I think I’ve built up a bit of reputation for liking (and burning) luxury candles. Yes, I burn Diptyque and while I do so because I enjoy the scents, I am aware that they are incredibly expensive. I’ve had people tell me I might as well just set some bank notes alight; which is true in a sense, except that a) burning bank notes don’t give off a lovely scent and b) they don’t last as long :D
But recently, surrounded as I am with my trappings of luxury, I’ve found myself reaching more and more often for an affordably priced candle, that does a lovely job of scenting my living room and doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg (nor provoke discussions of burning banknotes).
The candles in question are the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Soy Candles, and I can’t remember now who sicced me onto them (I think it was someone on Twitter – thank you!) but I picked up a couple from iHerb and I love them! Hey, for under RM40, what’s there not to love eh? :D
The only problem I can find with these candles is that they are pretty heavy, so shipping them here can cost a pretty penny. Singapore seems to get better iHerb shipping deals so if you have friends or family there, and aren’t in a hurry to get your items, it’s worth considering sending your packages there.
So I don’t ship a whole bunch of Mrs. Meyer’s candles, I just order 1 each time, and then pad other purchases around it to make up the regular airmail shipping. Unless DHL is on offer, I don’t pick DHL because it’s so much more expensive.
But coming back to the candles :)
The Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day candles are soy candles that come in a jar with a screw on cap. It isn’t pretty the way many candles are, but it is practical, because the cap helps keep the scent better and after you’re done with your candle, you could use the jars for keeping other serviceable things in the kitchen, especially if you’ve rinsed it out well.
What I like about these candles is how strong the throw of scent is. It very easily scents my whole living room where I place them, without any effort at all! Most of my luxury candles struggle to fill this space with scent, which often disappoints me.
One jar can also last a fairly long while – a 35 hours claim. I find that the soy candles melt quite quickly so it results in an even burn without my having to burn it for too long. I haven’t had any issues with the Mrs. Meyer’s candles so far in terms of uneven burn and that again, is something to commend because one or two of my luxury candles have that problem.
I have 3 scents so far:-
- Geranium – Strong, if you like the scent of geranium, and very soothing. It scents the whole house quite quickly and I often burn it for about an hour and then blow it out. The scent remains thereafter.
- Lavender – Not my favourite. The lavender scent smells artificial so it’ll be quite a chore to use this one up.
- Iowa Pine – A seasonal candle which was a gift from Tine. It has a lovely warm, spicy pine scent and immediately makes you think of Christmas.
There are another 2 permanent scents – Basil and Lemon Verbena, which I’ll probably get the next time I do an iHerb order.
However I do have one more comment. The candles don’t seem to burn all the way so there is about 1cm of wax left that I can’t get to, because the wick doesn’t go all the way down. You can see it in the Geranium jar above. There’s still quite a lot of wax down there, but I can’t get it to burn. It’s quite a waste because I love the scent so if you have ideas on how I can deal with it, please let me know!
IN A NUTSHELL
The Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Soy Candles are affordable natural soy candles that come in fairly natural smelling scents. I like how they burn evenly and give off a good scent throw so a fairly small jar scents a large room quite easily. The scents I have smell good, to me. They smell clean and refresh the air of the room. I’d pick up more of these any day, except that they come in glass jars so it is quite heavy to ship.
PROS: Good scent throw, Clean and natural scents,
CONS: Heavy to ship overseas, The wick doesn’t go all the way to the base of the candle so there is a lot of wax at the bottom that can’t be melted
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who enjoys burning scented candles, Anyone who wants an affordable scented candle that smells natural with a good scent throw
Have you tried Mrs. Meyer’s Soy candles?
I like how affordable they are, and I wish it was easier to get hold of them where I am. So if you are in the US, really, you have no excuse not to :P If you’ve tried any of the other scents, please let me know which your fave is!
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Soy Candles come in 4 permanent scents Price: US$9.60 on iHerb Availability: iHerb.com (Use my code MPW213 to get 5% off your order.)