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Telling a story through scent

This scent has got to be one of the most complex scents I have worked on but ultimately one of the most rewarding. The story behind it is an abstract one but one I love telling. Once people hear it they totally get where I am coming from. Creating scents this complex and sometimes difficult to sell used to be something I struggled with. I was always told to make something that will appeal to everyone and in essence, boring for me but would have more commercial viability. Due to the many pressures of running a business, I did take that advice and channelled my energy to other lines following this way of thinking. I am very glad to say all these lines were a complete failure and have been put into the bargain basket at my stall in St George’s Market.  It always amazes me to think that the age old cliche of following your passion and doing it your own way totally holds true for me and my business.

My approach to creating a scent then is to create something inspired by something, someone or somewhere I love! This scent does all three. Sligo was where we as a family spent most of our summers and had the best holidays. For me, it was a place of magic, faeries, castles, forests and of course the ocean.  I have old notebooks from this time that I filled with stories about the different smells I encountered! Even from a young age, I was fascinated with smells. Then later in life, another’s words namely Y.W Yeats began to play a part in major times of my life. Particularly..

The Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light;
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Embroidered Dreams "Tread softly because you tread on m Dreams"Embroidered Dreams “Tread softly because you tread on m Dreams” Having used these words at my father’s funeral and then again in his tribute at my wonderful Sister’s wedding, they really became a mantra for me and my family. As you can imagine W.B Yeats and Sligo both really play a big part in my life even to this very day. The idea of creating a scent around these themes was both daunting and so very intriguing.  I started to do a lot of research and read somewhere (a book I have forgotten so any help in finding it would be wonderful) that Yeats loved a particular aftershave with the predominant scent of Oudh. This was the first part of the puzzle. From here I wanted to create a scent that reminded me of one of Sligo’s natural land marks, namely Benbulbin. An amazing table top style mountain formed 320 million years ago in a shallow sea. Fossils of sea creatures can be easily found all over it. Which just adds to its wonder. After a lot of exploring and documenting scent and memories, I settled on the scents I wanted to bring into the story of the landscape of Sligo. Tomato leaf, heather and bluebells.  It took longer than I thought to makes these work well with the Oudh but eventually, I found the right ratio of each.  The Oudh brings in a wonderful masculine edge to the scent story, balanced off perfectly with the natural elements of tomato leaf, with the bluebells and heather.Embroidered DreamsEmbroidered Dreams This is the amount of thought and love I pour into every candle, its why I never tire of what I do and truly delight in the telling of the stories.  If you have any stories you would like to share with me, I would genuinely love to hear from you. Email me to info@thebeardedcandlemakers.com.If you can’t get down to the stall in Belfast for a sniff, use the code ‘dreams’ at the check out for 10% off the Embroidered Dreams candle on me. Peace out Friends.