Note from Andrea: Our old Candlefind Review Board was our original candle company directory, with tons of listings and consumer reviews. All new consumer reviews belong on our current Candle Company Directory. We are using these posts to house the content of all prior reviews, as we didn’t want to lose that valuable information. Some companies may no longer be making candles and wax melts. We will still post those reviews, as you still may find the products on secondary markets such as eBay or Mercari, or in destash groups. Here you’ll find the prior reviews for the company Aromatique. This company is still open and you can find their directory listing here.
Reviewed by: Carolyn
Date: June 12, 2005
Aromatique candles are pretty expensive, but I decided to splurge on one of their jar candles a few months ago just to see what they’re like. (Hey, it was a business expense!) I tried their Smell of Spring scent. It was SO strong and smelled just like hyacinths.
Reviewed by: Becky
Date: January 28, 2006
I love these candles. The Smell of Christmas is unbelievable. I also like the cider scented one, both of these are VERY strong. For a floral scent, the Smell of Spring is nice. I don’t usually like floral, but i really like this scent. I have a hard time finding these in my area, but i really love the scents that i have tried.
Reviewed by: stardustgirl
Date: November 23, 2008
I have to gush about these candles. They tie for my #1 overall fave ever (along with Warm Glow) and are a regular purchase for me. They position themselves as a luxury brand, and unlike some other companies who use that label but fail to back it up with product, Aromatique delivers generously. At $22.50 for a 19 oz. jar, it’s a bit over $1 per ounce, but the throw is worth it. It’s truly a shining example of “you get what you pay for”, and is frankly a bargain when I’ve noticed some mall candles with similar or higher prices… and no throw.
My first Aromatique purchases included their decorative fragrance (aka potpourri) and refresher oils, along with smaller candles. I’d grown so used to candles being for show and not for scent (despite companies proclaiming how strong they were) that buying a candle that was more than $5 wasn’t even something I’d considered.
When Aromatique consistently scented large rooms in our home with just a small votive-sized candle, I was impressed! I now buy their larger candles almost exclusively, due to a better price overall, and because I want as much as I can get (they’re hard to find locally). The only drawbacks are that the candles need to be watched closely. They liquefy quickly and tend to get dancing flames with the resulting soot and smoke. Wicks can wander a bit when they liquefy, so they do need frequent trimming and scooting around (having a wick dipper and trimmer for these is really a necessity). They are well worth that little bit of work for the aromas you get.
Scents I’ve tried:
Amaretto Nog: OMG! I truly love this scent and will be traumatized if it ever disappears. It’s a rich, creamy almond / vanilla that makes you want to eat the wax. The scent is rich in a good, yummy way – no cloying, icky too-sweet notes. It’s offered around the holidays (oddly starting in September this year, despite it being November in earlier years), but is suitable for year-round consumption. This one is a staple in my bedroom.
The Smell of the Tree – wonderful evergreen scent, nice and strong but not eye-watering or disinfectant-smelling. It’s like walking into a lush forest of spruces and pines. Another one excellent for year-round use, as the natural tree scent blends well with a lot of florals and bakery scents.
Cinnamon Cider – oh, mmmmm!!!! We keep one year ’round on the kitchen table (in an arrangement of the matching potpourri). It’s a strong and wonderful mix of cinnamon, apples, and some citrus-y notes. It makes me think of fall, but combines nicely with the ever-present orange scented jar candle in our kitchen.
The Smell of Spring – Florals can be tricky… often too fake / perfume-y… but this one is wonderfully true, natural and smooth. It’s the light sweet scent of hyacinths, just like the ones that line our front walk. Many strong florals make me sneeze, but this one doesn’t at all. It’s just like having a nice vase of cut flowers in the living room.
The Smell of Christmas – a little bit of pine, a little bit of cinnamon, a few berries tossed in… it’s a very strong scent, and for me, best in small doses. I still love it though (I’d much rather have to have a strong scent in small does rather than the all-too-often “not strong enough” problem). It’s a pretty red, and goes well with a green The Smell of The Tree candle if you’re doing an arrangement.
The Smell of Gardenia – another true floral, just like its namesake. Strong, but not irritatingly so – and no sneezing! My biggest rant is that they are hard to find. That’s more of a local store failure issue rather than Aromatique’s problem, but I do wish that Panache, their online store, was a bit less hit-or-miss in their selections (I hate seeing a candle listed, only to click on it and find it can’t be ordered. Plus you need to buy months ahead to make sure you get what you want. Grr!)
Customer service is very helpful. A few years ago I emailed to ask about “Natural State Tree”, a scent that is apparently no more, and never got a reply. Out of desperation to locate an Amaretto Nog and Smell of the Tree jar candle this year, I tried again and got a response within a few hours. The helpful CS rep. said the Amaretto was really gone, but they did have a handful of Tree that wasn’t on their site. She added it to an order I’d placed 2 hours earlier, saving me extra postage costs. That was nice! I’m also disappointed that they’ve apparently discontinued their votive refills. I have 2 pretty holders of theirs and could purchase refills every year until recently. It’s wasteful to keep buying a votive AND a glass for it every year – I want to just purchase the candles like I used to be able to. I hope they reconsider that, with the move toward “green” products now. Aromatique sets the bar for scent quality and strength very, very high. I find that I compare them to others I try for those two factors and it’s rare that someone else can reach the same standards. When someone does, they’re a keeper. Now that Aromatique has demonstrated that super-strong scent IS possible in a burning candle, it’s what I expect when I’m shopping.
Reviewed by: pat jessee
Date: April 15, 2005
i love these candles. the scents are strong and nice. i love, love smell of christmas and cinnamon cider. smell of spring and kiwi pear and also great. everything is seasonal. the candles that are packaged in the old fashioned type glass need to have double wicks because sometimes the candles do not burn evenly.
Reviewed by: GayleK
Date: April 17, 2006
I received one of these candles as a gift. It was one of their 2 1/2 oz. votives that sell for $3.50. The scent was “The Smell of Christmas”. I absolutely love this scent it has an awesome throw for such a small candle but it also puts out a lot of smoke. Personally I probably won’t purchase any of these candles myself because I think they are a little too expensive. But, the scent throw is great….
Reviewed by: trep
Date: September 26, 2007
I just this week burned a cinnamon spice candle in this brand. It was the small $3.50 jar. It liquefys very quickly so you start getting scent almost at once. The wick on mine tended to bend a little and after an hour or so I had to check it as a few times the entire wick had slid to the side. I was able to easily realign it with tweezers and the scent was very nice. All in all these are nice candles but they don’t last too long for the price. They are a good size for small gifts and for using in bathrooms. The scent on mine did spread out to other rooms so they are definitely fragrant.
Reviewed by: maggie77
Date: June 28, 2006
I used to love this brand but yesterday I purchased 2 5oz. candles in Orchid and Tuscan Flowers. I put the Orchid in my bathroom about 3 hours ago and I just went in there to check on it and I could not smell it at all. I put it on a candle warmer instead of lighting it and maybe that made a difference. I will try lighting it later to see if that helps although I usually have good luck with the warmer. These candles are too expensive not to put out more scent throw than they do.