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We needed a really nice smelling candle for the bedroom and I saw these where I work. I originally was going to buy a Yankee candle but they are very expensive. I had never seen the jelly belly candles and thought I would try it. When I smelt the candle in the shop it smelt gorgegous. When I lit it the smell was just as strong and is very powerful. When we have it lit the smell will drift into other rooms. The smell makes you want to go and buy some sweets and eat them especially cherry drops.
The candle comes in a clear jar which when the candle has been used up can be used for other things. It takes ages for the candle to burn making it worth the £10. The smell of the candle lingers around after use making it better than using an air freshener.
Since discovering Yankee Candles a couple of years ago I quickly became a big fan of the range of products available and soon realised that they were an effective way of making my home feel warm and inviting whilst at the same time fragrancing it and eradicating any cooking or tobacco odours that may be lingering. I like the atmosphere a candle can create especially if one is lit on an evening time and whilst I tend to buy a lot of wax tarts from Yankee and Kringle Candle Company thanks to their fragrance releasing properties I will from time to time pay that little bit extra and buy something that lasts longer than a wax tart.
It was during a visit to a local garden centre a couple of months ago that I saw a whole section dedicated to fragranced candles and accessories and amongst the products on offer were a range of Jelly Belly ones, Very Cherry caught my eye thanks to the bright and cheerful sticker that was attached to the trunk of the glass jar and even though I'd not tried any products in the Jelly Belly range the name of this one was more than enough for me to part with £9.99 and I ended up buying one to see just how Cherry-licious it would actually be.
Jelly Belly Very Cherry
As shown in dooyoo's picture the Jelly Belly Very Cherry candle is contained in a thick glass jar with a glass stopper, it looks and feels very well made and the unmistakeable fragrance of Cherry is noticeable as soon as the stopper is removed. The wax is vibrant red in colour and has a single black wick which runs through the middle of it, on the underside of the jar is a white sticker with details of the manufacturers (Wax Lyrical) and you are informed that the candle has a 60+ hour burn time.
Jelly Belly as a trade name is probably most associated with the delicious Jelly Bean sweeties that are available to buy and presumably Wax Lyrical have taken inspiration from these sweets and incorporated the 'flavours' into wax products. I've read a couple of reviews about other Jelly Belly candles and car air fresheners and noted the positive things other people had to say about the range so had high expectations when I came to light my candle as I imagined it would be a room-filling, deliciously sweet aroma.
I've been burning my candle on and off now for around 6 weeks and have mixed opinions with it overall, there's no denying that it is Cherry fragranced and that the scent does travel well but I've been a little disappointed with the strength of its fragrance and feel that it lacks the intensity of other candles I've burned in the past. "Very Cherry" is a bit of a misnomer in all honesty as it isn't 'Very' at all, Yankee produce a couple of "Cherry" named products ("Black" and "..On the Snow") which are much stronger in fragrance than this one from Wax Lyrical and maybe it's unfair of me to draw comparisons between the two but I can't help but wish that this one had the same amount of intensity and depth of 'flavour' that the ones from Yankee have.
It is a perfectly pleasant aroma though, it doesn't feature any harsh overly-artificial notes but it's a rather flat fragrance that lacks any bright highlights or contrasting bittersweet undertones so rather than providing something that has a lot of interest it soon becomes a little on the boring side and it's not one that I have burning for many hours at a time. The other niggle I have with this comes down to the wax funnelling in the glass jar, I hate it when this happens as it means that there's a waste of wax as once the wick has burnt so far down the wax there's not enough heat generated to evaporate what's left behind. This is something that usually happens with cheaper-end candles in my experience and I found it surprising that it happened with this one as I kept the wick trimmed as per the instructions and allowed enough burning time for the top layer of wax to melt. I think for the money this actually cost to buy it could have been a little better than it actually is and once I've melted my way through the remainder of the wax that is left in my jar I don't think I'd be in a rush to buy another product in this range unless they were offered on sale at a reduced price.
On the positive side the advertised 60 hour burning time is accurate as I've had mine burning for a good few weeks now and have easily reached that amount of time, I do like how the candle is presented and I do think it injects a bit of colour to my room and creates a nice atmosphere when it's lit. Whether it's something that I would recommend to other people I have concerns over as I do think it's expensive at around £10.00 and I'm not particularly enamoured by its fragrance or the overall quality of the wax.
In conclusion then Jelly Belly's Very Cherry glass jarred candle gets a relatively disappointing 3 stars from me after taking everything mentioned in this review into consideration. They are widely available from high street department stores and garden centres though and can be found online from the likes of amazon and I'm sure that they would appeal to some. I do like the design and packaging but I wouldn't buy this one again though as I don't think it has the same quality as either Yankee or Kringle however it was worth taking a chance on and has provided enough fragrance to make it just about worth the money I paid.
Thanks for reading my review.
~ Jelly Belly Very Cherry Jar Candle ~
Being a converted Yankee Candle fan I was tempted to give this a miss when I saw it in a car boot sale but knowing how much I like the Very Cherry air freshener of the same brand and this being sat there on a crowded table for just £1.50, well I thought why not?!
This is a lovely candle for the bargain price I paid for it but it usually retails for £9.99 or there abouts. For your ten quid you will be getting a fairly large jar candle that has a burn time of approximately 60 hours. The glass jar is very simple being a cylinder jar which has a rather funkily shaped glass lid.
Through the glass jar you can see the cherry red coloured wax which makes me feel like it is going to be of a decent quality... The colour is right atleast!!
Opening the jar I am greeted by a delicious sweet cherry scent, which is what I was hoping for. I am also hoping that it smells as good whilst being burnt.
I placed my candle on top of my bearded dragons vivarium and lit it. It took about 15 to 20 minutes until I noticed the scent filling my living room and I was happy to note that it smelled as good whilst melting as it did before hand. The sweetness of the cherries soon filled the air and it was delicious.
I like cherry scents in general and this was no exception although this is more of a sweet cherry rather than a more natural scent, it seems more artificial than Yankee Candle cherry scents but that is not a bad thing.
As I do prefer to burn wax tarts, I have placed this in my bathroom now and I light it now and again, I find that the scent is strong enough to travel from my bathroom to the other side of the landing and I can also smell it slightly in the bedrooms.
The scent lingers for about 30 minutes or so when the candle has been blown out but I do find that the air does still feel freshened.