|How did my candles from Illume smell:
This was the first scent I decided to try. It is described as:
“A rich blend of golden caramel, rum and crushed chestnuts layered with cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and sheer musk.”
Say no more…I’m in! I was hoping for a bold nutty scent with a true caramel background. I didn’t want a vaguely sweet vanilla, and nothing too syrupy either. I knew I was asking a lot from this one candle, but it delivered! The caramel smelled good enough to eat but it took a backseat to the warm chestnuts. The chestnuts were hardy and balanced the sweetness with a toasted saltiness. This fragrance blends its notes seamlessly. It was well rounded and boisterous – like the life of the party. I could smell this candle all over my main room and even down the hall. It had a strong buttery, nutty scent that completely surrounded me. I could have hyperventilated smelling this one! When it was gone, I was still sniffing the empty jar.
There are many pumpkin scents to be found, so I hesitated to even review a pumpkin scent. However, the word “heirloom” caught my eye and the description sealed the deal.
“Brown sugar and cinnamon spice blended in a pumpkin puree topped with notes of cassia root, vanilla sugar and pumpkin seeds.”
I found myself anticipating a pumpkin scent that was not in the form of a pie. I like pie scents, but with Heirloom Pumpkin I was looking for something unusual. After all, this one had cassia root and pumpkin seeds… it must be different. Heirloom Pumpkin from Illume would surely look down its nose at the ever popular pie version of the pumpkin that’s out there. So I lit it and waited for the magic.
I could smell the cinnamon…then the pumpkin…and yep – there was the brown sugar. All of the usual “pie” suspects. The brown sugar gave it a sweetness and the cinnamon had a light powdery quality that may have been the cassia root. I discovered later that cassia root smells very much like cinnamon. I was really hoping for the smell of roasting pumpkin seeds somewhere in the background but I didn’t find them anywhere ( I was bummed). Now I’ll probably be compelled to roast my own pumpkin seeds again this fall…finding a pumpkin seed scented candle would have been a lot less messy.
I liked this scent. It was like pumpkin pie without the crust. It was not too sweet and had a moderate throw. Even though it wasn’t the spicy pumpkin seed that I had in mind, it was still a very good foody type scent. Calling all pumpkin lovers…this one just may be for you.
This was the last scent I tried. Vanilla Amberwood was from the “Winter Bliss” collection. Illume’s website describes it as:
“Sheer woods, orange blossom and hints of neroli compliment a soothing balance of warm vanilla and golden amber.”
Aha! Here was a vanilla that was different…there was no cake here. It was a sophisticated sultry vanilla that didn’t even glance towards the kitchen. I could detect the amber distinctly (which I loved). The orange blossom and sheer woods weren’t a prominent part of this scent but they did keep the vanilla out of the bakery and plant it squarely in front of Tiffany’s.
Vanilla Amberwood was more subtle and alluring than the other scents that I sampled. I placed this candle in the bedroom, a considerably smaller space than my main room, and the scent stayed in the background; never overpowering. This was definitely a lighter scent than Roasting Chestnuts and Heirloom Pumpkin, but not unexpected for the type of fragrance it was. I thought it well suited for romance. This would be a great gift for someone who doesn’t tolerate strong fragrances. It had an elegant presentation and a beautiful but light scent throw.