Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Nice enough but not my favourite
Yankee Candle Apple & Pine Needle
Member Name: helenc72
Yankee Candle Apple & Pine Needle
Advantages: Smells fresh and clean, wintery, fairly strong
Disadvantages: A bit chemically and reminds me of cleaning products, apple doesn't come through as much as the pine
Yankee Candles are something which I have got into over the last year mainly due to reading all the reviews about them on here! I like to keep my home nicely fragranced but in the past I had found that so many scented candles were either so weak that you might as well not bother or they smelled really chemically. What I like about Yankee Candles is that they do give out a nice strong scent which spreads through the room and they generally don't have that chemical smell. There are so many scents to choose from in this brand and I enjoy trying out different ones.
The scent that I am reviewing today, apple and pine needles, was brought out as a seasonal Christmas scent for 2012. I saw it reduced in Clintons Cards after Christmas and that's why it caught my eye.
Yankee Candles come in various formats ranging from small round fluted wax "tarts" which need to be burned over a tea light and do not have a wick, to small sampler votive candles, and various sized glass jars going up to absolutely massive ones. I normally favour the wax tart as they are cheap (usually about £1 to £1.20) and give out a lot of scent. I have found that sampler sized votive candles can be a bit weaker, but that is the format I got this apple and pine needle in as it was all they had. I paid 90p for this instead of the usual £1.80 so that seemed a good deal.
The candle is a deep forest green colour which I really like and is wrapped in plastic wrapping featuring a little picture that shows the scent. It does look quite festive as I suppose pine needles make a lot of people think of Christmas trees but I am still burning it now that Christmas is over and I think it's a good all round winter scent. Just from sniffing the solid wax I liked the scent as it seemed very fresh and outdoorsy so I was keen to try it.
Now that I have burned it for quite a few hours over a few days I do still like it but I have to say I am not quite as keen as I thought I would be. At first the scent seemed very strong, which I was impressed with from a sampler candle, but it then actually seemed a little overbearing and too much, and I normally like a strong scent! I think the pine element of it does give the scent a real freshness but it has a slight chemical tang to it and then I realised what it slightly reminds me of is cleaning products, like toilet cleaner or something! This is only a slight thing that I noticed and it does not smell like bleach or anything but once I noticed I did find it a little off putting. The apple element of it seems softer and not quite as pronounced or noticeable to me.
After burning it a few times I feel that the strength has subdued a bit. Maybe I am now just more used to the candle or maybe it does get weaker as you go down, I am not too sure. I am no longer finding it so over powering and I now find it just quite a nice mellow and clean scent.
The candle has burned down evenly. If you want to avoid it tunnelling down the middle you have to make sure you burn it until the whole top surface has melted, and I always do this, so it has not been a problem. It fits easily in my favourite little candle holder and should be fine in most small candle holders.
For half price this one was definitely worth a try but I cannot claim it has really been a favourite of mine. It's nice enough but I probably wouldn't buy it again unless it was on a really good offer again as I would rather try something new.
Summary: A nice enough fresh scent for winter but not my favourite