If there is a candle that can turn my humble abode into an Indian palace, Maharadjah by Parfums de Nicolaï would be my choice for the task, which it does beautifully with its spicy and rich fragrance. The sparkling effect of ginger is amplified by the winey effervescence of patchouli that evokes a vision of golden dust swirling in the air. Sweet sandalwood lends a rosy creaminess that balances the hot burst of spices and herbs.
The quality of the candle is outstanding, attesting to the attention Patricia de Nicolaï, a grand-daughter of Pierre Guerlain, devotes to her creations. The scent is long lasting, with a beautiful throw, and the soot and smoke problems that are common among other candles, even rather expensive ones, are minimal. The elegant glass comes with a lovely golden lid which one can use to extinguish the candle. Each candle gives about 48 hours of gorgeous scent that is perfect for the cold winter evenings, when few things manage to dispel the darkness and gloom quite as effectively as Maharadjah.
Another wonderful way of enjoying Parfums de Nicolaï room fragrances is to acquire a burning lamp. Although it requires an initial investment of $99, the lamp includes one refill, which can be replaced for almost half of the price of each candle. The lamps are available in different shapes, suiting various interiors and tastes. One only requires to light the lamp and then wait for two minutes to blow out the flame. The fragrance pervades the room faster and more potently than a candle would, while nevertheless retaining the same spicy quality that makes Maharadjah appealing. In addition, I find that each refill lasts for several months at my rate of burning (about once a week), however if used daily, it can still offer about one month of enjoyment.
The candle is $45. A burning lamp with one refill is $99; a 250 ml refill is $25. For buying information, see the listing for Parfums de Nicolaï under Perfume Houses.