Review: Wickford & Co – Cherry Blossom & Jasmine Luxury Scented Candle Jar

Hey dolls, sorry ’bout being on the missing list the last few weeks but I have had the worst few weeks ever and it has sent me off track,  my laptop decided to break and then my phone broke so I had to save to replace them – it’s been so hard, technology is addictive, right? So, brand new laptop, new phone (which means better photo’s – my last phone was RUBBISH) and it’s bloggy time! I’m just doing a quick little candle review today to get me back into the swing of things…

When I pop into Home Bargains, I always pick a couple of candles up – I love how cheap they all are and they are also great value for money. I picked up a Cherry Blossom & Jasmine large candle jar by HB candle brand Wickford & Co for £2.99. They also have tumblers for 99p, small jars for 69p, votives for about 39p I think as well as wax melts and scented tea-lights. I love Wickford & Co candles, I think I have had every scented candle they have done and I always re-buy them as you can tell by my posts – they are a great alternative to more expensive candle brands like Yankee Candles, which cost a lot, lot more.

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The Cherry Blossom & Jasmine candle I bought comes in a clear large jar with a glass lid and it is filled with a sweet smelling lilac coloured wax. There is a clear sticker/label on the front of the tumbler which features a gorge gold Wickford & Co logo and it has a pretty picture of some pink flowers (I think they are cherry blossom flowers?). It also states that the candle will burn for upto 95 hours which is true and I’ve had mine for well over two weeks now and I light it every night.

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The jar and the label look quite expensive too and you would never guess by looking at it that it was only £2.99.

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When lit, the candle does smell sweet and slightly floral but it’s not an overpowering scent and to be honest I could hardly smell anything at all after a while. Like I have said about the other Wickford & Co Candles which I have reviewed – I’m not sure if it’s a soy wax candle or a paraffin one so I’m guessing it’s made with parrafin wax as it’s much cheaper than soy wax. This candle doesn’t smell as strong as some of the others I have tried but it does look pretty so I will buy it again – but it’s not my first choice candle from the brand.

I love my candles, I love getting all cozy of an evening, watching TV or listening to music with a couple of candles lit – so relaxing.  Wickford & Co candles are right up there with my favourite candle brands, they smell lovely, they look pretty and they are budget-friendly and cheap.

You can read my reviews for some other Wickford & Co scented candles by clicking HERE

Have you tried Wickford & Co Candles before? What did you think? Yay or nay?

Lots Of Love

kaatie


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Review: Beautiful Home – Frozen Berries Fragranced Oil Burner Set From B&M

Hey gorgeous girls, I bought this gorgeous little oil burner set last week in one of my B&M hauls and it was love at first sight – have you seen how pretty it looks. I’m a sucker for candles, wax melts, oil burners and fragrance oils so when I saw the Frozen Berries Fragranced Oil Burner Set from the Beautiful Home collection for just £5.99, I had to buy it, even though I have tons of oil burners already.  Can you ever have too many?

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The oil burner set comes in gorgeous glittery packaging which is pretty enough to be given as a gift to someone – it’s definitely worth getting a few of these in for Christmas gifts. Inside the glittery box is a gorgeous, creamy-white ceramic oil burner which has heart and star cutouts, 4 glittery tealights and a frozen berries fragrance oil.

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Oil burners are easy to use – you just half fill the reservoir at the top with water and add a few drops of the scented oil and then light a tea light and place it at the bottom of the oil burner. The frozen berries scented oil smells absolutely lush. I have also been using this oil burner with some of my wax melts too and I love how pretty it looks, especially at night-time when you can see the tealight glowing through the star and heart cutouts. I really love my little oil burner set and I would definitely recommend it.

Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money.

Where To Buy: You can buy it at your local B&M store for £5.99.


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Review: Wickford & Co – Vanilla Snowflake Luxury Scented Candle (99p – Home Bargains)

So in my Home Bargains haul yesterday I picked up the gorgeous Vanilla Snowflake scented candle by Wickford & Co for just 99p. I was looking for some of the large jars,  you know the ones that are £2.99 but they were completely sold out of all scents – they only had these glass tumbler candles left. I love Wickford & Co candles and they are a great alternative to more expensive candle brands like Yankee Candles for instance – which come with a hefty price tag. So, if you have never had one get down to your local Home Bargains and pick some up. They do sell out quite quickly though!

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The Vanilla Snowflake candle comes in a clear glass tumbler and it is filled with 3/4 of creamy-white wax. There is a clear sticker/label on the front of the tumbler which features a gorge gold Wickford & Co logo and it has a pretty picture of some vanilla, snowflakes and flowers. The glass tumbler and the label looks quite expensive and you would never guess by looking at it that it was only 99p. When I have used the candle I will be keeping the jar for my DIY homemade candles as it is a good size and looks good. I love to recycle and I love to make my own candles so I keep my used candle jars, clean them up and it saves me a bit of money from buying new jars. Genius, huh?

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The candle itself smells like sweet, creamy vanilla and it is just beautiful. The scent is not as potent or long-lasting as Yankee Candles but you can still pick up the scent nonetheless and it makes the room smell lovely and cozy. If your the crazy type of erson who doesn’t actually light your candles and you just use them for display/decoration then these will really look amazing. I’m not sure if it’s a soy wax candle or a paraffin one as it doesn’t say on the bottom like it does with the big jars – so I’m guessing it’s made with parrafin wax as it’s much cheaper than soy wax. It also doesn’t say how long it burns for so I’ll have to put it to the test and update this post when I’ve done so.

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You will probably know already how much I love my candles and Wickford & Co candles are up there with my favourite brands. They are so popular and I haven’t met anybody who doesn’t like their candles. They smell lush, they look good and they are budget-friendly and cheap. They really do look and smell pretty and this Vanilla Snowflake candle would make the perfect Christmas gift. I’ll be buying a ton more to hand out as gifts this Christmas.

Oh, and just to let you guys know, although they had sold out of all the other scents – they still had loads of the ‘Halloween’ candles left. You can read my review for it here.

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Budget Yankee Candle Dupe: Wickford & Co – Halloween Candle From Home Bargains (£2.99)

I absolutely love my candles and there is nothing better than relaxing on an autumn/winter night with a gorgeous smelling candle lit. I was over the moon when I spotted these ‘Halloween‘ themed candle by Wickford & Co sitting on the shelves in Home Bargains and for just £2.99, you know that I had to get myself one.

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Wickford & Co candles are probably one of my fave candle brands ever, simply down to the fact that they are budget-friendly, Yankee Candle dupes. They look so similar to Yankee Candles which cost around £24 for a large jar and the same size Wickford & Co candles cost a fraction of that price at just under £3.


Thoughts:

The Halloween Candle by Wickford & Co comes in a large, glass mason jar which has a glass lid. On the front of the candle it has a clear sticker on it which features a gold ‘Wickford & Co’ logo and has a cute pumpkin image on it too.

There is a bit of info at the bottom of the glass jar which mainly tells you about warnings, precautions, etc… plus it says what the candle contains – although it doesn’t say what type of wax the candle is made from so I’m guessing it is paraffin wax, but don’t quote me on that. It is a 95-hour candle which will last for ages – 95 hours is like, what, four whole days. So if you leave it to burn constantly, it will last four days! Wow!

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The Halloween scented candle itself is a bright orange colour and I can’t really work out how to describe the scent. It is very sweet-smelling and my first thought was that it smells like candy or lollipops. It lingers too, not as much as Yankee Candles but it’s potent enough that it can be picked up by the nose. I left my candle burning at home when I took my two dogs out for a 10 minute walk and when I come back home I could smell the scent all over my apartment.

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I’ve lost count of how many Wickford & Co candles I’ve bought over the years and there is a little review already on my blog for the winter/Christmas themed candles (Warm Apple & Cinnamon, Mulled Wine and Gingerbread) which you can read HERE.

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I love Home Bargains as you genuinely do pick up some bargains for the home and their Wickford & Co candles are just gorgeous and fabulous. I definitely recommend them and if you’re popping into your local HB anytime soon… don’t forget to pay the candle aisle a little visit as you will not be disappointed. I am soooo excited for Halloween now and I’ll be picking a few more candles up next time I pop into Home Bargains.


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Oh and not to forget… I also bought myself a USB long, candle-lighter as I find it difficult getting my hands into candle jars to light them up. This candle lighter is so easy to use and has saved me from bruised hands and knuckles many-a-times. I got it HERE if you guys are interested. I think it was £19.99 and because you charge it by USB it doesn’t need refilling with fuel so it’s perfect.

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Budget Yankee Candle Alternatives: Wickford & Co Christmas Candles – Gingerbread, Mulled Wine, Apple & Cinnamon

Christmas is coming to town kids…

 So you know I had to get the candles in to get me into the swing of things. I love Christmas. I love my candles, any candles to be fair… but, you really can’t beat Christmas candles can you? There’s nothing better and nothing cozier than lighting a candle to get into the Christmas spirit.

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I bought three very large Wickford & Co candles from Home Bargains yesterday and at only £2.99 each for a large jar with around 95 hours burn time – they really are a bargain. You would pay over £20 for a same-sized Yankee Candle. Although these aren’t as strong smelling as Yankees but they are still smellable, Yankees are so potent. I love my Yankee’s but they can be expensive especially when you’re the type of person who has candles lit of a DAY and of a night when I’m home, continuously non-stop – #obsessedwithcandles.

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Mulled Wine – I’m not usually a mulled wine drinker but this candle smells lovely. It has a rich aroma and I might even be tempted to get some Mulled Wine in this Christmas.

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Apple Cinnamon. – Smells like baked apple pie with a hint of cinnamon. This has a girly sweet aroma and I love it. Delish!

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Gingerbread – Without a doubt my favourite candle out of the three that I bought. This candle smells like you have just walked into a bakery on Christmas Eve – absolutely gorgeous. It is so lovely and has a sweet aroma exactly like gingerbread biscuits. It has made me want to eat some gingerbread men. Yum!

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If your liking these gorgeous Christmas fragranced candles, head down to your local Home Bargains store before they sell out. I almost had a punch up over the last Gingerbread candle, so be quick and be prepared to rumble and pounce if you have to ha. I’ll be getting a couple more in for myself and to give as little gifts to all the ladies in my life as I think they will like them just as much as I do.

Hopefully, next time I pop into HB they will still have some left. I think they are fabulous and I would be very happy if I was gifted one of these candles this Christmas.

Hint hint.

 You can read my review for the Wickford & Co. ‘Halloween’ Candle HERE.



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Candlemaking Craft Kit – House Of Crafts – Review

 

Hey ladies!

This one is for the crafters and candle obsessives out there. I had so much fun yesterday making DIY candles with my actual own two hands using the Candlemaking Craft Kit from House Of Craft and I thought I’d fill you guys in and show you what I made. This craft kit was a gift from the boyfriend and I think it is probably the best thing he has ever bought me. Forget designer shoes, forget delicious cupcakes, this girl loves being gifted craft kits! Mikey’s a keeper! 😍

What is it?

‘The craft of candlemaking is a fascinating and absorbing pastime with an endless variety of designs, colours and techniques available. This kit contains all the materials needed to create an elegant and colourful selection of traditional and floating candles with added fragrance.’ – House Of Crafts.

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Contents:

Wax Pellets
Candle Moulds
Coloured Dyes
Fragrance Oil
Bulb Pipette
Wicks
4 Wick Rods,
Mould Seale,
Instructions (English/French/Italian).

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Suitable for vegetarians.

What did I make?

I made these: woohoo!

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I thought I would try make jar candles with the leftover wax after making the moulded ones and I actually liked the jars better, I just sealed one end of the candle wick to the inside of the jar using superglue and I then poured the wax into the jars, wrapped the wick around the little ‘lollipop’.

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I labelled 3 of the jars with chalkboard stickers, cut them to size and wrote on them with chalk pens. I love them! I really like the jar ones better than the moulded ones.

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I got my little jars here. I got the stickers and pens here. My lavender essential oil here, my rosemary essential oil here and my lemon essential oil here.

What did I think?

I loved it! I was browsing on Amazon UK for the individual stuff to make candles and I just didn’t know where to start or what to buy. This kit has give me the confidence and the incentive to buy all the essentials I need to make DIY candles. The instructions were easy to read and follow and it has lots of great tips for decoration too.

I didn’t like the fragrance which was included so I just used it in one candle to see how it smelled, at first it smelled like a strong aftershave but after lighting the ‘fragranced’ candle, it does smell lovely and floral. I used essential oils for my other candles and played around with the 3 dyes to create different coloured candles.

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There is a good amount of paraffin wax pellets too and they come packed in a resealable bag. I made about six candles altogether plus two small floating candles.

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I struggled with the candle wicks at first as I found it so tricky to pull it through, but after one or two go’s I eventually got the hang of it. Then disaster struck. I forgot to place the mould sealant (blu tak) at the bottom of the tray before I poured the liquid wax in and it leaked a little bit, so if you do decide to buy this, make sure you remember to seal it beforehand so you don’t lose any melted wax. If you have any jars, you could use them if you prefer!

I think they look great considering it was my first time making DIY candles and I do love the funky shapes and especially my little jars! After lighting them I just sat back and admired my handy work, I was so proud of myself and my apartment looked like a cathedral. I loved it! Haha. They burned slow, so they lasted quite a while and they smell so beautiful too and look pretty when they are lit.

Who I’d recommend it for?

Definitely beginners! This is not a kit for someone who already knows the ins and outs of candlemaking but it is a great starter kit for those new to candlemaking and it would make an amazing gift for anybody who loves candles, DIY craft projects and those wishing to learn the basics.

Where to buy it?

On Amazon UK – I got mine here.

Who would love to make their own candles?

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: This craft kit was a gift from my boyfriend.