Sunday, October 26, 2014

Embedded Treasures Candles and Gifts Review and Giveaway!

One of my favorite things on the planet is a good surprise. This is the idea that subscription boxes are truly built on, because there's nothing better than a mystery package on your doorstep each month! It's reminiscent of childhood: Christmas morning, birthday parties...those few fantastic days each year where you are given presents wrapped in pretty paper to hide their identity. Very few things are as difficult as waiting to open a particularly tempting present!

I grew up in a house that was always filled to the brim with candles. My mother had them burning everywhere, at all times. She has clearly passed her addiction on to me, and I'm willing to bet there's not a single room in my house that doesn't have a candle sitting in it, waiting to be lit. 

I think the reason why I love the new influx of treasure candle companies, is because they mix two of my favorite things: candles and surprises!

A brand-new company to the scene, Embedded Treasures Candles and Gifts  focuses on not only treasure candles, but fun other ways to share the surprise with non-candle lovers!

What's a Treasure Candle?
If you're new to this idea, then you're in for a treat! Treasure Candles have been around for a long time, but just recently they have been gaining in popularity. These candles contain a surprise hidden inside the wax. Some contain jewelry, some contain money, and I'm sure there are some that contain other fun items as well! The value of the prize usually ranges from from $10 all the way to $5,000 or more, so if you're a gambler, be prepared to become addicted!

Scroll to the end of this review to enter to win TWO products of your choice from Embedded Treasures Candles and Gifts!!
The most amazing thing about Embedded Treasures Candles and Gifts in particular, is that they offer SO much more than just candles with jewelry inside! Embedded Treasures allows you to customize so much of your order. Let's take a look at their available products and the options they have:

For Her
This section of the site is for the candles! Here's are your options:
1. Choose a Candle Scent
2. Choose what type of prize you want in your candles:
- Cash (up to $1,000 USD can be won!)
- Jewelry (you will get a ring, necklace, bracelet OR earrings, and they can be worth up to $5,000 USD!)

You also have the option to "Super Size" your order and receive one of each candle. The cash candle will be guaranteed to have a prize of at least $10 USD.

This is where things get interesting! These don't HAVE to be for a man, but this is the section where you choose a really unique gift! These are Beer steins filled with a snack! Your prize code/value will be hidden inside, and the actual prize will come separately, concealed in a gift bag if necessary.
1. Choose a Snack from the 3 options available
2.Choose what type of prize you want in your beer stein:
- Cash (up to $1,000 USD can be won!)
- Electronic (This is what will come in a separate bag if this option is chosen. You can win anything from headphones to a laptop!!)

You also have the option to "Super Size" your order and receive 2 beer steins with snacks of your choice, and one of each type of prize. The cash beer stein will be guaranteed to have a prize of at least $10 USD.

That's Not All!
Embedded Treasures also has specific gift categories:
These gifts are large wine glasses filled with either bath salts, espresso beans, or jelly beans. (Would also be a great gift for a wedding shower or bridal party!) 
You can choose ANY of the prizes to be included in these: jewelry, cash, or an electronic item. 
The Super Size option is available for these as well.

These gifts are baby bottles filled with either scented beads, candy pacifiers, or jordan almonds. 
You can choose cash or jewelry to be included in these gifts. One special thing about these, is that the jewelry will be the baby's birthstone! What a fun gift for a mother-to-be!
The Super Size option is available for these as well.

So let's take a closer look at the "For Him" and "For Her" selections I made!
So I decided to try out the "For Him" beer stein filled with spicy trail mix. I also decided to choose an electronic item as the gift rather than money, because I felt like it was something different and that Jeff would have something fun to open!
The trail mix is actually ridiculously delicious, and reminds me a bit of some of the snacks I've received from Graze Box.
Inside my trail mix, I found a little baggy with the paper exclaiming what I had won, an what the value was. Hey...not a laptop, but still: a portable speaker is fun!
Since the electronic items come in a concealed bag along with your order, I was able to open it up and see what it was right away. This speaker is actually fantastic!! It's made well, and the sound quality is awesome. Jeff loves that he can clip it onto things, and that it's wireless. He works outside a lot, so he connected his cell phone to this speaker and played music on it while he worked outside. It goes up to 30 feet away wirelessly. Very fun thing to win in our "For Him" beer stein!

As Jeff and I devoured the spicy trail mix from his beer stein, we laid in wait for the gigantic candle to burn down. One of things I noticed about Embedded Treasures Candles, is that there's no sticker on the outside of the candle to indicate where your prize is. This makes it more exciting, but it also makes me want to smash the candle with a hammer so I can just get to the prize, already!
Let me also tell you- these candles are HUGE. I thought Diamond Candles were big, but these take the top spot on sheer size. I chose the Vanilla candle, and it had a warm, almost bakery vanilla scent to it, which I loved. This baby burns for a LONG time too! 
I believe these are supposed to be one-wick candles, however for some reason, mine had another wick that poked up about 1/4 of the way down. I'm not sure if it dropped in there during the candle-making process, but it did help burn it down faster! They should consider making 2 or 3 wick candles to help these big boys burn down!
Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. I had burned this candle for 4 days and I was only halfway down. I put it on a hot plate and let all the wax completely melt until I saw the tinfoil packet inside!

While you can receive any type of jewelry, I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful ring. I forgot to take a picture of it, but there is also a paper inside the foil packet that tells you what the ring is made of, what stones there are, and what the estimated retail value of the ring is.

When I opened up my foil packet, I genuinely wasn't expecting to see what I saw:
Sterling Silver, Genuine Amethyst, Lab created white sapphires. Retail Value: $140

Whatttt? After the dozen of rings candles I've received from so many companies...I FINALLY got a ring worth over $10!
Here it is!
Seriously could it be any more gorgeous?! Granted you don't know what type of jewelry you're getting, so I wasn't able to choose my ring size, however this beauty fits my pinky finger so I will wear it there for now! I just can't tell you enough how gorgeous this ring is. The pictures I took don't do it justice!

 Overall Thoughts
Not only am I absolutely thrilled with the high value ring I received, Jeff also loved his bluetooth speaker! I love how incredibly customizable Embedded Treasures makes each gift. There really is a product for every person and occasion you can think of! The only small issue I have is with the packaging; especially with the beer stein. I would have preferred to see the heavier plastic wrapping (like the one that goes over gift baskets) and maybe tied with a bow instead of what seemed to be some plastic wrap laid over the top. I know this is a brand new, start up company so I forgave where they were lacking in presentation. I think a new design for their labels would also do them a great service.
Regardless of my picky appearance issues, the products I received were very high quality, and the prizes contained inside were also absolutely fantastic. I feel incredibly pleased with my products and the experience, and I will absolutely purchase from Embedded Treasures again.

If you're interested in Embedded Treasures Candles and Gifts, you can visit their website HERE.

Enter for your chance to win TWO products of your choice (For Him, For Her, Date Night or Baby Shower) and choose your prizes (electronic, jewelry or cash!)

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This giveaway is for US residents only, age 18 years or older. This giveaway is sponsored by Embedded Treasures Candles and Gifts, and the winner's prize will be fulfilled by Embedded Treasures Candles and Gifts. Harlot Beauty reserves the right to disqualify any entries that do not follow the requirements of the giveaway, or the entry form. Winner will be chosen at random. Winner will be contacted through e-mail provided by rafflecopter account, and will have 48 hours to respond before they are disqualified and a new winner is chosen. Name and address will be required and shared with Embedded Treasures Candles and Gifts in order for prize fulfillment.
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  1. I love surprises! I would love to win so I could give this to my mom for the holidays! She would absolutely be overjoyed. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

    1. You're so welcome Randa! These really do make wonderful gifts! Good luck :)

  2. This is such a sweet thing to do!!

  3. I have always wanted one of these treasure candles! If I won however I would be giving this to my daughter, she has been going through some stuff and adores candles and could use a nice surprise right now.

  4. What a great concept. I love surprises too. Congrats on getting the great gifts

  5. oh boy the winner is kristen is that me kristen or another lucky kristen???

    1. Hi Kristen! I'm so sorry the widget didn't clarify the last name, but it was another Kristen. I contacted her via e-mail already about the prize. Keep a look out for more giveaways coming soon, though! I've got some good ones planned! :)