Burn Notice

Burn Notice

Candles are a yearlong obsession for me, but as temperatures drop and gift-giving season nears, that obsession becomes really obvious. My apartment starts looking like an episode of “Hoarders” waiting to happen: pretty little glass and ceramic jars on every surface, matches strewn everywhere. The wick maintenance in and of itself has me shuffling around like a crazy cat lady, nipping away at the charred tips so they stay just ¼” long—optimal for burning and advisable to minimize smoking. I keep doubles—triples even—of the favorites, stacked in boxes just in case one should evaporate before I’d thought to restock. But I know I’m not alone. Nicola Formichetti relies on mini scented candles to make every hotel room his own, and I must have counted ten Diptyque jars in Vanessa Traina’s house (“I’m obsessed with a good-smelling apartment,” she admitted.) Of course, a nice candle also makes a lovely gift—I’m getting all Martha on you—and having a cache of the best ones means you’ll never scramble to a house warming/dinner party/office gifting empty-handed.

My current roster is made up of earthy, smoky, full-bodied scents that pretty much all fall under the umbrella of “sexy”. There are no springtime florals or sparkling citrus top notes over here between November and February. I want to feel like I’ve sunken into a silk velvet sofa in the lobby of a very chic, dimly lit French hotel, listening to groovy music that I’ve never heard of and having a glass of Pinot Noir with someone very good looking. In reality, I’ll be on my linen sofa, streaming Pandora and leafing through the new Style.com magazine for the fifteenth time, or devouring Chanel: Her Life. But these candles (plus the wine) will definitely elevate that experience.

Catbird “Campfire”: This Brooklyn-based jewelry shop has been producing hand-poured candles in New York for about a year. They’re made from domestically grown soybeans (and have a lead-free cotton wick), so you can even dab the melted wax on your wrists or neck for some scent. Campfire is “refined and animalistic”, with notes of wood smoke, saddle leather and honey.

Astier de Villatte “Yakushima”: Housed in the brand’s signature earthenware, this delicate blend of cedar, moss and wild Azalea from the Japanese island is a new addition to the destination-inspired collection. The candle is made of vegetable wax, doesn't contain paraffin or other petrochemical by-products, and will be available on Barneys.com any day now.

Christian Dior “30 Montaigne”: An oldie but a goodie, 30 Montaigne was created by Hedi Slimane to scent Dior’s flagship boutique. Think Cardamom, Star Anise, licorice, White Amber, Madagascar vanilla and Arabic incense—a heady (no pun intended), rich fragrance.

Diptyque “Curiosities”: A limited edition candle created by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti for Diptyque’s “34 Blvd Saint Germain” collection. The ceramic container was inspired by the brand’s signature oval labels. It’s a curious scent indeed…if you like cedar, you’ll like this.

Balenciaga “L’Essence”: Perhaps the most affordable thing from Balenciaga yet! Characterized by “the fragrant interplay of leaves, delicate flowers and soft mosses” and topped with a “sensual violet note,” this is the most floral of the bunch, but it doesn’t veer off into girly territory. Cool and sophisticated—exactly what you’d expect from Mr. Ghesquière.

Photo by ITG

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  • lauren Giambalvo

    Have you ever tried Archipelago's white fig candle? I'm obsessed with it, it's smells so good and their packaging is beautiful!

  • http://blacknyx.tumblr.com Blyss

    Loving this post about candles - I'm also obsessed with Diptyque and can't wait to get my hands on “Curiosities”! Loved your description of shuffling around your apartment trimming wicks. Too true!

  • mlle p

    Tatine's Forest Floor is good and fall-wintery, too!

  • http://beautyandthestreet.net Amber

    I love candles but I am more into incense and oils. My favorite scents are Egyptian Musk and Opium! ABC Carpet & Home sells the most amazing candles!



  • http://www.florasbox.com Marie-Thérèse

    favorisation on
    Byredo's Loose Lips
    Diptyque's Figuier.

  • Fiona

    Oh wow, these sound so good! Especially the Dior one; I actually didn't know they did candles.

    I'm obsessed with smoky scents at the moment, like the Henrik Vibskov B/Berlin pefume at Colette - I gotta get it, and I gotta get it soon.

    It's 6pm, dark and pouring with rain right now, here in Barcelona. Perfect time to light a (Diptyque) candle and pour a glass of wine!

  • http://xoxofruitpunch.blogspot.com Sean

    Wonderful, thank you, I'm this much closer to making a decision about how I want my apartment to smell for winter now...

  • http://www.lipstickfashionmascara.com Carmen

    I'm obsessed with candles myself. I definitely have some Diptyque on my list to get asap. My current faves are Nuits De Noho and New Haarlem both by Bond No. 9. If Santa is reading this perhaps he will get me a few Le Labo candles.lol I enjoyed this post!

  • Laura

    Love it! I'm the same.. .

  • Christina

    You are killing me with that scene description. *lights cigarette* I'm a candle newbie so thank you for this post. I'll probably start with Diptyque.

  • http://pfsmakeup.blogspot.com/ Priscilla Francine Makeup

    I enjoyed this post today. Do you ever shop at Anthropologie for candles. I like to spurge every now and than, because they are pretty decor and they smell lovely. This is my favorite:


  • http://thekeypieces.blogspot.com/ Lou

    I love candles so much. I love the light and warmth they give (very romantic). I love the different scents and colours. This is a great insight and some great links.



  • Patti Boland

    I love candles and I loved reading your story! Nothing like burning a scented candle, having a glass of wine and reading my favorite fashion magazines. I have many candles some are expensive and some medium price range....here are my favorites for this time of year: Mulling Spice (Bouganvillea) and Frasier Fir (Thymes).

  • https://thebeautyphilosopher.com TheBeautyPhilosopher

    Gorgeous photo! I love candles too. My favourite line generally is Voluspa as the scent really fills a room and the candles are so infused with fragrant essential oil that if you touch the wax it feels very oily between the fingers.

  • Lola

    I'm more of an oil burner girl myself - I have such a short attention span that 20 hours seems like forever to commit to one scent. Over the summer I've been burning lime, sweet orange oil, grapefruit and peppermint in various combinations, but I think I'll be switching to something christmassy - cinnamon, clove, cedarwood, cypress and sweet orange.

  • http://blog.marysiaswim.com/ Marysia

    Thanks a lot...I'm going to have to go out and buy all these now..haha

  • leoland

    I love comme des garcons scents and candles too!

  • dana

    I just bought a dyptique "Opanmax" (sp?) I loved it - I guess I just fell prey to the trendy candle thing...now I like the DL candle...thats close to 115.00...I wonder if the candles are the new handbag. Like the speedy 35 is no longer what you want..now the coveted item is Celine or Hermes...just fashion I guess.

  • ko

    dont forget about henri bendel - their candles have an amazing throw and so many different scents to choose from! i love their fig the most.

  • http://thecleanbeautyblog.tumblr.com The Clean Beauty Blog

    Beautifully written post, I too am a candle tragic x

  • http://www.thefashioninformer.com Lauren David Peden

    My favorite is the limited-edition candle from the Monocle store in the West Village. It's just woodsy and earthy and sexy and...yum! If you could translate a boy-meets-girl aesthetic into beeswax, this would be the result. It really smells delicious and a little bit decadent.

  • http://www.thefashioninformer.com Lauren David Peden

    And it isn't scented, but this Bust of Deirdre candle by DL & Co (which "cries" wax from her eyes when lit) is pretty amazing, too. http://bit.ly/uYgOsL

  • banga

    you might also like Mathias Paris Cedre d'Orient.

  • Nadia

    Great scents recommendation :)
    When I was pregnant with my first child,I tried to find the safest scent for everyday burning and came across this seller I got the link from a friend. Its from an upcoming asian designer
    I thought $3 for a votive is so cheap (15hours burning time),the scents are heavenly,and they use pure soywax so its safe even for toddlers. Not to mention they ship worldwide so cheap and I receive the candles in a week. I think their scents are even more long-lasting than diptyque's...like I burn it for half an hour and the smell will stay overnight.
    Here is the link: http://flowerchild-id.blogspot.com/2011/10/acidtrip-collection-i-girl-with.html?spref=fb

    Diptyque is always the best to impress for gifts,and I recently try Voluspa and Jo Malone..
    But I thought the packaging is what makes them so appealing :) im a sucker of fancy packaging!

    A question,is it true that every girl brings a tin of candle into their hotelroom during fashion week?just curious...

  • http://fashionforteens.wordpress.com/ Liza

    I'm also obsessed with candles, especially in the fall/winter! They just seem to make my room much more cozy. My personal favorite is Diptyque but I will have to try some of the others out.

  • http://Www.merylvedros.com Meryl Vedros

    Hands down Jimmy Jane massage oil candles. My beau is obsessed. It's a must ladies. ;)

  • Lisa C

    I'm so glad for this post...I LOVE candles. Can I tell you the best one I ever had? Diptyque Essence of John Galliano. Not exactly the PC choice these days (I'm sure it hasn't been sold for years), but sort of smokey leather rose...divine. Always good, and seasonless: Archipelago Botanicals Currant or Pomegranate Citrus.

  • http://Www.emmamiranda.com/ Emmamiranda

    I know this is an old post but I'm working my way through your back catalogue! Your writing is so lovely, you really set a great scene here, fab.

  • http://www.pushupswithpolish.com/ Em- Pushups with polish

    i am seriously obsessed with your site! thanks for making my obsession with beauty seem ok and introducing me to so many new products and faces :)

  • voluspa laguna

    play time is over till towmorrow evening. it's time to dream about how i want burn notice to continue! to tall a good night!


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