Some like it light, some like it strong, some don't like it at all.
So what is the best scented candle?
After years of candle experience, I've finally settled with one: Vanilla Caramel in the Tahaa range by Glasshouse Fragrances.
My sister-in-law actually got me into these and the scent is awesomely delicious. The sweet smell of caramel wafts through the house, making it seem like someone is making caramel slices in the kitchen.
Their candles are triple-scented and handmade in Australia, using non-toxic wax and natural lead-free cotton wicks. What's more, it comes in a pretty jar with a lid so you can fill them with pretty flowers, cotton buds or spices when the candle is finished.
So now it's your turn to comment and share your candle experiences.
The best fragrance for this season would have to be Desert Tulip by ILLUME. It is simply beautiful with the quality to match. A really sophisticated blend of perfume and essential oils. If you are somewhat the fashionista, the Boho Jar candle by ILLUME has the most gorgeous patterns and designs. Once you have burnt one you will understand why they are known as the world's best candles. You can view the whole range online atwww.candleco.com.au.
What's not the best? A great rule of thumb I use- if it is retailing for under $10-$15 per candle, the wax will be poor quality parafin (air pollution in your own house, no thanks), the burn time may be low, the smoke will be black, the oils will be low quality and the fragrances will generally be something uninpiring like cinnamon, chocolate mocha, vanilla or some kind of common berry. By the same token, you can pick up some really great candles around the $25-$55 mark so there's really no need to pay $80-$100 for one.
My first favourite is Sandalwood and my second fave is Christmas Spice with Cloves//Ginger/Cinnamon - a gorgeous fragrance.
The best candles are made here in Lilydale, Victoria, by Buckley & Armstrong (used to be called GUMLEAF). They are the only scented candles made commercially in Australia and are wonderful.