I received this Bourbon Vanilla candle to review from Root Candles. It is a large 10.5 oz. Veriglass candle with a description that reads: Intoxicating blend of bourbon and cognac unfold into buttery rum vanilla, complemented by milky creamy notes of caramel and maple. The wax is made out of an all-natural beeswax blend, and the wick is all-natural cotton. The burn time expected for this candle is up to 70 hours.
I was really pleased with the look of this candle when I unboxed it. It has a sophisticated appearance and it is something that I would keep on display, as it doesn’t clash with any of my home decor. It can blend in for just about any occasion as well. Visually, this candle gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Based on the scent description, while smelling it cold, I braced myself for the boozy essence of this candle. I did not get hit in the face with it; the bourbon and cognac notes aren’t too strong or dominant, and they are not off-putting alcohol notes by any means. It is more like a liquor-infused dessert. I got the vanilla, caramel, and maple notes right away – I was actually surprised by how creamy and sweet it is, without coming off as artificial to my nose.
The candle burns more on the slower side, so it took a while for the wax to pool out evenly. For me, this product is ideal for long evenings, perhaps while hosting guests or even just to keep lit during a day off at home. The fragrance gradually builds over time, with the scent strength and throw reaching a medium intensity within a couple of hours of burning in a large open space. I detect almost the same ratio of scent notes as the candle burns: the milky, creamy maple note falls into the background a bit, while sweet caramel comes through and the buttery vanilla rum brings it all together along with a light dose of bourbon & cognac.
It is a decadent aroma, but it isn’t too intense. In fact, despite its evening cocktail vibe, I think I’d really enjoy this candle in the morning with coffee, too. As I experience more of this scent, my mind wanders to scenarios when I would reach for this candle. I think this is a brilliant transitional fragrance from a warm late summer, into cooler fall weather. I could also see myself wanting to burn this candle during spring months. To put it simply: it is yummy, and it is versatile. I have no complaints.
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