Let me preface this by saying, I’m no candle expert, but I’ve spent my fair share of money on em over the years and definitely know the difference between a good candle and a bad one. I’ve had candles ranging from the Home Goods variety, to Voluspa, to the iconic Diptique (which I actually wound up returning lol). I love candles. They add ambiance and warmth to any space, and hopefully make your room smell great. But honestly, my favorite part about a good candle is its jar. I love collecting beautiful candle jars and repurposing them and love how they add to decor. It was love at first sight when I saw the jars for Interest Candles‘ “Antique Horse” collection. The artwork on this little Etsy biz’s jars is perfect for any horse gal’s space and I knew I needed them in my life. Buying candles online is always risky, but I was willing to take a gamble on the scents because THOSE JARS. I included these candles in my 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, and wanted to purchase a trio but Rosanna was kind enough to send them to me. A USPS fiasco and a few weeks later, I finally got them and have burned them all in varying amounts of time in order to best give them a review. So let’s get to it!
I’m basing my review on some simple but key things: scent, quality, aesthetics, and value.
Scent – 8/10
This is a hard category to judge because scent preference is TOTALLY personal. I am highly sensitive to more complex/sophisticated scents and candles with a lot of scent throw. It’s the reason I returned the Diptique candles. I’ve smelled all the super high-end candles at Nordstrom and Barneys – Le Labo, Jo Malone, Byredo…they’re all too much for me. My best-tolerated scents are simple, fresh, light, and usually fruity. I know, I definitely don’t have the most sophisticated nose. These scents are sophisticated, especially the Whip & Spur – it totally smells like it could be a Diptique or Le Labo candle. I’ll give you a rundown of the scents and my take on them below:
Whip & Spur (Peony & Leather) – Smells high-end, rich, and mysterious. Masculine and feminine at the same time, with really good scent throw – you can even smell it unlit at times.
High Point (Silky Citrus) – Smells like sugared lemon and maybe a little bit of fresh-cut grass. It’s my favorite of the trio, unsurprisingly, as it’s simple and fresh. Great scent throw as well.
Hay Barn (Sweet Sage) – Smells like laundry blowing in a garden breeze. It has a clean scent with a slightly floral touch. Along with the others, it has a lot of throw.
They are all really well-blended, unique scents. They can be a little strong for me, but I am highly sensitive and can’t even spray perfume so for the average person they are probably perfect. If you like unique scents go for Whip & Spur, if you like fresh scents go for High Point, and if you like clean scents go for Hay Barn.
Quality – 10/10
These candles are hand-poured and made in small batches from high-quality soy wax and essential oils – they burn evenly and provide a pretty clean burn. The jars feel SO luxe – even the smaller 9oz size. The 11oz. luxury version easily feels like a candle twice as expensive with its super heavy glass jar & padded matte black gift box – it’s really the ultimate gift and looks and feels so much more expensive than it is.
Aesthetics – 10/10
Do I even need to write anything here? These jars are perfect and I wish I had prints of the artwork on these. My favorite detail is without a doubt the little kitty taking a snooze in the hay on Hay Barn. Obsessed.
Value – 10/10
At just under $20 for the 9oz and $32 for the luxe 11oz, these candles are perfectly priced for gifting or treating yourself. They look and feel high-end and would think they cost much more than do. The 9oz boasts a 50hr burn time and the 11oz up 90hrs, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the scents. You can also get them beautifully gift-wrapped at no extra cost, AND each order comes with a pouch of sugar cubes for your horse. I’ll be keeping these jars forever and would highly recommend these candles to anyone.
Interest Candles has nailed the high-end yet affordable equestrian candle. While the scents may not be my personal favorite, these jars make me smile every time I see them and love what this small business is creating.