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It may be Spring, but it’s still pretty chilly in San Francisco! Lately, we’ve been burning Tatine’s Norwegian Wood, a candle that’s meant to have a warm, hearty scent. It’s from their Garden + Forest Infusions line, which comes in a very cool wood grain embossed box. The Norwegian Wood scent is no longer available online, but they have a scent called Woodsmoke, which has the same woody notes.

Founded in 2001, self-taught candle maker Margo Breznik first started experimenting with candle making in her apartment in Chicago. After years of honing her craft, she took a leap of faith, quit her day job, and opened a brick-and-mortar store to showcase her candles. She eventually transitioned into wholesale, landing a large account with Anthropologie (where she created approximately 50,000 candles by herself!), and has continued to build products and collaborations with other brands.

The Norwegian Wood candle wax has a very natural, earthy scent. With hints of moss and twigs, it reminds us of a long hike in the woods after a heavy rain. It’s poured in a heavyweight, green glass vessel, made of 40% recycled materials. Upon lighting the candle, we found it to have very little stickiness, and the scent did not carry very well. After burning for nearly 4 hours, the scent was still so light, we could barely tell that it was burning in our office. We think this candle would be better suited in a smaller, more confined space (like a powder room), as it’s no match for our large, open office!

Although this candle may not have the strongest fragrance, it has a very clean burn. Only a small amount of residue was left behind on the vessel, and the wax dried very evenly, with no bubbles or divots. The vessel itself is very aesthetically pleasing, and would make for a great decorative candle in a smaller room, office, or bathroom.

You can purchase your own Woodsmoke candle here. Dimensions: 2-½” Dia. x 3-¾”H, 8 oz.



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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.