Now, I don’t know about you, but there are few things I love more than getting cosy in bed and flicking through Twitter or Netflix’s new releases (hurry up, Stranger Things Season 2) while I have a candle going. In fact, it’s one of my favourite things about autumn – there’s something very relaxing about taking time to enjoy the warmth of the flame and the comforting scent of cinnamon as it fills a room.
Naturally, the dawn of October had me rushing out for a brand new candle stash, and I’m pleased to report that I found some brilliant budget scents.
Wickford & Co.
Sold exclusively at Home Bargains, Wickford & Co. make some really delightful candles, designed to rival popular brands like Yankee Candle and Woodwick while maintaining purse-friendly prices. I treated myself to two of their largest jar candles, as the lid helps them to retain the most scent, and at £3.99 a jar, you can’t go wrong.
I opted for the Warm Apple & Cinnamon and Gingerbread candles. My love for warmth clearly extends from eyeshadows and lipstick into candles, as I always find myself gravitating towards spicier, cosier fragrances. Gingerbread smells like sweet baked goods and the aroma of ginger really comes through when burning, while the Warm Apple & Cinnamon version is scented exactly as you’d expect – I have to say, I’ve really been enjoying my room smelling like a freshly baked apple pie.
Other candles available in the range include Magical Christmas Tree, scented like pine leaves, and Halloween, fragranced to resemble seasonal sweets. Most (if not all) of these candles come in large jar versions (pictured here), as well as smaller jars, votives, melts and reed diffusers.
If, like me, you’ve been lusting after the ever dreamy (and still unattainable, at least to those of us in the UK) Bath & Body Works candles, fear not, because B&M have come to the rescue. Their range of dupe candles come in a wide selection of gorgeous seasonal scents, with Pumpkin Waffles proving seemingly popular among bloggers – at least, the ones I follow on Twitter!
I was determined to keep my haul as small as possible, due to having very little space to actually house my ridiculous number of candles, so I only allowed myself to pick two. They only cost £3.99 each, however, so if you need to stock up on some wintery scents you could probably grab the entire range without feeling too guilty. Along with Pumpkin Waffles, which smells sweet and a little caramel-y, I picked up the gorgeously packaged Radiant Red Maple. Admittedly, the silver lid embossed with autumn leaves did sway me into choosing this one, but the fragrance is also really lovely. Sweet, yet smoky and with a hint of spice to it, I can see this being one of my favourite scents of the season.
I found that the wax of these candles burned evenly and the fragrance had a decent throw – you could definitely smell the Pumpkin Waffles when you walked into the room, that’s for sure.
I’ll be honest – I think I’m a little bit addicted to wax melts. For over a year, I was paying for a melt subscription, and only brought myself to cancel it when I realised I had far too many than I knew what to do with. Fast forward to now, my collection is still far too large, but at least I’ve replenished the autumnal scents.
The Wilko Woodland Escape wax melts caught my eye on one of my frequent peruses, and I can’t wait to try them out. The website suggests layering them with scents such as White Linen to capture the fragrance of woodland meadows, which sounds heavenly. I’ll probably try it out in my new Airwick electric melt warmer – admittedly, I didn’t really need a new melt warmer, but the convenience of flicking a switch as opposed to fishing around for a tealight and a lighter was too tempting to pass up. This came with its own set of melts, fragranced like mulled wine. To be honest, the aroma was pretty underwhelming, but the melt warmer did the job. It took a little longer to burn than a standard candle warmer would, but it worked fine and the detachable base is very handy.
I also picked up the Yankee Candle melts in a few of my favourite scents – you can be sure that both Santa’s Treat and Christmas Cookie will leave your house smelling like the most amazing bakery in existence. As with most Yankee scents (particularly the Christmas ones, I find) they give off a strong, deliciously sweet aroma that will inevitably make someone ask what you’ve got going in the oven.
My last two picks from this over-the-top haul both come from Yankee Candle, too. While both scents are very similar, Holiday Magic is a slightly sweeter version of Savour the Season, which I would describe as being a little more spicy and cinnamon-y. Out of the two, Holiday Magic is more likely to be a crowd pleaser, but both fragrances really scream ‘Christmas’ to me. I picked these discounted scents up in Poundworld, and they had a few others on their shelves, so it’s worth popping in and checking them out.
I usually save my Christmas votives ’til the big day so the rest of my family can enjoy them (and because I’m the sort of person who loves getting everything just right) but I reckon I have enough candles to be able to save one of these lovely minis for myself.
Thank you for reading! What scents have you been loving this season, or have you tried any of the candles I’ve hauled? Let me know!
P.S. Apologies for the lack of product links – many of these items are only available to purchase in store and are difficult to track down online.