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annual candle review voluspa 900x600 - Annual Candle Review Part 1: Bath and Body Works and Voluspa

I have to admit, when autumn rolls around I become a bit candle obsessed. Every year around this time, seasonal scents magically appear on retailer’s shelves. Leaves change color, days get colder, and nights get longer. In short, it’s the absolute perfect setting for burning candles. In the spirit of treating yourself, aka the holiday season, I’ve already started my holiday shopping. While I tend to spoil myself around this time (tis the season!), I also love finding the perfect gifts for friends, family, and colleagues. Unsurprisingly, candles are my go-to gift. They’re personal without being intrusive, long-lasting, festive, and memorable. Best of all, there are candles for every budget (including some that are both inexpensive and high quality)! Truly well made, inexpensive candles do exist.

While you can buy candles pretty much anywhere, it can be difficult to shop for candles when you have rows and rows of options. Without knowing what brands and scents to look for, shopping online can feel overwhelming when you’re trying to figure out the difference between scents like jasmine dreams and nighttime jasmine. From experience, I’ve learned that some fragrance combinations smell nothing like you’d expect and the product descriptions online sometimes aren’t very helpful at all!

Recently, I conducted a review of Bath and Body Works, Voluspa, and Diptyque candles, and a few others. I included my favorite scents from the brands and why I love them. As a disclaimer, my favorite fragrances often include notes of jasmine, rose, vanilla, lavender, and amaranth. I also love scents with notes of orange blossom, sandalwood, bergamot, pine, patchouli, plum, and peony. You’ll see these scents reflected in my review below and in the reviews to come in this series.

Without further ado, here’s what I discovered in my review:

$-$$ Bath & Body Works

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Pros:

  • Made of vegetable wax.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Seasonal scents.
  • One wick and three wick.
  • Long-lasting, strong scents.
  • Scents that match their best selling perfume and body lotion fragrances.
  • Frequent sales, promotions, and coupons.

Cons:

  • They don’t always burn evenly, but they do burn cleaner than Voluspa.
  • Like all candles, wicks will need to be trimmed as they are burned.
  • Lotions and perfumes don’t always smell exactly like the candles.

Shop: Available at bath and body works locations and online at bathandbodyworks.com.

Pro tip: Sign up for their newsletter to be the first to hear about special promotions and receive coupons in your inbox.

I love Bath and Body Works candles because the scents are seriously long-lasting. I can burn one of their candles in my kitchen and the scent will slowly start to fill my entire home! Also, they have locations everywhere and in most major shopping malls, so buying gifts at Bath and Body Works is easy and convenient. What I love most about Bath and Body Works, though, is that they release new scents each season and holiday, so there’s always something new.

Overall, I’m loving their holiday scents this year (check them out here: Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candles) and I’m really looking forward to their upcoming collections in the new year!

My favorite scents:

1. Bath and Body Works Winter Rose (seasonal) and 2. Bath and Body Works Fresh Balsam (seasonal)

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3. Bath and Body Works Champagne Toast (seasonal and the perfect gift for a hostess!) and 4. Bath and Body Works White Gardenia

bath-and-body-works-champagne-toast-candle     bath-and-body-works-white-gardenia-candle

$-$$ Voluspa

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Pros:

Cons:

  • They don’t always burn evenly.
  • Like all candles, wicks will need to be trimmed as they are burned.

Shop: Available at anthropologie.com, voluspa.com, nordstrom.com, and select retailers nationwide

Pro tip: Sign up for their newsletter for updates on new collections and scents. Also, be sure to check out the Seasonal Sale on the Voluspa website!

Volupsa makes some of my favorite candles. The packaging designs are so pretty! Their floral scents are also consistently amazing. Many of my Voluspa candles have been purchased at Nordstrom and it’s the perfect place to go if you’re shopping for yourself or for gifts (the sales associates are so knowledgeable and the return policy can’t be beat!)

My favorite scents:

1. Voluspa Perse Bloom (seasonal) and 2. Spruce Cuttings (seasonal and in a beautiful candle holder that reminds me of carnival glass)

voluspa-perse-bloom-candle     voluspa-spruce-cuttings-candle

 

3. Voluspa Amaranth and Jasmine (permanent) and 4. Crane Flower (permanent and a fan favorite!)

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 Check back for Part Two!

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Lastly, when burning your candles always remember:

Pro Tips for Candle Burning and Care:

  • For a cleaner burn, make sure to trim the wick to 1/4″ before lighting the candle.
  • For a new candle, the first burn should be for the recommended hours on the candle’s label.

Important Safety Reminders:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never let children burn candles or play with candles, matches, or lighters.
  • Be extra careful around glass and flames, especially if you’re wearing loose clothing or jewelry.
  • Always be sure to burn candles in a well-ventilated area.

 

Feature Image via Volupsa
{Editor’s Note: This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the brands or businesses mentioned in this post.}

Who makes your favorite candles? Tell us in the comments below!

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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