Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Product Review: Timothy Han Candle



I know I'm not alone in my absolute love for candles. From super-luxe Dyptique, to available-everywhere Yankee, I can't get enough of them. I love to scent my home, and just feel cosier and more relaxed with a candle flickering away somewhere. I certainly never see a candle as a boring gift, or a safe-option - quite the contrary, as scent preferences are so personal.

I received this candle, by Timothy Han (a brand I had not heard of before), as a gift about a year ago, and since then have burned it quite a bit. Despite this, as you can see from my less-than-beautiful photos, it's still going strong. According to the website the candle should have 50 hours of burn time, and I think that is accurate. 







Aside from the lovely packaging (the simple, yet beautiful,  teal glass jar looks elegant on my shelf), the first thing that really struck me about this candle was the name of the scent. Tobacco and Jasmine. I admit that at first, I was put off by the idea of this; after all, who actually wants their home to smell of smoke? However, one sniff and I was converted. It really doesn't smell anything like tobacco in the sense of smoking; indeed the top notes are Sicilian lemon and bergamot, which when combined with a heart of spicy star anise, cardamom and black pepper, create a sort of refreshing warmth. The floral notes of the jasmine are subtle, but definitely there. According to the website, the 'Tobacco' in the title refers more to the inspiration for the scent (which was originally developed for Barneys New York), a beautiful woman wearing perfume and smoking, in a chic Parisian cafĂ©. It's certainly a very grown-up scent.

Timothy Han is a brand which takes pride in creating candles made as naturally as possible, using only 100% natural soy wax and botanical fragrances. As unlike most candles, they are not made from paraffin, and they contain no artificial fragrances, the end result is a cleaner burning candle. I never knew that most candles emitted potentially harmful toxins, and I have to admit, this news is unlikely to make me part with my old favourites. I do like the idea of a natural product though, and the company claims this aspect of their product maximises the throw of the scent. I'm not going to argue with that, the throw is pretty amazing, without being overpowering. It sort of creeps up on you, and before I know it, I can smell it from a room away. My only criticism would be that, natural wax or not, there is some tunnelling going on, which is not something I would expect to see when paying a premium price for a candle.

Have you tried any of Timothy Han's candles? Would you ever consider using a candle with 'Tobacco' in its title? 

Available from Timothy Han's website here, £38.


6 comments:

  1. Hi Amber – We love your site and appreciate your review of our candle. I’m glad your overall experience has been positive but I am sorry to hear that you have had tunnelling with one of our candles. While we spend a lot of time testing our candles to ensure that this is a rare occurrence, a flame is a living entity and thus unfortunately it is impossible to ensure that every candle won’t tunnel. However this does not detract from the fact that it has happened to your candle and is clearly disappointing for you and us. We’d be happy to send you a replacement candle of your choice.

    PS – As a tip to your readers we always advice when lighting any container candle for the first time it is important to firstly ensure your candle is on a level and draught free surface. The candle should then be left burning until a complete melt pool (the liquid wax) has formed across the top layer. If on the first burn a candle is extinguished before this happens it will greatly increase the chances of tunnelling.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond to my review, I really appreciate it. I will definitely bear your tips in mind for the future, so thank you for sharing those too. I've been very much enjoying your candle, and hope by reviewing it I've encouraged others to give your products a try.

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  2. The candle sounds lovely and I love the packaging. I admit though I would be a bit dubious about "tobacco" but I think with jasmine it would make a lovely scent I'd definitely try it!
    xxx

    www.salted-roses.blogspot.com

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    1. I definitely was! I am so glad I was given this, as I doubt I'd have chosen it for myself, but the scent really is great, and very unusual. I love the jar, my pictures don't do it justice really. xx

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  3. Not a brand I have heard of, but I like the sound of the scent.
    Beautykinguk

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    1. I hadn't either! The scent really is lovely, and I can definitely see it appealing equally to men and women, as the floral element isn't girly at all.

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