As I’ve been blogging about Christmas candles, almost every single time I get a comment about how expensive scented candles are. I agree! Once you get into bigger brand territory, you’re paying not so much for the candle contents but all the marketing, packaging and store/counter rental and staffing. Those candles have to earn their living. That’s not to say that my eyes don’t light up at the sight of a Jo Malone candle or that I haven’t completely fallen for the new Diptique Resine candle, and it is true that pecentage of oils and quality will vary wildly. But, it’s all very well for me to say when they often come from the press offices for me to review. So, I’ve done a round up of more affordable candles that still make a statement but not so much of a dent in your wallet. The Pineapple Candle above is from Marks and Spencer, has a neroli, lime and basil fragrance, and costs £19.50 HERE. I’d give that house room any day of the week!
Sensichic Candles have a two-tone wax – one of very few brands that use this method – and are generous in their fragrance. They’re hand poured using quality waxes and essential oils and give a clean burn. I’ve got several of these and haven’t ever been disappointed. This one is a tempting blend of cinnamon, apple and vanilla and it comes in at £18.50 HERE.
You’ll spot Stoneglow candles everywhere – they also make for own-brands so the quality is really there. They’re not the most generously scented candles that I’ve come across, but the candle above is a snip at £8 for a 40 hour burn time and is fragranced with sandalwood, amber and vanilla. It certainly looks the part, so I’d be willing to sacrifice a big fragrance in this instance. You can find it HERE.
And finally, here’s how gross out your family at the Christmas dinner table. Who wants to watch while the poor creature’s head burns off? I’m pretty sure this is not what anyone wants to see BUT if you’re tempted (secret Santa) it’s £5 HERE.
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That pineapple candle is amazing – love it. I always get scented candles from TK Maxx or Home Sense, as they will generally have a £30 candle for around £6, which is more like my budget for something that I’m planning to set fire to. You do have to sniff a lot to get the good ones – most of their stock is lovely, but some of them smell like wee and it’s pretty clear why they’ve been reduced.
Nice to see a post like this. I just read one on another blog where the candle was £55.00. I don’t doubt its a gorgeous candle, but frankly, I’m not sure I would pay that much for a candle even if I could afford it.
Great article! I’m happy to pay around 20 quid for a candle – I think it’s still relatively expensive for a candle – but I’m ok with that. I don’t like the very cheap ones that smell like toilet freshener. I occasionally splurge out on a Diptyque or Jo Malone candle, but it’s not my every day candle. I will definitely try the apple and spice candle, it sounds wintery. Also, I will get Space NK’s own brand Christmas candle (it’s under 20 quid as well). I tried it last year and it was gorgeous.
love that pineapple candle! Flamingo Candles are also great for affordable, handmade scented candles.
Another good place for candles is Sainsburys. I got a huge 3 wick scented candle yesterday for £16. They have a really nice selection.
So glad you did a post like this. Everyone is raving about the big brands but a lot of us just simply don’t have that kind of candle budget! The squirrel is just adorable, altough I would feel bad burning him haha :o) x
Funny, I read another blogger stating how disappointed they were in the sillage of the Diptyque Epice candle once lit.
I’m going to need that pineapple! So cute!
I’ve recently discovered Milkhouse candles. £12 for a 35 hour jam jar and £16.49 for a 70 hour quirky ‘milkbottle’, made from natural beeswax and soy wax and such lovely fragrances. Favourites so far are ‘eucalyptus and lavender’ and ‘ginger and fig’. Lucky for me, they are 5 minutes down the road so I can walk in and sniff their many variations of wonderful scents. Unlucky for everyone not in South East London, their website is a little disappointing, but if you can navigate it and decide to order some candles, you won’t be disappointed! http://www.milkhousecandles.co.uk/ (honestly this is not a sponsored or personal link, I just would like to see this local business get some deserved recognition!)