African Safari Candle – Village Candle Review
By Christina Rylan
Brand: Village Candle
Type: 11oz candle
Fragrance: African Safari
Scent Strength: Light
Introduction to my review:
I hit the most amazing Village Candle sale before Christmas and purchased a ton of candles I’ve been wanting to review. I even purchased fragrances that were a little on the wild side for me… scents I normally would steer clear of. One great example…. African Safari.
As soon as I popped off the lid and smelled it….. Wooaaah wheeee!!!! Mega potent and very perfumy. The first thought out of my head when I smelled this… my husband was going to absolutely hate it!!!! LOL!!!!! My poor sweetheart. Luckily, he humors me when he knows I’m reviewing a candle and gives me a full day to gather my thoughts before he tosses it. Thankfully, I purchased the smaller 11oz candle so his torture shouldn’t last too long.
My favorite part of the candle was the label. It showed an African picturesque scene at sunset with giraffes in the background. See picture above for visual reference. The color of the wax was orange and my candle had two wicks which I love. I’m definitely a two wick girl!
What did my candle smell like?
Let’s start with the scent description:
“This unmistakably complex and alluring fragrance has the fragrance of the joy of light breezes, scented by grasses, and the aroma of the wild planes that fill the senses with the spirit, freedom and romance of open vast spaces.”
Boy… .boy oh boy!! I can’t even begin to tell you how utterly potent this candle was unlit. I could sit it in my bathroom with the lid off and it would fragrance the entire room… that’s how strong the wax smelled.
My bedroom was the room of choice for testing so to be nice, I gave my hubby a heads up and let him smell it before lighting it. Just as expected… he wrinkled his nose (in dread) and said he didn’t like it. His first thoughts…. a powdery perfume. I agreed.
Plowing along, I lit the candle and waited for the moment he asked me to blow it out and interestingly, he never did. This candle was not as powerful once lit as I expected it to be. It gave a pretty subtle scent throw and the fragrance was mild and quite nice. I was not expecting that – at all! The aroma was still perfumy but it wasn’t headache inducing and I’m happy to report… it smelled pretty good. It reminded me of an exotic amber type fragrance… it was romantic and really pretty. I’m not sure if I would go so far as to say it smelled like an African Safari but it was complex and alluring which are two words in their description.
Strength – on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the strength of this candle a 6. It wasn’t very strong but gave a nice steady medium throw. I even asked my husband and he agreed… subtle. I actually consider that to be a good thing with this candle though… if this scent would have been any stronger, it would have given be a headache.
My candle burned perfect. No issues at all, clean burning, no wasted wax, no wick issues. A+
Closing to my review:
What an interesting review this turned out to be. I started it with dread and it ended on a good note. I liked it and even more surprising… so did my husband. The fragrance was really pretty… I would categorize it under “romantic” – I found it to be very alluring and sexy.
So, if you love exotic an perfume’y type fragrances, this candle is worth checking out.
Happy candle hunting!
Burn Performance: 5/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
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Nicole on 2016-01-27 21:57:28
I had this candle in the medium jar and thought it was a nice perfumey candle but definitely was not one of my favorites from Village Candle (I love their maple butter and baby powder candle). It is still a nice unique scent.