February 9, 2012
Do's and Don'ts of Scented Candles
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
Confession: I'm not a scented candle enthusiast. While home fragrances can be lovely, I believe that scented candles have a particular time and a place. Which is why I turned to dear friend and scented-candle expert Marjorie Gubelmann—Founder and CEO of Vie Luxe, the global home fragrance brand which is sold in over 1500 of the world’s most prestigious shops, apothecaries, and hotels—to discuss the do's and don'ts of scented candles. Read on for the candle guru's advice, plus my personal scented candle picks.
Portrait of Marjorie courtesy of Vie Luxe
Marjorie's Scented Candle Do's & Don'ts:
DO place lightly scented candles in the bathroom and the powder room. No heavy perfume in these small spaces.
DON'T mix food and scented candles. Dining is a sensory experience. You don't want the aromas of the delicious meal you just whipped up competing with a candle's fragrance.
DON'T light a candle to mask an unpleasant odor. Cleaning should take care of the smell. Lighting a scented candle can actually make a bad odor worse.
DO opt for citrus notes in the kitchen, when you're not preparing a meal. A citrus candle will leave the kitchen with a fresh, clean feeling.
DO update your scents based on the season. Spring calls for florals!
Thanks, Marjorie! And here are some scented candles I'm loving right now. What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments.
1 Smells like: patchouli-spiked peach blossom, peony, gardenia, tuberose, and cardamom. Bond No. 9 Chinatown Scented Candle, $95, bondno9.com.
2 Smells like: cedar wood, vetiver and geranium. Patch NYC Ship Candle, $37, patchnyc.com.
3 Smells like: jasmine, frangipani and sweet musk. Circa Home Jasmine & Magnolia Candle, $29.95, thecandleshoppe.com.
4 Smells like: sea and dune. Lafco Beach House Candle Set, $85, lafcony.com.
5 Smells like: citrus and caramel. Astier de Villatte Broadway Candle, $75, suefisherking.com.
6 Smells like: green ivy, anjou pear, Moroccan rose, bamboo, musk. Malin + Goetz Absolute Rose Candle, $52, malinandgoetz.com
7 Smells like: lime, apple, muguet, jacaranda blossoms, sandalwood, cedar and musk. Dayna Decker Jacaranda Blossoms Candle, $71, daynadeckerstore.com.
8 Smells like: garden mint, apple blossom and muguet. Nest Moss & Mint Candle, $32, shop.nestfragrances.com.
9 Smells like: Italian bergamot, fresh lemon blossoms, rich cypress & citrus zest. Vie Luxe Capri Candle, $48, saksfifthavenue.com
10 Smells like: sea grass & fresh air. Tocca Montauk Candle, $16, tocca.com.
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