By Christina Rylan
Brand: Archipelago Botanicals
Type: 14oz Soy Candle
Scent Strength: Strong
First impression of Paperwhite from Archipelago:
I have been dying to review more candles from Archipelago but always seem to get sidetracked with other brands, until I recently took the plunge and purchased a few luxury candles to review. One candle I have always been curious about was Paperwhite. I love fresh scents and with Spring just around the corner, it sounded like a perfect candle to burn.
The candle itself was large and very simple. The vessel itself was a clear and thick frosted glass, the wax pure white. The label was white with black piping that read “Paperwhite” in the center in a modern style font with the Archipelago name directly below it. See picture above for visual reference.
Here is the scent description for Paperwhite:
Archipelago Paperwhite Jar Candle is scented with the very fragrant essence of the Paperwhite Narcissus bulbs.
I also pulled this from Archipelago’s website:
Key notes: Tiara Flowers, Paper White Stems, Bergamot and Cypress.
I had no idea this was a foral scent, HA!! I actually purchased it without even reading the description… I never do that. I had a preconceived idea of what it smelled like…. I imagined fresh (and it is) but I pictured ozone fresh for some reason. When I first smelled the candle, it reminded me of a fresh soap. And then I had it sitting next to me while I was typing up the intro and sweet floral notes started wafting around my nose. I’m not a floral fan but I have to say, I liked it a lot. It smelled really sweet, soft and not intrusive like many floral fragrances can become. This scent was just plain lovely. I wanted more and couldn’t wait to light it.
Time to find out how it burns!!
I lit this candle in my large master bedroom to start out and oh my goodness was it PERFECT in a large room. Within minutes of lighting the candle and I seriously mean minutes, the fragrance was wafting through every part of my bedroom and it was sweet and lovely. The fragrance was definitely floral above any other element but it wasn’t “in your face” overpowering… it was subtle and refreshing. To give you an idea, my husband, who very much dislikes all floral scents never said one word the entire time this candle was burning in our bedroom and that spans a full week. The only time he comments on a fragrance I’m reviewing is if he hates or loves it. Other than that, he’s neutral. I consider that a win.
Strength – on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this candle a 7 in a large room. It wasn’t too strong, nor light. It gave a perfect and steady medium scent throw. Now in medium or smaller rooms the scent would be much stronger.
This candle did struggle reaching a full melt pool with each lighting but it wasn’t too bad. I did push a little wax around the edges with a wick dipper into the melt pool each day to use up all the wax. Other than that, clean burn with no soot.
Closing to my review:
As far as floral scents go… I enjoyed this candle – enough that I could totally see myself purchasing it again. It was fresh, feminine and really pretty. If you’re hesitant about floral scents but are ready to break out and try one… this would be a great choice. I’m not a fan of floral and I really liked it. Which now brings me to where can you purchase it? I looked online and I don’t see it on Archipelago’s website right now but many other online stores are carrying it so a quick internet search will show you all the stores.
I love Archipelago candles and have a few more candles I purchased from them to review so…. stay tuned for more reviews to come.
Happy candle hunting!
Burn Performance: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5