Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Winter Warmers: Ecosse Candles

I've never been big on candles, but there's something about winter that makes me want them. When I saw The Sunday Girl's post (here) on Ecosse Candles (here), I immediately wanted some of my own. One that smells of shortbread and another like my favourite perfume? Plus, they're from Scotland? SOLD!

The website it beautiful and very simple, making it easy to navigate and select from options of what you want. There were only about 3 scents that I had no interest in, so it took me a while to decide which candles to try. I knew I definitely wanted the Homemade Shortbread and I was interested to see if Sweet Pea did smell similar to Viva La Juicy, so I decided to try both of them and also loved the sound of Woodland Walk. I bought the Votive glass candles for £4.49 so that I can give them a try, then buy the big glass jar versions if I like them.

Homemade Shortbread

"Our intensely rich and buttery aroma smells like it just came out of the oven (just don’t eat it!)."

When I opened the packaging the candles came in, this was the scent that came floating out. At first I was concerned that it was too strong and quite sickly, but after being in my room for a few hours the initial overpowering aroma faded to a gentle, comforting scent.
The scent is a lovely mixture of butter and sugar that makes me think of the smell of my mum baking millionaires shortbread. I like to burn this candle in the evenings when I'm chilling out and watching TV.

I chose the wooden wick for this candle as I was intrigued as to the difference to a cotton wick. It crackles slightly as it burns, which I find adds to the comforting feel the scent gives. There was no smoke with the burning which had been my main concern about choosing a wooden wick.

Sweet Pea

"A luxurious fragrance with layers of floral scents with subtle hints of sweet fruit. This one is a must try!"

As I said, I was curious as to whether or not this did indeed smell similar to Viva La Juicy. When I first smelled it I was a bit apprehensive as I think it's a lot more floral and doesn't have the same kick that I love in Viva La Juicy, but once I burned it for a while I liked the difference. It's a really calming smell, so I prefer to burn this candle at night before I go to bed.

Woodland Walk

"Close your eyes and take a walk through a beautiful wood in the comfort of your own home.  A fresh, aromatic and herbal aroma infused with pine and woody green notes."

This is my favourite out of the three. I love fresh, outdoorsy scents and they generally make me happy. Whenever I'm home during the day I burn this candle. It's more invigorating than the other two and it's perfect to motivate me into being a bit more productive with my day.

I've had these candles for almost two weeks and I burn one of them for a couple of hours every time I'm home and I'm about half way down the candles now. As much as I like all three, I've become a bit addicted to candles and can't wait to finish these and try another few scents. I've already decided that my next purchase will be 3 more Votive candles - Evening Rain, Fairy Dust and Thistle and Honey.

What are your favourite candle scents? Do you like invigorating, sharp scents, or softer, relaxing scents?



  1. I'm in love with yankee candles lately, but I do have to say these sound lovely (and how cool is that wooden wick??) I'll have to take a look this weekend and order some for myself.

    S xo.

    1. Embarrassingly I've never owned a Yankee Candle, I think it will be my next adventure haha.
      I'd say definitely try a wooden wick, there's just something so homely about it!



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