Valentine’s Day is all about love. Amour. Lieben. While most think of the love between two sweethearts or the love between a parent and a child, Valentine’s Day also brings to mind a different kind of love to me. My love for luxury candles.
What is it about a high-end candle that intrigues me so? After all, aren’t all candles a bundle of scented wax with a wick?
You light them, you smell them, you enjoy them. If I can get all this (and often more) from a $10 candle I purchase at my local grocery store, why would I feel the need to fork out ten times as much for essentially the same?
Ah, but there’s the rub. For me, there is something special…something often quite unique…about a luxury-grade candle that I am willing to pay top dollar for. And apparently I am not alone. The candle business is big business…about a 2 billion dollar a year business according to the National Candle Association. And a not-so-insignificant corner of that market is captured by the likes of LAFCO, Rigaud, and Votivo. Sales for such swanky candles are up and they have been steadily climbing over the past 3 years.
Upscale candles are not some passing fad. Take Ciré Trudon, for instance. Opening in 1643, they are considered to be the oldest luxury candle company in the world. In 1719, they became the Royal wax manufacturer serving the likes of Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte. Want a little bit of this regality in your life? Their entry-line candle is $55…for 3.5 ounces of wax.
So what is my fascination with luxury candles? Like a moth to a flame, this is what draws me in:
Luxury-grade candles can be a thing of beauty. The heavy glass or uniquely designed containers, the silk ribbons or gilded boxes. Simply breathtaking at times. I can look at one of these candles and instantly relax. Serenity now. These are also
candles I can readily gift without worrying about additional packaging.
Gwen Stefani carries her favorite Jo Malone candles around with her wherever she goes. Kate Moss and Jennifer Lopez swoon over Diptyque’s Roses candle. NEST’s holiday candle is on Oprah’s list of favorite things. Am I being shallow? Perhaps. But there is something about adorning my humble abode with some of these star’s favorites that just feels so classy. If I shut my eyes (for a really, really long time), I can take a whiff and feel like a VIP.
All superficiality aside, this is one of the true reasons I adore luxury candles. Some of the scents are so complex and unique, it’s nose boggling. Ovando has Pisca (The rich blend of cacao, coconut, juniper berries, black amber and vetiver oil is equally as invigorating as it is sensuously soothing). Belle Fleur has Indochine (a mix of osmanthus, patchouli,
bergamot with rosewood, saffron and honey). Even some of the most “routine” scents can be built up to be something very special. Take DayNa Decker’s Clementine: Orange Flower, Neroli, Honey, Black Tea, Cassis, Tuberose, Agave Nectar.
High Quality Products
Many of these candles use the highest quality waxes and wicks that lead to a clean, long lasting burn. The fragrances are often expensive and (hopefully) true-to-life. All of this should lead to an extraordinary burning experience. After all, the scent’s the thing.
I’m a true candle-a-holic and I appreciate candles in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. But I really do relish it when I’m able to splurge and get that candle with a little something “extra.” Every time I light one of these beauties, I stop to close my eyes, take in a deep breath, and my heart does a little pitter-patter. Is that love?
Someone once asked me to define what constituted a luxury candle. I’m not sure I can do that…all I know is if you see one, you’ll know it. You’ll feel it. And, hopefully, you’ll join me in loving it.
Happy candle burning ~