Disclaimer: This post contains gifted products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I don’t know if I ever mention this enough, but I love Scotland. My decision to move to Aberdeen four years ago brought changes to my life I could never have envisioned. I’ve also travelled to so many parts of Scotland, and now am having a little adventure on Orkney. People I know have admitted that Scotland is beautiful, but often enough photos just don’t do it justice. I love candles almost as much as I love Scotland. And with exploring climate change and sustainability within my current uni degree, I’ve made a decision to try and keep things local. Combining these two loves and my desire to shop as close to home as possible, is Candle Jar – the new candle retailer I can definitely get behind!
Candle Jar was founded in 2017 by Isla Macaulay, and is an online store which brings together Scottish Candle brands, large or small, for showcase and sale. Whilst still new, and described as a “work in progress”, they already have a great selection of candle makers, all producing in Scotland, on their site. The brands currently listed are dawsonbrown, Esscentual Candles, Isle of Skye Candle Company, lovescottishcandles, Shearer Candles, and The Melt Pool. These brands all sell a huge range of scented candles, wax melts and reed diffusers through Candle Jar, meaning there is an item in stock for everyone to create a home filled with the scents of Scotland. And this online store is only set to keep growing.
Candle Jar were kind enough to send me a sample of the products they stock, and I am hooked! The small selection of two candles and a set of wax melts has my little Orcadian cottage smelling fresh, fruity or floral, depending on the mood I’m in. The candles last for hours, and the wax melts are packed with scent. I’ve loved the chance to explore some brands local to me, that I’d never heard of before. Candles are a staple of my home, and these are some of the best I’ve had! And I love that I can find them all in one place when I rebuy after I finish burning these ones!
Lemongrass and lavender is not a scent combination I usually combine when burning essential oils, and to be honest I’ve now been enlightened as to how much I’ve been missing! The Melt Pool is a Glasgow based brand which focuses not only on creating great scents, but blending with aromatherapy in mind to help enhance wellbeing. All of their candles are hand poured in Scotland, made with soy wax, and produced in small batches to bring the highest quality of product to your home. Once lit, this candle burns evenly and smells beautiful, filling the room with a light scent. The Lemongrass and Lavender scent is meant to be uplifting, and I love having it burn in the living room to keep me happy and in a sunny disposition, even when it’s raining out and I’m trying to read my course materials. I love it, and am now keen to explore some of the other scents in this range!
I was so excited when I pulled this out of the box. This candle just screams Orkney to me – the blend of mint and lily gives a cool floral scent, with notes of rose and eucalyptus filling the room when lit. It’s the perfect scent to compliment a bathroom, and reminds me of winter days. Esscentual Candles hand pour their products in the Scottish Borders, and they burn beautifully as well as having gorgeous packaging. The medium candle contains 100g of product and should burn for around 25 hours. Out of the products I received, this one has my favourite scent. It’s very refreshing, complex, and a bit different from candles I usually buy. I definitely want to order this again, and maybe try some of the other scents in the range too!
Reminding me of a day on a tropical beach, dawsonbrown combine yummy coconut and tonka beans with mandarin, lemon and green leaf for a tropical cocktail of seaside nostalgia. It’s an odd combination of scents, but one that works so well! The warmth of coconut is complimented so well by the cooling seaspray scents. It’s a perfect kitchen scent in my opinion, and I love using it to cover up the post cooking smells that washing up liquid doesn’t quite overpower! dawsonbrown is based in Central Scotland, and the scents the brand produces are inspired by a love of travel. The melts are conveniently moulded into a shape that makes for easy break up into 9 individual pieces. As with the wax melt from Rituals Home, these melts can be melted in an oil burner until they no longer produce scent, before being disposed of. The sheer volume of product this is a major selling point – you get so much and you know it’s going to last for a good amount of time! I’m so intrigued by the scent of this, and would definitely be keen to sample a few of the other dawsonbrown products, including their candle selection and other scents!
Overall, I’m really impressed by Candle Jar and love the idea behind the brand. I love finding Scottish brands, and I love candles. Finding something that combines the two and features a huge array of high quality products is also amazing! So do I recommend Candle Jar. Yes, a hundred times! It’s an amazing concept and I’m so happy I’ve found it.
And if you want to get your hands on some of Scotland’s finest candle products, and maybe discover a few new brands along the way, you’ll be pleased to hear they are running a giveaway right now! All the terms and conditions, along with entry requirements, can be found right here!
Are you keen to sample some of Scotland’s finest scents? Let me know in the comments below!
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