Tangerine Teakwood – Illume Candle Review
By Christina Rylan
Type: 14oz Large Boho Jar
Fragrance: Tangerine Teakwood
Scent Strength: Medium
Introduction to my review:
There are quite a few websites I love to frequent often and Illume happens to be one of them… what can I say… I like to drool over their gorgeous candles and plot future orders. And sometimes, I get lucky and hit an amazing sale and that’s when I pounce! On one such occasion, I managed to score quite a few large Boho candles in a variety of scents. I am in love with these candles… they aren’t the strongest candles on the block but they’re so unique and gorgeous!!!! First, they’re a hefty 14 ounces which you’ll notice as soon as you hold one but it’s the designs that attract me the most. The design on each candle varies with the fragrance and they’re all so colorful, whimsical and fun.
Tangerine Teakwood is the first Boho candle I wanted to review… this fragrance smells amazing! I love citrus scents and this candle was all that and more. Fresh, masculine and very uplifting.
What did my candle look like?
I don’t even know how to accurately describe this candle… it’s pretty wild. I think I read on Illumes site they drew inspiration from bohemian styles around the world and this candle does look bohemian for sure with its bright orange funky patterns. I love it!! The candle size is 14 ounces, the wax color a creamy white with a thick woven cotton wick perfectly centered. The lid is pretty cool too… it’s a matte/brushed gold color and made of a heavy metal that sits on the candle loosely. Very well done. You could totally recycle this candle and use it for little trinkets or q-tips in your bathroom.
What did my candle smell like?
This candle is so bright and pretty. So pretty in fact… I almost didn’t want to burn it. I’ve had it sitting in my bathroom as a decorative piece till I was ready to review it. It also fragrances the room without it even being lit so every time I walked into the room, I would smell the most amazing fresh and masculine scent.
“Chivalry isn’t dead, and you’re the object of our affection. Effervescent tangerine zest combined with sugar, teak and a touch of vanilla.”
Smelling this candle cold… it smells like the freshest men’s cologne to me. I love men’s cologne and sometimes during summer months, I even wear it. One of my favorite fragrances of all time to this day is L’Eau D’Issey from Issey Miake and I swear, this candle smells really close to it. I could smell the citrus but the other components added to it were just perfect!
Here is more info I found on this fragrance from Illume’s website:
fizzy orange tangerine zest
clementine sparkling Mandarin
sugar touch of vanilla
Very interesting because I don’t see the “teak” component in the above and I think that plays a big part in this fragrance. It’s not all orange or tangerine. In fact, on cold sniff, I couldn’t even detect vanilla. To me, this scent was citrus and teak.
I started my candle in a large bedroom and ended up moving it into a much smaller room… it became evident after about 6 hours of burning that this candle performed better in a smaller environment. Once I moved it to a bathroom, it was perfect. The strength was light but it did fill the small room with scent so I was happy. Had the scent been stronger, I would have been in heaven.
Strength… on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this a 4. This candle for sure performed better for me in a small room, anything larger and the fragrance was totally lost. The scent… heaven!! Pure masculine and fresh cologne. It made me smile every time I walked into the room. It was citrusy with perfect tones of yummy man scent. I could totally wear this as a lotion. Big smile, big yes!
My candle performed okay. Not perfect, just okay. The candle with each lighting never reached full melt pools so there was a thick layer of wax that was left un-melted each time. At the end of the day, I would use my wick dipper to push the wax into the melt pool so nothing was wasted. Not a huge deal and happens sometimes but something I always like to point out. The candle did burn clean with no soot.
Closing to my review:
Regardless of the strength of this candle (which I wish would have been stronger) I still loved it and would buy it again. It smelled AWESOME!!!! If you love fresh masculine scents, this one is amazing! And if you want to know what it smells like and are at a high end department store, smell the original men’s L’Eau D’Issey cologne… it’s smells very similar. It’s fresh and light and made me smile each time I walked into the room.
I will for sure buy this fragrance again. I hope Illume doesn’t retire it. If they do, I’ll be sad.
Happy candle hunting!
Burn Performance: 2.5/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
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Sarah Nelson on 2016-04-12 10:07:58
Excellent review. I love Illume too and this fragrance is amazing. Not your average citrus scent. I didn't try it in this candle, just a smaller one in my bathroom and didn't have any burn issues whatsoever. It could be the larger candles.