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One of the real downsides of writing reviews on this site is that it often persuades me to buy new products! One of the main influences has been Yankee Candles - I read so many positive reviews on here, and the products sounded so nice, that I had to give them a try.
A bit of Yankee background
The Yankee Candle brand was born in the US in 1969 when the company's founder, Michael Kittredge, then 16, realised he didn't have a Christmas present for his mother. He melted some crayons and made her a candle ... and Yankee was born! And from here the company grew and grew.
What makes the candles special is that they have all different scents, from fruity to floral and everything in-between. They are available from retailers including Clinton Cards, and are very easy to get hold of online too. Prices vary depending on the size and format of the candle you buy, and I have given details of the prices at the end of this review.
Sampling some samplers
When I first decided to try out Yankee candles I got some wax tarts and some samplers. I tried a few samplers first and was generally disappointed with them - I found them to smell quite weak. Then I started using the tarts and I discovered what all the fuss was about. The tarts are fantastic in terms of scent, and since then I have only bought tarts. But I recently discovered I had one sampler left - the lovely sounding Cherry Lemonade. I bought this because I loved the sound of it - I thought the combination sounded really interesting.
This sampler costs around £1.80. Samplers are small, cylindrical candles that you have to burn in a glass candle holder - you can buy ones designed for these samplers but I have some glass holders that are for tealights, but also work perfectly for these. They are designed to burn for around 15 hours.
A fruity combo
This is a lovely pink colour and comes shrink-wrapped. Through the wrapper it has a lovely fruity fragrance - I can definitely detect the lemon in here but there is certainly a hint of cherry to it too. And instead of being an overly sweet and sickly fragrance, it is actually really fresh and the lemon means it is quite zingy too. I really loved the smell of this and I was keen to light it up!
But this is where my love for this sampler ends. Sadly it is just like the other samplers I have tried in that the smell is really weak. Even if I leave this lit for hours I can barely detect any scent from this - unlike the wax tarts which seem to fill my room with a lovely scent within an hour. I have to go right up to this candle to get any scent from it at all, and when I do it is a pleasant fragrance. It is very fresh and lemony - I sometimes find that lemon scents can remind me a bit of cleaning products, but the cherry prevents that happening here. It is a lovely combination but although I would say that the faint smell that I can detect is very pleasant, it is just too weak.
In summary ...
I am really disappointed with this sampler as it smells so lovely in the wrapper and it promises so much! But once it's lit it is completely underwhelming. However, as I like the fragrance of the candle itself, I may well give the tart a go in the near future, and hope for better results.
Yankee candles are available in all shapes and sizes, and here is a guide to how much they may set you back...
Tea lights - £6 for a pack of 12 (each burns for 4-6 hours)
Wrapped samplers - £1.50 each (burns for around 15 hours in a proper sampler jar)
Wax tarts - £1-1.20 each (these are wickless candles that burn in an oil or tart burner (with a tea light underneath) for around 8 hours)
Small jar candles - £7.75 (105g - burn for 25-40 hours)
Medium jar candles - £16 (411g - burn for around 65-90 hours)
Large jar candles - £18.45 (625g burn for 110-160 hours)