Product review – E-Nat aromatherapy candles

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Aromatherapy soya candle from E-Nat

Aromatherapy soya candle from E-Nat

You might be aware that I’m a bit partial to my ambient lighting in the evenings. Dimmed lightbulbs, the flicker of firelight in the winter or the glow of a candle will do me.

I’m also rather fond of essential oils.

It goes without saying that if you add essential oils to a candle, you’ve pretty much got the perfect way to my heart.

But only if it’s absolutely right …

You see there are lots of oils I can’t stand the smell of – geranium, ylang ylang and patchouli come to mind.

Then there’s artificial fragrances or ‘parfum’ – don’t even start me on those.

Then there’s the petroleum aspect of candles and the ethics of beeswax and palm oil.

Is soya wax any better and what about some of the essential oils derived from plants that are becoming rare such as sandalwood and rosewood?

What was once an easy choice is now fraught with ethical decision making. By the time I’ve made up my mind I’m ready for bed; stuff the candle.

E-nat; Essentially Natural

Fortunately, Dennis from E-nat came to my rescue. A member of Ethical Junction, with a growing range of vegan approved products and bargains to be found on every page, E-Nat is a treasure trove of organic, natural handmade soaps, skincare products and soya candles.
Dennis uses only the purest quality ingredients from sustainable sources wherever possible and all his products are hand made by him and his family.

He sent me a lavender and bergamot soya candle to try out.

Zero waste packaging

It arrived beautifully packaged zero waste style.

The candle came in a recycled cardboard box with a small paper label indicating the ingredients. The candle itself is in a glass jar, which can be reused or recycled after use.

Dennis sells all his products with eco-friendly packaging in mind; using recycled cardboard throughout the range and lovely paper labels which are printed locally to him.

What I liked

Packaging. Obviously the packaging had a big thumbs up from me for reasons stated above.

Scent I used the candle in Little Miss Green’s room after I had given it a clean. As is the way with children their rooms can get a bit whiffy. I lit the candle, closed the door (don’t try this at home folks; that;s my disclaimer for not leaving burning candles unattended) and went back an hour or so later to give the room the sniff test.

Many scented candles are a disappointment. They smell great close up, but when you light them you don’t get any scent at all.

The soya candle from E-Nat had a subtle, yet noticeable scent. I would say it ‘freshened’ the room, rather than giving it a lingering scent like an air freshener would. In this instance, it was exactly what I was looking for.

I would imagine a candle with something like Frankincense in it would linger more and fragrance the room more.

To be objective, I have a very acute sense of smell. I doubt, in all honesty, your ‘average’ person would have detected the aroma of this candle. However, 3 hours later when I went back in, the smell had increased. For me this was perfect; I am so sensitive to overwhelming smells, so I was really happy with it.

Conscience This is a candle with conscience! The soya is sustainably harvested and the essential oils are pure and organic. I know that this candle is not going to harm my family’s health and that’s important to me.

What I didn’t like

I’m actually *looking* for a fault here to show that I can be fair and honest in my reviews, but I’m struggling to find anything.

Naturally, a local beeswax candle is better on the air miles than one made from soya, but if you don’t want soya, don’t buy a soya candle. At least Dennis’s candles are made from sustainably harvested soya, so I know I’m not part responsible for deforestation of the Amazon when I buy from him.

The only thing is that there was an inconsistency with the labelling. The candle is labelled as ‘Lavender and Bergamot’ but the ingredients state ‘soy wax, organic chamomile essential oil, organic bergamot essential oil’. So the label says one thing, but the ingredients show another. This is ok for me, but for people who are new to essential oils or who have allergies, this could be confusing or potentially harmful.

What could be improved

I think I would put some kind of base note in these candles to make the scent linger more; such as benzoin. To be fair, some of the candles do have a base note in the oil selection, so these might have a different effect in the home.

Also, I think for most people the scent wouldn’t be strong enough. However, if Dennis’ market are generally made up of people who have had enough of strongly fragranced products, then he’s onto a winner and should keep the level of essential oils just as they are.

Value for money

At just £5.95 with a burning time of around 25 hours, these candles are a real bargain and I will be buying more. The essential oils are organic, there are no nasties to be inhaled from paraffin (and therefore no black marks on the wall), there is no packaging to dispose of and if there isn’t a scent from his extensive list to match your mood, Dennis will make a candle to your specification!

These make a gorgeous gift, but won’t break the bank for every day use for yourself.

The verdict

All in all this candle is a great product that I would recommend.
It’s a hearty 4.5 out of 5 from me with half a point lost for careless labelling.

4h

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Hello Mrs Green
    Thank you for the review – fair, objective and to the point. I’ve just finished wiping the egg off my face re the label – it just had to take a reviewer to notice our mistake!
    That’s now sorted, and, thankfully, it was just on that one product (well, ok, you don’t believe me…). 🙂
    Thanks again, and much success to all you are trying to do to preserve this amazing planet of ours.
    Dennis.

  2. Poppy says:

    Master P and I are all sniffed out today!

    We have a new shop opened up locally stocking Yankee Candles (sorry Dennis 🙁 ) and we had to sniff them all *and* the cheaper shop equivalents! I got to the stage where I couldn’t sniff anymore!

    I did buy 2 small ones, but drew the line at paying £8.50 for the Yankee Jar, though I was tempted. I’m afraid I didn’t study the label (wrong glasses!), so I don’t know the yeahs and nays of them, but I may have a look at their website to see what they are.

    They also stocked a line of cleaning products that I haven’t seen before. They were obviously aimed at the green environmentalist element. When I go back I’ll take more note of what they are, but my attention was diverted by a rather fabulous massage chair 😉 £175!!! One day maybe……….

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @Dennis Freedman: Hi Dennis, welcome to the site and thanks for your comment. I’m glad it was useful to you and hey, we’re all human and mistakes are an inevitable part of life.
    What’s important is that the product is great – My Mum was here yesterday and I think you might have yourself a new customer 😉

    @Poppy: Hi Poppy; It does happen – the nose gets so sensitised you can’t smell anything anymore; it’s a weird thing isn’t it!
    I’ve never heard of Yankee candles; I’ll have to look them up. If I ever treat myself to something decadent; I go to Timothy Han – you need to remortgage the house, but they are worth every penny 😉
    I’d love to hear more about the cleaning products; which shop was it?

  4. Dave says:

    Hi Dennis and Mrs Green,

    What a great site, and I think a great review on your product Dennis!

    I have recently been given both a soap that you make and a soy candle (in a lovely frosted glass) and am pleased to say that I too will be ordering from you in the future.

    The soap – chamomile soother shampoo bar, works wonders on my (slightly balding) blonde hair, and doubles up as a great soap too, making the skin feel soft and silky! I know it is unusual a man receiving such a gift, but after I raved to my wife about it, Dennis, you now have another fan on board!!!!

    As for the candle, what a brilliant idea, and nice change to all the over powering artificial scents you see in the shops these days! I was given a Stay awake votive candle, that has given me company whilst wokring late into the night, giving me the energy to continue with those audacious but neccessary tasks!

    Having been fortunate enough to sample these products without having to spend a penny, you will be pleased to know that I will be buying from you in the near future – and I won’t regret spending anything – even if the labeling is a little inacurate (your website is a good enough fall back) 😉

    Regards, and many thanks for this great site!!
    Dave

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Dave: Hi Dave, welcome to the site and thank you for taking the time to comment.
    It’s great Dennis has a new fan; I’ve just ordered some more candles and soaps myself as I was so impressed with them.
    Good to hear about the products you have tried too. Is the stay awake one with peppermint and cinamon? I just ordered one of those myself and it smells wonderful.

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