Product Review: TAPA (Kaendl) Candles

There are many products I’m wanting to review right now, but I will start with my most visceral obsession: Tapa Candles. I realize candles aren’t a beauty product per se, but when they’re scented and amazing and make you feel calm and cozy after a stressful day—and especially these days, with all the noise, the politics, to say nothing of the scary weather (my heart goes out to you, East Coasters)—I believe they’ll do as much for your face as an amazing eye cream or oil.

Here’s the snag: It’s surprisingly hard to find natural scented candles that don’t smell awful. I don’t know why, but it is. And the good ones tend to be insanely expensive.

Not that these are exactly cheap, but less pricey than many I’ve seen, and there’s a super reasonable travel kit. The full size featured in the photo also comes in a beautiful reusable glass, perfect after for water or wine. Online, you can find them here, here and here.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tamika, the company’s creator, at the Yogitoes Breast Cancer Awareness event a few weeks back. I will warn you, there were many amazing products there: makeup brushes that made me want to powder my nose all day, and an argan oil/rosehip hybrid that has me weak in the knees. More on those anon, though.

Tamika herself struck me as some kind of a modern goddess—all beautiful and cool, giving people reiki treatments on the floor.

This is where she lives in New York with her husband, (and I’m now obsessed with his furniture too) so it’s no surprise that she creates amazing and tasteful things. I got a travel kit, and while I’m most fanatic about the pine-and-cedar Alps one (you can take a girl out of the woods but…), they are all truly amazing. Just read the simple descriptions and choose the one that features your favorite types of smells, or get the affordable three-pack to try a few.

Last week I went to San Francisco for work, where I pulled multiple late-to-all-nighters with my much-younger coworkers. It was super fun, but each night when I came back to my hotel, I lit my Alps candle to chill the freak out. It helped immensely.

Do you have natural candles you love? Spill.

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14 Responses to “Product Review: TAPA (Kaendl) Candles”
  1. Rebecca Bailey says:

    Way Out Wax and tru melange are my faves. I believe I have review already buried in my blog drafts!

  2. Silvy says:

    I do have a few candles from Whole Foods that I love; not sure how “natural” they actually are. But, honestly, my favorite candles are by far just plain beeswax candles. They smell so so clean and lovely, and the price is right!

  3. Mairin says:

    Once the candle has burned down to about nothing, how do you get the wax out so you can reuse the glass? My candle holder is about the same size/shape (not as rounded, though) as the glass TAPA uses.

  4. Sara says:

    I’m a fan of Pacifica candles, especially the Egyptian Bergamot Rose and Tuuscan Blood Orange scents. They’re on sale now! (You can also find them at Whole Foods)

  5. Rebecca says:

    @Mairin, I would try letting it solidify, then put the container is warm water to loosen the wax enough to pop it out.

  6. Carolyn R. says:

    So funny! I was just thinking how desperate I am for a luxurious, natural yummy-smelling candle for fall…all the ones I find are either insanely expensive ($50+!) or smell kinda icky. I am a fan of Big Dipper beeswax candles, as beeswax is a natural air purifier, and they have some that are scented with essential oils. These sound like a nice treat though…will have to check em out. Thanks!

  7. Marina says:

    My favorite right now is a candle by the British brand Bamford. It’s called “Peace” and smells of peony, cloves, and vanilla and is perfect for the cold weather! I have three of them in my room and always light them before I go to bed because they really help me to relax and unwind after a long day.

  8. Alexandra says:

    @Carolyn You won’t be let down!

  9. Meredith says: – a teeny tiny company in Florida makes these hand-poured soy wax candles scented only with essential oils. They’re fantastic – my friend had some tealight-size tins made for wedding favors. Lavender-Rosemary is by far my favorite, but the other scents are nice too. They also made a special edition pine scent around the holidays last year, but it was only available at a single retailer in Florida, so I couldn’t get my hands on it!

  10. Autumn says:

    @Mairin the best thing to do is put it in the freezer until the residual wax is hard and then it’s pretty easy to pop it out depending on the shape of the container. If you’re having trouble getting it out I would use a knife to gently break the wax into pieces.

  11. Mouse says:

    A local shop carries a selection of Tatine’s Garden+Forest Infusions.
    There’s one called Forest Floor…really nice! The candles are $35US. I haven’t purchased yet. Decided I would rather use the funds on needlework supplies and/or other yummy natural skincare products. But one day…..

  12. Mairin says:

    @Autumn & @Rebecca – thanks much for the tips! I’ll try one and then the other if the first doesn’t work, then report back.

  13. philosophotarian says:

    @Mairin–I do the opposite of Autumn and Rebecca: I burn my candles until the end, so there is nothing but liquid wax. When I’m ready to say goodbye to the candle and hello to my new glass, I pour the wax out into some kind of trash (just stuff that won’t melt and that will soak it up enough so you don’t melt your trash bag). Then, while it’s all still warm, I wipe out the inside with a rag or a kleenex. This gets almost all the wax out with nearly zero effort.

    Good luck!

  14. maiastras says:

    I just purchased a Peppermint-Tobacco-Ginger candle from ApothekeCo. – a Brooklyn based store on Etsy. This scent is quite interesting and actually manages to effectively disperse scent, unlike many soy-based organic brands. From my experience the organic/natural candle brands tend to have wonderful scents, but very ineffective dispersal of scent.

    I think I’m going to try the TAPA kaendl as well!

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