Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Main Event Episode 79 Orange Fragrances









On hot, steamy summer nights like this, it's nice to enjoy an invigorating orange-scented candle to rejuvenate and refresh.

Floral Orange Candles:
Generally speaking, if a fragrance description includes orange blossom, the fragrance will be very floral, similar to tuberose.
Nest Orange Blossom
Nest Orange Blossom is the most floral orange candle we have. It smells a lot like tuberose. This candle is nothing like orange the fruit. It screams orange blossom - the flower. Nest Orange Blossom blends orange blossom with orchid, tiare flower and freesia with with tangerine, lemon and musk. Nest candles are highly fragrant and this candle is no exception. Nest Orange Blossom is available in a votive, 8oz candle and 3-wick candle.

Orangerie D'Azahar in a new fragrance by Voluspa and is part of their new Maison Blanc Collection. This very floral fragrance was inspired by the gorgeous Orange Blossom coast of Spain, Costa del Azahar. Voluspa Orangerie D'Azahar is available in a 12oz candlepot, 2-wick tin, 15oz ceramic candle and room & body spray.

Dahlia Orange Bloom by Voluspa is also floral but very earthy. Voluspa Dahlia Orange Bloom blends Mexican neroli orange blossom, organic lemon peel from California and patchouli from Indonesia. The patchouli gives it an almost "dirty" appeal. This is the most heavy, earthy scent in the bunch. Voluspa Dahlia Orange Bloom is available in a 3-wick tin, 5oz candle, 10oz candlepot and diffuser.


Le Cherche Midi 14 is a summertime floral delight, but from rose buds, not orange blossom. It blends mandarin blossoms, rose buds and black currant. We tried this candle the other night and it was very fragrant. The rose buds dominated the scent and the orange blossom and black current added nice accents. Le Cherche Midi candles burn beautifully and the packaging is amazing with it's slide top wood box, silk lid and unique square glass. If you've never tried Le Cherche Midi please do!


Earthy Orange Candles:
Orange blends perfectly with earthy scents. We see this a lot in the fall and winter with orange/clove and orange/cinnamon combinations, but there are also a few year-round earthy orange candles.

Thymes Ambersweet Orange is a very subtle and relaxing scent. This fragrance is good for fall as it blends orange blossom, creamy almond milk, Tonka bean and vanilla grounded by nutmeg, sandalwood and cardamom. This is another candle that we need to burn to see how the scents interact. Thymes Ambersweet Orange is available in a candle and room mist as well as bath & body products.

Bitter Orange is the signature scent by Agraria. This is the first fragrance they created as a potpourri in their store on Nob Hill in San Francisco. The scent was such a hit that it inspired an entire luxury fragrance line. Agraria Bitter Orange is very grounding. I love how the blended the bitter orange with cypress. They managed to give it an earthy feel, and while it's a deep fragrance, it isn't heavy. I love the way Agraria candles burn. Very cleanly, easily and level. My only regret is that we don't have the larger size - yet! The fragrances are far to beautiful to go through so quick. The Petite Crystal Cane candle lasts a brief 25 hours, though we burned it for 4 hours the other night and there wasn't much wax loss. The differs, on the other hand, are incredibly long lasting. The large diffuser (AirEssence) lasts for over a year and the petite diffuser (PetitEssence) lasts several months. Agraria is definitely the longest lasting diffuser we represent and the fragrances are as elegant as the packaging. Stunning!

Fruity Orange Candles:
Orange fragrances can be zesty, floral or juicy. When the description lists orange zest or orange peel - it's just that. The outside, very clean and fresh part of the orange.

Even though the Belle Fleur Orange Blossom Pomegrante candle lists orange blossom as one of the notes, this candle smells much more like fruity pomegranate and pungent cassis than floral orange blossom. I love everything about Belle Fleur candles - the ready-to-gift packaging and they burn beautifully, cleanly and easily. I just think that this name is a little misleading.

Vacarro Orange & Myrrh is a new fragrance by Voluspa and is part of the new Maison Noir Collection. Of the three orange fragrances on the table by Voluspa, this one smells the most like an orange. This fragrance blends sweet vacarro orange peel, cassis and myrrh. The myrrh in this candle is very subtle when cold, which is why I didn't put it above with the earthy orange candles. We need to burn this candle to see if the myrrh comes out more, but as is, it's a luscious, juicy scent. Voluspa Vacarro Orange & Myrrh is available in a 12oz candlepot, 2-wick tin, 15oz ceramic candle and room & body spray.

Sweet Orange Candles:
Orange candles last list vanilla as one of the notes will be sweet and tend to have a strong vanilla accent.

Trapp Orange Vanilla is one of the best selling fragrances in the country. It marries juicy orange with vanilla bean. Trapp candles are highly fragrant and burn beautifully. Trapp Orange Vanilla is available in a votive, 5oz candle, 7oz candle, diffuser, diffuser refill and room spray.

Anthousa Vanilla, Grapefruit and Blood Orange is so strong in vanilla that it fits more in this section than the blood orange category below. This is similar to the Trapp Orange Vanilla candle with it's strong vanilla accord, but the juicy orange gets lost in the sweet vanilla in this one. The grapefruit adds a subtle zestiness to the scent, but subtle. Anthousa candles burn beautifully in the Italian frosted tumbler. I save the empty tumblers (they are easy to wash out with soap and water as Anthousa uses and all vegetable wax) and use them as bud vases and votive holders. They look gorgeous on a dining table. Anthousa Vanilla, Grapefruit & Blood Orange is also available in a diffuser.

Blood Orange Candles:

Candles with blood orange in the description are the most juicy, orange fragrances. They are very refreshing , fun and delicious.

Italian Blood Orange by Red Flower is one of my favorite candles. I love the fresh, juicy orange fragrance and the energetic, glowing wax in this candle. This scent is great in the kitchen or anytime you need a vibrant scent to enliven your space. Red Flower candles are very long lasting for their size. The 6oz candle lasts 45-50 hours and the mini 1.5oz candle lasts 15 hours. The petals on top of the 6oz blood orange candle make a stunning decorative accent.

Italian Blood Orange by MOR is another juicy scent. This candle blends blood orange with apple, peach, pineapple and pear. Yum! I'm anxious to try this candle to see what the hot throw is like. If you've tried it, let me know what you think. This is the only orange candle we have with black wax. I'm a sucker for sexy black wax. MOR containers are translucent so you can see the candle burning and they are gilded with 24k gold. MOR candles are hand-poured and made with a fine soy wax blend.

We forgot to include Antica Farmacista Orange Blossom diffuser. Since we were looking for orange candles, we skipped over this fantastic fragrance. Antica Farmacista Orange Blossom blends floral orange blossom, lilac and jasmine with citrus notes of mandarin and lemon and grounds the scent with a subtle hint of vanilla musk.

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