January 26, 2012

Ode to Candle

a stiff wooden stick
struck against with one fell swoop-
bears a swaying flame

I like:
Voluspa coconut wax candles in Limoni Frosted Biscotti, Makassar Ebony & Peach, Saijo Persimmon, and Apricot Nectar
Kobo soy candles in Cultured Sake/Lotus/White Tea

I want to try:
Diptyque vegetable/paraffin wax mix candles in Tubereuse and Figuier
Malin+Goetz beexwax/vegetable/soy candles in Cannabis and Dark Rum

Natural wax candles like soy or coconut are nontoxic and burn longer and cleaner (less black soot) than paraffin candles which contain carcinogens. I try to buy the former but sometimes my nose leads me to the latter. Bad nose.


  1. Thanks for this post Monica! I recently became obsessed with candles and am at a loss for which ones to buy. I have a Jo Malone and a Voluspa but was so overwhelmed when I went to the Diptyque shop in SF that I walked out empty-handed. Looking forward to your recommendations! :)

    1. I was just gifted a lot of new candles for my housewarming. I can't wait to try them and share them with you!