Not Pumpkin Spice

A look at three must-have seasonal scents for autumn

By Ryan Cornell

WINCHESTER – Although pumpkin spices and scents seem to hog all the attention when autumn arrives, there is a world of other smells that deserve their share of the spotlight.

Nancy Campbell, a team member at Kimberly’s in Winchester, shared her top three non-pumpkin scented candles for the home this fall.

“I’m a candle nut,” she said. “They call me a pyromaniac because I burn them all year long.”

Here’s what Campbell’s been lighting lately:

“Woodfire” from Illume
A small jar that packs a powerful punch, this candle evokes strong smoky and peppery notes wrapped in layers of cedar and leather.
Best for the: den, cabin, wilderness retreat, river escape, mountain chalet, man cave, any room with a mounted deer head and a bottle of Scotch
Perfect for: “Duck Dynasty” marathons, guy’s poker nights

“Cortland Apple” from LAFCO
Embodying profiles of ripened Cortland and McIntosh apples with green walnuts and dew-kissed leaves, the soy-based candle delivers a crisp and refreshing hat tip to apple season.
Best for the: family room, kitchen, parlor, model home, any room with barstools and taupe
Perfect for: Apple Blossom Festival parties, book club meetings, open house showings

“Frasier Fir” from Thymes
Freshly cut Siberian Fir trees, pine needles and sandalwood are just a few of the aromas emanating from Thymes’ flagship candle, which crackles as it burns.
Best for the: basement, bathroom, entertainment center, any room with Michael Bublé playing and an artificial Christmas tree
Perfect for: gin connoisseurs, Santa Claus conventions

Kimberly’s, located at 135 N. Braddock St., will celebrate the opening of its new men’s store from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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