As an interior design super-enthusiast, a visit to Ikea is a noteworthy occurrence. One that I might add has mysteriously only happened a total of maybe seven times in my life. Actually it's only recently that I began to even enjoy myself at Ikea. Back in my design-snob days, I can remember scrunching up my nose at what I then thought were cheaply crafted and generic looking designs. I was anti-contemporary and was so all about the heavy, dark, and not to mention expensive wooden furniture that would only look at-home in an hacienda. That was back before I realized that money was a thing.
But getting back to the point here, I never in a million years thought I might come across something that I could blog about at an Ikea (beauty-wise, that is). But lo and behold, on my most recent trip to Ikea, I learned that they sell candles. And they're pretty decent at that! For the standard size, they come in several different scents; vanilla, rose, apple, cinnamon, tropical fruit, and possibly some others. They promise an impressive 30 hours of burn time, throw off quite a decent amount of scent (if lit in a small room), and can even be turned into drinking glasses post-burn. Not to mention, they're a complete steal at just $1.99 a pop. I couldn't believe how cheap they were when I happened upon them in the store, that I picked up three and thought absolutely nothing of it.
The even bigger surprise came when I got home and lit the Vanilla candle, only to realize that the scent was so much more than pleasant. It wasn't sickly or cloying like the Yankee Christmas Cookie candle, it was just warm and sweet, almost like the scent of vanilla bean ice cream. I usually detest sweet-smelling candles, but this one has jumped right to the top of my "Best Candles I've Ever Smelled" list. This is good news for both myself and my wallet, which only has to cough up eight quarters next time the wax gets low. And who knows, I may even spring for the $4 jumbo size!