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Saturday, April 16, 2011

High Illumination: Aura Candles

In the past few months, I've had the chance to try three different fragrances of Aura Candles, and I've got lots of observations about the line to share.

First, the scent blends are interesting, imaginative and sophisticated, yet still hit that comfort sweet spot. I've burned Obscure [black ginger, musk, white pepper], Luscious [tangerine, vanilla, sandalwood, musk, amber], and Cosmic [blood orange, vanilla bean, vanilla orchid, amber]. I would buy each of them again in a heartbeat, but my favorite is far and away Cosmic. It's beautiful and delicate, a refreshing scent that I really can't get enough of. The scent throw on all three of the candles I have is excellent.

Second, I want to address the quality of the wax and packaging. These candles use a soy blend of waxes, and they burn evenly. They are each 10oz and last for about 70 hours. For $24 each, I consider Aura Candles to be a very good value. This is one of the benefits of supporting small businesses who get it right; you don't pay through the nose, plus you get a chic, beautiful candle. The clear glass vessels are basic, but clean-looking, with the Aura logo on the front. The cardboard circular outer packaging the candle comes in is very chic, and housed in the lid is an adorable little box of Aura matches.



One caveat: I generally like to use a wick dipper to put out my candles, but when I tried it with an Aura Candle, the wick was brittle and broke off. I know the wicks are lead-free, but I'm not sure why else this might happen. My advice would be just to blow out these candles to maintain the integrity of the wick, and trim as normal.

If you decide to try Aura Candles, you'll quickly see for yourself that they've thought of everything. I can easily spend at least twice as much somewhere to get a candle of equal quality, but it's going to be hard to get me to do that anymore. There are 10 fragrance blends in all, and I've got 7 still to try. What I've learned with Aura is that even some scents I've not traditionally liked in the past very much, such as some citrus notes, can be done in a home fragrance blend that really works for me. I know that I'm picky about candles and not easy to please, which is why it's made me very happy that Aura has so easily exceeded my expectations.

Candles are available for $24 each at Aura Candles' website and Candles Off Main.

5 comments:

  1. I LOVE Aura Cosmic! I burn it all the time at home. It's such a comforting scent. I've never liked orange/vanilla blends before. They are usually to "cheap" smelling to me, but this one is the exact opposite. The orange is so juicy and real and it blends perfectly with the earthy vanilla bean. The put in just enough amber to deepen the scent but not overwhelm or alter from the pureness of the vanilla.

    Luscious is my addiction. I burn it all the time. It's such an intense blend of sandalwood and vanilla. The tangerine gives it a gripe that gets me every time.

    I also love Clairvoyant. It's a simple, clean citrus. Wakes up the house (and me) with precision.

    I've never had a trouble with the wick but I can't remember if I used a wick dipper when them. I've been using a wick tweezer to put out my candles lately and that works well on any type of wick and any candle (even tapers). http://www.candlesoffmain.com/candle-snuffer-tweezer.aspx I'll try a wick dipper the next time and see what happens.

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  2. Thank you for the tip! :)
    I'm always wondering how come candles get so expensive when from my perspective, most of the ingredients don't really cost that much.
    I'll definitely give this line a go.

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  3. I must admit, I like scented candles, but I never burn them! I think they make gorgeous gifts, and this candle line sounds very nice.

    Have you ever tried the Gabriel's Aunt candles?

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  4. Sue- I owe my love of Aura all to you, thank you for recommending them to me, especially their Cosmic candle!

    Joanne- I haven't tried Gabriel's Aunt candles yet, but I really want to, which are your favorites if you have gotten them in the past?

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  5. I'm totally obsessed with Aura. I broke Luscious on accident. I threw it away and then took it out of the trash. I'm burning it in a bowl after chipping off the broken glass. It's unsafe but that's how much I love this scent. No other candle brand would have me doing such crazy sh*t.
    I really want to try the others that you reviewed. Actually, I want to try them all. And the price is right.
    Oh, and to comment on packaging. It's really nice. This line would make an impressive gift. People would think that you spent much more.

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