High Fantasy has emerged as a much-loved genre in modern literature. People are in love with the lore of vampires, Fae, and powerful magical creatures that we can only find in imagination. While that disappoints me – the “finding them only in imagination” part, not the “people loving them” part – I am glad to have gotten into this genre as it is mind-blowing with intricately woven stories offering escape to thrilling worlds where many people fall in love with the character inked on the pages.

Although I am new to the genre and haven’t explored it much yet, I am glad that my journey began with the books of bestseller author Sarah J. Maas. Maasverse, as Maas’s fans call her book galore, is a world of imagination, love, intrigue, betrayal, and oh the most handsome Fae.

The Fae of Prythian – a vast continent divided into seven courts on the faerie world stars across from our world – are ruled by seven High Lords and almost every Maas fan would attest to the theory that the ruler of the Night Court, High Lord Rhysand is the handsomest of all. Rhysand is the male protagonist of the first trilogy of the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series. The High Lord with “short blue-black hair, like a raven’s feathers, and violet eyes with flecks of silver like starlight” is said to smell like rain, salt, and citrus.

Undoubtedly, the male who respects our female protagonist’s wishes and capabilities and loves her unconditionally won the hearts of both male and female readers. And while we can only meet Rhys in our imagination and on pages of our books, a blend of scents dedicated to the character might work as a balm to that ache to live in our favorite fantasy worlds.

Each reader thinks of a particular fragrance blend when thinking of this amazingly-written character. I thought to give it a shot by making a Rhysand candle. I imagine him smelling like sea salt wrapped around sweet fragrances of jasmine and orchids, so I used essential oils called sea breeze, orchids, and jasmine for this scented candle.

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The candle – in its looks and appearances – is plain and doesn’t reveal much at first sight, just like the nuanced personality of Rhysand with complex layers of character hidden beneath a stone-cold façade. Given how much I love this character, I might ramble on forever and forget what we are here to talk about. So without much ado, let’s teach you how you can make an ACOTAR-themed Rhysand candle for yourself.

Material Needed:

  • A Black Glass Container (‘Cause you know, the Night Court)
  • A Wood Wick
  • Black Sparkle
  • Soy Wax
  • Essential Oils of Choice (I used sea breeze, orchids, and jasmine)

How to Make ACOTAR-Themed Rhysand Candle at Home

  • Making candles at home is fairly easy if you have a bunch of materials and some knowledge. First, we are going to melt the wax in a pan at medium heat or put it through the double boiler method as we do for chocolate melt
  • Once the wax is melted, add essential oils and choice of color and stir well
  • Add the wick to the container. You can use wick stickers to ensure that the wick doesn’t move
  • Next, preheat the container using a heat gun or hair dryer on warm settings to match the temperature of the wax
  • Then pour in the wax and set it aside for two or three hours        
  • When using essential oils, it is best to let the candle cure for a fortnight before lighting it

And that is pretty much it. Enjoy this sweet-smelling Rhysand candle when you reread the ACOTAR series next time.

Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma

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Listening to her grandmother weaving nighttime tales to penning down her own thoughts, Priya developed a penchant for stories and their origin early in her childhood. After her master's in literature, she started writing copiously on diverse topics including architecture, interior design trends, and home improvement while learning the ropes of copyediting. For the past couple of years, she has been crafting DIYs for Homecrux. Reading novels, painting, and baking are her favorites on her long list of hobbies. She also loves to eat, travel, meet new people, learn about different cultures, and listen to stories.

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