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Liverpool Echo
Emily Sleight

'I found a £10 Aldi candle that's better than Jo Malone'

This time of year is the perfect opportunity to burn some candles and get cosy, but they can often come at a hefty fee.

My house is pretty much filled with candles, but I often try to get as many affordable ones as possible because I burn them so much - even in the summer! I knew that Aldi had an amazing selection of Jo Malone dupes from its Hotel Collection, and I was really drawn to its ceramic selection of candles.

The two new Hotel Collection scents are 'Lavender & White Musk' and 'Glowing Fire', and they are both priced at £9.99 each. At first glance, they look strikingly similar to the £94 Jo Malone version, and for £10, I was very impressed with the general aesthetic.

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In terms of colour, although the candles were in simple black and white ceramic holders, they looked effortlessly chic. There's something so minimalistic and cool about a matte ceramic candle, and both candles looked very fancy on my mantelpiece.

The full product description for the Lavender & White Musk candle reads: "Indulge with this scented and stylish Lavender & White Musk Candle by Hotel Collection. Treat your home to a new scent, or gift to a loved one for an ideal present. This stunning candle will sit effortlessly on your coffee table or mantelpiece."

The scent

The two candles have two very different scents, and I definitely preferred one to the other. The 'Lavender & White Musk' smelt really refreshing yet subtle, and wasn't too overpowering like some Yankee Candles that I own.

I wasn't sure if the lavender scent would come through completely for the price of the candle, but I was really pleasantly surprised. Although this candle isn't crazily strong, it fills the room enough to be noticeable.

If I'm being completely honest, I wasn't a massive fan of the 'Glowing Fire' scent, it had an oddly sweet smell that I wouldn't have matched to a glowing fire, but it was still relatively pleasant.

For me, the 'Lavender & White Musk' was my absolute favourite, the white ceramic jar made it look lovely and expensive and it smelt incredible too. For those who prefer a darker aesthetic, the Hotel Collection 'Glowing Fire' candle adds a lot of pizzazz to your home, but in my opinion, the scent wasn't amazing.

The verdict

If you want a stylish looking candle that isn't extortionately priced, I'd highly recommend the new Aldi Collection. Although low in price, they look way more expensive than they actually are.

The candles have a lovely weight to them, and definitely don't feel 'cheap' in the slightest. Although I wasn't a big fan of the 'Glowing Fire' scent, the 'Lavender & White Musk' fragrance was lovely and refreshing.

Put it this way, I won't be rushing to purchase a Jo Malone candle anytime soon, purely because this set is just as good if not better. I'm very impressed. Shoppers can purchase the Lavender & White Musk Candle for £9.99 here. The 'Glowing Fire' candle is also available to purchase for £9.99 here.

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