Monday, 3 March 2014

Rachael Reviews - Rebecca Blake Scented Candles*

If you're a long time reader you'll know that I'm a big lover of scented candles. The White Company 'Winter' candle is a regular purchase, I love many Yankee Candles (particularly 'Cherries On Snow' and their Christmas scents) and I even dabbled in Neom candles when they had their fifteen minutes of fame 

I don't mind paying a bit above the odds for a good quality candle - I think you can smell a cheap candle a mile away. Synthetic scents that irritate your nose and don't fill the room. Cheap candles are also prone to burning poorly and unevenly, often tunnelling, so you really don't get value for money 

The thing I like about good quality candles is that they tend to burn more evenly, meaning you get the most from every drop. They are usually made from better quality (mostly natural) waxes and the scents are usually deeper and richer and make the overall experience more luxurious

So I was delighted when my sister introduced me to Rebecca Blake Scented Candles. The company was established in April 2013 by Lincolnshire based clinical aromatherapist, Catherine Lewak, who has used her 15 years of experience in working with essential oils to create a range of room scenting candles and reed diffusers as well as therapy candles, made using 100% essential oils

Rebecca Blake was the name of Catherine's great grandmother, a beautiful lady who lived through two world wars and whose hard work inspired Catherine to found the company

The room scenting candles are inspired by 'of the moment' fragrances from houses such as Jo Malone and Diptyque and include Wild Blackberry & Bay, Lime Basil & Mandarin and Baies. My personal favourites are Black Fig & Cassis and Japanese Plum, both slightly sweet but musky smelling fragrances. There are special edition Christmas scents too, including Black Cherry & Gluhwein (rich and delicious) and Cranberry, Orange & Cinnamon (sharp and fruity) which I will definitely be purchasing come December

The Therapy candles include Lavender & Frankincense (aids sleep) and Peppermint, Lemon & Basil (aids concentration) These really appeal to my developing interest in aromatherapy and I'm looking forward to trying a couple very soon

I have found my Rebecca Blake candle to burn evenly and emit a really beautiful, heady scent. I burn it in the kitchen as that's where I spend most of my time and visitors always comment on the scent and ask where they can get one. I left the kitchen door open last night and the gorgeous scent wafted all the way up the stairs, I could even smell it in the bedroom when I went to bed. I'm already planning my next purchase(s)

You can order any Rebecca Blake products by contacting Catherine via her Facebook page

Catherine has very kindly offered a Black Fig & Cassis candle (worth £22) to a lucky reader. To enter, all you need to do is like Rebecca Blake Scented Candles Facebook page and leave a comment below telling me your favourite type of candle scent. The winner will be drawn at random on Friday 14th March and will be announced on Twitter - make sure you're following me (@madeupof)

Good luck!


  1. Twas only the other day that I tweeted saying I need a new scented candle.. My favourites are definitely White Company's Winter, Neom Lemon & Basil and Diptyque 34 boulevard saint Germain :)
    If you haven't tried the Diptyque one I very much recommend it, I might even buy myself the perfume! X

  2. I love relaxing lavender scents to burn before bed! The Neom Luxury candle is a fave & will be purchasing The White Company's Candle in Seychelles for the summer! :)

  3. I like Christmas scented candles- the White Company Winter either in candle form or oil. The fresher Neom scents are also lovely.

  4. My favourite candle scent has to be anything with fig actually. I absolutely love fig - or jasmine! Bella xx

  5. I love warm, comforting scents and candles that smell like various sweet baked goods :D

  6. I love honeysuckle candles - so sweet, and remind me of spring :)

  7. I love Baies by Diptyque but I also love anything which is vanilla based. x

  8. I have different faves throughout the year, I love spicey, chestnutty scents in the winter and in spring I prefer fresh florally ones (Peony is a current favourite). Also I really need a nice new candle because one of my cats weed on the rug on Sunday :((( X

  9. My favourite type of scent is a fresh one, I am IN LOVE with Calvin Klein's Leaf candle. Infact, obsessed doesn't even come close! x

  10. I love scented candles. Anything rich and aromatic I really enjoy but in all honesty it depends what mood I'm in and which room I'm in! Fresh scents and fruity scents would all find a place in my home too.
    Thanks for the great giveaway x


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