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.