Starting a new candle company in today’s economic climate can be unnerving. But if you have a great concept, an excellent product, and a dream, it becomes almost sacrilegious to not bring that to the masses. Enter Etessam Luxury Candles, a relatively new brand that’s hit the market. We are more than excited to kick off our inaugural Shining The Light series with this dreamy brand.
A Closer Look at Etessam Candles
Tanya Etessam is the creator and founder of Etessam Luxury Candles, bringing her creativity as an artist to the world of candle making. Tanya is a former ballerina and self-professed girly-girl. As a health and fitness guru, she has a particular interest in products that are considered healthy – good for the mind, body, and soul.
One evening, Tanya had a dream. She had a literal vision of her brand and unique aesthetic. It took a lot of hard work and perseverance, but Tanya made her dream into a reality. Looking at the sketches from her vision and comparing it to the final product is ah-mazing.
There are four candles in the signature line, each designed to create a certain mood. Their motto is Empower. Inspire. Desire. Balance. The all-natural wax is a coconut blend that doubles as a massage oil/lotion. They only use high-quality essential oils to fragrance these luxurious candles, which are hand-poured in small batches in Miami, Florida. The candle names are interesting, where all letters I and O are replaced by the numbers 1 and 0. The rationale is based on numerology, where the number 1 represents a doer or powerful force, and the number 0 represents someone traveling on their right path, to be the best version of themselves.
As of this writing, Etessam offers one size of luxury candles, each gift boxed perfect for gifting…or keeping (wink wink). All candles are free of phthalates and parabens and include lead-free wicks. She has coordinating room sprays available and gift certificates for sale.
We tested all four of their signature scent candles, which included JUST AN 1LLUS10N, UN1NH1B1TED, BURN1NG DES1RE, and N0W. The candles all came in a gorgeous gift box and were nestled with tissue paper inside. The wax is undyed and these candles are all single wicked. We’re noting our initial thoughts below, and will be following up with full reviews for each individual item in the near future.
JUST AN 1LLUS10N
JUST AN 1LLUS10N was the first candle I tried in the set. I was drawn to the sheer beauty of this candle – the pristine, white box with the white candle vessel nestled inside. There was something intoxicating about the overall look I couldn’t ignore! The scent description that was pulled from the website reads: Infused with peppermint, lemon, and orange oils that offer properties to help uplift your mood, fight fatigue and give an extra boost of energy. I envisioned a scent that would be bright and invigorating. That’s exactly what I got! The scent was clean and crisp with a little bit of sweetness to it. It was fresh and inviting. I could smell more of the minty notes with bursts of the citrusy notes throughout the burn. I think that’s what gave off the energizing vibes. This candle fragrance was enough to fill my medium sized bedroom and I could tell it was burning out in the hallway.
The burn itself was clean, clean, clean. I noticed that I needed to keep my wick just a little bit longer on this candle and it needed to burn for about 3 hours to get the nearly-full wax melt pool. The wick was super easy to maintain. The candle vessel is nice enough to repurpose without much more than cleaning out the wax.
If a candle can be sexy, then my vote would go towards UN1NH1B1TED from Etessam Luxury Candles. I am not a spicy-scent kind of girl, but UN1NH1B1TED was surprisingly my favorite of the bunch. The scent description reads: Infused with sweet cinnamon and spicy black pepper to induce feelings of sensuality with this seductive blend of pure essential oils. this particular fragrance was warm, cozy, and oh-so-romantic. The black pepper was full bodied without being intrusive, grounding the whole scent. There was a warm, woodsiness to this scent that made it very provocative. There was a hint of cinnamon in the mix, but this scent was really about the richness of the black pepper to me.
The scent strength on this one was a bit milder, but the throw was fantastic. It permeated the room it was in and wafted on out into the hallways. I was able to enjoy this candle for hours on end. It literally burned for about 80 hours, which is fantastic for this size candle. The burn was clean throughout.
The N0W candle from Etessam was the sweet one in the bunch. I am a huge vanilla fan, so I was curious how this one would play out. The scent description read: Infused with sweet vanilla and almond oil to help relieve anxiety and find inner balance. How did this one fare? Magical is the word I would use. The scent was just slightly sweet. The vanilla was creamy and rich – more of a classy, sultry vanilla that was warm and inviting. It didn’t smell like freshly baked cookies. While that type of vanilla scent has its own merits, this particular fragrance reminded me more of warmth and coziness.
The burn on this candle was fantastic. I got an almost full wax melt pool in about 3 hours. I was able to burn it for several hours at a time without worrying about the wick. A simple trim in between burns was all that was needed. I did use this wax as a massage lotion on my hands and was incredibly pleased with how soft it made them feel. And I smelled like rich vanilla, too!
The BURN1NG DES1RE candle is billed as a floral scent, but I found it to be so much more. The scent description reads: Infused with rose oils and bergamot that support positive self-image and help identify with a sense of self-empowerment. The fragrance itself was deep and rich. The floral notes were detected (soft and perfumey) while the brightness of the bergamot brought another depth to the scent. I was almost sure there were other notes in this candle – amber or sandalwood? Something to make it very rich and warm. Those notes aren’t listed in the description, but there was definitely more going on here that elevated this fragrance.
The burn on this candle was pretty flawless. I got a deeper melt pool with this candle, which I am sure helped with the scent throw. I could smell this fragrance immediately as I entered the room it was in, making this candle one of the strongest throwing ones in the collection. I absolutely loved how the candle flame danced behind the black opaque vessel. That was enough to transport me to my ‘serenity now’ zone in and of itself!
Overall Impression of Etessam Candles
This girly girl is sold. Etessam Luxury Candles are high quality, beautifully designed, and amazingly fragranced. All of these candles struck a cord with me, in a good way! The lower melting point of the coconut-vegetable wax blend makes each candle double for use as a massage lotion. Etessam does recommend trying the melted wax on a small surface area first to make sure your skin does not become irritated. These would be perfect for gifting or just for treating yourself. The clean burns are reassuring to know that you are being good to your mind, body, and soul, just as Tanya has intended.
Do you want to get your hands on a set of these candles? Luxury Candle Brands is giving you that opportunity! One winner will win a set of all four signature scents. This is open to the US only, ages 18 and older. Grab your entries down below. This giveaway will run through August 14, 2020 at 11:59PM CST. Good luck to all who enter!wordpress contest