Standing Out in the Field with Nicole Wong
Montreal-based creative Nicole Wong immerses herself in the Goodee Candle multiverse.
Words and photography by Nicole Wong
A little before the onset of the pandemic, I transitioned to working from home in a city that was unfamiliar to me. Not knowing many people, plus having to get used to the negative temperatures of late fall and winter, I needed to find ways to make my new home feel more like my own. This was difficult to do in a space where most of the furniture and décor was already there when I moved in, but I knew that scent would be a great way to find that comfort.
Scent has a powerful way of reaching us on a deeper level. It can transport us to a place and time, ease our tension, and change the ambiance of a space. These are the reasons why I love a great scented candle. The intentionality behind lighting one and having its aroma fill a room is super grounding for me.
So, on a particularly difficult week where work deadlines converged and stress levels increased, I sought out a salve in the form of Goodee’s candle collection. Upon unboxing the candles, I was immediately hit with their beautiful fragrances, with each one transporting me to a new environment. Memories of my home province of British Columbia came through as I discovered Forest, while Field’s breezy notes took me on a rerun of my recent Provençal adventures. The crisp and slightly fruity scent of Ocean was such a mood-booster and contrasted the smoky and autumnal vibes of Mountain.
And when these candles reach the end of their lives, I love that you can give them new ones by cleaning out the vessels, reincarnating them into catch-alls for bits and bobs, or even turning a few into a set of drinking glasses. Not all of my candles receive this treatment, though they do get recycled accordingly, but I can guarantee that each of the Goodee ones will be repurposed and treasured long after their flame burns out.
To some, I know that a candle purchase may seem trivial. They may even say that you're watching your money burn. For others, myself included, there's more to a candle than what meets the eye. It's never just some wax encased in a pretty jar. A quality scented candle has the power to transport your spirit. With the flick of a match, it can abate stress and tension. Sure, a candle isn't going to solve all of your problems, but if it can help create a space—both physical and mental—that gives you comfort, light up.