As I not-so-subtly mentioned in last week's Cosy Sunday post, I gave in to temptation and bought two of Bath and Body Work's 3-wicked candles to try.
The scents I chose were both from the Spring St. Sweet Shop collection - Watermelon Lemonade - a refreshing fruity scent and Raspberry Macaron - a sweet scent (although too sweet for my taste).
As I have mentioned before, scents are a very personal thing and even for me, my taste sways within my collection depending on my mood!
In all honesty, I don't like these scents that much, I would not repurchase them if I were (by some miracle) Stateside tomorrow. I would definitely recommend smelling them in person before buying them if at all possible, as one person's definition of 'lightly sweet' may be your definition of 'sickly sweet'... Definitely learning from my mistakes.
Rather than going into depth about the individual scents, I thought I would discuss how I purchased them without leaving the country or asking someone to buy one for me like last time!
I purchased both these candles from the same Ebay seller and she even threw in a free gift of the anti bacterial gels! I chose my purchase using the following criteria:
1. Scent - I went through the Bath and Body Works website and picked out my favourites, then I checked eBay to see which ones were being sold
2. Price - If there was more than one seller, I would compare prices to see if any were overpriced
3. Reputation - I then checked to see if the seller had any negative feedback reviews, such as broken candles from postage etc. I found that I gravitated towards the business sellers (who had sold many in the past) rather than one off sellers as they were more likely to have the best packaging to keep the goods safe
My candles arrived without a scratch wrapped up in an egg tray-esque box and lots of selotape, and although I'm not the biggest fan of the scents I picked, I love the way they burn.
Remember how I said above I should have smelt them in person before committing to buying? I now have my eye on a mini trio of the Freshly Picked collection... *tut tut* Will I ever learn?
Bath and Body Works candles are probably the most talked about candle from YouTubers I watch Stateside, so when I found out my friends were visiting New York last summer, I made a cheeky request for them to bring me back one of their famous three wicked candles.
That was a pretty big ask seeing as those candles take up a sizeable percentage of precious luggage space and weight restriction, so I was still very chuffed when they brought back this Heirloom Pear mini candle for me. Scents are a very personal preference, so I was very lucky that the one they chose was right up my street.
Not too sickly sweet, nor earthy.
The mini candles have only one wick and a burn time of approximately 10 hours, which is a lot considering how small the candle is (I don't have giant hands! :p). The scent throw is comparable to the standard one wick Ikea candles that are cheap and cheerful and a lot more accessible over here in the UK.
Saying that however, I have found in the past that it is very difficult to get my Ikea candle to burn neatly without tunnelling. One of the things I look for in my candles is the burn; whether or not it melts all the way to the edges - and with the B&BW candles, I always see the 3-wicked candles with that beautiful layer of clear, melted wax. There is something oddly satisfying about that clear layer, and I am happy to report that my mini candle achieved that beautiful effect with time, although it has the benefit of being a mini candle after all!
So my verdict: Are Bath and Body Works candles worth the hype?
I would give it a provisional yes, the mini candle is ideal for my bedroom and non-invasive to the rest of my family who aren't candle fanatic's like me. They come in cute packaging and have a wide range of scents to choose from, with a permanent line and seasonal editions. They also make a lovely gift and souvenir at approximately £2 each (they seem to constantly be on a 3 for $10 offer) and you could buy a few different scents and they can pick which ones they like without breaking the bank (and you get to keep the rest!).
As for the 3 wick versions? Let's just say I got itchy fingers and ordered two off eBay...
I may or may not have justified it as 'Something for the blog'... Review will be up same time next week ;)