I’m so excited for my friend and fellow Build Up commentator Jon Setzen on the launch of his new candle company Arlo Jacob. Named after his two sons, Arlo Jacob is a candle company that makes scents which are offbeat and nostalgic. For his first candle he chose to recreate the scent of his grandfather’s packing tobacco, and the story is a great one.
Long ago in a faraway land – known then as Rhodesia – my grandfather mixed, by hand, his own signature tobacco blend. He’d sample each batch in a small clay pipe. Adding a pinch of brown sugar or a dash of ground dried plum until the smell and taste were just as he remembered. Granddad is a remarkable man. This candle is my tribute to him. Hand-crafted with the essence of his one-of-a-kind tobacco blend, it burns with the same fire that sparked his clay tasting pipe more than a half century ago.
I’ve had The Courlander burning in my living room now for over a month and I’m obsessed with it. I never thought I was a fan of tobacco but this is a scent that’s both warm, slightly masculine with a slight hint of sweetness. This is because Jon chose to also mix in elements of brown sugar, anise seed and dried plum. We’ve had dinner parties where the candle wasn’t lit and people still remarked on how great it smelled.
You can grab one for yourself (or the dudes in your family) by clicking here.