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Apple Pie More Like!
Yankee Candle Apple Cider
Member Name: Nar2
Yankee Candle Apple Cider
Advantages: Freshens, smells natural.
Disadvantages: Ultra smooth, not very strong, takes an age to spread out scent, spray is better!
Along with a recent purchase of Yankee Candle "Candied Apple," and to quell my disappointment of not being able to buy my favourite find so far in the Yankee Candle scented candle family, known as "Pomegranate Cider," I opted for another Cider sideline in the form of "Apple Cider," a candle that is similarly red in colour to most of Yankee Candle's triple/quadruple contained fragranced candles that have appeared on shelves/online in the last year or so. At the time of purchase, I was taken in by the golden hues of cinnamon that came off this candle scent when sniffing the back of the wax tart; an additive that I absolutely adore, if not able to consume cinnamon tainted foods whenever possible, but also having the scent around the home, which gives a wonderfully woody smell as well as being sweet. Cinnamon for me also gives a very clean and clinical smell without being too neutral. The fact that this candle contained apple fragrance not just by the promise of the title alone, made the purchase a lot smoother against all the other kinds of apple scented candles on display. There are six to seven other kinds of apple candles you can buy from Yankee Candle and already this year I've tried five of them so far.
Like the last purchase I wanted to see what formats work best from Yankee Candle, and having had a huge experience of this company (and at one time eight years ago found myself selling them in a gift shop alongside other candle companies including similarly American brand, Colonial) I tend to stick to wax tarts or glass jars - because by and large they seem to offer the best spread of scent that is longer lasting - and have two price scales - cheap and expensive according to burning time and quantity. Whereas the tarts have a general burning time of around 8 hours by statistic, I've often found that Yankee Candle wax tarts can extend their fragrance time by double depending on the amount of time I burn a tart in one sitting regardless of the amount of tealight candles I go through to support the wax tart's change into hot oil with the additional use of a potpourri burner. These kinds of accessories are also available to purchase by Yankee Candle and on their own offer a limited edition purchase that you can resell later online at places like EBay. Outwith that you have the opposite ends of purchasing scales in the form of the glass jars in small, medium and large versions with prices starting at £5-99 on average, £13-99 and £17-99 respectively for the bigger sizes. Although the lidded tumbler jars can appear expensive, your home gets a bigger blast of longer lasting scent and you don't need any other accessory to get the candle going. Yankee Candle however aren't as expensive as other brands I've bought in the past - that prize goes to Molton Brown where most of their candelas are way overpriced and offer very little scent value.
"Apple Cider" is a bit of a misnomer in terms of what this candle smells like. In wax tart form, it only takes around an hour for the oil to fully invigorate me, giving me shades of Christmas time with the cinnamon waves that come across rather instantly against the promise of Halloween inspired alcoholic based apple. The middle tone is one of surprise - nutmeg - and tons of it - that gives this candle a most distinctive herby and often dry edge that I wasn't expecting. Put simply the candle smells more of a pie without the yeast added and it wouldn't be the first time Yankee Candle have renamed a candle (they used to have American Apple Pie for a few years for example, replaced by shortened tittles or something similar along the pie like names) that has pulled the wool over my nose! The base tone however smells nothing like cider - or anything close to home prepared cider - but plenty of cloves. For a moment you'd think "Mulled Wine," but Yankee Candle already have that one licked with their likewise named seasonal candle that has been out since 2005.
Now in terms of staying power and strength, the findings have been very surprising! Initially when I bought "Candied Apple," I purchased it in glass jar AND wax tart form, but with "Apple Cider," I bought a couple of the wax tarts and later in the month bought the medium jar intended as a birthday gift. Of course when the receiver of the candle told me they were allergic to the smell of herby nutmeg and cinnamon, the candle never got to the person concerned and has become another glass candle jar suitable for use in the home. However, it has not been a bed of roses with the medium jar format and I have found through daily and weekly use that the wax tarts give a lot more strength than the medium glass jar candle - it is usually the other way around!
What "Apple Cider" is good at, and when it burns properly despite the confusing array of scents on offer, is being able to offer a home an extremely subtle wave of scent that constantly builds up, rather than puts out all natural additives immediately. In medium glass jar form, the fragrance is too ultra smooth, taking around four to five hours until the scent fully congeals together and what comes out is something you'll find pungent enough if sat next to rather than rely on strong legs to run around the whole of your home. This sounds like a good aspect for some Yankee Candle fans until I realized that all I could smell was the relentless smell of nutmeg with the tinniest hint of apple and more cinnamon. Pity that the wax tarts don't change the additives in terms of content, even if the smell of apple is stronger - it still seems to be taken over by the herbs. Don't get me wrong - I adore cinnamon, but certainly not to the point that the scent that comes out of this candle is cold, dry and spicy - with little promise of apple. I firmly believe here that the herbs alone drown the combination of apples and the promise of sweetness out.
As with most Yankee Candle products, it does go without saying that any candle product must be used with caution. Here's the info you skip if you're already a Yankee Candle fan! If the small, medium or large glass jars are purchased, the bases are heat insulated but the rest of the glass is not. The jars are however dishwasher safe and have airtight seals on them making them the most practical of storage jars afterwards. The wicks are no longer paraffin coated so there are no choking after tones and the wicks must be trimmed to avoid bunching up and not being able to burn uniformly. The glass jars must also be allowed to sit on a flat level surface - otherwise the wick won't burn properly and the wax gets wasted. If the wax tarts are used, a potpourri oil burner must be used at all times and one with a deep concave to accommodate all of the wax tart in one go. If the concave is shallow, one half of the tart must be used to avoid hot oil from spilling over. Supported by a tealight candle, wax tarts can double their known 8 hour burning time dependent on the strength outwith the number of tealight candles you go through and where Apple Cider is concerned, I find one wax tart can last up to a week and a half before it shortens out. The potpourri oil burner will remain constantly hot until the tealight candle is extinguished and when left to cool down, the hard wax tart can be removed simply by placing the entire burner into a freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes. Turn the burner over once removing it and the wax tart should fall out, without the need to use knives, which can scar or scrape the potpourri oil burner.
Other versions are of course available but a downside is that not all formats are available like their excellent "Travel-On-The-Go," odour pens or scented reeds. Prices are given on average:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 each.)
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)
Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99)
Sadly in wax form, Apple Cider isn't half as strong as the wax tarts even if you get a longer burning time by jar format. What is actually worse is that the scent can't manage to eradicate bad odours because of its smoothness and inability to freshen a whole home - compared to a lot better scents made by Yankee Candle. Where the scent fairs better is in the room sprays - the pressurized air sprays mimic the kind of Impulse deodorant cans to the eye, but have a wonderfully brushed gold covering and matching gold pull of top which justifies the price. I've purchased the spray format along with the "Candied Apple," spray and both are very strong and long lasting for general room fragrance and give out a far fresher appeal with better staying power. The spray format for example has a lovely thick and fresh Mackintosh layer of sweet apple matched by the nutmeg and cinnamon - something I'm sure the candle wax is supposed to emulate - but ultimately fails at. Five stars for the spray, three for the wax candle formats - what a pity, Yankee Candle! Thanks for reading. İNar2 2011
Summary: Short of including yeast, the candle smells okay but hardly any apple here.