Monday, January 6, 2014

Strong Scented Candles

We hear this question all the time: "What are the strongest scented candles?" or "I'm looking for strong scented candles. What do you recommend?" This is, in fact, the most common request we get year round.

Many brands have some fragrances that are very strong while others can be more subtle providing a nice background fragrance.  Aquiesse is a great example of this. Sandalwood Vanille surrounds me with the most intoxicating and comforting scent while Timber (now discontinued) left me wanting more of it's rich cedar scent.

While it's nice to have variety in fragrance intensity, it's also nice to know when you can really rely on a brand to come through with a strong throw time after time regardless of the scent.

If you're looking for highly scented candles that you can count on to come through every time, we recommend these brands:

NEST Candles
Regardless of the scent, you'll know when you're burning a Nest candle. Even the clean scents are clearly detectable and the votive candles pack a powerful punch. Nest also offers great value at just $34 each for these luxury scented candles. As an added bonus, the creamy wax and neutral vessel works well with any decor. Nest offers a nice variety of fragrances which is why we tend to suggest Nest first to customers looking for the most fragrant candles. If you need to take up up a notch, they even offer a jumbo, 3-wick candle that works well in larger spaces.

LAFCO Candles
Lafco definitely offers some of the most fragrant candles on the market. The scents are luxurious and yet not overly complicated. Lafco candles are a little pricier, at $60 each, but they offer twice the burn time as most candles (100 hours compared to 50-60) and they are poured in hand-blown glass vessels that become a keepsake for years to come.

Capri Blue Candles
The Volcano and Aloha Orchid fragrances absolutely knock me out of a room. Even the small tin in an extremely large, 2-story room was overwhelming for me, so if you like strong scents, these can be your new best friend. If you've ever walked into an Anthropologie store, typically the first thing you smell is the Capri Blue Volcano candle. It fills even that oversized store!

Trapp Candles
I've never tried a Trapp Candles fragrance that didn't overwhelm me in our family room. The fragrances are intense but still very beautiful. The packaging is lovely making these a great gift for any fragrance lover.

When paying higher prices for the best scented candles on the market, it's completely understandable to want to smell it without having to ask the person next to you, "Can you smell anything?".  Rest assured, NEST, LAFCO, Trapp and Capri Blue will not let you down. If you can't smell them, you either have a terrible sense of smell (very common) or you're getting a cold.

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