The Smell of Home, in Missoula Candles


So the snow in my yard is FINALLY gone, my husband has been starting to work the dirt in our back yard garden, and I’m dreaming of leaves on the trees, green grass, and all the good stuff Mother Nature has coming our way over the next few weeks.

As my grass is still more brown, there is a thirty percent chance of snow showers, and the fact that my pedicure is woeful at best, I think I might need to get my spring fix from a delightful tomato leaf scented Last Best Candle.

What does a tomato leaf smell like? In a word, summer. Green, fresh, not too flowery. Pure summer garden goodness, in a lovely shade of green!

Hand-crafted Last Best Candles have been a favorite gift of mine to give and receive over the years. Craft show lovers have been flocking to Jamie Lawrence’s booth over the years, she had a small shop on Higgins for a while and finally realized that she needed to take Last Best Candles (or LBC) wholesale.

Now, the best place to find your favorite pillar, votive, soy, or jar candle from LBC in Missoula would be the tasting room at Bayern Brewing (candles and beer, sounds dangerous!). And if you are touring Western Montana you can find LBC candles in dozens of little shops. Or you can find your brand new favorite candles on their website.

I will admit I am totally partial to tomato leaf, I honestly never buy anything else for myself. I have branched out into other scents for gifts. My aunt was delighted with the Macintosh Apple and I have a friend who swoons for the Sage Blackberry. Send a Sweetgrass pillar candle to a ex-pat Montana Girl and she’ll be reminded of home with the first sniff.

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Leah Lewis is living the dream on Missoula’s Northside with her handsome and handy husband Mark, daughters Zoe and Mila, two dogs and a cat.  She enjoys making things on her sewing machine, with her knitting needles and in her kitchen.  You can listen to her play today’s pop music every day on Fresh 104.5 FM, or listen to her podcast about hundred or more year old pop music on her classical music podcast at with Darko Butorac from the Missoula Symphony.  You might catch Leah and her family relaxing in their backyard, cheering on the Missoula Osprey or rooting for the Lady Griz on any given weekend.