The Jonathan Adler Hashish candle was on my Best of 2009 list, but I’ve never gotten around to reviewing it. What better time than now, when the house or apartment needs some scenting before the onslaught of New Year’s Eve guests (and if you’re staying home alone, a good perfumed candle makes things cozy-contemplative and festive).
Hashish’s listed notes are black currant, green apple, wormwood, patchouli and moss. Hashish is a pungent, “manly” fragrance. As the Hashish candle burns, I smell fruity tobacco mixed with earthy patchouli and moss. The "ripe" fruit notes don’t smell like candy or fruit fresh off the bush or tree; these are intense, fruit-in-liqueur aromas. Weaving in and out of the Hashish composition is the spooky scent of wormwood — green, sweet and a tad medicinal. I also detect a slightly vanillic sweat-musk accord; sometimes this sensual aroma smells like cedar-cumin, other times like dark, boozy chocolate. All Hashish’s simmering fragrance notes produce a complex perfume that, every now and then, resembles the scent of burning marijuana.
I love the Hashish candle (it ties with Astier de Villatte Delhi as my favorite scented candle of the last couple years). Hashish will be burning at my house on New Year’s Eve, and anyone who comes over for a visit or a glass of champagne can wonder — has Kevin been: swilling Ayurvedic cough syrup? cooking Alice B. Toklas’ hashish fudge? burning weird incense? bathing in a tub of Nasomatto Black Afgano (similar to the Hashish fragrance but without its cassis and apple notes)?...or smoking…pot!? When I light the Hashish candle, its perfume makes me believe I’m indulging in something fun, exciting, risqué, “forbidden” — even if the only action taking place involves resting in bed, admiring my cat’s profile, and wondering — “What will happen in 2011?”
The Hashish candle is heavily scented and has great throw; thanks to its two wicks, it burns evenly. The candle comes in a lidded porcelain container embossed with images of cannabis leaves. The Jonathan Adler Hashish candle is 10.6 oz ($68); it’s available at the Jonathan Adler online boutique and at many other online candle shops.
Happy New Year to all Now Smell This readers and contributors!
Note: photo of cannabis leaf via Wikimedia Commons.