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One of my oldest friends (in time and not age!) always buys me really lovely presents for my birthday and at Christmas so I like to return the favour by picking something that I hope she will enjoy. For Christmas 2011 I decided to make her a goody bag with smaller items in rather than one larger gift as we have both done this for each other in the past. As she is a fan of candles like myself, I was really pleased to come across these fragranced 'Love Hearts' tea lights as I thought they would be a perfect addition to her goody bag as I know she is a fan of the sweets themselves.
On arrival though I'm ashamed to admit I kept them for myself.. so were they worth it?
*~*No ordinary tea lights?*~*
The tea lights come in a pack of six and feature three designs of each:
*2 Pink coloured tea lights with the words 'Kiss Me'
*2 Purple coloured, with the words 'Love Me'
*2 Blue coloured with the words 'Hug Me'
Each tea light is fragranced with a different 'sweetie' scent, and is supposed to be a copy of the classic sweets.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
The packaging is so kitsch that as soon as I came across these I was secretly smitten. The tea lights are all stockpiled on top of each other and are colour coordinated starting with the blue at the base, followed by the purple in the middle and finally the pink on top. The reason for mentioning this is the colours look like they are metamorphosing into one another and it is very attractively presented. The tea lights are housed in a transparent plastic tubing which has a sealed lid at the top and which I may add is very difficult to access the product inside even with the use of scissors.
The tube is then wrapped in a clear plastic which is tied either end (resembling a Christmas cracker) and with the classic Love Hearts wrapper on the front which looks authentically like a giant packet of sweets. Very clever indeed and extremely impressive presentation.
I first came across these whilst browsing online at my Littlewoods catalogue where they were being sold in the run up to the Christmas period for £6.99 as a stocking filler. Whilst I have seen them since at just £4.99 they technically didn't cost me anything as I decided to order from Littlewoods and paid using some stored up commission, though I wouldn't normally pay this amount for what is in actual fact glorified tea lights.
If interested these can also be found on both Amazon and Ebay at around £4.99.
*~*My experience of using these*~*
When I first saw these sweetie lights I was so overwhelmed with their genuine likeness of the Love Heart sweets that I simply had to buy them. Initially I had intended to give them to my friend but I had at the back of my mind a plan to keep them if I liked them when I saw them..and I did!
Unwrapping the tea lights is a dangerous business and the plastic covering of the tube is made from that type of material that can slice your finger if you are not careful (which I wasn't which is why I know it's the type of plastic that cuts you!). The tea lights look just as cute in *real life* as they did on screen and measuring at just 1 inch diameter they are a standard tea light size with a depth of 1 centimetre.
The tea lights all have there wording printed on in a darker colour and bold font and are not embossed despite the appearance being so. The wicks on the lights are of a reasonable length and are quite thick and sturdy compared to 'regular' tea lights so I found them very easy to light.
On deciding to light one of each of my sweetie lights I placed them on my kitchen windowsill where my candles/ wax tart oil burner live and proceeded to light each one in turn.
The wicks lit instantly and each light came alive illuminating the coloured tea lights and making the wording on each more pronounced and stand out more.
One simple word - NO!
I was so looking forward to burning these lights and on first lighting them I had high aspirations that these would be my new obsession candle wise but oh dear how wrong I was..
The candles burned for a very short period of time, and yes I am aware tea lights only have a short life when lit these particular tea lights fizzled out in less than 15 minutes which was very disappointing. There was only the faintest hint of an aroma emitting from each one and it could only be detected when you got extremely close up to the tea light so I was let down as there as I imagined a rich and sweet fragrance filling the air - no such luck.
The tea lights look beautifully retro and really do *look* the part but that is all, as burning them is a great disappointment and because of this I will not be buying them again in the future. I am so glad I did end up keeping them for myself as it would have been a disappointing gift had I given them as planned to my friend for Christmas.
Because these do look kitsch and really realistic I would recommend them for having for decorative purposes only but if buying to use as scented tea lights then it's a huge no no as disappointment will ensue.
It's such a shame about these tea lights as they could have been so much more than just something pretty to look at unlit..
A disappointing product in the end though they certainly look the part but because of my experience with them it's a 2 out of 5 for appearance and only.