Candles: Let There Be Light
I just got back from Zihuatanejo, Mexico for a wedding celebration where I almost forgot it was autumn and a time of economic concern. So now, back at home, back to reality, I am making an effort to think positively about the simple things I love.
Here’s an easy one that is helping me be happy at home again (and save on electric bills)…my favorite candles.
I am reminded what a nice time of year it is to provide extra light and scent in your home. In honor of the dimming of daylight I want to ‘wax’ poetic about some of my favorite candles. I have one lit most days in my home office, near my altar, in the bathroom, in the bedroom, even when I travel. The gentle fragrance and dancing flame makes me feel good.
Here are some epically great candles:
BURN and RARE candles from Studio Fred Segal are some of my favorites. With at least 100 hours of burn time this candle is superior quality. The glass candle vessel has a wide mouth and a trio of wicks. I also like that there’s no branding except on the bottom of the candle so the label can’t be seen easily. Haven’t we got enough branding in our lives? For me, in this case, less really is more.
It’s difficult to pick out only a few, but if pressed on an answer my current favorites are:
The quintessential Gardenia that evokes soft southern evenings and feminine wiles with its pure blend of creamy Gardenia milk and blossoms made fresh on a bed of green leaves. Perfect this time of year when a reminder of tropical locals is at least a vacation for the mind.
Hinoki Temple Incense
A recreation of the subtle and quiet scent of Japanese incense which is a connoisseur’s tradition dating back thousands of years wherein only the finest sources of Sandalwood and Aloeswood resins are used. Black tea, Moss and a hint of Smoke are added to evoke the experience.
Truly a classic fragrance that evokes the English countryside in the first rush of summer with wild Honeysuckle growing roadside, ivy trailing up aged walls and the first fruit from lemon trees kept through the winter in estate greenhouses.
For travel size candles, Kai’s tealights called Twilights are nice when there’s not much room for larger ones. This votive set is four tealights and conveniently comes with matches.
I know. I know. Candles won’t change your life, but they will make it brighter and well scented. I’m all for that.
Let there be light,