Tropical Teakwood Shining Sol Candle Review
By Christina Rylan
Brand: Shining Sol
Type: 3 wick candle
Fragrance: Tropical Teakwood
First impression of Tropical Teakwood:
I’ve burned quite a few of Shining Sol candles but their newer 3 wick candles are really special. The wicks are wooden for one (which I love) and the vessels are low profile with a clear label on the surface. The overall look is very simple and elegant.
Now onto the scent. Tropical Teakwood smelled soft but sophisticated – kind of masculine and fresh. I was intrigued.
Here is the scent description for Tropical Teakwood:
Tropical, slightly masculine and very distinct with its unique scent of teakwood.
I nailed it! And I swear I didn’t read the scent description prior to my own initial thoughts. I love it when that happens. This candle does have a masculine vibe to it, although soft. That has to be the teakwood. It also smelled creamy like it was laying on a bed of vanilla or something close to it. The tropical part? I wasn’t sure about that but if tropical notes come out once burning, bring it on!!
Time to light my candle!!
I lit my Tropical Teakwood candle in a small room to start out and boy was that a perfect call. But before I get into the fragrance, I first want to say how tough it was getting those three wooden wicks to initially light up. I literally had to keep a flame on each wick for a long, long time. Thank goodness I was using a long candle lighter. Had I used a match, I would have been in trouble. The wicks did eventually light up though and all was fine from then on out. I just wanted to state this in case you try one and the same thing happens to you. If it does, don’t despair. The wicks will light.
Now back to the fragrance. LOVED!! This candle literally smelled like creamy vanilla, what I think was amber and teakwood with a smidgen of something spicy. I still wasn’t smelling the tropical part but boy was everything else a delight. I know vanilla isn’t listed in Shining Sol’s description but I swear the base of this scent is very creamy so whether it’s vanilla or amber, I don’t know. Some amber scents (if done right) can take on a creamy vibe. All I know is, I really enjoyed this one. Tropical Teakwood was a soft, creamy masculine scent I wanted to wrap myself in.
Strength – this candle wasn’t super strong for me so I burned it in a small room – which was perfect. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate Tropical Teakwood a 7 out of 10 in a small room. Anything larger and I’m afraid the fragrance would be lost.
How did my Tropical Teakwood candle burn?
I already told you how tough it was to get the wicks initially lit. After that, smooth sailing. This candle burned perfect. Zero wick issues. Clean burning from start to finish.
Closing to my review:
Tropical Teakwood was such a pleasure to experience and I’m definitely going back for more. Only I think I might try a bigger candle next time to see if I can get away with burning it in a larger room. I do recommend it if you love masculine fragrances.
Shining Sol continues to surprise me with their unique scents. I also love it that the owner (Pete Evick) is a guitar playing rock star who makes these candles on the side. The guy has a passion for music and candles. How cool is that? Definitely check them out, and if you live in Virginia, you can smell all of Pete’s fragrances to your hearts content at his Shining Sol candle store located in Mannassas VA.
Happy candle hunting!
Burn Performance: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5