Thursday 8 September 2011

Speed Review: NEOM Sensuous Candle

Well, it certainly seems as though Autumn has arrived if today's awful weather is anything to go by. I have to confess that I'm a bit pathetic when it comes to wintry weather and try my hardest to avoid facing the elements. After all, why would I want to be outdoors getting blown to bits and soaked to the skin when I could be tucked up in cosy cashmere in the warm indoors with a good book and a scented candle burning.
My choice of candle, as you may remember from last year's Skin Deep blog awards, is one from the gorgeous NEOM Organics range. I absolutely adore them. Yes, they're pricey but the eco credentials mean that I can truly relax, safe in the knowledge that I'm not inhaling nasties. If there's one area where it makes sense to me to choose organic, it's candles. Standard candles are often made with a base of paraffin wax or incorporate cheap, synthetic scents which is why they burn with black soot- not something I want to breathe in, thanks. NEOM candles are made using the finest organic ingredients (a minimum of 70%) and contain the highest legal amount of pure essential oils for a truly therapeutic experience. What's more, they are made using vegetable waxes and hand poured into chic recyclable containers in the UK, completed with pure cotton wicks. It's hardly surprising that Kate Middleton is a fan.

I was excited to hear about NEOM's new limited edition candle, Sensuous which combines Ylang Ylang, Frankincense and Patchouli. It's a warm, soothing fragrance yet it isn't overwhelming. Sensuous is a very likeable scent, ideal for this time of year and I found that the fragrance delicately lingered within a short time of being lit. I tried the travel candle which is designed to give up to 20hrs burn time, although I have to admit that mine seemed to burn quite quickly. Having said that, I do feel that the travel candles offer fantastic value for money at £13, making them a great option if you want to try NEOM for the first time. The limited edition Sensuous fragrance is also available in the larger, 3-wick version for which NEOM are famous and is encased in a black glass tumbler for a change. I definitely recommend NEOM Sensuous candle and why not pick up a couple of extras? They make the most wonderful gifts.

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