Sundari Chameli Scented Candle



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.

Available at Skinstore ($38)



  1. Rayna
    May 21, 2013 / 10:42 pm

    no one ever discusses that candles contain some of the very toxins we try to avoid in skincare, I’m glad your review covered this aspect. The pictures are beautiful!

    • May 22, 2013 / 6:00 pm

      Thank you Rayna! Clean candles are not common and there isn’t a lot of coverage on them or focus on clean formulas so even when a candle is a clean burn it is often hard to find that out. I’m really glad that other companies such as Red Flower and Neom are doing natural candles, I think next on my list will be the one from Nubonau.

  2. Teresa
    May 23, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    Between this and the Red flower Jasmine candle, which one would you recommend?

    • May 31, 2013 / 5:53 pm

      They’re the same price and same size so it depends what scent you like more. Red Flower has a ‘purer’ jasmine whereas Sundari’s is more of a complex scent that isn’t a pure jasmine. If you’re still undecided after smelling the two, you really can’t go wrong with either, although the dried flower petals on the Red Flower might nudge me in their favor since you can use that as potpourri.

  3. May 31, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    Oh this was fantastic. You’re right, I’ve only ever seen two other thoughtful posts on the subject of candles and this makes the third. I know its not an advertisement but it was written like you adore this line so I have a huge urge to try it now. It indeed is quite difficult to find great quality natural candles that also smell lovely.

  4. Ana
    June 4, 2013 / 5:07 am

    hi i was wondering, what is your hair care routine?

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