“ Brand: Betty Crocker / Type: Scented 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; strawberry shortcake, candy cane, gingerbread cookie, cinnamon buns, coconut cream pie, and blueberry pie. 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 strawberry shortcake fragrance, which definitely turned out to be one of my favourite fragrances, and one which I have re-purchased a number of times now from amazon. This smells absolutely divine, good enough to eat basically! This smells just like strawberry shortcake; it has the sweet fragrance of the juicy strawberries, along with the biscuity undertones of the buttery shortbread. It's a sweet fragrance, but it's not too sweet that it's overpowering and sickly. This for me feels like more of a summery fragranced candle as I always associate strawberries with summer. The candle itself is a pale pink coloured candle.
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 strawberry shortcake fragrance in this candle is just as strong once the candle is lit, as it is in the jar. It fragrances the whole room, and it's instantly recognisable as to what the fragrance is, well the strawberry part is anyway, the biscuity undertones maybe not so much. I like this burning in my large kitchen diner as it's a 'foody' type smell, and I love to burn this on a long summers evening. If I leave the door to my kitchen diner open, then the fragrance in this candle is actually strong enough to also 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.
I have continued to buy the Betty Crocker strawberry shortcake fragranced candles since coming back from the US with that first one, and I will continue to do so. 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.
A couple of weeks ago I was passing a pound shop and decided to nip in to get a new notebook. When I was in there I spotted a few Betty Crocker candles. Although I have a bit of a stash of scented candles and certainly didn't need a new one, I managed to convince myself to buy one, by reasoning that I was saving £3 or £4 on my notebook by not getting a pretty one from Paperchase, so really the candle was free! That's what I told myself anyway, it made me feel less guilty!
There were three scents available - strawberry shortcake, blueberry muffin and cinnamon bun. I thought the strawberry shortcake smelled the best of the three so I chose that.
The candle comes wrapped in a simple cardboard sleeve. This is removed to reveal a very simple, yet pretty candle. The wax is in a round glass holder (I say holder, but the candle can't actually be removed) which has ridges in the side and the soft pink colour of the wax shows through. The overall look is quite pretty and vintage and although I initially burned it in the living room, I moved it to my bedroom as I felt it fit in with the décor there quite well.
In the holder, the candle smells amazing. It is a very sweet, sugary strawberry scent and the scent to me is very much like strawberry icing. I'd say it smells quite girly and feminine due to the sweetness, but I did have my reservations that it may be a little sickly when burning.
When the candle is lit, I find that it takes quite some time for the scent of the candle to make itself known and fill the room. When it does it is a very subtle fragrance and thankfully not sickly as I had feared. It is mainly the strawberry that comes out and I don't find that it smells so sugary when burning as it does in the holder, although it is still quite sweet. The scent is strong enough to fill a reasonable sized room, but lingers subtly in the background rather than being a heavy, overpowering scent. I didn't notice it in neighbouring rooms, so the scent doesn't travel, but it did linger in the air for some time after being blown out.
I found that rather than burning down evenly the candle has tunnelled down, so not all of the wax will be used and eventually I'll be left with a ring of wax around the edge of the holder. There was no indication as to how long one of these candles will last, although I'd say I must have had it burning around six or seven hours now and it's probably around a third of the way down.
I bought this in Pound World for £1 (as I'm sure you could guess!). I have not seen these candles for sale anywhere else and having looked online, there do not appear to be many UK retailers of them, but check out bargain shops and the likes as if one pound shop has them they are likely to be found elsewhere.
Overall, this candle was OK and although it is perhaps not the best quality or the most intense fragrance, I definitely think it was worth the £1 I paid and I would recommend it.
*Also posted on Ciao