Vinnie and me enjoying the nice summer weather, but no sunshine to speak of, so the sparkly Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore I have on my toes (sparkly green/gold) doesn’t show up that well, drat! It is gorgeous, as is the Gold Look Rich, Be Cheap that I have on my hands, which I also couldn’t get to photograph well without the sun.
Cire Trudon candles have been object of my increasing lust since I first read about them, moving up to definitely worthy of coveting when I smelled them first at Barney’s in Chicago. I succumbed after sniffing them again at Barney’s in L.A. and ordered three from Aedes. Two are back-ordered. I did get Spiritus Sancti. The description, “Flickers of crimson, gold and olibanum, holy perfume of altar candles, luxurious wake of censers filled with burning amber; under the nave the choir jubilates, heavenly scents caressing their souls.”
Well. It’s a great incense! Dry, lovely incense that’s not harsh, but full-throated, reminiscent of the best incense from a high mass. It’s a 9.5 ounce glass candle for $75, which is pretty pricey for a candle. So how does it hold up on throw? I don’t even have to light it. I’ve had it sitting next to me by the couch for the last couple of days unlit, and the whole area has this wonderful incense scent every time my nose wags through the air.
Y’all probably want me to light it, don’t you? Oh, fine, but I don’t think it’s entirely necessary. While I’m waiting for the wax to melt to get some idea of the while-lit dispersion or “throw,” let’s go lust over some of the other Cire Trudons, who have some of the most interesting scent combnations in candles since Modern Alchemy, whose candles had zero throw, despite my desperate love for their Day of the Dead Candle that featured marigold. Oh, hey, in searching, I found that Seda France has a Belgian Marigold candle. Okay, that’s getting ordered. Sorry about linking to Candle Delirium, who are the best enablers of my candle fetish. My gift to you – just spreading the obsession.
The Cire Trudon wax is slow to melt, which is good, the candles appear to be crafted so they will melt very slowly and should last a nice, long time. As I said before, lighting them doesn’t seem to be necessary, and the throw when lit is nice, and it takes a while to permeate the air since the wax is so slow to melt. Once it gets going, it has a a very nice throw. It’s not overpowering as some candles can be, but it is pervasive in wafting about the house. I have it burning in my living room, and I can smell it lightly in the dining room and kitchen and bathroom – well, pretty much all of the downstairs.
What I give Cire Trudon is aces for originality. This scent is one of the more conventional they have. I’m definitely in need of Revolution, which is the smell of bread baking (!). I’m waiting on Balmoral (rain, mist, green, smelled this in L.A. and fell in love) and Carmelite (mossy stones, convents and cloisters), but the list of those I still need is growing at an alarming rate. Abd el Kadar (tea, tobacco, ginger) and Empire (pine, sage and hay). The list goes on. I wish they’d make a votive set of all of their candles so I could sample them more easily. I’m greedy!
The whole line is interesting just in the way they combine scents. It’s a little rich for my taste, though they do have a couple of sets of three votives (4.2 ounce candles, which are half the size of the regular one, so not eensy, 30 hours of burn time) for $145.
So let’s talk candles. For throw, I think Yankee Candle does the best, though I find several of the Seda France ones to be the best out there on throw, though not all of them have the same throw capability, it’s spotty. What’s you pick for best throw?