Do Scented Candles Belong In The Kitchen (Or Dining Room)?

These scented candles from London kitchen emporium Divertimenti are perfumed with hyacinth, tuberose and spring flowers. Scented candles often borrow aromas from the garden or the kitchen. But while hyacinth may smell nice in a bathroom, living room or bedroom, it can be confusing in the kitchen or the dining room, interfering with our ability to smell -- and taste -- food...

I love the scent of a Diptyque fig candle, but what was it doing burning at the dinner table at a wedding I went to recently, overpowering the scent of the main course? Why did the host of another dinner party insist on suffocating the air with a chocolate-scented candle from Hervé Gambs, while we ate our scallops and seafood terrine? I'm not enough of a purist to object to burning a scented candle over a cup of tea, but shouldn't the airspace be reserved for the aromas of the plate in the kitchen or at the table?

What do you think? Do you use scented candles in the kitchen or at mealtimes?

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com