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I have previously reviewed a couple of the prizes I won in dooyoo's "Ten Days of Christmas" competition and I thought it was about time to review another, which is the Royal Horticultural Society English Lavender scented candle tin from Wax Lyrical.
I do like scented candles so this was a prize I was very pleased with, although I can't say lavender is my favourite scent. I was curious to see how I would like the scent as I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the tin up.
This range of scents, inspired by the Royal Holticultural Society, come in small silver tins, measuring 3 inches in diameter. The tins have delicately decorated labels and mine depicts pretty lavender flowers beside the Royal Holticultural Society logo and some information about the candle - most of which is safety advice of the (one would hope) common sense variety.
Upon opening the tin you are met with a lovely floral fragrance which delighted me as lavender is not a fragrance that I have especially liked. Upon closer investigation I learned why the scent appealed to me so much - in addition to the lavender top notes, the candle contains a hint of eucalyptus and bergamot fragrance. Bergamot is one of my favourite scents - especially for in the house - and it blends in beautifully with the eucalyptus and the lavender. The candle itself is a lovely pale lilac colour.
After being pleasantly surprised with the scent from the candle when I opened the tin, I was a bit annoyed by the wick not being slap bang in the middle of the candle. This might sound minor but in my experience I find candles burn more efficiently with a wick which is in the middle. Obviously, the candle looks better from an aesthetic point of view if the wick is in the middle too, as the wax burns more evenly. I appreciate this probably makes me sound rather pedantic and fussy, which I suppose is true!
The candle is very easy to light - I always use long matches to light candles as I am ham fisted and live in terror of setting light to anything accidentally. A long match is far safer for candle lighting than a standard one.
Once the wick is lit, it takes about five or ten minutes for the scent to be noticeable from the candle - but even then it's not particularly strong or pungent. I find with most scented candles it takes a good 20 minutes or so for the room to get the benefit of the scent and this one is no different. The scent which emits from the candle is fairly delicate - don't be expecting your room to smell strongly of lavender with this candle, but you will definitely notice a fairly sweet, floral scent as the candle burns.
The candle has a burn time of approximately 25 hours which I find to be about right. I have been using mine every evening for the past week, burning it for around 4 hours at a time and it's only just gone out for the last time. Because the wick on mine wasn't located in the middle it did burn in a lopsided manner but this didn't affect my ability to re-light the candle.
Like all scented candles, this does give off a burning aroma when you extinguish it, but unlike some the aroma isn't too pungent thankfully.
I have to say I am delighted and pleasantly surprised with this candle. It looks lovely thanks to the pretty packaging and the scent is very appealing too. I hadn't expected to like this because of the lavender but Wax Lyrical have definitely found a scent which doesn't overpower with one fragrance thanks to blending the lavender with other fragrances.
I really liked the hint of bergamot and the candle gave off a lovely fragrance which didn't overpower. I must stress that the scent isn't as strong as that on a Yankee Candle but it's still noticeable and gives your room a sweet and pleasant aroma.
So overall I can recommend the Royal Horticultural Society English Lavender scented candle tin from Wax Lyrical which is available on Amazon for £4.99.