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I hadn't heard of this particular brand of candles, and was definitely a Yankee Candle gal, but when I saw these in my local chemist, I was intrigued. At a cost of £6.99 for a 7.7 x 6.6cm tin, they are also slightly cheaper than Yankee Candles, and the scent of this one in particular was something I was drawn to. I bought one of these for my mum, as she loves parma violets, although I have been around most of the time when she has used this.
Lily-Flame candles have been around since 1994, and are hand made in Glastonbury in Somerset. According to their website, they are the UK's favourite scented candle manufacturer, and on their website, there are an amazing array of different scents available. They are slightly more expensive on the website at £8.50 a tin, but this does include p and p, and there are a lot of different varieties online that I haven't seen in store. The company describe this scent as taking you back to a six year old, and this is definitely the scent I get from this candle, it does remind me of childhood.
The tin itself is eye-catching. It's a golden coloured tin, with a textured light purple wrapper with information on the candle, and the name of the candle. Once you open the lid, you see the light purple coloured candle inside, with 4 triangles of wax on top, two white and two are a darker lilac colour, which adds an extra fun dimension to the candle. I also find that these extras burn down along with the rest of the candle, so the unique effect isn't lost immediately. The candle is finished unevenly, and the triangles aren't even either, which just adds to the rustic charm and the homemade effect of these candles.
When I first opened the tin, I was amazed at the smell - it does smell exactly like parma violets, and the scent does really last as well. I have found that even without lighting the candle, leaving it uncovered in a room, the room is infused with the parma violet scent, and once lit, this scent just intensifies. It also lasts, in fact, you can still detect traces of the candle the following day after burning it. It could be a very sweet scent, but I don't find it overpowering, and it is definitely a nostalgic scent.
These candles have a burn time of around 35 hours, and this definitely seems to be the case, although I find that you don't actually need to burn it to get the yummy scent, so the candles are a great investment. The candle does burn evenly as well, and because the candle is in a tin, it means there's no wastage or mess either. Just be careful where you set it though - as the tin can get very hot. It is recommended that you burn these for 3 hours at a time for best results, but I haven't found that you really have to, either to get the scent or for the candle to burn evenly.
As with most candles, there are some important information on the lid, such as keeping the wick trimmed to 5mm and to extinguish when there is only 5mm wax left. Don't ever leave candles unattended and never place close to flammable items. Always keep candles 5cm apart, don't move the candles once alight and always keep the wax free of debris such as spent matches and wick trimmings.
I have only seen these in some local independent chemists, but I have read online that they are also available in Debenhams and John Lewis, as well as Amazon and Ebay. I would definitely recommend this candle if you like the scent of parma violets, as it's such a lovely, calming scent. I have also seen some of the others in this range, and any I have sniffed have had a lovely scent. I do still love my Yankee Candles, but they really have some competition now. I will definitely be buying more of these candles, and I actually bought the parma violet one for a few friends as Christmas presents this year (in fact my local chemist seems to have sold out of that particular scent - might not be a coincidence).
Check out www.lily-flame.co.uk for further information and for the ranges available. There are also smaller tins available in sets, some room fragrances and reed diffusers available in some of the scents, but sadly not the parma violets.
Over the course of the past year my love of candles has really grown, mainly down to the fact that my friend bought me a tart burner for Christmas the previous year. One afternoon whilst out shopping I came across a little shop selling unusual candles and some of them were in tins which looked really eye catching.
The tinned candles were made my Lily-Flame. Lily-Flame candles was established in 1997 and is based in Somerset where all of their products are handmade in the countryside. The candles come encase in a round chunky tin and come in various colours. I smelled the various candles that were for sale and as soon as I opened the tin of the Parma Violet scent I knew that was the one I wanted but as they are quite expensive I decided to ask for one for Christmas, which I was thrilled to receive!
The Lily-Flame Parma Violets candle comes in a gold tin which is covered in a textured lilac label, with one on the top also. "Parma Violets (The Sweetest Feeling)" is written in metallic green lettering on the top and side of the tin. On the back of the label (is there a back on a circular tin??) you will find details about the candle and instructions on how long you should burn it for. You are advised not to burn the candle for more than three hours at a time so the wax doesn't stick to the side of the tin.
Opening the lid of the tin you are immediately hit with the strong parma violet scent which is absolutely lovely and is just like you are sat there with a packet of the sweets! Looking at the candle it is a pale lilac in colour to match the label on the tin and has four chunky cubes of wax sitting on top - two purple and two white which gives it a really funky looking effect. The wick is in the centre of the candle (as with all candles) and is quite short in comparison to others I have had.
When I came to use the candle for the first time I was actually amazed at how strong the scent was even before lighting it and it was immediately filling the room, so much so that I wasn't even sure I needed to light it! However, I did decide to light it and within just a few minutes the scent was all around the house. The scent of this candle is just exactly like the sweets, it immediately takes me back to being a little girl and being treated to a packet of parma violets on a friday!
I tend to burn the candle once every couple of days and for around half an hour at a time as this is enough time because the scent is so strong. When the candle is being burned the wax burns really evenly and not just down the centre leaving a big gaping hole. As it melts the wax runs down and collects again in the middle leaving a nice even candle.
It is stated on the tin that the Lily-Flame candle will burn for approximately 35 hours and at a guess I would say I have burned mine for around three hours so far and there is virtually no change to the candle from when I first opened the tin. It is important to place the tin on a heatproof surface to prevent damage as the tin gets hot, though there is no danger of any wax spillages as it all stays in the tin!
Scents available: Chocolate Truffle, Christmas Spice, Citrus Crush, Daffodils and Dandelions. Freshly Cut Grass, Summer Pudding, Watermelon Smile, Love, Blush and many many more.
I absolutely adore the Lily-Flame Parma Violets candle, the smell is just yummy and I can't get enough of it. The quality of the candle is fantastic, the way it burns so evenly, how long it lasts and the strength of the scent is really good. After an evening of burning the candle I can still smell it the next morning when I come home from dropping my daughter off at nursery. It is good how long it lasts so I always know my home is smelling nice without using air freshener (and with having a cat I am a bit paranoid sometimes about that!).
You can buy the Lily-Flame candle from the company direct at a cost of £8.50 but if you shop around you can find them slightly cheaper online. You can also find this range of candles in some gift shops and larger stores such as Debenhams. I will definitely be buying one of these candles in the future, and can't wait to try the Watermelon Smile scent!
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I had this Lily Flame candle tin for my birthday in May and I've just started using it. Its the Lily Flame Palma Violets Candle, bought for me by my best lifelong friend because when I was younger I had a lovely old cat called Lily and also as children we loved Palma violets.
Lily Flame candles are made in Somerset and are available in a few department stores and on line shops.
My Lily Flame candle comes in a small tin with a pale lilac wrapper around it and also on the lid. Palma Violets is written around the tin in shiny green letters. Underneath in the same coloured writing it says The Sweetest Feeling. All of this is repeated on the lid. The tin is approximately 7cm's in diameter and just over 6cm's high.
The wax inside the tin has one wick and is a pale lilac colour and it has small cubes of darker purple and white wax in it making it look like they have been dropped in while the wax is liquid and left to solidify.
I've often found that smells can take me back to my childhood, playdough for instance and Nesquick milkshake powder are 2 and when I opened My Lily Flame tin the smell of Palma Violets took me straight back. It was exactly like the sweets.
When I lit the candle it wasn't long before the smell wafted around the room filling it with the sweet fragrant smell of Palma violets, I was taken straight back to my childhood. The fragrance isn't too strong and definitely not overpowering. Its a nice summery smell and I personally feel its more of a daytime fragrance. Its quite a warm smell not what I would call fresh.
I usually burn my Lily Flame candle for about 3 - 4 hours, this way the wax burns down nice and evenly and doesn't just burn a hole down the centre of the wax. Lily Flame state their candle tins will burn for approximately 35 hours, I haven't finished burning my candle yet but I would say in my opinion this maybe a little optimistic, however the candle tin will provide a good amount of burning time.
As with all candles care should be taken and you must stand this tin on a heatproof surface and away from drafts. Being in a tin means you wont get any wax dripping down the side and onto your carpet.
As I said my Palma Violet Lily Flame candle tin was a gift but in Debenhams they sell for round about £7.00, they can also be found on www.amazon.co.uk for roughly the same price. Whether you want just a scented candle or like me a little trip down memory lane I would recommend giving this one a try. Its warm and sweet and will give you several hours of fragrance.
During the dark winter evenings I think there is nothing more enjoyable than settling down for the night in a cosy chair, blanket close by, fluffy cat snoozing next to me, and the scent of a lovely candle. I feel it signals to me that the end of the day has arrived and I can relax.
Over the years I have tried many candles, and my favourite in recent times have been the lovely collection made by Lily-Flame. These scented candles are really beautiful, and they have many different options to choose from.
Produced in Glastonbury in Somerset these candles are presented in embossed tins. These retail for anything between £6.99 and £8.50, depending on where you purchase them. Direct from Lily-Flame you will pay 8.50- but shipping is now included. I have found Ebay to offer the best deals on these, so it is worth shopping around. You can also buy these in many outlets including John Lewis and Amazon, and independent candle shops also stock them.
The candle I prefer more than any other is one from their new collection called Parma Violets. I have a love of violets ever since my dear late grandma took me to her birthplace in the Gloucester countryside in March 1968. I was just 8 years old and we went walking down the narrow lanes together. Wild violets were growing along the roadside, and I have never forgotten the scent and sight of these purple beauties. Decades later I still smile when I think of those precious walks, and the scent of this candle evokes all those memories inside me of that spring day all those years ago. It is a lovely floral aroma similar to the fragrance you get from violet perfume and chocolates.
The candle itself is a beautiful mauve shade, and it has a burn time of 35 hours. I can certainly verify that this is accurate as I use mine most evenings for a couple of hours, and the candle easily lasts well into its third week. What I really love about this fragrance is that it perfumes the room, and the scent lasts all night, and is still discernable the next morning. In fact, at any time you can get a scent coming into your space from the candle, even when it sits unlit on the shelf.
According to their website this candle is "Parma Violets; The Sweetest Feeling." They say it takes you back to the carefree days of being six years old - I can certainly say it does for me for the reason I mentioned. It has that childhood "wellies in puddles" feeling to it - and I love everything about it!
These candles are all hand made, and there is always attention to detail in them. The Parma Violet candle has little pieces of wax on the top, also in a lilac shade, which looks very attractive. I think for the price these candles represent excellent value for money, and would certainly make lovely gifts. There are so many to choose from including my other favourites, blue hyacinth and rose petal.
I think this candle also has a Victorian feel to it, which isn't so surprising as the Victorians were very fond of violets and used them in many ways.
One of the most fragrant candles I have used, and perfect to create a cosy space as day gives way to night.