I love a good smelly candle. I burned countless Yankees over the course of last year, but lately I found myself yearning for something a little more natural and a bit more grown-up. I do still love certain Yankee scents - Fireside Treats will always have a place in my home - but I wanted to have a look and see what was out there on the Irish candle market.
I found a few companies, but decided to go for three. Max Benjamin, Soilse, and Emma's So Naturals.
All three are presented in glass tumblers and boxed.
First up, I went for the Mimosa & Sweet Amber scent from Max Benjamin.
Max Benjamin are based in Co. Wicklow. They currently have 17 different scents available, so there's bound to be something to suit even the most discerning of noses. This one spoke to me because I'm a sucker for Amber, and it doesn't disappoint. It's warming and cosy, a perfect candle for evening time. You can buy Max Benjamin natural wax candles on their website for €19 (delivery by courier costs €4.95) or check this map for local stockists. Burn time on this is approximately 40 hours.
Soilse are a new-to-me company that I found when googling for Irish candles. They're based in Co. Meath, and currently offer a range of six very unique fragrances. This one, Donegal Dew, is described as "The woodsy scents of the wild heather and oak moss that blanket the Donegal countryside". Now while I'm not from Donegal, I'm no stranger to the bog (peat bog, not the loo for non-Irish readers) so this one called out to me. It's just stunning - warm, woody, almost like incense. It's gorgeous. Soilse candles are hand-poured, and made from soy wax. Burn time is approx. 40 hours. Soilse candles cost €17.75 but are on sale on the website at the moment for €14.20 (plus €4.50 delivery by An Post or €6.95 for overnight courier). You can find a list of local stockists here.
Last up is another soy candle, from Emma's So Naturals in Co. Louth. Emma carries a wide range of products on her website, this being just one in a range of fragrances. I went for Masala Chai - described as a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamom. You can tell I like my woodsy, spicy scents, can't you? This candle has a burn time of approximately 50 hours, and comes in at €18.50 on the website. Standard delivery via An Post is free within Ireland, but there is a courier option available too. You can also find Emma's So Naturals soy candles at stockists listed on the map here.
All three are fantastic companies with great customer service, I had no issues with any of my orders and all were sent promptly. All three are gorgeous quality, and I'm sure anyone would be happy to receive any one of them as a present - Valentine's Day is just around the corner, as is Mothers Day (March 15th).
If you've tried any other fragrances from any of the companies above, I'd love to hear your recommendations. I'd also love to hear if anyone has come across any other good candle companies (I did try to contact Cloon Keen Atelier to ask if they posted orders out but I heard nothing back), or if anyone has found a Salted Caramel candle, a scent I love.