What I’ve Been Burning – October 2016

What I've Been Burning - October 2016

I’ve been burning candles for many years now, and I have them all over my house! You’ll find them in my living room, my kitchen, my bedroom and my bathroom. I’d even have them in the toilet if the rest of the family would let me!

But although I love burning them, I very rarely write about what I’ve been burning. And as I know that lots of you who read my blog enjoy burning candles to, I thought it was about time I changed that. So today ladies and gentlemen, I bring you a brand new monthly series called what I’ve been burning.

Each month I’ll be talking about which candles I’ve been burning, and sharing my thoughts on them too. I usually burn something new on a weekly basis, so there will be plenty to talk about each month. And I’d love to hear any recommendations from you guys too.

So, without further ado let’s jump into the very first ‘What I’ve Been Burning’ post. I hope you enjoy it!

Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Carving Candle

First up is a candle I bought last year from American brand, Bath & Body Works. It’s called Pumpkin Carving and I chose this one purely because I was after some Halloween scents and it sounded perfect. I’m so glad I picked it up as well as it smells divine! Think of a blend of pumpkin, brown sugar and nutmeg. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s one of my all-time favourite candle scents.

One of the best things about this candle is that it has 3 wicks, which means it burns a lot more evenly than a lot of other candles do. And this, in turn, helps it last longer. Which is what you want to happen when you’ve forked out a lot of money on things like this!

According to the Bath & Body Works website, the candle has a burn time of 25-45 hours. But I have to say that I’ve been burning this for most of October (and the majority of last October too) and there still seems to be loads of wax left, so I think that shows that it’s great value for money. I’m over the moon that I’ll get to burn it for a third year in 2017!

Bath & Body Works Spooky Vanilla Candle


Another Halloween themed candle I picked up from Bath & Body Works last October was this one called Spooky Vanilla. It has a nice, pleasant marshmallow scent to it (and I absolutely love the funky pea green colour of the wax), but I definitely prefer the pumpkin scented one. As you can probably tell from the amount of each that’s left!

Again, this is a 3 wick candle which burns perfectly. And it’s been used loads over the last 2 October’s. I’m so impressed with Bath & Body Works, and I’d say the only downside is that they’re only available in the USA. There is a way around this though …

I set up a US shipping address through a website called MyUS. And whenever I shop at Bath & Body Works I have my shopping sent there. MyUS then notify me when my goods arrive at their warehouse, and I pay them to forward them to me here in the UK. It’s a quick and easy process and I’ve never had any problems receiving my goods. They always come in super fast time as well!

Rathbornes Bitter Orange, Birch Tar & Balsam Candle

The third candle I’ve been burning during October was one that I was kindly sent to try out from a brand called Rathnornes, who were founded in Dublin back in 1488. And believe it or not, I’d never heard of them before! I’m so glad they’re on my radar now though as this particular one is absolutely gorgeous. It’s their bitter orange, birch tar and balsam candle, and it smells a-ma-zing!

This particular candle has a beautiful, sophisticated scent to it that I’ve really enjoyed. I can smell the orange the most, but I get hints of wood and balsam every so often as well. I love that this fills the whole of the room with fragrance when lit, and as it has 2 wicks, which helps it burn nice and evenly.

I love the simple design on the glass jar too. It just has the Rathborne’s logo embossed in gold on the front and nothing else. I think it would look (and smell) great lined up with other Rathborne’s candles at a wedding reception or similar function.

The candle has a burn time of up to 50 hours, and there are loads of other scents from the collection that I now want to try. Who knows? You may see another one in next months ‘What I’ve Been Burning’ post! I think it’s safe to say I can see Rathbornes fast becoming one of my favourite candle brands. I love them!

Yankee Candle Black Cherry Candle


Yankee Candle have been one of my favourite home fragrance brands for a long time now. I’d say I’ve been burning their candles for a good 7 or 8 years at least. I picked up their black cherry scent after having a sniff at it in Boots over the summer, and I was so sure I was going to love it that I bought it in the largest sized jar, which has an impressive burn time of 110-150 hours.

Once I got the candle home I wasn’t disappointed! The black cherry scent is the most authentic I’ve ever smelt in a candle. And believe me I’ve tried lots of them. When lit, the candle fills not just the room I’m sitting in, but the whole house with fragrance. In fact, the scent is so strong (in a good way) that it even masks odours caused by things such as cooking or dirty nappies!

The only thing I don’t like about Yankee these days is the way their wax melts. In the past, the largest candles always burned evenly, as long as you let them burn for a good 6-8 hours the first time you lit them. These days though, this doesn’t seem to happen as much and I find they tend to ‘tunnel’. A lot of the wax then ends up getting wasted and this drastically reduces the burn time.

I’d like to see more of Yankee’s multi-wick candles available on the high street as I think having this feature really helps candles last longer. I would even pay extra for this! On the whole though, I absolutely love this candle, and I’ve been burning it while writing this post. Yum!

John Lewis Dracula & Witch Tealight Holder


And last but certainly not least I thought I’d show you this gorgeous tealight holder I picked up in John Lewis last month! It was from their Halloween collection and features cute little Dracula and Witch characters who are trick or treating. Behind them is a lantern which holds a single tealight, and it looks really pretty when it’s sat flickering away!

I’ve been burning regular, unscented tealights in this holder this year as I didn’t get it until a few days before Halloween, but next year I plan on picking up some of the tealights with autumnul scents to use with it. This particular piece cost me £20, which may seem a lot for something I can only use once a year, but I buy from John Lewis quite a lot and know it will last for many years to come. I just love it!!

And there you have it, my very first what I’ve been burning post! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you have any recommendations for what I should try next, or there are any candles you’d like me to review for next months post then please let me know in the comments below.

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*Rathbornes Bitter Orange & Balsam Candle kindly sent for review consideration
All other candles purchased with my own money

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  1. Jazmin Williams
    03/11/2016 / 2:55 am

    I love a good candle and this is a great idea for a blog series! These sound fab – I just remembered I was given a Bath and Body Works candle for my birthday from my friend in America and it smells delicious. I may go burn it now!

    • Louise
      03/11/2016 / 11:31 pm

      Thank you Jazmin 🙂 You’ll have to let me know which Bath & Body Works candle you got and what you thought of it!!

  2. 03/11/2016 / 5:03 am

    I’m a huge fan of candles!! Those are so pretty, love them! <3

    • Louise
      03/11/2016 / 11:32 pm

      Me too Melanie 🙂 I loved every single one of these. I hope I manage to find some nice ones this month too.

  3. 03/11/2016 / 8:09 am

    What a great idea for a monthly series. i always bave a candle burning in my house!

    • Louise
      03/11/2016 / 11:33 pm

      Thank you Nikki 🙂 I love nothing more than lighting a candle or two when I’m home. I find it so relaxing.

  4. 03/11/2016 / 10:57 am

    I am obsessed with Yankee Candles. I literally can not go through the mall without stopping. They are so pretty .

  5. 03/11/2016 / 11:01 am

    These candles look great. I especially love the Halloween designs they are lovely. We love candles here and might see if we can get some of those 😉

  6. 03/11/2016 / 12:39 pm

    I adore candles but am very particular about the scent, as many are just a little too artificial for me. These all look amazing, I especially love the birch tar & balsam.

  7. 03/11/2016 / 4:52 pm

    Nice post. I love scented candles, and always end up picking the ones that don’t really smell that much at all. Your post will help me a lot to find some good ones. The vanilla and cherry scented ones sound devine!

  8. 03/11/2016 / 5:21 pm

    I like the idea of a different candle every month. Black Cherry yankee candle is one of my favourites.

  9. 03/11/2016 / 5:36 pm

    The day is dreary here so I need to light a candle. So many to choose from.

  10. 03/11/2016 / 6:34 pm

    I miss burning candles! My crazy cat and two toddlers have interfered with it, haha. The Rathbornes looks so lovely and sounds like it would smell amazing. With Fall here and winter approaching I’m sure you’ll have some great scents coming in your candle lineup.

  11. I absolutely LOVE Yankee Candles, I always have one burning away in our home. I really like Angels wings at the moment.
    I love the John Lewis tealight holder too, how awesome is that?! x

  12. 03/11/2016 / 8:30 pm

    I’m utterly obsessed with scented candles. I really need to try Bath and Body works… and i love that you’ve found a sneaky way around ordering from the States! Fab. I’m not really a fan of Yankee candles though. I find them quite artificial smelling and a bit overpowering. My top three are Diptique, Jo Malone and The White Company. But seeing as they are all super expense I usually only buy one a year!

  13. 03/11/2016 / 10:20 pm

    We had to stop using scented candles a long time ago due to my allergies but I love the candle light effect. Treat yourself! You deserve it!
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  14. Kalyn Cruz
    04/11/2016 / 12:36 am

    I love using scented candles, especially in our room. I’m definitely love Yankee Candles.

  15. Rosey
    04/11/2016 / 1:09 am

    I like when the scents are authentic. That being said, that marshmallow one sounds good to me, and I like the color too.

  16. 04/11/2016 / 2:27 am

    I love candles myself as well! This is a pretty nice idea

  17. Lena Burkut
    04/11/2016 / 2:54 am

    Those are some very interesting looking candles – I love the cuteness. I wanted to look into some new candles

  18. victoria
    04/11/2016 / 6:55 am

    I love the good ideas. I really love the candles!

  19. 04/11/2016 / 9:06 am

    That dracula light is brilliant, really makes me giggle! I bet they all smell gorgeous and i’m always a fan of scented candles x

  20. 04/11/2016 / 10:51 am

    I absolutely love the bath and body works candles, I need to make a massive haul next time I head to the US x
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  21. 04/11/2016 / 11:17 am

    I love candles, especially Yankee Candles. I bet the cherry one smells amazing, love cherries here 🙂

  22. 04/11/2016 / 11:33 am

    I love this time of year. We always bust out our scented candles when it gets cold outside.

  23. 04/11/2016 / 2:04 pm

    The Rathborne candles totally look like something I would love! I’m bummed I didn’t know about these when I went to Ireland this summer. Going to have to hunt them down. Thanks for sharing the info and link. 🙂

  24. 04/11/2016 / 2:41 pm

    LOVE the Dracula tea-light holder! What an interesting read – I also love candles and have them everywhere. I actually do have some in the toilet! haha

  25. 04/11/2016 / 7:44 pm

    I love candles!!!I have them all over the house!!!! Those are so pretty, love them!

  26. 04/11/2016 / 11:03 pm

    We don’t realize how strong of a sense scent is. Nothing like bringing in the season with the smell that reminds you the most about it.

  27. 04/11/2016 / 11:32 pm

    I would love to get some of the bigger candles from Bath and Body works, I got some small ones when I went in the summer! xxx

  28. 05/11/2016 / 12:27 am

    I love this time of year because Autumn and Winter scented candles are my favorite

  29. Courtney Gillard
    05/11/2016 / 1:55 am

    I love these candles, so cute! I like the aroma of scented candles, my fave is lavender.

  30. 05/11/2016 / 9:30 am

    So many people are talking about those candles from B&M who knew they would be so popular x

  31. 05/11/2016 / 10:43 am

    These look like some really nice candles and the scents sound perfect for the season 🙂

  32. 05/11/2016 / 11:04 am

    Those first two Halloween candles look awesome! Need to find them as well for next year’s Halloween season.

  33. 05/11/2016 / 11:55 am

    I love the sound of the Pumkin Carving candle. I haven’t burned candles for years but Vanilla was always my favourite. I wasn’t very adventurous!

  34. Jen
    05/11/2016 / 12:43 pm

    I love your collections of candles. I am not a fan but I have candles at home, just not as lovely as yours. 🙂

  35. 05/11/2016 / 9:28 pm

    I love candles and have just bought a baby powder one for the nostalgia

  36. 06/11/2016 / 6:40 am

    The Dracula tealight holder is fantastic! Oh, for a scratch ‘n’ sniff website. I’d be here every day 🙂

  37. 06/11/2016 / 11:19 am

    Wow! This candles all sound amazing. I’d love to have more candles in the house but I feel like I need to make sure it’s all nice and tidy before the benefit of candles can be felt. Now the nights are drawing in, a cosy candle lit evening would be so romantic and lovely. Love that halloween dracula holder too!

  38. Christina Aliperti
    07/11/2016 / 6:50 am

    I just love scented candles. I like to have a different scent in each room. It makes the house feel so cozy.

  39. 07/11/2016 / 3:54 pm

    I’ve always found it fascinating to use scented candles in our home. It really makes you feel as though you’re “home”

  40. 17/11/2016 / 6:46 pm

    Oh wow, you’ve got some cute Halloween candle cases up there! My October’s pretty much the same as yours but with lesser lights at home.

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