Originally Posted by Ivan Kipling
I have the candle, and burn it when I don't want guests to stay too long.
I've actually done that, though not with a candle. When I was finishing my MA, I worked as a substitute teacher and if I didn't want the kids to get too close, I'd wear MPG Fraiche Badiane. God, they hated it. It was the best thing for keeping them away from me, in their seats, and quiet because otherwise I'd have to get up from my desk and get near them. The more adventurous in their group told me I smelled like "an old doctor's office" but nevertheless they said it quietly from far away.
I tried the same experiment this summer while in Japan. My friend's mother is the principal of a kindergarten and she invited me to come and "teach" once a week or when I had extra time, which mostly just involved me playing lego's with a bunch of cute five year olds. Anyway, turns out they also like to climb all over you and punch you in places the Good Lord never intended you to be punched. So, the second time I went back, I was armed and heavily spritzed with TDC Sel de Vetiver. I had a nice six-foot+ space cushion the entire morning and the kids kept whining to my friend's mom, "John-sensei stinks!"