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Why This $85 Candle Is Totally Worth It

I know, I know, at first blush an $85 candle is criminal. But the Hôtel Costes house candle is more than just scented wax. It’s like a trip to Paris—for only $85!

I’ve been trying so hard lately to “live in the moment,” but if I’m honest, I often end up wishing I were somewhere else—somewhere elegant and sexy like the Hôtel Costes. The opulent hotel, located on Paris’s Rue St. Honore, features a dimly lit lounge filled with maroon velvet tufted chairs, gilded frames, flickering candles, heady scents and titillating French accents. On the rare (but completely wonderful) occasions I visit, I feel like I’m drawing the shades on the outside world: The only things that exist are the Champagne cocktails I’m enjoying and the company I’m with. In short, it is heaven.

So when things get stressful, I dream about whisking myself off to the hotel again. Trouble is, getting there is pricey. The next best thing? A glass of wine, dimmed lights, good music and this glorious candle: a rich mix of incense, musk, Oriental woods and rose. Lighting this familiar blend instantly sends me to that place where I am happiest, where time and obligations don’t exist.

Such a sweet—and comparatively cheap!—escape.

COSTES CANDLE, $85, AEDES DES VENUSTAS

 

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