Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Whisper It Quietly...Yankee Has Let Us Down
Yankee Candle Apple and Pine Needle
Member Name: missrarr
Yankee Candle Apple and Pine Needle
Advantages: Pretty green colour...alright I'm grasping at straws here. Straw...now that would have been nicer.
Disadvantages: Pretty much everything
My Lords, Ladies, good people of the Dooyooniverse, it is with heavy heart that I bear ill news. Brace thyselves, noble souls, for your faith is about to be thrown into question; with great sadness I must report news that the great power, the benevolent being that has brought us so much collective pleasure and comfort, hath forsaken us.
In other words, Yankee Candle have stuffed up.
Let me explain...
***WHAT NONSENSE IS THIS YOU SPEAK?***
Bear with me people. I know I appear before you seeming to be committing high treason, but hear me out.
Over Christmas I ordered a batch of ten Yankee wax tarts from a seller on eBay. Collectively these little fluted chunks of delight arrived at my door for the princely sum of £9.95, postage included. During the buying process I was invited to select my own combination of scents from those listed as available, and all the ones I requested arrived. This was one aspect of my "spoil box" for Mum, a collective of pampering gifts to remind her to take some "me time", and included a few she had enjoyed when I bought her first tarts for her birthday, plus some that I had liked the scent of when using them myself or considering them in a shop.
So, pleased with myself, I placed another order for myself and Mr Rarr to use over the Christmas period and a few that we thought would be suitably comforting during any potential cold snap...with our cars snowed in on our road at present that was largely a wise investment! Again I combined scents I knew I liked (Warm Spice) in multiple but this time I got adventurous...and suddenly, everything I thought I knew about the world was shaken to its core.
***WHAT WENT WRONG?***
Yankee Apple & Pine Needle, that's what.
In principle this scent sounded great - apple made me think naturally of a fresh, slightly zesty but gentle fruit scent, whilst pine, reminiscent of so many floor cleaners when used irresponsibly but fundamentally a settling, calming mood enhancer when found naturally when walking through a forest, surely couldn't be misused in the wise hands of Yankee? So in to the mix it went, even though it was a new one on both Mr Rarr and I.
So as my package arrived I happily tore into the envelope and we started enjoying some of these little wax tarts, some old friends and a couple of new acquaintances. Shortly after Christmas on a long, dark winter evening we decided to give Rarr Towers a new scent, and needing to relax after a long drive and a few hard day's travelling and working, I found myself falling asleep on the sofa as Mr Rarr set about making dinner and generally making our nest somewhere I could relax.
Before I continue, a few words about my first impressions of this product. In amongst the other tarts was a dark green offering, with the small label displaying pine needles and a shiny, juicy red apple that would have seduced Snow White into another one of her daft apple-related life choices any day. Frosty-looking pine cones were also on the label and the whole thing screamed winter comfort.
Through the cellophane was a slightly unusual scent but not one that I found unpleasant. That said, it didn't make me leap to my feat in a fit of inspiration, scrabbling desperately for a tea light to salve the sudden desperate longing for my home to boast this sensory delight, either. It was, if I'm honest, neither reminiscent of apple nor pine, and was just "alright". If pushed, had I scented this one in my usual physical, rather than online, outlet, I probably would have been seduced instead by something else. Anyway, back to the user experience...
So, where was I. Ah yes, falling asleep in a display of how middle aged I am becoming. Next thing I knew I was stirring from a nap to the sound of Mr Rarr chopping veg and the sizzling of garlic in a pan, great scents emerging from the kitchen and yet another strange scent that I couldn't quite place. I wondered for a second if my beloved had dropped something and subsequently cleaned the evidence, as I realised that this other scent was causing a strange 'catching' feel on the back of my throat, not quite enough to induce a coughing fit but undeniably there was something on the air that was, if not irritating, then at least nudging at my senses that my body wasn't entirely happy about. Not astringent as strong cleaners but as if the remnants of one were lingering on the air, causing a slightly unpleasant sensation as I breathed it in.
It was then that I realised that Mr Rarr had opted for the Apple & Pine Needle tart. And I'm not saying he is in any way at fault - this tart is just absolutely bloomin' terrible. The poor man was not to know! And as he emerged from the kitchen and sat with me in the living room where the oils were melting merrily away, he too got a quizzical look on his face and our mutual dislike of this product became clear.
Now I had just been asleep for a quarter of an hour so this clearly melted and started to give out its strong, but unplaceable, scent pretty quick, so full marks for that. However, as the scent is nothing short of unpleasant, that was not a good thing in this instance!
I could find neither apple not pine in this - just this weird oppressive heavy scent that I could almost feel as I breathed it in. Needless to say, this was one of the rare occasions when the tealight was extinguished before it burnt out of its own accord, and this heavy scent remained on the air.
Now I don't know if it was just over-enthusiasm on the tart's front (insert your own joke here, I'm not in the mood) but this slightly astringent quality seemed to fade over time, as we gave the tart the benefit of the doubt and tried it again the following day. It seemed to have settled slightly, and there was no repeat of the weird feeling in the back of my throat - maybe alternatively I had adjusted to it. This scent grew more on Mr Rarr than myself, so we did get some more use out of the tart but I couldn't stand it in strong doses so I doubt if we will ever find out if the burning time exceeded the normal eight hours that is advertised - I soon persuaded my beloved to swap it for something familiar. During the time that we used this tart again both Mr Rarr and I never once caught a teasing whiff of apple or pine needle, and couldn't place the scent at all. Overall, I found it both nondescript in the sense that normally an evocative Yankee tart will give you beautiful scents that instantly are reminiscent of their sources and inspirations, whereas this just smelt of whatever the heck it was and nobody has any idea what that is. It was strong, bold and unusual and whilst Mr Rarr grew to find it more pleasant than he did initially, I certainly never did, possibly a reaction enhanced by my memory of the weird and unpleasant sensation it caused on the back of my throat when it first started to melt.
***I DON'T BELIEVE YOUR TREASONOUS WORDS, WHERE CAN I GET ONE TO TRY FOR MYSELF?***
Well, don't say I didn't warn you. These are available in various shapes; mine as stated was a wax tart that you can find in various places both online and in person for the price range of approximately 95p - £1.30. It is also available in other candle sizes in jars - a quick google on the scent led me to yankee.co.uk where you can get a large burner version with brushed metal lid for just shy of £19, though the scent is not listed on the website's drop-down fragrance collection menu so I suspect this was not widely received with open arms and angel choirs and could well be on its way out. So if you did try this and you are in to self-abuse, I'd get in there quick.
Well unsurprisingly this is getting one star from me - and if I ruled the Dooyooniverse it would be getting considerably less. As Mr Rarr grew fonder of it over time it may have some appeal but, though my initial experience may be because of my own oversensitivity to something in this product, I can't shake the memory and will not be repurchasing this one. Certainly not one for enclosed areas and not even particularly festive, this is the one time I feel really let down by a Yankee product. May we find comfort in the hope that there are not more traps out there ready to shake our faith in this otherwise great institution!
I'm sorry if I have shattered the faith of dozens here, and hope that you can find the kindness to forgive me. Thanks for reading.
Summary: I hope I never smell this scent again!