scented candles in tins

All of our candles in tins are made using the finest fragrances blended from the purest essential oils, herbs, spices, roots and aromatic compounds and naturals with the purest odour free waxes. This ensures you have the most amazing and authentic fragrance experience with every McKelvie candle.

flowers of scotland
highland heather

“The hue of heather-honey, The hue of honey-bees, 

Shall tinge her golden shoulder, Shall gild her tawny knees. “

 

Scottish Heather grows freely and abundantly, and carpets the Scottish moors, glens and highlands with glorious purple hue.   This lovely candle captures that special fragrance and warms the heart and the home

lothian lavender

The relaxing properties of Lavender were in use in Ancient Greece and it is still highly regarded as an aid to sleep and relaxation. Our mixture of lavender and amber brings a warm fragrance to this candle which is sure to help you unwind after a stressful day.

lowland meadow

Grassland covers a third of Scotland and feeds our cattle and sheep as well as much of our wildlife - think of badgers foraging for worms, bumblebees collecting pollen, lapwing nesting in open fields, predatory beetles hunting smaller insects, crane's-bill and pignut flowering on a grassy road verge.

 

All of these wonders of nature have been captured in the fragrant spring like perfume of our Lowland Meadow candle.   Light it and sit back and enjoy the glorious smell of nature right in your own room.

alexander's gardenia

Dr Alexander Garden was born in January 1730 in Birse, Aberdeenshire, the son of a clergyman. He studied medicine in the mid-1740s, and also discovered an interest in natural history. His work as a botanist lives on in the “Gardenia” flower.

 

The glorious rich gardenia perfume is blended here in this wonderful candle with will give many hours of fine fragrance throughout your home.

granny's kitchen
clootie dumpling
glen clova raspberry

Glen Clova is probably the best raspberry variety on the market, producing sweet tasting fruit from early summer.  This gloriously rich sweet raspberry fragrance is captured perfectly in our candle.

"A Scots Clootie dumpling is great,
It totally fills up your plate .
With currants and spice
It's well worth the price,
Even if spending you hate!"

 

Capture those spicy fruits in this great smelling candle from Granny’s Kitchen.

vanilla tablet
bramble jelly

Tablet's hard to describe if you haven't had a Scottish upbringing; it's like toffee, but not chewy, it's like fudge, but more grainy; coconut ice without the coconut?    Well, basically it’s a wee bit of sweetie heaven.

 

Made from butter, condensed milk and sugar, this crumbly sweet does not win any awards for its health inducing properties; it does, however, sweep the board when it comes to ecstatic groan inducing.

 

Save the calories and the teeth by inhaling the glorious aroma of this vanilla tablet candle.

“I'll stain your fingers and your face
And then I'll laugh at your disgrace.

But when the bramble-jelly's made
You'll find your trouble well repaid.”

 

Oh the sweet summer smell of the bramble jelly bag, straining in granny’s kitchen after a day gathering the wild fruit in the woods.   This candle will remind you of those days and fill your home with a lovely sweet fragrance that will last and last.

the wee sweetie shop
sherbet lemons
coo toffee

Sherbet Lemons (or lemon sherbets if you prefer) - What a classic! A hard lemon boiled sweet shell with a fizzy, zingy sherbet centre.   Remember how they used to stick to the paper bag - so you got a mouthful of sherbet lemon and paper?

 

That lovely lemon fragrance is captured in this classic and hugely popular candle.

The Highland Toffee bar is one of Scotland’s most iconic sweets.   Starting life out as the “Penny Dainty” it evolved into the famous bar whose “Highland Cow” logo quickly led to its more common name amongst Scottish children everywhere.

 

You won’t smell any ‘coo’ in this candle, but the sweet toffee smell is gorgeous.

lucky tatties
cherry lips

Lucky Tatties were a prized sweet for us kids back in the 60's. They were quite a size, solid white fondant – sometimes with an orangey flavour – and covered in cinnamon powder.   At threepence each you could be faced with a bit of a dilemma - do you buy 3 items from the penny tray or 1 Lucky Tattie?   What swayed the occasional Lucky Tattie purchase was that they had wee charms inside, usually a plastic animal or something like that - you wouldn’t get away with that these days  with the “ ‘elf and safety police” reminding us of the “risk of choking”!

 

This great smelling cinnamon and orange candle is a welcome reminder - and still with much charm.

Saturday afternoon matinee with a quarter of cherry lips .. now why did we like those sweets so much? Perhaps it was the special sweetness or did we think there was something very exciting about lips?

 

Capture that special cherry flavour in this great smelling candle.

the steamie
warm linen
coorie doon

Don’t you just love the smell of fresh clean linens just out of the dryer - fluffy  towel fresh. The classic scent of line-dried laundry gets a modern twist in this fantastic candle. The familiar feeling of clean comfort makes home feel even warmer.

The Miner’s Lullaby “Coorie Doon” evokes tender feelings of the affection between parent and child. Our McKelvie family were miners for generations and identify with the lines:

Your daddy coories doon, my darling
Doon in a three foot seam,
So you can coorie doon, my darling,
Coorie doon and dream

This wonderful fragrance is more than just ‘baby powder’, it evokes all that is tender and loving and warm between parent and child.

soap flakes
spring fresh

The warm soapy and fresh clean linen smells of Soap Flakes will make your friends think you've been busy all day doing the housework. So light this candle, put your feet up and leave the laundry for another day...no one will know!

Spring is in the air .... cue the fresh tingly morning air, watery blue skies, perhaps even a few blossoms showing that warmer weather is on its way. Gather in your washing from the outside line on a beautiful warm sunny spring day ... hold it close and take in a deep breath and you’ll have a pretty good idea what this wonderful scented candle smells like.

the poets
cotters ingle

“His wee bit ingle, blinkin bonilie,
His clean hearth-stane, his thrifty wifie's smile,
The lisping infant, prattling on his knee,
Does a' his weary kiaugh and care beguile,
And makes him quite forget his labour and his toil.” 
(Robert Burns)

 

Enjoy the nostalgic fragrances of an open fire and the friendly warmth it brings.

little white rose

“The rose of all the world is not for me

I want for my part

Only the little white rose of Scotland

That smells sharp and sweet - and breaks the heart “ 

(Hugh Mac Diarmid)

 

Enjoy the classic fragrance of the magnificent little white rose of Scotland.

fingal's cave

“Not Saint John, in Patmos’ isle

In the passion of his toil,

When he saw the churches seven,

Golden aisled, built up in heaven

Gazed at such rugged wonder!”   (Keats)

 

Breathe in the fresh clean invigorating ocean fragrance of the wonderful Fingal’s Cave.

eriskay love

“Thou art music of my heart,
Harp of joy oh cush mo cree;
Moon of guidance by night,
Strength and light thou 'rt to me.”

 

The soft warm romantic tones of the Islands are captured in this beautiful fragrance to match a beautiful song.