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When WAX + WINE opened their doors a few months back, I knew exactly who I had in mind that I would take: Husby's mom and sister. So when Rachel's birthday came around, Justin and I wanted to treat her for a girls date in the city. So we had her invite some of her closest friends, we made a planned a day, and then we were off.

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A short walk away from the PATCO line, the WAX+WINE studio sits alongside some of the city's cutest boutiques and antique shops. Close to the corner of 11th and Pine, you will come upon the minimal, but bold black and white sign. By now, you should know I live for a black exterior, but then you walk in and you're greeted with this old world charm meets contemporary flair aesthetic. The Art Nouveau-esque chandelier with the dark mahogany cabinet and crown moulding give the space it's character, while the lucite chairs and neon signs bring the flair.

Once seated we were able to pop the bottle of rosé I brought (yes this place is a BYOB) and hang out until our class began. See, WAX+WINE is what they call a "Candle Bar". Customers can create their own candles with their own custom scent combination. While you're in the Scent Room, there are also various vessels to put your candle in; black glass, amber glass, and various travel tins. Then customers go back to their table, learn to balance out the ratios (a little tricky and can be very mess), blend into the melted wax, and pour into their chosen containers. The best part is, you don't have to wait too long for the candle to fully set due to their blast chiller process.
Badabing Badaboom.

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With over 75 fragrances to choose from (and endless blending possibilities) it truly fits in with the "Made For You" trend that's been sin vogue these days. We've seen it everywhere...from haircare brands like Prose and Function of Beauty, to skincare with Curology, and even with Care/of Vitamins (click here for $40 off your first order).

Birthday girl dabbled with Gardenia for a while, but then realized it wasn't her jam. So she switched out the scents and went with a Champagne Georgia Peach that was reminiscent of a Fuzzy Navel brunch-y cocktail. Justin's mom went with a mix of Midsummer (a pachouli blend) and Orange. Rachel's friend Sarah's candle smelled like walking through the meadows at Longwood. That's the funny thing about the sense of smell. You can always be taken back to a memory or a place with just a quick whiff.

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BLACK HONEY

- a blend of black teakwood and honeysuckle -
Takes you back to the phosphorescence of the first blooms on a summer morning with a tinge of smoke from the bonfire the night before. Also name of a really good Thrice song.