In Defense of Those Giant, Three-Wick Candles

Photo: Curtis Smith

For anyone living in a "cozy yet charming" New York City apartment, having a candle that's meant to fill the corners of a cavernous living space in a house, an actual house, seems excessive. But occasionally, after a particularly fragrant dinner, you need something more heavy duty. Enter the three-wick scented candle. Burn all three wicks and you'll get a fast-and-furious blast of lovely aromas, which is particularly necessary when you're in need of masking other smells fast. Plus, it's economical since you don't need to burn these super-candles for as long as you would a single-wick candle. And for anyone who loves to wallow in a cocoon of home-fragrance glory, simply keep this baby burning. Belstaff's first candle, Black Absinthe, comes in a high-shine silver vessel, lasts up to 150 hours (that's more than double its smaller version), and scents up your living space with notes of black licorice, fig, and whiskey. And even when you don't have it lit, the candle leaves a lingering fragrance in the room. If you still crave more, but not the whole potent shebang, light just one of the wicks and switch off each time to keep the wax level even. Happy three-wicking.