my reviews for the nazareth candle and not empire becos i cant create a new review yet .
regardless of nazareth or empire or any other cire trudon scent i will neverrrrrrrr ever ever ever buy a cire trud candle again. NEVER. why not? welp theres almost no throw to em, i mean that for real too not exaggerating. listen i dont have a prob dropping $85+ for a candle. i have l'artisan candles, frederic malle , havent bought diptyque yet but heard awesome things bout em, i even buy nest candles so i dont only buy expensive ones; i want candles that have a reasonable throw and unique fragrance which is why i dont do yankee candle bullshet. i dont want plastic generic smells like holiday cookie or c0ck after new years eve sex candles .
im extremely familiar w/ cire trudon candles, their heritage, the scents they come in and their various products but had avoidin buyin one cos the reviews i read are polarizing. some are crazy good with stuff like "omg even unlit the candle scents my whole house!" to negative like "no throw and glass was uneven". when i spend that much on a cotdam candle i want it to perfume my whole room at the very least and i expect the fragrance to be complex or have a good amt of depth.
so i finally decide to get my 1st cire trudon and picked nazareth. i had originally gone to barneys lookin to pick up a frederic malle but i thought lemme try a cire candle finally.
big , expensive mistake. i know all the dos and donts of candles and even during the initial burn i could hardly smell it. and the candle wanted to tunnel so bad i was surprised at the amt of effort i had to do to try and stop it from tunneling. it burned very cleanly however with no smoke/soot. the glass vessel is a pretty crimson color and feels nice n heavy. i have to hold my face over the candle to where i can feel the heat in order to get a vague hint of its smell. thats a no no specially at that price.
if ur reading this then u prob are interested in pickin up a cire trudon candle and have probably also read the same polarizing reviews where some ppl say its top notch w/amazing throw whereas others (like myself) say its the opposite. let me warn you again before u make a mistake: DONT waste ur $. the fact that theres extreme inconsistency w/ many reviews is already a bad sign. me personally i believe the positive reviews to be genuine and not fake but that indicates severe inconsistencies w/ the candles production and at $85 each thats totally unacceptable. so why play roulette and risk buyin a trudon candle when it could be either a dud or highly perfumed? u aint gonna be able to tell that just by smelling it either.
another thing to take into consideration while readin other trudon reviews: one a my friends raved on an on bout these candles so when i told her bout my sh*tty experience she was like what no way! so i brought it over and lit it so she could see for herself how crappy it was. then she lit what was left of hers (which was ernesto) and u kno what? i could hardly smell it either! i was like cmon, u raved about these and now in person i find ur candle hardly emits a throw too?! what happened to all the praise u gave me bout them? u liar ... she was like wait wait waiiiit i swear i remember it completely perfuming my whole apt. i was like uh huh thats why i cant smell anythin from it and neither can u. so i caught her braggin bout a candle that did almost nothin which i thought was very odd. why lie about a candles throw? its not like she works for cire trudon and if anythin her lil lie there cost me $85 . i cant return this pos candle to barneys either, at least i dont think i can since i already used it.
so dont believe the hype you read in reviews for cire trudon candles. even if some ppl really did have a super fragrant one (which im doubting. i think some a these reviewers are paid somehow) its just not worth the risk.
Notes: lavender, marjoram, bay laurel, thyme, rosemary, sage, pine, hay.
According to the product description this candle is supposed to evoke: Pine, sage and hay are vibrating in the air of this Napoleonian camp with hints of cade and maquis. The joyful and indulging warmth of thyme, marjoram and rosemary ring like a fife. A moment of peace right after a battle between dog and wolf. An imperial tent exhaling the perfect scent crowned by the strength of laurel.
In realty I do not see any aromatic Mediterranean vegetation, but rather the smell of old clothes stuffed in a cramped, wooden wardrobe in a musty attic. I see old clothes, old people wearing said old clothes and an attic full of junk just waiting to be cleared out. I do not know how it is possible that such a wonderful-sounding fragrance pyramid can smell so bad, but it does.
The presentation of the candle is equally bad: first of all the green glass is totally asymmetrical, the golden logo is a cheap plastified sticker which has been tipped crookedly to boot. Furthermore, the cardboard lid protecting the wax of the candle was full of yellow stains, something must have leached from the wax.
Thankfully the scent is very weak/the candle has almost no throw and the smell does not linger once the candle has been put out.
I strongly advise anyone not to buy CT candles unsniffed and unseen as to not make my same mistake.