Happy Canada Day

By Alexandra Donaldson

Canada smells good. To us, our country smells of campfire and pine needles, and of the great outdoors—the fresh foliage of spring, the hot haze of summer, the autumn’s rainbow leaves and winter’s first frost. These scents perfume our favourite Canadian memories. After all Canada, and its many seasons, is as varied as the people who inhabit this land.

With the loon as our early morning wake-up call and thick mist coming off the summertime lake, we can’t help but think of Northern Ontario and Muskoka, Lake Louise and Banff National Park.

Though not everyone can head into the Canadian wilderness for the day, one can still celebrate with a pine-scented candle, a beauty pick-me-up or a classic cocktail—laced with the sweet and distinctive scent of maple syrup of course.

What is your favourite Canadian smell? Make sure to tell us on Twitter @TheWhaleTheRose!


Can’t make it to Muskoka? Grab this scented candle from Indigo to transport you there. The pine forest scent will place you in the green landscape that we love so dearly—even from the comfort of your city abode. With other scents like Sugar Bush Maple Syrup and Lake Louise Breeze available in the range, you can be sure to find something that appeals to your all-Canadian nostalgia.

Muskoka Pine Forest scented candle, $30,


For more great green scents, make sure to read up on our favourite green perfumes from this year.


If celebrating with a cocktail or two this Canada Day, why not try a Canadian whisky made even more holiday-appropriate with maple syrup notes. We recommend a “Canadian Coffee” or a “Muskoka Maple“. This Crown Royal Maple Finished Whisky has aromas of caramel, maple syrup and rich baking spices—the perfect toast to Canada’s birthday, though you can enjoy it all summer long and well into the fall and winter.

Crown Royal Maple Finished Whisky, $30,

Got love for maple? Us too! Read more about it here.


il_570xN.550058737_a5umSWEETLY PAMPERED

Having a me-day this Canada Day? We recommend truly embracing the Great White North. Smells Like Canada is a company after our own heart—exploring the link between emotion and scent while being inspired by the places and towns that make Canada so distinct. Try its salve, which is made with refined shea butter and is an intense moisturizer. We’re apt to recommend the “Toronto Smoke” scent, with notes of cinnamon, tobacco smoke and cherry, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy summer (and Canada Day) pampered and relaxed.

Smells Like Canada Toronto Smoke Salve, $22,

See what our readers thought Canada smelled like last year—and don’t forget to tell us what Canada smells like to you! 

Feature image: Author’s own

Green perfumes keep growing, changing

By Deborah Fulsang

It’s easier and easier to live green. We’re talking fragrance of course, since green is of the latest perfume trends gaining ground.

A trio of new releases—Nest’s new Verde spritz, Gucci Guilty Diamond Limited Edition Pour Homme and Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme Intenso—all celebrate green but in different ways.

In the world of perfume, green means green grass and leaves, fern, resinous galbanum and labdanum, aromatic green herbs such as basil, mint and thyme, and vetiver. …READ MORE


What is pomelo?

Pomelo is the largest of the citrus fruits. Its thick yellow-green skin hides a thick rind and white to pink fruity pulp. Closest to a grapefruit, it is somewhat milder and sweeter than its relation. Pomelos can be enjoyed like any citrus fruit, and the rind is often used for marmalade.

In fragrance, pomelo smells like a milder grapefruit, without the bitterness, making it a great citrus note.

Read about more of our favourite new citrus notes and scents here.

PHOTO: FlickrCC/Jaime Walker

What does your city smell like? Discover “smell walks”

By Alexandra Donaldson

When we wander our cities, the scents we notice tend to be negative smells—garbage, waste, sweat, etc. But smell mapping is attempting to change our perceptions of our urban scentscapes by drawing attention to the many different smells of a city and how they affect our perception of the space.

Kate McLean and her research partner Daniele Quercia were recently interviewed on CBC’s By Design where they spoke about their publication “Smelly Maps: The Digital Life of Urban Smellscapes” and about McLean’s smell walks, the method with which she gathers her data.



Company bottles the smell of your dead loved ones

By Alexandra Donaldson

When losing a loved one we often hold on to mementos to keep their memory alive—grandfather’s sweater, grandmother’s recipes. Now you can have the most potent memory of your deceased love one—their scent. Kalain’s Olfactory Links lets you create a perfume that replicates the individual scent of your passed relation.

No, we’re not joking. …READ MORE