Candles and Nostalgia ~ Holiday Reflections


We here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love are stocked all the way up on holiday goods – sweaters, fingerless gloves, stocking stuffers, Santa dog toys, retro kitchenware, and an astounding amount of candles. Truly, wildly astounding.

As our dear supervisor, Amanda had wisely pointed out earlier in the day, our sense of smell is the sense which most evokes nostalgia. As the holiday season approaches and the cold weather makes us all feel a bit more pensive and vulnerable than usual, I thought it’d be a great time to talk about some of my favorite holiday scents here at the shop, and the wholesome memories that they bring me back to.


I am first going to highlight a staple from The Soap & Paper Factory, the Roland Pine. Musky, warm, and a perfect alternative to smelling a real Christmas tree in your own home, Roland Pine is nostalgic in the most straightforward wintry manner. Taking a whiff of Roland is a lot like standing outside before the first snow of December, smelling the indescribable scent of snow, and thinking, “yes, it is that time again”. The best part: not only do we carry the 9.5 oz. candle, but we also have a packed supply of votives, a votive set, a room diffuser kit, an incense kit, and a bar of shea butter soap. Something for every pine lover in Providence!


My indoor winter mood differs from my outdoor winter mood greatly, and while Roland Pine makes me long for warm in-doorsy times, and Paddywax’s White Woods and Mint brings me to the middle of the woods on a crisp and cloudy day. It smells like the woods, with a note of minty freshness.


Paddywax’s potent and lovely Tobacco and Patchouli candle smells like my childhood Italian household in the evening, when dinner is being finished and wine is being opened. The scent of fragrant and charming potpourri fills the room, and I wonder what potpourri actually is after all. This candle is sweet, and not harsh at all, despite what having “tobacco” in its name might suggest. In fact, it is the perfect balance of sweetness and musk, with a hint of woodsiness. It is cozy, in short.

All three of these candles, and many more, are available in-store and online at! Find out which scent makes you or a loved one feel the most joyful and nostalgic, or just which one you think smells the best.

Written By: Alex Pizzuti


About Queen of Hearts and Modern Love

Queen of Hearts est. 2006, a fashion boutique featuring cool, covetable jewelry, amazingly adorable dresses, and uniquely perfect accessories. Queen of Hearts also has a large lifestyle, gift and bath & body section. Located in the heart of the arts district in downtown Providence, RI. We have a little sister! Her name is Modern Love est. 2010. She’s a sleek, modern lifestyle store with a gorgeous selection of jewelry and accessories for you and your home. Carrying lines such as Herschel, Brixton, Fjall Raven, Orla Kiely, Paddywax, Crow Canyon and more. Not only do we pride ourselves on our top-notch customer service but, also provide complimentary gift wrapping for all your holiday gifts and treasures. We are also a dog-friendly shopping destination, year-round! We welcome you to step into our cozy, uniquely curated boutique where everyone is welcome. We are open every day!We love to see your beautiful face in person, but if you can't make it visit our new online shop at! Hours: Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Wednesday 11 AM - 6 PM Thursday - Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM
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