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New obsession alertMy whole grade-school perception on candles (last-minute presents to friends!) changed as my intrigue with Diptyque turned into love at first sniff. I happened to pass by Essenses in Rockwell to check out some Laura Mercier caviar sticks when I suddenly got a whiff of a delectably pleasant rose/fig/black currant scent. The scent permeated the whole area where I was swatching those beautiful caviar sticks that I actually hopped on over to the Diptyque counter to investigate. Turns out it was the most-raved candle in the blogosphere – Baies. Unfortunately, I had to slap myself a little when I asked for the price because I thought I heard Php3250 ($75). Turns out, I did. It does cost a whopping Php3250. Steep city, much. It’s not even how I feel about the price. It’s thinking how my husband, my family and my friends would react if they knew I spent that much on a candle. Hi I’m Shari and I burn money (in an almost literal way).
Alice Blue candlesI then stumbled upon Alice Blue while walking around Rockwell still overcoming my initial shock. Alice Blue is a local Filipino brand that’s actually been around for quite some time now that produces soy-based wax candles. Soy-based candles burn much cleaner and even purportedly longer than regular paraffin wax candles. They are also better for the environment as they are biodegradable (yay to reduced landfills!). Paraffin wax, on the other hand, emit petro-chemicals that cause soot deposits and carcinogenic particulate matter. The downside to soy-based candles, however, is their price! They are twice, thrice and can go up to four times as expensive as paraffin candles.
Mia MaisonI also bought some Mia Maison home mists in Green Tea and Fresh Bamboo. I spray these on to curtains, linens and to the whole room to instantly leave it smelling “new” and “refreshed”, in loose terms. So far I’ve tried the three above – Sea Daffodil, Palawan Mystique and Mediterranean Fig. I really can’t describe scents no matter how hard I try so I won’t pretend I can. I will tell you that the three I bought are all fresh, by-the-beach scents that don’t lean too floral nor too fruity. The subtlest among them is Mediterranean Fig, which I will not be repurchasing. While my favorite is Sea Daffodil, one I’ve already finished and have already repurchased. Both that and Palawan Mystique have excellent throws (or distance scent travels throughout a room while a candle is burning). I leave them burning for at least an hour and I can even smell the scent travelling downstairs when the bedroom door is open. Before I got into candles, I realized there was a science to candle lighting. This made me appreciate the whole thing more, which eventually got me hooked to it. I’ll share a few tips I learned from the Diptyque guy (who already knows me because I always pass by and sniff Baies when I have time) who made me a toe closer to purchasing that darn overpriced candle.
Candle Lighting Tips* Always trim your wick before lighting. The shorter, the less wick it burns making for a much cleaner burn. These ‘cleaner burns’ are what you want because these produce the scent that fills the room when mixed with the fragrant oils. If the wick burns more, you’d be smelling the soot instead. *Amount of burn time is important! Some people dismiss candles because they don’t produce scents almost immediately upon lighting. It ain’t like that, folks. Rule of thumb is burn an hour for every diameter inch. You gotta wait for a ‘meltpool’ to form before you can start smelling something. This also allows for even melting of the wax so you avoid those god-forbid hollows that leave side residues. *Dip it, don’t blow it. Finally, don’t extinguish the flame as if it’s your birthday. You gotta dip the wick into the pool and pull it back up after. This just saves you from a soot-smelling room.
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