ABOUT: I am basing this review on the midnight cherry and vanilla air wick ribbons candle which I received as a small gift from a good friend of mine as he knows how much I like scented candles. The candle come in a square holder which is made from glass and is clear. It's nice the holder being clear as you can see the coloured layers that make up the candle. The candle colours are white and pink laayers and these form a striped patttern down the candle which you can clearly see through the glass holder.
The candle feels a little weight due to the glass holder but it's a nice sized candle providing hours of candle-light whilst giving off a delicious scent. The candle comes in a carboard sleeve so you can smell the candle before actually buying it. This particular candle smelt gorgeous as you could smell the mouth-watering cherry scent but there was a lovely hint of vanilla in there as well.
PRICE: My friend purchased this for me so I am unsure how much it was although you can purchase some of the Air Wick ribbon candles on Amazon for around £4.68.
IN USE: Although the candle is in a glass holder already I place it on something else such as a plate and then I place this on the table of wherever I want the candle to stay once it has been lit. I lit the candle using a long match but you can light the wick easily using a light as well. I had the candle lit in my room which isn't all that big so I expect and was hoping that the scent from the candle would fill my room.
The candle had been lit for a good 10mins and to be honest where I was sitting in my room which was slightly away from the candle I couldn't really smell any scent coming from the candle itself which was a little dissapointing. It was only when I walked out of the room past the candle and back in again a couple of minutes later that I could smell the slight scent of the candle which smelt nice and fruity; although it was a very light scent and I hoped that over the course of the evening the scent would become a little stronger.
I had the candle burning for a couple of hours and the scent to the candle could be smelt although it wasn't particularly strong which was a shame. The scent didn't really fill the room and I only got wafts of the sweet cherry and vanilla scent every now and again. After blowing the candle out the scent pretty much dissapeared straight away.
OVERALL: It smells nice but it needs to be stronger!
Just before Christmas I was informed by one of my YC Club friends ("Yankee Candle Club") to check out a new Febreeze candle which had just landed on the shelves at our local Co Op. I went along and appeared to be interested in the shelves of candles at our local supermarket - which is rather small by trade standards and only sports the emergency pillar candles or the kinds you see in church against larger supermarkets that have own branded scented candles and other brands on offer. There wedged into the corner sat a very lonely looking Febreeze glass jar candle and when I took it home and offered it to my mum who was growing impatient to get at her Yankee Candle Christmas pressies, she accepted the Febreeze candle with gusto and immediately lit the candle, placing it in the hall for any impending guests. That product folks, is one of the rarest candles I've not been able to find since! It is a fantastic candle, full of natural scent against the chemical promise that Febreeze and other brands often portray and gives off a flavoursome scent that is often chalky like, yet pleasing and extremely refreshing.
Oriental Spice and Sandalwood is quite a concoction of scented oils to dream up into a scented candle from Air Wick, a company I love and loathe at the same time. Over the years I've had quite a few different candle products from this brand, and the squarish "Touch of Luxury, Ribbons" candle I found weeks later at the same Co Op where my beloved Febreeze candle could be found in place was priced at £6 and indeed a small luxury "Boxing Day," candle gift to myself. I was actually more than taken with the thick clear glass square tumbler look, which reminds me of old, Habitat/IKEA designs and would either make a versatile candleholder for other brands or a rather nifty pen holder or coin jar. Plus, most Air Wick candles come in a dreamy feminine tainted glass jar - it was time for something more masculine and edgy sitting around against my more expensive Yankee Candle products. Weight before use: 597grams versus 403g when empty, so the £6 is paying for what I hoped to be, a good quality of 194 grams of wax rich with duo scents coupled with odour eliminator, of which this candle is marketed in despite Air Wick's gloriously red Christmas tainted packaging. This is complete with pictures of cinnamon sticks in a dish and a heap of ground up spices amidst deep red swirls and white stars. Thankfully the glass jar is completely heat proof in use and is dishwasher safe - but be warned - the packaging is thin glossy card with a lot of gaps revealing the glass jar, so it is quite a fragile product before purchase and being Air Wick means it comes with a huge amount of warnings, one I particular like about the fact that the candle "can't be used in place of good hygiene!" so for the soap makers out there, you can't melt this candle down and use it as a body soap! Seriously though, the candle does warn about being affected by those who may be sensitive to fragrances as well as the candle not being used over a 4 hour period continually and keeping the wick trimmed -as you would normally if you are a frequent user of scented candles - to avoid bunching of the wick and unbalanced levels of burning as well as always placing the candle on a flat surface that hasn't been painted, regardless of the heat insulated base. The candle does burn all the way to the base though and cleaning is easy - either fill with hot water or place in a dishwasher as the oily wax will simply wash away - only dealing with a pesky sticker on the base that always leaves a sticky backing (WD40 for that one!).
Briefly there are quite a few scents from this range - three different fragrance varieties but they all have the obligatory "red stripes," that lend the ribbons name acting as a four-ringed perimeter that sits around the scented wax. It isn't a transfer however, which is often an immediate downside to candles from this company trapped in thin glass jars. Here the glass is thick - it looks good and it feels wonderfully divine and luxurious. Once lit, the whitish cream candle gives off a wonderful wave of scent - to begin with - but from the off I was strongly reminded of Febreeze in the way the candle's scent is quite chalky and full of vanilla cream despite the promise of spice and sandalwood. Whenever I see a candle that says "sandalwood," I automatically think "Imperial Leather," (and the same named Yankee Candle scented candle is one I avoid as it is often too strong and gives me headaches). The sandalwood tone here is definitely a tone that builds up very lightly, mixed with a little nutmeg which is fairly detectable as the base scent whilst sweet cinnamon is much more apparent as the top scent before the chalky vanilla gets out of the way. The flour like aspect of this candle is very good for shifting odours and by golly, the travel aspect of this candle is great for up to four rooms - the ribbons in the name certainly deliver on conjuring up images of ribbons in the wind - but I wouldn't say this is a candle I'd buy again to relax with. The problem is that the candle is supposed to contain "warm woods and amber," both of which I found increasingly difficult to smell. Certainly if there was more of a woody contrast here to the cinnamon scent, this is a candle I'd love to buy more of to relax with. However, as a scent reliever against pongs in the home, it isn't a bad candle to consider and the combination of sweet & spice works really well.
The other problem with this product isn't the promise or the delight of seeing the white wax turn into the red stripe pool of red wax, thus reassuring me that the red stripe on the outer jar isn't just used for effect. In general use and burnt over a long time, this candle doesn't last very long. For the £6 asking price I could buy 6 Yankee Candle wax tart melts, or two IKEA Tindra candles, or something completely different - which all have much longer burning times. This product only lasts for around 30 hours and for the £6 price, that's a bit steep of Air Wick to think many buyers would be open to buying this product. Paste a "Yankee Candle" name on it, and you may have more open purses. The biggest advantage of the product is that latest prices - both Morrisons and Co Op have now reduced the prices by 50% to £3 - where clearly supermarkets up and down the country are getting rid of old stock. This is however the best time to buy this candle as the offer seems to be very limited and won't be around forever - and yes, at those prices I will be buying these again. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
Airwick Ribbons Candle Oriental Spice & Sandalwood
Having enjoyed my other candles from this range which I managed to get free by joining the Airwick site I decided that as they were only three pounds in Tesco I would try another in the range and after sniffing a couple I chose the ' Oriental Spice and Sandalwood' as it had a heady strong scent which I love.
The candle comes in the same lovely, very heavy square glass jar with a cardboard outer sleeve. The sleeve doesn't cover the candle entirely so you can sniff the candle prior to buying which I always like to do. The 'flavour' that I chose this time was a little softer and creamier than the 'Mulled wine and crackling Fire' but stronger and more exotic than the 'Creamy Vanilla and Cashmere'. Both of these I had really liked so I was looking forward to trying this one too.
Once I removed the outer cardboard sleeve then I was pleased to see the very classy looking square jar with a cream coloured candle which has quite reddish orange waves running through it. It really does look a cut above the average scented candle that you can buy in the supermarkets and fits well with their claim that it provides a 'Touch of Luxury' but I read on the outer sleeve that this candle is surprisingly made in the EU while the others were made in China.
The outer sleeve has instructions in four languages. The English version is at the top so saves you struggling through several to find the right language. It warns that the glass will get hot when the candle is burning and remain hot for some time afterwards. Do not use if the glass is damaged at all. If swallowed then seek medical advice and show them the cardboard sleeve (provided you have kept it in case of this emergency). Very sensibly it also gives safety warnings about not burning candles unattended or putting them on top of a TV. It also says to stop burning the candle when there is less than 1cm of candle left. Strangely it also says not to use the glass candle holder for foodstuffs or drinking. I would have thought that after it had been well washed it would have been safe enough but maybe not.
Just in case you thought that buying one of these would save you doing any cleaning, the wrapper does warn that:
"Air fresheners do not replace good hygiene practices"
The candle is supposed to have a burn time of 30 hours and I have had it burning quite some time each day for at least two week but I haven't actually timed it accurately. I leave it burning for an hour or so at a time but sometimes do forget it and leave it longer if I am busy so I can't be sure of the precise times.
As the candle burns the lovely strong sweet spicy fragrance is very evident, the sandalwood scent mixes with the spicy cinnamon aroma and blends to give off a very exotic aroma which fills the room. On the wrapper it is described as;
" A rich blend of cinnamon and nutmeg finished with sensual amber and warm woods".
This sounds more like a description on a box of perfume to me and that is indeed what the scent reminds me of. It is strong sweet and heady as it wraps a luxurious aura of oriental sweetness around you in the room.
I would definitely recommend buying one of these while they are on special as it really does make you enjoy a lovely smelling room. It lasted a good few days with me burning in for quite long periods over a couple of weeks.
When it had burned itself out I put it in the freezer (a tip I learned from Nar2 on Dooyoo) and got the remaining wax out. This I burned in a fireproof burner and so got the last remnants of waxy scented luxury out of that. I then washed the lovely jar and put it with the other two I had on my dining room table in a line. Inside the glass jars I have put rose heads that my daughter gave e as a bunch of flowers. The heads dried on the stems while we were away so I dried them further on top of our wood burning stove. These dried rose heads have kept their colour and shape and look lovely in the cleaned glass vases of my finished candles.
So if you are looking for a reasonably priced candle that is easy to find in a supermarket that looks very classy and smells wonderful then this is it. It should have cost £6 and I think at that price you do get your money's worth. With my new half price voucher it is great value but the first I got as a freebie it was wonderful. I have since seen these candles in other shops such as Home Bargains for about half the price of Tesco so it might be worth looking around.
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Air Wicks / Another scent in the new Air wick ribbon sceneted candle range