I got Cherry Blossom scented candle from L’Occitane for my last birthday from a good friend. One of those friends, that listen to you carefully and know exactly what would make you happy.
I enjoy French cosmetics, classy design and obviously candles. The Cherry Blossom candle by L’Occitane was a perfect gift and I was thrilled to try it!
Even though it’s spring, it will still be a while till the cherry trees bloom, so I have already burned more than half of this Fleurs de Cerisier candle*. I really enjoy the brand and keep repurchasing many of their cosmetics. My high expectations towards this candle might have made it difficult to have an unbiased opinion…
Size and burn time:
Standard size –> 250g/ 8.8 oz, burns for 45 hours.
Standard size –> £28.00/ € 30.00/ $40.00
The candle is made of paraffin wax with 100% cotton non-toxic wick. You can tell it as easily just from looking at it – the candle’s white, matte wax presents a uniform colour and hard, dry surface. As I have said before, I do not rule out paraffin candles, they are, however, usually not my first choice, and this candle unfortunately reminded me why. It offered a uniform smell, yet burned fast and created a big tunnel beyond repair. I must say I was surprised seeing L’Occitane keep using paraffin wax in their candles after stating in their 2010 CRM Annual Report, that:
“We try to limit environmental impact from the start of the creative process to the end of our products’ lifetime, and this resolve is reflected in various choices that are made with regard to product formulation.”
“We prefer to use plant oils rather than mineral oils. These plant oils are produced from seeds or fruits, and are the result of a biological process. Mineral oils are made up of hydrocarbon chains, derived from petroleum (particularly paraffin), and cannot be absorbed by the skin, so they form an occlusive film on its surface. Plant oils, however, have a perfect affinity with the skin and are active substances, due particularly to their rich fatty acid content.”
“We prefer” is a very nice choice of words here… I also prefer not to eat chocolate and cheesecake.
I am not necessarily criticizing the use of mineral oil in candles. High quality paraffin can offer a range of pros for a low price, and used properly, doesn’t have to be toxic. (Check out more on mineral versus other oils in my post on candle ingredients). I am just negatively surprised seeing paraffin as the only ingredient in “environmentally friendly” L’Occitane’s candles.
The producer on the candle:
“Bring the sweet scent of spring into your home with the Cherry Blossom Gourmand Candle. Our elegantly scented candle combines the soft and enveloping scent of the cherry tree’s first spring blossoms and the delicious aroma of its ripe red fruits. Enriched with a cherry extract from the Luberon region of southern France, the candle will create a soft and comforting atmosphere in your home for around 45 hours of enjoyment.”
This candle offers a feminine and universal scent.
It would be perfect for high tea, offering a very delicate and non distracting background.
There is nothing more to it than blossom and red fruit, just like the producer claims, so if these notes are up your alley, you can without doubt buy the candle online and won’t be disappointed.
The candle burns unevenly, creating a thick-walled tunnel, what unfortunately decreases its burning time, offers, however, a constant and steady scent (while being burned), that does not over-saturate.
The candle comes in a broad glass tumbler with a square sticker in cream-and-cherry tones, adorned with delicate flower pattern. The design is simple and feminine, or should I maybe say girly, as it lacks a certain Provençal charm that this brand’s cosmetics’ packaging is so well-known for. IMHO a ceramic container, or even aluminium tin (as some other L’Occitane candles) would be more suitable and go better with the brand’s aesthetics. The tumbler itself comes in a not exciting thin carton box, however, if you’re lucky as I am and get it as a gift, it will be placed in one of those sturdy gorgeous and colorful cardboard boxes that L’Occitane very beautifully designs.
Additional comments: Probably the worst-burning candle I ever got, yet still, a great choice for situations when you want to create an undisturbing delicate background, that won’t clash with for example food. I actually read somewhere, that L’Occitane’s limited edition orange candle is perfect for dinner gatherings, imitating the mediterranean tradition of lighting orange peals filled with oilve oil.
Would I repurchase:
I got this candle as a gift, and I would not repurchase the same one myself. As much as I like L’Occitane’s cosmetics, I would not like to think, that the brand just “threw in” the candle range with close to no thought when it comes to the ingredients or the design. I might give them another try in the future in order to compare. Maybe their tin can candles are nicer?
* This is also why in this post’s image, the candle is accompanied by tulips – it was impossible to get cherry blossom branches, even though I live in a country with a huge flower tradition.