I’m obsessed with candles and fragrance, anything that helps to capture a moment in time or memory; something that can’t be touched but perhaps experienced with our other senses. I was immediately drawn to The Hundredth Acre Candle Co, which merges nostalgia with modern style and eco-conscious packaging. The brand is a one man shop, run by Robert Brink, who resurrects notes of the past and bottles them into tumblers full of natural soy wax for hours of enjoyment. Soy wax burns clean, the wicks are free of lead, and the glass tumblers are really pretty and can easily be cleaned and re-purposed once your candle burns down. Each candle is handpoured, using luscious scents and blends to create interesting themes such as Laying on the Grass, which smells of childhood Summer’s past. The popular Used Bookstore will smell very familiar to those who love the fragrance of browsing an antiquarian book shop. The typewriter series features scents inspired by three of the most popular and well used typewriters, including Underwood, used by Jack Kerouac. Each candle is made in Laguna Beach, and uses top quality ingredients, and natural fiber packaging. The box itself is recycled cardboard, with the Hundredth Acre logo stamped on the front. It’s all wrapped up in a burlap drawstring storage bag with THA stamp on the front. Each candle top is adorned with a handcut piece of book page, re-purposed from old books that are purchased from the local library, rounding out the balance of the entire aesthetic and vibe of the brand.
I tried the Laying in the Grass candle, Used Bookstore, Underwood and Petrichor. I like that each fragrance is so different but also really reminiscent of it’s real-life inspiration. Laying in the Grass has notes of fresh green, you can almost smell the sunshine and the grass stains on your knees. Used Bookstore is heady and rich and has aromas of musty paper and aged bookcovers. Underwood has notes of amber, tobacco and sandalwood that has a vintage fragrance that almost makes it easy to imagine a novel being written in the background. Petrichor, has a beautiful natural scent, that smells of first rainfall and moss and notes of amber and sage. A few new scents were just added to the fragrance line-up including Sippin’ Whiskey, Grandpa’s Leather Chair, Fig Tree, and Bees on the Lavender.
The brand’s tagline is “Things for Thinkers”. Made for a writers, by a writer. They also have a cute writer t-shirt, bamboo pen, and library inspired sticker pack. Other scents available include Tea Shop, Coffee Shop, Sitting by the Fire, Grapefruit Tree and Orange Tree and A Walk in the Woods. No additive colors, just clean burning soy wax and fragrance oils. The feeling behind The Hundredth Acre is all about capturing memories and being able to experience them over and over again just by lighting a candle. Robert is onto something and I can’t wait to see what else he adds to the collection! Check out the entire candle collection at The Hundredth Acre.
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