I’ve definitely been enjoying burning candles during these colder months and I’ve actually been taking the opportunity to try out brands other than Bath & Body Works, and more particularly, I’ve been trialling candles from the Virginia Gift Brands (WoodWick, RibbonWick etc.) and have been enjoying them enough to pay the slightly heftier price tag for them even. The particular candle that I have been burning is the RibbonWick Small Rectangle Brownstone Candle ($20/339.3 grams) although it does come in a plethora of sizes – this one being the smallest, accurately estimated at burning for the thirty hour range. The Brownstone Candles are part of Ribbonwick’s premium collection and likely do not provide as much bang for your buck as other candles from Virginia Gift Brands do. However, they do come in gorgeous blackened bronze decorative bowl container that serves as quite a pretty decor piece that could be repurposed – if you could be bothered with it. According to Virginia Gift Brands, “the Brownstone collection features an aromatic amber scent brightened with notes of citrus and amber musk” and while I don’t agree with that description, it’s not completely off the map – and I’m happy that I do love the unique luxe-feeling scent so very much.
The company’s scent description fails to mention the prominence of warm vanilla in the scent and the slight bakery pastry note, and I’m not detecting any sort of citrus note in the warm and cozy scent. I do definitely get the potent but somehow subdued amber notes and the hint of musk in the background of the scent. This is one of those scents that I adore yet struggle to describe because its scent does not fit simply into any typical scent category. I might call it a subdued gourmand though, if I were asked, but there are those warm notes that can’t be ignored as well…
Essentially, if this scent sounds like it might tickle your fancy, I definitely recommend giving it a try, if you’re willing to maybe spend a few more dollars than your usual Bath & Body Works Candles or are fancying a change. It burns flawlessly – and I rarely use that term. I was concerned with the rectangular shape of the container because I’m not known to be particularly patient in waiting hours and hours for that first even wax pool, but I was impressed that any sort of tunnelling corrected itself after the first couple of uses – I think this is because of the length of the wick itself. The scent itself is a medium one, potent but not overpowering, but it throws close to a 10 and lingers hours after being blown out – at least in my small-medium bedroom. Note: it does try to escape the confines of my room so I think this would be a great one for filling a larger space.
The burn itself was clean and it produced essentially no soot, – even with me only cleaning up the wick once or twice throughout the burn – all with really nice wax pools and flames that are neither too low for my liking or dangerously high either. I’m not one to be bothered by the performance of Bath & Body Works candles but this one blew them out of the water and lasted for a comparable amount of time.