Monday, August 18, 2014

The Original Prize Candle Tastemaker Moms Campaign

I love candles. I love to have one lit all day long, so my house will smell delicious all the time. I prefer candles that have a long burn time, so I don't have to change them every day but I want the scent to stay strong the whole time it burns.

My newest candle addiction centers around candles with prizes in them. I love the idea of getting a treat after my candle burns down, and the thrill of having to wait to find out what it is. I will be the first to admit I am not the most patient person, but I try to refrain from digging into my candle so it will last as long as possible. Considering my love for candles and prizes, it is no wonder I was thrilled when I was chosen to review a Prize Candle as part of a Tastemaker Mom campaign.

I was provided with a Jasmine Neroli scented candle to try. This was not a scent I had smelled before, so that was a nice addition to an already great project. The 9 oz soy wax candle is designed to offer 40 wonderfully scented hours of burn time,  not to mention the prize inside. That was a lot of positive promise in one little candle, so I was excited to see how well they actually compared to my expectations.

When I first looked at the candle, I could tell it was a soy candle. The wax has a whole different look and feel to it and they don't have the uniform solidness you find in other types of candles. Personally, I like having a soy based candle because it doesn't take nearly as long for it to begin melting. There is nothing worse then lighting a new candle and having to wait an hour to smell anything.

In my excitement to enjoy this new scent, I forgot to read the directions on the box telling you to trim the wick to 1/4 inch each time you lit the candle again. I had to leave shortly after originally lighting my candle and didn't trim it before the second round, so I ended up with a little soot in my candle. It didn't alter the scent any so I just stored the information away for next time.

I burned my candle for over 20 hours before I was able to gain access to my prize. I refrained from digging it out so I wouldn't damage the candle and waste any yummy burn time. The prize was wrapped nicely and then tucked into a small plastic case to prevent any damage to the ring inside. I used tweezers to remove the casing from the wax and allowed it to dry before opening it to get the ring out.

The ring I received was beautiful. It came out fully intact, and with not even a touch of wax on it. I was not looking forward to having to remove wax from my jewelry, so I was thrilled when it came out clean. It was a beautiful blue colored stone surrounded by smaller white stones and set in silver, but I had no idea what it was worth. I followed the easy steps and visited the site to enter the code provided with my prize. It took only seconds for me to find out my ring was valued at $25. That is certainly not the largest prize value you can find hidden in a Prize Candle, but because it fit, and was pleasing to look at, I couldn't care less what it was worth!

I would love to try one of these candles in every scent available, and to see what other gorgeous prizes may be hidden in them. I have added them to the list I keep of items I would buy as gifts. This is a great way for me to remember them in the future, so I will be able to share the experience with others too.

* I was provided with the mentioned sample item for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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