“ Brand: Marks and Spencer / Type: Teaalights „
I like to keep stocked up with Tealights I buy them from wherever I am at the time when I remember I need some. This time I happened to be in M&S. Although dearer than what I usually like to spend I figured they'd be longer lasting and are. The Tealights cost around £4.50 for 75 (this is considerably more than the 30 pack in Poundland I last bought).
I mainly use them to burn fragrance oils but I do need to make sure I have supplies in, in case of a Power cut. It doesn't happen often anymore but even so we do get the occasional cut. I find Tealights great for this job as I can dot loads around and don't need to mess about looking for candle sticks.
The plastic bag is big and full of candles, the brown label has the usual warnings and tells us that they have upto 4 hours burning time- which is I think is correct maybe even a bit longer.
The candles themselves are small white non scented plain wax candles which come in their own metal holder/case, the cases are thicker than cheap Tealight ones. They are an inch or so in diameter and about the same in height.
The wicks are good quality thus making these easy to light and stay lit until you put them out. The candles burn down evenly and are smoke free which is great. They don't leave soot on the wall behind them, for example, or on my oil burner. Once burnt down there's nothing left of them (apart from an empty case!).
I would recommend them for performance, but the price is a little steep- so 4 stars from me.
My husband would say that I'm obsessed with candles, and I guess that he's probably right. I always have candles lit up in the house every evening, and I go through vast quantities of them. I especially like using scented candles and tealights to fragrance the room. However I've found that this can work out to be very expensive as scented candles are more expensive than unscented candles. I've found that to keep the cost down if I use a mixture of scented candles and unscented candles then I get the best of both worlds, I get the scent and fragrance from the scented candles, and the warmth and glow from both the scented and the unscented candles.
I especially have a lot of tealights dotted all over the house, and this is one area where I don't really mind using the unscented version. I normally buy my regular unscented tealights from Ikea, I normally buy the Glimma unscented tealights which are £1.75 for a pack of 100 tealights. This is excellent value for money, and I normally stock up with a couple of bags each time I go to Ikea. Unfortunately last time I went I had a bit of a dumb moment and I thought that I had lots of tealights left and so I didn't buy any, it turns out that I only had a handful left and so I ran out and was looking to buy some from elsewhere.
I was shopping in M&S not long after with my mum and moaning about having no tealights when she suggested that I get some from there as she always buys her tealights from M&S. I agreed to have a look and see how much they were - they turned out to be £4.50 for a pack of 75 tealights. I said that I had no intention of paying that much, and so I wouldn't bother. My mum however added 2 bags to her trolley as she said that she needed to stock up. When we were both heading to our cars afterwards she gave me one of the bags of tealights as she said that she'd bought one for her and one for me (mums hey!).
So how do these very expensive M&S tealights compare to my cheap and cheerful Ikea Glimma tealights.
A quick price calculation shows that the M&S tealights works out at 6 pence each (£4.50 for 75), compared to just under 2 pence each (£1.75 for 100) for the Ikea Glimma tealights.
The M&S tealights state that they will burn for 4 hours, I would say that I've been getting slightly longer out of them, around 4 and a half hours. The Ikea Glimma tealights also say that they will burn for 4 hours, however I normally only get around 3 and a half hours out of them. I like the extra burning time that the M&S tealights give, especially with winter drawing in and the nights becoming longer. I sometimes end up lighting two of the Ikea Glimma tealights on long winters night, whereas with the M&S ones I would maybe just use the one.
Both the M&S tealights and the Ikea Glimma tealights both burn down evenly, so no problems there with either ones.
The metal cups that the M&S tealights come in seem to be more substantial than the metal cups that the Ikea Glimma tealights come in, they don't squash and bend as easily. I can't say that I've ever had a problem with the Ikea ones though, so they don't necessarily need to be any more substantial, especially as they are hidden inside a tealight holder anyway.
Both the M&S tealights and the Ikea Glimma tealights are just plain white in colour, with a white wick. The only difference appears to be when you light the tealights, the M&S tealights always light first time, and seem to be easier to light, sometimes I struggle to light the odd Ikea Glimma tealight, sometimes the odd one will just take ages to light - for no apparent reason. Another point to add with lighting the tealights, the Ikea Glimma tealights give off quite a bit more smoke on initial lighting than the M&S tealights do. The M&S tealights basically don't give off any smoke whatsoever. The smoke from The Ikea ones disappears a few minutes after lighting though, so it's not normally a problem.
I wouldn't buy the M&S tealights again, as I just can't justify spending that much on them when I go through so many. At the end of the day I can get tealights much cheaper that work just as well. OK, so they do burn slightly longer than my regular Ikea Glimma tealights, but only an hour or so, and that's not worth paying more than triple the price for them.
I always have a stock of tealights in my house, I use them for my oil burners and have a lot of decorative tealight holders which I like to have on in the evenings. I was recently wandering round Marks and Spencer and spotted their bags of Tealights. I know they are more expensive than the pound shops tealights which I often use but I wondered if they would be better quality than the cheap ones and burn better. I decided to try them. The tealights cost £4.00 for a bag of 75.
They are sold in basic packaging, just a clear plastic bag which has a brown square on the front with 75 T-Lights written across it. The front of the bag also informs the customer that each T-Light will burn for up to 4 hours. Apart from showing the Marks and Spencer logo and the price that's all that is on the front of the bag. The back of the pack lists a few warnings about using the T-Lights, these are standard, common sense warnings such as never leave candles unattended or in a draught.
The T-Lights are made from the usual plain white wax, they have no smell and come in their own little silver metal holder. They look just like basic T-Lights, nothing pretty or fancy. I did notice that the wicks look quite thick though. Some cheap T-Lights I have bought in the past have had such spindly little wicks that the wax couldn't melt and the candle kept going out.
When I opened the bag, being the saddo that I am, I sat and counted the T-Lights, for the purpose of this review of course. and found I actually had 76 T-Lights in my bag. Each little T-Light is 1 1/2 inches across and 1/4inch deep. Slightly bigger than the last packet of cheap ones I bought.
I have been using my T-Lights for a few weeks now and I am pleased with them. The bag promises each one will burn for up to 4 hours and I do get at least 4 hours burning time out of them. They burn down nice and evenly until every last drop of wax has been used, they also have a good quality wick which doesn't fizzle out within a few minuets of lighting it.
I use the Marks and Spencer T-Lights in all my burners and decorative little holders and have had good results every time. I also use these in a little chocolate fondue I have. Its only a mini one for 2 but these little candles work well with it.
Overall I would buy these again and do recommend them. I know the pound shops sell T -Lights much cheaper but for overall burning time I think these are just as good value.