“ Brand: Lush / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
Lush brought out a range of candles during 2010. I adore Lush, and I love scented candles, so I was initially extremely excited to hear that Lush had developed this range. There were four different scented candles in the range (Orange Blossom, Tuca Tuca, Lust, and Vanilla Brule), and for starters, I couldn't stand the smell of the first three in that list. While I did like the smell of Vanilla Brule, but I was massively put off by the £20 price tag! (Some of the other scents were even dearer at £30, so I guess I should be greatful that the one scent I did like was the cheapest!).
I would never pay £20 for a candle and so I left the shop feeling a bit disappointed. However, at the end of 2010, Lush held a forum party, and anyone spending over £30 received a beautiful giftbox packed full of goodies. Included in those goodies was a candle, selected at random. I kept my fingers and toes crossed that I would receive Vanilla Brulee and luck was on my side as I did. I was absolutely delighted!
As you can see from the picture, the candle has quite a unique appearance. The outside of the candle is made from black cheese wax, and it is a round candle. I think the overall look is quite sophisticated and certainly something I would be happy and proud to have on display in my lounge. However, I was surprised to discover that the burn time was only 20 hours. £1/hour seems pretty extortionate to me so I was even more grateful to have received this as a freebie.
The assistant in the shop who was telling me about the candles explained they were so expensive because each one contained a full bottle of perfume. This made the candles sound very luxurious, and also that they shoudl be incredibly strongly scented. I was therefore very excited to use my candle, and was expecting great things.
I am an active member on the Lush forum and noticed that a number of people started complaining about the candles. The most common complaint was of poor scent throw, but other complaints included uneven burning, the outer cheese wax melting causing the whole candle to collapse, and even sparks jetting out of it and setting nearby objects on fire! This made me very cautious and I decided to place my candle in a bowl before I lit in, just in case.
The scent throw was indeed disappointing. Given that a whole bottle of perfume was used, I would have been much better off using the actual perfume as an air freshener and saving them the bother of actually making it into a candle. If I stuck my nose a couple of inches away from the candle then the scent was beautiful: A delicious light vanillary toffee foody scent that was so tantilising and scrumptious that it made my tummy rumble. Yet if I sat on the sofa just a few feet away then I couldn't smell anything at all. I also experienced uneven burning, and even though I burnt it for several hours per session to try to avoid this, I still found that the middle of the candle burnt down much quicker than the edges, resulting a lot of wax being left over when the wick had burnt out. I chopped this up and used it in my tart burner, and discovered that when melted in this form, it had a much stronger scent hold, so perhaps the issue was the design of the candle itself rather than the quality or the strength of the scent within the wax.
It has to be said that while cheese wax does look fun and quirky, you have to question the safety of wrapping a candle in a meltable substance. I didn't experience any issues with this, but a number of people on the Lush forum did, and having a lit candle collapse must be a very scary and dangerous occurance. The candles were withdrawn from sale by the end of 2010. The official line was that this was due to poor scent throw, and that they intended to reformulate the range of candles. Nearly a full year on and there have been no publically known developments on this. Perhaps sales were not high enough for them to justify spending a long length of time in researching and developing ways to improve them.
In summary, I simply cannot recommend this candle. It did smell delicious but the scent throw was so poor that it was impossible to sit back and enjoy the scent. I am also concerned about the safety aspects after people reporting their candles had collapsed or had violently sparked and had set neighbouring objects on fire. However, I do hope that Lush are able to develop a range of candles at some point. I adore Lush scents so it would be such a treat to have a beautiful Lush scent burning and beautifully scenting my house. However I think they need to seriously consider their pricing and cost structure. Yankee candles are probably the market leaders and provide significantly better value for money, and so I feel they would need to lower the price and also increase the burn time if they are to achieve a decent amount of sales.
I was very excited when I heard my favourite store 'LUSH' was to introduce candles which matched the scent of the new fragrance range from Lush and Gorilla Perfumes. Although I didn't like any new scent I was still attracted to the sweet scent of Vanillary and opted to try the Vanilla Brulee Candle. At first glane it looks like a block of foreign cheese with its black outer skin. Its fairly chunky in size and has a delicious scent of a sweet tasty vanilla, creamy pudding! However I was shocked and a bit reluctant to pay £20 for one candle, but thought I'd treat myself. Each candle is aprox 20 hours burning time and they recommend that you burn them for 1-2 hours at a time.
The range of candles are special as they are parafin free, made from a vegetable base of cocnut oil and rapseed oil. It is dipped in black cheese wax to give the outer coating. Instead of been created with fragrance oil it is made with perfume oil for a stronger fragrance.
In my opinion the candles are massively overpriced and not that effective. Yes, it had a gorgeous 'cooking a nice cake' smell but it wasn't that strong and certainly not stronger than any of my fragrance oils I burn. After 5 hours in total of burning it had burnt a massive hole through the candle and I struggled to get it lit again. I think Lush should do a cheaper version as it may be just as effective with fragrance rather than more expensive perfume oil. nice as a treat, but something i won't be buying at that price again. its a nice idea that the candle matches the perfume product but shame on its price and overall effectiveness.