Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Yankee Candles Tried and Tested #1

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well?
Ever since I was 15 I have always liked scented candles and I have no clue how many candles I have had over the years but I can tell you it won't be far off 100 I am sure. Yankee Candle was a brand I found when I started blogging and before I started blogging I thought they were just overpriced candles and just didn't bother trying them but the reviews on them changed my mind on them and I just had to try them out for myself and my first ever Yankee Candle was french lavender which was just heavenly and since then this has to be my favourite brand because the smells is so intense and is so relaxing and very homely too.

I went to Tesco to get these 3 small samplers and 2 of them cost 99p and the fresh apple was a bargain of 20p so I couldn't miss out on that one. I am a bit dubious of the home inspirations by yankee candles because the scents can be a bit of a hit and miss for me but you know me being me I wanted to give them another chance to see how they go.
Exotic Fruits
I was very pleasantly surprised by this one, it smells like a fresh exotic mango with a mixture of solero ice lollies! It took about 20 minutes to smell this candle which is pretty impressive considering that most smaller candles I have tried take ages to have a scent to them. The sampler lasted me about 3/4 days which is about 15 hours.
Rating: 9.5/10

Sweet Petals
I am usually not a big fan of floral fragrances with candles because some can smell quite fake but this one yet again surprised me at how nice it smelled!! It had a very nice scent of fresh roses that you would find in your garden, ugh just heavenly. This one has to be my favourite from the 3 and has changed my mind a little with floral fragrances. As above this lasted about 15 hours too.
Rating: 10/10

Fresh Apple
Honestly this candle needs a new name and my goodness it reminded me so much of Christmas! It had a nice fresh and spicy smell and I kinda wish I had this around December time last year as it just cries out festiveness. I am very surprised it was only 20p but then again I am not complaining because it was a complete bargain and so warming. This one had a bit of a taster burning time of about 12 hours but seeing as it has a lovely scent I really don't mind.
Rating: 9.5/10



I have used all of these candles now and I am not sure what is next on my Yankee Candle list but I am sure it might be a floral or a fresh smell, stay tuned for more candle and other blog posts coming on my blog soon.

What is your favourite candle scent?

Melissa x

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Bolsius Aromatic | First Impressions

Bolsius Aromatic
 Hi Lovelies 
I was kindly sent these lovely wax melts and wax burner from Bolsius Aromatic! I am a big Yankee Candle fan and I do have many candles and wax melts because I just love having a variety of different fragrances around my home, especially after a long day in the evenings because for me they help me relax and settle down for the evening, is they any other bloggers/readers out there who loves writing with their favourite fragrance lit in the background? I know I do!

Bolsisus Aromatic is a very new brand to me and I am sure it will be for some of you too so I will give you some facts and info about the company because we all like to know what we are buying don't we? The wax melts come 8 different fragrances ( I got mango and cranberry) and they have a burn time of up too 25 hours per wax melt which is quite impressive. The company is family owned since 1870 and has over 1000 employees. These candles come is many varieties and are shipped to 50 countries over the world.

Bolsius aromatic first impressions
Bolsius Wax Melts Fragrances available 
(Fresh Linen, Magnolia, Wild Cranberry, Baked Apple, Vanilla, French Lavender and Sugar and Spice. )

First Impressions
I like the shape of the wax melts they are very different to other wax melts that I have used before. The wax melts can be broken and mixed with other fragrances to make your own unique fragrances just like a cocktail. The wax burner is a bits smaller than my yankee candle wax burner but I love its oval shape and its still a very nice design. 

Wax Melts 
Mango 
This is my favourite of the two fragrances because it reminds me of one of my favourite drinks Rubicon, have any of you tried it?  It has a very nice tropical scent and is very sweeting smelling too.I put one wax melt into the wax burner and it melted much quicker than my yankee candle wax melt, with the faster burning time that also meant you could smell the fragrance much faster. 

Wild Cranberry
This had a very nice fragrance too, I cant say its 100% like cranberry ( well at least the ones I have tried) It smells very fruity and quite pleasant, but not my favourite unfortunately. 


My Thoughts
These are a very nice change to Yankee Candle with very nice fragrances too. They are affordable too with a price I found on Amazon at £4.99 a packet. Finding where they sell them isn't easy but I would defiantly say they are worth it if you love candles like me, I will post a link below of where to buy some of these. 

I have a link below of wax melts on Amazon, they are also available on other independent candle websites.
Here x
More info on Bolsius
Here x

What are your favourite wax melts? 

Melissa x
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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Yankee Candle Madagascan Orchid | Review

yankee candle madagascan review
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If you said to me "Melissa how many candles have you tried over the years?' I would answer... I haven't the foggiest idea! Did I need a new candle? the quick answer is hell no but I love trying different scents and having new scents quite regularly.  So here is my beautiful new addiction to ever growing candle collection and the scent is 'Madagascan Orchid' from my favourite candle brand ever Yankee Candle.

Over the years I have tried a few different brands but for some reason I tend to always come back to Yankee Candle because I just love the shape of the jars, the names of the scents and of course the actual scents themselves.

yankee candle madagascan review

This candle has a very exotic kinda smell with lots of different floral notes in it too. I have never tried a sweet and floral from Yankee Candle before so was pretty excited to give this a try.

The candle itself has a little sticker on the front saying its floral scented candle and I can 100% agree with that because once you open the lid of this it comes to life with the amount of flowers you can smell in it.

Lighting it was a breeze as with all yankee candles because the wick is massive therefore making that much easier to light. The burn time for the large candles is between 110-150 hours which I think is just the bees knees.

I have had this candle for coming up to a month now and I have used this most days now and one of the reasons I love this candle so much is the 'scent' as it is so warming and reminds me of the summer when all the flowers are in bloom and its warm enough in the garden to sit down and have a pimms or an ice cream.

Overall I am glad I have got 'Madagascan Orchid' as its scent is beautifully done and is not overpowering at all but its strong enough that you can actually smell it if you know what I mean. I cant say I will stop buying candles any time soon because I just love the whole routine I have with them which is have a shower, put my pyjamas on then light my candles and to complete it I watch some Netflix.


What is your favourite Yankee Candle?

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Flamingo Candles Wax Melts | Review

flamingo candles wax melts review
Hi Lovelies
I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend! Its now December and that can only mean one thing.. it is almost Christmas, how exciting is that? During the Autumn/Winter months I tend to use candles a lot more than I usually do because for me personally it helps warms the house up and the fragrances can be very relaxing and warming too. 

Flamingo Candles is a relatively new brand that came out in 2013, they offer candles, wax melts and monthly subscription boxes. I have always wanted to try the brand because I just love the name and obviously I love flamingos hence my blog name Fruity Flamingo. They make their candles out of soy wax which is 100% natural and they are hand poured in south whales and have a cotton wick and come in many different divine fragrances. 

flamingo candles wax melts
Online and in certain shops 
 Flamingo Candles Wax Melts from £1.50 
Cruelty Free
Soy Wax
Vegan 

First Impressions 
I have tried Yankee Candle wax melts before and I just loved them so I had a high exceptions from the start with these. I love the flamingo design on these and also the names on them too, they come in brightly wrapped tissue paper and each melt can come in various shades.

As soon as I got them I could smell them and wow first impressions of them was good because the smells are so different from other candles I have tried before. These wax melts were in fragrances of alcoholic beverages. 


My Thoughts 
I have my old wax Yankee Candle wax burner for these, I put a tea light underneath this and put the wax melt on top of it. It took about 20 minutes for the whole wax melt to actually melt, it melted rather quickly and the fragrance of each melt came of beautifully and wasn't over the top but more delicate but even though the smells coming out was delicate the scents are just lush. 

Each candle has very natural scents and don't smell fake or anything like that. They last for ages too, on flamingo candles it says 20 hours and I couldn't agree more with that, so if you think about it, its very good value for money per wax melt.

Kir Royale Cocktail 
This wax melt is wrapped in coral red wrapper and the wax melt is on off light yellow. The melts are a little bit bigger than Yankee Candle wax tarts and come in a plain design, they fill the whole bottom of the wax burner.

This smells like a gorgeous fruity cocktail and reminds me of the festive season. The smell doesn't smell like alcohol or anything like that just more like mocktail. 

This is a fruity wax melt with creme de cassis with notes sparkly wine.

Lemon and Lime Mojito 
This wax melt is wrapped in a lime green tissue paper and the wax melt was a pale green colour. The melt was a very zesty smell and was my favourite of the two. This one smelt exactly like a lemon and lime mojito and I am very tempted to buy this one again because I love the smell of the lime. 

The wax melt has citrus top notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit leading onto peppermint and musk.

flamingo candles wax melt
flamingo candles wax melt review
Pros
  • Long lasting 20 hours
  • Fun fragrances 
  • Melts quickly
  • Made of natural soy wax
  • Cruelty free
  • 100% Natural soybean oil




Cons 
  • None


What are your favourite candle brands? Have you tried Flamingo Candles before?

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Candle | Review

the body shoo vanilla chai candle review
Hi Lovelies
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend so far, I have had a nice weekend so far visiting my mum and family. I came over a little earlier than usual because we wanted to see my mums dog who has been recently diagnosed with cancer, so we wanted to spend some quality time with him and take some nice family pictures together. Anyway onto todays post as you all might know I am a bit candle mad, I think I have near on 20 candles in my flat at the moment. I just love the way they look and also how nice then can smell too. 

I honestly didn't know that the body shop actually made candles until I went to a recent 'The body shop event in Glasgow' and thats where I got this one from. I also noticed they also do a few other candle scents as well including Green Tea and Lemon, Spiced Apple and Frosted berries. I was lucky enough to get this one in a goody bag when I went to the event. I have had it nearly a month now and I have used it a fair few times so I thought it was the right time to share my thoughts on this candle with you all. 
the body shop vanilla chai candle review
Online and In-store 
The Body Shop Vanilla Chair Candle - £10
Paraffin free 
Cruelty Free*

First Impressions 
My first impressions with this were as follows; The box it was in is beautiful, it has a simple christmasy design which stands out so nicely. I was whole heartedly expecting the candle inside to have a similar design on it but no, it was just nothing at all. It was just a simple plain candle with no labels or nothing. I know I sound like I may be over reacting a bit but I have seen so many candles do so well with candle designs and I thought this would be quite similar since it costs £10 to buy.

Apart from that small disappointment it was a nice heavy jar and you can smell the vanilla chair scent straight away. It is a very nice sweet scent which isn't too powerful but nice and delicate. The scent matches the festive period so much because it is a very warming smell.

My Thoughts
Over the passed few weeks I have used this candle most days and I just love it and Il tell you all why I love it so much. Firstly its sturdy, I have had candles before and sometimes the glass feels very unsteady and it made me worry bit about breaking but this one feels strong and built to last. Secondly the scent it just gorgeous, it honestly gives Yankee Candle a run for its money. The smell has top nots of spicy chai which is cardamon and star anise and base notes which is a delicate vanilla scent which is vanilla extract from Madagascar.

It took about 20 minutes for the whole room to smell like this gorgeous candle and I could even smell it in my hallway too. The wick is thick and sometimes can be a right blooming pain to light but once its lit its fine and doesn't go out unless you want it too. The candle has very gentle glow and isn't to bright at all.
the body shop vanilla chai candle
Rating 4/5 

Pros 

  • Long lasting ( I still have over half after nearly a month using most days)
  •  Gentle light
  • Gorgeous smell of cardamon, star anise and vanilla 
  • Feels strong and worth the price
  • Paraffin Free 


Cons 
  • Plain candle ( I know some people may like this but the box has a nice design and was expecting something similar  on the candle)





Have you tried The Body Shop candles before? What is your favourite candle brand/scent ?


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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Primark Candles Review

primark candle review
Hi Lovelies
I must admit I love candles but I usually only buy Yankee Candles because they have very rarely let me down. When I go to Primark  I am always tempted to get some of their candles but I was always a bit dubious of actually buying one because I love having my living room feeling warm and having a nice strong fragrance and I always had that thought in the back in my head that it wouldn't be as good, I know that sounds daft but for me an evening in with a nice smelling candle relax me so much. I went back to primark a few weeks ago and thought to myself why not just give it a go? you never bloody know you might just like them and you can try more brands rather then the same old same old.

Primark has a fair few candles to choose from and the prices start off at about £1 and I didn't see anything more then £5, correct me if I'm wrong on this. I got this jar candle for £3 and its called 'Road to Marrakesh' and its in a turquoise blue jar with a gorgeous gold pattern on it. I already have plans to reuse this jar once the candle has finished because  it looks gorgeous.
At the moment this candle is on my mantle piece and on the opposite side of it I have my simply sweet pea candle which is from the yankee candle home range. I have alternated on which I have used over the past few weeks because I like different scents everyday. This candle has a screw lid which reminds me of a candy jar, the wick is quite thick and the candle is white and has a sweet yet spicy scent when unlit 

I lit this candle once my children are asleep and I start blogging which is usually about 8.30, I did this every other day and it lit very easily. While blogging it was very nice to see this jar sitting on my mantle piece as it was glowing beautifully and after about 30 minutes I could really smell the candle and I can't tell you the exact fragrance but it was a little sweet with a bit of spice scent to me which was lovely and it surprised me how nice it smelled because it was on the same levels as my simply sweet pea candle which is from the home range made by Yankee Candle from ASDA.

Primark candles review
Pros

  • Affordable 
  • Lots of different fragrances 
  • They have nice designs
  • Pleasant scents
  • You can reuse the jars
Cons
  • Not as strong as the premium yankee candle but just as good as the home range of yankee candles.


Final Thoughts
I really wish I bought these candles sooner because they have so many designs and fragrances to choose from! They may not be as good as the premium yankee candles but they are still flipping brilliant all the same. I have used this candle about 5 times now and its just past the top part of the label which is great. I can't wait to try more of the candles especially as the jars look so nice too to make something else out of too.

Have you ever tried Primark Candles before? if so what is your favourite?



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Monday, 5 September 2016

Yankee Candle Simply Sweet Pea Review

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When it comes to candles they are pretty much everywhere in my flat, I love displaying them even though I don't always use them all apart from the ones that are in my living room on my fire place. Candles are just fab all year round but I love them even more during the Autumn and Winter months because candles just warm up my living room and also make the place smell lovely too.  

I have my eyes open for Halloween themed and scented candles but until then I've been using this lovely bright pink home inspiration candle by yankee candle. They sell this range in ASDA and come in a few different fragrance such as this one which is called 'simply sweet pea'.

yankee candle sweet pea
These candles look a little bit different to other Yankee Candles but they are very well made. This candle is in a medium size and cost me an affordable £9, so its a little bit cheaper then the usual Yankee candle which costs around £18.99, so they is big savings to be had their.

Comparisons 
Home Inspirations Yankee candle 
£9* 
40-80 Hours burn time
Available  in Tesco and Asda ( could be more places too)

Original Yankee Candle
         £18.99*
      65 - 90 Hours burn time 
original yankee candles they an be found in many more places such as online and shops up and down the country such as clintons and candle shops.

*Prices vary from place to place
Yankee Candle sweet pea review
 My Thoughts
I love the design of this jar and I think it looks very nice placed on top of my fire place, its a nice vibrant pink and has nice labelling thats designed just right as its not over the top, just enough info with a nice picture of sweet peas just like most Yankee Candles you see on the market.

As soon as I opened the lid of the candle the scent just flowed out beautifully and it had a nice delicate scent even before I lit the candle itself. The wick is very thick so I found it nice and simple to light quickly without a fuss.

Once lit it smells gorgeous and after about 20 minutes my whole living room smelt like sweet peas, the scent was very similar to the real sweet peas just a little  sweeter then the actual flowers ( my nana used to grow sweet peas and I remember going in her garden smelling them). I have my candles on for roughly 3 hours every night and the smell in the background while blogging or watching TV is very nice and for me makes my flat more homely.  I have used this candle for well over 20 hours in total now and the wax is just above the top of the label, so I think its great value for money and I am tempted to actually try more of the home inspiration yankee candles in the future.

yankee candle simply home sweet pea
Overall 
I really like this candle and super happy that I bought it and I just love how sweet it smells and how much it made my flat smell like sweet peas. I think its very affordable and to be honest its made me think twice about buying the more expensive candles but with that being said I still like the original Yankee candles because they have more scents to choose from and I love it when  they have candles out for different holidays like Halloween and my personal favourite Christmas.

I hope you all enjoyed my post on this gorgeous candle, I have lots of other reviews on my Directory about other candles that I have tried over the past two years. I am on lots of social media so don't forget to follow me, the links are below and also on my right hand side bar.



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Monday, 11 July 2016

Love Aroma Riviera Escape Yankee Candles

Yankee Candle Riviera Escape Review
Yankee Candles Riviera Escape candles are a very new collection which came out in April 2016. I am always excited for new yankee candles because I always seem to be a sucker for a nicely scented candle as they can make my home smell heavenly. These candles remind  me a lot of the spring and summer months because of the names of the candles such as lavender and summer peach. All we need now is for the British weather to match the candles names.

This Riviera Escape home gift set includes 6 votive candles and the set includes the following fragrances - Riviera Escape, Summer Peach, Sicilian Lemon, Olive & Thyme, Sea Salt & Safe and Lavender. I also got two votive candle holders as I heard they help keep the candles lasting as long as possible with minimal mess.

The 6 Riviera Escape Fragrances
Riviera Escape - The scent of this candle matches it perfectly as it has a hint of floral in it and a fresh scent which is kinda like a marine breeze, the smell was very nice and refreshing. This one is perfect for anyone who likes fresh smelling candles.

Summer Peach - I don't tend to buy many peach products as I am not so keen on many peach smelling things on the market as they can smell quite fake but with this candle it smelt like a peach smoothie which I think is very summery. If you love sweet and fruity candles then this is a candle for you.

 Sicilian Lemon - I never thought about getting a citrus smelling candle before but honestly I am so glad I got this candle because I think I have a new favourite because it smells exactly like sweet lemons and makes the whole room smell gorgeous. This candle is perfect for anyone who likes citrus or sweet smells.
Olive & Thyme - This candle is fragrant thyme with a hint of musk scent and it smells very earthy, I never thought I would of liked this candle but this proved me wrong yet again as the blend was perfect and the combination  of the olive and the thyme complimented each other. I would recommend this to someone who would like a change from their usual choice of candle because this one is just divine.

Sea Salt & Sage - Just have to start and say this candle was beautiful, it was one best smelling candles I have smelled in a while with its crisp notes of bergamot and sea salt, it reminded me of a costal holiday, this candle makes me want to go on holiday. If you love spicy and herby candles then this is the one for you.

Lavender - I must admit I am not the biggest fan in the world of Lavender, I can't get a long with it in any form so I asked my mum to review this one and this is what she said. 'This candle was very nice and floral and was like walking into my granddads garden in the hot summer'.

This collection was sent to me by Love Aroma which is a website which sells a lot of candles including Yankee candles. They were also kind enough to send me a 20% discount for my readers and the code is

20% Discount Code - MelissaZia
www.lovearoma.co.uk

Which Yankee Candle is your favourite?
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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Yankee Candles Reviews // Candle Review

Hi Lovelies
Lets get this post under way by saying... I just love Yankee Candles! I have used far too many over the years but I couldn't care less about the numbers because I love them dearly and that's for a number of reasons, firstly: they make the house smell amazing and secondly the amount of fragrances they have to offer, if you got to any Yankee Candle retailer you will know what I mean! the candles are displayed beautifully and the smells just make you want to buy them all.

Seeing as I use Yankee Candles so often I have decided to do a blog series of Yankee Candles I have tried and as you guessed it, this is the first post of the series!

Tried and Tested

yankee candle sage and white tea
Sage and White Tea
This was a very delicately scented wax melts and after it melted in the wax burner you really could smell the sage and I found it very refreshing and quite earthy. I couldn't really smell the white tea but it was a very nice wax melt and I would buy it again in the future. This wax melt lasted nearly a week and being used for about 3-4 hours at a time.

yankee candle sea paradise

Sea Paradise
This was quite a strong smelling wax melt and you could almost smell it as soon as you put it on the wax burner! the scent reminded me of midsummers night and Kilimanjaro stars as it was a spicy scent with a bit of freshness in their. I used this one for about 7 days as the scent was long lasting and as before I burned it for about 3-4 hours at a time.

yankee candle tangerine and vanilla

Tangerine & Vanilla
This one crumbled as soon as I opened it and I only managed to save about half of it because the rest of it fell on the floor unfortunately. I was very surprised at how strong smelling this wax melt was because when the wax all melted in the wax burner you could smell the very fruity tangerine and the subtle vanilla in my whole flat and the smell was very refreshing and matches the lovely weather we are having at the moment. Seeing as I only had about half I cant say how long the whole wax melt would of lasted.

I hope you enjoyed this post because I sure enjoyed writing it, I will be posting more Yankee Candles in the near future because I practically use them daily.

What are you favourite Yankee Candles?
Melissa x
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