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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…