It’s the first official day of Fall—some of us are ready for sweaters, boots and pumpkin spice lattes and some of us (ahem, me) are lamenting the end of pool season, summer sundresses and sandals. But either way, cooler temperatures and shorter days are on their way. I’ve rounded up a few local products to help you ease into the season.
I first discovered Navabella candles at the Carytown Farmers’ Market. They are handmade with 100 percent vegan soy wax, high quality fragrances and natural essential oils, meaning they burn for a long time and the scents actually smell, making the $30 price tag worth it. Pumpkin Spice is designed to conjure autumn festivals, pumpkin pies baking in the oven, and snuggling by a cozy fire—basically all the good parts of Fall. So grab one, light it, breathe in the scent, and get ready for changing leaves and crisp autumn evenings. Bonus: if you sign up for the Navabella email list, you can get $10 off a $50 purchase.
2. Cricket Cove Pumpkin Nutmeg Spice Soap ($7)
This soap combines organic coconut milk and shea butter with actual pumpkin for a rich creamy lather alongside plenty of vitamins and minerals for your skin. The scent is warm, spicy and perfect for autumn with hints of pumpkin pie and citrus.
3. Mac’s Smack Your Best Skin Body Butter ($30)
As the seasons change, you want to make sure your skin stays moisturized to keep any tan from summer in place as long as possible and to prevent icky dry winter skin. Mac’s Smack Your Best Skin Body Butter is made with a blend of nourishing, antioxidant-rich botanical oils that are whipped into a smooth lotion that moisturizes, enriches, and restores skin. Plus, the orange-vanilla scent can go creamsicle to remind you of summer or oranges and vanilla for the holidays—whichever you prefer!
4. Christine Fall Arrangement from Paper Rose Co. ($35)
During this time of year I frequently buy sunflowers to add a little bit of Fall flavor to my apartment, but this beautiful arrangement will last forever, making it a perfect gift for yourself or for a friend. The Christine arrangement includes roses with a yellow-peach tone that channels autumn while still feeling fresh and fun and if you like you can choose to add a locally made Awl Snap leather-wrapped bud vase like the one that’s shown in the picture for $26.
5. Maven Made Energy Aid ($18)
As the days start to get shorter and darker, I always feel myself dragging a little. Crawling out of bed gets a little tougher and it takes a little more oomph to get through the day. Maven Made’s Energy Aid is a topical elixir designed to fight fatigue and strengthen memory. Grapefruit stimulates the mind and fights depression, rosemary boosts memory and aids mental fatigue, sweet orange encourages positive vibes and strengthens immunity, and grapeseed carrier oil is rich in antioxidants. Place a few drops on your wrists, temples, behind your ears, or even add a few drops to a bath. You can also massage it into your skin or mix it into lotion of body oil to fight cellulite—bonus!
6. Gearharts Chai Spiced, Chocolate-Dipped Pecans ($9)
Another seasonal pick-me-up, of course, is some chocolate. Embrace the flavors of Fall with jumbo Georgia pecan halves caramelized with exotic chai spices dipped in dark chocolate and finished with a dusting of spiced cocoa. These special treats come packaged in a little bag so whether you eat three or a whole handful at a time is up to you. Yes, technically Gearharts is made down the road in Charlottesville, but with the second store location at Libbie and Grove I snuck them into my list.
7. Whisk Freezer-to-Oven Chocolate Croissants ($15)
Whether it’s snuggling under the covers on a cool morning or relaxing on your patio and watching the leaves trickle off the trees, Fall is the perfect time to embrace a lazy weekend morning or two. And a lazy weekend morning is nothing without a little indulgence. Whisk has made this much easier of late with Freezer-to-Oven Chocolate Croissants. That’s right, just pull them out of the freezer, place them on a baking sheet, pop them in the oven and savor the decadence in your own home. Find them at Whisk, Stella’s Grocery, Perk! or Little House Green Grocery.
8. Tea Frontier Passage to India ($10)
Made in Colonial Heights, this blend of Assam black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, green cardamom and fennel is zipped up with black peppercorns. It’s spicy, warming, and a little exotic—the perfect accompaniment for a good book or much-needed gossip fest on a blustery Autumn afternoon.
9. New Humans Chunky Infinity Knit Textured Scarf ($55)
What’s the best way to get in the mood for a new season? Getting new things to wear, of course! You can choose the colors for this beautiful scarf and designer Shannon Pierce will hand-knit it for you in about ten days. And, 20 percent of sales are donated to projects and organizations that touch Pierce’s heart.