Step 1: What does Olson House smell like?
First of all, we needed to communicate to Katie of Big White Yeti what Olson House would even smell like! We jokingly wanted the candle to capture the essence of this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Step 2: Scent Consultation
Teresa met with Katie for a scent consultation in her home studio with the friendly company of Katie's son, Archie and kitties, Ribs, Boris & Alex P. Kitten. She had selected a variety of scent notes that aligned with our initial inspiration. The task was grand but yes, Teresa smelled every single one of these samples. She narrowed it down from what seemed like 100 options to 5 fragrance oil scent notes.
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Step 3: Test Pours
After selecting 5 scent note combinations, Katie created 5 candle test pours. Test pours are used not only for the evaluation of smell but also burn quality. Things like the wax melting slow or fast, flame size, and wick size are all observed. Just because a scent note smelled really good in the bottle, doesn't necessarily mean it is able to be translated into candle form. We smelled each of the 5 test pours unlit and burning to identify which we liked, didn't like and what might be missing. Katie took our notes, adjusted the % of fragrance oils, added new, took away others and produced 3 new test pours. We chose a fave, added a dash of rosemary and wa-la! Olson House, the candle, was ready for production!
So without further ado, we officially introduce 'Olson House' by Big White Yeti. A candle that captures the essence of our shop and ambiance creating a uniquely refreshing take on a Nordic inspired scent. This candle transports you to a fresh Scandinavian spring morning with elegant notes of white birchwood, blood orange and rosemary.
May you enjoy this wonderful new custom candle as much as we are!
Available for smells in-store or order online, here.