I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to candles. I like them smelling good AND I like them looking very good. I’m more than happy to pay a little bit more for good quality candles (by a little bit more, I mean I won’t be buying them from the $2 shops :P). The problem with cheap candles is that more often than not, they will not burn consistently, despite the number of hours you leave them burning. I detest pitting of candles; they look awful, and the wax on the sides are wasted. I know because I’ve bought my fair share of candles from the $2 store and had to throw away most of them unfinished because either the wick’s crap, or the wax just won’t burn properly. Bah.
Lesson learned. Don’t cheap out on candles.
This brings me to a range of gorgeous candles I discovered almost a year ago – Glasshouse. These babies aren’t cheap. They’re triple-scented candles, and are AU$39.95 a pop. But they’re worth every cent in my books. First of all, the packaging. I love the beautiful apocathery jars the candles are in, and once they’re burned through, you can just pop them into the freezer, let any remaining wax freeze, and crack them off. Give them a good wash, and you’ll be able to reuse the gorgeous jars to put your cotton puffs or swabs in!
As each candle has two wicks, they burn slightly quicker and more evenly too. Each candle delivers up to 80 hours of burn time. So if you do your math, that’s not too bad for the price of a candle, eh? All Glasshouse candles are handmade in Australia using non-toxic, food grade wax.
The variety of fragrances are amazing. My favourites are Seamist, Mimosa & Wild Apple and Little Black Dress. Oh, and they have miniature triple-scented candles as well, using similar apocathery jars.
My mission is to collect them all and place them on my window ledge
Glasshouse candles are available online (not from the official website though), and selected stores nationwide. I get mine from David Jones and Peter Alexander. Click here for their list of stockists.