It’s hard to believe that it’s November. This year has flown by and it feels like summer was just last week. To that point, it was just this past week that I finally cleaned out the last couple of pairs of swim trunks and flipflops from my wheels. Is anyone else guilty of that, or just me?
On the plus-side, November means that we’re inching that much closer to one of my favourite times of the year – winter and the start of the holiday season! As much as I love those endless summer days, I’m absolutely loving these first few days of snow, the pretty-much automatic flip to everything winter and Christmas related! From the lights, sounds and sights, to all the amazing food & drink. I could write a post on the food alone…but let’s save that for another day. Plus, this is the time of year when I try to catch up and enjoy time with friends and loved ones alike. It’s kind of the best.
I knew from the get-go that I wanted to create a winter collection for Farmer’s Son Co. After our initial launch this past winter, I knew that I couldn’t rush it and that if I were going to create a winter collection that I wanted to take our time to get it right. So, with that, I knew that we’d have to get to work on it.
Which is just what I did.
June might seem like a goofy time of year to start working on a winter collection, but coming from a product development and sourcing background, I knew that it would take to not only come up with a theme for the collection, but also to figure out what scent stories I wanted to develop, how and what I was going to package everything in and then secure supplies required and start making them.
So with that, I cranked up the Burl Ives and got to work!
It took me most of the summer, with a lot of testing and playing around with winter scents in a studio that at times felt about 30 °C, but I’m pretty dang pleased with how everything came together.
I figured that it was time for you to really get to know our winter collection!
First up, let’s introduce you to Farmhouse Kitchen.
Farmhouse Kitchen is the Farmer’s Son Co. take on your family’s house during the holiday season. With it’s classic blend of gingerbread and strong notes of clove and other spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, this takes us back to those cold winter nights in my family’s farmhouse’s kitchen. I come from a family that loves to bake and our house, along with the houses of both of my grandmas were always filled with the spiced notes of freshly baked cookies, cakes and muffins.
I wanted to take you back, but also create something that was different than that usual gingerbread scented candle and we’ve just done that. Pushing that classic scent up with an extra kick of clove. It’s a personal fave and I know you’ll love it!
Up next is Boreal.
Boreal is everything coniferous that we could pack into Farmer’s Son Co.’s winter collection tins. With a blend of balsam fir, Manitoba jack pine, eastern white cedar and white spruce, Boreal captures the essence of Canada’s northern boreal region perfectly. This takes me back to those childhood memories of days spent hunting for the perfect Christmas tree, tobogganing adventures that involved crashing into a spruce grove with our old tin sled (after using Turtle Wax on it) and snowmobiling treks on back trails.
We love the reaction that we get anyone opens Mulled for the first time. It’s kind of the best seeing their eyes light up.
A fragrant and rich blend of your favourite red wines, cranberry, cinnamon and other holiday spice that have been simmering on that old white enamel cookstove for the better part of the day, Mulled is our take boozy take on the holiday season. We’re pretty sure that’s the easiest way to describe it. We’re all grownups. Light a couple of these bad boys up as friends and family gather and you’ll be surprised with how quickly Mulled’s fragrance fills your home.
We love flannel sheets. Plaid print Portuguese flannel sheets if we’re going to get into specifics.
I wrote down the name of this scent in the middle of the night last spring, knowing that I needed to do something with it. What I wasn’t sure.
It took awhile, but we think that if there was ever going to be a candle with the name Flannel Sheets, that we’ve hit the nail head-on. Flannel Sheets is an intoxicating blend of fresh laundry mixed with balsam fir and Manitoba jack pine. This is like those super soft Portuguese flannel sheets that just get better and better with age. This is for those cold winter winters (and mornings) when you just want to bury yourself under the covers.
Also, as one friend put it, “If you’ve ever wanted to snuggle up to a hot bearded lumberjack, this is the scent for you.”
And last, but not least, we have Juniper + Peppermint.
When I started to think about some of my favourite winter memories, a lot of them included bundling up to go outside for a long winter walk with my pooch at my side. I love those winter days when it’s cool and crisp outside. Sun shining, a fresh blanket of snow on ground that hasn’t been walked on by anyone. A stillness of sorts.
There’s something rewarding about walking though undisturbed snow before anyone else. Snow crunching underfoot, nose rosy red and a freshness that’s undeniable.
With it’s fragrant blend of fresh, sweet juniper and the minty-fresh & distinctive scent of peppermint, this is that perfect “winter” scent you’ve been looking for.
And there you have it friends, our first winter collection!
All five of the Farmer’s Son Co. winter scents are available in both 4oz. and 8oz. tins which are available today at a number of our stockists throughout Manitoba!
I know you're going to love them and that with that first whiff of each we're going to take you back to a special time and place! I truly believe each scent tells a story - each story unique to your own memories and experiences. I want to know what memories our scents conjure up...let us know on our Facebook or Instagram, or drop us an email with your story!