Ah, the sweet smell of newsprint hot off the presses. That smell doesn’t exist anymore, right? Hasn’t it been replaced by the smell of an overheating laptop (vaguely metallic, slightly fiery, mostly disconcerting)? Not quite. Refinery29 reports that there is now a limited-edition candle available called “The Times of New York.” It smells “newsy, with hints of guaiacwood, cedar, musk, spice, with ‘a powdery note and velvet nuance,’ meant to mimic the aroma of black ink on newsprint.” We’re guessing that’s just a nice way of saying that it smells like the back room of your grandparents’ apartment.
But in all seriousness, we’re mostly just sad that this type of thing exists. It’s kind of the candle equivalent of Willy Wonka’s gum that tastes like a three-course meal: an illusion of the real thing. Or whatever.
Buy the candle for $65 to go along with your digital subscription.