“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Scented Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
I do enjoy having a browse in my local branch of Ikea, and each room in my home has some item or other from the store's many ranges. I have recently been using some scented candles from the retailer, with this review outlining my experiences of a recent purchase, namely the "Ikea Mattfull Candle."
I have been relatively impressed with most of the other candle products I have purchased from Ikea in recent times, so decided to take the plunge when purchasing the Mattfull variety, and even though I had not tried them before, I purchased four separate candles bearing this name. I was fairly sure the candles' scent would appeal after sniffing at the lid covering their wax, and felt I had little to lose, especially considering these candles' extremely low purchase price - a mere 75 pence each.
The candles are very cute, I think, and whilst small, I think they are extremely attractive. I am happy to admit that I was instantly drawn to them as I browsed in store in my local branch of Ikea, even though there was a whole range of candles to chose from, in all shapes, sizes and scents. Whilst I find the Mattfull Candles are cute, I suppose I could understand it if other consumers accused these candles of being boring in their design; they are in small, plain, simple glasses that have a very slight 'conical' shape to them and are otherwise free from any distinctive detail. (As a side note, these little glasses can be washed out and used after your candle has finished; I plan to use mine as little tea light holders, but you could use it as a small glass.)
The Mattfull candles are pure white in colour, and this is the only colour available in this particular brand of Ikea Candle. Similarly, there is only one fragrance available, even though most of Ikea's Candles are available in a choice of fragrances and scents, with something in the collection to appeal to most tastes, I would have thought. The Mattfull version, with its one-and-only fragrance, has its scent unnamed on its label, with just an attractive image being an indicator of what sort of fragrance may be enclosed within the product's waxy body; the label bears the image of a large, circular tub of opened (presumably) body cream/lotion, sitting alongside a sprinkling of some pretty white flowers. From this image, I anticipated that the candle's aroma was going to resemble a sort of 'clean' and fresh fragrance, with an underlying floral tone within it. Certainly, my initial impression of the candle's scent was that it was going to be perfectly suited to my own tastes.
Opening the candle for the first time is without fuss or difficulty; I simply need to remove the circular 'cap' on top that is made of thin plastic. This can be discarded if you wish, but I tend to keep mine for times where I want to 'stack' the candles on top of each other, perhaps in a cupboard between uses. It is recommended that the wick is trimmed, and there is a small diagram on the label concerning this, alongside some safety guidelines. I regularly burn candles, wax tarts and tea lights in my home, so I confess that I did not pay too much attention to this particular label, but those consumers who are fairly new or inexperienced in the art of 'wax-burning' may find this label to be informative.
I find the Mattfull Candles have a wick that is of a fairly high quality, and this has never posed any issues with spitting or being difficult to light. I have managed to put the wick out easily after use too, and find there are no negative issues to report when considering this aspect of the product.
The wax too, seems to be of a very high quality, and I do find that it burns evenly, without large amounts of wax gathering at the sides of the glass, which is occasionally the case with cheaper branded candles. I don't recall ever actually witnessing this problem from any of Ikea's Candles that I have purchased before, but certainly some of the cheaper ones from budget stores that I have purchased in the past have been a bit useless, as they have literally just burned down the centre of the candle leaving a large amount of wax at the sides. However, this irksome trait is not one that seems to affect the Mattfull Candle unless I have been careless when trimming the wick; if it is left too long, it seems to cause a bit of an 'uneven burn' throughout, but this is often the case where candles are concerned and so I do find it is worth giving a bit of attention to the wick before the candle is burned for the first time.
In terms of the Candle's scent, I do wonder whether this is the point which would have some consumers complaining. What I have found is that whilst the Mattfull Candle's aroma is quite noticeable when I lift the glass up to my nose to have a sniff of it, it is considerably more subdued as the wax begins to melt, and this is especially noticeable in the initial stages after the wick is lit at first. It takes a good while for ANY aroma to be detected in the room as the Candle begins to burn, I have found - and patience is definitely the key here, because the lovely scent does eventually begin to waft into the air around me and it is most definitely worth waiting for.
Being rather fresh and feminine in its initial appearance, the Mattfull Candle's aroma is quite gentle, with a sort of soft and 'clean' scent that feels extremely chilled out and relaxed as it escapes from the wax into the room. I will admit to feeling slightly cautious at first, as I was concerned about the candle's scent resembling a washing powder or a detergent product; I can't confess to finding the scents of such products to be particularly suited to my own tastes. I needn't have worried, however, as the clean, faintly 'lotion-like' scent never takes on the robustness of scents such as these. Instead, the Mattfull Candle remains gentle and chilled out, giving only a whisper of it's refreshing aroma as the wax burns.
The floral element to the candle's scent is lurking in the background at first, but it makes itself known a little later on, once the initial 'clean' scent has settled a little. This floral tone feels quite balanced and quite natural and certainly I do find that it is without the common sickliness that many floral candles seem to contain nowadays. I can't say that I am particularly fond of scents or aromas that contain strong and robust floral tones, but the Mattfull Candle doesn't fall into this category, thankfully. Instead, the floral tone in the candle feels much more subdued and gentle, with it never really taking hold enough to feel 'heady' or over-powering. This suits my own tastes down to the ground, but I do wonder whether other consumers might feel disappointed at the candle's rather understated scent.
The overall scent produced is very pleasant, but admittedly is without the same sort of 'oomph' that you can expect from candles from well-known big brands such as Yankee or Kringle. To be perfectly honest, I wouldn't ever expect a candle that is priced so cheaply to be a real competitor to a brand such as Yankee as the difference in price is remarkable, and I do think it is therefore unfair to expect a candle that costs only 75 pence to live up to those that cost several times this amount such as those from Yankee.
In terms of the scent's strength and longevity, I find that again, this aspect of the product is not really comparable to that obtained from the use of those big-branded candles from more expensive ranges, however I find it produces a fair enough result. Whilst the Mattfull Candle is burning, the scent hangs in the air eventually, though it takes a little while to make itself known - it is a little shy at first! After a while, however, I find the scent escapes into the room more easily, and it remains there whilst the candle burns. I find that the scent disappears quickly once the wick is extinguished; it doesn't hang around very long at all, and a couple of hours later I can't detect so much as a faint trace of the lovely scent.
I do find that if I burn more than one of the Mattfull Candles at a time, the scent becomes a little more robust, but the difference is not noticeable enough to see me carrying out this practice each time. The label on the glass jar informs me that the little candle has an impressive burning time of seventeen hours, and I can confirm that I find this claim to be reasonably accurate, as although I haven't timed the candles each time they have been used, I have found they have lasted for absolute ages, even though they have been used a couple of times per week recently.
Taking all of these results into consideration, I am happy with how the Ikea Mattfull Candles have performed; they are exceptionally cheap to purchase, and as such I half expected their scent to be under-par in terms of their suitability for my own tastes, or to burn out due to their wick being of an inferior quality. None of these issues has presented itself, and I would definitely repurchase the little candles again in the future; I have found they are perfect for creating an attractive centrepiece on my dining table when entertaining guests for dinner, as their unobtrusive scent never feels too much. At less than a quid each, I have little cause for complaint, and do recommend giving the Mattfull Candles a chance. I intent to purchase some more during my next trip to Ikea as I think they would make pretty stocking-filler gifts for friends at Christmas time.
My husband would say that I'm obsessed with candles, and I guess that he's probably right. I always 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 the room. I've found that Ikea seems to be the best place to buy tealights and candles, it certainly seems to be the cheapest. I always buy the scented Tindra tealights and the scented Tindra block candles, however I've not been too impressed the scented Tindra candles in a glass.
On a recent trip to Ikea I spotted a different candle in a glass - the Mattifull, and so I picked a couple of these up to give them a try. These are really cheap, they are just 75 pence each. The drawback to these is that they only come in the one fragrance, whereas the Tindra range comes in a variety of fragrances.
Ikea candles never have a description of the fragrance on the packaging, they just have a picture, and then normally the colour of the candle is also an indication as to the fragrance. The Mattifull candle is white, and the picture on the lid is a floral picture - I have no idea whatsoever what the flowers are, the candle itself just has a very pleasant floral fragrance.
The Mattifull candle states that you should get 17 hours burning from it. I would say this was roughly spot on as I got a week from the 2 candles, lighting them for roughly 2 or 3 hours each night. The floral fragrance didn't seem as strong once the candles were lit as it had just in the glass jar. I could definitely smell the floral fragrance, just not as much as I'd hoped for, it was definitely what I'd class as a very subtle fragrance. The fragrance was most apparent if you walked past the candle, or came back into the room after being in another room.
The candles did burn down evenly, which I have found to be a problem normally with the Tindra scented candles in a glass. I find that these the ones 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 didn't happen with the Mattifull candles.
When the candle has burnt itself out on these Mattifull candles then the glass cup can then be used as a tealight holder. I've also discovered that the glass cups are also useful as small serving dishes for oils or hoummous, or individual dessert portions etc. I put the glass cups in the dishwasher all the time with no problems whatsoever.
I'd definitely buy these again as they did give off a pleasant fragrance, and they are really cheap, plus you can reuse the glass cup afterwards. They are not the best quality scented candles in the world, but what do you expect for just 75 pence each! And if you consider that you are left with a useable glass cup at the end of the candle, then 75 pence is a bargain really.
I am a massive fan of all things smelly and one of my favourite things are scented candles, they have the ability to lift your mood and soothe away your troubles helping to relax the body and mind, they have an amazing calming influence that noting else compares to.
Scented Candles have the ability to create an ambient atmosphere depending on the fragrance you choose ,they are so versatile there is one for every mood an occasion , big and small, and they make fantastic gifts especially for the ladies to be used along side a bath for some pampering 'me time' there's nothing quite like it!
I use candles for several reasons but to be honest I do not really need a reason as I use them so often that they are like a cherished member of my family!, I use them to lift my mood, help me to relax, make my home smell lovely, for pampering bath times, as table decorations, at meal times, at special occasions and just simply because.
I was attracted to this particular candle whilst browsing in Ikea because of its cute and handy little size, which is just short of being 2" tall it was twice as big than a normal tea light size but smaller than the usual candles deemed 'small', its excellent price of being only 69p, the fact that it was in a thick glass jar and smelt Divine.....
There is no indication of what the fragrance is called but there is a little picture on the jar of a white blossom flower, it smelt floral , musky and had a slight tone of almond and vanilla, it smelt almost good enough to eat and I found myself continually sniffing the scent whilst browsing the rest of the shop.
The wax is white in colour, a pure clean white not a dirty white and I think its beeswax as it is very high quality and is not transparent or an un-even colour and it was quite weighty for such a small candle. The candle also comes with a sealed clear plastic lid which found very handy as these make scented jar candles more effective if you do not intend to use the candle all in one go, you can simply re-seal it and this will ensure the candle keeps its scent locked in so it smells just as lovely the next time you use it.
There is a label/ sticker on the jar states it will burn for 17 hours and that it is made in Poland, it also has the Ikea logo and tiny pictures of do's and don'ts related to using safely such as not putting the lit candle next to curtains etc.. Basic common sense really.
I lit the candle almost as soon as I got home, the candles scent was still prominent upon burning , maybe slightly more subtle but you can definitely smell it and I was able to smell it throughout my home, it smelt sweet and relaxing, the whole family noticed it and commented on its calming properties, I left the candle lit for around 5 hours and in that time the little pot was still full, the wax had only gone down by less than a quarter of an inch, the scent lingered in my home for a good few hours after it had been blown out too, I re-sealed the jar with the provided lid.
The following evening I went to light the candle again, upon removing the lid it was still as strong smelling as when I first bought it and like the night before I had it on around 5 hours and the wax was nearing the half way mark by this time, it kept its scent throughout though.
At the weekend I had this candle lit for probably a further 6-8 hours until it had extinguished itself, I was very pleased with how long it lasted and its ability to hold its scent, I wished I had bought a couple more and knew I would definitely buy them again, at such a cheap price it is what I would consider a 'Grab it before its gone bargain' what a steal at 69p, it may be a small candle but it packs a mighty punch with excellent value for money and a lovely calming scent, I would have paid more for a scented candle of this quality and I would recommend trying it, try a couple... you will not be disappointed it is a diamond buy that you wont regret.
The lovely thick glass jar can be re-used as a tea light holder after use.
I rated a Fabulous 5 out of 5
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