Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: Dark Candles... also TIKI !!!

I love candles!  And thanks to The Curious Professor Z and a review post she did long ago, I was introduced to a wonderful online candle store called Dark Candles. These candles come in many scents that you won't find anywhere else, and are created especially "For Those Who Prefer the Dark".  

I've tried quite a few of their candles (I'm into votives and tealights), and I have to say that I LOVE many of the scents.  Unfortunately, I've also found that while some candles' scents are quite strong and fill the room properly, others just seem to barely have any scent at all. I'm not sure whether it's the individual scents themselves, or whether the quality of the pouring is what makes the difference, but the strength of the scent is uneven and varies, not from candle to candle, but from scent to scent.  (I know, I'm using the word "scent" too much, but I'm not sure how to explain this properly.)  So although I may love the actual smell, there are several fragrances I won't buy again because they were so weak that I had to stand over the candles to smell them.  That being said, there are many wonderful fragrances that are worth your time and money to check out.  AND they have a "Shadow Card" program.  You get one Shadow Card for every $10 you spend; when you have ten cards, you mail them in and get $10 off your next order.  Sweet!!

The fragrances I order on a regular basis are: Full Moon, Dracula, Arachne's Garden, Dragon's Blood, Forbidden Fruit, and Black Rose.  All these scents are totally YUM!!  (Yes, even Dracula, just don't go there, okay?)

Right now, Dark Candles is having a 20% sale on all orders over $20, AND, in honor of the upcoming Summer, they have brought back a special collection.  Here is the blurb from the e-mail I got this morning:

The calendar says it's spring, but the weather here at the Dark Candles Mansion is not cooperating!

To get us all in the mood for warmer weather and some fun, we are bringing back our Tiki Collection Pack! Stop by and check out South Seas, Singapore Sling, Sneaky Tiki and Civil Savage!

This collection pack will only be available until August 31st. Also, just because you asked, available for a limited time is Forest Breeze, a welcoming scent of the threshold between meadow and forest. Very neutral and inviting!

Enjoy 20% off all orders over $20.00 with the coupon code: TIKIMAY14 

Now, I have NO idea how long the sale is going to last, so I suggest you order ASAP. And Meagan, check out that tiki collection before it goes away!  ;-)


  1. I love scented candles but rarely burn them because I'm TERRIBLY forgetful! Dracula sounds nice though ... I bought a fragrance by that name, and it's my absolute favourite! Next to Undying. :)

    1. I buy only votives and tealights, and I burn them only in glass or stone containers in my sitting room with the door shut, so if I forget or choose to leave one burning, I don't need to worry. And the one cat who is allowed to be in that room without supervision I can trust to not jump on the altar!

      I've never heard of Undying, sounds lovely!

  2. I found that certain smells are delicate, and when left burning for a while will produce a ghostly smell. Faint, but beautiful. I think the problem is that we are so used to the strong smells of Yankee or Bath and Body Works that we forget that MOST scented candles are a lot more subtle.

    1. Thanks for commenting on this, I was hoping you would! :-)

      I don't mind delicate "ghost" scents and some of the ones I use regularly are just as you describe, but the ones I had a problem with were ones that I couldn't smell AT ALL in a small enclosed room, and I was experimenting with votives, not tealights! There were actually three of these, and one of them was Lavender, which totally amazed me as that is usually a very strong scent.

      I agree with you, though, that on average we are used to much stronger fragrances in most things, so perhaps that is indeed part of the problem.

  3. How did I miss this post! I missed the discount, but thank you for letting me know!!!!

    1. Oh, bummer, sorry you missed the sale, but I'm sure there will be others! And that IS weird that you missed it, I wrote the title like that just to be sure you saw it, hehehe!