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The Scent that Triggers a Memory

Written by Leigh Neely

A friend turned to me once with tears in her eyes and said, “What perfume are you wearing?”

“Red Door by Elizabeth Arden. Does it bother you?”

“No, I love it. It’s what my mom used to wear and she died last February.”

The power of scent is an amazing thing. According to Psychology Today, scent and memory may work because the olfactory system connects to two areas of the brain are strongly attached to emotion and memory. Whatever the reason, when I smell mimosa blossoms, I’m immediately back in my childhood in the front yard reading a book on the big limb of the mimosa tree. It was my favorite place to be—winter or summer.

That’s what creator Alicia* says about her Wax Buffalo Pure Soy Candles. She poured her first candle for her grandmother at age 14. Her grandmother loved candles, and they usually bought one when shopping together.

Shortly after her grandmother’s death, Alicia* began pouring candles again as a way to work through her grief. That led to selling them in boutique stores, and now Wax Buffalo Candle Company has products in more than 30 stores across the country.

These candles are made with pure American soy wax, high-quality essential and fragrance oils, and unbleached cotton wax wicks. Hand poured, they’re made in small batches in Lincoln, Nebraska, and “beautifully imperfect.”

The candle I received was the “Blood Orange,” which is perfect because it reminds me of winter in my town, Leesburg, Florida. We have an orange juice factory and when the oranges are being brought to the plant beginning in November, the whole town smells like a big orange muffin. It’s absolutely delightful. I shared “Into the Woods” with a coworker who founds its fresh, clean scent reviving and invigorating.

The candles range in price from $12-$38, and you must check their website (waxbuffalo.bigcartel.com) for the newest scents and other products.

Fill your home with love and memories with a Wax Buffalo Soy Candle.

About the author

Leigh Neely

Leigh Neely began her writing career with a weekly newspaper in the Florida panhandle, where she not only did the writing but delivered the papers to the post office and dispensers. She has been writing ever since for a variety of newspapers and magazines from New Jersey to Leesburg. With her writing partner, Jan Powell, Leigh has published two novels as Neely Powell.

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