I’ve long thought how to do justice to Hotel L’Amour candle on my blog. It’s a very beautiful brand, whose owners, whom I met, have put a lot of thought into their very first line of candles (currently, two scents). Unfortunately, I also knew from the beginning, my post would have at least one negative comment. Though how positive are my thoughts on the candle altogether? Let’s get into it.
Size and burn time:
Standard size –> 250g/ 8,8oz, burn time according to the producer: 50+ hours.
Standard size –> € 22.50
Ingredients: Organic waxes and lead free wick – is producer’s official information. From experience with the Hotel L’Amour candle I’d say the it is made of some kind of palm wax blend, which would explain it’s hardness and long burning time, as well as a rather low scent payoff. I love, however, the fact, that all the Nuvo Niche’s candles are being fully created and poured in Amsterdam, supporting the local craftsmanship.
Subjective scent and scent throw evaluation: Hotel L’Amour is marketed as a romantic scent, that includes black rose, patchouli and amber notes. (I, personally, don’t get the amber at all). It creates a very subtle, warm flowery ambient, that fills out a medium-sized space very fast. It’s perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom or study. Neither the separate scent notes are overpowering nor the candle altogether pungent; the scent throw is good, but very subtle. Hotel L’Amour might be perfect for those who get dizzy when entering a perfume shop.
Packaging: I love the minimalist, black heavy tumbler made of thick, stone-like material. I must admit, the plastic lid, even though it seals perfectly, was a terrible disappointment. It looks and feels flimsy, takes away from the elegance of the black tumbler and being made of plastic makes me worried each time I take out the candle flame and cover the still sooting wick.
Additional comments: The candle creates a full melt pool very fast and burns symmetrically and slowly and the wick hardly soots.
Would I repurchase: I might gonna try the other scent, but I’d rather prefer wait for Nuvo Niche to restudy the design and ingredients of their own brand’s candles. A higher percentage of essential oils and a metal or stone tumbler lid will mean investment, but also a big value added. Nuvo Niche (owning for now one boutique in the hip central area of Amsterdam called Jordaan as well as an online shop), is known for the immaculate choice of brands they collaborate with, so I don’t doubt for a moment their striving for quality will lead them to create fantastic candles.
Where to buy:
Official producer’s webpage and boutique (Prinsengracht 232, 1016 HE Amsterdam).