Cheap candles that are very similar to their more expensive counterparts are taking over, and we couldn't be happier that we're saving some pennies.
Supermarkets have been cashing in on the cheap perfume trend for a while, so we’re thrilled to see that they’re going to start fuelling our cheap candles obsession too.
Taking, er, inspiration from upmarket brands like Jo Malone and Yankee Candle, the budget supermarkets are selling pretty and great smelling versions of our favourite candles at much more attractive prices. But where can you get the best bargains? We investigated for you…
Cheap candles at B&M
B&M have expanded their Jo Malone dupe candle range, and it’s now bigger and better than ever. Prices start at just £3.99 for a 100ml reed diffuser or room spray and go up to £9.99 for a large 18cm luxury candle in a glass cloche. That’s a 97 per cent saving on Jo Malone’s £300 version. The range also includes wide, round candles for £7.99 and smaller 9.5cm candles for £3.99. The budget store has also improved the quality and scents of its copycat collection to bring them even closer to the designer originals. You can choose from four delicious fragrances: Blackcurrant & Bay, Wild Fig & Cassis, Lime Basil & Mandarin and Pomegranate (which smells just like Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir).
Cheap candles at Lidl
Budget supermarket Lidl is following suit of other bargain stores with their new Luxury Collection candles.
And for only £3.99 each, you can have a bit of luxury in each room of the house.
You can get the scented flames in three different scents: calming Lavender, warming Pomegranate or tropical Citrus & Herb.
The collection also includes reed diffusers and room sprays and is available in stores across the country from 7th February.
With inspiration taken from The White Company’s bestselling candle range that is a whopping £20 per candle, the fragrances are sure to be in demand so get your hands on them while you can.
Cheap candles at Aldi
Aldi’s £3.99 cheap candles have long been a favourite, retailing at a fraction of the cost of Jo Malone’s comparable versions.
They were first launched in March 2017 as a special buy for Mother’s Day, but proved so popular that the brand have decided to make them a permanent addition to their homeware offering.
Last year the budget supermarket then launched a giant version of their bestselling Jo Malone-esque candle so that we could keep the house smelling chic all year long.
Their Hurricane Gift Candle burns for 200 hours and is available in two of their iconic copycat scents – Pomegranate and Lime, Basil & Mandarin.
Weighing a whopping 2.5kg and featuring four wicks instead of two, the £19.99 candle is eight (yes, EIGHT!) times bigger than the original and comes in at an incredible £280 cheaper than the Jo Malone offering.
And with the jars looking just as good on our living room shelves, with the Aldi candle featuring the same silver lid, contemporary glass holder and simple black fonts on the label as the designer option, we think we’ll save the dollar.
The bargain supermarket came out with another launch in time for Valentine’s Day – and it was so popular that it’s STILL keeping our houses smelling sweet.
They come in three different fragrances: Fantasy, which smells like coffee, jasmine and vanilla; Desire, with notes of velvet, orchid and honey; and Love with a scent of roses, violets and vanilla.
All three offerings come in at only £3.99 each.
And now they’ve brought back their premium Hotel Collection candle and diffuser range, featuring three gorgeous new scents. First up is Grace – a dreamy blend of cashmere and tuberose with creamy notes of ylang-ylang at its heart. Then there’s Allure – which combines woody notes with pink pepper, rose, amber and leather – and Bloom, a sweet floral scent fragranced with peach, white cyclamen, amber and marzipan – good enough to eat.
The luxury three-wick Hotel Collection candles weigh in at 700g and cost £8.99, while the extra large reed diffusers are £9.99 for 400ml. Perfect as a special gift (for a loved one – or for you!) these Aldi Specialbuys won’t be restocked, so snap them up while you can!
We also love their Velvet Rose & Oud candle, which reminds us of Byredo favourite Burning Rose, that is a go-to for high-end beauty label shop floors like Glossier.
We’ll be putting this in our bedrooms, bathrooms and pretty much anywhere we can find a spare surface.
Cheap candles at Home Bargains
Superstore, Home Bargains has impressed shoppers with their budget-friendly candle range – you could make a huge £21 saving by swapping out the pricier Yankee candle for the cut-price version at just £2.99. The Wickford & Co. products are seamlessly similar to ones you find in Yankee Candle… with some customers even claiming they are better.
Like Yankee Candle, the Wickford & Co come in a range of scents, from Gingerbread to a Wedding Day candle and even an advent calendar, and they come in a comparable mason jar with an impressive burn time of up to 95 hours.
Cheap candles at Primark
One of our high street favourites, Primark have stepped into the candle arena with their cheap candle offerings. The budget-friendly favourite has launched a Wild Sage & Cedar scent for just £2.50, which is a very similar fragrance to a luxury product by Diptyque costing £30.
Admittedly the candle’s packaging isn’t as eye-catching as the pricier brand’s, but it performs similarly. Both have herby and woody notes and evoke a festive atmosphere for Christmas. Despite the vast difference in price, the wax products also have similar burn times.
While the Primark option can be used for up to 25 hours, the luxury retailer’s version lasts up to 30 hours.
Have you tried any of these cheap candle brands? Let us know in the comments!