When you think about summer what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it’s the warm feeling of the sun’s rays on your skin. Perhaps it’s the excitement of summer holidays and exploring fascinating new places. Here at EVA Candles our focus is on bringing you the most amazing and inspiring premium soy wax scented candles, which means that when we think about summer we naturally think about the scents of summer. In this blog we’ll talk about what makes some of those scents so special, and why they feel so beneficial to our well-being.
Have you heard of petrichor? It’s the amazing, earthy scent that rises into the air after the first rain touches the ground following a period of hot, dry weather. For many people it’s one of the most evocative scents. It comes from ‘petros’ (the Greek word for stone) and ‘ichor’ (the essence that flowed through the gods in Greek mythology). Scientists started looking at the phenomenon in the 1960s and discovered that, during periods of dry weather, plants release aromatic oils into the surface layer of the soil. When rain eventually hits the dry earth it forms tiny bubbles that burst and release the aromatic oils into the air, along with a molecule called geosmin which gives the soil its characteristic earthy aroma. It’s a process similar to Champagne bubbles releasing the fragrance of the wine. That’s how the scent of petrichor is created, but why does it smell so incredible? Some scientists think it’s because our ancestors associated it with the return of life-giving water after a period of drought. Whatever the reason, we know that it’s one of our favourite scents of summer.
What scent do you associate the most with the long, hot summers of your childhood? If you said “the smell of freshly cut grass” then you’re in good company. It’s a scent that can transport you back in time to those seemingly endless summers spent outdoors. The aroma itself is a collection of organic compounds called green leaf volatiles that the grass produces when it is cut. In dry conditions these aromatics, some of them plant pheromones, are released into the air creating an enticing, fragrant haze. These green leaf volatiles are also associated with fresh fruit and vegetables so, like petrichor and the smell of the sea, it’s a fragrance that we associate with life, abundance, health and happiness, and the intimate link between scent and memory fixes it in our minds.
We hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favourite scents of summer. We love to bring you the scents and sensations of nature, the seasons and other special moments in our range of luxury scented candles. Check out White Patchouli, Ocean Wave, Green Apple And Cucumber and Mojito to enjoy the scents of summer all year round from the comfort of your home.
Wherever you find yourself this summer we hope that you find this season as inspiring, uplifting and sustaining as we do here at EVA Candles.