You know what I wish for Christmas? To find and extremely good quality candle with beautiful design for a quarter of the price of a Diptyque candle. After a couple of years of my candle obsession I am slowly acknowledging the fact that it’s a completely unrealistic wish. Yet I still fall into the trap of a low price and nice packaging from time to time.
Last week was no other. I was shopping for some christmas decorations in HEMA – Dutch answer to IKEA, when I came across the “Fresh Spice” winter candle in the wintery department. I knew right away it was paraffin even before opening – I believe it is physically impossible to get a 4€ vegetable wax candle. Yet I still was intrigued by a seemingly strong and quite unique scent of citric spices. And lets face it – who is able to think straight while Christmas decor shopping among all this glitter, wood and red ribbons.
Size and burn time:
The volume is not stated, it’s roughly the same size as the BSaB candle, and measures 9 x 8 cm. I’m currently half way through the candle and I highly doubt it will burn longer than 20h.
Official price: 4€
Ingredients and packaging: The producer used paraffin wax, which is a pity, because the simple glass tumbler with rustic wooden cap and brown-paper sticker would create a nice frame for a plant-based wax. With cheap wax and cheap packaging the whole votive just testifies its price. And it might have been a really nice quality candle, especially because the sticker on the candles reveals that among synthetic scents we can also find citrus peel cera, nutmeg oil and clove oil.
Subjective scent and scent throw evaluation:
It would’ve been a beautiful winter candle if the ingredients used were of a higher quality. The scent is wintery, yet with a fresh touch. The producer describes Fresh Spice as “fresh spices, citrus and nutmeg”, and I do smell that – when I smell it at all.
Would I repurchase: No. I will probably never ever again purchase a candle under 10€.