I hesitate to even call this a product review, it’s more of a loving description of a constant companion during the past few weeks. I first heard of Sundari’s line of candles when I searched for a line that made pure candles. To my surprise, there were few. Either the scents were synthetic or the waxes contained paraffin. I was quite happy to learn that Sundari’s candles use a soy wax and are fragranced by the natural aromas of essential oils. While some of you might not care, I have personally found synthetic candles to be slightly nauseating to my body. I had to get rid of my beautiful Chantecaille and Byredo candles for this reason, though I’m still not parting with Diptyque just yet!
Sundari means ‘beautiful’ in sanskrit, which is an apt name for these luxurious candles. I chose Chameli (Jasmine) because as many of you can probably guess, I am a big fan of jasmine. Jasmine is the perfect fragrance and a natural jasmine scent will always, always eclipse a chemical substitute, which is why even Diptyque uses natural jasmine essential oils in their Jasmine candle.
The aroma of the candle is complex, which is a luxury as you can really experience the multidimensional natural oils mingling with each other for a fragrance that is both rich yet crisp, heady but invigorating, spicy but subtle. This is a candle that possesses the quiet confidence in it’s sophisticated blend to not dominate your visual space like most candles, relying instead of its enticing aroma to lure you in. The fragrance notes consist of lotus flower, cinnamon, lemongrass, and an unmistakably divine jasmine. I found this incredibly calming and soothing, and an absolute pleasure when I needed to clear my head or take a few deep breaths to get my creativity flowing.
Another perk with Sundari’s candles is the focus toward spiritual and inner balance. This line stems from Ayurveda, a traditional Indian medicine system that focuses on the importance of healing and balance. Although I wouldn’t call this a medicine, the rich floral fragrance definitely provided an uplifting boost during finals that was at once invigorating and soothing.
The burn is exceptionally clean and the fragrance lingers long after the gentle flame is extinguished. Compared to candles I’ve used in the past, the scent isn’t as strong when left unlit. A beautiful bronze lid is included to preserve the scent for this purpose. The approximate burn time is 45 hours and after its 45 hours are up, I plan on trying the other scents from this wonderful line.