When anyone comes into my shop, Hollyhocks on Main, they comment on the way it smells. Most people love it, a few do not… which is fine. But what you may not know is that there is a scent story being told. Every choice, from the site of the scented items, to the combination of scents are all clearly thought out.
Every scent line we carry from soaps to candles and incense has to be either herbaceous, citrusy or a fresh clean scent. Nothing sweet or cloying and they have to work in concert with one another. I know it is working because lots of customers try to buy it. And if I could mix it all up in a bottle and sell it, I would!
At the front of the shop are Michel Designs foaming hand and bath soaps made with aloe vera and shea butter. We carry Lemon Basil, Lavender Rosemary and Papillon, a freshly cut meadow scent with notes of honeysuckle and gardenia. Not only do they smell good but are beautifully designed with botanical motifs.
In the middle of the shop are the soy blend scented candles. We have Votivo candles in a variety of scents including Forgotten Sage, Red Currant, Saint Germain Lavender and Black Ginger. And we have Chesapeake Bay Double Wick Tins in Blood Orange, Wild Lemongrass and Bergamot & Clover.
At the back of the shop are dried lavender bunches, sachets and gardeners hand soaps from Seattle Seed Company. We carry two types of incense: cones from Vance Kitira and stick incense from Sea Witch Botanicals. My personal favorite is Herbal Renewal, a blend of lavender and rosemary essential oils.
Hopefully we have created a total sensory experience as you walk through the shop… from the complex layers of scents to the visually colorful wares to the sounds of relaxing music. We believe that wonderful scents should be part of the journey in making a special space, whether it’s in your home or my shop.
Resources: Hollyhocks on Main, 4090 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA or visit our web store at http://www.hollyhocksonmain.com.