August 11, 2014
If you follow my Facebook account, you would have read that on Friday I received a package from a friend and reader of my writings and inside this little box was a wonderful gift of two candles.
The candles were the last two of the Artisan line that came out after the initial Floor Set release on the 4th and they are:
Malted Pistachio Truffle and Chestnut Glazed Croissant
There was much ado about these two candles and if you follow the social media world, I won't need to fill you in on it. If you don't follow it and you don't know, consider yourself lucky.
With these two candles showing up in one of the many White Barn Candle Co. stores and a few Bath and Body Works stores that were testing the Artisan candles prior to the release the chances that you would be able to get your hands on a set was slim. You either needed to know someone who lived close enough to the stores offering them, or you needed to shop on Ebay or Instagram from those who were in supply of the candles from being close to those locations.
The fact that there was not going to be a candle sale anytime soon did not help those trying to get a set of the social media named "Unicorn" candles. I am sure the company is not thrilled that those candles have that nickname attached to them, just as a lot of people were not happy two people were given the candles with the premise that they would not come out for sale and no one else would have them. Or so it was said. But like the Unicorn, no one believed that the two names on my list of Artisan Candles existed because they did not launch with the rest of the line.
All I knew and stated was what was said to me....they are coming and they will be White Barn exclusives.
Which was great when Wednesday, as planned, they did release.
Now whether they were a planned release all along, meant to hit the test stores only since the full line launched days prior...or if it was a release to quell some of the discontent that was happening all over social media because of the two shown prior...I have no idea. All I thought was these candles better be FANTASTIC to have so much fuss happening over them.
When my box arrived all I wanted to do was dig in and smell. And these smells are different.
I wonder what people would think to call them had they not already been named. Are we so programmed to think we smell a certain scent because we first read the name? I think so.
Everyone was hoping that the Croissant candle was going to be a rebirth of the French Baguette candle....which it is not. What I get from this candle is...and yes, I know everyone is different...in how they perceive scent so this is just me now..
I kept smelling these on my desk all weekend...and this morning it came to me...on cold sniff it smells like.... French toast. The egg bread in the pan then plated covered in syrup. I kept getting that one note... like brown sugar burning in a pan...and then I thought of the hot French toast scent.
Now for the Pistachio ....
My first thought was a Chocolate Mint....light on the mint...maybe a small end note....then a woody nut scent. I couldn't say what nut for sure... I smelled inside my bag of pistachios and that scent is much different and more specific than what I am smelling in this candle. It's more generic. Truffles that I have eaten seemed to be more of a light fluffy cocoa Hazelnut scent and that's what I get from this...
Or is it only because we were told to think that? ;)
Many thanks again to my kind friend who thought so much of me as to give me this pair of candles to enjoy. The generosity of her heart means so much to me.
And I hope that anyone who is trying to get their own set accomplishes that. I do not know if we will see these launch nationwide and I don't know that I would say pay huge amounts for them on a secondary market.
Below are the photos of my two new Artisans and my photos of the rest of the line. Interesting how only three candles in the line have the Artisan Market seal on the label.