I received my pillar candles snugly packed and beautifully wrapped with super-cute tags. The scents are lovely and apparent even before lighting. Once lit, the fragrances are really nice, and not too strong for my scent-sesitive hubby. It is important to note that these candles need to burn for at least an hour the first time, so they do not "tunnel" deeply right away. They do burn down quicker in the middle than on the sides, and probably more so than petroleum derived wax candles, but it seems that is typical of soy candles. The healthier burn is a worthwhile trade-off. Anyway luckily for me, these products are hand-made locally, so I can feel good about using less fuel in getting them into my home and supporting my not too distant neighbors.