While we’re seeing a glimmer of being able to travel again in the not too distant future, in the meantime, we’re reminiscing over warm Mediterranean escapes. Transporting us to the Greek Isles, Brooklyn Candle Studio’s Santorini tells a succulent scent story. Imagine a sunny walk under a grove of fruity, floral foliage, immersed in lush fig trees and sweet, native currants. A woodsy aroma in grounding notes of sandalwood and amber can be caught in a gentle breeze.
As a part of the New York-based brand’s Escapist collection, there was no better time for us to whip out this gem of a candle. The range explores some of their favorite places in the world that they’ve traveled to and remain a permanent place in their olfactory memories. Santorini made for a perfect official transition into spring. While sweet fig hints at summer, the muskiness of sandalwood maintains a warmer ambiance, calling to mind cozy winter days.
The scent, while undeniably lovely (there’s a reason why this candle is sold out everywhere), the throw is quite faint and is best burnt in a small space. Think: powder room, home office, or small bedroom. The subdued aroma is sometimes even hard to detect upon leaving a room and coming back. However, Brooklyn Candle Studio is a brand we continue to return to, drawn by their charming fragrance stories—like the Neroli candle we previously reviewed—and their clean, sophisticated packaging.
Poured into screen printed glass tumblers and packed in textured boxes, it calls to the minimalist at heart.
The double wick is a nice touch as well, and the 100% soy wax makes for a smooth, eco-friendly burn. The brand recommends trimming wicks to ¼ inch before lighting, and letting it burn for three to four hours to allow the melted wax to reach the edge of the container to prevent tunneling. Lead-free, braided cotton wicks primed with vegetable wax and essential oil infused fragrances offer a clean experience, though the candles are also vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, dye, preservative, and petroleum-free. As mentioned in the Neroli review, their soy is also derived from American-grown soy beans. Plus, they’re all hand-poured in their Brooklyn studio. This is a candle to feel good about burning, while enjoying an air of armchair travel.
Neroli is sold out on Brooklyn Candle Studio, though other scents from their Escapist collection can be found here.
How attractive is the packaging? Are there any interesting design features?
How does the candle smell? Does it align with the manufacturer’s fragrance description?
How far does the scent carry while the candle is burning? We will describe this by what size room the fragrance might fill – small, medium or large
How well does the fragrance “stick” to the walls and furnishings? Does the scent last long after the candle has been blown out?
Does the wax burn evenly, or does it “tunnel”? Is the wick in the center? Does the container easily soot?
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