People have used books as accent pieces or decorations for centuries. People being interviewed used to pose in front of book case long before the ubiquitous blue curtain with several strategically placed logos–whether for a photograph or a television/movie/video camera.
Places as diverse as an officer’s club or a hotel lobby often have books displayed to provide a sense of intellectual activity or to make the place seem more homey.
Now they can go one step further. Since the sense of smell is supposed to be the most primitive sense, why just look at old books when you can smell old books? It should come as no surprise that you can buy old book scented candles on Amazon. Frostberd (the company even sounds literary in a Tolkien kind of way) offers scents that include both books (like the Shire from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and places (like Old Books or Reading at the Cafe).
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A quick review of the Amazon site reveals other purveyors of old book scented candles.
- Luminous Candles, a soy based candles with titled collections including The Library, Antique Books, Outlander, Middle Earth, and Austen
- Dio Candles, Hogwarts book-sized collection with candles for all four houses.
- Paddywax Library Collection with a Tolstoy scented candle
- Village Candle Leather bound scented candle
What would be your favorite scented candle?