Harpers Candles review

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I used to be big on candles, literally the bigger and tackier looking the better but then I got older and hated the way most of them smelled after burning (more toxic than pretty), the way they burned unevenly and how they looked really messy after four or five uses.

Then I used Harpers Candles and fell in love with candles all over again. Here are the reasons at a glance…

  • They are made of soy which isn’t harmful to breath like paraffin is. It carries fragrance very well and doesn’t cover everything in soot.
  • They use top grade fragrance oils which create an atmosphere and eliminate odours.
  • They are completely cruelty free and are approved by The Vegan Society.
  • The packaging is recyclable or upcyclable (if little pots are your thing) and the labels are already made from recycled paper.

The Great British Summer Kind arrived in one of my The Vegan Kind sub boxes (the foods in them obviously dairy free and usually gluten free so perfect for me) and I adored the scent of it so much I don’t want to use it up. I just open it every morning to smell before I get out of bed because the scent – similar to limes and freshly cut grass – is so uplifting!

Little Black Cat is a candle designed for Autumn and Winter and is said to include rich, dark berry scents. Now, maybe I’ve gotten so used to REALLY rich berry scents in my perfumes this candle just reminded me of very sweet strawberries and raspberries instead. Very girly but not particularly comforting on a dark chilly day. I think for A/W I would prefer Dirty Crow which is similar to winter berries and mulled wine or Pandora which is more woody.

Oh did I mention they make a Salted Caramel scented candle? O.O

Chrissie

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  1. You have a ‘real’ wood fire. It takes an age to cut and dry the wood but it screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-23-00-22has the scent of nature.
  2. You have an over stuffed leather and wood sofa which takes a layer of skin with it in sticky Summer time and is freezing in the Winter but it looks so traditional.
  3. You place candles absolutely everywhere and then realise you stopped bothering with them as a teen because they are actually quite high-maintenance and possibly dangerous when forgotten about.
  4. You have the thickest hand woven rug imaginable in your living room, which everyone constantly trips over.
  5. You decide with friends to only exchange presents which you have hand-made yourselves for special occasions. You realise just how time consuming crafts actually are and that you are really quite crap at them.
  6. You buy a new wide screen TV (which you’ve sort of needed for ages and which looked reasonable in the shop) only to find it looks utterly absurd in your newly Hyged home.
  7. You have a basket of blankets for people to snuggle under but because they are so neatly rolled everyone is to polite to actually use them.
  8. Lots of your friends are coming around so you’ve put on a spread consisting of convenient comfort food such as cinnamon Danish pastries but everyone is either going gluten free or watching their weight.
  9. You are incredibly pleased with your folk lanterns but with minimal lighting everyone trips over that damn rug.
  10. You realise knitting is a worthwhile hobby but you can only knit scarves and sofa throws as they are rectangular and therefor easy. You note that the throw constantly slides of that damn sofa.
  11. You provide a range of spicy comforting teas for people but the most requested is “Builders tea, white, two sugars. Cheers.”
  12. You decide that wearing snow boots and the Scandi print dressing gown you got in the Primark sale really is channeling the spirt of Hygge anyway.

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