I have a weakness. OK., OK., I have quite a few weaknesses. One (perceived) weakness is a sliiiiight online shopping addiction, and the other is an obsession with gorgeous, scented candles in pretty jars.
Lighting a brand new candle gives me a thrill every time. I make a wish with every virgin candle lit. Each crisp candle is a ritual, a fresh start, a treat to look forward to. A small glimmer of happiness in an otherwise challenging world. A light on my altar that flickers magically and makes me smile.
In short, I bloody love luxury candles, and if the vessel they come in is gorgeous, I will repurpose it as pen and paintbrush holders, toothbrush holders, tea light holders…anything really, and it all makes me very happy.
The candles have to smell really good. Pure and uplifting, not overpowering or chemically. I favour the vanilla, coffee, cinnamon and caramel scents but that’s probably because I’m a bit of a piggy and love a baked good. I can do a light floral scent. But don’t be giving me lemongrass or anything that smells like lavender toilet cleaners.
I figure, if I’m going to love candles so much, I should really exploooore all the delightful varieties of ‘luxury soy candles’ out there… and there are so many. However, I’ve chosen to stick to Australian made (for now).
A luxury soy candle in a gorgeous vessel will set you back anywhere between $40 – $80 and burn for about 50 hours. In my case, because I burn them for a goodly amount of time every day, each one lasts about 5 days. (10 hours a day), It’s an expensive habit, but it’s better than crack cocaine, no?
Here’s a synopsis of Australian Luxury Candles I have tried.
Mrs Darcy Lifestyle
- Candle Emerald – Oakmoss, Sandalwood + Vanilla
- Candle Rose Quartz – Peonies + Fresh Roses
These candles come in GORGEOUS vessels, cut glass that throw the light beautifully, but all 3 I have burned have been…faulty. And I’ve followed their burning instructions to a tee! But the wax sort of pools in a liquid cavern in the middle of the candle and the outsides remain resolutely hard. Disappointing. Nice floral fragrance tho. And I’m reusing the gorgeous glass vessels as tea light holders, so all is no lost. Give them a ‘go’ you might have better luck than me?
- Magic Spell – Pumpkin Pie
- Spellbound – Enchanted Embers
These were both limited edition Halloween candles and the vessels they came in were all magical and witchy looking, which is half the reason I bought them
They were gorgeous; the smell, the burn time, the vessels. Quality effort.
$25 a month
These guys do a monthly subscription of candles, and I can’t tell you how thrilling it was to get a surprise package of candles every month. The vessels and fragrances are all different for each month, and remain a surprise until you receive them (I love that). It’s creative and clever concept. But…but…the fragrances are strong and chemically and remind me of toilet cleaners. I wish they didn’t because its such a fabulous idea and I love everything about it. But my lungs cannot handle these candles, so I’ve had to cancel my subscription ☹ I really love their vessels, though and have them dotted around my house. I would highly recommend trying and see what you think?
Mrs Maguire’s Candles
- Butter Salted Caramel in Large Carousel Jar
Local West Australian brand and really lovely candles. Good burn time and nice fragrance.
- Vanilla and Spice soy candle
Very strong fragrance and short burn times…not very ‘luxury’ but still quite pricey. Go figure…However, I did buy their rose gold lighter and wick trimmer pack and it is fabulous. I go around trimming wicks after each use like a profesh, and it gives me life.
The Collective Palm Beach
2020 12 mini candle Advent Calendar
Eh. Boring vessels and prissy scents.
- Candle Library Burnt Caramel
- Candle Library Coffee
These are nice candles. Long burn time and they come in stylish ceramic containers. I would definitely order again, but I do prefer a translucent candle vessel where it throws the light prettily, and these are opaque. Good strong smell without being chemically or overpowering.
But I want more, more, more, MORE!! Thanks to this handy article by Chris Carrol, I have a lengthy list of new candles to try so I can fuel may habit! I’m allowing myself a new candle every month, and I will let you know how it goes. Here’s my list of luxury candles to try, and I am PUMPED.
Luxury Candles List
Soy on the Hill
Southern Wild Co
I was recommended to buy the SOH Fig Tree scent. I like this candle, it smells classy and expensive. It is pricey at $70 and I lashed out and purchased the candle cloche as well. They both look very well on my altar and my house smells like a fancy hotel so me no complain.
Byron Bay Candles
Www.Byron bay candles.com
Candles By Barwick
Lenzo & Merchant
For something a little witchy and magickal:
I purchased a ‘spirit candle’ ($70) which comes with a mini psychic reading. The candle smells amazing – like cinnamon cookies and includes crystals in the wax. It’s a witchy treat and worth a ‘go’ if you’re into that kinda thing.