Foreword: I’ve always liked scents. I used to spend money on oil fragrances from indie sellers (yes, I was into BPAL) but I’ve given up on that as it needs a lot of testing to find the right fragrance for you. Skin/body chemistry makes the scent different on application after all, not to mention any temperature changes from shipping that might affect the oils. Candles and wax melts, however, seem more stable — at least what it depends on most is the craftsmanship. When using wax melts, I might sometimes test it on my electric and tealight wax burner depending on how intense I want the fragrance to be. I am aware, though, that this means shorter fragrance life for the wax tart, and I will definitely mention it on the review if I used the tealight burner with it.
Feyre Candle by William & Joseph
“[..] the fragrance features sparkling citrus top notes leading into a heart of transparent white flora, dewy rose and watery jasmine with notes of creamy coconut and succulent peach resting on an indulgent base of light woods and smooth amber.”
William & Joseph makes scented candles inspired by books and, at the time of writing, Disney. The shop owners are based in England, UK, and seem to be very nice guys. My item was lost in the mail (having issues with lost packages in our flat building recently, so whether it was stolen or lost in shipping, we still don’t know), and they replied promptly to my messages about it and were so helpful in making sure I would definitely get the second parcel they sent out.
Their candles are made with “superior grade paraffin wax”, and at present, are priced at £12.95 and does not including shipping. If this appears a bit pricey to you, I suggest reading more of this review.
PACKAGING: After opening the brown packaging box, you come upon this beautiful specimen. I couldn’t open it; it was too pretty, and I didn’t want to ruin it! It took four days to muster up myself to open the box because I do want to see the candle inside after all.
More packaging beauty inside. Again, it took me ages to carefully take off the sticky tape to make sure I don’t tear the paper so I could still wrap the candle in it when it’s not burning. I don’t know if it makes a whit of a difference, but I thought it might help in preserving the scent. And now speaking of scent…
Feyre is inspired by the main character of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns & Roses series. I don’t recall her scent being described on the books, and I picked this one based on the scent notes. You can say I do have an affinity for florals.
COLD SCENT THROW: Um, wow. I opened the brown packaging box and I already had a slight whiff. When I took out the candle from the box (paper wrapping still intact), I could smell the fragrance even when the candle is sitting unlit in the middle of our small dining table. It smells of the florals, and a hint of coconut.
I lit the candle, took the photo, then blew it off. Big mistake (I was a beginner at this point; it’s been two weeks now since I’ve had this candle and I’ve scoured the internet for candle knowledge!) — wax has memory, and it started tunnelling, leaving the edges of the candle’s wax unmelted. I don’t have photos of how the candle looked like unlit, and I can’t remember if the wax on the edges was higher than the wick, so I blame this tunnelling on myself (if you don’t know what tunnelling is, here’s a photo). I was nearly in despair because the melted wax kept drowning the wick when I tried the tin foil method, so I had to scoop out the dry wax on the sides when it was soft to try and even out the candle surface, then put on the tin foil just to make sure! It’s all fixed now, hurrah!
What did I do with the wax I scooped out? I set it aside, wrapped in baking paper and then wrapped that in cling film.
HOT SCENT THROW: I’ve used a small block of this wax on the electric wax burner to check for the hot scent throw. I kept the door of our bedroom open, and by 3-4 hours the fragrance was all over the room and down the length of the corridor. The florals are the star of the fragrance show, but I could smell a very light hint of citrus (like a thought you have but then gone away quickly and difficult to grasp again) when I leave the room and stand quite far from the door. A few hours into melting the wax, I could also detect the coconut and peach coming through, and that was my husband’s first impression when he came through the door four hours into the wax melting (“smells fruity in here!”).
I’m truly impressed with the packaging. No words, just look at it!
The scent throw is amazing, and since the initial wax melt test, I’ve melted it again, and it still has good life in it.
Would I buy another candle from them again? Oh yes — I’ve already got my eye on their Rhysand and Darcy scents! It is just a little bit more pricey than the usual, and that’s what’s stopping me from buying them now (and also because I’ve spent so much this month *sigh*). But it’s so beautifully present and definitely looks like an upmarket brand of candle — not to mention it has such an intense scent throw — that I can’t say that their pricing is unjustified.
Let’s have a chat!
Have you bought candles from William & Joseph? What ones have you tried, and what do you think of them?