Tried & Tested: Our Top 5 Candles

candles that won't burn through cash to make your home smell fragrant
Everyone loves a candle – they’re the perfect home accessory for any room. Ideal for creating ambience when relaxing in the bath, the perfect table accessory for your dining room or even a great living room piece to create a cosy environment. We all know the classics like Jo Malone, White Company, Dipytque etc. But what other candles on the market? We carried out a test and review on lots of different brands noting things like burning time, scent, appearance etc and have narrowed it down to our top 5! 

TOP TIP: when you burn a candle for the first time, burn it to the outside rim. This will ensure an even burn all the way down.



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£18 by Quintessentially English

Quintessentially English, have nailed all aspects of their candle range. From packaging to scent, to burning time, we love everything about them. We tested out the Neroli and Orange Blossom Candle made with 100% Soy Beans and carefully selected botanical oils. The brand claims that this sensual and seductive floral combination is anti-bacterial, calming, uplifting, and…even better – an aphrodisiac! At only £18, te candle is probably much cheaper than Oysters & Champagne. We give these candles a solid 10/10 rating. 
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£20-25 by Rewined

Firstly, love the concept behind it, using recyled wine bottles as their container – eco friendly, AND stylish. Plus their price point is pretty good – around £25. We’ve tried quite a few of their scents and particularly love Chardonnay, Mulled Wine and Spiced Cider. My only advice is that sometimes they are so strong that I would recommend putting them away from you – so on your mantlepiece if you are lounging on the sofa, not directly near you. We give them an 8/10 rating. 


 £20 Lomas & Lomas 

If you’re into supporting small businesses, definitely give Lomas & Lomas a try – they’re a husband and wife duo based near the Peak District National Park who take influences for their products from their beautiful natural surroundings. They have some amazing scents like Spiced Orange, Black Plum & Rhubarb as well as Mandarin, Lime & Basil, pictured. Handmade with 100% natural soy wax, they’re made in small batches to ensure the fragrance is perfect and have a really great aroma when burnt. Burn time is around 40 hours. We give them a 9/10 rating. 


£46 by Mineheart

If you want a candle with a prominant  aroma when burning, opt for a candle from Mineheart.  You can smell them before you’ve even taken it out of the box! With an impressive burning time of 50 hours, these soy candles are not only fragrant but beautifully boxed too. If you want to know more about the brand, hosts of British eccentricity, you can read our interview with them here. They have an incredible, eclectic & unique homeware range definitely worth browsing through. As for their candles, it’s a 9/10. 

 £20 by Pop Up Paris

These candles are…wait for it….a candle lottery! One in every 50 candles has a diamond in it worth around £250, and some worth £1000. You’ll have to burn them to see if you’ve won one, which is cruel because you want to burn it quickly to to find out, but at the same time don’t want to waste it and burn it willy nilly. I must confess I’ve tried a few of these now and am still waiting for my diamond… but even so, we love everything about this brand from packaging, to scents and novelty factor. Sometimes you can find these heavily disconted in TK MAXX. Otherwise, you’ll need to order them from France. Our rating? 10/10.

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