I love candles. There’s something so satisfying coming home after a long day at work, getting cosy on the sofa with a cup of tea (or wine if it’s been a REALLY long day) and having the whole room filled with the gorgeous scent of a candle.
Personally, I like candles that smell natural. I’m not saying the scent of nature but no fake fragrances. I’m talking more vanilla extract not vanilla essence, if you know what I mean.
However, as always the candles I covet are a touch on the expensive side. My dream of having a Pinterest worthy house with rooms filled to the brim with candles was becoming further out of sight (what with having to spend my money on actually living) as I was finding it hard to find a quality candle brand that was affordable.
So when I was invited to attend the launch of Owen Drew Candles Autumn Collection, I jumped at the chance.
The founder, Owen, created Owen Drew candles after noticing the candles he purchased were giving off soot and smoke, that was collecting on the walls, damaging the interiors of his home. He explained to me, that this is due to petroleum-based paraffin wax that can be found in many mass produced candles and when I thought about it, even some of the most expensive candles I own end up with a black rim of soot around the glass. Further research revealed candles are often heavily fragranced with synthetic chemicals containing parabens and other toxins that not only damage your house but can have an effect on your health as well.
As a result, Owen decided that home fragrance needed and could be so much better and Owen Drew Candles was born.
From Classic Owen Drew Fragrances to the “inspired by” candle collection there is a scent for everyone. Personally, I couldn’t pick a favourite they all smell incredible. Every one of Owen Drew candles are made from natural vegan soy wax that is blended with essential oils. Each is hand-poured by Owen and his small team over on the Wirral before being thoroughly inspected and approved. My favourite thing about the candles is the unique wooden wick that crackles when burning, producing a soothing acoustic experience.
They burn evenly too. As you can see from the photo below there is a nice pool of melted wax at the top rather than only in the centre which makes it not only harder to light a candle but drowns out the scent.
Obviously the most important factor of a candle is what people in the fragrance business call “throw”. Basically, how quickly and how much of a room is filled with the scent of a candle. The last thing you want is to have to get right up close before you can actually smell anything!
So as soon as I got home I lit my Cedarwood & Jasmine candle (Owen’s current favourite and I can see why) and waited. Less than fifteen minutes and I was in heaven. A quick trip upstairs to grab a book and on my way down I could smell the warm aroma of cedarwood mixed with the delicate floral notes of Jasmine coming from my living room.
The next evening I lit it again ready for my friend to come over for a catch-up. Now because I can sometimes/ mostly all the time be an untidy person, the first thing my friend usually notices is the sudden tidiness after a quick clear up. This visit, my tidying efforts went unnoticed and I believe her exact words were “omg it smells amazing in here!”.
Excellent fragrance throw? Tick.
Great so basically they are the perfect candles which means they must cost a fortune right? Nope. These gorgeous luxury natural vegan candles are only £25.
They are a similar size to Jo Malone candles for reference (JM = 200ml, OD = 300ml) and burn for up to forty five whole hours! You can really see the care that has gone into each candle. Everything about them is perfect. From the natural cream coloured wax to the hand polished glass jars.
Owen Drew Candles also come in a deluxe cut glass jar (£50) that is twice the size as the large candles as well as some stunning handcrafted copper containers (£60) that burn for over 100 hours.
They would make a perfect gift for friends, family and obviously yourself. The only question, and it’s a difficult one, is which fragrance to choose.