Winter has come and in my opinion (and it is hoped) it is already on its way out. This winter was filled with a vast range of scents, but there were only a few favourites. One of them is the Eggnog candle from the Australian brand Tilley Soaps. Everything about it made it memorable and made me want to hunt for more… “Hunt” – because living in Europe makes accessibility to candles from other continents quite scant.
An Eggnog candle isn’t something I’d usually reach for, you know I usually tend to choose crisper and fresher or more complex scent creations. This time It was fate…in the person of a special someone, who has chosen this candle for me. And thank YOU once again :* Even though researching the candle was not easy. But on this later.
On the scent
Eggnog is a scent from Tilley Soaps gourmet candles range. It is sweet, milky and makes your house smell of sugary, buttery, eggy, baked goodness. It probably reminds me more of good ol’ Werther’s Original candy or shortbread cookies than eggnog liquor, but they all are opulent and heavenly, so I will forgive that :P What makes this candle special, is that the producers played the amount of vanilla economically and well, creating a scent that is sweet and rich without being sickish, which happens to a lot of sweet gourmet candles.
Size, burn time and price:
Tilley Soaps candles are being sold in three sizes: 240g, 300g and seasonal 420g.
My Eggnog candle contains 300g/ 10.58oz of pure soy wax and is supposed to burn for around 60h.
The official price for this size is 29.95 or 24.95 USD, depending on the scent range. (Roughly 28,35 or 23,61 EUR). My candle was purchased in a TK Maxx store in the Dutch city of Groningen for 8,99 € (~$9.50 ) making it not only a bargain, but altogether: possible! While writing this post I have realized, that this particular scent not only doesn’t exist on Tilley Soaps’ website, but also anywhere else in the online world, and let me tell you – Google cache saves everything! For a while I was worried I had purchased a fake, or worse – a test run scent that was never admitted for sale and for some inexplicable reason ended up in a Dutch TK Maxx. I had to contact Tilley Australia to learn, that they do produce a small line of candles exclusively for Australian discount store chain Trade Secret, recently bought by the TJX family (TJ Maxx/ TK Maxx/ Marshalls/ Homegoods/ Homesense etc.). This particular scent is unavailable anywhere else, for which reason I almost gave up on the idea of writing about it here. However, after some thought, I decided to still include this review – after all, Eggnog candle might not be easily available, but its quality surprised me so positively, that I am gonna try any candles by Tilley Soaps I can get my hands on.
Ingredients, burning and scent throw evaluation:
Tilley Soaps is the oldest 100% Australian owned soap manufacturer, who uses premium vegetable based soy wax and a lead free cotton wick (two wicks, actually) in the production of its candles. The candle’s burn confirms the high quality of its ingredients. You only need half an hour to reach a full melt pool of this very large diameter candle, and the scent throw is fantastic. Regardless of the, in my opinion, lack of paraffin wax, the scent is stable, also presenting a unique feature, that I associate with Diptyque candles, which is occasional oozing of the scent, even when the candle is unlit. It complemented winter decor perfectly.
I will admit, what made me fall in love with candle at first sight was the speckled, thick glass tumbler in the colour of copper and silver. It adds a Scandinavian vibe and elegant ambiance to any decor. And what can I say, I love copper and rose gold. I’m basic like that :P It was further packaged in a flimsy cardboard box, which I hardly remember, it broke and fell apart so fast.
Where to Buy:
As I mentioned before, this particular Eggnog candle is only available in TJX family stores. For other Tilley Soaps candles, check out the producer’s webstore.
Will I repurchase?
I’d definitely like to try other scents by the brand.
Photo sources: own.