How often does the fragrance of a shampoo lead to product offshoots? Shampure shampoo is one of Aveda’s best-selling and most lauded products and its success led to the creation of the Shampure candle.
I’ve used Shampure shampoo for years. Though I love the shampoo’s mildness and effect on my hair, it’s the fragrance of the shampoo that keeps me buying. Aveda uses natural oils and essences in its products and Shampure’s fragrance is a combination of over 25 pure flower and plant essences, including: lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, rosemary, peppermint, and orange. Of these notes, ylang-ylang stands out.
Ylang-ylang (cananga odorata) oil, distilled from the cananga tree’s flowers, has calming, antiseptic and, supposedly, aphrodisiac qualities. Though ylang-ylang is very noticeable in Shampure, the overall scent brings to mind Oriental lilies.
The Shampure candle smells almost identical to the shampoo, and therein lies the problem for me. Usually when I burn a candle, I like associations and places to be brought to mind other than hair-washing and my bathtub. BUT: if I had never used Shampure shampoo, I would adore this candle. (If you love ylang-ylang but don’t want to burn a candle that reminds you of shampooing, try Aveda’s Madagascar fragrance; it is a spicy ylang-ylang-vanilla aroma).
Aveda uses soy wax and cotton wicks in its candles. The simple light-green glass candle container is made of 95 percent recycled glass. Aveda sells candle refills (using a 100 percent-recycled refill cup). The Shampure candle burns cleanly and, like other Aveda candles, is very aromatic. The Shampure candle burns for approximately 50 hours; it is $26 and a refill is $18.50.
Aveda is committed to protecting the environment and supports indigenous cultures around the world (Brazil, Peru, Australia) You may read about the company and its policies and purchase products on its website.