We tested 6 Anthropologie candles to see which are worth the price tag
We love them all, but they each have their quirks.
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Upmarket women’s clothing and home goods are the popular offerings from pretty-pretty lifestyle brand Anthropologie. Part retro, part boho, part feminine charm, this Philadelphia retail company puts just as much emphasis on drawer pulls as it does on its sweaters and sleepwear. And consumers go wild for it, even paying more for items than they potentially should.
The Reviewed Deals team has noted that when Anthropologie puts items on sale—like its candles—they sell like hotcakes.
So, we decided to see if Anthro’s candles are actually worth the hype and price tag. We ordered a bunch online and brought them home to test them out. Here’s what we found.
Anthropologie’s Dickinson candle offers a calming, subtle aroma of chamomile laced with geranium, lemon, and, yes, patchouli. But, don’t let this latter essential oil turn you off, it simply enhances this candle’s chamomile scent rather than overpowering it and turning your home into a hippie den. Even people who may have sensitivity to smells can applaud its light touch.
Likewise, its coconut wax blend burns evenly and dries smoothly. Just make sure to trim the wick after each burn session, otherwise it will give off black smoke that’s noticeable, but not enough to stain your walls or ceiling. This is a common complaint on the site’s reviews, as well.
While the candle’s hefty ceramic jar promotes “relaxation, inner harmony, and balance,” and its scent heads in that direction, its noisy wooden wick says otherwise, clicking the whole time it’s lit and irritating any zen-like ambiance you may have desired.
This candle is impossible to tip over (unless you knock it clear off a table), but the jar does get quite warm to the touch.
Avila Pedestal Candle
There are three styles of these elegant, hand-poured sculptural pedestal candles; we went for the low-wide mid-size in Davana blackberry oud scent that Anthropologie describes as “woodsy.”
Like its dual-toned, frosted glass vessel, the Avila pedestal candle’s scent is a mix of masculine and sweet. It’s not overly woodsy in our opinion, i.e. we’re not being overwhelmed by musky cedar, nor does it smell like a holiday tree. In fact, its light aroma is pure loveliness.
Three cotton wicks are set in a high-grade paraffin wax blend that melts in a clover pattern unless you really let it go for hours. The candle gives off a fair amount of heat over the flame, but nicely leaves the quarter-inch-thick container barely warm to the touch.
However, its pedestal design means it’s not a great pick if you’re clumsy or have kids at home; one elbow to it, and it’ll tip over, spilling hot melted wax everywhere.
Constance Botanical Taper Candles
We really wanted to love these geometric, mid-century-style taper candles in tiered gray. Their presentation, when we first opened the box, wowed us with its elegant yet rustic wrapping of bunny tail, dried yellow craspedia, and some other grasses. But, when we removed the candles from the box, we noticed that one of them was broken at the thinnest point between two tiers.
Nonetheless, we stuck them in some sturdy Waterford candlesticks and hoped for the best. The candle that wasn’t broken dripped its paraffin wax the most, all the way down the taper and onto the table surface, which doesn’t please us.
Although these look lovely unburned, and may be a beautiful decorative option, we’re not a fan of them for dinner lighting.
Hive & Wick Market Ceramic Candle
Everything about Anthropologie’s hand-poured Hive & Wick Market Siracusa lemon candle is sunny and warm, from its yellow ceramic container to its buttery beeswax to its subtle lemon scent laced with citrusy yuzu and herbal coriander.
Like many other Anthropologie-made candles, its aroma doesn’t take over a room or give you a headache. It’s just enough to transport you to Sicily on a mid-summer day. Other varieties of the candle that we did not test out include: tomato vine, rosemary baguette, and green market.
A white cedar cap with a leather handle completes the look and prevents the beeswax from gathering dust when you’re not burning the candle.
One thing we noticed on Anthro’s site is a number of consumer complaints about this candle tunneling. After burning it off and on a few times, we let it burn for five hours straight, and we did not experience any tunneling. However, the melted wax took on a mottled look after cooling and re-firming, almost as if someone had dragged a finger through it. Although odd, we won’t let this stop us from buying this candle.
Josette Pillar Candle & Holder Set
We ordered the Josette pillar candle and its accompanying ceramic holder because it looks beautiful, and we figure it may be a popular choice for a hostess gift.
You have three size and style options to choose from: a cylindrical pillar, an orange-sized globe, and a 6-inch by 7-inch by 2-inch (approximately) rectangular block. We went with the globe.
First off, our pretty, pastel lilac-hued paraffin-wax candle comes unscented. There’s truly no smell to it—we sniffed it hard. After we looked back, this detail is mentioned in the product description, but we didn’t notice at first.
We also burned this candle on three separate occasions, and it only dripped wax over the curve of its surface the first time, when we blew it out. Its wooden wick burns slowly, but, like the Dickinson candle, it does so loudly—so much so that we took a video of it rapidly ticking and the iPhone caught its sound, which is frankly annoying rather than soothing. After its first two lightings, the wick refused to stay lit, which is a bummer.
The entirely separate, Portugal-made ceramic stand is sweet, with a light green and sand colored sunrise pattern that mimics the curves of the candle. The stand doesn’t slide easily on surfaces, which is good for safety reasons.
Confetti Glass Candle
Looks-wise, Anthropologie’s fun Confetti glass candle is our favorite; its colorful, speckled, frosted container makes us think of a marriage between sea glass and Murano glass.
We ordered the small size, which comes with a tropically floral Island Nectar scent. While not overwhelming, you can still catch a soft whiff of its aroma even 24 hours after last burning it. (Medium size candles are scented with Coconut Water, and large size Night Gardenia).
The candle’s Sasol paraffin wax blend base is nice, but in this particular candle it doesn’t burn evenly across because its three Fil-Tec wicks are not centrally placed, which leaves a hard bumper of wax off to one side while it burns. Not ideal.
My only safety concern is this candle’s wide mouth and polished bottom, which means it slides easily on a tabletop and has the potential to slosh a large amount of melted wax over its edge if you accidentally knock it.
Are Anthropologie candles worth it?
In sum total: Yes. Anthropologie’s candles are beautiful to look at and subtly, pleasantly scented. Quality is good and worthy of their prices, especially considering that even after the candle is gone, you’re left with a pretty glass bowl or jar that you can reuse as a jewelry dish or flower pot.
However, we don’t recommend buying the Josette Pillar Candle—unless you’re interested in it for purely decorative reasons—since it wouldn’t stay lit and that, well, defeats the purpose of a candle, now doesn’t it.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.