Smell is one of the body's strongest links to memory. A whiff of your favorite food, the summer breeze or a special soap can make you think of your childhood home.
Now you can have that comforting scent anytime, right at your fingertips.
A company called Homesick Candles creates custom scents to remind you of your home state. Each jumbo-sized candle burns between 60 and 80 hours, chock full of special, curated smells that represent many of these United States.
Texas, for example, is "a hint of leather, a bit of fresh cotton, and a just a touch of sage," to make you feel like you're deep in the heart of the Lone Star State.
Florida, naturally, mixes orange, driftwood and sea mist.
And Georgia is a blend of sweet tea and peaches.
Of course, the company hasn't gotten around to finding the perfect scents for every state. There are currently only 26 candles available. But, you can sign up to get notified when they have your state ready to buy.
And some states, like California, are simply too large and diverse to sum up in one candle. Northern California is a blend of "subtle hints of pear and redwood" while Southern California is a mix of "cactus, orange, and (of course) the ocean."
Seems pretty fitting.
However, some locals might find their scents somewhat surprising. New Yorkers will be happy to learn that their candle actually smells like apples and pumpkins and not subway breezes and hot asphalt.
And New Jersey's candle ambiguously touts that it "takes you back to The Garden State, with scents reminiscent of the Jersey shore."
One customer clarified on the website, "the scent smells like a mixture of classic boardwalk smells like fried dough, ocean breeze, sand, and ice cream."
Each candle is $34.95 USD, but the website is currently selling most scents for $5.00 off.
No more sad nights of crying on the phone to mom.