If you’ve followed my candle reviews, you know that I gravitate toward sweet scents that remind me of baked goods.
But I do like to explore options, so I welcomed the opportunity to try out a completely different (and much more sophisticated) fragrance.
You may remember that back in October, I tried out another scent (Luxe Linen) from this new-to-me candle brand. While that other scent was nice, I prefer this one.
The AQUIESSE Rioja Candle is the first citrus candle I’ve ever tried, and I like it. Allow me to tell you more.
AQUIESSE Rioja Candle Pictures
√ Sophisticated scent
√ Blend of rich red current
? French oak (Not totally sure what French oak smells like. I can’t really smell any trees, so if it’s there, it’s subtle.)
? Cassis (I’m not sure what this smells like, so I can’t honestly say whether or not I detect it.)
- Name: AQUIESSE Rioja 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 still under construction. I’m not sure if they’ll later offer online shopping.
AQUIESSE Rioja Candle Review
I really enjoyed this scent because it’s smooth and rich, yet somehow is still light because of the citrus. There is a hint of sweetness, but it’s not a candy kind of sweetness – it’s more like the natural sweetness from a tangerine rind.
The Rioja Candle by AQUIESSE is definitely a sophisticated scent that reminds me of a time when I ate a chic restaurant downtown.
This isn’t a citrus candle that’s young and playful. It’s more like the kind of scent you’d use to set the mood for a fancy dinner party…at least for me.
Unlike the AQUIESSE Luxe Linen Candle I reviewed previously, which had a light scent throw, the AQUIESSE Rioja Candle has a moderate scent throw.
This small travel-tin version is meant to be used in a small room, but I found that the scent was great even in my living room.
It doesn’t hit you in the face when you smell it, but it also doesn’t make you inhale heavily to detect that it’s there. It’s a nice middle-of-the-ground candle that I can’t see being offensive to anyone, unless you have an aversion to citrus scents.
I was really pleased that the Rioja Candle by AQUIESSE burned cleanly and evenly. There was no tunnelling, which means that you don’t get wax remaining along the edges while the candle just burns downwards in the middle. This means that you can effectively use all the wax and get your money’s worth.
I like how simple yet sophisticated the travel tin looks. It looks modern and certainly has a luxurious quality, but without being over-the-top.
The seahorses are really cute on the label, and I like how it adds a little bit of whimsy that you don’t usually see on sophisticated candles.
I also appreciate how the lid screws on securely to the base container. This makes it ideal for travelling with because the lid won’t accidentally pop off when you put it in your suitcase.
Final Verdict: 7/10
I enjoyed this lively scent, and it was cool to try something different. If you ever get to try out any AQUIESSE candles, I think you should give it a shot. They seem to have a bunch of interesting scents available, so you may find one that suits you.
Do you like citrus-based scents? Have you ever taken a candle with you on vacation?