Product Type: Swan in Homeware
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Swan Vestas Matches
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Swan Vestas Matches
Advantages: decent quality matches
Disadvantages: the occasional non lighter or breakage
I am a smoker as well as having a love for scented candles so tend to have sources of ignition on hand at all times. When it comes to smoking, then lighters are far more economical than candles but when lighting candles I prefer to have matches on hand. One of the brands of matches I buy on a regular basis is Swan Vestas which are made by Swedish Match UK and cost around 30p for a box of 85 matches.
Each match is made of wood, around 3cm long with a pink tip. These are "strike anywhere" matches which means that as well as using the side of the box to ignite them you can use any rough surface such as a stone or wall. I have found that the matches almost always light first time if you strike them firmly against the side of the box; using a more wishy washy strike can lead to parts of the head crumbling off and the match not lighting at all. It is a fine art, use too much pressure and you can snap the delicate wooden match; too little and ignition will fail.
These matches are handy to have around, each match burns for a few seconds before the flame reaches so far up the wood that it shall burn your finger. If you look closely you can see the oil from the wood leak from the inside of the wood to the outside and slowly burn up. The time that the match is lit gives you ample time to light a cigarette or light a standard candle; these are not ideal for reaching down into a candle jar as your fingers would soon get burnt. If Yankee jars are your thing then it is best to invest in some longer matches or even a long taper to do the job properly.
These are decent quality matches; so good that HM Queen Elizabeth the second has seen fit to grant them the royal seal of approval. I wonder what Auld Lizzie uses them for? Does she have a secret smoking habit that we don't know about or does she simply hand them over to the servants to light her fires for her?
Another use for matches is to neutralise the odour of a flatulent dog. I look after Beinn on a regular basis and he has a rather unfortunate habit of passing very smelly wind at the most awkward moment. Lighting a match and letting it burn down seems to remove that smell from the air.
Swan Vesta are not my favourite match, that particular honour goes to Scottish Bluebell but they are good enough for everyday use.
Summary: decent matches
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