Amber Dunes – Illume Candle Review
By Christina Rylan
Type: 9.5 oz Sketchbook Ceramic Candle
Fragrance: Amber Dunes
Scent Strength: Medium
Introduction to my review:
I purchased this gorgeous candle from Illume last summer and I am in love with this style candle. They’re called Sketchbook Ceramic candles and they’re so pretty!! I only purchased Amber Dunes to test and review and have since gone back to get more but I don’t see them now. I’m hoping they come back with their next summer collection. Amber Dunes is still available in other style candles so if you were interested in this scent… you can still purchase it.
The style of this candle is really unique… the vessel is ceramic that is very tall and narrow with beautiful orange and yellow painted designs all throughout every part of the surface. SO PRETTY!! The wax was pure white with a round label covered the surface that read “Amber Dunes” with the Illume Logo directly below it.
What did my candle smell like?
Let’s start with the scent description from Illume’s website:
“A welcome refuge reminiscent of the desert at dusk, when the sun dips over the horizon. A warm, earthy fusion of bergamot, tobacco flower, golden amber and sandalwood.”
First sniff, loved!! It smelled exotic and earthy… a fragrance you want to wear as a lotion or perfume… an all-around beautiful and romantic fragrance. Reading the scent description and then smelling the wax, I could make out just about everything in the scent description but if I had to pick the notes I smelled the most, it would be sandalwood and golden amber.
Because this candle was so tall and narrow, I opted to burn it in a small bathroom where it ended up staying from beginning to end. The scent was light but scented the small room perfectly. The fragrance… a gorgeous and earthy amber. I absolutely LOVED it!! The overall aroma was sensual and so pretty. It was a soft and sweet amber that I wanted to wrap myself in like a warm blanket.
Strength – on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this candle a 5. It wasn’t very strong but I loved it regardless.
My candle performed perfect. No wick issues… full melt pools and clean and even burns. No wasted wax. A+.
Closing to my review:
I absolutely loved this candle and savored it from beginning to end. It’s also really pretty with its gorgeous painted design so this is a candle you’ll want to showcase for everyone to see. I had this burning in my powder room and received many compliments from guests that came over.
This candle was lightly scented so if you purchase it, I’d stick to a small room for sure to burn it in. I highly recommend it… it was a beautiful fragrance.
Happy candle hunting!
Burn Performance: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
I‘m rating this candle pretty high for several reasons. Presentation was gorgeous, it burned perfect from beginning to end and the fragrance was exactly as described. It was lightly scented so I only rated that portion a 3. To be fair, it was a tall and very narrow candle so I didn’t want to ding them too much on that.
Have you tried Amber Dunes from Illume? Review it with us. In the comment section below, review and star rate your experience… it’s easy!
Love It!Joyce C on 2017-08-26 22:02:58
First purchased in a hotel gift shop in Phoenix. Fell in love with the very light mixed fragrance of smells. I placed it in the bathroom for an enjoyable relaxing spa setting an it stayed. The fragrance traveled into the bedroom and into the hallway. I wished it was strong enough to fill the house. Such a warm inviting fragrance. I looked for it over the internet but could not find the particular ceramic base, which would indicate that's the one. I have now found it. I wish it could be made as a plug-in or some method to fill the whole house for a 5 rating. Just love it.
Sarah Nelson on 2016-04-12 10:05:48
Great review. I love this scent too only I never tried these ceramic candles, just the glass that was equally as beautiful. Illume candles are light for me as was this fragrance but still nice in a bathroom.