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New Orleans Candle
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If you just can’t wait for Mardi Gras this year, you can take an olfactory journey to NOLA right now with the quick light of a candle. Hand-poured in the U.S.A., the Homesick New Orleans Candle is part of a series of candles inspired by cities, states, countries, and memories.

The brand Homesick describes the candle with classic city scenes: “The smell of gardenia flowers lining the historic Garden District. King cakes wafting of sweet cinnamon, signaling the Mardi Gras season. Bananas Foster after a posh brunch at Brennan’s. All finished with a hint of allspice and bay leaves.” The candle has a blend of notes inspired by New Orleans gardens, Mardi Gras celebrations, and king cakes. Its base notes are warm, sweet scents of sugar, vanilla, and musk. Its mid and top notes include allspice, gardenia, rose, orange, bay, and, yes, beignets.

If you’d like to travel to other parts of the South, we'd recommend a whiff of Alabama (“sweet blackberries, giant southern magnolias, and a faint aroma of nutty pecan”), Florida (“woody mangrove trees and Spanish moss with a beautiful finish of vanilla and amber musk”), or Georgia (“magnolia and aster flower with Georgia's prided peaches”).

If cities are more your style, check out Houston (“tobacco leaves and Texas leather”), Atlanta (“dogwood blossoms, daffodils, and a big slice of warm, pecan pie”), and Washington D.C. (“reminiscent of cherry blossoms in full bloom, stone-faced buildings, and leather-bound books in a sunlit library”).

The candles on offer also include a collection of scents inspired by memories, including Grandma’s Kitchen Candle, which has notes of butter, apple, cinnamon, clove, sugar, and vanilla, and the fan-favorite Friday Night Football Candle, which has notes of grass, leather, lemon, popcorn, and cedarwood.

You can find the entire collection of Homesick Candles, including the New Orleans Candle, at homesick.com. You can also find the New Orleans Candle at amazon.com.

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What’s your go-to candle? What Southern spots should get a tribute candle next?