Wednesday, 20 January 2016

My Top 3 Candles




Despite the fact I'm not technically allowed them in my flat, I am absolutely addicted to candles (as a lot of bloggers seem to be) so it seems odd that I haven't written about them before today. The three candles featured in this post are my absolute favourite ones in my little collection. It may come as a surprise to some of my readers that none of these candles are made by what seems to be the favourite candle company among bloggers (and I do admit to owning a few myself) - Yankee Candle. Although known for their vast selection of strong scents, Yankee Candle do fall short on one aspect; their ingredients, all of which are synthetic. The candles featured in this post are ones which appeal to me not only because they smell divine but also because they are all-natural. They're also perfect for those who,like me, aren't so much a fan of floral scents. I have a weakness for all things sweet and edible smelling and these candles all tick both of these boxes.

The first candle is one who's maker I am sorry to say I cannot remember. This was picked up for me as a Christmas present at a craft market near my home at university. As such, it was made by a very small company as can be seen in the lovely personal touches on the packaging, from the handwritten label and the twine tied around the jar, which really show the love and care that have been put into its manufacture. The scent is unlike any other candles I own and is much what you'd expect from a candle called 'The Nutcracker' - very sweet and nutty. The name and packaging both also demonstrate that this candle was intended to have a Christmas theme and it is certainly a scent which I think suits cosy winter nights. And when is a better time to light a candle?

The next candle is one who's brand name I'm happy to say I do know the name of - Dutch Apple by Blaze On. This is a candle which I picked up at Camden Market and was sold to me by a very enthusiastic and hilarious salesman who was also a magician....only at Camden, ay? As well as the luxurious mulberry paper upholstered packaging and the fact that it smells like apple pie fresh from the oven (anyone else hungry now?), what I really love about this candle is the 100% natural wax which he even demonstrated, once melted, could be used as hand cream because it is so natural and moisturizing. Bonkers, right? A candle and beauty product in one! It is limited edition but still currently available and Blaze On has a great selection of other candles which you can check out here. 

The final candle on my list is 'Cherry Cherry' by Potters Crouch Candles which, at a similar price to Yankee Candles, is pretty affordable, and comes in a cute little tin with a pictures of cherries on the lid. These candles are actually made in the same county as where I live when not at university, so it's great to have a locally made candle which reminds me of home. Again, the ingredients are of course all natural and the essential oils used in this particular candle are highly scented, making it the strongest smelling candle I own. However, because it does not smell at all synthetic, this is not too overpowering.  Besides the strength of its smell, an impressive aspect of this candle is it's burn time which, at approximately 50 hours, is twice the length of most candles of a similar size! A strong cherry scent may not be for everyone but Potters Crouch have a great variety of candles and I would recommend them for their burn time alone so check out their website to view the rest of their range. 

Do you own any of the candles on this list? What are your top 3 favourite candles?


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26 comments :

  1. Personally, I love IKEA candles. Though I'm guessing they must be incredibly synthetic as well, I've never checked tbh. :D
    I am very seasonal when it comes to candles, too - I don't think I'd particularly like burning cinnamon and vanilla candles in the height of summer, for example. IKEA does this candle that basically smells like cookie dough - I love it to bits. <3
    I've never seen candles anywhere in Camden (or maybe I just didn't pay attention to the stalls) - wherabuts did you find it?

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  2. They look really pretty, I'm not hugely into candles anymore, I used to be but I've started getting a bit sensitive to them so I tend to burn plain ones now just for the look.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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  3. Lovely post! I love a good candle! x

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  4. I luuuurv a candle! I usually opt for a yankee candles!

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  5. I luuuurv a candle! I usually opt for a yankee candles!

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  6. The packaging for the Blaze On candle was enough to win me over, then I read the part about it also being a hand cream and I'm 100% sold!

    Maxine, xo
    maxinewhitneyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's a great candle! Always makes me hungry when I burn it though :')

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  7. Love candles they really make a room! <3
    Chloe xx
    http://chloebee1.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I haven't heard of these brands - I love Yankee Candles x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  9. I'm obsessed with candles too! When I received the Yankee Candle Christmas house votive gift set at Christmas I was over the moon! M&S do some lovely ones too x

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  10. I also have a candle obsession! I swear you can never have too many. Surprisingly, my favourites are the coconut and vanilla from Primark, along with the gorgeous Yankee Candles and the more luxury Diptyque. I love the sound of The Nutcracker! x

    Bridie | The Same Old Chic

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    1. I have the coconut and vanilla one from Primark! Love it!

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  11. Can never go wrong with a few candles!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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  12. They are such beautiful candles. I love discovering niche brands like these xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  13. I've never actually heard of any of these brands before, although I do love hearing about niche small brands. For now though I love Yankee Candles! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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  14. Those candles look awesome.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  15. These candles sound so good! Love the sound of the one from camden market - like the fact that it's got multiple purposes!

    Hana | www.hanarosella.blogspot.co.uk ♥

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  16. Lovely post. Personally I love ikea candles. My top fragrance must be relaxing zen! and peach and jasmin, Thank you for sharing this with us darling. Visit me www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk whenever you can. Kisses, Dominica S. xXx

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  17. Oh gosh they look so pretty -and perfect for Valentine's! Happy Valentine's Day lovely!! x

    Love,
    Whit

    http://www.whitneyswonderland.com

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  18. I love buying handmade candles with woodwicks they're my absolute fav!

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  19. These candles look so pretty! Lovely post xx

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  20. Candles look amazing, I must try these, lovely blog :)
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  21. these all sound really nice! I love candles so much :)

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  22. I love candles that lean towards sea breeze and other 'tangy' type of scents, the cherry one looks promising!


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  23. Good post, love this sharing so much, thank you!

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