I have to admit…I have an addiction…to candles. It’s kind of a problem but I try to keep it at bay for the most part and only allow myself to shop for candles at places like HomeGoods, Aldi or TJMAXX and occasionally splurge on a really nice candle. Recently I received some Otherland candles and Oh. My. Goodness. They are so good. Everything from the branding to the packaging to the candle. Since you can only find them online I wanted to share a full Otherland candle review with you so you know what to expect when ordering.
Otherland Candle Review
So if you aren’t familiar Otherland is a female-owned candle company started by Abigail Cook Stone. Abigail started out as an art buyer for Ralph Lauren, and after traveling the world in search of treasures to adorn the brand’s stores and restaurants, she decided it was time to launch her own new venture. Abigail earned her MBA and hatched the idea for Otherland, which brings the energy of art, design, and fragrance to every moment at home.
Otherland is known for meticulously crafted, from wax to wick. The fragrances are tested through countless iterations to find the perfect balance of notes. The wax is a custom soy and coconut blend that makes the ideal smooth-burning base. The candles are also all clean-burning and non-toxic. The wick is a finely woven cotton and the glass tumbler is made-in-the-USA, which was designed to be reused after burning (think cocktails, makeup brushes, your scrunchie collection).
Because I generally only buy discounted cheap candles, I forgot what it’s like having a really nice candle. Otherland candles are not only a nice candle but truly an experience when you receive one.
They come beautifully packaged in a high-quality box (we can all appreciate a good quality box right?) complete with coordinating matches and perfectly inset in foam for protection. I mean truly opening this reminding me of when I splurge on a nice makeup product with gorgeous packaging.
I have three candles from the fall Manor House Weekend collection, Dappled Wood, Crisp Cornflower, Mountain Lace. Here’s a little bit about the collection and each scent from Otherland:
Manor House Weekend Collection: “Inspired by countryside weekends where bonfires blaze, cider gets spiked, and friends become family, we’re bringing a rebel spirit to the classics.”
MOUNTAIN LACE: Elderflower Fizz • Anjou Pear • Apple Blossom
DAPPLED WOOD: Sandalwood • Toasted Walnut • Sweet Hay
CRISP CORNFLOWER: Corn Silk • Golden Husk • Water Lily
Jared’s favorite is Dappled Wood which is in line with what he typically gravitates to. He loves musky, manly, smoky scents. My favorite was Mountain Lace. I have a weakness for elderflower and I love the sweet notes from the apple and pear. We have been loving these scents for fall and I can’t wait to try out some more of the core collection scents.
It’s $36 for one candle or $89 for three which saves you $18. This is definitely on par for similar candles in the market. For instance, a Bath and Body Works candle is approximately $25 with 45 hours of burn time. Otherland candles have 55 hours of burn time in addition to the beautiful packaging and high-quality products. The initial cost is higher but the overall quality and experience is well worth it. Otherland candles would make the perfect hostess gift, Christmas gift, house warming present or just a treat yourself gift.
Obviously, I am so impressed with Otherland candles. The quality, branding, and packaging are top notch and I love being able to support other female entrepreneurs. Below are some tips about burning Otherland candles to help you after your first purchase!
Candle Burning Tips From Otherland:
- GET MELTY WITH IT: Make sure your first light liquefies the entire top layer of wax. Otherwise, you’ll be left with a “memory ring,” which causes the wax to tunnel rather than melt evenly.
- SNIP THE WICK: Wicks are happiest when at a very short (⅛ inch) height. After your first burn, use a pair of scissors to trim the wick to the right length, ensuring a steady, ash-free flame.
- KNOW WHEN TO BLOW IT OUT: We recommend burning for no more than four hours at a time. And, when you get towards the end don’t burn all the way down: swap your candle for a new one when ½ inch of wax remains.
- DON’T TRASH YOUR TREASURES: We’ve used our containers to hold pencils, makeup brushes, hair things or what have you. You’ll want to remove the remaining wax by placing the candle in your freezer for a few hours.
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