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Shearer Candles was founded in 1897 in Glasgow. They currently offer a wide range of scented candles and other scented treats for the home.
Amber Noir is a scent range that Shearer Candles offer. This particular scent is presented in various desgined jars and tins. There is also a pillar candle available, a diffuser and scented tea lights.
For the purpose of this review, I will be discussing the small tin in this particular scent. The tin I have is a single wick tin which is designed to be used when travelling but is perfectly usable at home. The wax has a recommended burning time of up to 20 hours.
Amber Noir was a 2011 addition to the Shearer collection. It is described as being a 'mysterious' scent as it contains a blend of amber, violet and tuberose.
Amber Noir is presented in a beautiful, small gold tin. The top of the lid is clear allowing the pitch black wax to be seen. The tin has a black label showing the scent name and generally looks pleasing on the eye. It is recommended that you place the tin in an appropriate container and trim the wick to 1cm to avoid smoke damage.
The tin measures approx 4cm x 6cm and has a total weight of 181g.
~Price and Availability~
The majority of the Amber Noir collection can be sourced from www.shearer-candles.com priced from £8.00. Alternatively, head to Amazon where the products are discounted. This particular tin can be purchased for £2.99.
I am a true Yankee devotee but I do like to try out other branded candles - especially if the candles are given to me as a gift. Towards the end of last year, a lovely friend (Alyson29) sent me 2 Shearer Candles to try out - one of which was Amber Noir. This lady knows what a candle lover wants!
The packaging is stunning and although different from Yankee, the products do not look as cheap as they actually are. I love to keep my home smelling lovely and usually melt wax tarts. I don't like to move my tart burner about though so if I am looking to scent a room other than my living room, I tend to use a proper candle for this purpose.
Amber Noir is a very addictive scent and is enticing from the moment the lid is removed. The black wax gives a rich, aromatic aroma and I love the way the wax glistens as the melted wax surrounds the wick. The wick is easy to light (I use a long candle lighter) and is easy to maintain and keep at an acceptable length. The wax melts evenly around the wick and looks very fetching. The candle also burns down neatly so no wastage here and this means one can get the full benefit from the wax.
~Relax and Indulge~
Amber Noir is a very natural scent full of flavour. Once lit, the wax begins to melt and the scent lifts up from the tin and into the air. Amber Noir has an impressive strength. It starts off my filling a small area before filtering around the chosen room and out into the hall way. It does take a little longer than a Yankee candle to fill my home but is well worth the extra wait in my opinion - it is at its peak within 30 minutes or so. Amber Noir won't be to everyones tastes but I find it to be absolutely stunning and feel it has a romantic, homely feel to it.
I would say Amber Noir wouldn't be out of place in a batchelor pad - it isn't as masculine as Yankees 'Midsummers Night' but it is far from being feminine and girly. It is a very deep scent and flows beautifully. At first, the tuberose and violet blend together and the scent is quite uplifting and comforting - something a bit different with a delicate floral blended with sweetness type of arrangement going on. As the wax melts further, the amber surges through and is very rich and inviting.
There is a wave of musk running through the scent which is noticeable in various strengths as the candle burns. I don't normally like musky scents but it is very fitting on this occasion. It adds depth and gives Amber Noir a dark, mysterious feel which reminds me a little of expensive aftershave. It is far from being cheap smelling and is a very warm and enchanting scent to relax with. It never overpowers or makes me feel queasy and simply flows at the perfect pace. Amber Noir is also the perfect odour eliminator as it rids my home of any odours quickly and effectively.
I lit Amber Noir for a few hours at a time and could still witness its delicious, aromatic aroma around an hour or so after flame had been blown out. I was able to obtain the recommended 20 hours of burning time and during each burning session, the scent of Amber Noir remained fresh and consistent - it didn't fade of lose intensity at all.
I can thoroughly recommend this little tin. It is an amazing scent to treat your home too and the price it is offered at is simply amazing. I would say Amber Noir is the perfect scent to burn in the evening and during the colder months - it would be too heavy and 'dark' for day time use in my opinion.
I can highly recommend this candle and would like to thank Alyson for sending me one - I am hooked!
Thanks for reading!
I have only recently discovered Shearer candles and I am rapidly becoming a fan. Shearer is a Scottish firm that has been established since 1897. They make all sorts of candles for lots of different occasions. I bought my latest Shearer candle, Amber Noir, from an online store called www.candleselection.co.uk , I bought a candle tin from the Victorian winter collection range. The candle tins are marketed as candles to burn at home or travel candles. I cant personally imagine taking a candle with me when travelling but these are suitable for those that do.
Amber Noir comes in a gold coloured tin with a black and gold label giving the whole thing a very luxurious feel. Amber Noir is written in the middle of the label in gold letters, the label is outlined with a gold swirly pattern and also shows the Shearer logo in gold too. The label also informs the customer that the wax is "hand poured". The tin has a screw top lid which is easy to remove. The tin measures approximately 5cm's high and has a diameter of 6cm's.
The wax itself is black which is perfectly in keeping with the black and gold tin, the whole thing looks very glamorous, it has a touch of luxury about it.
Amber Noir is fragranced with tuberose, violets and amber and on giving the wax a quick sniff it smelt lovely, floral with a musky hint I was looking forward to burning it. I lit the candle one evening and within a few minuets a beautiful floral fragrance was filtering around the room, it was gentle and in no way overpowering, the amber gave it a wonderfully musky scent and over all the smell was inviting, warm and created a lovely atmosphere.
I burn my candles for an hour or two at a time, I find with Yankee products this gives a good amount of fragrance which also lingers well after the candle has been extinguished, the same also applies to Shearer candle tins. I let the Amber Noir candle tin burn for a couple of hours in which time the lovely warm musky fragrance has crept not only all around my lounge but around most of my home where it lingered for quite a while.
I paid £3.50 for my Shearer candle tin which in my opinion is excellent value for money as Shearer claim it will give 20 hours burn time and although I haven't used all the wax up I would say this is a pretty accurate as the wax is burning down evenly. I love the Amber Noir candle tin, the fragrance is so warm and inviting and it creates a lovely warm atmosphere in my home. I burn this in the evenings in my opinion its not a daytime fragrance.
I would certainly recommend the Shearer Amber Noir candle tin, its one of the nicest candles I've burnt in a long time. This particular fragrance can also be bought in a jar, a pillar candle and tea lights. Its one I will most definitely be buying again.
A rare dark essence of tuberose, violets and amber / Sensual and Mysterious, it will provoke all your senses / Very smart little gold coloured tin with black wax candle.