Me and my partner are big fans of candles. Some make your house smell lovely, and the light from a candle is therapeutic in a way, which is nice too. We have lots of candles, most of which are scented, but it is also good to make your own candles too because you can make your own scents!
We bought a small oil burner when visiting a shopping mall one day last month, along with scented oils to go with it, so we needed to purchase some tea lights to use with it. We headed to our local supermarket which is Asda, to get some. There was a wide range of candles available but we opted for standard unscented candles because they would work best with the burner.
We bought a packet of 100 for £2, which i thought to be really cheap considering the price of some of the candles they had on offer, for example, we saw a bag of 20 unscented candles that was red, and they was selling them for £4! Just because they was a different color they charged more, which i thought was a little silly!
These candles are white in a small tin foil like tray. They burn for around 40 minutes each, which I think is pretty good for the size of them, and i thought the quality of the candles was really good too!
These candles are multi purpose, we do not only use them for the oil burner that we bought, we use them on the side of the bath too, which is nice! I would recommend these candles to anyone who enjoys candle light like we do, and for the price you cant go wrong! Candles can really improve your mood too, the light of candle can be very relaxing in all rooms in the house!
It wasn't until I moved into my own place that I started to use tea lights and candles and now I buy loads. They make the atmosphere in a small flat look a bit more cheery and they go some way towards managing to disguise the mess I have lying all over the place and are not as harsh as overhead lights or lamps.
I don't have a lot of money to spend on luxury items and I do consider candles to be a luxury and not a necessity. I buy the ones from Tesco though I also buy Ikea tea lights because they are both great value for money and they take ages to burn out and come in big packs.
The ones I buy from Tesco cost only one pound for 30. A pack of thirty lasts me weeks because I don't use them every single night I am in the flat, mainly the ends of the week or just at weekends.
These tea lights are packed in simple plastic paper and they are off white colour and quite plain to look at and obviously have no fragrance to them at all. I like these ones better than the ones I buy from Ikea because I think that the wicks are slightly longer and this is better for me as I use matches most of the time to light my candles and I end up burning my fingers a lot.
Each tea light sits in a lightweight silver coloured casing and each one burns for about three hours each. I place them all round my flat and though my dad says it's a bit of fire hazard, I still love them and I am always careful about where I place them next to. Each tea light is just a standard size, so they are quite smell, but they still give off a good amount of light and make the room look and feel a lot warmer.
I am really pleased with these Tesco tea light sand I definitely will recommend them.
I get through an awful lot of tealights in my home. I have two fancy tealight holders in my living room which take 4 tealights in each and a further tealight holder on a cabinet and 3 oil burners and I enjoy using them so do so most evenings but as you can imagine I feel like I am constantly buying them!
I was really happy when recently shopping in a large Tesco store to see packs of Tesco 'Everyday Value' tealights and a pack of 30 of them cost me a pound working out at 3p per tealight and they offer 3 hours of burn time each so I was really pleased!
They came in a see through pack very basically labelled and on the front we are simply told what they are and on the back (if I remember rightly cos I didn't keep them stored in the pack) we get told burn time and contact details for Tesco is given. Very basic packaging this is but as informative as it needs to be in opinion!
These are of course the standard size of most tealights and round in shape and of course the off white coloured wax is encased in the silver base. They have a reasonably long wick to each one of them but not too long and are unscented, so perfect if like me you use oils etc in your oil burners. To me these may be cheap to purchase but look decent quality and are easy to light and so on.
These fit in everything that I own really nicely and once lit do stay lit for around about 3 hours, give or take a bit here and there but I do find they all go out at about the same time and they give off a very decent flame so even in my large oil burner I only need to put one tealight in it (with some brands I've felt the need to use a couple each time to get any scent going at all).
All in all I think these are a really good purchase and I will certainly buy them again, in fact next time I shall buy a few packs of them! I have seen on here other people mentioning other sized packs from Tesco of these but sadly mine only does them in bags of 30 at the moment or I'd buy a bigger pack so I never run out!
Only available in Tesco stores as they are of course a Tesco own branded product! Top marks!
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I go through a lot of tea lights because I love the soft glow they provide whether they are in holders or not, I either pop them in tart warmers with a tiny drop of essential oils or arrange a group of tea lights on two mirror trays which has the effect of almost doubling the light emitted. I used to just buy them at Christmas but now buy them regularly because I no longer have to worry about pets or small children so can place them around my little flat.
I was surprised at the huge variety on offer plus the prices and burning times. As I am on a very tight budget I'm afraid long gone are the days when I could afford to buy Yankee candles or grab a basketful from John Lewis or Next - I am more savvy now and haunt the pound shops etc to save money where I can. The pound shops, Home Bargains, QualitySave etc all sell tea lights but they tend to come in packs of 30 and I am yet to find those which last more than a couple of hours. I ended up paying £4.99 at my corner shop when I ran out but the lights were rubbish and only burned for an hour or so.
Determined not to waste my money again I was pleased to find packs of 100 on TescoDirect for just £3 and, although just Everyday Value, they burn for around 3 hours each and I certainly think this is a great price for unfragranced tea lights.
The pack is slightly different from the one pictured and is predominantly grey in colour with safety information clearly printed on the packaging. The lights are arranged in 4 layers of 25 which makes them easy to store and access when required. The quality is uniform which means they all last around 3 hours - I have bought others which have varied and ended up with some 'dead' and some still burning which is annoying.
They are easy to light because the wicks are of a reasonable size and the casing, although thin, is adequate so if you want to remove them it is a simple process. I am not an expert on wax but these seem pretty good and there is no smell whatsoever which is good because some 'fragrance-free' tea lights actually have a strange odour when lit.
I also light a couple to put in my kitchen when I have been cooking 'smelly' food like sprouts or fish ( I remember reading somewhere years ago that lighting candles when you cannot always open the windows actually helps absorb unwanted smells?) I am not sure if there is any scientific research to clarify his but nobody has mentioned that my place stinks!
I have to say that although I would much prefer Yankee Candles etc that these Tesco tealights suit my budget and my needs and I will definitely be re-purchasing.
Tealights are a very basic product in my opinion so I just buy any old brand - whatever's the cheapest, to be honest. Tesco everyday value tealights are the ones that I buy most often because I regularly shop in Tesco's. A pack of 100 costs £2.50 (it was £2 a pack a couple of weeks ago but they've shot up by 50p!) and a pack of thirty costs £1.
I always buy the packs of 100 as these last for ages, at least a couple of months which is great considering how many I get through - I tend to burn a wax tart every day so I usually get through at least one or two tea lights per day. These tea lights come in a very simple cellophane sort of packet and they are all lined up in rows.
I find this packaging design a bit annoying though because as soon as I cut the packet open the ones where I've cut will fall out unless I'm really careful. I keep the tea lights in the packet in one of my kitchen drawers and a couple always fall out when I open the drawer, but I can't be bothered to transfer them into a container and the slight packaging fault doesn't bother me considering how cheap the tealights are.
The tealights are just small round discs of white wax with white wicks in them. The wicks are pressed down so I need to pull the wick up before lighting it, which is simple enough to do but I have found that some are really pressed down so I have to dig right into the sides of the wick which means that I get wax under my fingernails sometimes. The foil that the wax is in feels surprisingly good quality. It is not thin and flimsy and feels good quality, which for cheap tea lights is a novelty!
Most of the other brands of cheap tea lights I've tried have had very thin, flimsy foil. The tealights are easy to light with either a match or lighter, and I usually use a lighter. I have had a few duds which haven't lit properly including one which when I lit it the wick kind of set on fire for a millisecond then melted and stank of burning, but luckily the other slight duds I've had have still been useable after initially not lighting properly.
The tea lights are completely fragrance free which I like as this means that the smell of whatever I am melting in my tart burner won't be interfered with. The tea lights last for around a two hours each (sometimes longer sometimes not as long, it does vary a bit) before the wax has completely gone and the tea lights put themselves out once there's no wax left, and when I blow the tealights out when they're still burning there isn't too much smoke. I've not had much problem with ash or anything like that, and I've found that a majority of the wicks don't get all lumpy with ash like some other cheap brands of tealights do, and these are really good quality considering the price.
All in all, these are brilliant.I am a little disappointed with the recent price increase of them though, however they're still cheap and good value so I will continue to buy them and I highly recommend them!
I use a lot of tealight candles in my home, as I have several wax tart burners and assorted candle holders. For this reason, I will often stock up on large packages of tealight candles when I see them available on promotional offer, as I go through so many of them! In my large stash of such items at home, I came across a large, see-through package of "Tesco Value Tealights", with this review outlining my experiences of using the product.
Even though the Tesco Value brand has recently undergone a bit of a 'facelift', I believe that some items are still being sold in their previous packaging, which consists of the more traditional blue stripes and red Tesco Value logo. This is certainly the case with the Value Tealights, which I noticed were being sold in my local branch of Tesco recently, with the old-style label on their see-through package. The rest of the packaging is pretty nondescript, comprising of only a flimsy wrapper made of thin, clear cellophane. There is a label on the reverse of the pack for reference, which includes safety instructions and diagrams.
The package, as shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here, contains 30 individual tealight candles, and I believe I paid around the £1 mark at some point last year, although I cannot check the exact price online at the time of writing this review, as the item has been removed from the Tesco website for the time being. As I mentioned earlier, however, the Tesco Value Tealights are still being sold in some branches of Tesco. (Correct as @ June 2013).
The Tealights themselves are small and circular, and are what I would describe as being an off-white colour, even verging on being 'cream' rather than white. Most other tealights that I buy nowadays are white in colour, but this point doesn't matter too much to me as the candles are out of sight prior, and during use. Indeed, when one of the tealights is placed in a wax tart burner, for example, it is almost impossible to see what colour the burning tealight is, due to the flickering 'glow' obtained from the wick itself.
The Tesco Value Tealights are completely unscented, as you would expect given their purchase price. This suits me down to the ground, and is my preference, as I don't like to use scented tealight candles in my wax tart burners, finding their scents 'mingle' with the scent of the wax tarts when they begin to melt. It is for this reason that I will actually hunt out unscented tealights, finding they are more suitable for using alongside my assortment of wax tarts.
I find that the Tesco tealights are rather 'shallow' in their 'depth' as it were, and although this didn't prevent me from purchasing them in the first place, I did wonder as to how well they were going to perform in terms of their burning time, as they are slightly smaller in their 'depth' as most other tealights that I buy nowadays. In actual fact, I ended up feeling rather impressed, as the tealights last for a good three hours or so, which I feel is more than reasonable, especially when their purchase price is considered. It is true to say that more 'premium' tealights will perform better than this, in terms of their burning time. I do therefore feel that it is a case of "You get what you pay for" where items like this are concerned, but I really don't have much cause for complaint, particularly as I go through so many tealights and candles at home! It IS the case that there have been times when I have been burning a wax tart and have noticed the Tesco tealight has extinguished before I have finished burning the tart, but I just need to light another tealight and replace the burnt-out one, which takes only a moment.
Other aspects of the Tesco Value Tealights leave little cause for complaint; I do not find that they 'splutter' during use which would no doubt cause an unsightly mess. Neither do I find the Tesco tealights to be rather under-par in terms of the quality of their wicks; these seem to burn with ease, without 'smoking' during use or dripping wax over my table or, indeed, the inside of my pretty candle holders.
As with most other tealights that I buy nowadays, the Tesco Value version are provided in little silver 'trays' which are circular, and hold the tealights within perfectly. The Tesco tealights are not 'loose' from their holders, which I prefer, as I find that some other brands lose their little metallic 'holders' during storage, which is a tad annoying. The Tesco Value Tealights remain neatly in their holders until they have burnt out, and after this time I find that the little 'tray' holders are not overly hot to handle.
Taking everything into account, I do feel the Tesco Value Tealights are a very worthwhile purchase, particularly as I go through so many of the little things at home! I would most definitely repurchase the pack of 30 tealights again in the future, and I do really recommend giving them a try out, feeling that they offer great value for money.
=Tesco Tea Lights=
This is a review of the multi pack of 100 tealights.
=Price and Availability=
This is a Tesco own brand product and I paid £2 for a pack of 100 tealights, I purchased mine instore.
The tealights are in four layers of 25 tealights each individual tealight is encased in its own foil case, it is basic but keeps the shape when the tealight is lit. These 4 layers are wrapped in a sealed plastic package
The package has a grey label on the front telling us that this is 100 tealights, they are made in Poland, What I found odd was that the warnings are in picture format, so whether it is one set of tealights cover more than one country, i don't know.
I always try to keep some tealights in the house, in case of power cuts, but since my liking of Yankee candles, I have been going through quite a few of the tealights, so it was better to buy in bulk.
It works out at 2p per tealight, although Yankee Candles do an unfragranced tealight, why pay the additional cost.
The tealights were easy to use in average each one has about 3 hours of burning time and there is no problem with the wick, it stays in place in the middle of the tealight, so gives an equal melt across the tealight
Even when I have blown one out and gone back to relight it there has not been any problems, they tend to light first time.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend these tealights, you can't go wrong with them.
Tesco do some of their own brand, fabulous quality little tea lights. These come in a pack of 100, which is very large, and they cost only £2.00. They are what Tesco term Everyday Value tea light, but really, the quality is just as good (in fact the metallic bases are better) than the more expensive type available from Ikea.
These tea lights are unscented and each one is encased in a silver flexible metallic case. What I also like about these tea lights, is that unlike the ones I also buy from Ikea, these stay inside their cases and don't fall out in transit. The tea lights each burn between three to four hours. Four hours is the maximum amount of burn time I have every got from one of these tea lights.
They light well, first time every time. The wicks are a nice long length, set right in the middle of the wax and they burn down evenly. If I ever blow one of these out before the tea light has burnt itself out, I can go back the following day / night and very easily light it again without any bother.
I also like the fact that they don't splatter wax everywhere. When placed together in a large setting, they really do shed an impressive amount of light. The tea lights are presented in a plastic transparent pack. I always remove the outer packaging and store them inside my little plastic candle drawers which I have underneath my kitchen cupboard. The outer packaging can also be recycled after use.
During the winter months I burn more candles and tea lights but with a pack such as this size, they will last me for weeks and weeks before I need to go out to replace. They really do represent fantastic value for money, the quality is great, and if you aren't happy with them, you can always take them back to Tesco for a full refund.
===My suggestion was for the Tesco pack of 100 Tea Lights which was approved so I am not sure where the 'pack of 30' came from!===
Made for Tesco.
Basic tea lights in foil cases.
Made in Poland for Tesco.
100 tea lights.
Sealed in plastic packaging with a grey front label.
Warnings are in picture format.
Comes in four layers.
£2.00 for 100 tea lights.
Most households tend to have some sort of candles and as well as having candles for emergencies such as power cuts I also often use tart burners for burning my Yankee tarts.
I therefore always like to have a supply of basic tea lights to melt my wax tarts. I do not bother to buy the expensive fragrance-free ones sold by Yankee and will just buy whichever ones are either cheapest or convenient to buy.
As I currently buy my groceries online with Tesco I was delighted to find this huge 100 pack of tea lights as a very reasonable price, which I am sure is cheaper than the bags of tea lights I used to buy.
As compared to some I have previously bought in 'cheap', possible £1 shops, these candles do not actually look cheap at all and have good foil cases and nice neat wicks.
They light easily and burn well. I mainly use them in my tart burners and if left to burn continuously they will normally do almost 3 hours - which for such a cheap product is very good. I often do not leave them burn that long in one go and if I blow them out I can re-light them the next day without any problems. Not all the wax is burnt from the container even when the candle is finished but that does not bother me.
I hope Tesco keep stocking these super large packs of candles as with almost 300 hours of burn time for just £2 you cannot go wrong.
===Would I Recommend?===