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Homesick? Now We Can Smell Texas (and Other States) Far From Home


What would you say Texas smells like? The first things that come to my mind are the earthy smell of red clay dirt, the electric petrichor of a thunderstorm, and the smoke smell of char and mesquite on a well used barbecue grill. I’m sure every Texan has a slightly different answer.

Homesick Candles has an interesting and fun concept: They developed a scent that describes each state in a unique way.

So what does Texas smell like?

Dark leather, fresh pine, and thick lemon slices combine with cyclamen and a touch of sage to balance the big, bold scents of the Lone Star State.

I totally “get” leather – we are a cattle state, and quite frankly I love that smell. Pine? Maybe that’s more east Texas; conifers don’t exactly thrive here. Too bad dogwoods, which bloom on every corner in West Texas neighborhoods, actually smell quite bad.

Lemon seems uniquely perfect to Lubbock, as we’re the birthplace of the delicious Chilton. I didn’t even know what a cyclamen was, let alone what it smells like. (FYI It’s a flower that’s “sweet and light.”) Personally, I would replace that scent with Trumpet vine, which grows beautifully over countless fences in Texas. Or, if you wanted to get legalistic, the lupine, or bluebonnet, is the official flower of Texas, of course, but it’s described as “sickly sweet”, eww.

Texas is home to a ton of wild sages, although our soil in west Texas is a little too clay for it. You can, however, find it growing wild out at Buffalo Springs Lake.

If you would like to get your hands on this idea of what Texas smells like, you can grab a candle or a vial of fragrance oil at the Homesick Candles website.

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