(Yes, I know it sounds crazy- a whole blog post dedicated to candles, but if you’re anything like me you will understand.)
Besides tealights and plain pillar candles, I had never bought a good quality scented candle before. To me, candles were there to help me see my textbook during loadshedding (hello, Matric 2015), and other than that they looked pretty at night. That was before I bought my first few Village Candles.
A medium-sized jar has up to 105 hours of fragrance, which is actually a lot if you are alternating between a few candles. I prefer this size because I can get bored of the same scent very quickly. All Village Candles have two wicks, which I think is great because the scent is released faster and it burns evenly every time. Of course, you need to ensure that you are allowing your candles enough time to burn to the edge of the jar in order to prevent a “memory ring” or burning a hole down the middle.
My first two Village Candles were very autumnal because of the current season. I also bought one for my mom, Black Bamboo, which I have not written about here.
While browsing through the different options, I knew that a pumpkin candle would be at the top of my list! I mean, there’s nothing more autumnal than pumpkin, right? I was curious about what it would really smell like because pumpkins alone aren’t actually that great a smell. Nevertheless, I popped a medium-sized Spiced Pumpkin candle into my cart.
According to Village Candle’s website, Spiced Pumpkin consists of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Here’s what they have to say:
“Good cooks (and great candle makers) know the tantalizing secret to the best pumpkin pie is the spice (a moderate but enriching amount of cinnamon.) A great scented candle for fall.”
When I first smelt this candle I felt a bit sick. The scent is overwhelmingly strong, slightly spicy and sickeningly sweet (how’s that for alliteration?), however, it did not smell artificial. When I light it, the scent fills my bedroom within minutes. It is still very strong, but not as strong. What I love about this candle is that, when lit, it smells like smashed pumpkin with a dash of cinnamon (yum!). I assume that is what pumpkin pie smells like too?
Everything about the candle is good and it is absolutely perfect for autumn, so in the end it all comes down to your personal preference with regards to scent. I am still in two minds about whether or not I would actually repurchase this, but I would highly recommend it if, like my mom, you enjoy the smell of sweet pumpkin and cinnamon!
Warm Apple Pie
After choosing the Spiced Pumpkin candle I allowed myself to choose one more. It was tough because I was torn between Mulled Cider, Apples & Acorns, Cozy Home, and Warm Apple Pie. I decided to choose the latter because the sound of it made me want to eat it. I wasn’t as curious about the scent of this candle, however I was nervous about the apple smelling too artificial (remember those fruity glitter pens?).
According to Village Candle’s website, Warm Apple Pie consists of baked apple, vanilla and cinnamon. Here’s what they have to say:
Grandma’s kitchen in autumn—who can forget? Sweet, crunchy apples rolled in cinnamon and cloves, folded into a perfect piecrust. As it bakes, the entire house fills with anticipation. Bring back that wonderful memory every time you light this candle.
I immediately fell in love with the scent of this candle! It smells exactly like the description: baked apples (yes, baked!), vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon for a little extra spice. The scent is not as strong as Spiced Pumpkin, meaning that it takes a little longer to fill up my room, but my home always smells like freshly baked apple pie within a few minutes. I have had no problem with this candle smelling artificial.
Warm Apple Pie is also an autumn essential in the candle department. It is definitely my favourite between the two based solely on my personal preference with regards to scent, so I would definitely repurchase it!
I bought my Village Candles from Creative Candles, which is an online store selling both Village Candles and Kringle Candles. It actually says that they sell Yankee Candles too, but I haven’t seen any on their site for the past few months. They have a decent selection of small, medium and large jars, without an over-the-top markup. The full price of medium-sized candles is R295, but when I bought these candles they had a 22% discount (making it R230) AND a clearance sale (making it R180), so the medium-sized jars were only R10 more than the full-priced small jars (R170)! The small jars are currently R160 due to a 5,88% discount. A large jar is R365, but there is currently a 26% discount making them only R270 each. Although they have quite a price tag, these are hardly as expensive as some other scented candles on the market (have you read this post from Kiss, Blush and Tell?). I received my order within two days (I actually think that it was the next day) and the jars were safely wrapped up, each accompanied by a matching car air freshener/fragrance thing. Delivery was about R100.
I am currently deciding on a few Village Candles for winter. Here are the ones that I am interested in:
- Holiday Wreathe
- Christmas Tree
- Cozy Home
- Nantucket Cranberry
- Balsam Fir
- Mulled Cider
- Wish Upon A Star
- Forest Pine
I might even get a few Kringle Candles, like these:
- Peppermint Kiss
- Snow Capped Fraser
- Wild Hollyberry