"There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"
That's one of my favorite passages in American literature, and it ran through my mind when I was lighting my new Blue Garden candle. I've been familiar with the Nest candle line for a while, and I've had a favorable impression of the candles' fragrances and packaging, but somehow I didn't purchase one until I noticed Blue Garden. The name must have held a subconscious appeal for me. I've also been feeling the need for a new home fragrance, since I usually like to make a seasonal switch from spicy or gourmand blends to lighter, botanical notes at this time of year.
Nest describes Blue Garden's fragrance as "blue hydrangea, hyacinth, and forget-me-nots...blended with fresh green notes and a dew drop accord to create the aroma of a lush floral garden." That's an accurate summary. I actually don't know how forget-me-nots smell, but Blue Garden does capture the idea of hyacinth and hydrangea in bloom. It's a clean scent, as florals go, but not soapy, and its dewy-green aspect makes it feel versatile. It's truly more like a garden than a florist's shop — flowery, but a little airy, without an overly "perfumey" feeling — and since I love floral fragrances, but my husband dislikes anything that turns too heady or hothouse-like, it satisfies both tastes and works well in our home.
Blue Garden is a well-scented candle, and its fragrance disperses efficiently without being overpowering. If I burn it in the evening, I can still detect the scent when I enter the room the next morning, which is a nice surprise. It's reasonably priced for an eight-ounce candle that promises to last for fifty hours, and its deep indigo-blue glass holder is stunning. (One small complaint: if you happen to knock the candle against any nearby sharp-edged objects, as I clumsily did, the blue coloring will scratch off.) For some reason, it's difficult to find a floral candle that's delicate and fresh but has a distinct presence, or one that gives off enough fragrance and still smells high-quality, but Blue Garden does it all effortlessly.
Lastly, Nest Fragrances will donate one-hundred percent of the net proceeds for this candle to Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization. Blue Garden was introduced in April, for Autism Awareness Month, and I'm not certain whether it's a limited edition or a permanent addition to the collection. In any case, it's reportedly selling well, and I'll probably be headed back to buy another one before we even reach the heart of summer.