Review of Charmed Aroma Candles and Rings: My Experience
Buying My First Charmed Aroma Candle
I first saw the ad for Charmed Aroma Candles on Facebook and was instantly intrigued. I love candles, so that was the first attraction. The second was that they included a mystery ring inside each candle, with the ring's value fluctuating from $10 to $5000.
I did a bit of research on their Facebook and Instagram profiles, as well as their official website. They seemed legit. Many customers posted images or even videos of what they call their "Ring Reveals," when they find and unwrap the package in the wax containing their mystery rings. The company has a large collection of the rings available to view on its website with the estimated values beneath. However, if a customer posts a photo of a ring style that isn't on the website, Charmed Aroma will get back to the customer in a couple of days to inform him or her of its value.
Between browsing both their Instagram and Facebook, I saw rings valued from $10 to ones over $200. The value can be seen, as the $10 rings really do look like $10 rings, and the more expensive ones are quite beautiful.
The more expensive rings, according to Charmed Aroma, do not come in the candle. Rather, you will receive a serial number, and when you call them to tell them the number, they will ship you the ring. It makes sense, I suppose, not to wrap a diamond in plastic and aluminium foil and shove it into wax. I have yet to come across anyone revealing a serial number. One can guess that these rings are few and far between.
So, after contemplation, I decided, based off my love for candles and jewellery, that I would take the leap and order one of their candles. I chose the scent of Emerald Lime. (Their other scents are vanilla, peach, and sweet pea). Before taxes and shipping, the candle was $25. With taxes and shipping, it came to around $35. Charmed Aroma is a Canadian company, and I'm Canadian, so these costs may differ for someone outside of the country.
Reasonable Shipping Time and Fantastic Scent
I placed my order right before Christmas, so I knew it wouldn't arrive quickly. It came in about two and a half weeks, which is not a bad wait considering it was the holidays. I must say I was totally excited while I was waiting, however, so the wait felt long. The candle arrived at my parent's home after I had already gone back to university, so I had to wait until I went home next to open it.
It came in a relatively small box with adequate bubble wrap. The candle jar, made out of glass, was intact without any damage. So, shipping was a success.
I quickly smelled the candle, and it had a strong, fresh lime scent, which filled the room before it was even lit. My father came into the living room and asked what the good smell was, and was surprised to learn it was the unlit candle. I wasn't the only one who enjoyed the aroma.
I trimmed the three wicks and lit it. The smell was fantastic, and the candle itself was aesthetically pleasing when lit. It burned for two to two and a half hours before I was able to see the foil containing my ring. I allowed the wax around it to liquefy before I attempted the removal. Then, I blew out the candle and removed the package quite easily with a butter knife. Be careful of the hot wax. I've seen people remove their packages while their candles were still lit—I wouldn't suggest this as you're looking to get burned.
Revealing My Ring: My First Impressions
I had paper towel laid out ready for the foil package and let the bit of wax on it cool a bit so I could just peel it off the foil. The foil unwrapped rather easily, and inside, sealed in a tiny plastic bag, was my ring!
As I've said before, I did quite a bit of snooping on Charmed Aroma's sites, and so I recognized the style of the ring. It was a crystal "halo" ring and, if I remembered correctly, was one of the more pricey ones.
The ring fit my middle finger comfortably. I have fairly tiny fingers, and Charmed Aroma randomizes their ring sizes with the most common sizes (6, 7, 8). Judging that the ring fit on my largest finger, I'm guessing it's a size 7 1/2 - 8. It is beautiful! I took my picture for Instagram and Facebook and went on its website to see the value. It appeared that the ring is cubic zirconia with rhodium plating, valued at $80. Not bad for a $25 candle!
The ring has got me many compliments and at first seemed to be of good quality. For the first few wears, it retained its shine well and didn't turn my finger green.
The Quality of the Ring: Was It a Good Value?
Unfortunately, after wearing the ring for some time, it did begin to turn my finger green. Whether or not washing my hands accelerated this process, I was disappointed. For what they said the ring was worth, I wouldn't have expected for that to happen. Of course, there's the fix of coating any jewellery like that with clear nail polish, but personally I don't see the point. I wear three rings every day; two are gold and one is silver. I don't want a ring turning my finger green. It looks terrible, and it's a sign that what you're wearing is cheap.
It makes me question the actual supposed value of the rings that Charmed Aroma advertises on their webpage. However, I'm aware they have a large collection of rings that are made of different materials. This ring was beautiful until it began to tarnish. I haven't really worn it since. The process of Charmed Aroma is exciting, but from now on if I want a candle, I'll buy a normal one—and I'll stick to jewellery that doesn't turn my skin green.