A few months ago, niche brand Juliette Has A Gun added scented candles to their line-up. Instead of creating wax interpretations of their current EDPs, they created three new “concept” scents. In true Juliette Has A Gun fashion, these candles attempt to be edgy and broody. The overall vibe and candle names/concepts reminds me of teenage angst. Together they are all very Marilyn Manson-ish. But, I’m not saying that is a bad thing!
OK, I haven’t burned any of these candles because I don’t own them, but I have had numerous opportunities to sniff them. I’m including my impressions of the scents, my quick notes. I can’t comment on how they burn or how much they throw. If you have any of these candles, please comment. I want to know how they burn. Are they worth the price tag?
Mary Jane – Yep, this is hash scented: green and smoky. It reminds me of those “Marijuana” incense sticks that used to be sold at record shops like Tower or even in goofy places like Spencer’s next to 311 posters and black lights when I was 14. Now you can get those novelty incense sticks in candle form. Or you can wait until summer and hang out on my deck. Unfortunately, my entire neighborhood smells like weed smoke. Why? Kids drive up in their Civics on a Friday night and smoke weed in the synagogue parking lot that is known as my backyard. You darn kids!
Lucifer – This one smells like a fire place, smoldering ashes, a simmering campfire. You get it. That’s what it smells like. This is very comforting to me. My house has a wood burning fireplace and I have a chiminea (hate that word). And I still like Lucifer the best out the trio.
Marilyn – This one is made to smell like vintage cosmetics, a tribute to the icon Marilyn Monroe, not Marilyn Manson. This is a nice fragrance, not my favorite from the three, but it’s nice. I thought this would be my favorite, but it isn’t. My house already smells like cosmetics 🙂 Marilyn is a delicate blend of waxy rose and powdery violet. Annick Goutal has a similar candle, La Sac de ma Mère, which I like better because it has a leather note.
Each candle burns for about 50 hours and retail for $58. JHaG candles are available at Candles Off Main.