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Lily-Flame is a Somerset based company that has been going since 1997. All their candles are hand-made, and they sell scented candle tins, scented glassware, room mist sprays, and reed diffusers. I have only ever seen or owned the scented candle tins, and these come in various fragrances, such as Freshly Cut Grass, and Lavender and Lime. They also sell candles with less scent-specific names, such as Fairy Dust and Bathing Beauty.
My sister bought me this Christmas Spice scented candle tin for Christmas 2010, but I did not burn it until the following year ie. the Christmas just past. When I get a lovely candle such as this one, I kind of don't want to burn it as it's much too nice!
This candle comes in a small round gold tin, and is covered in a thick reddish paper. The name of the candle is embossed in gold onto the paper; both on the lid and the main tin. I think it looks very natural and handcrafted, however a VERY minor quibble of mine with all Lily-Flame candles is that I really dislike the font that is used on the candle labels. It's a bit too cutesy for my liking and I would prefer something either a little quirkier or else more stylish. I did say it was a minor quibble!
Inside, the wax is a pinkish red. There are also 3 small triangular shaped chunks of wax sitting at the top of the candle, in red, green and orange. I think the different colours take away from the look of the candle, personally. I'd have preferred them to be all red or else orange. However, I find that these chunks are the first part of the candle to melt away, so you get rid of them pretty quickly!
The label describes this candle's scent as 'a warm blend of cinnamon and cloves'. As soon as you take the lid off and take a sniff, you can smell how strong the scent is, and indeed it's warm and cinnamony with the cooler, fresher smell of cloves.
At the beginning of Christmas, I had this sitting on the table with the lid off just as decoration. I didn't burn it, but when I came downstairs in the morning I could smell the candle even though it had just been sitting, unlit, with the lid off. Impressive. In fact it smelt just like clove rock sweets - lovely!
Lit, the candle will last up to 35 hours. It melts slowly so despite the pricier nature of this brand, you do get a long lasting candle. I find that when lit, I can smell the cinnamon more than the clove. It filters around the room well and the smell lingers even once you blow the candle out.
These scented candle tins are £8.50 from the official Lily-Flame website, www.lily-flame.co.uk, but you can sometimes see them for cheaper elsewhere, for example eBay.
I would buy this for myself, and probably will do when it's Christmas again. However I am a Yankee Candle devotee and would always buy their Christmas candles first before purchasing from Lily-Flame.
One of my Christmas presents was a Lily Flame candle in a tin. I have had a few of these before and have really liked them. The one I received this year was Christmas Spice, very nice for this time of year. Lily Flame candles are quite expensive and the tins cost approximately £7 -£9 depending on where you buy them from but they are really nice to burn occasionally. The estimated burning time is 35 hours, the lily flame candle tins I have tried in the past have never quite reached this amount of time but they certainly burn for a good amount of hours. All lily flame candles are handmade.
The candle comes in a round tin with orangy/red sides and lid. The name Christmas spice is written around the tin in gold handwriting style letters and beneath this it says " a warm blend of cinnamon and cloves. This is repeated on the lid. The tin is roughly 6.5 x 6.5cm's.
The wax is a similar colour to the tin although slightly more pinky, there are little chunks of coloured wax dropped into the candle, these are red, green and orange. They look like they have been sprinkled over the candle. I always find it best, as with most candles, to keep the wick trimmed, this avoids the problem of the candle smoking. All Lily Flame candle tins I have used in the past have burned down evenly which in my opinion makes them last well.
Lily Flame describe this candle as having the "traditional aroma associated with Christmas" and on removing the lid and taking a sniff I would certainly agree with this. The candle smells delicious. It has that mulled wine aroma. Its a very spicy fragrance but very warm and comforting. It creates a lovely cosy warm feeling in your home.
So far I have been pleased with my Christmas spice candle, the aroma just screams Christmas. It is quite a strong spicy smell but not overpowering. I usually light scented candles for an hour or two at a time. I found with this one as with Yankee the smell lingered for some time afterwards. As my home is open plan I find smells, good or bad, travel through the house. I was pleased that the fragrance of Christmas spice was strong enough to do this, I could even smell it upstairs.
Overall despite lily flame candle tins being a bit pricey I would definitely recommend them, particularly this one. It creates such a welcoming and warm atmosphere its ideal for Christmas time, and it made a lovely gift.