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I am currently on a self-imposed ban in respect of purchasing new toiletries as I own far too many and have promised myself that I will use them all before buying anything new. Last weekend saw me sorting through my wardrobe where I came across my huge selection of candles, which consists of an assortment of both Yankee and Shearer. After counting them I discovered that I own in the region of 90, which consists of 50 odd tarts and a combination of candle jars and tins, which is quite ridiculous, so my ban now also applies to candles!
A range that I discovered during the early part of this year is Shearers and as I found them to be of an exceptionally high standard I had proceeded to purchase quite a few from the Christmas range. I am pleased with all of their festive candles and have four different fragrances to burn over the Christmas period; one of which is Hollyberry and Clove and this review discusses my experience.
~~ APPEARANCE OF THE CANDLE ~~
I absolutely adore the appearance of all of the Shearer Candles in a Tin and if you are familiar with the range you will be aware that the circular tins are either golden or silver with an eye-catching decorative label. The appearance of Hollyberry and Clove is identical to that of the Frankincense and Myrrh fragrance and that is a golden coloured tin containing 181g of a deep red wax. The label edged with shiny gold is also identical other than that of the name of the fragrance, which is presented in stunning golden lettering. The beauty of these circular candles is that they are small enough to be moved from room to room as they measure only 4 ½ cm in height and 6 cm in diameter and they do not look obtrusive when displayed.
~~ BURNING THE CANDLE ~~
The transparent plastic lid edged with golden tin easily lifts off and is securely replaced following use. On removal I am able to witness the powerful and delightful aroma of cloves, which takes me back to my childhood when I would spend hours assisting my mother with decorating oranges with individual cloves, which would fragrance the living room for the entire Christmas period. Whilst the label on the tin does not state the candle wax contains cinnamon the aroma is very evident and after a little research on the internet I discovered this to be correct.
Within just a few minutes of lighting the single wick the spicy aroma of cloves becomes fairly intense, so this is not a candle for those who only favour a hint of cloves. The sweetness or the hollyberry is rather lost as it sits in the background whilst the spiciness of both the cloves and cinnamon take over. However, this is not a negative point as far as I am concerned, as all three fragrances work together extremely well and deliver the most stunning and very festive aroma.
I initially purchased one of the tins to try and liked it so much that I purchased a further six with each tin providing approximately 20 hours of burning time with the fragrance evident the entire time. I always find that the aroma of cloves is perfect for clearing my head, which is extremely favourable, particularly as during the colder weather I spend rather too much time indoors in the central heating. It is advisable to burn candles for a maximum of 2 - 3 hour periods and each time I distinguish the wick I am able to witness the strong smell of cloves in my home for a good couple of hours afterwards. I am able to place the tins on my mantelpiece as whilst the underside becomes warm it does not become hot where it would cause the surface to burn.
~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~
All of my Shearer Candle purchases are made from Casca Candles via Amazon, but at the time of writing Casca does not have any listed. However, there are two other trades selling Hollyberry and Cinnamon where prices start at £2.99 plus £1.20 delivery for one tin.
This gorgeous festive candle receives 5 stars from me together with a full recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.