I haven’t bought many scented candles this year, and those I have bought are old favorites I've already reviewed. Recently, I received small-sized candle samples from The Different Company, and I liked almost all of them. I really enjoyed Lumière (from the Collection des Rêves) and Wood (from The Modern House line).
Lumière was developed by perfumer Delphine Jelk and lists orange blossom, ylang-ylang and white musk as major ingredients. Lumière is a semi-sweet, white floral-scented candle with the accent on creamy orange blossom (that sometimes veers into “almost-tuberose,” then "almost-edible" territory). During its gourmand phase, Lumière reminds me of pastry made with a dash of orange flower water. Ylang-ylang is discernible; the longer you burn the candle, the more you’ll notice it. White musk? Thankfully, it does not impart “laundry” or “clean” aromas to Lumière.
Wood (perfumer Alexandra Monet) is an interesting take on the “woody, smoky, spicy” theme, with notes of cade wood and cedar. When smelled unlit, I detect a roaring-fireplace fragrance, but when the candle is burning, along with smoking logs, there's a "comestible" flavor. Wood smells like gingerbread cookies baking in a wood-fired oven, cookies whose edges and bottoms are turning black. Aromas of brown sugar/molasses, ginger, and perhaps some cardamom and cinnamon round out Wood's fragrance. Patchouli is listed as another ingredient, but I don’t detect it.
The Lumière and Wood candles burn evenly and cleanly (if you keep the wicks trimmed); each candle has amazing throw; my tiny sample votives scent a big room even when unlit…when lit, the aromas are dense and pervasive. Most of The Different Company candles I sampled have a gourmand element, even if food or spices aren't the main characters — if you don't like food-y aromas in your candles, try before buying.
The Different Company Lumière and Wood candles are 190 g/6.7 oz and burn for approximately 45 hours; €45 each at the company website. The Different Company also offers beautifully boxed sets of four candles (each a different scent) that make great holiday gifts...and they're reasonably priced at €59.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!