I love candles, our house is full of them – so when Polly from The Cotswold Candle Company invited me to review one of her candles on the blog, I jumped at the chance!
Like me, Polly from The Cotswold Candle Company adores candles. However, when she became hesitant about the rather high price tag attached to many of the luxury candle brands she decided to do something about it, and embarked upon creating her own brand of affordable luxury candles. It was then that The Cotswold Candle Company was born. You can read all about Polly’s story here.
When choosing a candle, I have a few different criteria that it ‘must have’ in order to put a smile on my face. It must be soy, must smell amazing and as close to the original fragrance of the fruit or flower as possible, but also not be too overpowering or artificial in any way. I also like it to burn evenly too.I am, it would seem, a hard woman to please!
After much deliberation, I decided upon the White Mulberry candle – something about the name felt special and enticed me in over and above the others.
The candle arrived beautifully packaged with a black bow, and came with a lovely little handwritten note on a cute kraft gift tag, which was a nice personal touch. For me, the packaging was suggestive of luxury and quality – both indicators bode well for the candle inside. The candle itself is presented in a glass votive and feels particularly heavy and of good quality. I was also intrigued by the wooden wick. As you light the wick, it crackles and pops like a fire, which adds a little something special to the experience. It also burns really evenly – something I suspect is in part due to the wooden wick.
The Cotswold Candle Co range includes classic scents like Sweet Pea (I almost chose this one – sweet peas were my wedding flowers), White Mulberry, Rose and a Cinnamon, Orange & Clove candle which must surely be a perfect scent at Christmas. The candles have a burn time of approximately 35 hours and cost £18 each. I think this is excellent value for money for a hand poured candle compared to other luxury brands.
For me, my White Mulberry candle ticks all the boxes – made of a soy/mineral mix, smells amazing, burns evenly and (something I never thought I’d write about a candle) sounds great too!