Despite having been registered on Instagram for several years, I’ve only recently really started to get into it and I’ve been finding out that not only can you find great photos, follow other people who share the same interests as you and get glimpses into other peoples’ lifestyles, it’s also a fab way to discover businesses that you might otherwise never hear about. One such business I’ve recently discovered is Esscentual Candles!
Esscentual Candles is based in the Scottish Borders (that attracted me immediately because that’s where I hail from) and it was founded and is run by 20 year old entrepreneur, Aidan Paterson (apparently he started making candles when he was just 12 years old!). Their tagline is ‘plain packaging and boring fragrances ain’t our style!’ What’s not to love??
So, having discovered Esscentual Candles on Instagram and looked at the different candles in their Etsy shop, I decided to buy a couple for myself. They come in gorgeous little tins with prise-off lids and they really are very cute. Mr C&C walked in as I was opening them and thought I had been buying some tester pots of paint, which is exactly what they look like but, if the tins are to be likened to paint tins, think ‘Craig and Rose‘ or ‘Farrow and Ball‘ and you’ll get the idea – understated elegance. (In case you’re wondering by the way, delivery was very quick and packaging was excellent.)
There are two different sizes – large and small – and I went for the small ones to start with. However, despite being the small ones, it states on the label that each candle will burn for around 25 hours and although I haven’t tested that yet, if it’s correct, it seems like pretty good value to me.
The two fragrances I opted for were WOOD WALK (blue tin) and SPRING KITCHEN (pink tin).
One of the things I love is the description of the fragrance on the back of each tin. They’re described exactly as you would see a perfume described which, when you think about it, makes a lot of sense.
‘A Top Note of Bluebell; A Heart Note of Rain Water; Base Notes of Oak and Moss’
‘A Top Note of Warm Shortbread; A Heart Note of Orange Blossom; A Base Note of Espresso Coffee’
I lit WOOD WALK first as it seemed to be the more subtle of the two fragrances and, after about 10 minutes of burning, I got exactly what it said on the tin. Mostly Bluebell, some Rain Water (I think) and definite Oak and Moss. I love this smell. I often burn candles when I’m meditating and I would definitely use this candle during a meditation. It’s a very natural smell and, exactly as I thought, very subtle. I burned it in my office for about 20 minutes then blew it out and went for lunch. When I got back about 40 minutes later the scent of bluebells was still lingering which was really lovely.
I then tried SPRING KITCHEN – in a different room – and I was pleasantly surprised. When you first open the tin, the the smell of espresso coffee and shortbread is really quite overpowering however, once it’s lit, the smell becomes really subtle and is absolutely gorgeous although probably not one I would use whilst meditating 🙄☕️
Esscentual Candles – the verdict
So, my first encounter with Esscentual Candles has been very positive and I will definitely be trying out some of their other fragrances in the near future. Should you wish to check them out in more detail or go ahead and purchase a candle (highly recommended)you can click on the links above to be taken to their Instagram profile or their Etsy shop but here is the Etsy shop link again for convenience.
So, all that’s left to do is give you my star rating for this business and their products and today that’s going to be:
(5 / 5) Well done, Esscentual Candles!
And there you have it. My first product review in ages.
If you’ve previously purchased Esscentual Candles, I’d love to know what you thought of them.
If you decide to go ahead and buy candles based on this review, again, I’d love to hear how you got on and what your thoughts were.
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Until the next time…
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