A Trick for Ugly Candles (Plus Help Me Find a Dupe for Feu de Bois!)

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

A trick for ugly candles

This probably won’t blow anyone’s mind, but I wanted to share a trick for ugly candles. (Yes, this is a thing. If I have to look at it every day, I’d like it to be pretty). You know how the best-smelling candles aren’t always in the prettiest containers (and sometimes the prettiest containers don’t have the best-smelling candles)? After like three years of not knowing what to do about the ugly-candle-good-smell situation, I finally figured out a trick for ugly candles:

Buy whatever smells good, and stick it into a hurricane.

Alternatively, you can fashion some kind of disguise for the candle (or for the hurricane), like Brittany from the blog A Bit of Bees Knees did (in the featured image):

  1. Find a glass or hurricane for your candle
  2. Cut lavender stems so they’re the same height as that container
  3. Tie the lavender stems around the glass with twine
  4. Put a candle inside (Plus, the heat from the candle should also help carry the scent of the lavender!)

If you’re not feeling crafty, here are some gorgeous hurricane options…

Beautiful hurricanes for your ugly candles

More (but less lovingly curated hurricane options here, here, and here.)

Also, while we’re on the topic of candles (though this candle I’m about to discuss is not an ugly candle), does anyone know of a dupe for Feu de Bois? Diptyque’s Feu de Bois is my all-time favorite wintertime / holiday candle. It’s… amazing. It smells woodsy, and slightly masculine. It’s the candle equivalent of a thick plaid blanket wrapped around your shoulders, as you sit in front of a roaring fire, while snowflakes land on the tip of your nose. It is also, however, expensive. (It’s $64 here for the full size, or $30 here for a mini.) And since I’m literally going to set on fire, I’m now on the lookout for a less expensive dupe. So if you happen to know a reasonably priced dupe for Feu de Bois, please leave me a comment below!

P.S. – If you aren’t craving an oddly specific candle smell, some appealing holiday-ish options are here, here, and here. Also, this Basalm & Cedar one looks like a good option for bringing in the scent of pine/woodsy/greenery (we do a faux tree, so this seems like a good idea for us). Also, here’s our holiday card from last year. Also, here’s a post on pretty and nice-smelling candles.

(Featured photo edited from an image from this post from A Bit of Bees Knees. Also, this post includes affiliate links, which means we may make a small commission if you end up buying something you found here; you can learn more about how this works here. Thanks for supporting Punlearning.).

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Dr. Punita Rice

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Dr. Punita Rice is a wife and mama, an education researcher, a writer, the founder and director of ISAASE, and an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Doctor of Education program. Her work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here. Punita also writes about life, culture, education, and motherhood here on her blog. She works from home in Maryland, and drinks a great deal of coffee.