You’re looking for a relaxing candle to complete your home spa rituals? I find Hammam Secret by Rituals to be a great and economic choice!
Hammam (Turkish: hamam, Arabic: ḥammām) is the Turkish variant of a steam bath, that focuses on the purifying and relaxing attributes of water. A full hammam ritual consists of spending time in a series of rooms which are at a different temperature and filled with relaxing aromas, as well as a full body wash, massage and sometimes meditation.
Temperature and scents are crucial to get the best out of a hammam experience. Typical essential oils used in hammam baths include eucalyptus, rosemary, mint and sage, which happen to be some of my favourite scents. That is why any beauty products and candles with “hammam” in the name instantly catch my eye.
I’ve been enjoying the Dutch beauty brand Rituals since I first entered one of their stores. Their Hammam line is to die for – especially their shower paste and body scrubs, whose scent is able to relax me after 20kms-a-day-touristic-craziness or lift my mood at the end of one of those days that make you murmur “I’ve got enough”. You can’t imagine how high my hopes were, when I ordered online the Hammam Secret candle by Rituals.
Size and burn time:
Standard size –> 290g/ 10.2 oz; according to the producer, burns for 50 hours.
Standard size –> €17.50/ £19,50
The webpage states, that the candle is made of “PENTADECAN-15-OLIDE”, which according to the information I got from the Customer Service (I’m sorry Rituals, I’m anything but a chemist…) is “a combination of all kinds of synthetic paraffin waxes and perfume”.
“The idea of RITUALS… is simple: happiness can be found in the smallest of things. Transforming your everyday routines into moments of indulgence by means of beautiful and luxurious products. Enjoy a warm fragrant bath, a cup of speciality tea or do the dishes with a little more pleasure. (…) That is what RITUALS… is all about: enriching the little things in life with a hint of luxury. This true passion can be found in all their products. RITUALS… maintains the highest standards when it comes to their products. As nature is the source of the RITUALS… inspiration, they wish to make sure that she is treated with the respect she deserves. This is why they only use natural, renewable and organic ingredients for their products and safe alternatives for anything nature cannot provide.”
Subjective scent evaluation:
According to the producer: “A vitalizing scented candle (…) Combines the scent of refreshing Eucalyptus with Rosemary that gives a sensationally revitalising fragrance experience.”
I really enjoy scents with rosemary and was looking for something relaxing – a condition this candle without a doubt meets. The fragrance combination is simple, beautiful and pure in its simplicity. I really enjoy it.
Scent throw evaluation:
It’s pretty disappointing, that a brand that produces shampoos with scents that stay in your hair throughout the day and washing-up liquids that make washing your dishes such a glamorous task, came up with such an imperfect candle. It works well in a bathroom filled with vapour (maybe that was initially supposed to be its only purpose?) and disappears almost completely when lit in the living room. It’s such a pretty scent that it badly asks for some more lushness. Adding a deep note like dark wood, might make it poignant, changing its character though, and that is why I will blame the amount of fragrance oils used in its production for the lack of strength… Now I understand, why in Rituals stores’ decoration they always lit three candles at a time, and on the webpage it’s advised to “combine” the candle with Fragrance Sticks from the same line…
Perfect. Classic yet different. I don´t know what surprised me (positively) more, the sleek, black, opaque and glossy glass tumbler which reveals an inspiring writing in the back when lit: “a life filled with wonder is a wonderful life”, or maybe the lower part of the cardboard box, that unfolds like a flower… I really enjoy the design.
The candle does not burn well. It does not melt fully at all and creates a considerable tunnel, which does not even out, even though I tried to push the wax down.
Would I repurchase:
Unfortunately not. There is something luxurious, that I expected from this candle, and that is unfortunately missing. The scent is beautiful, but very lightweight and lacks some depth. The wax does not burn well, which detracts from the elegance of the glass tumbler. I am (or rather was) very curious of their other candle scents, for now, however, I will rather stick to their beauty products only.
Where to buy:
Official producer’s webpage as well as some online campaigns stores.