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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