Who knew that Amazon could be a fancy-smancy candle shop? I’m a sucker for online shopping, b/c it’s for the lazy and spontaneous buyers. That’s me.
Here’s some fun facts about our sense of SMELL:
- our nose is capable of identifying only 7 smells: Camphor, Musk, Floral, Mint, Ether, Acrid, or Putrid. (Either IS Putrid, and I’ve never heard of Acrid.)
- Dogs have a better sense of smell than humans
- Smell helps the ability to taste
For me, it completely affects my mood. And other’s. It’s funny that I use cheaper candles when company isn’t over. Bird’s of Paradise by Circle E Candles is my everyday candle. Similar to our house wine that we drink, currently 14 Hands Cabernet, and save the good stuff for guests–usually $20 and upwards. Depending on who it is. I kid. Not really.
I noticed going into other’s homes, the aroma was richer than mine. I felt sometimes like I was in a spa, sometimes happier, sometimes sexy, and even sometimes smelled Putrid. I didn’t want my house to smell the latter. Visiting candle shops was disastrous b/c my nose is every bit as ADHD as I am leading to sensory overload. Doubled with a headache lasting an entire day without even sipping a glass of wine. So I turned to Google and was overwhelmed by the lists and articles dedicated to crowning candles the winner. Turned out, ironically enough, a couple candles delivered were, in fact, adorned with sashes. And bows. And elaborate gift boxes that probably cost more than the candle itself.
So, I tested 5 candles by polling friends and journaling my mood while each one burned. I’ve ranked the candles and listed WHY they did/did not meet my expectations:
Hands down, this took the crown in the competition of the best candles. I was surprised because I assumed Foret (Forest) would be too woodsy, taking back to the Piney Woods of East Texas. Instead, I was transported to Sherwood Forest. I only use this in the powder room sparingly. Perfect hostess gift: You WILL be invited back. It’s addictive. 5o hours of burn time, and it’s worth every $1.25 per hour.
Tip: If it’s too expensive, tell your partner to be Robin Hood and steal from the rich.
Purple is my second favorite color and the silk black box had me from hello. But mainly, I loved the mysterious sweet and spicy juxtaposition. Complex and mysterious, Jasmine meets pepper is a dramatic combination. Kind of like me. Rihanna explains it best:
“Just gonna stand there
And watch me burn
But it’s alright
Because I like
The way it
Tip: Great for a romantic date night. Not an appropriate gift for you step-mom. (Unless you give her lingerie on birthdays)
Happy. Fresh. Takes me back to childhood sucking sweet honeysuckles. The orange isn’t sticky sweet, and it’s an impossible “offensive” smell. Unless someone doesn’t like happy. At $75, it can be a buzz kill; but I found the buzz to be worth it.
Tip: During a heated (can’t help the pun) moment with your loved one, light it and watch the fairies magically fix the mood.
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The name sums it up: RUM. Not too dark or musty, the hint amber and vanilla tames it from being a smokey cigar lounge. My husband enjoyed the leather smell. I didn’t tell him it was 16% eau de toilette. The feminine detail would quickly turn him off.
Tip: Perfect gift for a husband, new boyfriend, or dad.
This is my every day house candle. With a glass of my house wine. Pleasant but predictable. Peaceful.
Tip: Keep multiple on hand for last minute birthday/Christmas gifts.
I’m a diptyque fan but these figs are rotten. I can’t even give it away. Some candles smell better when lit, but this got worse. My Yankee Candle gets props after lighting this up. It reminds me of a gym steam room: They try to mask the bad smell with Febreeze, but there’s a questionable scent still lingering.
TIP: Don’t buy