If you’re anything like me, the idea of an expensive candle both disgusts you and intrigues you. When you think about it, buying a candle and lighting it is essentially like setting that same money on fire. BURNING money – so why spend any kind of real money on candles?
I for one have always found Yankee candle’s prices to be quite high ($40 for a large jar? What am I, a billionaire?) and I even wait around for the $8 days at Bath and Body works, because there’s no way in hell I’m paying $24 for a 3 wick. So you’d think I’d be immune to the lure of an expensive candle right? Wrong.
The real ferocious need for an expensive candle started when I first walked into the Glossier flagship store in NYC a few years back. The entire store was perfumed with an AMAZING aroma that I just couldn’t get over. It haunted me, and the candle was none other than Byredo Burning Rose. I immediately snapped up one of the mini sizes and decided to burn it sparingly with the utmost discipline.
I’d also had a fascination with Diptyque candles ever since they became the blogger must-have however many years ago. I got one as a gift and have also seen them on ebay and the like. Did you guys know people sell EMPTY candle jars on ebay? That and their boxes too. So odd!
The Candles I Tried and My Thoughts:
Diptyque Figuier and Jasmin
Arguably the most recognizable expensive candle, Diptyque is a french brand that is synonymous with fancy. Well known for their hard to pronounce names and topsy turvy lables, Diptyque offers a range of clear glass candles, the most common sizes being 70g ($36) and 190g ($68)
I’ve tried two Diptyque candles – Figuier (Fig Tree) which I received as a birthday gift and Jasmin (Jasmine) that I bought with a coupon code from Saks. Both smell lovely, but if I’m being completely honest, their scent is a little light when burned. Though nobody wants a candle that chokes them with the scent, I was hoping for a little more bang for the buck. Figuier is a woodsy scent that would please most noses, but I do prefer the Jasmin scent overall.
Are they worth the money? Unless you find a coupon code that doesn’t exclude them or fall absolutely in love with one of their scents (definitely go sniff in person), I’d tell you to pass on this one.
I first found this candle while shopping at Bluemercury, when I was drawn to the display with all the candles with pretty blown glass patterns. I decided to go with the Champagne scent in the smaller size, and since Amazon had it on sale, I decided to take the plunge. Without discounts, a Lafco candle runs 6.5oz for $42 or 15.5oz for $65. These do go on sale, and I’ve even seen Lafco products at TJ Maxx.
Are they worth the money? I would say these are worth it, especially if you can get them on sale. I think out of all of these candles, the glass jars they’re in are something you could reuse once the candles are burnt up. The branding isn’t as “hot” but I think the jars themselves are more beautiful than the others.
Byredo Burning Rose
This is the candle I mentioned before, the one burning at the Glossier store all those moons ago. But here’s the kicker – it’s the most expensive candle in the bunch. You’re gonna think I’m insane, but this one is a work of art. I really think Byredo fragrances (perfumes included) are worth investing in. They’re just strong enough to fill a room without being overpowering, and dynamic enough to be held against a Yankee candle with no question. I’d argue maybe a perfume should be the first thing you should pick up from this brand since you don’t literally set it on fire, but the candles are really phenomenal. I’m saying this completely unsponsored as Byredo hasn’t so much as even glanced in my direction. Go check out their scents in person at a Bloomingdales, Saks, or Space NK, and you’ll see what I mean. That being said, I don’t think I’d purchase one of these babies without a promotional code. Promos are rare, but they do float around every once in a while, if you keep your eyes peeled.
Are they worth the money? Yes and no. Technically, no candle is worth spending an assload of money on. We all have bills to pay – BUT if you’re looking for a candle to invest in, I’d look no further. They do offer mini sizes if you shop around, and I’d recommend that as a “starter” candle since they run around $40. Get out there and find those promo codes y’all. If I were planning a big spend on a candle, Byredo would be the place I’d look.
What’s the most money you’d spend on a candle?