Hello everyone! I have a really exciting home fragrance line to share with you all today, called AQUIESSE! I love fragrance, especially home fragrance, because, scents can bring back memories. For example, the scent of lilac reminds me of when I lived in Pennsylvania, because we had a massive bush of it, and the smell was INTOXICATING when in bloom!) Fragrances can also have a healing quality (that’s Aromatherapy!)
The candles are supposedly made with “the purest” soy wax, and although some of you may be skeptical, believe it! These have the cleanest burn I’ve ever seen. I received two travel candle tins in Sandalwood Vanille and Luxe Linen, which are from AQUIESSE’s Portfolio Collection. The collection is inspired by the “rich, coastal regions of Central California.”
Sandalwood Vanille contains bergamot, lavender; white vanilla fleur, sandalwood, and musk. To me, this one is exactly like it sounds. This candle is a good balance of sweet and sexy without being over the top on either side of the spectrum.
Luxe Linen is described as a fresh, relaxing scent infused with warm linen, herbal tea, and smooth sandalwood. I think it smells like cozy fabric softener and then the tea gives it some warmth. It makes me think of snuggling up to a good book with some tea and a warm blanket, fresh out of the dryer.
The travel tins themselves are 2 ounces, are made of metal, and include a twist on lid. The entire candle has an average burning time of 20+ hours and retail for $5. I do not burn my candles, I prefer to use a candle warmer ($5 at Michaels!), because I feel that it keeps the scent pure (not sooty), as well as prolonging candle life. (Okay and I also am kind of afraid of fire…..but that’s a secret…..shhh!!) You should burn these for around 3-4 hours at a time (although once I did it for 5 and it was no biggie). I’d say the shorter amount of time the better, because the metal gets pretty hot, so don’t touch it! (I did…but I wasn’t smart enough to actually read the caution label…so here I am warning you!)
-Affordable price for a high quality product: it’s kind of like getting a small taste of luxury!
-Melts extremely fast and cleanly! I was very impressed by this: it means that there are very high quality ingredients and oils (and I think the metal container helps too!) It took about 20 minutes for it to go from solid to complete liquid, impressive!
-AQUIESSE uses organic and renewable resources, as well as essential oils whenever possible.
-Great scent throw (relative to size): Although our noses get used to scents after a couple of sniffs, I noticed whenever I would leave my room and close the door, as I re-entered I was engulfed in relaxing scent. Don’t let your fragrance “escape!” Make sure windows are closed, and small areas are best for these small candles. In fact, I tried these candles out for about 1 week and planned on doing a bad review…Then, I realized that my 2 bedroom windows were open and then it hit me. After I followed those steps, I had a great experience with the candles and will continue to use them.
-Unisex fragrances: Not too feminine or too masculine. I had Sandalwood Vanille (link to page) melting in my apartment while we had some guy friends over, and the scent was the first thing they noticed!
-Well Balanced fragrances: I think these candles are simple, and smell just how the descriptions are written. No surprises here!
-Twist on caps are great for “sealing in” the scent, and, the obvious choice, traveling! (not too sure I would travel with candles though..)
-The metal container gets pretty hot (there is a warning on the bottom, but I never thought twice about it!).
-Their website is just a page with a phone number on it. I think it should be more interactive (i.e. link to resellers, social networks, etc.) so people can get to know how great they are!
Overall, I can definitely see myself trying some more scents (okay, maybe like all of them). I think the best thing they offer is those travel tins, because they are a great value, but can also act as a cheap “sample” of a fragrance for those of us who like to try almost every candle out there! I hope this wasn’t too much of a bore. I have a fragrance class at FIDM this quarter, so I got a little more excited to review these in an efficient way! Leave me some comments on your thoughts of this line!
**These items have been sent to me courtesy of the company. This is my honest opinion**
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