Then one fateful day, I stumbled upon a store where the window display featured headless mannequins contrasted against cascading rows of torn pages from books, basic cotton t-shirts that averaged around $78, and lit candles resting in an open vase. What was this magical place? Anthropologie.
In the last few years, Anthropologie has had its downs: dwindling clothing sales, a struggle to find its brand identity, this…
No matter what struggles Anthropologie endure, one thing remains consistent: I want my house to be Anthropologie. So, I’ve started my quest to turn my home into “Anthro-esque.” Will I have a window display of my dog gently sleeping among free floating succulents?
No, because she’s a saucy bitch who has no time for that nonsense.
The easiest and most basic way to “Anthro” your home is to begin with smell. Ask anyone what they first notice when they walk into Anthropologie, and chances are it’s the scent. Although there is an entire section dedicated to candles of varying scents and brands, the ride and die Anthro candle has and will always be Capri Blue’s Volcano.
Described as the cult candle, Volcano blends notes of citrus, sugar, and basic bitch; and this basic bitch wants her home to drench her home in it. Here’s how I’m doing just that:
Just Buy the Damn Candle
If you visit Anthropologie’s website right now, there are 18 different styles of the Volcano candle, ranging from mini (nope) to colossal (my dream), ombre to rose gold. Love the Volcano smell but afraid to leave a candle unattended? Never fear, boo. Anthro’s got you covered with room spray and reed diffusers.
Julie’s Anthropologie Tip: The jar candles are notorious for burning unevenly. Don’t get frustrated! Use the leftover wax in a wax warmer and repurpose the jar for a vase or a planter!
Hipster It Up: DIY Volcano Essential Oil Blend
Before you @ me with your, “But Julie, scented candles are filled with toxins that pollute your home,” miss me with that bullshit. It’s a scheme concocted by MLM essential oil companies to persuade you to buy overpriced essential oils that you could have easily purchased at TJ Maxx for $4.99.
However, the excessiveness of spending $30 on a single candle isn’t lost on me. Every time I light the wick of one of my Volcano candles, a little part of me dies because I know I’m essentially lighting my money on fire. Rather than literally burn your entire life savings away, there are a million essential oil blends inspired by the Volcano candle.
Here’s my go-to:
2 drops of each:
Does it smell exactly like Anthropologie? Well, no but you are saving money and “ridding your home of toxins.”
F**K THAT: Buy the Diffuser Oil
This. Changes. Everything.
Target, You Anthro Minx
A few weeks ago, someone (an angel sent by the Lord) posted on Instagram that Target’s brand Smartly had an all-purpose cleaner that smelled identical to the Volcano candle.
Immediately, I knew I had to have this cleanser. Apparently, after scouring the shelves of five local Targets, I discovered I wasn’t the only one who wanted my home to smell like Anthropologie. That’s right – I went to five different Targets. That’s how deep my dedication runs.
Just this past weekend, the Anthro gods smiled down upon me and I found the last bottle. I knew that I had to test it out on every nonporous surface of my home. My findings became worthy of an Instagram story:
That’s right. The hype is for real. Best part about this spray? It’s only a $1.59. Go forth, clean, and imagine your home is a lifestyle store where the clothes are overpriced but the place smells like heaven.