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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