Aldi Candles vs Jo Malone Candles

Just in time for Mother’s Day Aldi have created some candles that they say rival Jo Malone candles at a fraction of the price, while an Aldi candle is £3.99 a Jo Malone candle will cost you £44. National newspapers have created a media circus with online stocks sold out already…your only hope is to try instore but be quick as they launched today and Aldi expects these to sell out.

Aldi have stated they smell EXACTLY like Jo Malone candles so I decided to venture to my local Aldi store to grab a couple of these candles and put them to test against my Jo Malone ones. I had never been in Aldi before but my local one opened early so I was there and managed to grab a Pomegranate Noir (NO.3) and a Lime, Basil & Mandarin (NO.1). Aldi also sell a Freesia & Pear scent, all three are the same scents that Jo Malone make.

The picture above shows the Aldi candles which are styled pretty much the same to Jo Malone candles in the clear glass jar with silver lid, the front of the label has the scents and states that it is a luxury fragranced candle. The Aldi candle is larger at 290g with a burning time of 48 hours while the Jo Malone is 200g and burns for 45 hours, you can see the size difference in the picture below.

Quoting from the sun newspaper Mr Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi, said: “We believe that everyone should be able to afford the very best for their mums, without the luxury price tag.” and John Davis at European Flavours & Fragrances (EFF), Aldi’s fragrance house, said: “Not only do Aldi’s premium candles equal the quality, strength and performance of high-end alternatives, but they are significantly larger than their premium counterparts meaning the fragrance is likely to be stronger, too.” But here is where the fun starts…

As soon as I was home I opened the Aldi candles with no overpowering scent at all, just a mild pleasant scent whereas with the Jo Malone the scent hits you as soon as your taking the lid off. I started burning these in different rooms with the door shut, I gave the Aldi candle 2 hours to get going as my Jo Malone had been previously used. I had noticed straight away the colour of the wax differs slightly, the Aldi ones are light almost white wax but the Jo Malone is more of a creamy colour.

After around 3 hours my Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin had scented out the whole room and you could smell it coming through the door into the hallway with a gorgeous overpowering scent that when my doors are open can normally scent out the whole house! The Lime, Basil & Mandarin Aldi candle was a very light scent and could barely scent out the room it was in, so I gave the Aldi candle even longer to get going despite it having 2 wicks! The Aldi candle I had burning for 4 hours before I went out.

So What Did I Personally Think Of The Two Candles

Aldi – Lime, Basil & Mandarin – While it’s not a bad looking candle I’m afraid it just doesn’t do anything for me, the light scent is hardly worth it if it cannot scent out a whole room…the cheap perfume and wax they have used just does not cut it nowadays. With the Aldi candle your missing out on the gorgeous boxes with the detail and care taken to present them to look fabulous in your home, its just a bow…nothing. If you want just a candle thats nothing fancy with not much scent then go ahead and grab yourself one.

Jo Malone – Lime, Basil & Mandarin – The candle is overpowering the moment you take the lid off and it can scent out a whole room in 20 mins from first lighting! Yes the Jo Malone might be more expensive but your paying for a service too, a gorgeous well made box that the candles are put in with a packet of matches all carefully tied up with a bow and placed into a bag with a spritz of room spray. Once the candle is out of the box the gorgeous black bow that sits atop of the metal lid screams luxury candle, in my opinion I would pay more for a gorgeous scented luxury candle then a luxury Aldi candle with no luxury about it.

Did you grab an Aldi candle or are you a Jo Malone fanatic? let me know what your thoughts are. Thanks for reading.



  1. Naz
    16th March 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Thanks for the review. I have been burning my aldi no1 for about an hour now and it smells beautiful and isnt too strong but you can still smell it. My Jomalone hasnt been lit today but with what I paid for the aldi one I would recommend it.

    • @littlemissbeautyboxes
      17th March 2017 / 1:02 pm

      I would light your Jo Malone and the same scent Aldi candle in different rooms, there is a huge difference…the scent is just not powerful at all and could barely scent out the room it was in after 4 hours..its not bad for £4 but its definitely not the same as Jo Malone like Aldi has said. Glad your enjoying yours xxx

  2. 17th March 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Of course I’d prefer a Jo Malone candle and it’s a such a great treat be given one but and it’s an enormous but – when money is tight or if the kids want to treat you then the Aldi candle will make you feel just as loved

    • @littlemissbeautyboxes
      17th March 2017 / 8:18 pm

      I’ve found better scented candles for £5 on sale in tkmaxx so thats a better option then Aldi candles, least it’ll scent out a room…i appreciate tight budgets though xx

  3. 19th March 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I’m so happy to read this review as I got a bit swept up in the media frenzy and like a fool I travelled to two stores to try to get one. They were sold out and I was disappointed but now I know I’m not missing much. While we’re on the subject, Oliver abonas candles are pretty poor too and they retail st about £20!!!

    • @littlemissbeautyboxes
      20th March 2017 / 9:13 am

      Thats so bad that they can sell candles that don’t even smell! have you seen my instagram or twitter? I’m giving away the other aldi candle…if you enter and win means you get to try it lol Thats why i thought id do a giveaway xxxx

  4. Elaineskye1
    21st March 2017 / 4:21 pm

    I’d so love to try after all the hype in the news. Your review seems fair….. I’d love to see if we agree.???

    • @littlemissbeautyboxes
      22nd March 2017 / 9:52 am

      If you check my instagram, twitter and Facebook I’m running a giveaway for the other candle i bought but didn’t use…feel free to enter and you never know xxx

  5. 17th April 2017 / 2:31 pm

    They sounded too good to be true in being similar to JO M, and with that price tag. I’m a candle fanatic, but often can’t afford to regular purchase an expensive one, just as an occasional treat. Although quality usually has a price tag. It’s all down to the wax, oils & wick used, which results in ‘the burn’. If the oils are 1st/2nd extraction, they will have potency, and you can usually tell the potency of a candle fragrance without burning it. If the wax or wick is not good quality, they will burn too quickly or end up tunnelling. There’s many a good middle range candle out there, but I doubt I will spend money on Aldi’s ‘copies’. Thanks for the info.
    H x

    • @littlemissbeautyboxes
      17th April 2017 / 6:37 pm

      I think you’d be better off getting a cheaper one from TKmaxx rather then buying aldi crap xxx

  6. 13th July 2017 / 11:10 am

    Ahh thats a shame that they didn’t work out! Usually Aldi is pretty damn good for cheaper alternatives! Hopefully they’ll take feedback on board and boost up the scent a little!

    • @littlemissbeautyboxes
      13th July 2017 / 11:15 am

      They have now released another candle type which i tried and it is just as disappointing…its not hard to make a smelly candle lol xx

  7. Laura Hancox
    30th September 2017 / 10:33 pm

    No.3 is lovely but I don’t rate the others

    • @littlemissbeautyboxes
      2nd October 2017 / 2:14 pm

      Im glad you have found one you like 🙂

  8. 2nd November 2017 / 2:49 pm

    I think I’m the only blogger in England left without one! I am desperate for one. They look amazing. So instagrammable and so beautiful. So close to the Jo Malone’a which I defo can’t afford!

    • @littlemissbeautyboxes
      7th November 2017 / 1:59 pm

      They are really not great your better off with an asda candle these aldi ones smell nothing like jo malone xx

      • Arabella
        4th December 2017 / 8:58 pm

        Rubbish they smell just like them

        • @littlemissbeautyboxes
          5th December 2017 / 8:41 am

          have you lit a jo malone though? i had one going upstairs with an aldi in the lounge and the fragrance throw isn’t as strong sat all, yankees are better in my opinion x

  9. Denise Muszynski
    28th November 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Well I love the aldi no 1 lime basil great value I have always bought yankee but no more

    • @littlemissbeautyboxes
      29th November 2017 / 8:03 am

      Do you not like yankee? i like there newer candles as they have a cotton wick. xx

  10. Arabella
    4th December 2017 / 8:57 pm

    These Aldi candles are fantastic especially No1. It smells just like jo malones and burns really well leaving no wax around the glass.
    Well worth buying.
    I wouldn’t hesitate. Never buying Yankee again

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