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Wax/Wine Review – London’s Unique Upcycled Candles

Here at Lukeosaurus and Me, we’re all about teaching the kids about the importance of sustainability and upcycling. Learning how to make a difference, especially when you’re on a budget like most parents, is sometimes challenging. It can be hard to navigate the greenwashing and discover the brands are actually true to their word and act in a way that supports sustainability and the future of our planet.

As a parent, I know to teach my children how be mindful of the things they buy, whether that’s the toys that they want to spend their pocket money on now, or homeware items they want when they’re older (or maybe gift to their special grown ups!). Therefore, when I was contacted by Wax/Wine founder, Magali, I was immediately intrigued by her one-woman brand that promised natural homeware products using repurposed materials.

Wax/Wine is a homeware brand that uses only natural ingredients to create aromatic, long lasting scented candles and unique and captivating lamps. By using natural ingredients, essential oils, and repurposed glass wine bottles from the plethora of bars and restaurants scattered around East London, Magali creates sustainable and natural homeware with an irresistibly quirky and homespun charm.

Wax/Wine Product Review – Wine Bottle Scented Candle & Repurposed Wine Bottle Candle Holders

When Magali asked if I would like to try out some of her sustainable and natural homeware items for myself, I simply couldn’t resist. I loved the unique look of her products, so I was excited to receive my package just a couple of days after placing my order.

Wax/Wine Packaging 

The items all arrived extremely well packaged. The glassware was wrapped neatly in recyclable brown paper and held in place with non-glossy stickers – these are also recyclable. I was pleased to see that a brand that discusses sustainability as part of its ethos had thought about the entire process of its production, ensuring that its packaging is also sustainable, and not just the product.

Candle Care Card

Included within the box was also a small card that details how to take care of your candles. This is a really important piece of information that I’m happy Wax/Wine includes in their packages because I wouldn’t have given much thought to what could happen if you burn a candle for too long inside a repurposed wine bottle!

The Candle Care card states that when you first light your candle, you need to ensure that it burns for 2 – 3 hours to avoid ‘tunneling’. Tunneling is the term used when a candle burns down the middle of the candle but doesn’t melt the wax around the edges. This is a problem encountered with candles before, so it’s nice to know why this has happened and how I can avoid it happening with the gorgeous Wax/Wine candles. The care card also states that you shouldn’t burn the candle for more than 3 hours at a time as this can cause the wick to move, or worse, for the glass to crack.

Printed on the Care Card are several other pointers on how you can get the best from your candles, as well as the suggestion to either order a refill kit from Wax/Wine when your candle runs out, or to use the empty vessel as a drinking glass.

Wax/Wine Wine Bottle Scented Candle Review

As soon as I opened the package from Wax/Wine, I was hit with the gorgeous fresh aroma that was coming from the wine bottle scented candle. Despite the wine bottle scented candle being well wrapped up in order to avoid any damage during postage, the refreshing scent of Eucalyptus and Cedarwood was unmistakable.

Not only do you get a scented candle that’s invigorating and natural when purchasing from Wax/Wine, but you also get your money’s worth with the expected burn time. The candle wax itself is made from coconut and rapeseed candle wax and the 220g candle averages around 55 hours of burn time. That’s a pretty good amount of time to burn a candle for, especially if you’re burning it for around 2 to 3 hours each time. 

I couldn’t wait to get the Wax/Wine Wine Bottle Scented Candle lit so I could truly experience the invigorating scent that those two essential oils create when combined. I had to wait for a couple of days before I could try the candle out as I wanted to make sure I was able to burn the candle for the suggested amount of time in order to avoid tunneling. 

When the weekend rolled around and the house was lovely and breezy, I knew it was the perfect time to light the candle. The natural wooden wick is a nice added touch to the fragrant scented candle; aesthetically this candle from Wax/Wine is absolutely beautiful. It burns really well and the essential oils that are used in the creative process really come through when the candle is burnt. The scent of eucalyptus and cedarwood is unmistakable and makes for a refreshing and invigorating scent that fills your whole home. 

Wax/Wine Repurposed Wine Bottle Candle Holders Review

If you’re looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind centrepiece or home decor piece that’ll wow your visitors, the Wax/Wine Repurposed Wine Bottle Candle Holders will definitely tick all your boxes. 

These candle holders come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and the candles are also included with your purchase. It’s really easy to insert the candles into the neck of the repurposed wine bottle; simply use a lighter or a long match to melt the end of the candle and then the candle will glide effortlessly into the bottle. 

As you can see, I’ve opted for these dark Repurposed Wine Bottle Candle Holders, with white candles. I love the contrast between these two colours and they look absolutely stunning when set up on my grandfather’s antique oak table. 

If the rustic aesthetic isn’t your thing, Wax/Wine also sells clear Repurposed Wine Bottle Candle Holders that are made from clear glass. When these candle holders are paired with bright and colourful candlesticks, they really add a fabulous pop of colour to any room, with a real added flair of quirkiness and liveliness. 

Overall thoughts on the Wax/Wine Candles

These candles from Wax/Wine are full of character, so it’s easy to see why Magali has managed to repurpose and sell approximately 1,600 bottles since launching her business. That’s certainly not bad going, especially as this small business is owned, managed, and completely reliant on just one woman! 

I love the invigorating scent of the Wine Bottle Candle that I received and it’s safe to say that the scent definitely carries through your home. I also love that once your candle’s finished burning, you’re able to purchase a refill kit straight from Wax/Wine or use the bottle as a drinking glass. If you’re on the lookout for some quirky, sustainable homeware, definitely take a look at the Wax/Wine shop! 

Rachael is a 27 year old mum to 5 year old Luke and baby Oscar. She lives in England, slap bang on the border of Surrey and Hampshire. She writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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