Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
Gold Canyon Candles has been in business since 1997. Co-founder Karen Waisath made candles in her home and happened upon the candle recipe that started it all. Together, Curt and Karen Waisath have made it possible for these wonderful smelling candles to make their way into the homes of many people.
Gold Canyon wicks are lead-free and candles that are 8oz or more have double wicks. This helps the candle burn more evenly, so there is not a buildup of wax in the container. One remarkable note about Gold Canyon candles that after you extinguish them, you can put your finger in the liquid wax and it doesn’t burn. According to a representative at Gold Canyon, they call this “cool wax”. I have personally done that. The experience did not hurt my finger at all, and I am not tolerant of pain.
The products are sold exclusively through home demonstrators or their websites. The candles vary in size, shape, and price. There are some fragrances that are seasonal. Gold Canyon also has many more scents than I will try to describe here. To find the most current scents and prices, along with their other products, contact a local demonstrator, or go to their website.
The following reviews are based on products that I have personally tested. I have tested many of these fragrances in each line, and these are a few of my favorites in each category. As I am fully aware, tastes differ between people. Therefore, I do not presume myself to be a fragrance critic, but a fragrance reviewer.
Caution: Wax is NOT edible!
FABULOUS FUDGE BROWNIE – This can be found in the BAKING LINE of candles. Gold Canyon, in my opinion, has outdone themselves with this fragrance. If they introduce another fudgy type candle, I do not know how they will top this one. As the candle was burning, I found myself checking the oven to make sure I didn’t have a batch of brownies baking. Anyone who loves the smell of chocolate cannot go wrong with this scent.
RELAXING – This is in the AROMA GOLD line. If there was a fragrance that could help to erase a bad day, this is it! A blend of lavender, chamomile and sandalwood instantly works with your nose to get the rest of your body out from under stress.
AUTUMN WALK – This is part of the HERITAGE line. Tennessee and northern New York State are places I call home. Autumn Walk takes me on quick journeys home whenever I light the candle. It does smell like woods, leaves and cool, overcast autumn days.
FRENCH VANILLA & BUTTERCREAM – This is an entry from the PILLAR line. The vanilla smells so rich and the buttercream aroma is such a compliment. It doesn’t smell sweet as in the Heritage fragrance, Birthday Cake. One plus about this candle is if you burn it a little way down, you can use the wick dipper to snuff out the candle and place a tealight of another fragrance in that hole that was burned down. When you light the tealight, you get an aroma of the tealight fragrance along with undertones of the vanilla and buttercream.
QUIET MOMENTS – My favorite of the COMFORTS OF HOME series. The blend is described as bergamot, amber, sandalwood, and vanilla. It makes me think of alone time with a cup of coffee, a blanket and a good book. Quiet Moments was appropriately named.
BABY POWDER – In the CANDLES FOR KIDS line, this is my favorite. It smells like baby powder and makes a wonderful fragrance for a bathroom, or a gift for a new mom. All the candles are white in this line; only their scents distinguish them. The proceeds for this line go to help many charities for children.