I love candles. I especially love them when they’re soy-based and have a lead-free wick because they burn clean and I don’t worry about breathing in things that just can’t be good for me. I’ll also only really buy them if they look good as well as smell good because my hubby argues that candles are “burning money”. So, I buy them as part of my decor and burn them gently and infrequently, always trimming wicks along the way. I’m so careful with my candles and can’t bear to part with them, that I have some that I’ve owned for years.
In the pursuit of the perfect candle, I’ve run across many brands, some bad, some good and some excellent. A brand I would classify as “excellent” is Archipelago Botanicals. Trust me: they’re worthy of hoarding for years and years…and so fab you’ll want to burn through them immediately.
I’ve had a love affair with Archipelago candles for years now, ever since I received one as a housewarming gift. I count their Pineapple Ginger Signature Soy candle as my all-time favorite.
Imagine my excitement when we heart this received a few candles from the AB Home soy candle collection for review! I did a little happy dance. There were no witnesses, but believe me, it happened.
Thanks to the kind and generous folks at Archipelago Botanicals, we received their small soy candles ($20) in three incredible scents:
Arugula – the smell of greens with a hint of basil.
Verbena – a clean, lemon citrus scent
Tuberose – an exotic floral fragrance
I took the Verbena candle for a test drive. First impression: this candle is so cute! The glass jar and the printing on the square yellow label reflect a simple elegance that practically begs to have a place of honor on an end table.
I took a sniff of the unburned wax and it smells like a tart lemon. As a lover of fruity candles, especially citrus-based, I’m in heaven. I trimmed the wick before lighting it up (1/4″ is recommended for slow, even burning). Almost immediately, the room filled up with the scent of citrus.
Thanks to the soy and lead-free wick, the smoke contained no traces of soot, something my lungs require in a candle (I haven’t had an asthma attack in years and I like to keep it that way).
I let it burn for about an hour before extinguishing it. My house smelled like heaven for about a half an hour later. The hubby arrived home from work and asked me if I made lemon cookies. Sucker.
I’ve continued to use the candle a couple more times and the have barely made a dent in this little beauty; the smaller soy candles retail at $20, so knowing I’ll have it for a long while helps me justify this purchase.
• Packaging is attractive, great for gift-giving.
• Variety of fragrances to choose from (over 25 in this collection).
• Soy-based wax with lead-free wicks that are friendly to your lungs and decor.
• Convincing hubby to plunk down $20+ for candles.
The Verbena fragrance is great for freshening up the house and a product worthy of 5 stars. I can’t wait to try some of their other offerings in the AB Home line. Join me in the comments where the wht team will be reviewing their candles.
Readers and testers – are you a fellow candle hoarder? How many Archipelago Botanicals Candles are in your home right now?
Krista currently lives in a semi-haunted house in New England with her hubby/best friend and obscenely big-eared dog. She thinks the world would be a better place if people smiled more and ate more dark chocolate. She is a firm believer that humor can be found in everything and that Tom Selleck’s moustache has healing properties…
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