What's the Nicest Smell in the World? - Island Thyme Soap Company

What's the Nicest Smell in the World?

Vanilla, of course, with it's timeless allure.

Island Thyme Soap Company is fully embracing the world's best smell in our 2023 Fall Seasonal Treasures where the soothing embrace of vanilla takes center stage. As the days grow shorter and the air crisper, there's no better time to infuse your space with the warmth and tranquility. Join us on a sensory journey as we cozy up to the Danish concept of the Hygge lifestyle tht includes these exquisite fall candles and their vanilla and spicy notes. 

How do we know vanilla the nicest smell in the world?

In a groundbreaking study conducted by scientists from the University of Oxford and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, 235 individuals from diverse corners of the globe, from bustling cities to serene fishing villages, shared their preferences for scents. The study, published in Current Biology, spanned locations as varied as the United States, Mexico, Thailand, Asian rainforests, and coastal areas in Central America. Participants were presented with ten distinct scents, each encapsulated in a tiny bottle, and asked to rank them based on personal preference.

Surprisingly, the researchers found that the universally cherished fragrance of vanillin, derived from the fermented and dried fruit of the orchid plant that imparts the iconic scent of vanilla, emerged as the most beloved aroma."We wanted to examine if people around the world have the same smell perception and like the same types of [odor], or whether this is something that is culturally learned," Artin Arshamian, a researcher at Karolinska and one of the study's authors said. "Traditionally it has been seen as cultural, but we can show that culture has very little to do with it."

This revelation may have surprised the researchers, but it comes as no surprise to artisans in the realms of soap-making, candle-making, and perfumery, who have long celebrated the timeless allure of vanilla and its key component, vanillin.

Vanilla: A Romantic Elixir

For centuries, vanilla has been hailed as a natural aphrodisiac, with physicians as far back as the 1700s prescribing it to male patients. Its sweet, welcoming aroma induces a euphoric state, making it a cherished ingredient in seductive perfumes and luxurious fragrances, particularly those in the gourmand and amber fragrance families. Due to its unique molecular properties, vanilla often acts as a fixative, allowing its essence to linger on the skin for extended periods.

Vanilla in the Hygge Lifestyle

The essence of vanilla, warm and comforting, evokes cherished childhood memories and the lingering scent of holiday treats baking in family ovens. Within the heart of the hygge lifestyle, candles hold a sacred place, casting a soft, soothing glow over everyday moments, transforming them into something enchanting. More than a mere source of light, candles, especially those with warm vanilla notes, create an ambiance of coziness and relaxation that permeates every corner of your life.

The vanilla stars Island Thyme Soap Company's 2023 Seasonal Treasures 

These Gourmand fragrances are designed to elicit a sense of deliciousness and are often reminiscent of sweet, dessert-like, or indulgent aromas.

Spiced Vanilla and Sweet Crème Candle 

Nicest Smell - Spiced Vanilla and Sweet Crème Candle

Elevate your most cherished moments with the tender embrace of our Spiced Vanilla & Sweet Crème candle. This exquisite blend of creamy vanilla, warming cinnamon, and comforting nutmeg transports you to a realm of tranquility and contentment, as the gentle, flickering glow bathes the room in spiced sweetness. Each one of these seasonal treasures is a a clean burning coconut and apricot wax candle beautifully embellished with a Czech glass leaf and glass seed beads.

Light it, settle in, and savor the simple joys of life.  

Nicest Smell - Vanilla Bourbon and Candied Mandarin Dough Bowl Candle

Vanilla Bourbon and Candied Mandarin Candle

Indulge in the allure of our Vanilla Bourbon & Candied Mandarin Candle. The harmonious fusion of Sicilian mandarin, rich bourbon, vanilla, and subtle spices creates a captivating, seductive, and inviting fragrance. Illuminate your space with sophistication.

Let the timeless allure of vanilla guide your sensory journey as you explore the captivating world of Island Thyme Soap Company's 2023 Seasonal Treasures. 

Elevate your spaces with the nicest smell in the world; these enchanting candles while you bask in the warm, inviting embrace of hygge.  

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