by Julia Wooten
Brand: Colonial Candle
Type: 2-wick Oval Jars and
1-wick Traditional Round Jars
Cost: $11.99 – $17.00
Scent Strength: Varied
Introduction to my Colonial Candle review:
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed scented candles from Colonial Candle. They’ve got a selection of new scents out this fall, and I couldn’t resist trying a few jars. From Falling Leaves to Crimson Festival, I found all of the new scents intriguing. What’s a candle junkie to do? How can we ever decide?
You may be familiar with Colonial Candle from local housewares stores. It’s always nice to be able to pick up a couple of jars while out shopping. But,if you don’t see the scents your craving, give the Colonial Candle website a try. You’ll find every scent they offer available at your fingertips, and there is usually a sale of some sort to sweeten the pot. If you sign up for their emails, you’ll get even more special announcements and sales.
The Colonial Candle website is easy to navigate. I could shop by color or scent, although for me it’s all about scent. They offer a variety of candle styles from tealights and votives to pillars and jar styles. Plus there are some very pretty, unique accessories, and if you ever have questions there is a toll free phone number for customer service.
What do my candles from Colonial look like?
The first two scents I tried were in the 8oz oval jar style. These were double wicked, clear glass oval shaped jars with heavy glass apothecary lids. It’s easy to see why these jars are so well liked. They are pretty enough to be re-purposed into containers for any little trinkets. Crimson Festival is a deep, rich red color. Moroccan Market is a spicy brown color.
I tried the second two scents in Colonial Candle’s 10 oz traditional round jar style. These are the jar styles most of us are familiar with. Each jar had one wick and the lids were a standard clear glass apothecary style. Sparkling Pomegranate is bright red and Falling Leaves is golden orange, like colorful fall leaves.
How did my candles from Colonial Candle smell?
“Your senses will fill with dazzling notes of cinnamon stick, ground nutmeg and golden clove and nuances of crisp apple, roasted chestnut andcreamy apple infused with rich vanilla and brown sugar.”
Here’s where it gets good. This scent was different than anything I’ve smelled before. It was truly unique. When I saw the word “Festival” in the name, I expected sort of a farmer’s market, apple scent but this was less cider and more bakery than that. My sweet side enjoyed Crimson Festival’s bakery edge. If I hadn’t read the description, I would have had a hard time picking out the individual scent notes. I could smell the apple along with a sweet, nutty nougat. It had an autumn warmth to it as well, from the spices. After seeing the fragrance notes in Crimson Festival, I could easily form a picture in my mind of all the different nuances in the scent. How best to describe this scent… It smelled like a picnic in an apple orchard with treats of warm spice cake and sips of nutty vanilla nog. Can you dig it? I sure did.
This jar had a good, strong throw. It was the perfect way to warm the kitchen on a cool day.
“Decadent and alluring notes of zesty spices, rich, creamy vanilla and hints of woods and musk hint at the luxury of the Moroccan Market. The aroma of cinnamon, citrus, clove, patchouli will arouse your senses.”
Talk about warming the kitchen on a cool day, Moroccan Market promised an exotic blend of spices to heat things up. This scent was not bound to the kitchen, though. It was right at home in any room of the house. Although it’s a spicy blend, it didn’t smell particularly foody in nature. Moroccan Market is sophisticated and intriguing. I smelled the patchouli and clove, the woods and a vanilla background… very nice indeed.
I found this scent to have a slighter throw than Crimson Festival, but I really enjoyed the complexity of fragrance. Plus it was one of Colonial Candle’s oval jar that I have a soft spot in my heart for. What can I say? These jars burn beautifully every time. If this is what Morocco smells like, I’d surely like to visit.
“A brilliant fusion of wild, frost-covered spruce, balsamic fir needle, and iced evergreen glitters with tangy pomegranate accents, juicy currant and a sparkling adornment of tart red berry.”
I started this jar candle off in my guest bathroom. The jar size and fruity scent seemed appropriate for the space. Little did I know, Sparkling Pomegranate had bigger ideas. It could not be contained in that small room. The fruity zing of berries burst out of there and halfway down the hall. That’s right… berries. I know the scent is called Sparkling Pomegranate, but what first caught my nose’s attention was the tart red currant. Another thing I noticed was that this fragrance smelled very festive, like a bright, happy holiday. Surely it must have been the spruce or fir that brought the holidays to mind. Pomegranate was the furthest thing from my mind as I enjoyed this scent.
This was a gorgeous scent tailor made for the fruity scent lovers out there. The idea of a holiday pomegranate scent is something new and gives the impression of decadence and abundance, like when you first pull apart that juicy, messy fruit. Even though the actual smell of pomegranate was only a wisp in the background, this scent packed a wallop of tart red berries and holiday currants. I loved it!
“Enjoy the essence of a fun-filled harvest gathering captured in freshly fallen leaves, ambered spices, and gently smoked woods enveloped in touches of sweet anise and creamy vanilla, harvest grains and oven-baked edibles.”
I really wanted to love Falling Leaves, but this particular fragrance wasn’t my favorite. The anise mixed with amber smelled somewhat cloying and heavy to me. Not perfumed, exactly, but mystical and Earthy. I didn’t get any oven baked edibles or creamy vanilla as was in the description. It smelled like a sweet, incense type of fragrance, when what I wanted was an outdoorsy, fall scent. I’m sure this scent will appeal to other noses. If you’re adventurous and like heady, mysterious aromas, this may be just the thing for you.
I found the throw to be on the lighter side, which I thought worked well for this type of fragrance. The golden pumpkin colored wax was gorgeous when lit.
How did my candles burn?
Look, they are Colonial Candles. They are well known for their clean burning candles. The oval shaped jars were terrific. I always get a great burn with this jar style. My jars had strong flames that made edge to edge wax pools. I found the traditional round jars tunneled leaving wax around the edges on both of my apothecary style candles and I wished they were double wicked instead of single wicked. I ended up giving these two jars a helping hand on my candle warmer plate. All wicks required only minimal trimming and burned soot free.
Closing to my review…
If you’ve not had the pleasure of burning a Colonial Candle yet, it’s high time you did. Their oval jars are some of the best burning jars around and the fragrances are well crafted and complex. I sure enjoyed these new fall scents. Crimson Festival was a feast for my senses and Sparkling Pomegranate was a holiday surprise. Moroccan Market was exotic in the best way and even though Falling Leaves was too heavy for me, but I’m sure it will appeal to other noses.
The only problem I have with Colonial Candle is deciding between these new fragrances for the holidays and the comforting favorites like Holiday Sparkle, Winter Woods and Joyful Noel. My only solution is to grab them all.
The holidays are a great time to sample new fragrances. These Colonial Candle beauties made my home sparkle with holiday magic.
Happy holidays, candle lovers.