“ Brand: Airwick / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
Just before Christmas, I bought a couple of seasonally scented candles including one of Airwick's Winter Collection Mulled Wine candles to use in the house and to create a bit of a festive atmosphere in the house. I love candles in general, but having a lovely scented one on the go was even nicer.
The candle itself cost me just £1, down from it's usual price of nearly £3 in a branch of Superdrug. For this price, I think this was a bargain, and I knew from giving the product a sniff before I bought it that I would like the rich mulled wine scent once the candle was lit.
The candle comes in a nicely rounded glass container which showed the scented red wax within off nicely. The glass then came with a cardboard sleeve giving the brand details, and most importantly safety use for this candle (it's all common sense, don't worry!)
The candle was easy to light and I found that as soon as it had a few seconds to start melting the wax, it gave off a delicious, Christmassy scent that reminded me of mulled wine, spices, cinnamon and even a slightly gingerbread-like aroma to it. It was a very festive scent, and was thoroughly enjoyable to smell in the weeks over Christmas.
I had this on for around an hour or 2 most days over a 2 week Christmas period, so in terms of it's lifespan, I'd estimate this candle lasted between 20-25 hours of overall lit time. Even if I'd have paid full price, I'd consider that to be good value, as it did last a long time and infused my home with a deep, rich, Christmassy wine scent.
Overall, I can highly recommend this Mulled Wine candle from Airwick's Winter Collection - even though it's not Christmas time or festive now, it's still a very good scent for Winter nights as it brings a lovely cinnamon warmth to the house and is a very comforting smell. For the price I paid, I was very pleased with this product and can highly recommend it.
After being uber` impressed with Air Wick's Gingerbread & Vanilla Essential Oil Candle a few weeks before Christmas I decided to throw caution to the wind and purchase another in their range. The fact that this is a Christmas fragrance and was on a half price offer recently was a mere coincidence...
I saw this in my local Superdrug on the half price Christmas products aisle and instantly popped one into my basket. Having tried the Vanilla & Cashmere recently, and not been quite as impressed as the more superior scented Gingerbread & Vanilla I had high hopes that this wouldn't disappoint. The candle comes in an open sleeve made from thin card and the fragrance was immediately noticeable when I picked this up in the shop so I was looking forward to lighting this later on that evening.
This particular range of candles by Air Wick are made with essential oils. They all come in the same style packaging as well; a 'brandy glass' style shaped container made from thin glass which has a heavy rounded bottom and curves in at the top giving the appearance a nice attractive twist as opposed to a straight cylindrical design. Each candle also comes in a thin sleeve of card as mentioned which only half covers the glass. I like this idea because although it protects the candle (of sorts) it allows to sample the fragrance enough whilst deciding if to buy or not.
I placed my candle on my fireplace hearth when I arrived home, but didn't light it until almost 7pm that evening. Within minutes the fragrance filled the room and I was pleased it had a bit more *kick* to it than the Vanilla & Cashmere. The fragrance is a very warm one and smells typically of all things Christmassy. The mulled wine is richly scented and the cinnamon and clove mingle together nicely to create an festive ambiance - all that was missing was a mince pie and log fire!
Lighting the candle is very simple, and I don't need to go into mass detail on how to do it, what I mean by that is the wick lights immediately as soon as the flame is near it and it takes light on the first attempt. Once the candle is burning, the fact this uses oils is suddenly more obvious as the fragrance is stronger (in my opinion) than a regular wax based candle. Another plus for me with this is the oil literally burns in the atmosphere; leaving little or no residue behind, unlike wax candles that leave a waxy mess in their wake at times.
How long does it burn for?
I can't pinpoint the exact amount of hours I'm afraid, as on the first occasion I blew it out after 45 minutes as it had scented my entire home (we do live in a small cottage) and in particular my living room where the candle was based. I have since lit it each night for the past 10 evenings for approximately 2 hours each evening, now I've grown used to the fragrance, and it burned out completely last night; hence tonight's eager review.
*The official Air Wick website (www.airwick.co.uk) advises keeping the wick trimmed to around 1cm and not to burn for longer than 4 hours at a time for maximum effect. It also advises against reusing the glass container again (for tea lights for example) once empty and to throw away. I did however use a tea light in it before I read that part; and luckily lived to tell the tale (but I won't again as it may shatter for example).
Would I recommend this product?
Oh without a doubt yes! Even though it's not Christmas now, it's made the normally dreary dark evenings that little bit more appealing by having this fragrance wafting through my home. The scent is so rich and strong that you can get away with only lighting it for twenty minutes or so and that suffices to fragrance your home - or several rooms anyway depending on the size of your abode - for a few hours as the scent really does last that long once the candle has been blown out.
If you are a fan of scented candles and you happen to see this particular fragrance on offer still it is well worth stocking up for Christmas 2011, as these were only £1 each when I bought them (yes.. I bought 3) but they can be priced anything up to £3 especially nearer the festive period.
This is a beautiful warm fragrance that highlights the spicy cinnamon used perfectly. The clove is noticeable yes, but it's mainly the cinnamon that is the domineering scent here - if you are not a fan of cinnamon then this really isn't for you as it smells typically like it's supposed to - a warm glass of mulled wine. It is a little overpowering if left burning for too long but the beauty of this it only needs to be burned for a short time yet still gives maximum effects; thus making it very economical in the long run as it lasts longer.
This is definitely a fragrance I will buy again in the Air Wick range particularly in the colder months, but I have overall been very impressed with the performance of this range and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.