Yes, this is an iPhone product shot. Shame on me.
So, how was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Somewhere between churning out raspberry buttermilk cakes for all my neighbors and cramming clothes into my bag for an out-of-town jaunt, I completely forgot to grab my computer. Although this may seem like appalling behavior for a beauty blogger, it was actually great to be away from the internet for a few days and enjoy the smaller things in life. Just kidding, that’s a blatant lie. At my lowest point, I found myself staring glumly at the squirrels outside my window, wondering if they could be coerced to fetch my laptop for me if I fed them nuts. I think I may have gone a little bit insane there.
Point is, I’ve been reunited with the internet, and my first order of business is to share my newest obsession. It’s a candle, in case the shoddy picture up top didn’t give that away, the French Baguette candle from Bath & Body Works to be exact. I’ve mentioned it before, but I realized I needed to write an entire post in order to properly express my feelings.
Where do I start? Let’s start with Liz, who is single-handedly responsible for this candle lemming. Liz, let me just tell you that I passed over this candle the first time I saw it. But after reading your glowing recommendation, I had to give it a second chance, and now I’m considering backups for my backup (hence the taking all my money bit).
I have a love-hate relationship with gourmand candles. I love them in theory, but when I sniff them in store, I usually end up tottering out the door with a migraine. Not the case with this one. It smells like bread. Fragrant, ever-so-slightly sweet bread resting next to a pat of salty, creamy butter. When I sniff the unlit wax, I can almost hear the crunch of the golden crust and the give of the fluffy insides. Light it up, and suddenly it’s transformed into a baguette slathered with melting butter, so rich that it overwhelms me whenever I take a deep breath. The throw is perfect as well, strong enough to fill up an entire room (and then some), but not so strong that I’m ever in danger of a headache.
Now, I understand the very legitimate concern that this candle could lead to all sorts of snacking urges. Would it come as a surprise if I told you it’s never made me open my snack drawer? (Yes, I have a snack drawer. I’m in college). It’s like walking into a boulangerie on a cold day, when hunger is never the first thought to enter my mind. Instead, I’m filled with a sense of pleasure, the best kind, the kind that makes you feel warm and nourished without taking a single bite of food. And before I get completely carried away, I think now would be a good time to end my musings on bread, candles, and the magic that happens when you combine the two.
Get yours from B&BW at $20 for the 3 wick (the largest and therefore most sensible size). Look out for their frequent 2 for $20 candle sales, and please read up on proper candle burning and extinguishing technique if you want yours to have a long and happy life. I feel as strongly about candle care as I do about sunscreen, and we all know how long I can harp on about spf, yes?
Now that I’ve finished prattling, do share your favorite gourmand candles, frequently eaten bakery treats, and weekend anecdotes. I’m sitting here with a tub of homemade honey sea salt peanut butter and unpacking my things. Time to face the week. And finals…