Update: A few of our choices below are now out of date and some of the candles have changed. To see our ongoing collection of our favorite luxury candles please visit the best luxury candles page.
Don’t we all deserve a little something for ourselves sometimes? I don’t know about you, but I always seem so busy. The list of things I have to do inside and outside of the house just seems never-ending. I’m constantly juggling this and that, and it can get a bit overwhelming at times. I can even get discouraged if I am not careful because there is always so much more I want to do, but it seems like there is never enough time. I think it’s imperative to respect those feelings, and remember to pat myself on the back for doing my best to keep it all together.
It’s tempting to treat myself with food. Its been a major weakness of mine in the past, but I’m trying not to do that any more. I want to bring health and wholeness into my life, not add to my frustration, as well as the size of my waistline.
I’ve found that little luxuries can help keep me on track. They are important signposts to mark when I am making an effort to have personal, de-stress time. My personal key to mindfulness, and bringing myself into the moment, is to engage as many of my body’s senses as possible. I need that to focus on myself and my well-being, instead of the busyness of my daily life. I find luxury candles seem do that little something extra for your senses, which you don’t see too often.
The thing that separates them from more ordinary candles, in my opinion, are their unique scents. They simply stand so much farther apart from the more basic, scented candles. I really love how different they are from anything else that I’ve smelled before from the mass market.
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They also burn perfectly cleanly, with no problems at all, but that is an obvious expectation from candles that are on the pricier side of things. I’ve decided they are definitely worth the extra money, when I factor in how well they last and how they make me feel.
I constantly receive comments from my guests too, when I have any one of these burning. It just adds to the glow of our relationship when I can introduce them to what I love or new things I’ve tried. I think it adds to our intimacy to share my interest with them and it can be a great social opener or a way of making them feel a bit spoiled too.
My Top Five: The Best of the Luxury Candle Brands
- FIGUIER / FIG TREE — DIPTYQUE PARIS
Inspired by the eau de toilette Philosykos, the sweet fig and milky tree sap blend to personify the best qualities of each in their warmth and freshness. Made in France with hand-poured vegetable wax and a cotton lead-free wick. Only natural ingredients are used in all of their fragrances to create pure and natural scents with a maximum of complexity and intrigue. The result is very soothing, green grassy scent that is great for spring and summer and perfect for relaxing.
You can grab one for yourself online at Amazon.com
- CACTUS VERDE GALLERY GLASS — ILLUME
Known for their vibrant home fragrances and loyal celebrity clientele, this Illume candle combines runway-inspired ombre with oversized gallery glass to engage both the eyes and the nose. Created with all-natural soy, beeswax and essential oils for higher fragrance throw and a cleaner burn, the geometric facets twinkle as the fresh, clean aroma of cassis, pink sea salt, wild geranium and avocado drift into the room. The base note provides a hint of sandal wood, blooming iris and musk, as well. Its smell is well-rounded, clean, bright and fresh, never too overpowering or overly sweet.
- FEU DE BOIS / SKI HOUSE — LAFCO
Designed to create the ambiance of a ski vacation, these soy-based candles are clean-burning and feature a 100% natural cotton wick. The oversized, hand-blown, art-glass holder adds a simple, classic look to the scent of mountain air, a cedar log fire and evergreens. Perfect for winter and the holidays, it feels almost spiritual, reminiscent of beautiful, old churches or a rustic, cozy alpine lodge.
You can grab one online at Amazon.com
- MOROCCAN AMBER — NEST FRAGRANCES
These are made with a premium, soft, highly refined, cosmetic-grade wax to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. They always use only the finest fragrance oils available, in this case showcasing Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope and bergamot, with a bit of eucalyptus. Each of Nest’s fragrances are created by accomplished perfumers leading fragrance houses and the classic shape with its modern stripe etching will complement any décor. It has a definite refreshing, spa-like feel that is so much more sophisticated than a more typical floral or vanilla. It really fills a room, but It’s not overly spicy, just warm and inviting, very romantic too.
You can get one of these online from Amazon.com
- BAMBOO TEAKWOOD — AQUIESSE AESTHETIC SCENTS
There is just something extra smart in the design of the custom, heat-resistant lid designed as a built-in pedestal for the candle to rest on while burning. That really impressed me, along with the look of the thick, smoke-brown glass. The Bamboo Teakwood candle itself combines Hawaiian violet, green bamboo, mandarin and Asian teak, made with a blend of soy wax and organic soybean oil with a lead-free wick. It has a unique, somewhat sweet, woodsy smell. The company is based out of California, promising to bring the feel of the West Coast with fragrances inspired by state’s flowers, fruits, ocean mist and fresh mountain air. This particular offering is very soft and fresh, just what I want for an exotic tropical get-away.
You can grab one of these online from Amazon