This is my favorite candle right now: Alassis Candle No. 4 Fig & Violet Leaves. It shouldn't surprise anyone, considering how much I adore fig-smelling things. And figs by themselves, of course. The thing about this Alassis candle is the complexity of the scent. As expected, the green fig here is blended with floral notes, but there's also a hint of spice, a very dry almost powdery orris, and a sweet ambery hay. The scent keeps things balanced between the fresh and light and the heavier (yet still very much fig tree-like) dry-down. As a matter of fact, even with all the other fig perfumes in my personal collections, I would have loved a bottle of this stuff.
Performance is also very impressive. Alassis candles are made of soy (poured in the USA), and are offered in several sizes and versions. The one I bought and you see above is the 14oz double wick Art Glass Candle that comes in a beautiful heavy hand-blown art glass. The promised burn time is 45 hours, and I can tell you that despite using it for a couple of weeks now, I've barely made a dent. Projection is very good. It's not a heavy scent, yet I can smell it all over the house, sweetly perfuming the air.
Bottom Line: I need to get a couple of backups.
Alassis Candle No. 4 Fig & Violet Leaves ($29.95) is available at Bloomingdales and from alassis.com.
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