Thursday, October 30, 2014

Indulge Your Olfactory Senses with Old Factory Candles - Review + Giveaway


I love me some candles. Seriously. My obsession could easily be referred to as an addiction. You see, I grocery shop once a week and once a week, I also find myself in the candle section, sniffing almost every candle on the shelf, deciding which one I'll buy this week. Not to mention, my family knows that when it comes to gifts, you can never go wrong getting me a candle or two. Or three. Y'know, whatever works.

With that said, imagine my excitement (or pure giddiness) when I was given the opportunity to try Old Factory Candles.


* Product and/or service provided for review without cost. As always, all opinions are my own.

I had a ton of fun, not only with the candles, but also with the packaging. Yes, the packaging! You see, Old Factory Candles got a little creative with the boxes that these cute little candles came in.

I was greeted with what looked to be a standard, durable cardboard box, but there was information and a phrase scattered all over the box.

"Applying old factory techniques, indulging olfactory senses."


For those of you who prefer products made right here in the United States of America, you have this:

"These natural soy candles are hand poured in the USA."

Bam! Patriotic love!


And a tidbit of information that made me anticipate using these candles...

"These natural soy candles are hand poured in the USA. Each of the 3 gourmet candles inside use our natural soy wax, cotton paper wicks, and pure fragrance oils. We guarantee each candle will burn clean, even, and true-to-scent for 20 hours."


Upon opening their neat little box, I was greeted with these three little gems. Each candle is two ounces, which may seem small, but as mentioned on the outside of the package, the candles are guaranteed to burn clean "for 20 hours."


And just when I thought the cool packaging was confined to just the outside of the box, I pulled out the candles only to find more words to be read including, "Candles make people happy," and "Share the happiness with someone today."


Well, Old Factory, don't mind if I do!

Moving along now, I ordered the Winter Wonderland trio, which includes three scents: Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, and First Snow.

Can you tell that I'm ready for the cold months? Summer really did me in this year.


After unscrewing the lids of these heavy-duty jars, I was taken aback at how much fragrance the small candles let off. I was pleasantly surprised.

Here is my take on the scents before, during, and after burning:

Hot Cocoa

Prior to Burning: I felt that the Hot Cocoa was true-to-scent prior to burning. It smelled like a steaming cup of Swiss Miss. The scent is very rich and sweet. As a matter of fact, this was the candle that I grabbed to burn first. Could it be because I was craving chocolate?

During Burning: Well, the candle still smelled like Hot Cocoa, but for some reason, my love for it just kind of fizzled out during burning. I don't think I fully appreciate my entire house smelling like Hot Cocoa. It was a little too rich for me. My husband felt the same. With that said, I'm sure that you hot cocoa fanatics could truly appreciate this potent candle.

After Burning: Once I blew the candle out, I actually caught a whiff of a marshmallow-like fragrance which only added to the "true-to-scent" affirmation made on the box of these Old Factory Candles. Well done.

Roasted Chestnut

Prior to Burning: To me, the Roasted Chestnut was a little too "clean" and nut as "nutty" as I had imagined it would be. While there was a slight scent of chestnut, it was not nearly as profound as the scent of actual roasted chestnuts. Too soft and not "sharp" enough.

During Burning: While burning, I found that the "nutty" scent began to increase. Perhaps the base scent isn't "activated" until it heats up? I'm not completely sure. With that said, the scent is warm and inviting, but not absolutely on-par with the true scent of roasted chestnuts.

After Burning: Ah, there's that roasted chestnut smell. I'm not sure why, but the scent of "roasted chestnuts" isn't fully realized until the candle is blown out. 

First Snow

Prior to Burning: I wasn't exactly sure what this one would smell like, but the fragrance is soft and reminds me a bit of "clean linen" fragrances, although with a juniper-like scent as well. It's a very comforting scent, and being that scent is linked very closely with memory, reminded me of being snowed-in with my family. It's just comforting.

During Burning: First Snow is by far my favorite candle of the three. It continued to smell soft with a slight floral scent during burning. I truly enjoyed the way that it made my home smell and hope to order more of these in the future.

After Burning: Again, First Snow takes the cake. Even after burning, the scent lingered for quite some time and was soft, pleasant, and slightly floral and new, which I appreciated.


Each candle lasted for quite some time, although I have yet to use up the full 20 hours. I'd say that I burned each candle for about an hour or two. Even after blowing them out, the fragrance continued to fill my home.

Did I mention that these candles have self-trimming wicks? That's right! No trimming required on your part.

It is true that the candles burn clean and evenly. I often have trouble with candles burning at odd angles, which leads to lopsided wax (which then drips onto the wick, rendering the candle virtually useless unless you want to melt them fully and replace the wick yourself). There was no soot, nor was there any odd chemical smells that you sometimes get after blowing a candle out.


The jars are small, but don't let them fool you. They're hefty, and even during burning never became too hot to handle.

The labels have a very "country-like" feel and aren't overly fancy. I like that.


Old Factory offers dozens of different scents for different purposes, including seasonal scents, scents for men, scents for relaxation, and more.


Now that you know the low-down on these little candles, are you ready for a giveaway?

Old Factory Candles is providing a candle set to one lucky winner! To qualify, you must be at least 18 years old and reside in the United States of America.

Enter below for your chance to win!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.



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114 comments:

  1. 1st choice Happy Holidays cause im the CrAzY Xmas lady.
    2nd choice is: Vacation and
    3erd the one you choose!

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  2. I would choose Fall Harvest. Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors and the smells are perfect.

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  3. I would like to win the Fall Harvest set.

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  5. So hard to chose, I love them all!

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  6. Any of them would be awesome, but I think the Vacation set would be my first pick! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  7. I would Love to win the Fall Harvest set!

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  8. I narrowed it down to Newborn Baby and Fall Harvest. After thinking it over for about 5 minutes, my number one choice would be the Newborn Baby set. =)

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  9. I think the fall harvest Is great!

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  10. I would pick HIGH AS A KITE, such a unique gift! My friends would love it :)

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  11. I would like the fall harvest set!

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  12. I would like Winter Wonderland or Fall Harvest please. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  13. I would pickthe Vacation themed gift set contains 3 different 2 ounce candles Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, Awapuhi.

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  14. I'd like the Winter Wonderland set.

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  15. Tough decision! I would choose the Happy Holidays set. I also really like the Fall Harvest set, and the Winter Wonderland set.

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  16. I would like the New Born Baby set

    *Nicole

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  17. I would like the Spa Day Collection! Thanks

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  18. I would Love to win the Fall Harvest set!

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  19. I would chose winter wonderland or spa day?? Not sure so many wonderful choices!! Thanks for the chance to win:)

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  20. I like the fall harvest set the most.

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  21. I would like the Vacation Set, thanks!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  22. I would like to win the Fall Harvest set.

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  23. I think I would choose the Fresh and Clean set!

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  24. Happy Holidays sounds like a great set!

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  25. I want to win First Snow! You made it sound so great. New born baby sounds awesome as well!!

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  26. Fall Harvest sounds nice. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  27. I would like to win the Winter Wonderland trio set!

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  28. It would have to be Winter Wonderland although High As a Kite is a close second. I really like the idea of a self-trimming wick. I trim my wicks but feel silly doing it.

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  29. I'd love to win the Fall Harvest set. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  30. CONNIE SOWARDS commenting: I would choose the Vacation set.

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  31. I'd like to win the coffee shop set.

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  32. I'd like Fall Harvest or Spa Day!

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  33. Either newborn baby, or vacation. Or maybe spa day. Ahhh.

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  34. i would love fall harvest- perfect for thanksgiving!

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  35. For myself, my first choice would be Winter Wonderland! Although I really think I would like a lot of the trio sets! However, I am very much hoping to win this as a gift for one of my young adult kids and if I am lucky enough to win, I will ask them to pick whichever set they think THEY would like most. :) It's fun to even have a chance! Thank you to both blogger and sponsor for this giveaway opportunity!
    manifestmiracles@live.com

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  36. Hmmm. Either Man Cave or High as a Kite. Those sound the most interesting! HAHAHA. PLUS, I LOVE the Mahogany smells!

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  37. I would definitely choose the Fall Harvest Set. Thank you!

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  38. I'd like to try the coffee shop set

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  39. I would love the fall harvest..that's the set I would choose!!

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  40. the Happy Holidays set sounds nice

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  41. Wow....nice selection. I would especially love to win the High as a Kite kit....too cool.

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  42. There are several sets that I would like to win. But if I had to pick just one, it would be the Fall Harvest set.

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  43. I'd love to own the Winter Wonderland set to help make my home smell like the holidays.

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  44. I want pretty much them all. I would start with either Winter Wonderland or The Holiday one.

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  45. Fall harvest so I can try the pumpkin spice.

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  46. Love them all - the Fall Harvest and the Winter Wonderland look perfect.

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  47. I would pick the Winter Wonderland! The Hot Cocoa would be great for a cold winters night.

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  48. Happy Holidays because I'm insanely excite for Christmas. I love all the traditional Christmas smells. It's the most magical feeling time of year

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  49. I would like the Fall Harvest trio.

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  50. I'd also love to have the Happy Holidays set.

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  51. I would love the Spa Day Set.

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  52. I would lovey house to smell like Coffee Bean.

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  53. I would love to win the Vacation set or the 50 shades set
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  54. I want the Vacation, sounds like it would smell wonderful.

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  55. I want Happy Holidays. The Holidays are coming up!

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  56. Fresh and Clean is my favorite. Great for anytime use!

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  57. i would actually love to gift the high as a kite set to someone i know

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  58. I definitely choose the Fall Harvest set!

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  59. I'd like to win the Fresh&Clean set.

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  60. I'd like to win the happy holidays set!

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  61. I would love the fall harvest set

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  62. I would like the Winter Wonderland set.

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  63. I love the try the vacation scent.

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  64. Too hard to pick,lol...but i think I'd love the Fall Harvest set

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  65. Winter Wonderland is perfect for me. :)

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  66. I would like to try the Fresh & Clean!

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  67. I would like to win the Happy Holidays scents.

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  68. There are several of them that I would like to win, but I will say the romance set!
    k_hahn69@yahoo.com

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  69. It's a toss up between coffee shop and fall harvest

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  70. With Christmas coming up, I love to use candles for not just scent but decorating, so I'd pick the Happy Holidays set!

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  71. I would like to win the Winter Wonderland set. This would be great for the holidays coming up.

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  72. I'd like to have the Vacation set!

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  73. Happy Holidays or Fresh and Clean

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  74. The Fall Harvest pack sounds really nice!

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  75. I'd like the Happy Holidays pack.

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  76. I like the Fall Harvest as 1st choice and Happy Holidays as 2nd choice.

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  77. The Happy Holiday set would be terrific this time of year!

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  78. i would love the fall harvest

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  79. I'd love to try the Happy Holidays set!

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  80. I'd choose the Happy Holidays, Winter Wonderland, or the Coffee House set.

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  81. Spa Day would be my first choice then Happy Holidays second choice.

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  82. High as a Kite!! Lol! Perfect gift!

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  83. I would love to win the Happy Holidays set with Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread scents.

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  84. I would like the coffee shop.
    Tara Woods

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  85. I'd like to win the Fresh & Clean themed gift set.

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  86. maggie anders
    Tough decision but i will go with happy holidays for christmas :D

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