Old Factory Scented Candles Citrus Grove Collection Review

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I was selected to review any scent combinations of candles that I wished from the company Old Factory Candles. They offer many different variations. Since I am a nut for all things citrus, I chose their Citrus Grove collection. This collection contains one candle each in the following scents: Key Lime, Lemongrass, and Orange Zest. Perfect scents for summer!

These candles are handmade in the United States with natural soy wax and self-trimming cotton candle wicks for clean burning and contain premium fragrance oils. They are sold exclusively on Amazon and are supposed to burn for 25-30 hours. Each candle is a mere 4 oz large and the set retails for 29.83, free shipping with Amazon prime.

As you can see in the above pictures, they come packaged in a very attractive box which would be perfect for gift giving for just about any occasion.

Here is my experience with the candles.  When you initially take the lid off of each one, there is a light fragrance, nothing particularly strong. I am not sure if it is because of the set of fragrances I picked or whether or not all of their candles are this way. I have a very small house, very small. When I lit one candle and set it on a table near me as I was reading, no scent at all wafted my way or anywhere else in the house. There was no fan or air conditioning on either. Upon blowing the candle out, a scent emerged that did not last very long. I tried lighting two of the candles together in the same area and after a few hours, I was finally able to pick up the fragrance. They do recommend grouping these together, depending on the size of your space.

The claim on these candles is the burn time is supposed to be between 25-30 hours. Here is a picture of my initial candle at the 9 hour mark. I kept accurate tracking each time I burned this particular one.

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This candle lasted another half hour, so in total, 9.5 hours burning time. A far cry from the 25-30 hrs. claimed by the seller. It also did not burn down evenly, as you can also tell from this picture. The funny thing is, the lower the candle burned, the stronger the scent became, as if all of the fragrance oils were concentrated at the bottom of the candle. I continued to smell this candle unlit into the next day when I was sitting next to it. I have no explanation for this phenomenon whatsoever. It was a wonderful Key Lime fragrance, I just wish I had been able to enjoy it the entire burn time of the candle.

I did not purchase this candle set as I said before, they were sent to me free for review. I had high expectations. I adore candles as so many do. Besides the lack of fragrance, I have a few more issues that I would like to address to any consumer considering purchasing these.  The cost seems extraordinarily high for what you receive.  These candles are very tiny. If they had burned for the 25-30 hours, no problem. On the website, the candles look enormous, here is the reality.

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A bottle of nail polish is what I decided to go with for a size comparison. The nail polish bottle is actually taller than the candle.  The company does clearly state the size in their description on Amazon, but as I said before, the pictures are misleading. At nearly 10.00 a candle, these seem way over-priced. I get that they are hand made, but with that, I also expected higher quality. My recommendation to the seller would be to lower the price by half. I think that would be appropriate. They can be purchased here at this link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VY3SZ5E/ref=sr_ph_1?m=A2Y1GCN4YDSDF9&ie=UTF8&qid=1435911038&sr=1&keywords=old+factory+candles

I received this product free for testing purposes and an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are strictly my own. This is one review that I was sad to write, but I must stand by my above statements.

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Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder Review

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We have all heard about the benefits of green tea, but did you know that the substance contained within is known as catechins?  Catechins are a specific class of natural polyphenols and antioxidants that help to fight against things like cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.  The catechins are what is responsible for all of the health benefits of green tea. Unfortunately , they are not as stable ( according to a Purdue University study) without the assistance of an added citrus juice.  Without a juice, less than 25% actually get absorbed into the blood stream after the digestive process. Next time you go for any cup of green tea, consider adding some lime, lemon, grapefruit or orange juice to get the full benefits.

The product that I am reviewing today is a powdered form of green tea known as Matcha from Kiss Me Organics. It is organic, non- gmo, vegan and is a culinary grade powder. Matcha, by definition, is a finely milled or fine powder green tea.  It has been used for centuries during Japanese tea ceremonies.  Quality Matcha is vibrantly green (which this one is) and is dried outdoors in the shade, and then stone ground with granite.  The daily dose for maximum benefits is 1/2 – 1 tsp. If you are caffeine sensitive, I would recommend the lower dosage.  It also contains the health benefits of being an energy booster, calorie burner, and anti-ager.

What I have found with this powdered form of green tea is that it is so versatile and can be used in so many ways, including cooking! I thought the best way to experience this for the first time was as just a plain tea. ??????????

I admit it did taste like grass on its own. However, once I added in a bit of lemon juice and some honey, it was quite delicious.  I also starting adding it to smoothies always with the addition of some citrus juice and bam! You really do get a boost of energy from this tea. It is not a hyper-active type of energy however, just a focused and calm type of energy, if that makes any sense. You get things done, but you don’t feel jittery in the least.

Since St. Patrick’s Day was this past month, I decided to bake some Key Lime cupcakes. I included the Matcha in the batter and even in the frosting itself with the addition of even more lime juice. These were probably the healthiest cupcakes I have ever made in my life!

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All of the coloring is from the Matcha alone.  I cannot say enough about this product. I never knew about powdered green tea before I was given this product to test, and had no idea of all the things you can do with it. I will continue using this on a daily basis and look forward to trying out even more recipes using this quality product. They did provide me with many recipes, and continue to send them in emails each week.  As a seller, I think they want their customers to be as informed as possible about the many uses and benefits and I appreciate that.  If you would like to experience Matcha for yourself, here is the link to the product on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b00ddt116m

I received this product free for testing purposes and an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are strictly my own.