Thanks for everyone’s thoughts on my appliances. I feel better somehow knowing many of you have the same suspicion I have – our appliances CAN hear us and know when to revive themselves and when to die and snicker in their grave.
Turns out, my defrosting thingimabob is broken, so $300 should get it going again. Good thing, considering what I spent on those Frederic Malle candles.
Yes, I bought two of them so you don’t have to. Except, well, you might have to, depending on how much you love Dominique Ropion and Gardenia.
I blame that stupid fall overpriced sample event Barney’s has. Every year, I swear I don’t care about it, and I’m not spending whatever amount of money they want just to get a bunch of samples that I probably don’t want either. Some years that works. This year, as I perused their site, I saw – candles! Malle candles. How on earth did I miss that? I didn’t even Google to find out that I hadn’t, they were brand spankin’ new and exclusive to Barney’s. I just saw that Un Gardenia La Nuit and had a call in to Tyler in a second and just closed my eyes on the price tag of $140. Then threw in the Russian Nights candle for good measure, even though the coffee one is still crying for me too.
Honestly? I had very little hope these would be worth it. I’ve got a couple of the Cire Trudon candles, and I love the scents – interesting and quirky – but they have too little throw to go into my category of worth over $20.
The Malle candles arrive, I open them and see Dominque Ropion’s name on the Gardenia one and Sophia Grojsman on the Russian Nights – information the Barney’s site wasn’t clear on. Oh, hell. Sniffed them in the jar and swooned.
Put a lighter to the wick and went to find something else to do in another part of the house for 20 minutes for my “throw test.” Walked back into my living room and practically fell over to the gorgeously delicate scent of Gardenia everywhere. Not overblown or rank, just lilting and lovely. Worth $140? I need to calculate out how many fresh gardenias I’d need to perfume my room on a regular basis to match the one candle I can burn for 30 minutes a day that should last a couple three months. I don’t know. I’m the same person that will order 50 tuberose stems and grows Tuberose bulbs (one is blooming right now!) because I love that smell. So if someone can stick that in a candle and save me some effort? I’ll pay.
What has always just chapped me about candles is the many candle companies that charge a fortune, make a great scent to put in a candle, and then the damn thing doesn’t smell unless you put your nose right next to it when it is unlit. What exactly is the point of making a candle that doesn’t smell when you burn it?
Russian Nights is from Sophia Grojsman, and it has notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, iris and sandalwood. Yum. It’s more delicate than the gardenia because, well, gardenia is just that. Heavier on the sandalwood than the nutmeg and cinnamon, smoky. I have no idea if it smells like a Russian night, but if it does, it smells like a lovely way to spend a cold winter evenint.
So we’re going to visit Barney’s when we’re in NYC this weekend so I can sniff the rest. There’s a lily one that could help me out so I don’t have to get a fresh bouquet of lilies every ten days for my bedroom.
We’ve talked candles before, and this may not be a subject y’all have much more to say, but do peruse the Barney’s site and see the Malle candles and tell me which one you wish someone would put under your pillow. I was going to get around to my new L’Artisan Vetiver sample today that I got in the Barney’s sample bag with my candles, but, yikes, I’m just pooped out!