This year for Christmas I will definitely be buying candles for my nearest and dearest. Nearly every one I know loves a nice candle, but everyone has quite different tastes. Some people I know like the Ambi-Purs (I’m not joking) and Yankee candles, some of us are die hard Jo Malone and Diptique fans. I definitely prefer the more natural blends that smell like spas or the outdoors (does that even make sense?!).
Rathbornes can boast that they are the world’s oldest candle company. Founded in Dublin in 1488 they have been making candles for 500 years. Once they made candles for practical reasons, lighting homes, churches, lighthouses, streets and are now making luxurious blended candles that is very popular these days.
The packaging is very nice, expensive looking and neutral; you could give it to anyone really and it would fit in to their home. The blends sound very interesting indeed, not at all boring when they could’ve gone for the boring one note route.
Wild Mint, Watercress & Thyme was my pick, as I love fresh herby smells in candles.
This candle doesn’t smell as kitchen-herby as I expected – it is not like smelling a jar of Schwartz if you know what I mean. Instead it is a very fresh, bubbly open scent, with sweet mint coming through quite strongly – to me it smells like there is a floral edge there. It’s a super clean scent, the type of candle I would burn if I had guests, or wanted to freshen up the home after cooking or having a deep clean – is has warmth and softness without just smelling like a clean scent.
I can’t detect too much watercress or thyme in it though…not that watercress smells like much. I would’t worry about burning this and leaving the house smelling ‘musty’ because it’s definitely fresh over ‘old’.
I could definitely smell this when I walked in to the room although it is not as strong as some candles I have, it’s nice for those who find some candles overwhelming if they are too intense.
The Rathborne’s candles come in Travel Size (1 wick) £16, Two Wick £30 and Three Wick £46.
See the range here.