Village Candle Haul

For my birthday I decided to treat myself to some new candles. This brilliant plan came to me out of nowhere close to 10PM on a Monday night, so my only option was to shop online.

I’m no stranger to online shopping, but choosing candle fragrances purely by their descriptions is no joke. I eventually found this blog that helped a little – the author describes scents well, and she doesn’t necessarily let her own tastes dominate the reviews.

First things first though – so many people wanted to know where I bought the candles from. I ordered them from Creative Candles – they stock various sizes of Yankee Candles and Village Candles in a fair variety of fragrances. They also have candle accessories and some odds and ends from Kringle. Their candles always seem to be slightly discounted, but the real score is that large Village Candles were less 25% – that made them R270 each instead of R365 (I just checked and they’re still less 25%). I tend to mostly buy large jars because they’re the best value – although I’ll sometimes go for medium jars if I’m very iffy about the scent or if I want to stock up on a variety of them.

I don’t particularly like the way the Village or Yankee Candles look – I buy them purely for their scents. I’m very fussy with the scents around me as I quickly find things to be headachy or suffocating, but I’ve started experimenting a bit more and so far I haven’t regretted one candle purchase I’ve made. Here are the three candles I chose this time round:

Orange Dreamsicle

Orange Dreamsicle is burning in my living room today. It took me a while to figure out but it pretty much smells like a Fanta ice cream float. There’s a very fresh/zingy/zesty citrus note, and there’s also a substantial sweet and creamy vanilla scent that comes through. It’s not a very strong or overpowering scent, but it carries well. I’m not aware of it the whole time when I’m in the room and I’ve never felt the need to move the candle away or put it out after a few hours, but I definitely notice it when I was out and I walk back into the room.

summer slices and orange dreamsicle village candles

Summer Slices

The candle I couldn’t wait to light was Summer Slices. It had just started getting warmer when I ordered these, I’d packed away my winter clothes and I was feeling the fresher summer vibe. I wasn’t disappointed – there’s a lot of watermelon, some cucumber, and a very slight bit of woody freshness that often goes with aqua scents. The fragrance throw is surprisingly good for such a ‘fresh’ scent, and at the moment it’s my favourite of the three.

Pure Linen

I can’t stay away from linen/laundry/washing powder scents, so I added Pure Linen to my shopping basket. It’s not as soapy fresh as I would have wanted it to be – instead it has more of a creamy cologne scent added to it. I’m still happy with it and I love burning it in my bedroom as it smells clean, calm and happy. If you’re after a more intense laundry scent, Yankee Candle Fluffy Towels is a good option.

pure linen village candle

Village Candles VS Yankee Candles

So many people have asked me about the difference between these two candle brands. To start, they look almost identical. Locally they’re priced the same. Both have a large variety of scents to choose from.

The differences only start arising when they burn. Large Yankee Candles have one wick, where Village Candles have two. This means that Village Candles will burn faster, but you’ll also get their scent faster. I find Yankee Candles to be a little fussier – I need to burn them for a good 4 hours to get an even melting pool, and I need to trim the wicks often. I hardly ever trim Village Candle wicks and there’s usually an even melting pool after an hour to 90 minutes.

Both have their benefits – Yankee Candles definitely has a longer burn time due to their single wick, and them being less waxy than Village Candles. Village Candles will likely get a scent around your room quicker, which means you don’t necessarily have to burn them for extended periods.

One last very bizarre thing I would like to mention is that with certain scents I can smell the waxiness of the Village Candles – I haven’t experienced it that often so I’m not sure if it’s when candles are old or if it just comes through with some of them.

Creative Candles

The browsing and order process is straight forward, I received a couple of emails to update me on the progress of my order and it arrived very well packaged after either 3-4 days (I’m not sure as my parcels go to Postnet and I forgot to check the date on the waybill). I’m happy to recommend them – you can find them here. I would advise saving up and buying a few candles at a time, as delivery under R750 is R120 – doesn’t make sense to pay that for one candle.

Shopping List

There are loads of candles I still want to try, and just browsing through the options is making my credit card quiver in fear. From Village the ones that are on my list are Cinnamon Bun, Black Bamboo, Juicy Melon, Blueberry Muffin, Sea Spray, Wish Upon a Star, Lemon Pound Cake and Palm Breeze. From Yankee I’m ogling Garden Sweet Pea, Honey Blossom, Turquoise Sky, Vanilla Chai and Pineapple Cilantro.

I’m almost too afraid to ask, but what are your fave candle scents? Not that I need any more enabling, I’m clearly doing perfectly fine on my own in that department…

C x




  1. Carla
    Sep 20, 2016 / 12:15 PM

    Awesome post. I am always looking for good quality candles and I had no idea where to buy them until now. Thank you!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Sep 20, 2016 / 12:53 PM

      Only a pleasure!

  2. Chante
    Sep 20, 2016 / 12:17 PM

    I’m definitely so keen to try Village Candle now! I’m a Yankee Addict! Definitely get yourself a turquoise sky, it’s one of my favorite because it’s fresh and has a sea salt smell but it’s not as subtle as other sea or beachy ones. If you like fresh linen, also sniff Fluffy Towels from yankee. My favorite would probably be cinnamon stick. I’m a sucker for those winter fragrances ❤️

    • Chantelle Bester
      Sep 20, 2016 / 12:52 PM

      Definitely give them a try then, although I enjoy both brands. Fluffy Towels is my favourite laundry-type candle by far! And I’m definitely keen on Turquoise Sky 🙂

  3. R Fourie
    Sep 20, 2016 / 7:46 PM

    Now how do one choose the perfect scent? Fluffy towels and Turquoise Sky and anything Vanilla / Clean / Lightly fusion floral. My oh my ……

    • Chantelle Bester
      Sep 20, 2016 / 7:55 PM

      Took me hours of going back and forth and eliminating option before I was able to pick these three!

  4. Sep 23, 2016 / 4:30 PM

    I’ve been debating ordering some lovely big candles for my room, and now it’s a done deal. These sound simply divine, but I think I’ll go with something delicious (I lurve me some sweet, yummy scents). Something like Cinnamon Bun or Warm Apple Pie…

    • Chantelle Bester
      Sep 25, 2016 / 5:32 PM

      In theory I like the sweet stuff too, but I’m always afraid I’ll grow tired of them too quickly. Definitely getting one with my next batch to try it out though!

  5. Salma
    Dec 30, 2017 / 9:02 PM

    Hi, I was just wondering if you know of any online stores that sell Village Candles and deliver? I don’t stay near any Village Candle supplier, so this would be a huge help.

      • NaT
        Jan 27, 2020 / 1:54 PM

        Lol… your reply to Salma is 3 yrs later?

        Anyhow I love VC myself and more so than YC. Yankee is trash and I took my last candles back to the store for the last time yesterday. I get tired of taking a 50/50 chance on whether the candle is gonna perform right or not. Yes there are a few that are great winners but for $30 a pop I expect the absolute best from most of their product. The YC store told me that they’ve seen a influx of returns for a long time now. I’ve read so many articles and blogs about how YC has gone down. There are several candle companies that have really good candles. Yankee is NOT the end all be all of the candle world.

        ** please don’t reply back in 2023…lololol **

        • Chantelle Bester
          Jan 28, 2020 / 8:29 AM

          Hey look, I’m replying in the same year 😉 Had a 3 year blog hiatus, hence the spectacularly delayed replies to a bunch of blog comments. Yankee Candles definitely aren’t the only good option, especially where I live (South Africa). I suspect it has much more of a cult status in the US, I’m always surprised to see product placement in sitcoms/movies. We have loads of options and there isn’t really one dominant brand.

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