For some, Christmas is just around the corner, so even though last weekend I had to take out my summer shorts out from the depths of my wardrobe to survive the odd autumnal heat wave, many shops, big and small, have already put a Santa Claus on watch of their storefronts decorated in gold and silver.
This year I have decided to try out Zara Home´s flagship candle from the Christmas Edition: Gingerbread. Those usually sell out in the holiday season and always appear in Christmas-related posts on Spanish lifestyle blogs. So, mostly because of my huge disappointment with one of their candles from their recent limited editions, and partly because I just wanted a less “fresh” scent to relax after work on the couch with a cup of mint-liquorice tee (yes, Essie Button, you got me hooked ;)) I became a owner of Gingerbread and already burned half of it.
Size and burn time:
Standard size –> 200g/ 7.05 oz, burns for 45 hours, according to the box or 35 hours, according to the webpage (no comment). I´d lean towards 35h…
Official price (Spain/USA/ UK)
Standard size –> €12,99/ – / £15,99
(Sorry guys, Zara Home seems not to bring Limited Edition fragrance to the US).
(the candles from their permanent collection are €9,99/ $ 16,90/ £15,99
“100% vegetable wax”.
The producer on the line
“This sweet, yet spicy fragrance will fill your home with an inviting and sophisticated air. Its predominant notes include cinnamon, cloves and cardamon with a surprising touch of ginger. The freshness of orange, with its sweet and juicy scent, delicately balances this composition”.
Subjective scent evaluation
I have expected something like a double carmel chai with extra cream and a crunchy almond biscotto. This candle is like a strong chai made on water with a splash of skimmed soy milk. It´s aromatic, energizing, and yes, fresh, in a way. It is not cloying at all, which by no means is a negative thing. It is just very different to what you would expect from a “cozy Christmasy home scent”. When lit, I get the cloves, orange and a slight hint of ginger. After some time you can also smell the cardamon. It does smell like holidays and makes me crave for hot chocolate to balance its freshness.
Scent throw evaluation
Much better than the other limited edition candle by Zara Home I reviewed, but still not what I would expect. It fills my living room up in around one hour, disappearing, however, somehow for moments: you probably get used to the scent when in the room, so the only way to enjoy it fully is leaving and re-entering the room…I guess it´s a nice scent when inviting a friend over or having a nice dinner – not overpowering, non overly present. It is “not complete” though, it does not fully invigorate/ not fully relaxes, nor brings the Christmasy feeling.
As I said before, I do like the classic packaging of Zara Home’s candles.
The Gingerbread candle comes in an opaque red glass (the other two candles from the Christmas Collection are white/cream) with a rectangular red sticker and in a special Holiday inspired box fastened with a ribbon and a little bell.
The candle burns unevenly and tunnels slightly. The scent is pleasant, but not lush enough, for my taste (or nose :P). It´s a different spicy fragrance. Somehow, I lack the warmth that the picture on the Zara Home´s webpage oozes…
Would I repurchase
Probably not, as it did not wow me. It would make for a nice and affordable gift, though.
Where to buy
Zara Home. The limited collections are unavailable on the US and Canada’s version of Zara Home’s online shop, as for now. I’ll keep you updated if that changes.