I was originally planning for this post to be a full on Christmas candle review – examples of candles from different shops, scent descriptions, praise to my favourites etc. My bank account disagreed heartily. So in the spirit of still being able to afford presents for my family, I had to give in and just get them from one shop, and not go to town on the whole idea!
The first time I ever bought a scented candle from Primark, I was 18 years old and I gave it to my now-ex boyfriend. I thought it smelt nice at the time but I soon discovered it was cheap for a reason – lighting it gave off no smell. Fast forward 7 years and in my much more adult life, we had a blown bulb in our bathroom and we couldn’t get it out. Knowing we couldn’t use the bathroom in the dark, we needed candles, and stat! I told Tom to get some from Primark on his way home from work – they didn’t need to be good, just needed to light. What he bought shocked me – they were well scented, beautifully packaged, burned cleanly and lasted ages. The bulb has since been replaced and the candles have been re-placed in different rooms of the house. Once lit they fill the room with floral fragrance and are beautiful to look at!
So when it came to needing a few candles for a festive candle review, I knew I could trust Primark. Admittedly, I half arsed it when I saw the heaving crowds in Primark at midday on a Tuesday, grabbing the best 2 out of 3 on the first display I found. I didn’t even make it to the Home department. Don’t judge me…
The 2 candles I grabbed were a tin can style candle, with the scent Salted Caramel Brownie, and a mason jar style candle, with the scent Winter Spice. Winter Spice is further defined by being apparently “Frosted Cinnamon”, although I’m not sure I agree with that, and will get onto that in a moment.
The Salted Caramel Brownie candle cost £4, and has a 55 hour burn time. It smells exactly as you think it would, and burns really cleanly. The scent fills the room and although I don’t think it’s the most festive scent, I do really like it. If I haven’t burned through the whole candle before Christmas is over, I know it’ll still make my living room feel cosy and warm for the rest of winter.
I also love the way it’s presented, with the gold painted tin can and simple black and white label. The simplicity of the design is surprisingly effective, and I love how it looks on my mantelpiece. The muted gold tone of the can means it fits into any room or colour scheme. The only issue I have is I prefer to put out a candle using a lid, allowing the scent to linger and not be overpowered by the smell of a blown-out candle. Some people love that smell, but I hate that it wipes out the candle scent that’s spent hours building up.
But overall, for £4, I can’t complain about a lack of lid!
The Winter Spice Candle supposedly smells like Frosted Cinnamon, but I thinks it’s got more of a winter berry scent behind it. It’s very sweet smelling, with very little cinnamon. It still smells amazing, but I wouldn’t say the defining scent is as described. It’s strong, fills a room quickly, but is subtle enough to not be overpowering. And it definitely feels like a festive scent, which is just what we want!
Out of the two, this is my favourite, despite the misleading title. The mason jar packaging looks effective and the red colouration is beautiful, and very Christmassy! It also has a lid, although the catch often gets stuck open. I only paid £5 for this candle, so I can forgive the catch being the candle’s worst feature! And it’s not like I can’t open it full stop!
Overall, if you want Christmas candles that won’t break the bank, you can’t do much better than Primark! Both of these candles do an amazing job at filling a room with a soft, festive scent, and look fabulous in the room. If you want Christmas candles on a budget you seriously can”t go wrong with these!
What Christmas scents do you like in a candle?
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