If you’ve been here a while, you’d know I’m really into scented candles. Like, REALLY into it. The last time I went to Australia, I returned with a suitcase full of candles and little else. They truly are my guilty pleasure.
But often, good quality soy candles that don’t smell horribly chemical, don’t come cheap. If you want something high quality, especially when it involves scent, it usually comes at a price.
Ladies and gents, let me introduce you to Sanctuary, an affordable local brand of soy candles that burn beautifully, smell amazing and importantly, does not make you feel like you’re burning money! :D
I love it when I find a local brand that lives up to my ideals. There aren’t many, but the few I’ve come across are gems.
I discovered these candles one day while I was browing a handicraft bazaar. I don’t usually visit these bazaars (my taste doesn’t quite run in that direction) but I came across this one (I can’t remember which anymore) and as I walked past, there was a lovely soothing scent in the air. So, like a sniffer dog, there I was, standing in the middle of the bazaar, sniffing the air, trying to get a lock on the stall where it originated from.
That was when I came across the Sanctuary candles. They are made locally by a local artist, Jasmine Gan, who happened to be manning the stall when I was there. We got to chatting about candles and scents and she was lovely and not pushy at all, and informative. She was quite happy to walk me through her Sanctuary candles selection, and talk me through her brand and her love for scent.
I enjoyed our little chat, and I loved how her candles smelled. There are a few different scent combinations that are sweet, refreshing or uplifting. Best of all, they were all soy candles and they didn’t cost me an arm and a leg!
Each 6oz candle retails at RM45 and has a burn time of 30-35 hours. To give you an idea of how that translates, a large sized Diptyque candle that’s slightly larger at 6.5oz retails here at RM249. I could buy 6 Sanctuary Candles!
During the bazaar, there was a promotion where they were selling for RM40 if you buy 2 and above, so naturally, I had to buy 2. Who am I to pass on a deal? ;)
I picked Green Tea & Lemongrass and Lime Basil & Mandarin. I personally highly recommend Green Tea & Lemongrass because it smells so refreshing. If you can imagine the fresh green scent of crushed green tea, tempered with the sharp, cleansing notes of lemongrass. This smells like a balinese spa in a jar!
I love burning this in my living room, and the scent throw is very good, so within a few minutes of it being lit, I can smell it from every corner of my apartment. It makes the house smell refreshing and clean and relaxing, and truly turns it into a Sanctuary. What is even better is that after about an hour, blow out the flame and let the scent linger as the soy candle solidifies. I find that leaving the candle uncovered gives a lovely piquant scent to the air. Not strong, but a freshness that’s very relaxing.
Another good thing about the Green Tea & Lemongrass candle is that it masks the smell of cooking. I cook fairly often so I find that burning this candle after I’m done refreshes the air and removes the stale scent of food.
Lime Basil & Mandarin reminds me of a scent from Jo Malone. It has that fresh zest to it that is energizing and refreshing. I don’t burn it as often, but it is just as impressive as Green Tea & Lemongrass. This is especially so when you consider the price of RM45 each (just a little over US$10 per candle). It isn’t often I get anything of quality at that price point, so these candles are truly one to have.
Being soy candles, I find that they melt quite quickly from the heat, but they burn very evenly. Jasmine also provides you with some tips for candle care, to ensure that you get the most out of your candle.
So, if you want to get into candles, but aren’t into the strong artificial scents like those by Yankee Candles or Bath and Body Works (no offence if you like these, I don’t sorry!) get these from Sanctuary instead. You’re buying local, you get a good quality product, and you don’t have to sell a kidney for them. I’d say that’s worth it :)
IN A NUTSHELL
Sanctuary is a local (Malaysian) brand of handmade soy candles that come in various scent combinations. I found them by chance during a bazaar in the city. The scents I chose were refreshing and scented the air beautifully. The candle throw was good, and I find that it scents my living room very easily, unlike some other more expensive candles I own. The scents don’t smell artificial nor are they cloying. Being soy candles, they last longer, and they burn very evenly and well. I have absolutely no complaints!
PROS: Soy candles that burn evenly and well, Lovely scent combinations to suit most tastes, Smells natural without being artificial and crass, Good throw of scent, Long lasting, Affordable
CONS: Not easy to find although they are available online
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who loves a good quality soy candle
PRICE: RM45 for 6oz jars (30-35 hour burn time)
AVAILABILITY: Online at Jasmine Gan or at their selected stockists
I see that there is a new range out now, Sanctuary Voyage, that costs more. Not having smelled them, I’m not sure if I’ll get them for now. Maybe if I stumble across their stall at a bazaar in future, I’ll check them out :)
Have you come across these Sanctuary candles before? Do you know of other good local candle brands?
I’m glad I came across these. They last a surprisingly long time and I’m not even halfway through my candles yet. Seriously, for this value, it can’t be beat! :)