I first came across the Lollia line of products when I added a mini handcreme to a drugstore.com order to qualify for free shipping. As I'm sure a lot of you can relate, it makes no sense to me to pay
$5.99 for shipping when for $5.99 I can pick up a little sweet-scented doodad that I can slip in a friend's purse when she's having a bad day! Anyhow, the creme was a big hit, and the packaging absolutely delightful, so I decided to explore their other products.
Since I was in the market for a home scent that would be relaxing and appropriate for bedtime, I decided to order their Relax candle. The notes — white orchid, Tahitian vanilla, bee blossom honey and Indian amber — sounded tempting, and the packaging charming, with a lilac-colored paisley pattern printed on the glass and a little crystal droplet designed to hang from the rim. It seemed whimsical and happily romantic — and when it arrived it was indeed quite sweet to look at it.
Unfortunately, I was less happy with the actual scent. It's pretty enough — soft and round, very well-blended, with a subtle floral accent on a mildly gourmand warmth. But it's very sweet and, as an evening candle, it overwhelmed me with a synthetic feel. I found myself missing my good old lavender candles, or other more natural amber scents I have tried that have a grounded earthiness to their warmth. This candle could easily be the waxy companion to a mainstream perfume — in fact, I kept recalling Casmir by Chopard, although I do not have a bottle of that lying around to compare. As such, I found it too demanding for bedtime. That being said, if sweet is your thing, you might still like this candle and it could be quite cozy on a snowy winter day.
The Lollia candles are made of soy wax, have a nice clean burn and excellent throw, and the price is on the more reasonable end of high end home fragrances.
The Lollia Relax Luminary is available in Tall ($56, 240 hours burn time) or Petite (shown above, $32, 80 hours). For buying information, see the listing for Lollia under Perfume Houses.