I Fell for Le Labo's Santal 33 Just Like the Rest of the World and I Don't Care if That Makes Me a Sucker
I mean, even Justin frickin' BEIBER wears it.
Imagine a product that fused together two of your greatest loves. I admittedly love a lot of things, not limited to my cats, the perfect BB cream, music, and the desert at dusk. I also love candles and books, which already go together pretty well (add tea and you have the nerdy girl trifecta).
However, I recently discovered a product by Paddywax that marries the two aforementioned things, and I'm pretty giddy about it.
Obviously I have to share my findings with you. So meet Paddywax's Library Collection, candles that combine some of the world's greatest authors — and their quotes — with some truly peculiar, hard-to-come-by scents.
The Emerson candle above smells like cedar and wild fern (which is probably what he actually smelled like, right?) and if you need a testament to its greatness, the first review on Paddywax's website for this candle, in particular, is titled, "I am in a relationship with this candle."
There are two styles: one is the 6.5-ounce soy wax candle in a glass vessel, pictured above, and the other is a two-wick, 2.5-ounce soy wax candle contained in a tin, pictured below. I'm personally more fond of the traditional glass version, but the tins are nice for small spaces and quick gifts. The former costs $21 and the latter is $15.
Here's the tin version of the candle. The one that's closed smells like cardamom, absinthe and sandalwood, and features an Edgar Allan Poe quote that reads: "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." #MetaPoe
No, the above Steinbeck candle doesn't smell like grapes. Or wrath. It smells like a perfectly blended fusion of smoked birch and amber. All of the candles I've tried from Paddywax smell so good, but this is one of my favorites. It's ultra-complex, and I'm often drawn to dark and sensual home fragrances anyway.
All in all, the collection features a total of eight authors: Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and John Steinbeck. Each candle, as I mentioned, has an uplifting quote pulled from one of their books.
And here's Leo Tolstoy's candle. Well, not his actual candle, but you know what I mean. It's scented with black plum, persimmon and oakmoss (seriously?! Have you ever heard of candle scents as complex or cool?) and reads: "All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love."
I'm currently eyeing the Jane Austen candle, which features the quote, "There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort," (she knows what's up) and is probably the girliest of the bunch in terms of scents: gardenia, tuberose and jasmine. I also want to get my hands on the Oscar Wilde candle, which reads, "Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination" and is scented with cedarwood, thyme, and basil.