I love candles. LOVE THEM. Need them in my life. And I’m always in search of the perfect scent, shape, color, etc. After seeing the buzz around the internet, this Christmas I made the plunge and bought a set of candles from Candles By Victoria. I bought 6 scents that I thought would suit my friends. I was only giving them to 5 friends, so luckily (wink, wink) I had one left.

Oh my word. Life changing. The wax was like velvet and the complex layers of the scents? Fuhgeddaboutit. These candles are more like perfumes than candles. I only have 2-3 nice, long burns left on my CbV candle, so I’ve been searching for a replacement.

The other day in Walgreens, I happened upon their candle section, which I never knew existed. I found a candle called “Cinnamon Caramel Brûlée” and it smelled fantastique. It’s one of those fancy candles with the 2 wicks and the yummy smell and the pretty glass dish. You know. I brought it home, trimmed the wicks to the appropriate length (something else CbV taught me was important) and set that baby to burning. 30 minutes later, I couldn’t even smell it. An hour later, still nothing.

I let it burn for 3 hours, and I literally could’ve burned my nostrils before I got any scent off of that stupid candle. AND with properly trimmed wicks and a long initial burning time, the candle began to canyon itself. Something else CbV taught me is that candles have memory. This means that the first time you burn a candle, however much of the wax melts is going to be as much as the wax ever melts, all the way down to the bottom. Here’s a picture:


You’re supposed to let your candle burn for a few hours the first time you burn it, so that the wax melts all the way across the candle. Then, your candle will burn completely and evenly every time you burn it. I did it with my CbV candle and it has been perfect, completely burned and still beautiful, almost to the bottom. But this new candle couldn’t even burn completely across the top. It canyoned itself. I’m so mad. It’s burning right now and I can’t even smell it.

This is all to say that not all candles are created equal and beware spending $8.00 on a brand you don’t trust. I am going to get me to back to the motherland and pick a new spring scent.

Please let me know if you have any other brand recommendations! I’m looking for something with a yummy scent, that’s affordable, and that burns evenly.

See y’all back tomorrow for Fashion Friday!

Burnt out,

6 thoughts on “A Candle by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

  1. Maquita

    I’m still pretty addicted to the CbV you got me :) it’s lovely and smells beautiful. I would also recommend Yankee, of course. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? In my experience, OH HECK YES. I steer clear of the “fresh linen” and “cotton” scents because, well, you know me and the laundry aisle don’t get along so well… but the vast majority of their scents are lovely, long lasting and quality. Try just about anything with citrus or any mention of a baked good; sometimes I feel the titles are misnomers, so smell even the ones you don’t know if you would like, because I’ve found candles with names I questioned and scents I fell madly in love with.


    1. kaitlinwehlmann

      The Yankee scents have always been a little lackluster for me. I don’t know. I think my nose has become used to complex candles now. I do agree you have to smell everything though! :) I also love the smells of the line at Bath and Bodyworks, but I don’t know how they burn because they’re ridiculously expensive.


  2. Amber K.

    I have Bath & Body Works / Slatkin & Co. candles. (I hardly buy them full price, and most of them I got as gifts since my peeps know I love a good candle..) They burn evenly. My favorite at the moment is Frosted Cupcake. Run to the store and get 2! The 14.5 oz 3-wick candles are 2 for $20 at the moment! (reg. $20 ea.)


  3. Mary Beth

    Thanks so much for posting this! I TOTALLY didn’t realize there was a proper way to burn a candle! I recently was given a nice candle as a gift and I found myself right here at your blog rereading the post…thanks for saving my new candle, and all of the ones I will have here on out!


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