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Sainsbury's Basics Tea Lights
Sainsburys Basics Tealights
Author Name: daisylee3
Sainsburys Basics Tealights
Advantages: Price, reasonable burn time
Disadvantages: Wick blackens
I absolutely love Yankee Candle's range of wax tarts and as a result I get through quite a lot of tea lights. As tea lights are such a basic product I'm not at all fussy/brand loyal and I've tried quite a few different brands - mainly supermarket own brands as these are the best value for money in my opinion. I've not got a 'favourite' brand, although I've been buying the Sainsbury's Basic's version for the past few months as they're good quality considering how cheap they are.
These cost just £2.99 per pack of 100, which works out at less than 3p each. This is a really reasonable price in my opinion and considering that they're unscented I was not worried that they'd smell cheap or anything and the low price didn't put me off as the only thing that I use them for is burning wax tarts in my tart burner. Obviously I was a little wary that they may not have quite as good a burn time as more expensive tea lights, but this didn't bother me too much.
The tea lights come in a transparent plastic type bag which is quite thick and it needs to be cut open. It is not re-sealable which is a (very minor) disadvantage because the tea lights are loose inside the bag so once it's open they easily fall out. I usually transfer these into a secure container after I've opened them though so for me this isn't an issue. The branding on the bag is, as you'd expect for the price, very basic and plain. It has all of the informaiton needed though (brand and product name) so I'm not complaining!
The tea lights themselves are pretty much identical to any other tea light. They're disc shaped and the wax is white. The wax is inside a foil casing which is very thin and quite flimsy. The foil casing doesn't do a great job in holding the wax in place and I find that there's usually empty cases in the bag and loose pieces of wax - not many though so this doesn't really bother me. The tea light's wick is bent down onto the wax so it obviously needs straightening out so that it's sticking straight out before it is lit.
The wick on these tea lights is reasonably thick but not very long. It is easy to light with either a match or lighter, but I wouldn't even attempt to light it on the cooking hob like I do with some candles as the wick is so stubby. The wick tends to blacken and fall apart at the tip a little as the tea light burns but this isn't too much of an issue because it doesn't produce any nasty smells or smoke. The tea light fits easily into the bottom of my tart burner and it is easy to remove as well, alhough once it's burned itself out the foil casing does take a while to cool down.
I'd say that each tea light lasts for around 3 hours, which I feel is an impressive amount of time considering the price. Overall, I highly recommend these tea lights but I only give them four out of five stars; I've knocked one star off because of the stubby wick and also because the wick blackens which isn't ideal.
Summary: Four out of five stars
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