Hey Posse, Jin is sick. It’s just a cold but a pretty severe one. On Sunday he had the most unbelievable temperature yet was shivering, was talking deliriously and having trouble understanding English and was coughing, sneezing and weak. I filled him with a Korean tea infusion:
Put this mixture put into the blender
Large knob Ginger sliced
Juice of two Lemons
Two tablespoons Honey
Large sliced Nashi Pear with skin
1/8 cup Water (Orange Juice if you have it) to help the whole thing get blended
Make a pot of your favourite tea, add Two Tablespoons of this mixture. Put rest in fridge, lasts a month. Keep this up for the whole time they’re sick.
Then we went to the doctor who gave him strong antibiotics, pain relief, a gargle and some soothing gel for his nose. Here he is in his couch cocoon. Snacks, drinks, drugs, tissues and tea all over our coffee table.
Candles: Making The House Smell Good
Here’s the downside of living with a sick guy. They freaking STINK! Add that to the smell of our dogs that will get their bath tomorrow after a long hiatus because our dog washer changed professions. This house smells like sick old man and dirty dogs. BLEAUGH!
So I’ve been burning candles. Not 100% of the time but about 20% of the time. I burn them till the whole top of the candle is melted and then we get another hour or so of fragrance as the was cools down. I can’t burn incense because it makes poor little Jin cough.
I just finished a Laduree candle. I’m not sure of the name because I don’t have the box anymore but the porcelain was pale yellow with a white badge. It smelled like smoky tea and woods with some flowers haunting the periphery. Those containers are so gorgeous too, like Wedgwood jasperware (?). Mine’s currently in the dishwasher and will be reincarnated as a pencil, pen and scissors holder for my desk.
Also I have one of the Cult of Scent Reveur candles that casts its rosy glow over the house. The insanely gorgeous bottle it comes in is a bit of a winner too.
L’Artisan has some lovely candles Amber is my favourite but the next in line is the Mimosa. Also the Cire Trudon seasonal candles joyfully pronounce every day a holiday. Circa House is the upmarket range from Glasshouse, Gascoigne & King do beautiful, hand made candles and send to the world very reasonably. Carrière Frères candles are single note and quietly give the room a just cleaned smell, perfect for dinner parties and entry halls.
You can see my Cult Of Scent and Signature: Pink Grapefruit are almost done.
Currently in the bathroom I have Gascoigne & King Heart of Glass burning with its refreshing freesia and lily of the valley scent that makes even the sickest boggy times beautiful.
So what are some of your favourite room refreshers? Candles, mists, melts, sticks or incenses, anything that you use to scent your rooms.
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies