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.
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.
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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