I used to never burn candles during summertime in Seattle. My house was always wide open from May through September and the air from nearby Lake Washington and my garden smelled fresh and good. Over the last several years (and no doubt due to what The Guardian is now committed to calling 'the climate crisis'), my home is often closed up for weeks at a time because of heat or dangerous smoke and particulate matter in the air from long-burning forest fires...or both. These days I need to use candles all year to keep the stale air at bay inside my home.
Otherland, one of the crop of new candle makers who don't believe you need to spend over $100 to get a high-quality candle, has released its new spring/summer collection. In the spirit of the season, they're a fun and perky group.
Ruby Root (sugarbeets, grass, ginger): Don't expect the scent of dirt-caked roots (or beets tugged up from wet soil); there's only a hint of earthy beet aroma (reconfigured for a contemporary feel). Mostly Ruby Root smells like ginger ice cream, perhaps colored with beet juice. There's a background vanillic note that keeps things smooth.
Extra Hour (shiso leaf, verbena, mint): This is my favorite of the new trio — a lovely melange of what smells like grapefruit peels mixed with fresh mint and peppery shiso...a candle/cocktail that's a perfect summer scent. It brightens my mood to smell it.
Purple Petals (lilac, hyacinth, lychee): Purple Petals presents a spring-y bouquet, one part sharp lilac, maybe two parts after-shave hyacinth and a drizzle of fruity syrup (not straight-laced as many lilac perfumes tend to be). I'm thinking this one, burned alongside Extra Hour, might approximate Cire Trudon's Salta candle (grapefruit and hyacinth). We'll see.
Otherland candles are 8 oz with an approximate burn time of 55 hours — $36 individually or $89 for all three.