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In my last Yankee review I mentioned that I had won an auction on Ebay for a selection of previously untried products from Yankee Candles, '''Amber Glow''' was one of the votives (or samplers to give them their other name) included in my set and having spent a day or two experiencing the fragrance this one has to offer I thought it time to share my experiences of this for anyone else who might be considering getting this one for themselves.
This review is specifically for the votive version of Amber Glow and as my review will attempt to explain it would be one of the fragrances I recommend and buy again but not in this format.
In every Yankee review I write I usually devote a paragraph to the format of whatever it is I'm reviewing and attempt to explain what they are and how they are used. Votives are one of the cheapest products available in the Yankee range and serve as in introduction to the fragrance they have to offer, the are like traditional candles in the sense that they have a wick running through the centre of the wax and are lit in the same way as any other candle you might own. Essential oils and fragrances are infused into the wax and as the heat from the flame melts the candle its fragrances are released into the air and should then be noticeable. A votive has a burning time of around 15 hours and tend to retail for around £1.60 each which I think represents great value for money.
There a couple of reasons why I don't particularly like votives though and usually avoid buying them, firstly because I find that they can be messy when the wax is melting and often find that the molten wax pools around the wick itself causing interference with the flame and secondly they're just not strong enough fragrance wise, when compared to wax tarts. Amber Glow came to me in votive format and did give me a good idea as to how it smelt, unfortunately I found that the fragrance didn't last anywhere near the 15 hours burning time and overall I was disappointed with this one although I will be buying it again but next time as a wax tart.
Mustard Yellow in colour and featuring an illustration of a picturesque setting sun against a silhouetted backdrop the Amber Glow votive is a short squat candle which should be held in a votive or candle holder before being lit. The wax and wick are of the usual high quality standard that Yankee are renowned for and once lit the wick does hold its flame. After being allowed to burn for a short while the fragrances that this one holds do become apparent and I was met with a warming, woody fragrance which appealed to me. There are strong undertones of vanilla in this one which I like and combined with the woody aroma and a slight tinge of spiciness by the Juniper Berry this is a fragrance with many layers.
Vanilla and woody scents are amongst my favourites anyway and Amber Glow provides a gently warming fragrance which is evocative of warm summer evenings or Autumnal afternoons. It is fragrant but not overpowering and if anything the votive version of this fragrance is too subtle for its own good. I would have preferred much more intensity with this one and suspect that in wax tart format this would be one that really floods a room with an rich, spiced wood fragrance, instead the votive half heartedly produces a pleasant yet underwhelming amount of scent which did leave me wanting more. Because I ended up with 2 of these from my Ebay purchase I ended up burning them both at the same time in separate holders just to try and get the most from the fragrance but in the end I decided that the lacklustre amount of scent they were offering just wasn't worth the effort and ended up just letting the candles burn down and let the glow from the flames act as a gentle light in my room.
This is the main problem with votives I have and as mentioned earlier in this review they sometimes are disappointing. There are some scents which do work really well in the votive format and do produce a noticeable amount of fragrance, unfortunately Amber Glow isn't one and its on that basis that I wouldn't recommend its purchase in votive form. The scent on the other hand is really nice and it will be one I buy again and I would recommend anyone that likes a woody fragrance sweetened with vanilla and tinged with a little spice to try this for themselves either in the wax tart variation or maybe in one of the smaller housewarmer glass jars.
Candles can create a nice look in a home and many people use these simply because they are decorative, I buy products from Yankee primarily for the fragrances they offer and whilst I do like the look of a burning candle its the scent which is the important thing to me. If anyone is looking for a candle with a gentle and subtle woody fragrance then this could well appeal, for me personally it lacked the intensity I wanted so I wouldn't buy it again.
As with all the of the current Yankee range Amber Glow can be found on the high street in shops including Clinton Cards and from places such as B&Q. Garden centres often feature a number of products as do specialised candle shops and online Yankeedoodle.co.uk and amazon carry a large selection of the products available. I'm torn as to what rating to give for the purpose of this review as I did like the fragrance on offer and would have awarded 4 stars had this been a wax tart review, because this is specifically a votive and categorised as such here and because I was disappointed with how long the fragrance lasted and its intensity I'm deducting 2 stars and awarding an overall 2 star score.
Amber Glow is one to check out for yourself, just not in the votive format. Thanks for reading my review.
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When Yankee Candle brought out Amber Glow in 2010, I was instantly hooked. As a premium scented candle company and being American in origin, Yankee Candle are forever bringing out a whole boat load of feminine scents, fresh linen type scents and then the other extremes like spicy Cinnamon scents or something in between for special events like Christmas and of course their sweet scents - all for their candles first and foremost before translating similar additives and fragrances to other formats that this American company sell like room spray, sometimes even a hand lotion and plug in fragrances. Out of all the ranges, there aren't that many that exist where the male clientele is concerned, and at a push their Midsummer Night candle is at best an original classic that reeks of Old Spice at the best, and a poor man's cologne at worst. Amber Glow is a bit more masculine in its approach even though the orange pumpkin colour of its wax would have you think it is something else entirely and when it burns the candle can easily heat up a room not just by the visual effect of its golden yellow hues.
Typically for Yankee Candle, Amber Glow follows the trait of being a rather full on candle that can induce headaches if you burn it for more than four hours straight. Treat it with kindness for an hour and this candle won't stink out your home or a room with little ventilation, but rather cast the room wherever the candle is placed, into a very warm and relaxing bath of cosy flavours. It is not a candle scent that is for the faint hearted, with its ripened vibrant Juniper berries, vanilla creaminess and dark and thick Cedarwood at its core. But it does make a good compromise for those looking for an aftershave repeated scent against the flowery and often body lacking Midsummer Night scent. Amber Glow has a likewise aftershave smell but its rather sporty and genteel compared to the loudness and heavier Midsummer Night that explodes with flowers.
The top tone of Amber Glow is a gorgeous stab of toffee like vanilla and I love the smell of the vanilla as it starts to mix in with the Cedar additive. If this candle had toffee added to it and used as a sweet candle without the woodiness, Amber Glow would stick out like a sore thumb! The vanilla additive seems to be used as a top tone bringing fresh Juniper berries as the middle tone, thus prolonging the scent and the woody cedar as the base tone, which gives it a booster of longevity and freshness. The wonderful bonus with this scent is that cypress seems to be added as well, which for some can substantiate the inducing headache I got when I "forgot" I had left the candle burning for an extended time. Amber Glow only needs two hours for it to become alive and after four hours, should be extinguished or left burning with a window slightly ajar. Otherwise you may get a headache! The scent doesn't induce sneezing though, which is a good aspect. Often ripe by the scent that is left behind, Amber Glow isn't a candle per se to shift pongs but it can do it rather well on its own accord thanks to its apparent heaviness even though there's more of a romantic tinge to the justification of this candle rather than one that should be considered for entertaining with large groups of people, well...unless you're having an Orgy!
In wax tart form where you'll need a potpourri oil burner (supported by a tealight candle to get the wax melted) or an electric one, the candle is both rich and powerful in both tart and jar form, although my first sample of the small house warmer air tight glass jar (heat insulated base, dishwasher safe but not the rim or the top) took up to an hour before the scent fully comes alive. The small jar has a shorter burning time than the heavier and quicker to release medium and large glass jars and for that reason alone, the small jar should only be considered if you like a small bit of scent bit by bit or handy for travelling thanks to its thick glass top and small yogurt cup like size. I have also tried the sampler/votive candle which is a lot cheaper by price (and shorter burning duration) votive, which often needs another votive lit at the same time to get a heavier feeling -and a quicker spread of scent going in a room. One votive gives a fairly light spread of scent which dies down too quickly after the candle is blown out. This may appeal to many but on the basis that they cost twice as much as the wax tarts (and the tarts last longer) the Votive makes a nice gift idea as well as being fairly reliable for a quick burst of scent - With Amber Glow. Other fragrances I've tried such as their Clean Cotton or Home Sweet Home doesn't come across terribly well with Votive formats. Votives need an additional votive holder though which is why the glass jar candles make a lot more sense as being more complete.
Like most of Yankee Candle's scented products, there are a few formats available on this scent but not all like the Classic ranges and the prices given here are averages:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p each.)
Scented Powder Sachet (28grams, 3-4 week duration, £2-99)
Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2)
Small housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £7-99)
Medium housewarmer jar candle (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £13-99)
Medium 2 wick tumbler (12.5 oz 45-50 hours duration, £12-99)
Large housewarmer jar candle (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £17-99)
Large 2 wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £16-99)
Lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99)
Car tab housewarmer jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99)
Car air vent gel pack (4-6 weeks duration £2-85, 3 pack additional at £5-98)
Car Pump 'n' Go clip on air vent freshener (4-6 weeks, £7-20)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
Plug In Scent (£5-99 4-6 weeks duration, 2 capsules per box, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
Plug In Plug and "free" scent starter (£14-99, 4-6 weeks duration, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
Amber Glow will certainly appeal to men or women who like the smell of male cologne around them on a constant loop, but may feel disappointed or overwhelmed by the over-flowery Midsummer Night. Amber Glow is therefore a better compromise even though it has a strong whiff of male aftershave, it is sweeter yet woody and belongs on an older Gentleman who doesn't need to come across as being cheap. It isn't a candle that should be used when preparing food as it can detract consumption thanks to vanilla where the scent acts as a suppressant whilst its bitterness from the cedar can affect cooking smells quite rapidly. Instead this is a candle that won't feel out of place for a cosy night in for two, or a romantic planned evening - just make sure you extinguish the candle before you eat or retire. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011