it's that powerful to motivate you to lug 37 boxes (really..37??) from your attic, then by all means spread the word! I could use some of that. Now, for pure enjoyment, and to help cure your sweet tooth, may I suggest...Frosted smells just like freshly frosted know the smell! It's by Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy! ;)

  8. Image for Bliss Bliss

    That's right.... where in the world of technology is Smell-O-Blogg'n? I think there has to be a stipulation on it's use however. It can only be used for good smells, otherwise it could become a weapon of evil. Bliss

  9. Image for Angie Angie

    Your mess looks better than my cleaned up house! Glad to know you like that candle. Park Hill is one of my vendors and I've been thinking about adding their candles to my little shop. I might have to add those to my next order and send you one when yours is all burned up! Happy new year! ~ Angie

  10. Image for Veronica Roth Veronica Roth

    Ugg, not looking forward to getting the 7 Christmas boxes out here in England on Jan 6th (the 12th day of Christmas tradition in my family) and putting things away only to get another 7 or 8 out in Vancouver as soon as I get back there mid month and put Christmas away at the house there too! Robert gave me some delisious smelling Peony scented candles, so I'll take a cue from you and light one as I go. :)

  11. Image for Gee Gee

    Geez... wishing you could text me the scent Karianne. I need some motivation right now. I am sat in my robe, sipping coffee gone tepid (yuk on both accounts) and trying to get moving!!! I have people coming this evening for one last holiday todo. Text me quick! Cheers, Gee

  12. Image for Candace Bertalan Horner Candace Bertalan Horner

    I hate that everyone is in such a hurry to tear down Christmas! But, I get it, just makes me feel kinda melancholy that it's over since while it's all happening there's really no time to just sit and soak it all in and it really goes by so quickly. But, in that spirit, I did recall a local shop that carries those dreamy candles and I'm going to stop and get myself an after holiday treat and see how it inspires me to get un-decorating - eventually!! I will, however, wait til after my college boy goes back to school this weekend!!

  13. Image for Monica D. Monica D.

    Ok, I've looked for Park Hill Candles online and can only find shops that carry them, and none have listed a Pomander scent. Please tell us if Park Hill has their own website, or the name of the store where you bought yours so I can order one! Years ago another big name candle company had a pomander scented candle and had I known they were going to discontinue it, I would have bought every one I could get my hands on - it was the most incredible smelling candle and I've never found another one to compare. If this one is anything like it, I want some!! Thanks!

  14. Image for barbara barbara

    and just where does one purchase this wonderfully magnificent park hill candle? i checked online....their site is wholesale only. i checked amazon and luck. i'm pretty sure i NEED this candle!

  15. Image for Anne Anne

    You have no idea how I am obsessed with scented candles! Now I am going to be on the hunt for this LOL! One of my favorite brands is Linnea's lights . I won a giveaway last year on a Joy's Savvycity farmer blog.I love the scents and they burn nice and evenly so you really get your moneys worth. I love the look of your candle too!That little holder they come is is so pretty! And if it gave you the energy to clean up all your Christmas decor and made your home so beautiful I MUST get one of these! I still have not taken our things down! xx Anne

  16. Image for Regina Regina

    You do realize that I was just waiting for YOU to start "de-decking the halls" before I drag my boxes and bins from the basement? Ugh. My least-favorite post-Christmas activity. And we wonder where the post-holiday blues come from! The candle smells delicious. At least in my imagination. My favorite scent, and one that I think I'm going to splurge on and BUY the next time I see it, is Yankee Candle's "Sun and Sand." Yes, I want to go to the beach. Now. Just to walk up and down at the edge of the water. Sigh . . . I guess tonight would be as good a time as any to start de-decking . . . . Have fun getting back to normal! ;)

  17. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Funny how "smells" can set our mood....I found a candle that had the scent of a "baseball glove"....I did not get it...but going back to that store to buy it for my he misses playing his beloved sport that it is winter...So maybe this will get him thru it til March...Plan to start the "tear down" next week....waiting for company...promised them I will keep up the decs till then...Hey..i am watching the HGTV Dream Home that I DVR'd and just saw your candle!!!!

  18. Image for Becca Becca

    I agree ... that is one powerful candle! Would you please send it my way so that I'm inspired to finish painting my latest find! Happy New Year!

  19. Image for Laura @ Elegant Nest Laura @ Elegant Nest

    I love candles...and have one burning every day. Will be searching for some Park Hill and hoping they have the same amazing effect on me! I did get my Christmas packed away (only 12 boxes for me!) but still need some motivation to get back on track!

  20. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    I have the same candle! A friend gave it to me and I love it! It's fragrant even when it isn't burning! I did get Christmas packed away, but I still need to clean. I think I'll light mt candle and get busy! Thanks for the reminder!

  21. Image for Susan Susan

    I got my decorations down with the help of my 4 1/2 year old grandson--he was a workhorse and loved helping. I love candles and you have intrigued me to find this one, XOXO


    i bought the same brand in Mill Valley at Tyler Florences shop and I bought Sunday Afternoon, it is heavenly and would purchase it again. I also got a Diane James Winter scent from her shop on line and it is a wonderful scent. Don't you just love the twig woven holder, I wish I had more!! I took down my decorations yesterday too. Not as much fun taking down as it is putting up is it? I need to write myself a letter for a reminder for next year. Happy Thursday, Kathysue

    1. Image for Michele Michele

      I am a huge fan of Tyler candles - they burn cleanest of any of them in my opinion - and I have never tried that one. Need to order now that all the Christmas ones have been burned, going to try it. Thank you!

  23. Image for Eva Eva

    I love Park Hill candles. My favorite scent is Glady's Kitchen! It's wonderful!!!! They are hard to find, but so worth it.

  24. Image for Margaret Margaret

    I am a candle fanatic and that Park Hill candle sounds luscious! So does all of the suggestions others have left. I'm trying hard to stay focused and handle my own undecorating today but later I'll be checking all of these out online :)

  25. Image for Michele Michele

    Well, you dear just made me buy that candle so you SHOULD be getting a royalty check from them! I burn a candle from the minute I get up till the minute I got to bed and buy them ALL the time..................and with that recommendation (and discovering also with glee that it comes dressed in that wicker cage too, squeal) I just had to buy it. Thank you. Hugs.

  26. Image for Linda@Coastal Charm Linda@Coastal Charm

    Okay...all 12 boxes are down and I am off to light my new $3.60 Target (gotta love 70% off sales) candle to get me in the mood to get everything boxed up...wish me luck:) I LOVE their "sweet tea" candle. Blessings, Linda

  27. Image for Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls

    Candles are one of my most favorite things on Earth!! I am not familiar with that one, but will absolutely HAVE to hunt it down. You should write the company a letter, include a link to this post, and suggest they might want to send you a few other scents to try. (For free!) I know I am convinced that I have to get at least one. I need something to motivate me. I have a cold, and have absolutely no energy, haven't blogged, haven't commented on other blogs, just sitting like a lump on a log. Hugs and blessings.

  28. Image for missy george missy george

    I like your second look..I guess you didn't..I love the first drapes..I remember when you tried to tell us how to do the shirring...I like the print in the second ones..

  29. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    I am a candle girl! Always have then burning when I am home!!! Thanks for sharing your new found candle and scent. I could just move right into your home!!!f LOVE it..., boxes and decorations and all!

  30. Image for Laura Laura

    I LOVE Park Hill candles!!! I have Glady's Kitchen in my kitchen right now! When these candles are gone, the little wicker holders are so cute!! I found mine at a store called The Cottage in Orchard Park , NY but I don't think they carry them anymore. I wish I was as inspired as you to un decorate! Maybe this weekend!!

  31. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting your "in progress" pictures! Makes me feel not so bad about the mess I'm going to make this weekend when we take our Christmas decorations down! I'll see if a candle will help but I still might need some hot chocolate to help get me through. :-)

  32. Image for debbiedoos debbiedoos

    I was hoping you were going to say who the candle company was. I adore scents and must try this now. 37 boxes YOWZA! Happy new year to you and your family.

  33. Image for Amy Amy

    I just LOVE candles-thank you for the new suggestion-just bought my very own Park Hill Pomander and am about to light it while I enjoy the last of my favorite Christmas movies...Four Christmases :) A couple of my favorite candles....Aspen Bay-Volcano or Fire (same wonderful fragrance; 2 different names) and Nest-Sir Elton John's Woodside Garden

  34. Image for Miranda Miranda

    Karianne, I have/had that same candle! My aunt works for a beautiful home decor boutique in N Little Rock, AR and gave me one as a gift! Unfortunately it is all burned out now :( boo! However, I plan to have her ship me another soon! Your home is beautiful and inspires me daily...with 3 boys mine never is completely clean but I love to "nest" and tweak. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  35. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Got me beat on # of Christmas boxes, but then I don't live is a wonderful old home in the country. Great to have an attic that stores all your decorations.

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