It might’ve been the fumes from the candles that clouded my judgment, but when I stepped into the Byredo shop in Stockholm, this happened in my brain:
“Calm down. It’s just wax and a wick.”
“But look at the glas! So preeeeettyyyyy. Should I buy one?”
“Well, why don’t you smell one first.”
“I already did. In the hotel. Remember? I walked into the lobby and the scent in there was so lovely, I asked where I could buy the candles from.”
“How much is it?”
“Something like 500 Swedish crowns.”
“That’s over 50 Euro!”
“For a candle!”
“I KNOW! Is that too crazy? I shouldn’t get it, right? Although the lady just said it will burn for sixty hours…”
“I feel like I’m repeating myself, but: for a candle?!”
“Yes. And now shut up. I’m buying it.”
And that’s how I spent over 50 Euro for a candle. It was perhaps crazy. It’s most definitely an indulgence. But you know what? Every time I’ve lit that candle, my living room turns into a fancy hotel lobby and I’m back in Stockholm, where I spent a great couple of days.
None of which explains, of course, why I then bought an equally pricey candle this last weekend in Hamburg from Malin + Goetz. Could’ve been momentary insanity, because the second I put my nose to the “Dark Rum”, I couldn’t think of a single good reason why my kitchen shouldn’t smell exactly like that.
If something like these two candles can make me feel more at home when I’m at home, then the price doesn’t seem that high anymore.
By the way, I got the Malin + Goetz candle at Minimarkt in Hamburg, a great little place to find all those things that make you happy to look at when you walk into a room. They have an online shop, too.