Literary Paraphernalia: Bookish Aromatherapy

With school around the corner, I know that, come fall, I’ll need to find ways to decompress after a long day. And since my apartment lacks a bath tub to soak in, I think that candles, perfumes, and other literary scents might be just the trick to calming my nerves. You’d be surprised what goodies you can find on Etsy. Everything from roll-on perfume with the scent of old books (for book sniffers everywhere) to candles that smell like Dobby’s socks (which I did not include in this list, because you couldn’t get me to take a whiff of anyone’s socks, not even Dobby’s).

I’m still not convinced that the real Dharma Bums from Kerouac’s novel didn’t simply douse themselves in a barrel of patchouli, but regardless, I am certain that any book lover can find something on this list. And if not, check out our Pinterest for more literary loot.

Old Books Roll On Perfume

Wuthering Heights Oakmoss & Amber Goat’s Milk Soap

Pride & Prejudice Earl Grey and Lavender Soy Candle

Butterbeer Scented Soap

Great Gatsby Cotton & Musk Soy Candle

Lavender Oil Fragrance “The Secret Garden”

Dharma Bum Cologne Oil in Cedarwood, Opium, Coffee

Oh, Bother Lip Balm

The Giving Tree Soy Candle

Winterfell Frost Balm


About Melanie Figueroa

Melanie is the Editor-in-Chief at The Poetics Project. She has a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University and a passion for stories in all their forms. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar. You can follow Melanie on Twitter or Instagram @wellmelsbells.
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