Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar
Advantages: Fresh, Light and Airy scent.
Disadvantages: Longevity in votive format
*Please note that this review is for the Votive format of this Yankee Candle product. Dooyoo add only one entry per fragrance into their catalogue*
===What is it?===
Another recent purchase of mine taking advantage of a buy one get one free offer on yankeedoodle.co.uk this Balsam and Cedar votive from Yankee candle was one I burnt over the space of a few days this past week. A votive (or sampler) is a short, wicked candle designed to be held in a candle or votive holder and have essential oils and fragrances infused into the wax. They have a burning time of around 15 hours and release an aroma from the molten wax once lit, Yankee have a large variety of products and variations on the candle theme ranging in price from around a pound for a wax tart all the way up to £18.00 for a large, glassed 'Housewarmer' Jar. As mentioned in previous reviews I don't usually buy votives as I prefer the wax tarts but as these were on offer and worked out at just 80 pence each I thought it was too good a price to miss.
===Balsam and Cedar===
As ever with a Yankee votive this comes in the standard 2" tall size and is shrink-wrapped in clear cellophane, the votive itself is dark green in colour and there is an illustrated sticker on the packaging. I'm usually drawn to either earthy, woody aromas or sweet and fruity ones and imagined that this was going to be one of the heavier scents that Yankee produce so it was a surprise for me to discover that when I lit this it ended up giving off a light and fragrant scent and wasn't one I was expecting.
Rather than being a heavy, deep fragrance Balsam and Cedar is quite light and refreshing, it's almost pine-like in its aroma and whilst I tend to associate anything "Pine" with disinfectants or cleaning products this votive from Yankee avoided being too chemically or aritifical. I know Yankee are renowned for the authentic fragrances and I do think with Balsam and Cedar that they live up to their reputation as this is definitely one that does smell true to life. This, to me, reminded me of the smells of a forest on a sunny day, there are notes of wood which are quite deep but these are tempered by a freshness that lifts the overall scent into being one that is light and airy, it's a perfect scent for a kitchen I would have thought and ideal for a hot summers day when you have the windows and doors open and are letting some fresh air into your home. It's not a subtle scent but it isn't one of the strongest I have sampled from Yankee, instead it sits somewhere in the middle and does the job it was designed to do. It's a great fragrance for eliminating any stale smells that may be in your home, this one would be ideal if you have been away for a week or so and you want to freshen up your living environment and overall I thought this was a great success and would definitely be a combination that I buy again in the future.
The only criticism I have with this one is once again down to the votive format itself. Longevity wise this is a poor example of a Yankee product and even though the candle has 15 hours of burn time available it doesn't give off anywhere near that amount of fragrance. Instead after a very disappointing 5 hours or so of being lit over the course of a couple of days the fragrance had all but disappeared and I was left with just a lit candle. Whilst I do like the look of candles and do buy them on occasion for the atmosphere they create I have learnt now that votives are not the best products to buy if you want a long-lasting aromatic product from Yankee. Wax tarts offer the best value for money in terms of how much fragrance is infused into the wax and is the format I would recommend to other people, especially this Balsam and Cedar variety as I do think it would be one that would appeal to plenty of people.
In terms of the fragrance there's nothing to complain about with this one from Yankee Candle and I did enjoy the aroma it gave off. It's a fresh, light scent that has a deep base and is ideal for the warmer months both during the day and on an evening. The votive format is a let-down again and wouldn't be the format I recommend anyone to buy unless they were specifically wanting a candle to light, if its all about the fragrance for you as it is for me then buy this as a wax tart as I do think you'd get far more from it and it would last a lot longer.
As with all of the Yankee products they can be found online at amazon and yankeedoodle.co.uk as well as being available on the high street in some well known stores such as Clinton Cards and specialised candle stockists. Garden centres and large DIY stores also carry a selection of available products and price wise you should expect to pay around £1.60 for a votive from Yankee Candle.
3 stars from me as a rating, the Balsam and Cedar combination is a winner in my opinion but is another disappointment in the votive format and whilst I would recommend this fragrance I wouldn't recommend it as a votive.
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Summary: Another votive to avoid