Saturday, 27 August 2011
When two of your favourite people decide to collaborate, it's a cause for celebration. When those two people are as talented as Daniel Sandler and Jonathan Ward, it's a time for jubilation.
I have to admit, I've been (impatiently) waiting for this candle ever since Daniel and Jonathan started chatting on Twitter a few months ago, and I'm happy to say that it's definitely been worth the wait. The first presentation from Daniel Sandler Home, In Love is an ideal introduction to scented candles!
Made to Jonathan's normal exacting standards, the candle is from his usual clean-burning soy base (100% organic) housed in a weighty crystal holder, and smells ... divine. Ingredients include (according the the box) amber, patchouli, clove, cardamom, violet, black pepper and sheer white florals:
It's a double wicked candle (my own personal favourite kind, they're less prone to runnelling, and disperse the scents more quickly), and will have a burn time of 40 hours if treated right. I had this burning for about four hours or so last night - handy tip, with any new candle, always burn it for a minimum of three hours (or until the entire top layer of wax is melted), it'll burn cleaner in future if you do - and today, my living room still smells wonderful. Jonathan Ward candles always perfume a room beautifully, even when they're not lit! Happy to see that Daniel Sandler Home continues that great tradition of wonderful craftsmanship.
The scent is a wonderful soft powdery-spice, powder from the amber and sandalwood, coupled with the spice from the cardamom and pepper. The listed florals are present, but they don't dominate, they just add a little light sparkle to the scent. As such it's a lighter scent than you'd expect from the notes list, but it's still a delightfully heady, sensuous fragrance. Personally, I think this is very much an evening candle, and it would also make a wonderful candle for the bedroom. It's one I'll be saving for the cooler months, as the warm spice and powder are more suited for long dark evenings, and the scent fills the room in a very comforting fashion. Also perfect for thundery August nights!
In Love by Daniel Sandler in collaboration with Jonathan Ward will be available on Escentual.com from October, and will cost £30. Personally, I make it a habit to purchase everything that Jonathan releases, pricey though they are, I can't really help myself. They make wonderful gifts, and everyone I know who I've introduced to the range has immediately fallen for it. If you look closely, you can see my beloved Santissima Amalfi (an intriguing blend of tomato vines and myrrh, which is amazing), in the background of the last picture there! Only a limited number of In Love have been made, so make sure you snap yours up! I look forward to seeing what both Daniel and Jonathan do next ...
The Fine Print: PR Sample.
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