We coupon around here – severely (take a peek at Frugal Heart to read about my couponing journey).
Each week as I am matching up coupons to store sales and rebates I always run across a few items that are free or extremely cheap. Many of these items I have never tried before and would never pay money to purchase but since they are free or extremely cheap I will give them a try. The majority of these products turn out to be very cool but there have been a few that I didn’t like at all.
I thought I would start reviewing some of these items here on my blog. My first review will be on the Glade Scented Oil Candle.
I picked up this Glade Scented Oil Candle Kit last week at Walgreens. Normally about $6, with my manufacturer’s coupon, a Walgreens coupon, and a Walgreens Easy Rebate this item was free.
I’m reviewing the Dewberry Dreams fragrance because it was the only scent left on the shelf. There wasn’t much of a selection but I liked the smell and, like I said, it was free.
The Scented Oil Kit packaging was pretty – perfectly designed with the woman in mind. The clear plastic allowed me to view the product inside easily so I wouldn’t be surprised when I got home and opened it up. There was one attractive glass candle holder and two small heart shaped oil candles included.
The candle holder has a magnet on it to hold the candle, which has a metal piece inserted into it, securely on the plate. This seems like a good idea however, both of my candles had little metal strips sticking out of the top that detracted from the overall look of the candle and posed a danger of cutting my fingers. It wasn’t a sharp piece of metal by any means but could still injure a person not paying attention.
I placed the candle on the center of my kitchen bar. Over the last year or so, in an effort to become a better home maker and to keep a home that is easier to clean I have done away with most of my knick knacks (did you know there are three different spellings for that term?), so I was glad that this little candle holder wasn’t obtrusive and was small enough to store away in a cupboard when not in use.
It lit easily and smelled good when I stood up close. After about an hour I asked my kids if they could smell it in the room because I could only smell it when I was directly beside it. They all had about the same response, “Maybe a little”. After another hour or so I noticed that the candle had melted completely (this is supposed to happen) and was almost completely gone (this also is supposed to happen). My husband came home right around then and he couldn’t smell it.
Not only was the lack of fragrance disappointing but the fact that the candle only lasts about 2 hours was a surprise. Refills for these are around $3 for 3 candles. Maybe I am a little too frugal but $3 for 6 hours of smell seems a bit much to me.
- The packaging was revealing and pretty
- The promotions offered to get me to make the purchase were more than generous and coupons for this product are very easy to come by in the Sunday paper or printed from the internet
- The candle holder is fairly small, taking up only a small bit of room on my counter with little room needed for storage when not in use.
- The glow of the lit candle in the holder is quite attractive
- The fragrance smelled great up close but failed to scent the entire room
- The heart shaped candle had metal pieces sticking out of it
- The candle has an extremely short life span of between 2 and 3 hours
- The refills grant very little good smell time for the buck
- If one of your kids sings happy birthday and then blows out your candle it is very difficult, or impossible to relight.
- Sometimes they go out early all by themselves without the help of a child’s breath and are close to impossible to relight.
I would not buy this product again or pick up refill candles unless I could get them for free. Even then I would put it up on the benevolence shelf or only use it in a very small room like a bathroom or small bedroom because the fragrance just isn’t strong enough to waste on a normal sized room.
All in all this product rated 2 out of 5 stars. Not a complete waste but definitely not worth the retail price.