Review: Carthusia Candle from Amara

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A few weeks ago the nice folks at Amara got in touch with me, asking if I’d like to review something from their website. I hadn’t heard of Amara, so I did some investigating. Amara is an online boutique, stocking luxury homeware and gifts, from a variety of brands, including Missoni, Cath Kidston and Kate Spade. Their website is definitely worth a look; they have a huge array of really lovely stuff.

I decided to go for one of their scented candles. I burn scented candles a lot at home, but mine tend to be of the cheap Sainsburys variety. I know lots of bloggers do spend on candles, and I’ve always wondered if it really makes any difference. Is it worth spending more on a fancy candle? I picked the Carthusia candle in Vanilla, which retails at £29. Having never spent more than a fiver on a candle before, I was curious what it would be like.

First up, the packaging. If you’re spending a bit on a candle, you expect a nice box, right? This didn’t disappoint, and came very nicely packaged in a sturdy box.

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The glass container thing (mmm, technical term, obviously) is very pretty, so I’m sure I’ll be reusing it for something when I’ve finished the candle.

The real test is obviously the scent, though. I’m a big fan of Vanilla, and was using a Vanilla candle anyway. This is really lovely though, strong but not over-powering, and not sickly sweet, which some Vanilla scented items can be. I’ve found actually, that even when it’s not lit, I can smell this as soon as I come into the flat, which is not something I get from my cheapy candles. Lit, the smell is gorgeous. I’ve been burning it all weekend, and I’m proper in love with the smell.

Despite leaving it burning for a pretty long time, I don’t seem to have made a dent in it all, which makes me think this is going to last me a while.

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All in all, I was really impressed with this candle. Would I spend £29 on a candle? To be honest, probably not. I do really like this, and if I had a disposable income, I might, but on my budget, I just can’t justify more than a few quid on something like a candle. There is a difference in the quality, definitely, the most notable difference being how strong this smells even before you’ve lit it. If anyone would like to keep me in fancy candles, it’d be much appreciated.

What’s the most you’ve spent on something like this for your home?