According to this blog’s stats some people are visiting these pages following a search for ‘what does mistletoe smell like’ or words to that effect. I’m not surprised that they’re asking – as there are many seasonal mistletoe-branded scented products out there – candles, pot-pourri etc. And they’re a complete con – mistletoe doesn’t have a scent.
I covered this last winter – hence the hits on the searches – but it seems timely to re-visit the issue. Last year I concentrated on candles – reviewing a few of the ones labelled as mistletoe-scented and discovering that, other than being green or white, they had nothing whatsoever to do with mistletoe. Most seemed to be pine-scented. Re-visiting a few this season seems to confirm this – Yankee Candles are marketing their ‘Mistletoe and Fig’ range as having ‘the authentic, true-to-life fragrance’ of, er the ‘naturally fresh scent of gleaming, snow-covered pines’. No mistletoe then. Or figs for that matter.
This year I’ve investigated some of the mistletoe pot-pourri products. So what do those smell like? Well, Colonial HomeScents ‘Frosted Mistletoe’ (box pictured above) smells of – you guessed it – Pine. And not any old pine-scent – this one (believe me, I’ve picked a box up and sniffed it) really does smell like pine disinfectant – which is what I likened the candles to last year.
So, no real mistletoe inside, and no real mistletoe on the label either. At least they’re consistent!