Sick Burns, vol. 1

Candle moods, notes, and musings while I burn through my pile of candles in an effort to streamline my candle shelf. Here we go.

Diptyque Ambre. Bought on recommendation from @dont.blow.it, repurchased, and gifted in the beautiful cognac glass for my birthday by Dave. If this candle were a person I’d be arrested for smelling it all the time. Sensual, clean, appropriately expensive-smelling because it’s expensive. Have to wrap with foil for tunneling every so often, but it smells so good I don’t care. 10/10, highest marks because wow.

Diptyque Roses. I like the smell of roses; I don’t usually like rose-scented things. This is closer to a rose and pleasantly coy. 6/10.

Boy Smells St. Al. This is was your childhood friend’s cool but intimidating mall teen older sister in the 90s who wore lots of velvet and vintage – powdery sandalwood cut with florals. Burns cleanly and evenly, like most Boy Smells candles. 8/10.

Boy Smells Gardener. I have two favorite local florists: Collyflowers in Morristown, and Brave Floral in Maplewood. Every time I burn Gardener, it transports me back to sunny Saturday mornings pre-COVID when I would take a morning drive to Maplewood for a bouquet or arrangement from Brave, stop at The Able Baker for banana bread and a soy latte, and head to Meus for cute home goods and Word for a new read. Supporting local businesses is looking different lately, but the smell of a familiar place helps. 8/10.

Overose Gaiasilk. This is the most unexpectedly addictive favorite candle. I don’t know whether I want to huff it or eat it. The palo santo and chocolate notes push the boundaries of my favorite scent profiles – I don’t like anything too gourmand, but I’m going to keep burning this forever, basically, even if it’s not beloved by all members of the household. 7/10.

Byredo Bibliothèque. I mean. It’s fine. The promise of a library mood hooked me, but it’s a touch too oily and leather-bound for my liking. It could be a nice candle for a very masc office space; picturing Dave’s future office, which he wants to paint deep red and where he wants to hang a reproduction of Two Followers of Cadmus devoured by Dragon. This is the candle for that office. 4/10.

Sensual Candle Co Shai. I love the wood wick, even if Dave mistakes the crackle for the second of the cats lapping up wet food. Throw and scent are heavenly, a nice even split of lavender and citrus. It’s peppy and reminds me of the dawn of summer and drinking lavender spritzes outside just a little too early on a Sunday. 9/10.

Maison Louis Marie No. 4 Bois de Balicourt. If you told me this was an ode to sweet curries and coconut milk, I would have believed you. I am bewildered by the hype. Nice enough smell, just not what I imagine given the scent notes of sandalwood, vetiver, and amber. 4/10.

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