“ Brand: Betty Crocker / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
My husband would say that I'm obsessed with candles, and I guess that he's probably right. I always like to have candles lit up in the house every evening, and I go through vast quantities of them. I especially like using scented candles and tealights to fragrance each room. I usually end up bringing back some scented candles whenever we go on holiday, and that's where I first discovered the Betty Crocker range of scented candles - on holiday in the US.
I bought half a dozen of the Betty Crocker scented candles, as I'd found them in a dollar store for just a dollar each plus tax. They had a huge range of fragrances available, I bought one each of the following fragrances; coconut cream pie, blueberry pie, strawberry shortcake, candy cane, gingerbread cookie, and cinnamon buns. I'd have bought more if the weight hadn't been an issue! I've not seen these in the shops here in the UK, but they do have them for sale on amazon and ebay, where they seem to be around the £1.19 mark.
So this review is for the coconut cream pie fragrance, which I have to admit I wasn't actually too keen on once I got it home and actually used it. For me this smelt too sickly sweet, it definitely smelt like coconut, and it had a sweet and sickly creamy undertone to it, this was probably the part that I disliked - the creamy sweet undertone. I found that the longer I burnt this for the more sickly sweet it became, so actually this coconut cream pie candle actually lasted me the longest as I would only burn it for a short amount of time each time I lit it. I found the creamy coconut fragrance to be too overpowering and too overwhelming on the whole.
The Betty Crocker candles state that you should get 25 hours burning time from them, and I would say this is roughly spot on. The candles burn down evenly, which I have occasionally found to be a problem with other scented candles in a glass. I find that sometimes they don't burn evenly from around a third of the way down the candle, and so I'm always left with lots of unburnt candle wax around the edges of the jar. I'm happy to report though that this doesn't happen with the Betty Crocker candles.
The coconut cream pie fragrance in this candle was just as strong once the candle was lit, as it was in the jar. It fragranced the whole room, and it was instantly recognisable as to what the fragrance was, well the coconut part anyway, the creamy undertones maybe not so much. I did burn this in my large kitchen diner as it's a 'foody' type fragrance, and I think that 'foody' fragranced candles work well in here. If I left the door to my kitchen diner open, then the fragrance in this candle was also strong enough to subtley fragrance my hallway as well.
When the candle has burnt itself out on these Betty Crocker candles then the rounded glass jar can then be reused as a tealight holder. I also reuse the glass jars as small serving dishes or small dessert dishes. I put the glass jars in the dishwasher all the time with no problems whatsoever.
Although I have continued to buy the Betty Crocker fragranced candles since coming back from the US with that first batch, the coconut cream pie fragrance isn't one that I have bought again due to not particularly liking the fragrance. I couldn't fault the quality of the candle itself, the fragrance just wasn't for me. On the whole though I think that the quality of these scented candles is excellent for just £1.19 each, which is what I normally pay for them on amazon. Especially as once the candle has burnt down you are also left with a reusable glass jar.
Betty Crocker is a name I have only ever associated with cakes and cake decorations etc, so I was quite surprised to discover Betty Crocker candles on the shelves in PoundWorld recently. The Betty Crocker brand is one I would associate with quality products and also being the lover of candles that I am, I decided to buy one.
The candles are the round glass jar variety, very similar to the Glade round jars you can buy and are also packaged in an attractive box. As I spotted these in a PoundWorld shop they were of course priced at £1 each, which I thought was a great price for a quality glass jar scented candle.
There were a few different scented candles in the range and I stood for a minute smelling the different fragrances before deciding upon this Coconut Cream Pie candle.
Being Betty Crocker, the cakes and desserts you would associate with the name has been carried over into these candles and as such they are all scented as cakes and pies.
Looking through the candles and their tempting names such as Cinnamon Bun, Strawberry Shortcake, Baked Apple Pie, Blueberry Pie and Raspberry Tart to name a few, I finally decided to purchase Coconut Cream Pie candle which I favoured slightly over the Strawberry Shortcake.
A few of the candles I thought smelled a little sickly and some were stronger than others, but this Coconut Cream Pie, whilst obviously scented with coconut, was not overly strong or sickly smelling.
This candle consists of white wax in a round glass jar, although the others were also coloured as their name would suggest with Apple Pie being green and Blueberry pie being blue etc.
The jar was half full with wax when I removed it from the box and I set it down and lit the wick.
After around 4-5 mins as the wax began melting, I could detect a faint hint of coconut coming from the candle which became stronger over the next few minutes. The fragrance was pleasant enough and not overly strong, but could be detected in my living and dining rooms as you walked in the door. Whilst I quite liked the coconut fragrance, this isn't going to be one of my favourites and I couldn't imagine wanting to burn this one all the time, but one to enjoy in short bursts.
I burnt the candle for 2 - 3 hours and the scent hung in the air for a little while after I extinguished the flame, but not as long as a Yankee candle does or some of the other candles I have tried.
There is no approx burn time stated on the box, but the candle lasted me 4 days, when burning for 2-3 hours each evening. The scent weakened from the candle after around 6 hours I found, although it was still evident after this time but certainly not as strong.
I find when burning some Yankee candles for instance, that when I come down stairs the following morning I can still detect the fragrance in the room. This wasn't the case here as I couldn't smell the coconut scent at all the next day, but as I only paid £1 for the candle I am not complaining.
I think for £1 these candles are not bad and I may purchase another one. They aren't as good as some of the other branded candles I have bought, but are worth the £1 price I paid and they don't look cheap.
I purchased my Betty Crocker candle in a branch of PoundWorld and that was the first time I have ever seen them anywhere, but I have since also spotted these for sale on EBay and Amazon.