I have already burned more than half of the Inspiring candle by Parks of London (from their Nature’s Own range) and I still cannot decide if it was a hit or miss.
The candle burns beautifully and the scent is nice and very unusual…
Size and burn time:
Standard size –> 235g/ 8.3 oz, burns for 45 hours.
Standard size –> £30.00 (approx. €.40.00)
The brand also offers smaller sizes as part of gift sets.
Ingredients: All Parks of London candles are eco-friendly, made of 100% natural wax (certified vegan wax from sustainable sources and not tested on animals), blended with pure essential oils and use a cotton, lead-free wick.
The producer on the line: “100% pure natural luxury with 8 fragrances (jasmine, sandalwood, armoise, elemi, clary sage, patchouli and rosemary) specially formulated from essential oils, to enhance relaxation and stimulate the sensory experience. Indulge yourself with a popular product for health spas and create your own relaxing ambiance (…)”.
You can read more on the Parks of London candles and diffusers here.
Subjective scent and scent throw evaluation:
When choosing candles I always look for a „spa” feeling, not a particular fragrance note.
This time I was buying online and did not hesitate when saw the sage, rosemary, and pachouli in the description. I must say, I had no idea, how armoise or elemi smelled, or even what they were* ;), but it was one of those moments, when the inner Spaniard in me wakes up and thinks „maloserá” (Spanish for “It’ll be alright/ The worst thing that could happen will not be that bad/ Don’t even bother to worry”).
The fragrance I got is much more flowery than I expected. It is pretty and feminine, yet I just do not get the „inspiring” in it. I feel the jasmine and the sandalwood with a very slight citrusy note (probably coming from the elemi or the rosemary). The blend is rich and even though at first, might seem tiring, I never had to put it out because of oversaturation with it. It fills the room fast and leaving a feeling of elegance.
Packaging: The glass tumbler is very simple, transparent and has an oval, black and white sticker. The candle is placed firmly in a gorgeous, tube-shaped b&w box made of thick cardboard, which adds a luxurious, French-like feeling and prevents the candle from dusting or breaking (If you plan on squeezing it between many other candles inside a huge box shipped to a different country o.O). I believe some limited edition candles are maintained in a more colourful palette.
Additional comments: Probably the best-burning candle I ever purchased. It created a full melt pool within around 1-2h. I have burned it quite a lot and the scent is consistent and strong, with essential oils visible on top of the cooled down candle in form of glistening oily swirls.
Would I repurchase: I’m very eager to try a different scent and/or line from Parks of London. I admire their quality and eco-friendliness. I will not repeat the one i already have, though. The scent combination was, IMHO, overcomplicated and clashed with what an „inspiring scent” should be.
Where to buy: Official producer’s webpage as well as some online shops and temporary promotions webpages (I bought mine on www.achica.com)
* apparently Ambroise, also known as artemisia or wormwood, is a bush that grows commonly on dry steppes and is used as an antiseptic and antispasmodic in herbal medicine and Elemi is a tree native to the Philippines, source of a fragrant resin with a sharp pine and lemon-like scent.