As soon as I finished my previous candle by Fragonard (Menthe Basilic), I knew I wouldn’t be able to do without a new one. Bois de Santal was a gift and even though a sandalwood candle probably wouldn’t have been my first choice, I am fascinated by this scent. It’s a woody, yet perfume-like fragrance; pungent and feminine at the same time. And the candle itself offers a remarkable scent throw – Fragonard never disappoints.
Size and burn time:
Standard size –> 200g/ 7 oz, burns for around 60-70 hours, but the producer doesn’t state.
Standard size –> €26.00
Ingredients: high quality paraffin wax mix; custom scent mix.
A bit of background of the brand: check out my previous entry on Fragonard.
Subjective scent evaluation: As I said in the beginning, this scent is both mellow and brave. It does not distract, but is noticable and elegant. It would be a nice scent for a study or walk-in closet. It’s also pretty simple and I do not get any additional notes apart from sandalwood (I also do not know if there were supposed to be any), but this aroma is beautiful and complex on its own. Oh, and just to anwer a possible question: this sandalwood candle is far from imitating cheap indian inscense sticks, even though it falls into the same fragrance family.
In aromatherapy sandalwood shows antiseptic properties (helping to remove mucous membrane inflammations) and is believed to remove the negativity. I believe it makes a great home scent for colder seasons.
Scent throw evaluation: The scent spreads out very fast and intensifies gradually, without getting too strong. Even when unlit and open (for example on your night stand) you get hit by a faint sandalwood fragrance from time to time.
The design of these candles is worth mentioning. I haven’t tried other scents from the range (a total of 12 different blends), but this both rich and subtle sandalwood candle couldn’t be better complemented than by this both soft, almost innocent, yet, at the same time, rough bisquit porcelain. The producer claims the pot “blends beautifully with your interior decor, but also serves to highlight a soft, pervading fragrance”. When I saw the unglazed porcelain tumbler inside a woven, embroidered pouch I immediately thought about an elegant cabin in a French countryside on a summer afternoon. Once again I will claim, that Fragonard packaging doesn’t shout “lux”, expresses nonetheless perfectly the brand’s rich tradition and quality.
Additional comments: The Fragonard candles don’t burn perfectly, leaving always a very slight, undisturbing tunnel, which can be easily pushed down to avoid wax loss. The wicks of Fragonard candles smoke easily, so you have to remember to trim them regularily, unless you want black marks on the perfectly white biscuit porcelain (and trust me, they are not easy to get off).
Would I repurchase: Definitely. I will keep discovering this brand.
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