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Two years ago I discovered Shearer Candles of Scotland from gifts I had received as leaving presents and it wasn't before long that I searched high street shops to buy more of the range on offer, before discovering the company online. So far, after trying quite a wealth of different ranges such as their Spa Watermelon and Coconut candles, I couldn't resist trying a candle in their frosted glass jar range called Persian Lime and Grapefruit - and duly ordered the product online direct from Shearer's of Scotland as well as my previous favourites. What I got in the post was a full size scented tin as well as the glass candle as a thank you for shopping with them.
I've since bought this product again a year later and Shearer's have now changed the label on the tin, restricting the info to only show "Persian Lime," in green lettering on a white background. Rest assured however, that it is still the same fragrance on offer.
Pricing & Promise
With a height of around 4.7cm and a diameter of 6cm, Shearer's Persian Lime and Grapefruit tinned candle has a total burning time of 20 hours and is suitable for use at home or for travelling due to its clear lid and round, compact design. It is able to look discreet in size but delightfully vibrant when lit and adding a little bit of fun along the way thanks to its fresh and positive fruity scent. In use the candle has white wax but the glass itself has a slight pastel green tint to match the Kaffir Lime that has been added to scent the wax.
One tin costs £3-50 and for the burning time this tin gives, it is good value for money - considering that Yankee Candle's comparatively smaller votive candle gives you 15 hours of claimed fragrance, but half the scent on offer and usually half price or the small Housewarmer jar at an average £5-99 with 40 hours burn time and probably about the same kind of strength, dependent on the scent available. To my mind Yankee Candle don't produce the same kind of scent that Shearer offer here, so at least you're getting something that is unique.
What Does It Smell Of?
Here is a delightfully fresh candle, hand poured and with a lead free wick to minimize on paraffin after tones after the candle has been burnt, revealing a fizzy lemonade top note with thick hues of sweet, juicy grapefruit and a few tones of rose to give this candle a lovely friendly flavour and light, fragrant longevity.
However, as with most of the products I've bought from this company, the Persian Lime and Grapefruit scented tin takes a long time to burn down, releasing scent the moment it starts to create a small pool of hot wax at the top. Compared to Yankee Candle, of which its products are used daily, I don't tend to burn Shearer candle products that much, as a little seems to go a long way and when burnt once or twice a week for a little scent lift and relief from daily stress, the tinned product makes it wonderfully cost effective when lit once a week for a few hours.
When used for travelling however, I make sure I get the best out of the Shearer tin. In hotel rooms where air conditioning ruins the air, often dries out my throat and has that stale, clinical smell in bathrooms, the tinned candle makes an ideal accessory that is safe, discreet but above all so handy to just take with me.
Strength & Safety
Persian Lime and Grapefruit is a great mask candle that covers up tobacco smell fairly well but when it comes to burning food, it can take up to an hour before the candle deals with pongy kitchen odour and the candle will only be able to work satisfactorily when doors are closed over and no windows are open. Of course, it isn't a candle that is so marketed to combat general odours but rather a candle to enjoy the fruity fragrance that beholds within the wax.
This is where, compared to Yankee Candle, you're never going to get the same kind of delivery and power, but rather a stronger tone of flavours on offer that can relax and lift spirits rather than lift pongs out of the air!
As with all candles you do have to have general common sense and not leave this lit unless you are sitting near to the candle or at least can see it! Although the lid is there to act as a air tight seal, it doesn't fit onto the base of the candle for good reason. As with all scented tumbler candles, be it glass or metal, a level surface allows the candle to get the best opportunity for equal burning.
The candle tin itself is quite thin and in use can get hot. Luckily the base is heat insulated, but even as a precaution I always put a drinks coaster down. The lid of the candle has a thin plastic acrylic strip that shows off the wax, and after use, if you wish by using hot water to lift the last part of the wax out, the tins make good storage tins thanks to their clear tops and metal sides.
Blackening or production of black smoke seldom happens with this tinned product because of its small size and wider diameter. Bunching however can occur, which makes sense to pull the burnt bits off before lighting the candle again for fragrance.
All prices are given on average with VAT included:
Persian Lime & Grapefruit Reed diffuser £10-00 Persian Lime & Grapefruit Non-pressurized room spray £5-00 Persian Lime & Grapefruit Scented votive (40 hrs) £4-00 Persian Lime & Grapefruit Scented small jar (25 hrs) £4-50 Persian Lime & Grapefruit Silver tin (20 hrs) £3-50 Persian Lime & Grapefruit Hurricane glass (95 hrs) £15-00 Persian Lime & Grapefruit Scented gift jar (40 hrs) £15-00 Persian Lime & Grapefruit Silver mirror candle (35 hrs) £12-00 Persian Lime & Grapefruit Large scented jar (35 hrs) £7-00 Persian Lime & Grapefruit Tealight candles (5 hours each) £5-00
Luckily, Shearer's of Scotland do produce other variations of this scent, although I do like the frosted jars, I find them to be quite expensive compared to the small tin version.
Compared to Yankee Candle and other brands, I go by the burn times offered by Shearer products rather than the actual products from time to time. A case example is the glass scented large jar that offers 35 hours but costs £7 compared to the added 5 hours scented gift jar that costs double just for the gift packaging!
Similarly, the scented small jar is frosted and looks exactly like the tin version here - yet it costs an extra £1 for the same burn time.