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This week, we are enjoying a candle called No. 155 New York, from the White Company. A friend of ours visited the new White Company store in New York shortly after it opened, and was thoughtful enough to bring us back one of their exclusive location candles! This deliciously scented introduction to The White Company will certainly have us seeking out this store the next time we are in London!

The packaging of this candle has a classic feel, and the box itself looks like the New York flagship store. The vessel is a kind of mirrored silver glass, with a nice thick glass bottom (about 1”). The label is very simple and elegant - sparse almost. The candle is a little larger than our typical candle, and thus has 2 wicks. The scent is The White Company’s translation of what 5th Ave is to them. It’s warm, sophisticated, and has become one of our favorites. A rich, flowery, smoky scent - it’s pretty divine, and quite intoxicating. The highlighted ingredients are Cinnamon, Tonka Bean, Oud and Coffee Beans. Though I have neither smelled nor consumed Tonka Bean before, it must be the star of this candle. The FDA has banned Tonka Bean because it has a chemical compound, coumarin, that has been banned since 1954 in the USA. Some people liken the scent of the Tonka Bean to the smell of Opium.   

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The first burn went well enough, and the next couple of burns left a lopsided wax footprint. The double wick can be tricky when it comes to an even burn, but after about half way through the candle, the wax was burning evenly and cleanly down the sides of the vessel. The scent is quite sticky, which is lucky for us, because we can’t seem to get enough of it! At $56 for the 9.8 oz. candle or $48 for the pack of 2 votives, this candle would make a nice gift for a friend, hostess, or for yourself.

You can purchase your own candle here. Dimensions: 4"H x 3.5" Dia.



This week, we are reviewing Terre Noire, or “Black Earth”, by Mad et Len. We first encountered the line at Gump’s in San Francisco, and were drawn to it because of its unique container - a hand forged iron vessel and lid. The craftsmanship and “hand feel” easily stood out amongst the more “normal” glass and ceramic vessels, and opening the lid and experiencing the scents was sheer luxury. The Terre Noire is earthy, sensual, and smells like what we imagine a French Château on a crisp fall evening to smell like.

The husband and wife team behind Mad et Len, Sandra Fuzier and Alexandre Piffaut, were tired of their city life, and wanted to make something with their hands. They bought a place near Grasse, France, the fragrance capital of the world, to be close to the artisans who would play a role in developing their candle line. The name Mad et Len is a play on Proust’s madeleines. Genius. Fragrance is a strong trigger for memories, and the name captures all of that and then some.

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The candle itself has a strong fragrance - you can tell they use a lot of essential oils. The fragrance is what we call, “sticky”, lingering long after the candle is blown out. The top of the scent is very perfumey, and the last scent is bright, like citrus. Our first burn for three hours was great; the wax burned evenly to the side of the vessel. But as the wax cooled, it looked kind of gnarled. The following two times we burned it, the wax continued to dry in a gnarled fashion. We’re not really sure why this happened, but we will stick a pin in it for another time. Then, as the candle was burned about half-way down, the wax began to cool smoothly, as we would have expected. The wick remained close to center.

The cost of this candle is another thing. At $110 a pop, this is probably not your everyday candle. It would make a good special occasion gift, or a nice splurge for yourself. We purchased ours locally at The Human Condition, where they also carry the rock potpourris and larger size candles.


Welcome to Project Candle - a blog where we review luxury candles, meet makers, and share what we find with you! Whether it’s the packaging, scent, or brand that draws us in, something will compel us to “buy and try” these candles. As interior designers - we set out to create spaces that are perfect for our clients, and fragrance is a powerful tool in that mission. We are KIND OF OBSESSED with candles and scents, and are always burning them at the office, and in our own homes as well. When you can feel a big day coming on, the simple act of striking a match and lighting a scented candle has an instant soothing effect.


This week, we are reviewing a candle by True Grace, a company hailing from the UK. The scent out of the box is sumptuous and rich - feels like a cold day kind of candle - which, in San Francisco, is a lot of days. The first thing you smell is Bergamot and Jasmine, and the end of your big breath in gives a rich but slightly sweet scent of Vanilla and Musk (Amber and Myrrh are also there, but less prominent). The packaging is handsome - a sturdy black box with an orange accent label. The container is a smoked glass and contains a creamy colored wax. We let the candle burn for three hours, and the wax melted quite evenly and nicely - perfect for a first burn. After a couple more burns, the scent continued to be pretty fragrant. Mid-way through the candle, the wax burned a little off center, but that's pretty normal. Although mostly a clean burn, it did leave a little residue along the sides (you can see this in last photo below). Overall, this candle is great for a cozy feeling - super warm with the amber and musk base, plus the more floral “top” fragrance.

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