Things I highly disliked as a child: mint.

     For whatever reason I absolutely despised the taste of mint, and it took my about 15 years to come around from that.

     If someone made me mint tea I spit it out, if I was handed a piece of gum I had to make sure it was fruit flavoured before popping it in. My grandma even had to carry two different boxes of Tic Tac, one original, one orange, the latter for me.

     So for me to be sitting here today and enjoying a minty scent is a true miracle – if growing up has led up to a certain moment, it’s probably this.

     This week, continuing with the holiday spirit, Peppermint from Luminessence. You can find this brand at Dollar Tree, and at $1.25 for 3 oz, you really cannot go wrong.

     If you’ve ever wondered how candy canes (traditionally flavoured with peppermint) are made, check out this How It’s Made!

     This Peppermint scented candle’s wax is plain white in colour, and the mason jar holds 3 oz of wax.This time around the wick was much shorter. The off-centred label on the lid reads luminessence / Peppermint / SCENTED JAR CANDLE / 3 oz. (85 g). There is sticker on the bottom carrying the bar code, safety information, and more. What I like about this type of packaging is that once the lid is removed for burning, there’s no branding, no fancy names to sway your opinion. It’s you and your flickering, fragrant friend.

     Just like the Pine scented candle from Luminessence, Peppermint smells a bit like its namesake, but also of something very different. In this case, it’s hot chocolate mix! I kid you not when I say that besides the traditional sweet, minty candy aroma, there’s a distinct chocolatey, powdery essence that’s exactly like the base of childhood’s favourite beverage.

     Performance for Peppermint was about half as good as Pine‘s was from the same collection.

     Verdict: I wouldn’t repurchase this particular candle because of performance, but I’m curious about the rest of the collection.

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