My standard has been Yankee Candles for years. Also, if you know anyone who sells Gold Canyon, those fuckers smell great and last forever.
Cire Trudon. They made candles for the french kings and are still in business. Some fabulous stuff. One that smells of old monasteries (so you can dream of being ravaged in your monkish cell) and another that smells of old oak floors and moss and centuries of privilege.
Voluspa Suede Blanc it is Masculine but fresh at the same time.
Cire Trudon. By appointment to Marie Antionette so perfect with caftans and earrings.
DL & Company also do some unusual and lovely scents.
But I would also explore markets in upmarket areas where you can occasionally come across candle makers producing stuff that is as good and sometimes better than the big companies. eg those that use pure beeswax rather than vegetable blends.
Aromatique "Scent of Spring" is fabulous. If you can't find it, you can purchase from their online store.
I'm coming out with a new line of scented candles, in case anyone's interested.
I love Diptyque too, but so expensive. Esteban makes some great ones ( Teck&Tonka,Légendes d'Orient) .
George Harrison was a real penny-pincher and would buy cheap candles and incense made in China to save pennies.
He contracted throat cancer by inhaling these fumes while meditating.
I advise all to avoid buying cheaply-produced Hari-Krishna paraphanalia because karma's a real bitch when it comes to skin-flints.
I don't like soy - it melts weird for me. Amazon has some really inexpensive secneted candles from Quick candles. They have a french vanilla one I order hundreds of for a low price. The scent is not so strong, but it's a great value. I worry about Chinese candles and what they are made from. All candles have cancer dangers, even beeswax. Obviously, some are more dangerous than others. I think Yankee is US made.
He also smoked for most of his life, R21.
Leather scented. Everything else is for fraus and efeminates.
[quote]My standard has been Yankee Candles for years.
Candleberry Candles made in Kentucky.
Thanks, lots of great ideas. I'll check them out.
Henri Bendel has great scents.
Much cheaper, but also good, is Ikea.
Smells like diesel.
W&W R3. Thanks, I didn't know that, will keep that in mind.
Yankee Candles are carcinogenic.
That doesn't sound very patriotic of them, R37. Thanks for the info.
Do those oil diffuser things have the cancer risk, too, since you don't burn them?
R3, don't you have a 12-year old son you should be breastfeeding?
Synthetic scents contain petrochemicals which disrupt your hormone levels.
Some of us don't want to breathe that stuff, R40.
[quote]Synthetic scents contain petrochemicals which disrupt your hormone levels.
Just breathing and walking will kill you too, eventually. And of course the longer you live, the greater your chances of developing can erous tumors.
Life is a series of risks: but to live, you've got to take them.
Everything we eat and breathe is full of that crap, almost anything with cherry, lemon, strawberry, orange, lime, almond etc flavoring is artifical and dangerous.
I also recommend Voluspa. At $30, it's good value for the money.
I'm pretty sure that EVERY SINGLE THING ON EARTH is carcinogenic, dears.
Like R43 said, life's full of risks, but you gotta take 'em in order to really live!
A link, please, to all these confirmed candle deaths.
Archipelago candles really are the very best. I used to work in a store that sold many candles and this was the only one the staff could get enthused about.
Uh, you don't HAVE to burn artificially-scented petrochemical candles. There *are* alternatives. There's a reason Yankee Candle is so secretive about what their candles are made of! Go ahead...email them and ask them what type of wax they use. See what their response is!
If they are acting secretive, it probably means they are hiding something that could potentially hurt their business, R50.
What are "essential oils", precious? What are "essential oils"?
[quote]Leather scented. Everything else is for fraus and efeminates
What about ass or creampie scented, you manly man?
Which candles are ok and not poison? I like candles, but now I am scared of them.
Jo Malone (grapefruit)
Acqua di Parma
Diptyque (my personal favorite is "cuir" which has been around for a long time)
R57 bougie-cuir means candle-leather in French. what the hell does your reply mean?
Francais es meillier que Anglais
Je parle francais aussi, R59. But "bougie" in slang American refers to someone who is bourgeois. More accurately, it refers to someone who is trying desperately hard to be better than they are by pedestrian means. "I paid extra for my...so that makes me a better person." Or in terms you yourself alluded to: "I speak French so that must make me better than others."