Illume the 23 collection - aromatherapy candle by Illume candles - review by Jessica Elizabeth

Smells like citronella

The Valencia Orange smells like citronella; this candle is romantic and re-usable, but this scent is not the best. Get the candle; but in a different scent.
re-usable container, clean burning, lasts a long time
incredibly strong smell
Rating by reviewer:
useful review
This candle smells like citronella. I'm really fond of citrus scented candles, as they tend to be crisp and light. However, this one is quite strong; even when it's not lit. This has proved to be a bit annoying, although I imagine the scent would keep away any unwanted mosquitoes that are in the area! Granted, if I wanted a citronella candle I'd have gotten an Off brand one...

It comes in a beautiful box that you can keep to store the glass jar in once the candle is used up. The box comes in 2 parts, a thick bottom with a lid that fits on nicely. The top is orange and the bottom is yellow and patterned. It's a bit "loud" but it could be worse. It also has a lightly fitting metal cap that I have started using after I blow out the candle to reduce the scent in the air. The cap does not fit tight, at all so it may fall off.

I've found that it takes a bit to light the wick, I'd make sure to use a lighter instead of matches so you don't burn your fingers as the match burns down. Also, when you light it for the second, third, etc time it does spark a couple times, so make sure to pull your hand away quickly so you don't get burnt. It burns for quite a long time, I've had it burning for close to 10 hours now and it's barely noticeable in the wax.

When you blow it out there's barely any smoke, which is super nice plus there isn't that sooty smell afterwards. There's also no soot that falls off the wick between uses either.

All in all it's a beautiful candle and can create quite a sensual ambiance, however the citronella scent is a bit off-putting. I'd choose another scent if I got this particular candle again.

Also - this isn't a massage candle; it's an ambiance candle.
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  • mllebeauty
    Sorry it's not a happy scent, but thanks for the warning!
  • Jessica Elizabeth
    No prob I want to try the other scents. The scent of this one isn't too terribly bad in small doses, but for the long term..yea, doesn't work the best.
  • Kimbertrees
    Good review!
  • Kindred
    Perhaps when the weather is warmer you can test if it works to repel mosquitoes? Then couples could use it for outdoor sex Thanks for the review.
  • Research
    I like the outdoor sex idea. Overpoweringly strong candles in a stuffy bedroom is a surefire recipe for a headache.
  • Jessica Elizabeth
    @Kindred LOL Yea, I agree with Research; really good idea! Considering our balcony is pretty closed off... hhmm....I think I may need to put this candle away and save it for spring/summer ^^
  • namelesschaos
    Good review. thanks for warning us about how strong the scent is.
  • darthkitt3n
    Ugh, the name sounds like it would be a good scent, but citronella is disgusting.
  • Jessica Elizabeth
    @namelesschaos - yea, i wasn't going to review this, but after I smelled it I figured I'd put a small one together so I could give my opinion.

    @darthkitt3n 1 - I like your name! 2 - I actually don't mind citronella, but not as strong as it gets in our itty bitty apartment >.>
  • ~LaUr3n~
    Eww not a good smell! Thanks for the warning!
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