I received a Flicker & Flame candle subscription to review back in August, and I absolutely loved it. I remember really wanting to try one of their fall or winter scents, so I was thrilled when I was offered a December box to review again!
Flicker & Flame is a subscription service that sends out a limited edition, custom blended soy candle every month. For $25.00/month, you receive a 10 oz candle with a burn time of approximately 40 hours, shipping included. Added bonus: for every annual subscription, this company donates a solar lamp to a village in Africa through SolarAid!
If you’re interested in trying, use code SmellGreat to get $10 off your first box! For $15, it makes an amazingly great deal for yourself or as a gift.
They’ve changed their packaging since the last time I reviewed, and I’m digging the new gift packaging! If you’re looking for an impressive ready-to-gift idea, this is it! The outer box protects the black candle box to keep it pristine, and it comes all done up with ribbon. I imagine it would make for a perfect last minute gift that definitely doesn’t look last minute at all.
Look how pretty! No wrapping paper needed. You even get extra blank tags to use in case you don’t have any on hand.
The December scent is Holiday Cookies, which has a butterscotch base, vanilla and raisin, and a cinnamon top note. And here’s the “customized” part about this subscription: when you first sign up, you’ll be prompted to fill out a 30 second scent profile. It keeps track of your fragrance likes and dislikes, and your future candles are tailored to fit your preferences. For December, if your profile stated that you don’t like spicy or musky candles, the clove scent was dialed back. For people who prefer florals, orange blossom was added to make the scent lighter. There were some other tweaks as well, all in the name of getting the candle just right for each individual subscriber.
A look at the actual candle. It fits the box perfectly and the modern black container would look great in any household.
There are vinyl decals on the candle, but if you dislike them or want to reuse your container for something else, you can peel it off easily. It doesn’t even leave glue residue! If you’re a crafter/hoarder like me who can’t bear to throw away a perfectly good vessel, this is relevant information…
Since the idea behind a subscription like this is to always have a scented candle that fits the season in your home, this candle is supposed to last a whole month. I have to say from experience that they definitely do. My last one actually lasted more than a month because it was so heavily perfumed (you only need to burn it for a short amount of time to fill the room!).
My verdict is pretty much the same as last time: if you enjoy having different seasonal scents in your home and love discovering new fragrances, this is perfect for you. I think with their new custom profiles, it’s less of a risk than before. Even if the theme of the month doesn’t appeal to you, the actual scent is tailored to your preferences.
And if you’re accustomed to buying hand made soy candles, you know that the price tag is standard. Just for frame of reference, my two favorite candle brands are Voluspa ($18 for 6.2 ounces), and Nest ($38 for 8 ounces). With Flicker & Flame you’re getting a 10 ounce for $25, shipped to your door. You’re also supporting a small business and buying hand made, which is always a bonus. AND if you use the $10 off code SmellGreat for your first month, you get the first candle for only $15.
If you’re looking for a candle holiday gift but don’t want to commit to a subscription, or if you missed out from a previous month, Flicker & Flame is selling a Seasonal Sampler Pack of 4 candles (one for each season) for $45. Each candle is 7 ounces and comes in a frosted glass container. Hostess gift, anyone? (hint hint to my guests…)