Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Yankee Candle Midsummers Night
Member Name: redhead78
Yankee Candle Midsummers Night
Advantages: Smells gorgeous, lasts a long time, permeates through my home
Disadvantages: None for me
When I first started working in a shop which sold Yankee Candles I sniffed my way along the shelves to get acquainted with all the different fragrances they sold. The one that immediately stood out to me, and that I've been buying ever since, was the Midsummer's Night fragrance. Not only does it stand out on the shelf, generally being a much darker colour than any of the other fragrances, but as soon as I lifted the lid on the jar candle it immediately made me think of my dad.
Yankee Candles are available from many different outlets nowadays; independent retailers, garden centres, card shops, online shops and QVC to name a few. They come in a wide range of formats from small sampler sized votives, through the tarts and onto the jar candles. Yankee certainly seem to have thought of all the demographics of their target market and cater to all tastes and budgets. The sampler candles and tarts are an ideal way of experimenting with a fragrance first to see if you like it when it's actually burning as the prices of these range from £1.75-£2.00 each for the samplers and £1.25 upwards for the tarts depending on where you buy them. The large jars however, come with an RRP of £18.99 and a burn time of 110-150 hours, which is quite an investment of both money and time if you end up not really liking it!
I tend to burn either the tarts or the large jars as I find these give the best value for my money and a large jar when burnt for 2 or 3 hours every day will still last for two months. As I alternte with tarts I tend to get around 4 or 5 months out of each large jar so I think that makes them well worth the money.
One large jar that I ALWAYS have in my home is the Midsummer's Night fragrance. It sounds stupid but I get put off a lot of the fragrances in the jar format because of their colour as not very many of them would blend in with my living room colour scheme. This doesn't matter so much with the tarts as you can't really see them when they're melting in the dish of a burner, but the jar candles also double up as an almost ornament, so I do like them to compliment my decor! The Midsummer's Night is very dark - I've never been able to decide if it's a very dark navy blue or black, but when comparing it with their black Halloween candle I've come to the conclusion that it's a very very dark blue! - so I find it to be quite a neutral colour like white or cream which, whilst it might not match my colours, doesn't stand out too much either.
If you ask nicely at a Yankee Candle outlet they may give you a Burning Tips leaflet which will help you get the most out of your candle. These include trimming the wick to 0.5cm before each time you light it, don't stand your candle in drafts and burning it for a minimum of three to four hours on the first time of lighting. The reason behind this is that if you only burn it for a short time the first time you light it (mostly applicable to the large and medium jar candles or any other candle with a large surface of wax) there is a risk that it will end up just tunnelling down the middle. So as bizarre as it may sound, burning it for longer on the first use will ensure you get a much longer overall burn time from it.
One of the things I like about the jar candles is that when you burn them properly, they do use all the wax inside the jar and don't leave any clinging to the edges. For safety's sake you're recommended to stop burning it when only a centimetre of wax remains, but apart from that disc in the very bottom of the jar there is very little wastage in these candles. Personally, I don't even let that disc go to waste, I dig it out and use what's left in my tart burner usually!
The Midsummer's Night fragrance appealed to me personally because, as I said, it reminds me of my dad. It has a very masculine smell to it, and between that and the colour I can only deduce that it was designed to try and get more men buying their candles! The mains scents contained in this fragrance are musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany which, when combined, create an almost aftershave-y smell. As part of the fresh fragrance family it fits in perfectly as it is a really clean, fresh and uplifting fragrance and it really does smell just like a clean, freshly showered man!
On lighting the candle (after trimming the wick of course!) it takes around ten minutes for me to be able to detect the fragrance coming through but once it does I find this one to be very strong without being overpowering and it really freshens up my living room. If I leave the door to the hallway open the fragrance also makes it's way upstairs too and whilst it's not as strong up there as down nearer to the candle it is still enough to make me have a good inhale of it every time I walk upstairs! I tend to leave the candle lit for 2 or 3 hours on an evening, mainly for the effect of the flame in the jar, but also to give it a good enough length of time to really fragrance the downstairs of my house. Even after the flame has been extinguised the scent lingers for a long time and when I go downstairs the next morning I can still smell it faintly.
One day when I was working in the shop a woman came in with her little daughter and when the girl smelt the Midsummer's Night she said "that smells just like daddy"! So it's not just me that thinks that! Overall I would highly recommend this fragrance from Yankee Candle, especially if you like their fresh family and more especially if you like the smell of a clean man! It smells really fresh and clean and I haven't had a single visitor to my home yet that hasn't liked it. Whilst I personally absolutely love this one and would probably declare it to be my favourite of their fragrances (especially since they discontinued my other two favourites -insert sad face here), I think it is quite a neutral fragrance that would appeal to most people.
Summary: A lovely candle that smells just like a clean man!
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