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Look, I don't make the rules. But I know the law. And it pretty much goes like this: if you've got a candle burning in your place, it's safe to assume you've got your shit together. Because that flickering jar and wafting aroma is proof that you're putting in the work to make your surroundings better. Okay sure, maybe you could be doing better at work or in your relationship or getting to the gym more. But you've invested the time and money to find a candle, to clear a space and enjoy the ambiance it brings to your place. Depending on the mood you're after—dark and smoky or fresh and sweet—those vibes can be distilled into a fragrance and poured into sleek, minimalist vessels made of glass, stone and wood.
I'm not saying it will make a huge difference in your life. Actually no, that's exactly what I'm saying. There's a meditative quality to lighting up a candle. It literally changes the air in the room and everyone around that flame is instantly better—they look better, they feel better. That's why any restaurant, shop or hotel worth a damn has a candle burning. Hell, most of them now carry a signature candle you can take home with you. Of course, not all candles are created equal. Look for those that are crafted in small batches using sophisticated fragrances and made from quality waxes that will burn smoothly and slowly. Then sit back and relax in the smug satisfaction that all is well.
Mediterranean fig tree,
$35 by Basik Candle Co.
Eucalyptus & Sandalwood,
$40 by Paddywax
Ojai Pixie Blossom,
$42 / $37.98 by Ethics Supply
The first burn is the most important. You want to liquefy the entire top layer of wax so that your candle burns down evenly. A general rule is to first burn one hour for every one inch in diameter of the actual candle size.
$30 by Olivina Men