Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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No real Midsummer's Nights magic here
Yankee Candle Midsummers Night
Member Name: jillycat
Yankee Candle Midsummers Night
Advantages: Only faint hints of patchouli and sage
Disadvantages: Overpowering aftershave smell doesn't linger
I have been a huge fan of Yankee Candles for several years now ever since we used some of them to fragrance and light up the room at our wedding. After reading so many reviews on wax tarts by Yankee Candles I have been converted to using them. This review on the Midsummer's Night fragrance relates to my use of a wax tart version of this fragrance.
In case you're unaware Yankee Candles in a USA based company that has been making candles since 1969 when the company founder Mike Kittredge melted some crayons to make a candle for his mum and sold one to a neighbour. Over 40 years later they are one of the most-recognized names in the candle business with over 150 fragrances scents. The majority of these are manufactured by master chandlers (candle makers) in Massachusetts USA.
What is a tart?
If you don't know what Yankee Candle wax tarts are the easiest way I can describe them is they are in miniature form the same shape as a traditional edible tarts with a fluted edge. The tart is made of the same wax used in the all the Yankee Candle candles minus a wick. This tart measures approximately 6cm in diameter and 2cm in height and is a very dark blue almost black color. Yankee describe the scent as "An intoxicating and masculine blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne" The tart's packaging shows a full moon with the silhouette of trees making it look very eerie I think and in a lot of ways it gets me thinking about Halloween. This is one of the tarts I bought on line so I was pretty much seduced by the deep color and the promise of fairy magic of A Midsummer's night dream.
I tend to burn half a tart at a time as I find this produces enough waxy delights to give me enough fragrance to scent my living room. On un-wrapping the tart the first thing that I notice is the overwhelming scent of what I would call cheap aftershave. It reminds me a lot of some of the Gillette shaving gel scents. However as I was hoping for some notes of patchouli and sage I decided to burn this one and to see if the melting of the tart unlocked these fragrances.
After about 10 minutes of burning the tart in my tart burner the wax has completely melted. The scent of masculine cologne and aftershave started to become very strong and at first I noticed no notes at all of the patchouli or sage in the fragrance. However these deeper notes I found came later after about 30 minutes they were quite faint but still noticeable against the back drop of the aftershave smell. The scent whilst initially strong on the nose is not one of the scents that I have noticed to linger in the room much longer than 30minutes to and hour after burning and the scent does seem to evaporate into the wind. I was a little disappointed that the patchouli and sage were not strong in this mix as this was what attached me to the tart alongside the packing on the Internet. However these notes are just too faint to be smelt fully and do seem to be over powered I found by the aftershave smell. This wouldn't be a probably if I found the aftershave sexy and appealing but it isn't a scent I would want my husband to adopt to make him seem more attractive. In a lot of ways it just reminds me of the shaving process which isn't a sexy scent or image in my opinion. I have decided I am going to try to blend the reminder of this tart with a softer scent to see if I can get less of the mahogany cologne scent and more of the patchouli and sage which I do like.
This has been one of the few disappointing scents that I have had from Yankee candle I had hopes for the patchouli and sage to conjure up images of warm summer nights and the magic of Titania and Oberon but it wasn't too be. Instead I got a shaving gel scent more reminiscent of a barber's shop that fortunately on this occasion for me doesn't linger. Only 2 stars from me.
Available from many stockiest of Yankee candle products
A selection of formats and prices from www.yankee.co.uk
Medium jar £11.99
Small jar £5.99
Summary: More of a barbershop than a midsummer's night dream of magic
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