Food Scented Gifts: Yay or Nay?

Food Scented Gifts: Yay or Nay?

Stephanie Barlow
Dec 6, 2010

Food-scented candles and other gifts seem to either smell wonderful or a little strange. Sugar cookies and gingerbread scents are great for candles, but what about body lotion?

I love the Aunt Sadie's pumpkin pie candle I found at Anthropologie a few years ago. I burn it to get rid of kitchen odors or when I want the place to smell like, well, I have a pumpkin pie in the oven! However, the cinnamon bun body wash I received as a gift doesn't really do it for me. It smells great, just like cinnamon buns, but why I would want my body to smell like baked goods is lost on me.

Food scents are hit or miss. I love basil and mint scented hand soaps and lotions but lemon can become overpowering. Williams Sonoma does a good job of capturing light scents -- I love their new lemongrass ginger lotion and soap. Another favorite is Burt's Bee's almond hand lotion. However, sometimes its strong almond scent makes me feel as though I've spread marzipan on my hands instead.

Do you look forward to or cringe at food-scented gifts?

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

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