I’m one of those people that has always had this strange obsession with all things campy, vintage and well, sleazy. I’ve always loved low-brow art, thrift store crap and huge prints. Yes, in the 90’s I wore polyester (what was I thinking?!). Because of my love of camp, I love Jonathan Adler and his design. I love the Palm Beach quirkiness and how he can jazz up those ugly Brady Bunch houses. He and I are about the same age, I don’t want to go there because he’s insanely successful and I’m not. What I’m trying to say is that he glam’d up the camp that so much of my generation was attracted to. And I feel his candles are for everyone…even those people that have never ever been to a swap meet.
The Jonathan Adler Pop Collection is a collection of candles in simple but subtle mod “homage to the 1960’s” glass vessels. I was able to sniff a few of the scents but I have not burned them. Here are my scent impressions:
Pepper – Notes listed include black peppercorns, anise, balsam wood, amber, and a hint of vanilla. (black with white lining vessel)
Masculine with terpenoid pepper and anise over a warm amber. This would make an excellent personal fragrance for a man. It’s an excellent home fragrance for anyone that likes warm, spicy scents.
Earl Grey – Notes listed include black tea leaves, citrus, yuzu, jasmine, earl grey, and sandalwood. (steeped black tea vessel)
Tart citrus, not your usually bergamot but most definitely yuzu, over steeped black tea. I see those that like tea scents really liking this candle.
Fig – Notes listed include bergamot, ivy, coconut, emerald moss, and fig wood. (Granny Smith apple green vessel)
A “green” fig with a coconut creaminess. It’s as simple as that and I like it. But, I always love fig.
Sugar– Notes listed include sugar cane, vanilla beans, white lily, sandalwood and musk. (white “milk glass” vessel)
Sweet vanilla sugar and a watery floral over a smooth creamy sandalwood. It’s a comforting, warm fragrance.
Grapefruit – Notes listed include pink grapefruit, white grapefruit rind, green vine accords, pink freesia and passionfruit. (yellow vessel)
Immediately get a pink grapefruit with a juicy passionfruit. It’s a very fruity, happy fragrance. It’s a good choice for summer.
Watercress – Notes listed include cucumber, lime, watercress, garden mint and cypress. (tranquil sea glass blue vessel)
I get a blend of cucumber mint with a fresh evergreen and sweet lime zest. It’s a fresh fragrance, very plesant, reminding me of Persian cuisine. It’s my favorite that I’ve tried from this collection.
Others in the collection include Orange and Tomato. I have not sniffed these but I’m always looking for tomato home fragrances. Out of those that I have covered my favorites are Watercress and Earl Grey.
Each candle retails for $38 at Candles Off Main.