It was surprising to realize that among my current stash I almost uniquely have fresh, energizing and/or relaxing, herbal-ish scents. In my perfume choices I usually lean towards deep, sensual, amber-y and even a bit masculine scents. Therefore my surprise with how I prefer my house to smell like. To start burning Sandalwood Vanilla by the American brand Aquiesse was a pleasure for my senses and eyes. Here are some more details on this candle:
Comparison between the old (left) an new (right) version of Aquiesse candles from Portofino collection.
Size and burn time:
“Large” size –> 283g/ 10 oz, burns for 100 hours.
Aquiesse must have recently slightly re-branded, as my Sandalwood Vanilla candle (named Sandalwood Vanilla on the box and Sandalwood et Vanille on the tumbler), which I purchased from TJMaxx has got a slightly different box design and size from the candles currently available on the official website.
Aquiesse at the time offers their scented candles in the following sizes: Large (312g), Small (141g), Votive (65g) and Travel Tin (56g). The Large candle comes also in a “Luxe Tin” version, with the same size and ornamented, metal tumbler. The supposed burn time for the new Large candles has not changed on the website (100g), yet the candle contains more product. I hope it’s just a typo, and not less efficient ingredients. It is my first Aquiesse candle, so I cannot really compare yet.
You can buy Large Aquiesse candles for $38.00. I have seen them available on different online shops with very little, if any discount. This brand keeps their prices fixed :)
According to the producer, Aquiesse uses a “proprietary soy wax blend, having taken years to perfect (…) Made with organic soybean oil and carefully selected lead-free wicks.” I did not find any info on their fragrance oils used.
I do have my doubts as to the quality of their ingredients… but keep reading.
Subjective scent, burning and scent throw evaluation:
After having burned almost half of “Sandalwood Vanilla”, I do have very mixed feelings. I truly enjoy the scent blend. It’s a very warm and calming, and not overly masculine sandalwood vanilla blend. I do get a hint of mocca bean too. According to the description on the box, my “Sandalwood Vanilla” also incorporates hints of “white vanilla flower” (probably responsible for a certain smoothness of the scent) and musk. The new version of “Sandalwood Vanilla”, available of course on the website, has been enriched with lavender and citrus-infused bergamot. I would be very curious to compare the new and old fragrances, as I cannot really wrap my head around the mix of lavender with citrus and vanilla… The creates assure on the webpage “If you like this, you’ll like that”, but I’m not sure, they might have overdone it. Has any of you tried the new version?
“Sandalwood Vanilla” burns efficiently, but never really creates a full melt pool. I had to help her twice already by scraping down the very soft wax and wrapping it in foil (the second method doesn’t really work with this particular, very thick-glass tumbler). The wick soots terribly and you have to trim it quite often. The scent is also not particularly strong. Just enough to fill out a very small bedroom and not be overwhelming, but It doesn’t persist in the room nor can you feel it when the candle is unlit. I am definitely being very critical about this candle after a row of excellent ones. However Aquiesse presents a really good quality and I would definitely advice buying it and would personally love to get a different scent form this brand in the future.
I don’t have to feel bad about being rough on the burning characteristics of Sandalwood Vanilla, because now I get to rave about it’s packaging. I must say the candle’s appearance was what first caught my eye and I just knew I had to have it. The tumbler is made of one-of-a-kind, very thick (7mm thick!) chocolate-coloured glass, embossed with an exquisite, metal stamp, which brings to mind decadent, personalized leather goods. It’s a very heavy and expensive looking candle, that (and especially in this scent) adds a timeless elegance to your space. It would make a perfect decoration for a study or library.
I will also ad, that according to the pictures I’ve seen online and to the information on the webpage my “Sandalwood Vanille” misses a glass lid, a “custom, heat-resistant cover doubles as a chic pedestal and can also be used to safely extinguish the candle and protect from dust when not in use.” It must have broken in the store and was removed by the staff, which doesn’t surprise me taking into consideration how flimsy the cardboard box is in comparison to the rich, thick tumbler.
Where to Buy:
Aquiesse candles are apart for the producer’s official webstore, pretty easily found in various online shops. I stumbled upon mine in TKMaxx.
Photo sources: own, producer’s webpage, Ebay and charlottecarrendar.