October 29, 2003
I'm a big candle buff (inherited from my grandmother), so here are my thoughts:
White Barn Candle Company
Upside: This is a great place to buy candles and you can find the store in most malls. They have tons of fragrances, sizes, and most of all, COLORS. I buy candles with not only the scent I can handle, but that match my apartment. They also have great plug-ins for rooms that last MUCH longer than a drug-store plug-in. Prices are pretty low, and you can often find good deals (buy 3 get 1 free). Favorites: Plumeria and Vanilla Orchid.
Downside: The jars are boring. You really won't find anything interesting or abstract with the designs of most of the candles. I also think some of the fragrances are boring. And some of the candle fragrances are SO damn sweet they give me a headache. Take your time and smell them well before buying.
Tocca Candles and Diptyque Candles
Upside: These candles are amazing. VERY fragrant, but not overpowering. They last a VERY long time. I also think the list of fragrances are so different than most more common candle stores provide. You can buy Tocca online, here. You can also buy Diptyque online, here.
Downside: A bit pricey, but I suggest having a couple, and supplement with more inexpensive ones. They are WELL worth it. Because both often use essential oils, the fragrance lasts in your room long after you've blown them out--thus, you don't have to burn them as often.
A great place I've found to buy unique candles are spas. For some reason, spas I've been to have excellent selections of candles.
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