I often give Beauty Pie a hard time because I find their products very hit or miss – ie don’t touch their bone dry Dr. Glycolic Micropeeling Pads with a barge pole and their Healthy Hair Volume Booster makes a weird slurping sound as you apply it to hair.
But, as the old cliche goes, when they’re good, they’re very, very good and their gingerbread candle screams IT’S CHRISTMAS! from the rooftops.
I will tell you exactly how it smells, what it takes me back to – Christmas markets. Warm mulled wine, delicious freshly baked tree-shaped biscuits to sample (those were the days), cinnamon sticks, and the scent of rich spices. The whole market wrapped up in one candle.
But, here’s the thing, I don’t like the smell (or taste) of gingerbread at all. I’m super sensitive to fragrance and indeed I found Beauty Pie’s Tuberose candle suffocating, but this delicious candle more than makes up for it.
BEAUTY PIE GINGERBREAD CANDLE
Love Gingerbread? (NO.) Amaretti cookies? (YES.) Light this up!
Gorgeous and gourmand, with whiffs of Cinnamon and Ginger, a centre of Almond and Orange Blossom, and soft Musk underneath.
TOP NOTE: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger
MIDDLE NOTE: Gingerbread, Almond, Orange Blossom, Heliotrope
BASE NOTE: Vanilla, Caramel, Musk
I bought two candles, both as presents, I could smell they were strongly scented when I wrapping them up. But when one of the recipients opened and lit it in front of me I knew I had to keep one for myself. Selfish? Oh yes.
It has a powerful throw when first lit, you think, oh this is too much but hold on and let it fragrance the room which it does within the hour. The gorgeousness will hit you like a ton of bricks.
The next day when I went downstairs, there was still the lingering fragrance of a Christmas market. Of all the times we need reminding of how a normal Christmas should be, this was very welcome.
The candle burns evenly and doesn’t tunnel as long as you burn it long enough for a layer of melted wax to pool to the sides.
If you do ever have a candle that tunnels, then light it and carefully wrap a piece of foil around it to create a little foil ‘tent’ with a small opening at the top. It evens the wax out it in no time. This really works, I’ve saved a lot of candles this way.
The shiny copper coloured jar itself is pretty cute too. No screamingly obvious logo and the colour doesn’t rub off on the inside. Forget storing your makeup brushes in a fancy Diptyque jar, this one is much sexier.
BEAUTY PIE Gingerbread Candle 240g
Typical price £50.00 (I can certainly believe that). Members’ price £19.50
HOW BEAUTY PIE WORKS
Beauty Pie is a subscription-only beauty buyers’ club; members can purchase luxury makeup and skincare (& candles) at factory prices, plus basic shipping and handling. There is a 3-month minimum membership.
Members will receive the same premium beauty products, bought at the same factories as the high-end brands, but everything is in plain packaging.
I have the £5 mini-monthly membership, this gives me a £50 a month spend allowance.
However, I found the £50 a month buying allocation a little bit misleading at first. This doesn’t mean you can buy up to £50 worth of goods (and you would get an awful lot for £50, my online basket was brimming until I read the rules properly). It’s £50 of what it would have cost to buy them at the suggested original price.
You can sometimes add a £5.00 top up if you really want to buy something (say a gingerbread candle) and you’ve used up your spending allowance for that month. Everything is packaged in pale pink tissue paper in a very nice box.
I’ve bought a lot from Beauty Pie. I keep thinking that’s it, no more, I’ll cancel my subscription, but they keep enticing me back with new goodies, dammit!