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 candle 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
Images: B&M/Jo Malone
Budget-friendly store B&M is set to cause a candle-lovers stampede as they’ve unveiled a pack of three home fragrances – which are said to smell just like Jo Malone – for just £6.99.
The Karina Bailey scented candles come in two fragrances – Raspberry & Oud and Cedar & Plum. These scented candles are long-lasting, filling your rooms with gorgeous aromas for hours and hours.
The brand said of the candles, comparing them to Jo Malone’s offering: ‘Raspberry & Oud bears a striking resemblance to the upmarket retailer’s Velvet Rose & Oud scent, and the Cedar & Plum to their English Oak & Redcurrant fragrance – both B&M products smell strikingly similar to their premium rivals.’
Cheap candles at Aldi
Image: Aldi/Lily Flame
Aldi has struck again with this fabulous lookalike candle! The new range of Autumn tin candles look just like Lily Flame’s tins (which cost £8.95) and come in at a purse-friendly £2.79 each. And with lots of scents available, from Autumn Garden, Moonflower & Amber and Velvet Rose, the hardest thing to do is to choose…
Images: Aldi/Jo Malone
Of course, the Lily Flame-style candles aren’t the first budget buy to set Aldi shoppers’ worlds alight – they’ve also gone WILD for their £3.99 cheap candles, which retail at a fraction of the cost of Jo Malone’s comparable versions.
They were first launched in March as a special buy for Mother’s Day, but have proved so popular that the brand have decided to make them a permanent addition to their homeware offering.
Tony Baines, Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi, said: ‘Our customers loved the luxury candles when we first launched them in March.
‘We’ve listened to customer feedback and are looking forward to seeing the candles back in store, permanently. This is a great example of our commitment to offer premium products at amazingly low prices, allowing customers to buy luxury products without over-spending or compromising.’
The candles come in three scents, Pomegranate Noir, Freesia & Pear or Lime Basil & Mandarin, with each jar weighing 290g and cost £3.99 each. The jars even look similar on shelves, with the Aldi candle featuring the same silver lid, contemporary glass holder and simple black fonts on the label as the designer option.
Images: Aldi/Yankee Candle
More of a Yankee lover? You’ll be pleased to hear the store have also created their own versions of various scents from the popular Yankee Candle brand, and they’re an ever bigger bargain, at £1.99 a jar.
Taking your senses straight to the English coast, there are three Yankee-style candles on offer – Ocean Driftwood, Along the Coast and Seaside Garden, and even weigh slightly more than the official version, at 130g.
Cheap candles at Home Bargains
Image: Home Bargains / Yankee Candle
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 Warm Apple and Cinnamon, 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 latest offering. The budget-friendly favourite has launched a Spiced Orange & Cinnamon scent for just £3, which is a very similar fragrance to a luxury product by Diptyque costing £45.
Admittedly the candle’s packaging isn’t as eye-catching as the pricier brand’s, but it performs similarly. Both have spicy notes. Despite the vast difference in price, the wax products also have similar burn times.
While the Primark option can be used for up to 45 hours, the luxury retailer’s version lasts up to 60 hours.
Cheap candles at Poundworld
Poundworld is the latest store to join the cheap candle obsession, but we’re just glad they’re joining the party with one the best deals we’ve seen so far.
The retailer are selling the 49g taster Yankee Candles for just 75p – an absolute steal, as these will usually set you back around £1.99 – and as if that wasn’t enough, they’re also doing wax melts for £1, which is around 50 per cent less than their usual retail price of £1.50.
Poundworld’s range includes scents like Peaceful Beach, Cherry Vanilla, Vanilla Frosting, Sweet Petals and Cream Vanilla Coconut, which all sound pretty delicious to us…
Have you tried any of these cheap candle brands? Let us know in the comments!