I'm not sure exactly how I came across Busy Bee Candles, although I know it must have been via Twitter. I just started following them, and I soon realised what they were all about! :o)
Busy Bee Candles are Haith and Dee, and it's a family run business located in Wales, and they sell hand produced amazing scented candles, obviously, hence the name lol They also sell other scented home fragrance products.
I'll be totally honest, I WAS a Yankee candle addict (shock horror - it's OK, I can say that....please read on!). I discovered them a few years ago now, and well, I loved the scents and the fact that the scent lasted right to the end of the candle....and I didn't mind paying slightly more for the candles as a result.
But then, after hearing the reviews from my new twitter friends, I thought I'd give Busy Bee Candles a try. They frequently run offers on Twitter (you can follow them here) so that, depending on the offer, you can get discounts, a free gift with your order, and/or exclusive offers. Plus, you know you are speaking to real people, because a) they promptly reply to your tweets AND b) they remember who you are! How is that for great customer service?!
I placed my first order in the middle of September, although it was only a small order. I thought, well (like the Dr Pepper slogan) 'what's the worst that could happen?!'
Previously, I really liked the small 'sampler size' candles, so I was admittedly initially a little disappointed that Busy Bee Candles do not offer these. However I was advised that a great way to try the scents are by ordering 'wax tarts'. I've tried them in the past, but I wasn't overly keen on them, but I was assured that these ones were different, and so I placed an order, initially for a mini candle (Chocolate Brownie) and a few wax tarts (Mango and Papaya, Vanilla Dream, Bakewell Slice, Cranberry Crush and Pink Lemonade).
As you can tell by the fragrances, they have a vast array of scents. In fact the hardest thing will be chosing what scents to buy!
My order arrived within a week. You need to remember that all Busy Bee Candle orders are made specifically for you, so you do have to bear this in mind when ordering....but believe me, they are so worth the wait!
The mini candle, I thought was really cute, and the scent was amazing. It lasted right to the very end of the candle, and every single bit of wax was used, with nothing left over - this was a first for any candle I've ever used! With the wax tarts you need to place in the top section of a burner, and light a tea-light underneath.
It initially looks like this, before the wax has melted:
I loved the wax tarts immediately after lighting my first one - the scent again is amazing, and no word of a lie, you use four tea lights before the scent starts to fade!
My favourite scent of all of the things in my inital order was the Vanilla Dream. Even P commmented that out of all the candles I'd ever lit, he thought it was the nicest one...and believe me that's a HUGE compliment! :o)
I also think that wax tarts are a great way to sample the fragrances, as at £1.10 each they won't break the bank, and as previously stated, they last a LONG time!
The only downside of my initial order (although absolutely nothing to do with Busy Bee Candles!) was that I had only just lit the Cranberry Crush wax tart, and it had all melted, when M knocked into the table and it went everywhere. :o( However, I can assure you that it cleaned up really well and so easily! Much better than I expected it to. So there you go, even if a bad thing happened, I learnt something GOOD from it. So, a reminder, if you DO have young children remember to tell them where you've got the burner lit, or better still put it where they can't knock it over!
My next order was a larger one placed in October, where I decided to order a Large candle (Vanilla Dream), a Large Premium candle (Chocolate Strawberries):
and some more wax tarts (Champagne and Stawberries, Fairy Wishes, Cheer for Beer, Cranberry Crush - to replace the one M knocked over! - Creme Brulee, Peach Cobbler, Love Spell and a couple of Vanilla Dreams to keep P happy). Here is what the wax tarts look like when they arrive:
And all spread out:
Again, the customer service was excellent. I've not had the opportunity to try all of the scents yet, but I can strongly recommend both the Chocolate Strawberry and Champagne and Stawberries. And finally, the Cranberry Crush was amazing too! :o)
So, yes, I mentioned previously that I was a Yankee candle addict. But if you gave me the choice now, I would choose Busy Bee Candles every time. I love the fact that by buying from them, you are supporting a British business. The ONLY downside is that, with no local retailer here in the North East, I have to choose my scents by reading the descriptions. I am pretty picky about the scents that I like, for example I can't stand coffee or cinnamon fragrances - but thankfully, the descriptions on the wesbite are REALLY good. I haven't ordered one that I've disliked. And yes, I do 'sniff' them when I am bored. lol
I asked Busy Bee candles if they would answer a couple of questions for this post, and they said they were happy to.
Hi Busy Bee, as you know I love your candles. I wanted to ask you a few questions if that is OK. I see you are a family run business, does this mean everyone gets involved?
We sure do. As well as Haith & Dee, we have other family members that help us at busy times of the year such as Christmas, Valentines Day & Easter. Our handmade boxes for gift sets are made by a family member who suffers from Arthritis in their hands. It helps by exercising the fingers. Other family members help us wick and label jars. It's great to involve everyone in the Busy Bee brand.
What are your top 5 best selling scents?
Baby Powder, Lime Cooler, Fruit Cocktail, Blackcurrant & Nectarine and the majority of the Premium Range.
What product sells the best?
You've recently introduced a range of Christmas scents, can I ask how you come up with ideas for a new scent?
Some scents are suggested to us by our wonderful twitter followers. A fabulous bunch of people that are keen on our product and want to see an even bigger range. Others are suggested by customers and some we just daydream about.
You must receive loads of orders....where is the furthest you've shipped to?
We have shipped around the world with orders from Australia, USA, Greece, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy and even Iceland. No borders on the Internet.
You might not be able to answer this, but have you had any celebrity orders? If you can't name names then perhaps you can give me a clue? lol
Our Celebrity friends quite often post photographs of their Busy Bee Candles on Twitter. It's fabulous publicity for us. Mel C (Spice Girl), Theo Paphitis (Dragons Den), Denise Van Outen, Yvie Burnett, Michelle Mone, Suzi Perry, Deborah Meaden (also a Dragon in the Den) & Charlotte Hawkins (Sky News Presenter) are among the Busy Bee celebrity friends.
You can read all about them on the About Us section of their website.
Please have a look at their website to view their full range of products and a detailed description with average burning times for each product.
You WILL NOT be disappointed! In fact, last night I placed my third order, and in case you are intrested I ordered a Large Vanilla Dream, a Large Chistmas Cookie and a Large Premium Winter Berries! I can't wait! :o) xx
Disclaimer: as a follower of Busy Bee Candles on Twitter, we ordered at a time where they were offering 25% off everything on their website. The first time we ordered they offered an additional 10% free of delicious smelling goodies. The thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely our own opinion of the products we purchased.