I actually went to college near to where the original Yankee Candle Company is in South Deerfield, Mass., and you could go to the massive country store style shop (it had this awesome winter wonderland at Christmas) and watch candles being made, it was pretty neat. So my fondness for the brand goes way back.
Not that there haven't been a few bumps along the road. I won't be the first person to say that the quality and scent "throw" of some of the jar candles has been hit and miss in the past few years. I had a couple of outright duds, which just refused to burn evenly and tunneled badly or had no "throw". I have mostly switched to the wax tarts, which are pretty universally reliable, so it was with some hesitance that I did order two medium jars in this last order.
I couldn't resist this months' fragrances of the month, as I love them both.
Home Sweet Home is a classic, warm cinnamon fragrance that has been around as long as I can remember. It just smells like autumn to me, and I love it. It's not as strong as the Sweet Cinnamon but that's what I like about it, you can smell it but it doesn't knock you out either.
Fireside Treats is more of an unusual one for me: I don't usually go in for the sweet/ foody scents, but this one is just a little bit different. It is sweet and marshmallow-y, yes, but also the "Fireside" element is there, grounding it and keeping it from being cloying. It's really cozy and lovely smelling, it makes me want to wear sweaters and eat popcorn and watch Bridget Jones' Diary! It is not the strongest scent, in a large room you might need two or maybe a tart going too but it is also really good at getting rid of cooking smells or fine for smaller rooms/as a "daytime burn" (erm I totally learned that phrase from watching QVC Yankee Candle shows! They crack me up).
I have been on full alert with getting these to burn evenly, and I have to say I'm not confident they would have had I not used the tin foil trick, where you wrap tin foil around the rim - in some cases it doesn't work but so far with these it has worked for me so long as I burn the candles for around 4 hours or so (Yankee also sell these Illuma lid things but it irks me to pay them more money to get a candle to burn properly). I do think these candles are better than some others I have had but I'm still not convinced they're what they were. Please sort it out Yankee, how many people have to complain before you fix this issue?
So anyway, on to the tarts!
|The two on the right are this year's Christmas scents. They didn't have the other two in stock, Berry Trifle and Winter Glow.|
These tarts, aside from the top three came as a "Fresh" bundle, where you order a bunch of tarts by scent category/it's a surprise what you get.
Beach Flowers: A nice floral scent. More boudoir than whole house, unless you like the smell of flowers everywhere which I don't. It doesn't smell remotely "beachy" to me though, I think of jasmine, tropical or oceanic scents when I think of the beach, this one smells more like a pretty spring bouquet.
Soft Blanket: A tried and tested baby powder/laundry scent, I think it's sweeter and more calming than Clean Cotton personally.
Cosy By The Fire: I'm glad I got two of these tarts, this is such a great scent. It' crisply autumnal, more of a dried leaves/spicy earthy autumnal scent. But also slightly sweet? A lovely and strong but not overpowering scent "throw".
Bundle Up: It's green, and it's supposed to be a holiday/Christmas scent...so WHY DOESN'T IT SMELL LIKE CHRISTMAS TREES?! Sorry to shout! It's doesn't remind me of winter or Christmas at all. It's kind of vaguely autumnal? I don't even know how to describe it it's so blah, basically it's not my favourite! Now I am going to have to hunt down some tarts that smell like actual Christmas.
Oud Oasis: Ooh this I do like! It's sweet but spicy, very earthy. Moroccan kasbah/ incense smelling. Maybe too heady for some.
Angel's Wings: It's pretty, it's kind of a floral meets Soft Blanket smell. Like Angel perfume but not quite as heady.
Wild Sea Grass: Very potent/grassy. I probably would not have picked this tart sensing it would irritate my asthma/allergies, and I was right! Achoo!
So how about you, are there any other Yankee Candle fans out there? Am I missing out on any other good scented candle ranges? I am an addict, any recommendations appreciated!