Product Type: Ikea household products
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Ikea Tindra Tealights
Member Name: chrisandmark
Ikea Tindra Tealights
Advantages: The tealights burn beautifully, long lasting, look more exciting than plain white tealights
Disadvantages: The scent is barely apparent at all, expensive compared to other tealights
I'm not a huge fan of Ikea; I don't dislike the place as some people do, but it's just too far away and when I do make the effort to travel there I can never seem to find any of the showstopping bargains that everyone else finds. Hell, our 'local' store wasn't even running the cheapo breakfast deal last time we visited - something that irritated my other half no end as he was 'starving' by this point and needed greasy sustenance before battling the hordes inside the store. Well, a Kit Kat had to suffice and we set off looking for all the things we had on our list - candles weren't on my list (in fact I'm certain Mark attempted to steer me away from them) but after arriving at the display I decided to stock up on a few bits and pieces.
The Tindra tealights are more expensive than I'd usually pay for this type of this, costing £1.75 for 36 tealights. I'd normally pay £1 - £1.20 for 75 or 100, depending on where I'm shopping at the time - despite this, I'd say the price I paid was well worth the money as the tealights burn so beautifully and have a longer burn time than my usual Sainsbury's or Poundland tealights. These Tindra tealights are scented and there are a range of scents available, I chose the Rose selection (basically because they're pink, I like pink) but could have picked vanilla, a fruity selection or possibly the most revolting cinnamon fragrance I've ever had the misfortune to smell.
The wicks on all 36 tealights are very long, they don't need trimming because they burn down quickly and evenly with no charring or uneven flame. At first I've noticed that the flame burns higher than I'd like but this soon dies down to a more manageable level to create a lovely twinkling glow that looks fabulous in (mainly) my Yankee Candle tart burner and also dropped into the various tealight holders I have dotted around the house. I'm impressed with the strong flame which burns beautifully throughout the lifespan of the tealight and begins to melt my wax tarts within a few short minutes of placing it at the bottom of the burner.
The scented aspect isn't the best; although the tealights smell gorgeous before lighting the scent doesn't really transfer well to the air once you light them. This isn't really an issue for me as any fragrance would quickly be swallowed up by the stronger wax tarts, but I have a tealight holder which holds six tealights so it would be nice to be able to light all six and have even a vague rose fragrance drifting around my living room. This doesn't happen and I can't help but feel a little cheated considering how much these cost for so few tealights as surely the upshift in price is (in part) due to the fact that these are scented. In my pack there are twelve each of pale pink, mid pink and a darker pink tealights and all have a slightly different scent - it's all a variation on a rose theme with the dark pink being the most robust fragrance, and the pale pink having a more sugared scent that reminds me slightly of Turkish Delight. This is obviously when the tealights are in their unlit state as once burning none of the fragrances are particularly apparent, if anything it's the pale (and generally more vague) tealight which throws out the strongest scent (in relative terms) once lit.
The tealights are provided in good quality metal cups which feel comfortable as I pick them up and don't get hot, you're not supposed to move lit candles obviously but sometimes the need arises and I can tell you that these don't burn your fingers and are high enough to prevent molten wax sloshing out as you move them. A fireman friend told me once that these metal cups conduct heat so well that they in themselves are a fire hazard, obviously there's no way to avoid using them unless you're prepared to pay mega bucks for Yankee Candle tealights which come in plastic cups - these Tindra tealights do get very warm on the base after they've been burning for a while so I'd definitely recommend you don't burn them on wooden surfaces and always use a tealight holder or at the very least a non-flammable plate.
The promised three hour burning time of each tealight is spot on, making them slightly longer lasting than the cheaper tealights I buy. This is great as I burn a wax tart every day so it's good to know that I'm going to get a lengthier period of fragrance when using the Tindra version, a complaint would be that if I have to blow one out for whatever reason they're really hard to relight as the wax tends to solidify over the wick. This is a nuisance and although I can usually dig out the wick using a pin I haven't always got the time (or patience!) and this means a few tarts have already been binned despite the fact that they were only half used.
Overall I'd recommend these tealights if you happen to be in Ikea and need tealights. The pack of 36 just about lasted me for a week so it's not exactly cost effective for me personally, however if you don't use as many as I do on a daily basis then the quality is worth the extra pennies regardless of the poor scent.
Summary: Lovely tealights which unfortunately don't smell as good once lit