I don't care if I'm pruny, just leave me with these in the tub!It might not come looking like a forty dollar set of candles, but once you open the packaging and see these pretty little treasures, you'll see that they work and look just as great. It's worth the five bucks.
The best use of this product is well, anything, really! Put these in the bathtub, in a fountain, in a vase, in a candle holder, wherever you usually put candles. The great thing is that these guys float, and they're oh so cute. These are girly enough for the feminine side of all of us, and just plain sensual enough to satisfy everyone. I think these are great for anniversaries, weddings, everyday use around the home -- seriously! These candles are wonderful everywhere.
I'm not quite sure what to say about texture, but I have to say that all of the little flower candles were sculpted beautifully. I know they probably came out of a mold, but there were no production seams anywhere. They look so gorgeous, that I actually bought another set and gave it as a gift to a friend. They float really great in water. Sometimes it's hard to light them, but if you light them and then slip them into the vase or cup while holding the vase or cup at an angle, it's easier to get them in there. If you light them and drop them in, it's easy to put them out. If you try to light them in a deep vase, it's easy to burn your fingers. You can also use a long matchstick or a BBQ lighter. The wax isn't too greasy or sticky, but I wouldn't recommend them for massage, because these guys simply weren't made for that.
The smell was really subdued once you got them out of the cheap packaging they were in. The first whiff you get is pretty strong, but after that it's just enough to get you in the mood for a little de-stressing. As they burn they smell like regular burning to me, but if I let them burn a while without me in the room and I come back, the room'll smell lovely. It's definitely not too strong though, so don't worry about thinking it'll smell like you let a hippie kid from Santa Cruz into your home with a bouquet of patchouli (not that that's bad; it's just for a different occasion).
If you're using them in the tub be sure not to splash around too much or you'll just flood them. Then again, they'll burn you if they get too close to you. Thankfully, you're in the bath so you can just put them out again! I wouldn't really recommend these for a partner bath unless you're both being really still in the water or don't want to light them. I'd say it's better for a cigarette and book kinda bath. (Sidenote: they won't provide you enough light to read by, sorry.)
Oh my, the packaging. It was cheap. It's just two clear plastic half circles crushed over each other and a sticker slapped on. The second set that I gave to a friend, I actually repackaged them myself because it was such an embarrassment. It's just really ugly, but for how much you pay for these candles and how perfect each individual candle looks, I can understand that they had to skimp on the packaging.
This product was provided at a discounted price in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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