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Friday Five + One: Candles

January 28, 2011
by thenestinggame

My friend Leigh Ann (of gift giving fame mentioned here) recently gave me a deliciously-scented cinnamon candle. I’m not the biggest candle person—I’d never really figured out the right way to use them before. But, I plopped this one on the coffee table during Christmas and lit it while Taylor and I watched TV. I loved the way it filled the room with fragrance and made the whole house seem warm and cozy. Eureka! So now I have my eyes peeled for good candles. I think it’s a “you get what you pay for” kind of deal. Although the thought of spending $20 (or more) on a candle seems pretty ridic, they are made better and will “throw” their fragrance more effectively. Here are a few that have caught my nose and my eye–since let’s face it, design is a huge part of a candle’s appeal– since becoming a candle fan.

Safety Note: I feel compelled to add, never leave a burning candle unattended. And be sure to keep it out of reach–both for kiddos and adults. Make sure you’re not going to accidentally drape your sleeve over it or leave it too close to nearby magzines or anything flammable. Okay? Okay.

1. K. Hall Designs

I found these at a cute little furniture store on the Westside of Atlanta on Marietta Street. I cannot for the life of me recall the name of the place (anyone know?), but it’s across from Octane Coffee (yum). This brand had clean labels and wonderful scents like Milk, Tonic and Rosemary Water.

2. Seda France

These are on SUPER sale today on One Kings Lane. They are gorgeously packaged and claim to smell very Parisian. Sign me up. I loved this color combo. It’s similar to what Taylor and I are using for our wedding colors. Peachy Keen.

3. Illume

I spied these not-so-little retro tins at Z Gallerie. Sidebar–I’ve never done cocaine, but I imagine it’s somewhat like going into Z Gallerie. The Glitz! The Glam! The many reflective surfaces! Super fun, but I feel a tad sleazy when I leave. Anyway, they had several varieties of these candles. I would have bought ¬†one, but there were fingerprints in all of them. The Lemongrass was my fave. Honorable mention to Pomegranate.

4. Diptyque

The labels on these candles are so fun. I notice them every time I see one in a store or at someone’s home. The Fig is wonderful, but I’m a sucker for Gardenias. Check out the sweet pic of the company’s founders on the link above. So FRANCHE! (That’s “French” with a French accent…)

5. Slatkin & Co.

Ok, here is the cheapie version. This brand is sold at Bath and Body Works and I have to say they smell pretty darn good. I had an Evergreen candle a few Christmases ago that did a solid job of making up for not having a tree. I stuck my nose into this one the last time I was in the store and it smelled so good I had to allocate a few Weight Watchers points to it.

6. BONUS ENTRY: Paddywax

My pal Amy gave me a Paddywax candle a few years ago. This is an Atlanta business (buy local!) and they have gorgeous things! Perusing their website, I fell for the charming Journey of the Bee line, but all their candles are exquisitely designed and smell heavenly.

What about you? Any candle favorites?

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  1. January 28, 2011 1:08 pm

    You may not remember, but I had a sweet and mellow scented Honeysuckle pillar candle I purchased at the Pottery Barn when I lived in San Diego. It lasted forever and smelled amazing, but I can’t seem to find it on their website. I’d guess their pillar candles that they do have would be worthwhile, however.

    Also, I’m a sucker for citrus and feel you should’ve included the Aunt Sadie’s Lemonade candle in the guest bath. I think it was purchased at Anthropologie, but here’s another link to it:

  2. Elaine permalink
    January 28, 2011 1:57 pm

    Have always loved the large red pillar cinnamon candles at Pier I during Christmas.
    The coral/orange spice ones at Thanksgiving smell yummy too.

  3. January 28, 2011 3:19 pm

    Best. Candles. Ever.

    Seriously. I’m particularly fond of the Champaca Bloom.

  4. January 28, 2011 3:20 pm

    Aaaaaand I just notice you mentioned me. Hooray.

  5. Leigh Ann Morabito permalink
    January 31, 2011 12:29 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed the candle! I’m into candles lately. Probably because we have two litterboxes and a big smelly dog. Bito gave me one for Christmas that smells really yummy. Taylor, you might like it since you’re into citrus. I’ll try to add a link here…

  6. February 17, 2011 11:57 am

    i live outside of St Louis and frequent K Hall’s home store quite often. If you are ever in the area it is worth the visit. Not only do they have great body products & candles, but the decor is to die for. They have me hooked on Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain and Pashmina. Sign up for their mailing list too – can i say warehouse sale!

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