This week’s review features a candle called Moroccan Tuberose, manufactured by Illuminum, a fragrance company based in London. This unique candle comes in a cube-shaped vessel and is made of black wax - something we don’t see very often. Unfortunately, since the purchase of this candle, we believe it has been phased out of production, so it’s quite difficult to find these days. But don’t fret - the company manufactures some divine fragrances, so if you like this candle review, we recommend you visit Barneys New York and check out their line.
Illuminum was founded by Michael Boadi, a famous British hair stylist-turned-perfumer. As a hairstylist, he worked with many high-end fashion brands and has been featured in magazines like Vogue and W. He launched Illuminum in 2011, where he began making perfumes and candles; however, he now focuses solely on creating perfumes. According to Boadi, Illuminum scents are “for those days when you are in the mood for something exquisitely simple and stylish,” which explains why Kate Middleton chose to wear an Illuminum perfume to her royal wedding!
The scent profile is incredibly rich and layered. It has floral top and middle notes, with mixtures of Turkish Rose, Moroccan Tuberose, and a little Ylang Ylang. On the base, it’s earthy and warm, with notes of Cedar wood. It’s a feminine scent, and though you may equate the heavy rose aroma with your grandma’s perfume, this one is modern and youthful. If Illuminum’s perfumes are as deep and complex as this aromatic candle, you’re bound to find your perfect scent.
While we can appreciate the unique vessel shape, we have learned that, no matter the shape of the candle’s vessel, it’ll always burn down in a circular pattern. As the candle burned down, we were left with a round tunnel in a square vessel, which caused the wax to crack and pull away from the edges. Needless to say, it’s not the prettiest looking candle, but it sure does smell good!
If you’re interested in experiencing some of Illuminum’s other scents, you can check out their website. Dimensions: 3”W square x 3”H.