Saturday, 29 October 2011

Candle, Candle Burning Bright

I'm a sucker for a scented candle. My all time favourites are by Diptyque. I love everything about them: the smell, the packaging, the branding, but not the price - £38 is a whole chunk of cash, for a single, solitary candle. If you're wanting to buy me a present and are stuck for ideas, this'll do nicely, ta. They are good quality though - even when un-lit they fragrance a room. This one is my favourite, a mix of rose and blackcurrant:
In a random job (I've had a few) a long time ago, I went on a Diptyque training session, and have been a loyal fan ever since. And whilst I had my staff discount, I indulged - here's the fruits of my labour in my living room:
And on a boring note - keep on top of your wick maintenance - it'll literally stop your hard earned money from going up in smoke. Trim regularly, so that the wick doesn't get too long, which results in black smoke marks up your walls. It'll also prevent uneven burning of the wax, which can make it burn too fast.

But back in the real world, I have searched elsewhere for my wax fix in an effort to spend less than the price of a pair of shoes on a candle, and TK Maxx has proved to be a trusty supplier. I am kept in plentiful supply of this vintage looking number by Tocca which can be as little as £6.99 - lovely packaging and good choice of fragrances too.
Another brand always at TK is Bahoma - you literally can't move in the candle section for these beauties, that are on average £5.99, and yet sell for £25.95 on the Bahoma website. They burn well and give a good strong smell, and I like the plain, unfussy clear glass votive. Black Fig is my favourite, and always easy to get hold of.

But if the thought of a visit to TK Maxx is too much, the La Maison de Senteurs candles by good old M&S are worth a fiver, and even have 25% off at the moment. I like the lavender one, which isn't "old lady" smelling at all:

Alternatively, if it's good enough for Her Majesty, it's good enough for me. Price's have been making candles for years, and I love the utility packaging and fresh, clean smell of their Open Window candle. You can pick it up in Waitrose for £4.95. Check out their Heritage range too.

Bargain basement award goes to Waitrose's Blossom Candle, from their Essential range, at a penny pinching £2.20. You've got to love that price point. Doesn't smell cheap, and looks tasteful in its plain glass votive. Doesn't last for quite as long as the others, or smell as strong, but for £2.20, you can't hold a candle to it (soz about the bad pun).
Go forth and purchase. x

1 comment:

  1. Such useful candle advice. Cugsley was inspired to purchase a Bahoma one as part of a joint 40th b'day present for a married couple friend of his! Thank you Trabsey. Love, Jonesy xx