May 12, 2010
As well as their awesome Sanctuary candle they sent me, Buy Green also sent me one of their smaller Pure Beehive candles. Available in the same nine scents like the larger candle, I got the Clarity candle which includes a “Lime and May Chang citrus tonic”.
I’ve no idea what May Chang is, but it smalls lovely, almost edible. Beeswax is a 100% natural and renewable resource that actually cleans the air by emitting purifying negative ions apparently. This is also entirely beeswax and doesn’t contain any paraffin or soy wax.
According to Buy Green “Most candles are made with paraffin, a petroleum by-product, which is not natural and is unhealthy to burn. To prepare it for candle making, it is chemically bleached and hardened, then artificially scented. Burning paraffin emits harmful, black soot and pollutes the air.”
They even sent me some matches to test it. It’ll burn for 35 hours and looks great in the beehive style glass container. Scent is great and later when summer arrives I might try it outside to see if it wards off the bugs.
It also made me hungry… take a look at the full beeswax candle range here.
April 28, 2010
Buy Green is a green online store that I love. I love they send me products in reused boxes (like mobile phone boxes) that I can then reuse myself. The packing peanuts that this latest candle came protected in were reused and also are completely biodegradable by soaking in water. I think I’ll reuse them first though.
The Harmony candle I was sent is an aromatherapy beeswax glassware candles and is 100% Beeswax. There are nine scents:
- Harmony – Lavender and Geranium is a calming, floral blend that promotes balance and relaxation.
- Clarity – Lime and May Chang is a cheerful, citrus tonic that fuels awareness and certainty.
- Enlightenment – Bergamont and Mint is a fresh, energizing union that brings wisdom and clarity.
- Meditation – Rosewood and Cedarwood is a calm, woody aroma that clears the mind and promotes inner peace.
– Radiance – Ylang Ylang and Tangerine is a warm, delightful blend that inspires well being and wisdom.
– Rapture – Patchouli and Cassia is a stirring exotic aroma that arouses passion and renews the spirit.
– Rejuvenation – Sweet Orange and Clove Bud is a spicy, uplifting medley that revives and restores inner strength.
– Sensuality – Palmarosa and Geranium is a warm, floral blend that relieves anxiety and sparks desire.
– Vitality – Lemongrass and Grapefruit is a zesty, refreshing fusion that stimulates the senses and restores the spirit.
So what is the candle like? It’s bigger and heavier than expected and smells great, as you would expect. I like it because it’s 100% beeswax, no paraffin added to bulk it up. Strangely I think it smells less when burning, though that’s probably because I’m not sat right next to it. While I have never found inner strength from any candle I think it’s nice and relaxing and covers up food cooking smells really well.
This was is $22 but lasts 120 hours so value for money and none of that harmful black soot. Get it from Buy Green.
January 20, 2010
Alas, this is the last candle we have to review from Scented Candle Shop. Each one has been pretty decent in its own right, from tea lights to floating candles and to ones like this, a premium glass aromatherapy candle.
Made by Canova, this is an eco-soy wax candle with natural essential oils and a natural wick. What’s also nice to see is the recycled glass, which may account for the premium price, and the box is also made from recycled cardboard.
Hand poured in the UK, this particular scent is called Brainwave and is designed to “achieve that extra genius in love, work or play”. To do that it includes rosemary (to produce “mental clarity)< lemongrass (to "induce a state of calm") and neroli (to "stimulate the intellect").
What it all adds up to is a lovely smell, sort of fresh and fruity. When lit the smell doesn't dominate a room and doesn't really work as something to mask bad smells, but within a few feet of it the smell is lovely.
I'm not sure whether it helped my grey cells out at all but I quite liked it and with 50 hours of burning time it'll be around for a while. It's melts quite slowly with a very liquidy wax as soy wax goes and the flame is nice and bright.
The Canova Aromatherapy Candle costs £11.69 from the Scented Candle Shop.
October 26, 2009
Believe it or not, when the Scented Candle Shop sent this candle to be reviewed, an argument broke out. After smelling this Seda France Bon Chic candle everyone wanted to take it home and review.
Of course I won and I’m glad I did. It’s lovely. My previous favourite smelling candle was the Method Soy Candle – which although the wick is burnt out still smells gorgeous – but this is just as lovely. The flavour is plum apricot leaf which means I have no idea whether it smells like it should do, all I know is that I love the smell.
And the scent stays around when it’s lit too, unlike a lot of candles, you immediately notice it as you walk into a room. It may only be a little candle in a tin but it packs a punch. The wax is eco-friendly soy wax so as I’ve said before be careful if you knock it over as the wax turns clear. Although it never gets that hot so you don’t need to worry on that score.
Available in a range of fragrances I would recommend trying them all. The cute packaging would make it a great gift but I’d want to keep it for myself if I was you.
The Seda France Bon Chic candle costs £9.74 from the Scented Candle Shop.
October 12, 2009
These St Eval As Nature Intended Scented Candles were scent by the Scented Candle Shop whose range of candles seems to have no end.
This is a triple pack which I lit together but each of the glass jars has a different scent – jasmine and rosewood, hay meadow and fig tree. Each glass votive is beautifully presented with a felt/material butterfly on the outside. The wax itself is vegetable wax and the wick is natural cotton. And the whole lot is handmade in Cornwall in the UK.
The scents come from essential oils and as I mentioned together they give out a lovely smell. One of those that you don’t notice when you sit in the room, but go out and back in and you really notice it.
As with this type of wax it goes very translucent when lit, but you don’t notice as it’s in the glass, you just have to careful not to knock them over on a worktop as you really can’t see where it went!
These St Eval As Nature Intended Scented Candles cost £18.99, slightly expensive but are more of a gift or a treat than some of the others we’ve reviewed.
September 24, 2009
This candle from Scented Candle Shop is a little different from all the others we’ve reviewed it is housed in a glass jar.
There’s not much difference though, it’s still 100% organic plant wax handmade from a natural, sustainable plant source. There’s no petroleum based paraffin wax or animal products involved either. All this makes for a very runny wax when the candle is lit so the jar format works very well. The top half centimetre or so melts and turns a little darker than the rest of the candle which is actually quite a nice effect.
The weight of the glass is also an advantage as any little knocks on the candles housed in little tins or pots and suddenly you have near invisible wax over the table or on the floor. This ins’t the case with this one but I did check to see how hot the wax is and once again it’s not hot at all so if you did spill it on you, you’ll be okay.
The scent is quite delicate actually, until you get extremely close when you can smell the apple more strongly.
With a 50 hour burning time and being eco-friendly, it’s hard to fault this candle. The scent could maybe be stronger but I’m not sure you’d want that really.
Heaven Scent Spiced Apple Jar Candle cost £6.29 and is available from the Scented Candle Shop.
September 7, 2009
The candle produces a subtle and relaxing aroma that I can only describe a lovely cross between lemon and incense. Rest assured that the fresh, lemony scent does not smell like cleaning products and unlike other scented candles, is not over-powering. In fact, the aroma may even be a bit too subtle, and it is advisable to place the candle close-by to ensure that you can fully enjoy the scent.
The packaging claims that the patchouli candle is ‘meditative’. I’m not particularly into meditation myself but if you are type of person who likes to light candles to unwind then this is definitely one for you. It would certainly provide a lighter alternative to burning incense.
The candle is made from 100% natural sustainable wax, plant source and essential oil. However, it does come in a plastic pot, which not only reduces the candle’s eco-credentials somewhat (presumably it’s lighter and easier for travelling around, hence the name), but the pot does get pretty hot as the candle is left burning, making it difficult to move around.
The great thing about this candle is that is very self-contained. The wax and oil sit low in the pot so there is no need to worry about dripping wax anywhere. This also means that once blown out, the melted candle then solidifies, ready to be burned and enjoyed again.
The Heaven Scent Patchouli Travel Candle is available from the Scented Candle Shop and costs £3.59.