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 ;)