What Does Cassis Smell Like?

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Cassis, also known as black currant, is a berry that grows on small, hardy shrubs. The plant is susceptible to many diseases, though, making it less common than other berry varieties. It is native to Asia and Europe but has been cultivated in North America since the 1800s. This berry is part of the gooseberry family. The fruit is small and round with red skin that turns dark purple or black when ripe.

Cassis is sweet with raspberry, cherry and strawberry notes and is widely used in cocktails. In addition to its use in cocktails, cassis is commonly used in desserts and other culinary applications. Its sweet and fruity flavor suits desserts like cakes, tarts and sorbets. Some chefs also use cassis in savory dishes, such as sauces and marinades, as its tartness infuses a unique and refreshing flavor in meat and vegetable dishes. Cassis isn’t just for eating and drinking, though. It is also a lovely fragrance in candles. 

What Does Cassis Smell Like?

The best way to fully understand what cassis smells like is to experience it for yourself. If you’re still determining whether you’ll like this scent, there are a few key things to keep in mind. While it is a berry scent, it does have some unique features.

Cassis is often described as having a strong, sweet and slightly spicy aroma. While the exact fragrance may vary depending on the species and any other scents it’s combined with, it generally has a fruity and fresh smell that is quite distinctive. Some people also describe the scent of cassis as similar to that of raspberries or blackberries, as these fruits have flavor profiles similar to blackcurrants.

Benefits and Uses of Cassis

Cassis has been used in perfumery and aromatherapy for centuries. It is known for its fruity, sweet aroma and can be used to make candles, perfumes and other products. The fruit itself has many uses as well. The purported benefits of cassis include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced anxiety and stress levels
  • Appetite stimulation

This berry also contains antioxidants and vital nutrients, including vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Experience the Alluring Scent of Cassis for Yourself

At Homesick, we offer a few candles featuring cassis’ delightful, fruity fragrance. Try one of the candles below to experience it for yourself! 

Aquarius Candle

aquarius candle

Our Aquarius candle is made of natural soy wax and burns for 60-80 hours. It’s infused with the aroma of cassis and is a popular member of our Zodiac Collection. The scent profile includes notes of plum blossom, fig, tamarind, coconut, mandarin, pomegranate, rose and ylang-ylang, all of which complement the berry notes beautifully. The result is a fresh yet sophisticated fragrance that will fill your home with its light floral bouquet and remind you of summertime walks through the countryside. You don’t need to be an Aquarius to enjoy this candle, despite its name. It is perfect for idealistic individuals who believe in a life focused on love and honesty. And, of course, it’s a lovely fragrance for anyone who loves surrounding themself with the delightful aromas of berries and flowers.

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Gone Hiking Candle

If you’re more into woodsy smells, try our Gone Hiking candle. It contains notes of cassis along with the intoxicating aromas of pine, fresh water, cedarwood, jasmine, rosebud, sandalwood, moss and ivy. This candle is perfect for anyone who loves spending time in the great outdoors surrounded by nature. With one whiff, you’ll feel surrounded by tall pines in a mossy forest. Breathe deeply, and you might pick up the scent of a waterfall in the distance. Trust us; if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll love this scent! You could also give this white elephant candle as a gift the recipient will actually like.

gone hiking candle

Closing Thoughts

Candles featuring cassis notes are a great way to bring the scent of this delicious berry into your home. Whether you are already a fan of this fruit’s sweet flavor or just looking for a new berry scent for your home, Aquarius and Gone Hiking Candles are the perfect choice. If you enjoy the scent of cassis, you will also like jasmine. What does jasmine smell like? Visit our blog to find out and learn more about many of the fragrances we feature in our candles. You’re sure to find something you love!