Fleur des Iles (Flower of the Islands) by Zara Home is a candle from one of Zara Home’s recent limited collections (“special editions”). It came out in spring/summer 2014, together with an overwhelming amount of tropical patterns and vibrant colors. The freshnes and exotic vibe of colorful fauna and flora depicted on aything from silverware to lounge slippers was so new and hipnotizing, that one of my regular strolls towards their basics ended in investing in a gorgeous set of bedsheets, instantly followed by a limited collection candle by the name of Fleur des Isles.
A perfect example of a purchase induced by the desire of a mental travel to place somewhere far away, between the ripe mangos, turquoise sea and arrogantly free parrots. And as fast as snuggling in my tropical-themed sheets would make me imagine the sand under my toes, the turning of that candle would bring me back to reality…
Size and burn time:
Standard size –> 190g/ 6.7 oz, burns for 36 hours.
Official price: (Spain/USA/ UK)
Standard size –> €15,99/ -/ £17,99
(the candles from their permanent collection are €9,99/ $ 16,90/ £15,99
Ingredients: “100% vegetable wax”.
The producer on the line: “This fragrance combines bursts of citrus notes like grapefruit and mandarin with the sensuality and elegance of a bouquet of white flowers like freesia and jasmine. The base contains an original note of candy floss to round out the fragrance with a soft and addictive gourmand touch”.
Subjective scent evaluation: The tropical vibe my new bedsheets brought to my apartment made me desire a new citrusy, invigorating scent for my living space. Sniffing the candle in the Zara Home shop I did get the citrus and flower mix, maybe not as profound, yet still tropical and exiting. However, from the first time I lit it up at home it brought nothing more than dissapointment. If anything, I honestly get ONLY mandarine, and a quite sinthetic one. Nothing “gourmand” about it. And definitely no flower notes.
Scent throw evaluation: Quite poor, unfortunately. The first time I burned it, it did fill put my bedroom after about one hour, what never happened again. It makes me come to a suposition, that the fragrance oils might not have been mixed well enough.
Packaging: I do like the classic packaging of Zara Home’s candles.
With the limited collection ones you get a clean glass with a rectangular sticker and loose metal lid (the one I got came with a gorgeous rose gold one, which you can see on the picture).
The standard line candles are made of opaque glossy clean glass with no sticker or lid for the regular size (35h) and transparent glass with sticker, cardboard (?) lid and double wick for the large size (70h).
Additional comments: The candle burns unevenly and tunnels slightly. The scent is synthetic and almost nonexistent (which is probably good in this case…). This candle not only dissapointed me but also surprised in a negative way, as I do like quite a lot Zara Home’s candles from the permanent collection (especially the White Jasmin one).
Would I repurchase: No. I will definitely repurchase though the candles from the permanent line!
Where to buy: Zara Home. The limited collections seem to be unavailable on the US and Canada’s version of Zara Home’s online shop. I’ll keep you updated if that changes.