If you've read any of my past candle reviews, you probably know that as much as I'm a candle fanatic, I'm also quite picky about what I light up in my home. The latest candle to come under my scrutiny is Tocca's Colette Candle ($38). I've had good experiences with the luxury brand's beauty products in the past, but had never tried Tocca home fragrances.
Just like the Tocca Bianca, which I recently reviewed, Colette had me at hello. The 10.6-oz. candle is elegantly packaged in a Tiffany-blue box with the brand's chic, gilded logo. The candle itself arrives in a luxe, milk-white glass vessel, which suits any interior and can be reused with tea lights or even as a small vase. In other words, the packaging is perfection.
Now, on to the scent . . . Colette's primary notes are of warm incense, musky vanilla, and amber. I'm generally very opposed to vanilla scents, but this one is very subtle and smells natural like a vanilla bean, rather than artificial. The "warm incense" doesn't seem to have much play here, and the amber is the most intriguing note. Overall, the fragrance is sophisticated and seductive with an alluring, je ne sais quoi confidence, much like the French lady it's named for. I'd reserve this one for evenings — and maybe even just for the bedroom.
The candle has a 60-hour approximate burning time, which ranks up there with the best of them. Anything burning over 40 hours gets a high five from me. As single wick candles tend to do, if at the end this one burns too deeply, it'll be a perfect contender to be salvaged in such a beautiful jar. But mind you, this one's made of paraffin wax, so it's not as eco-friendly as its soy-wax counterparts. As for the price, this one is no bargain; I do have some favorites that clock in around $15-$30. But the scent is elegant and understated, so it's a foolproof alternative to pricier Dipytque candles, which cost an arm and a leg at $60.