So some products keep the same name, but the contents keep changing. This review originally referred to a winter variety of this product. However, now there appears to be a summer variety here for the season as well. Be assured, they are both of good quality.
Testing these out
If candles are your thing, then Trader Joe's has you covered. So as long as you stock up. Because whatever variety you see on shelves might be gone tomorrow.
I'm not kidding. Whether it is a cute variety pack or a large candle these are rotated out by season.
So if you realize you like some variety, you'll want to stock up. So while they all share the same overall review, some aromas may or may not be of your liking.
Strawberry Basil- Far more strawberry than basil. Reminds me of a frozen strawberry daiquiri that is made from a frozen can. Totally fine with me.
Watermelon Mint- This totally reminds me of candy. I haven't figured out which candy from childhood it reminds me of. But I do totally dig this. It isn't very minty and is much heavier on the watermelon side of things.
Pineapple Cilantro- More pineapple and not very cilantro-y.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy this variety of summer candles again. I love fruity aromas and this set is my jam.
The seasonal summer variety of candles:
The description on the box:
The review below refers to the Trader Joe's Winter variety
Part of seasonal shopping at Trader Joe's is finding all the fun gifts that are affordable. However, for yours truly, some of these gifts turn into gifts for myself. That I test out to see if they are worth giving to others. This is one of those items.
I love a nice candle. But the difficulty here was that I couldn't smell these before buying. This is kind of a shame because I loved each and everyone in this package.
Now, I must warn you, these are about half the size of regular candles (3 ounces vs 5.7 ounces). So they are cute minis. However, you can't even buy these fragrances as full-sized either.
For $7.99 for three candles, I'm not going to complain too much. I hate to think of how much I've spent on candles elsewhere.
But despite my mild complaint that these are minis here is what each is like:
Cranberry Pine- This was fruity but also a bit like the Balsam candle they sell. It manages to balance fruity with woodsy without being too much of either. And yes is a really unexpected but well-done combination. This was my favorite out of the bunch.
Fresh Currant- This was the fruitiest of them all. It has a bit of perfumy aspects to it. However, it isn't as fruity as some other candles like the grapefruit, but had more of an almost wine-like aroma.
Nutmeg- This is the classic spice with a nice splash of vanilla undertones. In either case, it smelled pretty nice. It wasn't my favorite out of the bunch but I didn't exactly hate it either. It has a nice spicy scent too with some vanilla (but not cheap smelling vanilla).
What is a shame is that Trader Joe's puts out some really awesome smelling candles, that I'm pretty sure they could take up just a bit more space in the store and still do well with selling candles.
Oh, and if you are like me and not happy until you've squeezed every last bit of fragrance out of a candle (like you are mad that you can still smell the candle but the wick is gone), then a candle warmer is the best way. They're inexpensive and most importantly safer than an open flame. I picked up this candle warmer off Amazon to stretch my candle habit just a bit further.
Overall, totally gift-worthy, a good gift for a white elephant party or for something small that people would appreciate the thought of a candle. And if you can't find any near you, you can also find it through third-party sellers on Amazon.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Candle Tin Trio again before the season is out.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Winter Candle Photos
The box of Trader Joe's Candle Tin Trio:
And compared to a regular-sized candle:
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Trader Joe's Candle Tin Trio
Product Name: Trader Joe's Candle Tin Trio
Product Description: Trader Joe's Candle Tin Trio is a holiday compilation of candle fragrances
Trader Joe's Candle Tin Trio is a seasonal collection of three holiday-inspired candles
- A nice gift set
- All three fragrances are very nice
- Affordable at under $8 for three candles
- Can't buy these fragrances outside of this set