I adore the sweet smell of scented candles and spring is my favorite time to let them burn; fresh air mixing with the flowery scents seems like perfect chemistry. The candles I use most often as a treat for my personal space are Dyptique. On a trip to Paris a bunch of years ago, I walked miles to 34 boulevard Saint Germain. I brought five back to NYC, all for moi. (You can get some for yourself at Bigelow’s, which has a nice selection, for $48 each.) Baies (black current leaves and Bulgarian roses) always reminds me of my friend Tim and his parties on 39th Street (circa early 1990s). Fig, my third grade bookbag — go figure. Click through to the next page to see five more candles that I like to hoard.
The Claus Porto Tuberose with its art deco glass and exoctic Portuguese origins, $32 at Saks.
I love the Aveda Shampure candle, $28. It is freah and clean.
The Animalia Magnet is off the chart. It is rich and sweet, with amber oil that sits on the bottom. It is really extravagant, $72 at beautyexclusive.com, so I’m saving this for something special.
I can also vouch for the refreshing Thymes Moroccan Mint, $24 at xanadu.com.
I always love a candle in red glass — it gives the boudoir a boost. Add some G’s for Gucci and that’s a gorgeous (and pricey) candle, $90.
These are where my nose is at now. Not a dud in the group. Now you tell me, what are your favorite candles this spring? — Allison R.