You may have noticed that the only candle brand I’ve ever reviewed was Slatkin & Co. That’s because I’ve never owned any other candles…until now!
I was recently introduced to AQUIESSE, which is a luxury home fragrance brand founded by Michael Joseph. I never heard about them before.
Their candles are made from soy beans and/or coconuts. And, to quote the press kit, “organic and/or renewable resources, including essential oils, are used whenever possible without jeopardizing the effectiveness or stability of the products.”
They use lead-free wicks, and “each and every product is meticulously crafted by true artisans who take pride in their work.”
AQUIESSE fans include celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Denise Richards, Tori Spelling, Ali Landry, and Ben Stiller.
Hehe, I don’t know about you, but I can’t picture Ben Stiller burning any candles. I can picture him joking around, biting into one, or knocking one over and causing a lawn to burst into flames, though. But who knows? Everyone needs to relax, and candles are a great way to calm yourself down…especially if you’re meeting the Fockers for the first time or you’re trapped in a museum at night and all the stiffs are coming to life. 😛
Let me tell you a little about my thoughts on the AQUIESSE Luxe Linen Candle.
AQUIESSE Luxe Linen Candle Pictures
- √ Fresh & relaxing scent
√ Infused with the fragrances of warm linen, herbal tea & smooth sandalwood
√ Long, clean burn
- Name: AQUIESSE Luxe Linen Candle
- Collection: Portfolio Collection
- Amount: 2 oz. (This is the travel tin size. To give you an idea of the size, it’s slightly more than a mini Slatkin & Co. candle, which is 1.6 oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was sent to me by PR. I did some research, and it looks like the retail price of the travel tin is around $5 USD.)
- Where to Find Aquiesse Candles: Various retailers nationwide including Ambrosia Candles, Arcadia NYC, Bloomingdale’s, Candle Delirium, Candle Luxury, Candles Off Main, Planet Beauty, Scents and Sprays, Zanadia & ZGO Store (I’ve seen this brand’s candles sometimes sold at Chapters/Indigo.)
- More Information: The official AQUIESSE website is currently under construction, but is supposed to launch soon. I’m not sure if they’ll later offer online shopping.
AQUIESSE Luxe Linen Candle Review
You know when you wash your clothes and hang them up to dry on a sunny day? That’s what the Luxe Linen candle by AQUIESSE smells like to me. It definitely is very fresh and clean-smelling like a pleasant laundry detergent.
When I smelled it directly from the tin without burning it first, it had a perfume-y quality. I found that the scent was much softer when I lit the candle compared to the way it smelled right out of the tin.
I agree with the product claims that it’s a relaxing scent. I associate this smell with happy times and warm weather. The linen scent is definitely there, the sandalwood makes it an inviting fragrance, and the slight herbal notes I can detect make me think of the outdoors.
The scent while lit was very light – much lighter than when I smelled the cold candle. But I didn’t expect it to be really strong considering how tiny it is. This size is only suitable for a very small room. If you use it in a large, open area, you’ll hardly smell it.
When I left it opened in a very small room, I could smell it a little even when it was unlit. But it’s by no means a heavy or strong scent.
I’m pleased to say that it burned cleanly and evenly. Also, I was surprised that despite it being such a small candle, it lasted a long time. I burned it for 3 hours straight the first time and then a second time for about 4 hours. The wax only went down slightly – about a quarter of an inch.
According to PR, the small travel candle has an average burn time of 20+ hours. That sounds pretty accurate based on my experience with this candle.
The mainly silver tin packaging is very elegant and simple. The best way for me to describe the label design on the lid is beachy royalty! I know that sounds strange, but the seahorses remind me of the water and the beach, yet the classy emblem looks really rich.
I love how the lid screws on securely. This AQUIESSE candle is definitely great for traveling with because you don’t have to worry about the lid accidentally popping off in your suitcase.
The only strange thing is that nowhere on the tin does it say exactly how many grams (or ounces) there are in this candle. I did research online to find out.
This retails for around $5 USD, which is definitely not a lot, but compared to other scented candles in a similar size, it’s a bit more. It’s probably because the packaging is really sturdy and doesn’t feel cheap.
Final Verdict: 6.5/10
The AQUIESSE Luxe Linen travel tin scented candle has a perfume-y, fresh laundry detergent kind of fragrance that reminds me of happy childhood memories. And I like the sleek packaging and the screw-on lid.
But what ultimately made me deduct major points was that the scent throw was very weak and is mainly suitable for very small rooms. This is a scent that would be much more impressive in a larger size.
Have you tried any AQUIESSE scented candles? Do you like fresh fragrances that smell like just-cleaned laundry? Do you ever take your candles with you when you travel?