The holidays may have come to a close, but winter is in full swing! We have had a rainy couple of weeks in San Francisco, perfect for cuddling up by the (gas) fireplace with a good book. In the office, we’ve been burning a candle by Brick + Mortar, called Campfire. With notes of cedarwood, vanilla, and smoke, this candle is reminiscent of a cozy bonfire, filling our office with the comforting aroma of crackling embers.
Campfire’s amber-hued vessel comes packaged in a kraft paper box, adorned with an earthy, minimalistic Brick + Mortar label. One minor qualm we had was that the label wasn’t smoothly placed on and had some air bubbles. However, the candle burns down beautifully, leaving little wax residue inside the glass and almost no divots on the surface of the cooled wax. The scent that comes through is on the stronger side—definitely present but not too overpowering, draping its environment with an initial sweetness from the vanilla. We do tend to prefer a higher scent throw than less—it shows that it has a more substantial amount of essential oils, and thus more value for what you’re paying. Smoky undertones are revealed quickly after; the wooded notes making for a perfect winter candle. Enjoy a hint of the outdoors roasting s’mores without actually having to brave the cold.
Brick + Mortar was founded out of a passion for collecting antiques. From postcards to a Persian rug, founder David Kowalski combed through estate sales, propelled by the love of the hunt and finding a treasure to spark inspiration in the home. He sold his wares in antique warehouses in Atlanta, GA as well as online marketplaces, until he decided to open up his own shop. There, he hosts rotating pop-ups to provide a dedicated space for other local makers, artists, and brands who don’t currently have their own.
His latest venture are the candles—hand-poured and created to bring his customers a taste of inspiration from his love of history and travel. Fun fact: if you live in the Atlanta area, you can bring your empty candle vessel for a half priced refill!
Dimensions: 3-1/4"Dia. x 3-3/8"H