I’m a huge fan of candles, and when I spent RM280 ($90) on a single candle, I know what you’re thinking, outrages right? For people who doesn’t know much about luxury candles ,it may come as a shock to learn that a candle could cost RM300, or even more. Jo Malone, the British fragrance company, makes a four-wick version in a glass vessel that costs RM1400 — more than RM300 a wick. For that price, shouldn’t the container be gold?
When it comes to luxury, people disagree about a lot of things. But, what they don’t understand is the luxury are meant for people who truly knows how to enjoy them (not those spoiled-brat who are doing it for the sake of showing off).
Let me put it this way — We, human have 5 senses. Sight, Smell, Sound, Taste, and Touch. Some love to indulge in food, and they spent half of the pay cheque on diners each month; Some love a good sound system, and they splashed a good amount of money in installing them; Some love fine arts, and they paid millions in acquiring a painting so they can have them in their private dorm. So what’s wrong with spending on luxury candles? I just have a different “sense” of indulgence.
It may be true that if I merely wanted fragrance, I can settled on the RM50 (or less) Candle in IKEA. But what they missed out is the quality of the product I’m seeking. I’m not sure about you, but when I buy a cheap candle, the vanilla smell or whatever is so strong. It’s like I am in an airport bathroom. IT IS UNBEARABLE.
So, back to the topic, and I’m going to tell you why I think you need to reconsider your use of your “IKEA” candles.
Paraffin is the major ingredient in most conventional candles and is a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry. It releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. The soot/fumes are similar to that released from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. This can contribute to serious respiratory issues like asthma.
On the other hand, most high end candles are made out of soy wax. They burn clean, with no harmful fumes, and have very long burn times as well. And, beyond the basic elements of wax, wick and flame, these luxury candles come in handmade containers of crystal, or are scented by the world’s top perfumers using costly essential oils.
Having a good candle is like having a good bottle of wine, you enjoy them slowly, and to some, the packaging itself it’s an art. It makes you want to keep them, by all means when they are emptied.
Candles are sophisticated. Aside from the fragrance, candles are essential for me because of the light, the warmth and the comfort of the flame.
PS: So, what’s wrong with me and my sinful indulgence? I’m pretty sure you have one yourself.