Originally Posted by Master-Classter
I've never really been into home scenting, so forgive me saying I was a bit shocked to see a $80+ price tag on a candle... are these things worth it?
How long do they last? How well do they project (room, house, etc)?(I'm open to being pursueded, just want some info first)
Much like perfumes, some expensive candles are expensive because they're both artistic and contain expensive raw materials. Others are expensive simply to be "luxury items".
In terms of the quality of the fragrances, Diptyque's whole line of wood and incense candles are so awesome that any of them would be better than 90% of the woody incense perfumes out there. And once you're at peace with spending $180 of 50 ml of EDT, $60 for a candle doesn't seem that
ridiculous. Most have around 60 hours of burn time and have to be burned 1-2 hours each time to melt all the way across. So that's either a couple of months of daily burning, or a year of occasional usage, especially if you get a little collection together.
In terms of massive silage paired with great scent, the best I've tried have been L'Artisan's Aedes de Venustas candle and By Kilian's Cruel Intentions. I live in a studio apartment, so I don't know how well they'd fill a whole house. Diptyque's tuberose is also notorious for being so strong you really don't have to light it.
It's only been recently that I've crossed over into the ridiculously expensive candles, with a couple in the hundred-dollar range. It does feel kind of stupid and wasteful, I'll admit, but one was Malle's Saint des Saints, which is his first attempt at a woody incense. I couldn't resist, and I was on vacation and had some cash burning a hole in my pocket.
Really, artsy niche candles feel to me like a logical extension of the perfume obsession.