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What’s Your Hometown?

Homesick Candles: Michigan

I grew up in the Michigan suburbs, where my siblings and I rode bikes down dirt roads, my first job was at the local pizza place and we’d ring in the fall with donuts at the cider mill. It was a great place to grow up and sometimes I get a pang to go back. So, I love the idea of Homesick Candles

Homesick Candles: Tennessee

Tennessee: Hints of Magnolia and Tennessee single malt whiskey.

Homesick Candles: Florida

Florida: Orange, a touch of sea mist and a bit of driftwood.

Homesick Candles: Oregon

Oregon: Hints of of pine tree, hazelnut and Oregon pears.

Where’s your hometown? Do you miss it? Where would you want to raise a child?

P.S. Made me laugh.

(Via Emily.)

  1. Sarah says...

    I ordered the Illinois candle for a friend, and sadly I did not like it at all. The candle came in a cheap looking box with stickers askew. The wax itself was broken on the top of the candle when it arrived. Those things would be forgivable if it weren’t a gift. However, the candle didn’t actually smell very good. It reminded me of asphalt! I wanted to love this company after seeing it on Cup of Jo, but sadly, I have to return it and come up with a quick alternate birthday gift! Just thought I’d share my experience for other CoJ readers.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, sarah!

  2. This candle is the best idea! Thank you for sharing! So happy they have Massachusetts. Might make a great gift for so many family members that have moved away.

  3. Erin says...

    I grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada……I go back to my mum’s place in Lunenburg every summer and I love it and miss it (especially the salt air in the summer).

  4. Paige says...

    How cool! I grew up in Paris, Texas. Even though I love it, I never thought I would miss living there. But I do!

  5. Cinda says...

    Grew up in Central California- a farmers daughter, raised up working hard on the land. So many wonderful memories and my husband and children enjoy the stories. Now stuck in Michigan….. Miss my California.

  6. Candles have always been a way for me to recall a specific place–I love beach-scented candles because they remind me of my childhood and my grandparents’ house and I love candles that smell like my favorite season: fall!

    xx

    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  7. mmfifi says...

    would Love Love Love the smell of Cape Cod…. I live back in London now, but loved going to Cape Cod every weekend for years

  8. Oh, these candles are so cute. My hometown is Oceanside, California… forever a proud Cali girl. <3 xx

  9. I am from The Bronx south Bronx to the exact. NYC candle would do just fine lol I am thinking coney island , nuts and hot dog stalls smells lol. Or cuchifritos. lol

  10. sal says...

    Sausalito smells like the sea, eucalyptus and queen anne’s lace. It’s very specific and fresh.

    • sal says...

      and it’s where i grew up and live now. i have always been in the bay area and never wanted to be anywhere else. as of the past year i want to leave asap and i wonder what that would be like. that feeling has been a major sea change in my life. while beautiful, this area is now to me an overcrowded and pretentious place for the elite and there is no future here for average wage people. i am finally at the age where owning a home is more important to me in a visceral way than being here, where home ownership will never be possible. it feels strange to have grown up 4th generation in marin county, a place that is now unaffordable for my generation — the good life my family has led here since the 1920s is no longer possible except for the ultra wealthy.

  11. Leah says...

    joanna, you just made my former-midwestern day! #yesmichigan xo

  12. Anne says...

    I’m from Kansas City! So, bbq scented?! Ha!

    • Hayley says...

      I miss KC but I just keep thinking of those awful smelling pear trees – no one should put that scent in a candle.

  13. I wonder what a candle for Bangalore would smell like? Probably masala dosa and filter coffee :)

    Shruthi
    http://nyambura.co

    • Anna says...

      Mmmmm masala disable and filter coffee sound so delicious right now!

  14. I love how California is divided – you better believe SoCal is different than NorCal!

  15. Carly says...

    Hershey, PA. And yes, most days it did smell like chocolate.

  16. My hometown is Traverse City, Michigan. I miss it terribly (I’m now in Nashville). I always think of the smell of fresh water and cherry orchards as well as farm stands with apricots, peaches, and plums. Also, the smell of the woods, which smells like pine trees, maples, and ferns. I love that they included “Indian summer” in the Michigan candle.
    I can’t wait to go back up to TC for a week- I leave tomorrow! Yay!

    • Leah says...

      there is no place like up north in the summer!!!

    • No place like TC! Absolutely love it and I miss Michigan (now in CA) daily.

  17. Lindsay says...

    No one helps me spend money on must-have items better than Joanna Goddard :) I live in Toronto (and really hope they extend this line to the provinces!!), but I bought S.C. as it’s my home-away-from-home.

    • Christy says...

      I literally just said this to my co-worker! I am a spender and she is my enabler! Haha.

    • Do a google search for “Smells Like Canada” candles – same concept but geared to Canada…handmade by a fellow Torontonian (the Toronto candle is “Toronto Smoke”).

  18. Nicky says...

    I’m from NY and miss the city terribly. Before I even checked their site for my hometown candle, my first thought was OH NO what could a NYC scent possibly be?! Luckily they made it geared toward upstate farms with scents of apple and pumpkin. I miss the city but I do not miss the smells…Haha

  19. Taryn says...

    I was born and raised in Salt Lake City (I’m anxiously awaiting a ‘Utah’ candle), but my husband (also a Utah-native) and I recently moved to Seattle, WA. I’m thinking a Washington candle would help convince my family to come visit.

  20. I just sent one to my sister trying to convince her to move back to Chicago. Fingers crossed the scent of the burning candle lures her back home!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so cute of you, nikki!

  21. Allison says...

    I was so excited to see that Pennsylvania’s candle smells of chocolate! I’m from Hershey, PA and it’s true, the town really does smell of chocolate, too. Hershey & its people are so dear to me – my parents still live there and I’m still best friends with people I met in kindergarten! It is an idyllic town, with Hershey Kisses for streetlamps and streets named after different species of cocoa plants. With all the craziness going on in the world today, it’s heartwarming to know places like my home still exist <3

    • Carly says...

      I’m from Hershey too! My sister’s name is Allison, but I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read this blog, lol

    • Linsey says...

      I am from the Camp Hill and my first job was at Hersheypark! I love rolling my windows down when I drive down Chocolate Ave whenever I am back home. I live in Philly now.

    • Carly says...

      My first job was at Chocolate World, and then I spent many summers working at the Hotel Hershey. I live in IN now, but I was back in Hershey last weekend it was wonderful :)

    • Allison says...

      this doesn’t happen to be carly stamey, does it?! if so, i’m not sure i’ll be able to handle it.

  22. I saw these on Emily’s blog and immediately added one to my “Things I Need” Pinterest board, even though I have an influx of candles in my apartment at the moment.

    I’m from Jersey and am curious to see if the Jersey one actually smells like the shore, as it claims to. Of course, I only live 45 minutes away from the beach now, so it’s not like I have to go far to smell it in real life.

  23. D.R. says...

    I spent 10 years of my life in DC and that’s what I consider ‘home’ (even though I spent longer somewhere else). I remember going to the museums, Cherry Blossom, and doing all the great big city stuff you can do.

    I don’t think I’d move back because it is SO crazy, but I am about 2hrs away so I can always visit.

    I moved to Richmond and love it for the same reasons that I love DC, but not as expensive or traffic crazy. This city, or one similar, is where I would continue to live-it’s that big city feel without things such as crazy traffic, sky high housing costs, etc.

  24. I love these! As a Georgia girl I have to say sweet tea and peaches are perfect…but that was obvious.

  25. Ashley F. says...

    Pismo Beach, Ca on the central coast of California. I miss seeing the ocean everyday and would definitely move back to raise my kids. Beautiful, idealic setting.

  26. I live in my hometown in Florida, but I didn’t always live here. After graduating from high school I did quite a bit of traveling and lived in a few different countries. I studied abroad in Australia (and returned for grad school), then my career took me to Miami, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Greece, and London to name a few. Each and every place not only had a unique smell, but a unique feeling too. Do they make candles for different countries too?

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

  27. Jennifer says...

    There are a few places I consider my hometown, but I am most nostalgic for Tennessee and was ecstatic to officially move back (this time to Chattanooga) earlier this year. The TN candle sounds lovely!

  28. I love these candles. I was brought up in a small market town in West Sussex (not far from the coast, not far from the Downs) and if I had to pick a smell it would be warm strawberries. Reminds me of summer, picking strawberries on farms and bringing them home in a hot car. The older I get, the more I recall and the more poignant it seems. Soon, there won’t be a reason to go back. And that makes me very mournful.

  29. I grew up on an island in Washington, and I miss it so much sometimes. The WA candle sounds lovely, though I think the smell of rain is the most memorable NW scent. :)

  30. I grew up in Philadelphia, PA. I now live in Utah. I’d like to move my child out of here but I’m not sure where. I loved Seattle when I lived there but its super expensive. He really wants to be near family…maybe the Jersey shore? I have a sister in Florida going through a divorce so I’d love to be able to live there but boy their schools suck so probably not long term unless I can homeschool.

  31. Lindsay says...

    I was also raised in Michigan (Detroit suburbs), followed by a move to Chicago for 10 years following college. While living in Chicago I made an incredible group of friends, met and married my husband, and gave birth to our daughter. Shortly after she was born, my husband was recruited for a job back in the Detroit area, so we made the move (for his job and to be closer to my family who are still here). We have been in Royal Oak for almost 4 years, and while there are things we love about it, we still feel the pull to be somewhere else. We love having family close by to be part of our kids’ lives, but we find we miss the vibe of living in Chicago. It’s not anything super tangible, just a feeling we had living there. I am not sure where we’ll end up, but for now we are content calling MI home:)

  32. Heather H says...

    Moved to CO from MI when I was 8 years old so both are home to me — but the CO candle is “mountain spruce and ski lodge” which makes me think of the musty smell of skiers’ wet socks! Spruce, sage, hops (so many breweries – large and small scale!)…

  33. What a tender idea!

  34. Hey love this one!!!! As an immigrant in this country, I am always homesick. I don’t go to my hometown that often.. so love to have fragrance at my place instead.

  35. Lisa says...

    I live in my home town – Melb Aust. My candle would be fresh air and coffee with a hint of wind gusts. Such a great idea!

  36. Love the idea of these, but I’m from Pennsylvania and my first thought was “WTF does chocolate and molasses have to do with PA?” Definitely not my part of the state!

  37. Melissa D says...

    St. George Utah, which is in the southwest part of the state. I’m not sure what Utah’s scent would be. Any ideas?

  38. Annie says...

    I’m a little disappointed the AZ candle smells like sand and blue agave?? Does blue agave even have a smell? Anyone actually from AZ will tell you the smell memory that makes them homesick is rain on the desert during monsoon season. It’s the rain falling on creosote bushes mixed with wet dust that coats everything and it’s this earthy, fresh, clean scent that is just gorgeous. The rain just doesn’t smell as heavenly anywhere else.

    • Ashley says...

      YES!! I’m from Tucson and totally second this. My mom (a saint) sends me (an adult) care packages that consistently have three things: 1) tortillas, 2) Mexican candy, and 3) a sprig of creosote to hang in my shower!

  39. Alice says...

    Love this! I’m from Bristol, England, which smelled like grass (both kinds), sea salt, and freshly rained on stone (most places have a bit of that in the U.K.!!). I now live in Beijing which smells, in the summer and where I live, of sichuan peppercorns, jasmine, and sandalwood incense.

    I’m moving to Edinburgh soon (husband’s hometown) and I have two young ‘uns so been thinking about where the ideal place is – I’ve loved reading the comments! Oregon is coming out tops in the fragrance department for me! I’ve moved around a fair bit, in the U.K. and abroad, and don’t think anywhere is ideal. I wouldn’t choose to live in a suburb, we’re city folk, but I adore strong communties. We both work remotely and I love Asia but family pulls me back to Europe. We’re keen on Madrid or Barcelona but – Brexit. Sob. So we’re going to try soggy Scotland! Wet, yes, but Edinburgh is by far the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen.

  40. Wow, these candles are such a wonderful idea! I would love a PA one. Too bad I can’t have a candle in my dorm room…

  41. Alex McKellar says...

    I’ll never forget coming back to my home city Perth, Western Australia after a year away and stepping out of the airport to the strongest smell of Eucalyptus. I’ve only been able to smell it in the air after a prolonged time away. If they did Australian city candles, Perth would be a combination of Native Jasmine, sunshine(!) and of course, Eucalyptus.

  42. Kate says...

    I want to order one right now, I love this idea! I’m from New York – born in Manhattan, grew up on Long Island, family ties to the Hudson Valley…I think an apple and pumpkin scented candle probably resonates with the majority of the state (and sounds delicious to me) so it makes sense. I’ve also lived in Virginia and South Carolina, and those scent profiles sound lovely and spot-on, too! I want one of each!

  43. Mine is Georgia, so that sweet tea and peach one would be just perfect for me! My hometown is in a tiny town called Newnan, GA. I definitely don’t miss it. It was very rural and super quiet. I’d want to raise children in somewhere more suburban, but not right in the middle of the city, probably right outside of it.

    Keshia
    http://www.queenlifeblog.com

  44. Jane says...

    I grew up going to the Franklin Cider Mill and riding bikes around the loop in the neighborhood and loved it. Those donuts are the best donuts in the world, even better with the cider! We had been living in Los Angeles for about 11 years, but recently (as in, on Sunday!), we moved to Irvine, a large suburb in Orange County. I had prepared to do it for the long term and I did do it for years, I braved the traffic/noises/small spaces to raise the kids in the city. But when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to move to the suburbs. I see kids riding their bikes in our new neighborhood all the time, and it makes me smile. I can’t move back to Michigan for lots of reasons, but this suburb already feels more like “home.”

  45. Angela says...

    I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised across the river in New Albany, IN. I was bored with it while growing up and now I miss it terribly.

    I’m raising my children in Fort Worth, Texas, and while it is a remarkably enchanting place, I sometimes wish we lived in a place where they could experience 4 true seasons.

  46. Rebecca says...

    Hometown is Toronto, Canada. Miss it all the time … I mean the US has been good to us and our sons – but there’s something about Canada … probably the All Dressed Chips for starters.

    • Sabrina says...

      All Dressed Chips!!! YES!!!!!

  47. Cynthia says...

    I live in my hometown, so I don’t get homesick. However, since my mom is in assisted living, I am going to have to sell my mom’s home, which is my childhood home. I have a lot of mixed feelings right now, but we can’t keep it. It’s too small for my husband and myself, and it needs updating.

  48. Jessica says...

    Love this! The idea of home is something that has been on my mind a lot this year. I’ve been in Nashville 10 years (came here for college and never left) and it is beginning to feel more like home than the place I grew up in Ohio. It’s insane considering the amount of homesickness I experienced my first semester here (my mom is still traumatized by how sad I was to be away from her!) I had a great childhood in Hamilton, OH and much of my extended family is still there, and I do miss being close to friends and family who I’ve known my whole life. But, Nashville is the place where I became the version of myself I dreamed of becoming when I was a kid so it has a little bit of magic that Ohio simply doesn’t. I can see myself moving if I enter another chapter of life (getting married to someone who has family he longs to be close to in Seattle would be a dream!!) but Nashville is home for now. I love it here. Gonna swoop up the Tennessee candle for sure :)

  49. Emily says...

    i’ve been so homesick (for GA) this week, so this has me tearing up at my desk.

    just wish the georgia candle had a touch of pine… and maybe lake? is that a smell?

    • From one GA gal to another – yes, “lake” is totally a scent! :-)

    • Blake says...

      Don’t be homesick for GA until fall….I am 9 months pregnant and it is SO HOT here!!! I avoid going outside as much as possible….hopefully you are somewhere cooler!

  50. Colleen says...

    I grew up in San Diego, so it is my fervent hope that the candle has the right mix of scents, especially regarding the beach. There is no candle out there that gets “ocean” right.

  51. I grew up in the small town of Meadowview, Virginia. I live about 30 minutes away now in a small city.
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  52. Heather says...

    How does the Michigan candle smell? It says “Indian summers, cherries and chocolate.” That sounds delicious, but I think I’d rather have it smell like the cider mill you described. So many wonderful memories at the Franklin mill!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love the franklin mill!!!!

  53. What a sweet idea! I was born in CA but raised in Washington. I’m settled in Portland, OR now so I’m not too far from “home”. I would definitely pick one up if I lived any further. I don’t want to live in WA but I sure do love it!

  54. I grew up in California. I love going back to the Bay Area to visit, but I’ve always said I would never raise my own kids there. I think the Bay Area attracts smart, interesting adults, but the environment doesn’t produce very down to earth kids. I truly felt like I moved out of a bubble when I moved to the Midwest for college.
    Nowadays, I’m based in Seattle. I’m torn because I love living in the middle of the bustling downtown, but I would want to feel ok letting my kids go outside to bike around the neighborhood alone (definitely not going to happen if we stay living a block from Pike Place Market). I don’t think I’d want to move to the suburbs, so that’s a tough problem to solve.
    To be honest, I’ve always wanted to raise my kids in Dublin. My whole family lives in Ireland and I’d love to have them around my kids in some capacity. Growing up, my parents and I would spend at least a month every summer in Ireland and usually go back for the holidays as well. All my best childhood memories are there because I had tons of family around and the parenting style was just different- no helicopter parenting, all us kids would just head out in the morning and come back at night when we were tired…as it should be, I think. I’d like that for my own kids.

    • For a second I thought you meant Dublin, CA! Hehe – Dublin, Ireland is MUCH better =)

  55. After living in San Francisco for 13 years, I ended up moving back to my home state, but instead of going back to the same town, my husband and I moved to Seattle, on the opposite side of the state. It’s a wonderful feeling being close to home, but at the same time, somewhere new and exciting and with better weather and more greenery! Sometimes going home isn’t as wonderful as the nostalgia around it, but going somewhere familiar but still new seems to be the best way to go!

    • Alyssa says...

      2nd this!

  56. Olivia says...

    Wow, I do this VERY rarely, but I bought one as a gift immediately! My brother and his girlfriend are both from MA but live in the Virgin Islands, so I just sent Massachusetts as a thank you gift. Thank you for sharing!

    (I’m from a Boston suburb, split my time between NYC and Las Vegas, and will most likely raise kids in those cities/wherever our work as actors takes us!)

  57. Clare says...

    I live in my hometown – but it’s Arlington, Virginia (right next to DC), so it doesn’t really fit the small town narrative.
    We moved back here at the beginning of the recession to get jobs (and have some security while looking) and then started having babies and never left. It’s a tough place to raise a family, but I can’t imagine moving my 2 boys away from their grandparents and my sister and her three little ones (similar ages). There are definitely good things about living so close to DC: plenty of jobs, lots of museums and events, and great restaurants and theater. The cost of living is insane though, but I think we’ll tough it out to stay near family.
    I find a lot of people who grew up with me still live in the DC area – it’s funny because many people are surprised when I tell them that I grew up around here, but there’s lots of us! We’re just hiding in the crowd.

    Also – I love all these different geographically specific candles! Even though Arlington only sometimes smells like honeysuckle and forest floor, I find that many of my travel memories include the olfactory memory of the place, so perhaps I can enjoy them on that level. Thanks for sharing!

  58. Native Indiana girl here. I really love the idea of these candles.

    I’m now a New Yorker, but I’m currently spending my July at my family’s lake cottage in rural northern Indiana. (LaGrange = Population 37,000. Many of whom are Amish.) It feels wonderful being back and having our neighbors stop by for a quick cup of coffee or an afternoon, end of the dock chat. I’d love for my future kids to know the simple calmness that hums along in these types of small, quaint towns, but living here full-time would mean making a pretty big lifestyle shift. Today though, or at least for the next week, I’ll happily take the sound of horse-and-buggies over cab horns. :)

  59. JH says...

    I’m from a suburb on Minneapolis, but went to college in Portland, OR and currently live in Northern California. We’re hoping to move our family back to the Minneapolis area soon….so maybe I’ll get the Oregon one to remind me of college!

  60. Oh my. I grew up in the Midwest and couldn’t get out fast enough or far enough. Now I miss it, but it’s easier to be nostalgic from afar. I love going back to see family, but after a while, certain things (not family) get to me and I am ready to leave again. Much to love, much to be just as well not too close to.

  61. Vicki says...

    Well, I guess it wouldn’t sell very well, but I was surprised that SoCal doesn’t smell like hot asphalt and stinky pier. I grew up here in San Diego, and it just does not smell nice here! I don’t think people who dream of SoCal realize that it’s a giant suburban sprawl over the desert. Oh, gosh, this is coming out super negative! We’re still here because this is where our oldest friends are, and where our family is, and that makes any place great, but, still … I sure wish we could all move somewhere with a little rainfall, and seasons, kind people, and fewer billboards. Where are you, idyllic America? I want to find you!

    • Melissa says...

      I definitely don’t miss any of those things! Just moved to Michigan from SoCal and it definitely checks off everything on your list but of course nowhere is perfect.

    • Heather H says...

      LOL!!! Mmm… Hot asphalt + stinky pier! Family is a strong tie. I’ve been thinking a lot about the pros and cons of leaving it for a change of geography…

  62. anon says...

    I grew up in IN and then moved to LA and CO. Then I moved back home to IN and do not like it! It’s not a good fit for me. I miss the mountains, hiking, people of the west and more. For various reasons I’m not able to move back west at this time. Sigh.

  63. Maire says...

    My hometown is a farming community in NW Indiana. I haven’t lived there for about 12 years, but worked on farms when I was in middle and high school and the best smell is in late July (knee high by the 4th of July, they say), when you get to the cornfield for a days work and they have just been through cutting the rows for detasseling and the sun still hasn’t come up much and the dew still rests on the stalks. Either that, or I really love the smell of leaves burning in the fall when everyone was cleaning up their yards.

    That said, the kettle corn, hay and denim for the Indiana candle is pretty accurate…although I don’t really know what denim smells like. Kettle corn and hay sounds delicious!

  64. Becky says...

    I grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin and miss it terribly, My husband and I are actively trying to get back near my hometown before our kids are much older, because it is such a great place for children. It’s funny — I always comment that I miss the way it sounds (church bells every hour!), and the way it smells (crispy air, cold water, leaves, apples and beer from the brewery downtown).

  65. Gillyan says...

    I was born and raised in Brooklyn and get a real kick out of the New York candle having “hints of apple and pumpkin.” Don’t think I ever smelled either growing up, unless they were part of the garbage rot on the morning sidewalks. Maybe the city isn’t something people want to smell again…

    • Kaycee says...

      I’m from Queens, this comment made me laugh. While NYC does have it’s offensive smells, I would say to me NYC smells like honey roasted peanuts and fresh laundry (there’s a laundromat every few blocks).

    • Scarla says...

      Spot on. Born and raised in Brooklyn and “hints of apple and pumpkin” made me laugh. Gasoline and roasted street nuts is more like it :) And I’d love to smell it again…!

  66. Bailey says...

    I was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana (about 2 hours and 45 minutes from Dallas, Texas). I love my home state, LA!

  67. Kendra says...

    San Diego. I miss the sound of hot air balloons at night. Obviously the beach. Certain smells, flowers, trees. But mainly the salt in the air.

  68. Ha, I totally dig the vibe of these candles! So cute. After living in 6 different US cities for work throughout my twenties, I returned to my home state (or rather, commonwealth) of Massachusetts, and I’ve found that I’ve become very attached as I’ve gotten older and more settled. After reading this post, I had to rewatch this hilarious video: https://youtu.be/JvUMV1N7eGM

    Thanks as always for a great read. – G

  69. Charleston, SC! I love the idea of a candle that smells like sweet tea and magnolia…I just wish I could smell it before I order it. I would add ocean, jasmine, and tomato vine to that too :)

    • Kate says...

      I just moved away from Charleston, and the scents you’re describing are JUST what I would dream of in a Charleston candle!

  70. Bentonville, AR is my hometown. Also the hometown of Walmart! It makes me sad they do not have a Homesick candle for Arkansas.

  71. Kate says...

    I actually moved back to my hometown about a year ago and, while I’m not settling down here long term, have enjoyed being back and rediscovering areas I hung out at as a child. Getting to introduce my niece and nephews to bits of my childhood has been really fun when they visit. I’m from Oregon, and while I like the Oregon candle for the northern part of the state, down here in the southern part of the state it’d be more grapes than hazelnuts, ponderosa pine, and madrone trees (which I swear have a scent to them that is mildly green). Similarly, out in the eastern part it’d be pine, prairie grasses; and the coast would be pine or cypress and sea salt with a hint of rhododendrons.

    I might be a little obsessed with how my home state smells…

  72. Lindsay says...

    As a born and bred Jersey girl, I am really curious to smell the NJ candle. I’m hoping for hints of oil refineries and salami hahaha!

  73. They must all smell DELIGHTFUL! Well, I’m living in the UK (England). I would LOVE to raise my son in Denmark. It’s the happiest country in the world! I’ve been there plenty of times, as my sister lives there, and honestly…I feel right at home!

  74. Tyler says...

    I lived in Houston for most of my life, and moved to LA for my husband’s work a year ago. Its really hard and I want to go home every day. Definitely hoping to move back home before we have kids. Can’t imagine raising them in LA.

  75. Lee says...

    I grew up in a small town in Mississippi, and I don’t miss it. But I do miss my college town–Oxford, MS. The Mississippi candle should smell like magnolias or pines and cotton.

    My husband and I hopped around after college living in Virginia and North Carolina before our most recent move to Michigan for my grad school. After I finish school, we want to move to a mid-size town in the Southeast to raise our (future) children. Somewhere bike-friendly with lots of nature-related activities nearby.

  76. I’m a Michigan girl too. Holland! I’m 25 and single so living there doesn’t appeal to me right-this-second but I can easily imagine a future where it would. A piece of my heart will always be in the mitten.

  77. Calliope says...

    I was born in the island of Crete, Greece, and it was, still is for that matter, a great place to grow up. I am there now for summer vacation and it is always a blast to experience the island again through my son’s eyes

  78. Melissa says...

    Just moved to Michigan from Southern California and I have had my eye on the candle. I miss it but not too much. I thought I would feel lonely but we are enjoying the change of pace.

  79. escondista says...

    Currently in Austin, pregnant with my first baby, but also a Mitten girl!
    I love Austin for the opportunity, easy winters, and low crime but there is something about:
    that first snow
    tulips, and cherries, and fields of blueberries that seem to go on forever
    rainy, dark October nights with leaves everywhere that set the mood for Halloween
    a lake at your doorstep
    having soft grass to walk in barefoot (Texas grass tends to be pretty dry or rough)

    If it weren’t for those awful winters, months of grey skies, and the fact that i have an AMAZING job here, I might consider raising my kids there.

  80. Louisa says...

    “fresh North Carolinian blackberries and your favorite vinegar BBQ sauce.”

    1 – I never had a fresh blackberry until I moved to Seattle.
    2 – I don’t think a candle should remind you of pork products.

    I want a candle that smells like the smell of petrichor, fresh tobacco, and a bit of that salty air (because of the outer banks). If not that, then I just want to smell my mother’s perfume.

    • jen says...

      I had the same thought! Blackberries and BBQ sauce?? I live in the western part of NC – smells of blueberries, honeysuckle, magnolia, spruce, fir, pine and beer. lots and lots of beer. :)

  81. Oh yes, the idea is great! I grew up in a small town where you can smell a lot of nature like trees, fields and farms ;-)

  82. Alice Quin says...

    I grew up in a small town in England and actually don’t miss it! I loved certain parts but it was too insular.

  83. Kentucky – bourbon, (blue)grass, mint… horse manure? ;)

  84. Samantha says...

    I grew up in Atlanta and lived there for 25 years before moving to LA. I miss so many things about it (the food mainly!) but don’t miss being in the south, especially during election season! Ha!

    • Elizabeth R says...

      From Atlanta here and we are growing more progessive (not fast enough for my liking but hey). Lots of new stuff to do here too. Come visit anytime!

  85. Kat says...

    I’m from Vancouver, Canada so my hometown doesn’t get a Homesick Candle : ( If there was one, it would probably smell a lot like the Washington state one — hints of cherries, coffee, and (of course) rain. Except, instead of cherries, it would smell like pot.

    • Justine says...

      As a fellow Vancouverite, I had to laugh at this. Lord I hate the smell of pot that seems to be EVERYWHERE right now. Yuck! I want the smell of ocean, rain, forest and coffee.

  86. I grew up all over, but mostly in Houston, and that’s where I live now. I’m curious about the Texas candle. This state is so vast there’s no way you could capture more than a tiny part, but I’m still intrigued!

    The question about where to raise kids weighs on me so much. I do love it here (most of the time). We have everything we could ever need, and most of what we could ever want. We’re also trapped here by our careers. That said, I spent some time in a Pennsylvania suburb in high school, and I would love to raise my kids somewhere similar. I love that we live in such a huge diverse city, but sometimes I do long for quiet neighborhood streets, orange autumn leaves, snowy winters. Just a more peaceful kind of life for my children.

  87. Alexandra says...

    I grew up in Germany and live now in Spain…Maybe some day they will also have some candles reminding me of Germany, and hopefully the won’t smell like sausages 😝

  88. Erin says...

    I also grew up in a Detroit suburb and miss the donuts and apple cider at the cider mills so much!

  89. My hometown is nothing I really miss, boring and Midwestern. But I now live in Minneapolis with my own family, which we love. We’re currently spending a month in Paris and seriously considering moving here for the next few years and taking advantage of the wonderful services and programs they have for toddlers! We want to raise bilingual, cultured and strong little girls, and Paris seems a great place to do so! Even talking about this makes me miss Minneapolis though. Ahh nostalgia!

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  90. I love reading your posts about growing up in Michigan, because that’s also my home state! I was born and raised in the Western UP, and now I live near Lansing. So I’m still technically in my home state….but it is so far away from where I grew up that it feels like I’m in a different country some days.

  91. Maia says...

    Southern California, Seattle, New Zealand and now San Francisco. I’ve moved around a bit…

  92. Anne says...

    This is great, though I’m not sure if the smells of my home state, Iowa, would make for the best candle (hogs? corn? and if we are going with current-ish events: politicians?) :)

    • Oooh, yeah. Those hog farms you pass while driving down the road are seared in my memory. I’m not from IA, but I married a guy from there. Stinky!

  93. I’m moving to Birmingham, Michigan, next month and have never even been! I’ve heard its a great place for kids and I’m excited to have a backyard for my littlies. I’m scared for the cold though! I grew up in Knoxville so if we even got an inch of snow school was canceled and everyone stayed home ha!

    • Lee says...

      Hi Katie!

      I recently moved to Ann Arbor, MI from North Carolina (I’m a native Mississippian). I completely understand your wariness of the cold. My advice is to get a long warm coat (Patagonia), warm snow boots (Sorel), and warm gloves (Stormy Kromer). And join the local gym! It’s so nice to have a warm place to go where you can where shorts(!) all year round. : )

      I think you’ll enjoy Birmingham, MI. Best of luck on your move!!!
      -Lee

    • Marcie says...

      Hi Katie (and Jo) – I grew up in Birmingham, and it is indeed a great place for kids! I’m going back next week with my little ones and look forward to the longer days and the Dairy Mat (like a Dairy Queen, kind of). It is cold but at least you can drive! I live in Brooklyn now (cobble hill) and it reminds me of bham in the city…….

    • Thanks Marcie and Lee! I’m excited and my friend that lives there now loves it, but always nice to hear from others. I’ve got to get some winter gear and check out that Dairy Mat :)

  94. I grew up in Michigan too! I don’t really get homesick, but I do wonder about moving back especially with all the exciting changes in Detroit. I am actually going to the UP next week for a Great Lakes summer fix. I can’t wait for the fresh air!

  95. Samantha says...

    Oregon must smell amazing!

  96. oh god that was the best SNL skit ever. so hilarious and true.

    i grew up in arkansas – in the woods basically. while i have lovely memories of spending my childhood at deer camp(!), i don’t really feel the feels about going back. my family is by far the only thing i miss about the town itself. :/

  97. What about candle from Seattle. What it could be with? Maybe with umbrella? LOL

  98. immigrated from vietnam at very young age, grew up in suburb of DC on MD side (Takoma Park represent!) until 10 and moved around for my father’s foreign services job until i landed in southern VA for college. lived in northern VA and southern CA after, but now in baltimore. i always knew i’d come home to MD.

  99. Mandy says...

    Hershey Pa,…(which is where I am working now) so the Chocolate candle is most appropriate!

  100. What a beautiful idea. I grew up in Austin, and while I’ve been gone for a while, I always anticipate the smell of home when I leave the airport and wait to be picked up. Damp air and dirt with sweet mesquite. Unmistakable.

    The tie of scent and memory is fascinating to me. Any chance of interview with perfume makers? We have a wonderful shop in SF called Tigerlilly that’s full of local and independent perfumes by makers like Yosh, Imaginary Authors (which you’d love!), and En Voyage. The stories influencing each scent are worlds in and of themselves!

  101. Hometown Michigan now and always. Vive le Detroit

  102. Lynn says...

    Relieved to see they have NorCal and SoCal candles, haha.

  103. I also grew up in a Michigan suburb! I’m from Northville, about halfway between Ann Arbor and Detroit. I’m only three hours away and three years out of college so I don’t find myself missing it, but it was a great place to grow up :)

  104. Jamie says...

    I love this! I’m from Virginia, whose candle is made from honeysuckle in forest floor. Perfect, because I played in one forest or another nearly afternoon and ate honeysuckle nectar all summer.

  105. Emily says...

    My hometown area is also the Michigan (Detroit) suburbs, as is my husband, and now we are raising our children here as well. Michigan is so beautiful and filled with beautiful towns, lakes, and nature that I wouldn’t want it any other way!!