Read of the Day: “What Your Scented Candle Says About You”
5:30 pm, October 28th | by Colette McIntyre
In today’s Read of the Day, we learn that our penchant for rosemary-scented candles sends the message that we “subscribe to Real Simple magazine and clean [our] house exclusively with Mrs. Meyer’s products,” which isn’t exactly inaccurate...
Ocean Breeze: You are deeply invested in the idea of “spoiling yourself,” largely because if you do not do it, no one else will. You spend your one week of vacation at a spa with your favorite cousin, and it is always the best week of the year.
Lemon Verbena: You hate the word “moist” and watching scary movies. “You guys,” you say to your friends, if anyone in your group talks about going to see one. “You guys, you know I can’t,” as if you are fatally allergic to them. Most of them find you faintly ridiculous and more than a little weak for it; at least one secretly appreciates your speaking up about it so they don’t have to. You feel increasingly insulted every time someone brings it up, as if they are doing it to spite you personally. One of them is.
Chai/Cinnamon Chai/Vanilla Chai/Chocolate Chai: You regularly bring homemade baked goods into the office “for no reason.” The reason is that you want to be enormously beloved. You want people to notice when you are not there, and to ask about how you’re doing, and to think about how you will feel about things before they make decisions that affect you. People thank you for the baked goods, but almost always in a way that suggests they have become used to it and frankly expect it of you. If you forgot, they would briefly resent you, then forget about it entirely.
Something that is not a candle that plugs into the wall, but behaves like a candle: Sometimes, when you are down to your last $100, you will go to Target and fill a shopping cart with $20 shirtdresses and skin-sensitive sunscreen and three-for-one packs of brand-name gum. You promise yourself you will ditch the cart before you reach the checkout counter. Your stomach feels hot and thick the closer you get to the counter without abandoning the cart. You can’t afford this, the scanner reminds you with every beep. You can’t afford any of this. The next day, you will mention off-hand that “I just can’t go into Target without spending everything!” and your friends will laughingly agree. Where do other people get money from, you wonder. How can you become one of those people. You find yourself thinking of money in terms of types of people, rather than types of behavior or types of circumstances. Some people can’t help but attract money. They start out with it and they are wrapped in it and they are flooded with it and they cannot see beyond themselves from the thickness of it. You are not that person. Your house smells wonderful, like syrup and wax and bright, bold colors, and you are terrified, and you never look at your balance when the ATM prompts you to.
To find out what your favorite Yankee candle says about you, click here.