Product Type: Sainsbury's in Homeware
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Basic but great quality
Sainsburys Basics Tealights
Member Name: basketofbuttons
Sainsburys Basics Tealights
Advantages: Inexpensive, good quality, long burn time
Disadvantages: None really apart from the drippy wax
I often buy the bags of 100 unscented tea lights from Sainsbury's when I go there to do a weekly shop. These bags cost £3 which I consider to be really good value for money as each tea light has a long burn time of up to four hours. I love candles, especially during the darker winter months, but my husband hates the fragranced variety, so unfragranced ones are often the best option as he complains so loudly about the smell.
I love to place a collection of tea lights around the bottom of my fireplace on an evening once I have got my daughter to bed. I have some square shaped mirrors that I like to place them on and I find that the reflection they create can look really pretty and quite magical sometimes.
Sainsbury's basic tea lights are, as I say, unscented. Each little tea light comes in its own silver coloured foil covering. I have personally found, to my own cost, that attempting to move a tea light after it has been lit for some time, will often result in either burning my fingers from the outside of the foil container (which gets very hot) or the hot candle wax will run down the sides and burn my fingers anyway.
I don't often move them about but I have found that these particular ones seem to create an awful lot of really runny, drippy wax which easily spills right over the sides and onto unsuspecting fingers.
These tea lights are plain white in colour and they are very easy to light first time as they have a nice long wick. I like to use them alongside a lightly scented candle sometimes and I do find that they will last for a good four hours (or possibly even a little bit longer if I don't place them beside a draughty windowsill).
They are simple and plain but when placed together they can look very effective and cast a lovely warm glow in any room. They are certainly well priced and I'd recommend them to anyone who's looking for a good quality little tea light at a reasonable price
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