H O U S E BY BILLY DEL PUERTO | GREENHOUSE

 
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This week, we are reviewing Greenhouse, which is hand poured by a candle company called H O U S E by Billy Del Puerto. We chanced upon Billy and his collection of several candle lines at West Coast Craft in San Francisco. When we met him, his passion for creating unique scents was apparent - he likes to experiment with different scent combinations, changes up the packaging, and even makes a unique line of candles with a gold flake detail.

Billy started his company after attending FIDM in Downtown Los Angeles, where he studied Visual Communications. He believes that “scent is an invisible layer of design”, and we couldn’t agree with him more! Each scent is meant to transport its user to a different place, or stir up an old memory - a walk through the stacks of an old library or an evening spent sipping whisky with friends.

Greenhouse is a candle that captures the essence of gardening on a crisp summer day (if we were to ever garden). The aptly named Tomato Leaf & Jalapeño has a clean, earthy aroma. The scent profile has a wonderful balance of sweet & fresh on the top, with a hint of savory and tangy at its base. In a written interview with Billy, he explains where the inspiration for this candle came from - the smell of fresh earth from his grandparents’ backyard, where they grew a lemon tree, fig tree, persimmon tree, and numerous vegetables.

Of all his candle lines and various packaging, we were drawn to this candle. It comes in a clean, white box that opens and closes via an origami-esque folding top. Inside is a frosted glass vessel featuring a modern label. After burning a quarter of the way down, we noticed that soot was gathering on the top of the wax, and the wax was bubbling as it melted. However, after another couple of burns, the wax looked cleaner and had fewer bubbles. Now that we are nearly at the bottom of the candle, we’ve noticed there is some separation of color between white and the ivory components of the wax.  For the most part, the candle left very little residue on the sides of the vessel.

Click here to purchase your own Greenhouse candle. Dimensions: 3-⅛” W x 3-⅛”H. 

AYDRY & CO. | CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH

 
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This week we are reviewing a candle by Southern California company AYDRY & Co. We met AYU Carlton, founder and creative director of AYDRY & Co., at San Francisco’s Renegade Craft Fair. We were immediately drawn to the clean look and modern feel of the brand, particularly its unique hexagonal shaped packaging. Inside, the thin black glassy vessel is a stark contrast to its clean, white box. Another one of the candle’s differentiating features is its wooden wick, which results in a crackling sound as the candle burns. We happened to be at the craft fair on a warm, Sunday morning, and found it only fitting that we purchase a candle called Champagne Brunch.

Aydry & Co. was founded in 2016 and, though young, has already gained a following with stockists like Anthropologie, Rejuvenation, and Pottery Barn. All of the candles are hand poured in Southern California by AYU and her small team. The line’s scents are light, fruity, and, for the most part, feminine. AYU’s Japanese heritage comes into play with scents like White Tea, Cherry Blossom, and Japanese Yuzu.

The Champagne Brunch scent is fruity, with hints of peaches, strawberries, and of course, notes of sweet champagne (or even moscato). We could see this scent gracing a bridal shower or another all-female occasion, while also being popular within subsets of the younger population - young ladies in their teens and 20’s. All-in-all, it was enjoyable in small amounts, but ultimately a little too sweet and fruity for our palates.

The first burn was on point. The subsequent burns were also good, yielding a nice and even burn, without tunneling. The wooden wick must be trimmed like any other candle wick, and, though the wooden wick is a nice touch, we found it slightly distracting. Perhaps we are an office of worriers, but when we first heard the wick crackling, we were worried that we had started a fire! We also noticed some soot gathering in the wax, which we suspect is due to the burning of the wooden wick.

At $36 for the 8 oz. size, this is an easy candle line to try if you’re curious!

You can purchase your own candle here. Dimensions: 3-1/8"Dia. x 3-3/8"H, 8 oz.