I recently had the opportunity to try out some candles from NorthWood Candles, a company based out of my home state. Not only did they send me some candles, but they also sent some wax tarts. They couldn't have picked better scents to send out to me, because I loved them all.
My favorite item that was in the package had to be the Cracklin' Candle, which is a wood wicked candle and not your normal cotton wick. The nice thing about a wood wicked candle is the fact that they make a crackling noise as they burn so it is almost as if you were having a fire in your fireplace. The crackling isn't too obnoxious or anything, just gives off the perfect amount of sound. I had the scent Monkey Farts in the Cracklin' Candle line. Yes the name sounds funny, but the candle smells AMAZING!! If you like fruity scents then this is the one for you! Their website describes this scent as "top notes of fresh bananas and juicy grapefruit, middle notes of kiwi, juicy bubblegum and strawberries and a hint of vanilla as a base note." The banana and grapefruit stick out to me and sometimes I will get a whiff of vanilla, but still an amazing scent. The Cracklin' Candles retail for $17.95 and have a burn length of 100 hours. I am not sure if they will burn for 100 hours but I have been burning mine everyday for the last couple of weeks and I still have over half left.
Next up they sent me two of their Travel Tins which have a burn length of 45 hours and retail for $8.95. The scents that I received are Island Christmas and Grandma's Kitchen. Grandma's Kitchen is described as "the aroma of rich, creamy vanilla with a touch of fresh ground cinnamon sticks." I would say that that is pretty much spot on and I absolutely loved the scent. It is one of those scents that is perfect for fall with the rich vanilla and spicy cinnamon. The other scent that I received was Island Christmas which is described as " a tropical holiday vacation with guava, strawberry, papaya and mango with a refreshing base of candy canes." When I first saw the description of this candle I didn't think it would be one that I would purchase but I absolutely love it. Normally you would think of burning a fruity candle in the spring or summer but this is a scent that you can get away with burning in the winter months. I live in Minnesota so I have a fairly long winter and normally miss being able to burn my fruity candles.
Next up they sent me a few of the tea lights which retail for $0.99 each or 6 for $4.99 and have a burn length of 4 hours a piece. Out of all of the tea lights that I was sent, Icicles was probably my favorite. Icicles is described as "pomegranate, strawberry and raspberry with a touch of fresh peppermint and vanilla." This candle smelled amazing! It was a berry-vanilla with just the slightest touch of peppermint, not overwhelming at all. I am going to have to buy this one in a full size for sure. The next one that I tried out was Relaxation Aromatherapy. Relaxation is described as "the aroma of fresh picked lavender flowers with a faint background of musk." I burned this one while taking a bath and I was definitely relaxed at the end. Then I received Gingerbread Man and Pumpkin Crunch Cake which are more bakery type scents obviously and are great for the fall season. Gingerbread Man isn't just your typical gingerbread cookie scent. Their website describes it as "ginger, nutmeg, honey, clove, vanilla, cocoa and a touch of lemon and citrus." Pumpkin Crunch Cake is described as "the aroma of creamy pumpkin pie filling with rich eagle brand milk surrounded with freshly baked yellow cake, melted butter, pecans and a hint of spice." And as far as the tea lights go the last one I was sent was Teakwood & Cardamom which is described as "an exotic blend of teakwood surrounded by rich spices of cardamom, cinnamon and clove sitting on base notes of cedar, amber, sandalwood and patchouli." Teakwood & Cardamom is definitely a more earthy and masculine scent but at the same time I still love it because I can burn it around the men in my life without them thinking it smells too girly.
I do have one of those electric wax warmers so they scent me some of their melts as well. I received three of the clam shell packs and one tart. I received The Perfect Man which to me reminded me of an Old Spice deodorant that one of the guys I used to date wore. Not the kind you would think of your grandpa wearing but a good smelling kind. I also received Frosted Pinecones which is described as "an amazingly true Christmas tree scent." I am glad that they picked this one for me because since I live in an apartment I am not allowed to have a real Christmas tree, I can only have an artificial one. With this melt I can burn it and still smell like I have a real Christmas tree set up. I also received Sleigh Ride which is described as "an exciting blend of pine, apple, cinnamon, bayberry and holly." Another great scent to have warming during the holidays. Last but certainly not least the scent I received the tart in was Palm Island. Palm Island is described as "sweet orange blossoms, yuzu and kumquat followed by peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine notes and a hint of peppermint sitting on base notes of natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum and frankincense." Palm Island is another masculine scent but still one that I like.
On a final note, I would highly suggest checking this candle company out and I am sure that you will be able to find scent that you like in a wide variety of sizes to fit your needs. Their candles are 100% soy and they do not use any dyes. They do offer a fundraising program as well. For more info visit their website and request it. Pay attention to future posts because I will have a giveaway for a $25 gift card to their website. Check out their website at www.northwoodcandlecompany.com.