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    Bath&Body Works's 'Warm Vanilla Sugar'

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    This evening, I've been enjoying African Morning Dew from Baobab Collection.



    I picked up their collection of votives on clearance at NM after Christmas (what can I say, I'm a sucker for a sampler pack, and I'm a sucker for a sale as well...).

    One word of warning about these Baobab votives (I'm talking about the votives, not the full-size candle in the picture): The wicks aren't attached to anything at the base, not even a little metal piece like they usually are even in votives, so if you burn them long enough for the wax to melt, the wicks fall in and the whole candle is ruined if you don't catch it in time and the wick is lost in the hardened wax, which is really shabby quality for candles this expensive. Seriously, it's pretty much a big rip-off. So, I've been burning this carefully, for only a few minutes at a time. As such, I'd never recommend these to anybody, but I bought them, so I might as well report on the smells...

    African Morning Dew is based largely on that familiar mix of basenotes that are used in so many current fruity floral designer perfumes. It's kind of ambery, kind of woody, and kind of creamy, but really mostly a synthetic mix of all those elements. If you've smelled Balmain's Amber Gris, it's very much based on this accord. To this, African Morning Dew adds a big slug of peach and takes things out of fruity floral territory with a nice hit of cinnamon. It's pleasant and smells like an expensive current designer perfume, but I'm not sure how that represents the smell of dew. Anyway, it smells good, but the design flaw of the un-secured wick makes it kind of lame.
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    Earlier today, for a drab afternoon at home, I was burning Rhubarb Grass from L.A.'s Scent Bar.



    This one's pretty self-explanatory - a bright, sunny mix of green grass and red rhubarb. Technically, most perfumes use some combination of cassis and coriander to recreate the smell of rhubarb, and this is no exception. There's also a subtle but noticeable vetiver note comtributing to the green grass smell, so Rhubarb Grass is actually more of a sweet grassy vetiver with coriander, which does smell quite nice.

    I wouldn't call this a complex piece of art, but it makes the room smell bright and cheerful.
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    For the evening, I've been burning Dayna Decker Violetta.



    For those who haven't seen these Dayna Decker candles, they have a weird thin slice of wood instead of a wick, and instead of wax, they use that gel stuff that was popular in the 90's (remember those silly candles that had sand and shells and stuff in them that were supposed to look like underwater scenes?). This results in the candles making a weird hissing, popping, sizzling noise that's supposed to sound like a fireplace.

    As a matter of personal taste, I find the sizzling a little off-putting. This isn't a candle I'd ever trust enough to turn my back on - it shoots out little sparks, too. And I don't care much for the gel wax, either. It burns insanely hot, and I don't personally think it gives off scent as well as regular or soy wax. Plus, it has its own almost petrochemical smell that sits quietly underneath the perfume of the candle, subtle but a bit distracting.

    With those caveats out of the way, Violetta is a beautiful scent, a dewy green mix of violets and roses with just a pinch of honey and cassis. This really does smell like a fine niche perfume. Imagine something halfway between Lutens' Sa Majeste La Rose and Diptyque's L'Ombre Dans L'Eau. That being said, I don't think I'd buy another one of these sizzling candles, but I could easily enjoy this scent as a diffuser or a soap or something.
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    Pure Integrity soy tealights - First Bloom
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    This evening, I've been using By Kilian Love - Loukhoum de Turque.



    This is probably the silliest of the By Kilian candles. Really, compared to their artful oud and patchouli candles (not to mention their epic Back To Black one), Love is kind of whimsical and cheesy. It's basically a sweet gourmand vanilla that bears a striking resemblance to Aquolina's Pink Sugar - all cotton candy and sugar. It's also got a what I think is supposed to be an almond note, but it smells more like creme soda than almonds. It's actually not as sickeningly sweet as this description makes it sound (there's a burnt quality around the edges that keeps it from getting too stupid), but it's still something I'd be too embarrassed to wear as a perfume. But as a candle, I suppose it's fun, though not really my style. This was kind of the loser in their three-pack of miniatures, though I'm sure it has its place...
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    I've also been burning another member of the Fresh Eat Pray Love trio, Pray.

    This is an interesting one. It's mostly an especially animalic suede smell that borders on mushroomy. It's also got a peppery sharpness on top that makes the whole thing smell almost foody, like peppered mushrooms. It's got a thick, creamy denseness to it that implies incense or sandalwood more than actually smelling directly like either of them.

    This is definitely the most "niche" of the Eat Pray Love trio, though that wouldn't take much, given Fresh's current focus on sugary candied fruity floral scents. I do wish they'd play things a bit less safe again (their now-discontinued Demitasse candle was a revelation for me - just awesome in its twisting, turning depth) and turn down the sugar for a little while, but Pray is definitely a step in an interesting direction.
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    Archipelago Botanicals Tuscany

    Candle notes: Sweet Basil, Cilantro and Rosemary
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    Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur

    Really beautiful floral leather - just sitting unlit in my office it is enough to scent the space. An hour in the evening and it drifts thru the studio area. This one is a quality rendition of the EDP, IMO - recommended.

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    This evening, I've been burning the last of the Fresh Eat Pray Love trio, Eat.

    Super-sugary lemon candy, like lemon-flavor Starburst or Skittles, with a pinch of marshmallow fluff underneath. Kind of dumb. If you've always secretly wanted Aqualina's Pink Sugar in candle form with artificial lemon in it, Eat may be the candle for you. As for me, not so much...
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    Yesterday, after my disappointment with Eat, I finished off the evening with a candle I knew I liked, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille.



    Yes, it smells like the perfume. For those unfamiliar with it, it's a fantastic mix of woods and spices and a bunch of clove that somehow magically come together to smell like an old-fashioned pipe tobacco shop. Over deep, boozy vanilla. If you had a father or grandfather who smoked a pipe and you associate that smell with a sort of classic masculinity, you'd probably love this. Yes, they're expensive, but it's a strong candle and mine has lasted me quite a while.
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    This evening, I've been burning the very last bits of my Diptique Red candle.



    I've really enjoyed this one. It's a pretty simple mix of red rooibus tea (which always reminds me of the dark orange tea used to make Thai iced tea, but with a red fruitiness to it, as well as a subtle roasted quality) and vanilla. It's quite sweet, which has struck me as kind of obnoxious on bad days but warm and comforting most of the time. It's a perfect example of how two ingredients can come together into something much deeper than the sum of its parts.

    The Red candle is a bit expensive, even for a Diptyque, but it's a fundraiser for African AIDS charities, so I'll justify it that way!
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    Yankee Candle ~ Cafe au Lait

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    Today, in the background during the very late February Blind Sniff, I've been burning Bois de Lune by Manuel Canovas.



    Apparently, Manuel Canovas is a designer of rather fancy fabrics, who has lines of swimwear and home decor, with a line of home scents and candles to accompany them. I'm mostly curious about him and what he does because Bois de Lune is so good. It has an artistic aesthetic and depth of character that easily matches the best of Malle or Amouage.

    It's mostly a mix of that red rooibus tea note (the same Thai iced tea one as in Diptyque's Red), with red fruit to play it up, but paired with cedar and overlaid with a charred, smoky note. Then all of this takes place over a deep creamy base that comes across like a mix of incense and rich sandalwood. And then the whole thing has a leathery quality to it. So the end result is the smell of an old leather hide that's hung next to a fireplace for years in a smoky temple, soaked with deep red tea. Really, it's quite wonderful and would make an amazing niche perfume - if CDG came out with this right now, it would be the best thing they've done in quite a while...

    These Canovas candles don't seem to have much distribution in America, but they can be found discounted on Amazon occasionally. I picked mine up at Jaqueline, the legendary little SF perfume shop. The owner there said this candle was the most daring esoteric thing he carries, which is probably saying something.
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    For the last couple of days, I've been burning Pin Sylvestre by Diptyque.



    Pin Sylvestre apparently began life as a limited edition Christmas candle a couple of years ago, but was recently revived as a boutique exclusive mini candle.

    I'm a huge fan of Diptyque's woody scents, so I couldn't resist it, but at its heart, Pin Sylvestre is a pine-scented Christmas candle. It's such a time-worn cliche that I even feel kind of silly burning it. That being said, this is Diptyque, so they've included a little tribute to proper perfumery in here by pairing the pine note with a rather nice chypre base of round green galbanum and oakmoss, which does go a long way towards making sure this doesn't simply smell like one of those cheap tree-shaped car fresheners. But it's still a Christmas candle, so I think I'll put it away until the season rolls around again...
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    Diptyque - Baies
    One of my favourites

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    Burning Diptyque Tuberose today.

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    Yay! Another Diptyque fan!

    Back in autumn, I got obsessed with finding a vetiver candle. You'd think they'd be fairly common, but apparently not. I ended up getting the only one I could find, Malin + Goetz Vetiver.



    It's a perfectly nice vetiver scent, heavy on the nutmeg and the lemongrass. As such, it very much smells like archetypal vetiver perfumes like Guerlain's or Givenchy's. It has a synthetic, almost plastic quality to it (this weird jab at modernism is a trait of the Malin + Goetz line and an intentional affectation). It also reminds me of that synthetic vetiver chemical in the new Escentric Molecules 03, vetiveryl. If you took vetiveryl and added a bit more lemongrass and some sort of aldehyde to give that subtle creamy plastic quality, you'd basically get this candle.

    Of the Malin + Goetz candles I've tried, this is the one I'd be the most likely to re-purchase, but the big news is that the next Diptyque candle to launch this spring will be Vetiver, so it may have some stiff competition coming its way!
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    Yes, I am a huge Diptyque fan! It's just so hard to find a place that ships internationally otherwise I'd have a whole room full aha.

    Edit: I found a place online this afternoon and just bought 4 new Diptyque candles. Whoops :P
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    Diptyque Baies.

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    Just finished my Baies Noir candle... one of my favorites from Diptyque



    I also found out that I still have an unused Jasmin candle on my bookshelf, I think it was given to me by my friend around 2002/2003, I burned it recently and the throw is still fantastic. These candles are just amazing!

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    Ah, the slippery slope into expensive luxury candles... While this is the kind of talk that can get a man thrown out of Basenotes, sometimes I enjoy a great candle more than a perfume. It fills a space and feels more like living in a scent than just walking around sniffing my arm. While there's a personal satisfaction that comes from a good perfume, a great candle can give a whole sense of fragranced hedonism that's much larger than just my personal space.

    Today, I'm afraid I may be getting the very last burn out of my Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 candle.



    For those unfamiliar with Krigler (which is probably just about everybody), they started off in the early 1900's in Russia and then Germany, and eventually Grasse. They stopped for a generation, before a descendent of the founder who had studied perfumes found her family's old recipes. She messed around making perfumes for her rich friends and finally decided to open a boutique in New York's famous old Plaza hotel. At this point, you can only find Krigler at the Plaza, another hotel in Monte Carlo, and a couple of German boutiques. Which is a shame, because their scents are wonderful in an old-fashioned way (side note: if anyone from Luckyscent is reading this, seriously, you should contact the Krigler people - they could use the exposure!)

    Juicy Jasmine 30 is a recipe from 1930 (hence the 30 in the name). It's a relatively simple Grasse-style floral, pairing rather indolic jasmine with orange blossom over some of that waxy acacia made famous by Caron and a fruity hit of coriander and a light base of subtle musks. While my taste in candles usually runs towards the woody and dark, Juicy Jasmine 30 perfectly fits my mood when I want a big, bright, floral bombshell. Actually, I bought this candle because I loved the Juicy Jasmine 30 perfume, but I know I'd never actually wear it...

    It's been a wonderful souvenir of my last trip to New York and I'll miss it when it's gone!
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    Burning Mousses. Suits the raining day outside.

    Quote Originally Posted by rogalal View Post
    Ah, the slippery slope into expensive luxury candles... While this is the kind of talk that can get a man thrown out of Basenotes, sometimes I enjoy a great candle more than a perfume. It fills a space and feels more like living in a scent than just walking around sniffing my arm. While there's a personal satisfaction that comes from a good perfume, a great candle can give a whole sense of fragranced hedonism that's much larger than just my personal space.
    I couldn't agree more Thanks for the write up about Krigler. Shame they only sell them in NY. I would've like to try them. Especially the Cognac, Good Fir, Cedar and Chateau ones.
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    I'm pretty sure Krigler does sell the candles online, though they're a bit expensive to buy unsniffed. I got a sample of the Established Cognac perfume when I was there. It's really interesting, like a mix of cult-favorite Brandy perfume (natural fruits and spices coming together to smell like vin santo wine mixed with weird herbal grasses) and a big gourmand patchouli like Angel. Interesting stuff. A bit much as a perfume, but I could imagine it making a really great Autumn candle. America One reminded me of a big 80's masculine power-scent, like a big stinky (in a good way) leathery patchouli chypre, but made with noticeably better ingredients. It might be interesting as a uniquely masculine candle. I don't remember the others.

    Today, I've been burning my lastest purchase, Bouquet Blanc, one of the scents Le Labo made for Anthropologie.



    It's pretty much exactly what the name says, a pretty bouquet of white florals. This white floral accord is a mainstay of classic perfumes, a weird trick that happens when you mix rose, muguet, and ylang where it stops smelling like any of the three ingredients and instead just smells generically like pretty perfumey flowers. If I try really hard, I can recognize a buttery waxy richness that comes from the ylang ylang, as well as the slight green quality you get from the muguet. There's something very slightly bubblegummy in there, too, which could be jasmine, as well as something bordering on banana, which could be either pink jasmine or that ylang again. But all of that is really stretching it. Bouquet Blanc basically just smells like pretty, classic, French, flowery perfume.
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    Diptyque - Mousses. And it's burned so unevenly grr. I have so much wax unused. Very annoyed with it.

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    Baies again and drinking fragrant vanilla cinnamon hot chocolate. My apartment smells good

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    I'm getting really redundant here and I'm saying Baies again. I'm having a love affair with it this week. It gets better and better the more I burn it.
    Still waiting on my order of Diptyque candles to arrive. I hate the waiting period.


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    Just got my Diptyque shipment and I'm burning Pomander. So far I'm disappointed -- I can't even smell it :/


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    Can anyone recommend a candle that smells of pine trees?

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