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I Can Celebrate My Home Away From Home



I was born on the beautiful island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines but migrated to New York which became my second home. I got married, had a family and was even a member of the US Army. Those who have family members in the military know how much traveling military personnel does. We move from duty station to duty station every few years or as needed. As soon as the kids have settled and made friends, it's time to uproot them again and move to a new duty station and the process starts all over again. No matter where I move to though I would always consider my Caribbean island as home. With the holidays approaching I've been noticing that I'm getting more nostalgic and homesick. We would normally travel over the holidays to the Caribbean to spend it with my mother, or to Canada to spend it with my brother. There is something about being with family, or being "home" that brings us closer together during the holidays. My mother had a penchant for cooking, she would bake every Christmas and there would be other foods on the stove being cooked. I didn't get her culinary skills but I do try.


My mother passed away 2 months ago and and there's something about smells that just bring back certain memories such as the smell of freshly baked bread and cakes in the oven.  Smells that remind me of the home that I grew up in, the memories just come flooding back. The freshly laundered clothing being hung on the clothes line outside to air dry and their fresh sun smell once you get them. The smell of all the fresh fruits, especially mangoes that we would all snack on during the Christmas season. I've always said that there's no place like home and Air Wick seems to think like I do. That's why to celebrate its Life Scents Holiday Collection, Air Wick is launching its Give the Gift of Home campaign which includes a donation of $250,000 through a portion of its profits to benefit families in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.


Air Wick aims to give the "Gift of Home" to those who miss it most with a new candle collection which aims to invoke the sweet memories of home. Whether it's the smell of cookies being baked in the oven or the scent of pine filling up the house from your Christmas tree that your family gets every year, you can find scents that will truly remind you of home. Scents like Spiced Apple Crumble, Snowflake Vanilla Cookie, Emerald Woodland and Berry Cool Winer. They are also available in an array of formats including plugin refills, Freshmatic® Auto Spray Refills as well as candle and wax melts in select fragrances, you’re sure to find something that strikes a chord no matter your home d├ęcor.


I have my candle in an area of prominence as I like to call it. I placed mine on my entryway table so it's the first thing I smell as soon as I walk through the door. It also gives my home a smell that says "welcome home". It's truly my home away from home. They've even done a truly heartwarming video as a tribute to families all over the world, showing us how the power of scent can bring us all closer together.  I took a look at the following video and the tears started flowing because I can relate.  I encourage you to take a look.


Even though I own my own home, I still call it my home away from home. I am in a state away from family and friends. There is truly no place like home and while I won't be able to visit my homeland this year, I will at least have my children close by and I will be able to teleconference with other family for the holidays. I will also have my Air Wick candles to help me with those wonderful memories of home, to help me celebrate my home away from home.

Let's discuss: What scents reminds you of your home? 


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Annmarie John
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  1. I always have candles burning in my house. I buy the big ones so they last forever :)

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  2. I love Airwick candles. I use them in my house all the time. With kids, a dog, and a husband, I need all the help I can get.

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  3. I am So sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine. Scent is one of the best ways to keep them with you "physically" and I am glad you found what works for you! Thank you for sharing this story!

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  4. I love thousands of miles away from my homeland and it's been very tough. Food has been my comfort when I am homesick.

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  5. There's nothing like a nice scent to make a room feel more cozy and homey. I'm glad you're able to make your home away from home better with these candles!

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  6. Cookies. Who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies?

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  7. There is absolutely nothing better than seasonal candles to take you back to an amazing vacation!! I love the Air Wick scents!!

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  8. I love using candles to create the feeling of home. It is amazing how much a scent can bring back memories or feelings for us.

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  9. So sorry for your loss. I miss my parents and the house I grew up in... but my parents live thousands of miles away

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  10. I love to patronize products that give back to the community. Air Wick candles are premium quality and I never had any regrets purchasing them for my home or as a gift. I will definitely buy more of them.

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  11. I love candles. There's something so comforting with the soothing scent of vanilla candle burning.

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  12. I love lighting scented candles in my home, making my home smell good and feel cozy. Smells or scents do bring back memories.

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  13. It is the coolest thing when the simplest things like a scent can just bring back a flood of memories. I love candles and they have so many great ones this time of year.

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  14. I love scented candles. I have never seen these but they are beautiful. I bet they smell fantastic!

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  15. I love using scented candles in my house. The smells of baked goods always reminds me of home. Ant candle with vanilla does it for me.,

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  16. cinnamon reminds me of home. It's my favorite scent and I love to burn cinnamon candles.

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  17. Smells really do remind us of certain memories, people or things. I would love to smell my grandma's homemade cooking again. I'd also like to smell that Woodland candle!

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  18. Scents really do hold memories. I have smelt a certain scent in the past and it has taken me right back. I love having candles in my home and varying the scents with the season Kat www.beautifullytravelled.com

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  19. The older I get the more I realize I like candle. Candles are the adult things to do...thats how you adult with candles.

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  20. I always thought it was weird that scents can take us back to great memories. For me it was the smell of my moms baking of pumpkin pie and cookies. I can smell it now. I should go find me a few of these candles!

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  21. Food scents remind me of home honestly. Those are my most memorable and treasured moments.

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  22. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Smells really do bring back memories…it is amazing how they can transport you back to your childhood and beyond.

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  23. I was just looking for some good scented candles. I Will have to look for these. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. I'm all about anything smelling fabulous!!!! With a messy toddler and a hubby who is just as messy, my house needs all the fabulous scents it can get!

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  25. For me the smell of home is just clean. That might make no sense but my house growing up was immaculate and always smelled so pure and fresh. The closest I can get to the smell is laundry after it comes in off the line outside. I am very sorry for your loss and wish you a happy holiday season!

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  26. You have a beautiful home and I have to say that what you said about scents bring back memories is oh so true. I remember growing up my grandmothers house use to smell like fresh palmolive soap and every time I smell that soap all I can think about is my grandmother who has long passed on.

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  27. I love the way you write and share your niche! Very interesting and different! Keep it coming! Excellent at home

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