Sniff up, can you smell that? Can you smell the magic? It’s no secret that I would trade several organs and a limb to make Walt Disney World my permanent home, it’s forever been my happiest place on Earth. With no trip coming up over the horizon I’ve got to start getting a little more creative in keeping the magic alive at home. Youtube videos are all well and good, and Neverland knowns I spend more hours watching them than I’m going to openly admit, but videos and images can only invoke so many memories. When it comes to the magic, you don’t just want to see it, you want to smell it too, and here’s were Maple & Whiskey Candle Co comes in!
I’ve stalked Maple & Whiskey on Instagram for I don’t know how long but never actually picked up any of their candles until now. They’re a UK based company, selling through Etsy, that specialises in magical scents from Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. From stores to rides, hotels and infamous sweet treats, if you’ve ever set foot in a Disney theme park you will know that the individual scents all tell a part of the story!
A few months ago they had one of their infamous sample sales. In short they pack up sets of 6 tea lights, each a different scent, for you to get a taste of what the bigger versions of each scent smells like. Out of the 6 sets on offer, I chose 2! Could I really fill my home with the scent of Animal Kingdom Lodges Jambo House? The Main Street Bakery? Bring back the nostalgia of The Writers Stop or imagine I’m flying over Fiji on Soarin? Cross your mouse ears and let’s find out…
Sample Set One
Over Fiji - very fresh, very clean, very clear blue ocean but I’d say it’s more inspired by the scene in the ride than the actual smell.
Beach Club - I’ve only been over to the Beach Club twice and can I remember how it smells? Nope! But this is a lovely scent, think coconut meets clean linen!
Philharmagic - So this, YES! The scene in the show when the pie comes flying off the table and into your face, that mixed berry pie smell is so so strong. This smells exactly like the Philharmagic pie!
Jambo House - So, here’s a confession for you all. I bought this scent entirely for this one tea light. Jambo House is, hands down, my spiritual home. I think I want to say this does smell like the Lodge but that could just be because I really need it to smell like Jambo House! There is defiantly something there that reminds me of Jambo House but I don’t think it’s quite there. It’s close though!
Poison Apple - Yes. This smells so much like Posion Apple in Disney Springs! It’s such a strong apple scent, there is no denying it
Karamelle Küche - Instant head nodding frantically, this smells exactly like the shop in the German Pavillion, it’s pure Werthers Original and even looks like one too!
Sample Set Two
Main Street Bakery - I was expecting it to smell more like cookies, but it comes close to smelling like cinnamon buns which is about as close to the Main Street Bakery scent as you can get. There’s something so sweet in the scent but warm at the same time!
Contemporary - Again, another hotel I’ve not spent a whole lot of time in but this does kind of remind me of the Monorail. It’s a very clean, fresh smell but not as fresh as Beach Club.
Pumpkin Spice Latte - Without question, the most accurate smell out of both boxes and I really want the biggest they have to burn for all of Autumn! I had so many of these a few trips back nd became a total basic convert!
Days of Christmas - I hate to say it, but this is probably the most disappointing one for me! Days of Christmas has a very distinct, warm, cinammon/nutmeg/spice scent going on that just hits you from the moment you walk in and clings to any purchases you make (I swear). But I’m really not getting that with this candle. It certainly has a very subtle hint of the smell I remember but it’s nowhere near as strong enough as I would have expected!
Over Africa - So I don’t think this reminds me of what it’s suppose to remind me of! For me, I’m picturing a shop near Kilimanjaro Safari’s, but I think it’s supposed to smell like the scene from Soarin. It’s funny how smells can invoke such bizarre and vivid memories!
Writer’s Stop - It broke my heart when they announced they would be closing the door on the Writers Stop to make way for the big Star Wars land expansion. Part of me hopes it will reappear somewhere but I doubt it. This was one of my favourite places for a little midday downtime in Hollywood Studios, surrounded by books, with a carrot cake cookie in hand. This candle packs a serious nostalgic punch! It smells exactly how I remember The Writers Stop. Curling up as the dark nights set in, a brew, a book, this candle burning on the side? Perfection!
I was worried these candles would be a bit gimmicky but they’re actually really not. The scents, the memories they invoke, I might not be in the magic but it certainly goes a long way in bringing the magic a little more to life at home!
What invokes the strongest memories for you? Visuals or scents?
Until next time,