I’ve always said I’m a summer girl, but every year I fall trap to the same old “silly me” reaction when I realise how excited I get about the colder months.
There’s nothing like sitting in the garden while William plays and Mark and I clink our bottles of Desperado and bask in the sun. But at the same time, maybe we sing ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time’ for a reason.
Because I’m giddier than a kipper. And there’s plenty of reasons for it. But one of them is candles.
I don’t know what happens to me when the days get colder, but I become some sort of candle addict. I’ve tried so many and I love having a candle lit once William goes to bed. It’s become a sort of routine. I’ll cook us tea (we call it tea now, because a certain individual from Preston refuses to adopt the term ‘dinner’) and Mark will take William up for a bath, while I wash up.
I always wash-up as fast as I can, because I like to quickly dash around the living room and put toys away and light a candle, before joining the boys upstairs. We do books and bedtime with William and then we come home to a cosy, awesomely-scented lounge and I get to put my head on Mark’s shoulder and do one hell of a contented sigh.
Normally, I’d go for the big jar candles, as they do work out better for money and the scent-payoff is great. But a few months ago I discovered something a little different, and I decided to give them a whirl.
Before I start, I bough these scented masterpieces with my own pennies. I’m just sharing them because it’s quite nice to do that sometimes isn’t it?
Introducing the Busy Bee Candles Magik Beanz.
Okay, so I’m probably not massively keen on the name, but I suppose they are as close to magic as you can get when it comes to smelly wax.
At £1.75 per tub, which includes around 15 beans, which is equal to 20 hours of burning time, these little scented soy wax beans pack a serious punch and are blummin’ good value. The scents are endless. And I went a bit crazy on my first order… Oops.
Instead of lighting a wicked candle, you pop these little guys into a burner, like the owl burner I have (also from Busy Bee Candles) and you light a little tealight underneath and let them melt and release a lovely scent.
First off – I don’t think I’ve experienced anything quite as scented as these. I use one or two beans per session, depending on how long I know I’ll be around for. And my stash has lasted me ages.
The nicest thing about them is that you can mix and match scents without having to invest in massive candles, or votives and tarts, which often give off less scent. And when you have scents like Buttered Popcorn, Bakewell Slice, and Freshly Washed Linen, you are spoilt for choice. They seem to add new scents every week and I’ve really enjoyed trying the ones I chose.
The postage and packing, could be improved on a bit, as some parcels are bound to be lighter/smaller than others, but I’m willing to get over that.
Everyone who has experienced the Magik Beanz has immediately asked what the smell is and where they can get them from. And I’m really quite sold.
Anyway – I’ve scheduled this post and I’m on my way home as you read this.
I think tonight is a Pumpkin Pie kind of night.