Sheep aside, a few days after the contest ended, a package was delivered as I was on my way out. So of course, I walked back inside and wasted no time ripping it open.
They really think of everything. Inside there are instructions for proper, safe use of the candle, as well as a brush for application and matches. Again, the packaging is superb.
I picked the Black Currant scent, and even before unwrapping, it smelled heavenly through the plastic.
I had intended to post a review of it right away, but life gets in the way sometimes. In any case, I decided that maybe I should use it a few times before I posted my opinions. So here it is months later and how do I feel? I still love it.
The candle is a simple but elegant design, a glass holder with JimmyJane printed on the front of the frosted glass. The smell is still divine even after sitting on my bedside table for months, getting covered with the occasional dusting of cat hair (no really. Punk likes to sit on the bedside table while I sleep--that is, if he isn't sleeping on my feet. I dust off the top of the candle every time I light it. I swear he picks the weirdest places to leave hair. The carpet is clean but every time I clean the bathroom I come back in to find fur all over. But I digress....)
JimmyJane recommends letting it melt all the way to the edges before using it so that it doesn't get a weird melting pattern. The oil did take much longer to melt than I expected and didn't look quite as nice afterward (when it solidified again), but our enjoyment definitely made up for that. The oil has a low melting point so once it is melted, it stays liquid for quite a while. The included brush is wonderful for applying the oil to skin. Andy and I both really enjoyed being massaged with the oil. I was concerned that when melted the smell would be overpowering or too feminine, but it was fragrant without overwhelming and Andy loves the smell.
Since the oil has such a low melting point, you can also pour it on the skin (be aware that this will change how the candle looks) or dip your fingers in it without burning anyone. I especially enjoyed the heat on my skin. I was afraid it would be too greasy or leave stains on my sheets, but it rubbed in extremely well and the few drips we got on the sheets didn't even show.
I have pretty sensitive skin but I used the candle with no ill effects. Afterward, the brush washes clean with just warm water and some shampoo. I stand it up to ensure the bristles dry ok, but I don't really worry much about it. A few bristles might fall out the first time you wash it, but after that, it's a pretty durable tool.
Overall, I was shocked by how much I do love the JimmyJane Afterglow candle. I don't like overly strong smells and I'm not really fond of open flame, but the pure bliss of the JimmyJane Afterglow Candle has totally won me over. We are currently about 3/4 of the way through our JimmyJane candle and I will definitely order more after this one. I would also put serious thought towards any of their luxurious massage series. Overall, I would say tiny details, like the box of matches, as well as the beautiful simplicity of the Afterglow Candle make it a purchase that is well worth your time.