From time to time I come across a company that just makes me obsessed. I spend hours on their website or Facebook and learn everything I can about the company and their products. Diamond Candles is one of these companies. When I say that I spend HOURS, I mean HOURS. Far too many hours and I sucked my Mom and most of my friends into the obsession with me. Now, I'd like to share it with you.
Diamond Candles is such a unique company. Yes, they are a candle company - and an eco-friendly one at that! All of their candles are made with 100% soy candles and not from petroleum based parrafin wax, bees wax, or palm wax. Each candle is 6 inches tall, 3.5 inches in diameter, and weigh about 3 pounds. They are available nine delicious scents ranging from "Apple Slice" to "Lavender Lemon". There's also a scentless option for those who love candles but dislike or are sensitive to scents.
Yet, that's not what makes Diamond Candles so unique and obsession-inducing. There are many, many candle companies out there, after all. What really sets Diamond Candles apart from the crowd is what they put in each candle. If the name hasn't already told you, I'll let you in on this special feature... each candle has a ring, valued from $10-5,000 inside!
You read that right! A ring. Here's how it works- each Diamond Candle has a little gold sticker on the side of the candle marking where your ring is buried. You burn the candle down until the wax foil protecting the ring is revealed. Then you use tweezers (or whatever you can find to dig something out of hot wax) to dig the foil-wrapped ring out of the wax. Then you desperately rip the wax apart and open the baggie that holds your ring and reveal to yourself the treasure you just received within you Diamond Candle!
The funnest part, for me, wasn't just getting the ring inside my candle (read on to hear details about it, though... it's pretty cool!). It's the community that surrounds these candles. Since I am not the only one obsessed with them I can join in the fun of hundreds of other (mostly) women around the world as they show off their beautiful rings through Diamond Candle's Facebook Page. Some take the rings to get appraised and it's always fun to read how much they are worth, what the rings are made of, and what the gems in the rings are. I have yet to see a $5,000 ring show up, but there are plenty of $1,000+ rings in the gallery!
Now onto my ring. Because, well, I love it and want to brag about it! I ordered a Sweety Pea candle mostly because I have a theory that the color of the ring may match the color of the candle and I'm an amethyst fan (btw, I don't think this is true... I think the rings are random). I loved the scent. It's fresh and light without being overwhelming. We burned the candle for about three hours before the foil finally revealed itself. The first glimpse I caught of my ring showed a beautiful blue stone. Which to me meant "Hey! A beautiful blue stone... awesome!". Though it was pretty, I figured it was a fake $10 ring. A fake $10 ring I really liked, but fake none the less. But to my gem obsessed Mom, that blue stone was like winning a jackpot. Immediately after I cleaned it off she ran to get one of her favorite rings- a London Blue Topaz ring so we could compare. And they looked very similar. We tested their temps (various gems absorb heat differently) and, again, they compared.
So not a $5,000 or even a $1,000 ring. But getting a $200 ring out of a $25 candle? That's not a bad day! Given my Mom's love of London Blue Topaz and the fact that the size 7 ring was a touch too large for my ring finger and a touch too small for my middle finger, I gifted her with the ring. I'll wear it from time to time when I go visit, but I know she'll wear it way more than me and appreciate it more as well. No, we are not going to sell it... though I was tempted to do that just so we could buy more candles!
So the obsession was born. I love Diamond Candles. I'm even ordering another one today because my Mom has been having a bad month (I'll post why soon!) and needs some cheering up. We are also planning on buying candles for, well, everyone we know for Christmas!
What I Love: Um... everything? Diamond Candles is amazing- from the eco-friendliness of the candles to the rings themselves. They are a girls best friend in SO many ways! This company is just unique, an idea so "out there" I almost didn't believe it was real when I first came across them. But they are very real and very awesome!
What I Don't Love: As of right now the candles are only available on the website, no brick and mortar stores. Luckily, that will soon change! According to their website Diamond Candles is working on getting candles in retail stores. Wooooot!
I know you want to buy a Diamond Candle now. Come on, even if you win the giveaway you want to buy one. Because TWO candles and TWO rings are better than one! Or how about buying a sample pack of 5?
Individual candles are only $24.95 and sample packs of 5 candles are $124.75. Remember, each candle contains a ring valued between $10-5,000. Thanks to the growing online community if you don't like your ring you can trade it or sell it so you really have nothing to lose. Although, I love my ring and I'm sure you will, too!
Yes, that's right! Diamond Candles is giving one of my EXTREMELY LUCKY readers a FREE Diamond Candle in the scent of their choice. This giveaway is valued at $24.95 but could be much, much more valuable to you if you get the candle with a $5,000 ring inside. Read on to learn how to enter...
Mandatory Entry: This is a FOUR PART ENTRY! You must do all four parts of the mandatory entry in order to do any of the extra entries.
1. Go to the Diamond Candles website and tell me which scent you'd pick if you won.
2. Go to the Diamond Candles Facebook Page and "Like" their page.
4. You must be a public Google Friend Connect Follower of my blog. The widget to follow my blog is in the right sidebar.
Once you have done all three of those come back here and leave ONE comment saying you did all of those things along with the scent you would choose.
Don't forget to leave an e-mail address so I know where to contact you if you win! You only need to post your e-mail on one entry.
Extra Entries: Please write a new comment for each additional entry. If something is worth 2 entries, be sure to leave two comments. For example: "I follow you #1" and "I follow you #2" should be two different comments. All entries are worth 1 entry unless otherwise noted.
-Make a Diamond Candles purchase of any size during the course of this giveaway! Be sure to save your confirmation email as I will ask to see that if one of these entries wins. Also if there is a "comments" section on your order for me sure to let them know that you learned about them from Eco-Friendly and Frugal. (worth 10 entries)
-Follow Diamond Candles on Twitter (worth 1 entry)
-Network with me. There are four ways to do this- Twitter, Facebook, RSS, and email subscription. Buttons and links are on the left sidebar. (worth 1 entry per method, up to 4 entries total)
-Tweet about this giveaway. You can use this Tweet or write your own: Win a free Diamond Candle- the candle with a ring inside @EFand Frugal! Ends 9/5 #giveaway #eco @diamondcandles http://www.ecofriendlyandfrugal.com/2011/08/diamond-candles-review-and-giveaway.html (2 Tweets per DAY-at least 2 hours apart- 1 Entry per Tweet)
-Follow my Photography Facebook Fan Page (worth 2 entries)
This giveaway is open to my readers who are 18 year of age or older with a US mailing address and will end on September 5th, 2011 at 10PM Central Time. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Good luck, everyone!
I was provided with a free product for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid to write this review.