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The Yankee Candle idea began in 1969 when a young Mike Kittredge melted down some crayons to make his mother a Christmas Candle. The Candle was so impressive a neighbour asked to buy the candle, so Mike Kittredge agreed and made another. From then on the Yankee Candle has become synonymous in the fragrance candle market and now has over 150 fragrances to its name.
The Yankee Candle range can be quite expensive when you first look at them. They have 4 main candle types:-
(They also create car fresheners and aromatherapy scents).
The most well know range is the Jars, which come in several sizes and styles:-
Large, Medium and Small Jars
Large, Medium and Regular Tumblers
Presentation, Packaging and Price
I purchased my Christmas Eve candle last Christmas. The large jar was £15.99 from Ebay at the time but for up to 150 hours of burning time I feel this is good value! I literally burned this candle for what seemed like the whole festive period on and off and it lasted so well and made our home smell so festive and welcoming that I cannot wait to use it again!
The Christmas Eve fragrance is a blend of sugared plum, candied fruits and a warm hearth and does seem very Christmassy. The Large Jars are huge!!!. They are in an enormous glass jar which holds 22oz of candle. On the front there is an father Christmas. The Glass Jar is very classy and can be used again if so wished. It is a strong glass and the design is simple but gorgeous. The large jars are very luxurious and the wax is a deep red in colour so they are a real festive treat for the eyes and ears!
When you light the candle the fragrance soon fills your whole room and is warming and inviting. Unlike other brands of candle this fragrance doesn’t fade into the background but remains strong, but not overpowering to the last drop!
The large jars have a burning time of 110 to 150 hours so for the price tag are well worth the money.
I've really got the Yankee bug now - after falling in love with my first tart (not you Mrs Dablue) I've since bought and been given quite a collection. My wife gave me one small Christmas present to open on Christmas Eve and rather aptly it was the Yankee Christmas Eve tart. So, with a hot tart melting in the burner on the fireplace, we enjoyed the smell whilst doing some last minute present wrapping and forcing ourselves to gnaw the ends of carrots to trick our children into thinking that the big man and his reindeer had been.
The tart is the usual size and scallop / petal shape of a Yankee tart, with its customary "hard to open without crumbling the tart inside" wrapper. Top tip - we use a nail file to get through the wrapper and then subsequently to break bits of the tart off with if we are using our non-Yankee burner, which doesn't have a large enough well to hold a full tart so we can't just pop a full tart in all in one go. The image on the front of the wrapper is of Father Christmas flying his sleigh behind a couple of reindeers. The tart is a very Christmassy bright red which looks like a molten ruby when melted and pooled in the well of the burner.
The best thing for me about this tart is the match between its name and the scent - if you could bottle the smell of an idealistic Christmas Eve with spicy mulled wine simmering in the kitchen, fruity mince pies baking in the oven and sweet treats on platters in the front room for guests then this would be it. The only smell missing for me is whatever perfume Nigella Lawson is wearing as she asks me for a kiss under the mistletoe - wake up, and I'm back in the room. It's such a sweet smell that is light and seems to move around the room well without being held back by the Christmas staples of cinnamon and cloves which can be thick, heavy smells on their own. It also reminds me of dolly mixtures, but the sort you would expect to find in a bowl of the receptionists desk at Willy Wonka's Factory. A bit of a strecth of the imagination I know, but for this tart think christmas cooking smells versus Willy Wonka. This mixture gives our living room a strong sense of Christmas do-it-yourself-ness, although the reality is that none of us like mulled wine and we don't often make our own mince pies as it's cheaper to buy ready made ones!
The offical Yankee description for the tart's scent is "Traditional holiday scents of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candied fruits" (from their UK website). Have a sniff and you'll agree, it's definitely fruity although I'm not sure about the warm hearth but that's a matter of personal opinion.
As I've noticed with other Yankee tarts, the manufacturer's claim that a 22g tart will last for 8 hours is over cautious - we still noticed the scent when being melted upto nearly 20 hours of melting time. I wonder if this is because we don't always use the tarts in our correctly sized Yankee burner, so instead break bits off at a time into a smaller burner?
This particular tart cost my wife £1.25 plus 99p postage and packaging from the Yankee store on the Amazon website. At the time of writing, the UK Yankee site is selling them for 90p each or 10 for the price of 8 if you buy in bulk. If any fellow Dooyooers know of the cheapest place to get all things Yankee from then I'd love to hear from you. I think I'm going to buy some more of this scent of tart to burn in July during our one week of annual good weather, just to get a big fat hit of that Christmassy feeling!
I can see that this new Yankee addiction of mine is going to hammer those Amazon vouchers that I earn on here! I can't give this tart any less than the full five stars - for cost versus scent versus burning time it's top notch. Thanks for reading.
==Christmas Eve Yankee Candle==
Well if you regularly read my reviews you will be aware that I live in Cyprus, that is all good until it gets to Christmas, there just isn't the Christmas mood that you get in the UK. I think this is mainly down to the weather, apart from today (bit drizzly) the weather up to now has been around 25 degrees and it has been brilliant sunshine. Somehow, when driving down the highway the sun blinding my eyes and listening to "snow is falling, all around us.." doesn't have the same effect. I am a big Christmas fan and will be returning to the UK for Christmas to visit friends and family but I am struggling to get in the festive mood. I was in need of a new Yankee candle as my previous one had burnt down so when I was browsing on play.com I decided to give the Christmas Eve large jar a try.
When the jar arrived I was pleasantly surprised that even through the packaging I could smell the lovely fragrance of the candle. This got stronger when I lit the candle and my house was filled with a delightful smell of trees, mulled wine, oranges and cinnamon all from one beautiful red candle. The fragrance is long lasting and definitely fills my home with a beautiful scent. I am definitely more in the Christmas mood now. I have the candle lit for a long period of time and it still is more or less full of wax. I have read in previous reviews that the candle is hard to light and that the fragrance does not last. I think the product may have been changed for the better as I have definitely not witnessed these problems.
I am a big fan of Yankee candles, this specific product cost £14.99 with free delivery from play.com, this may sound expensive for a candle, however, I can confirm that it is money well spent especially if you are a frequent candle user as I find that I can buy high-street/supermarket candles for a fraction of the price but they do not give the same strength of scent and neither do they last as long as these candles. Therefore, you may have to purchase 10 candles at £2.00 each to last as long as a Yankee large jar for £14.99. This highlighting that even though the initial price looks more expensive it actually works out cheaper.
I would recommend this scent to anyone wanting to get in the Christmassy mood. For all you scrooges I'm afraid this isn't a product for you!
I recently bought a Christmas Eve tart from Yankee as the weather has been crisp and cold and I just fancied a change from my usual fresh fragrances. Unfortunately I was left feeling a little disappointed with this particular fragrance as it just wasn't how I imagined it would smell.
I was expecting something really spicy and warming but in reality it was a little weak and insipid. Instead of being spicy and warming it is fruity and a bit sweet and to me it smells a lot like the potpourri in my nans house which is not what I want when buying a fragrance.
When I burnt the tart I was looking forward to having the house smell Christmassy and I was left disappointed though even if this had been more Christmassy it still would have had trouble scenting the whole living room as it is one of the weaker Yankee tarts.
It does project but the scent is really subtle that even though I can smell it it seems to just fade in to the background and doesn't have much depth or substance to it. It did seem to linger quite a long time in the background even when the tart had finished but as I said it was so non-descript that it could have easily been mistaken for some (admittedly nice) furniture polish.
The tarts cost me £1.45 and instead of getting it in a sample pack from eBay this is one that I specifically went out to purchase. I'm not sure I would recommend it as although there is nothing offensive about this particular tart there are loads of other Yankee Christmas fragrances which are much nicer and longer lasting.
This would be fine as a summer fragrance but for me personally it just doesn't evoke the feel of Christmas or even of cold crisp weather and is more suited to being burnt on summer evenings than snowy days.
For less than £1.50 it might be worth buying a tart to see if you like it before parting with your money for the more expensive candles but me personally I shan't be purchasing it again and will instead use some of the other Yankee Christmas fragrances to put me in the Christmas spirit.
I usually buy yankee candles in the form of wax tarts which I think offer decent value and a good way of trying out a fragrance. However, before Christmas I decided to purchase one of the small yankee jars in a Christmas scent to burn over the festive period and the one I chose was the Christmas Eve fragrance.
The candle comes in a small glass jar which has a chunky glass stopped lid with the yankee candle name on it. The jar is 104g which I think is just a nice small size to sit somewhere quite discretely in your house and not be too noticeable. On the front of this candle there is a label which features the product and scent name as well as a picture of Father Christmas being pulled on his sleigh by reindeer. The actual candle is a very festive red colour and I have to say I was looking forward to using this candle in the run up to Christmas.
Before I light a candle I always have a smell of the wax and so this was also the case with this one and I have to say that whilst it was quite clear this would be a relatively fruity, warm scent I was disappointed by the facet that it didn't smell very strong at all. I did wonder if the scent would become more apparent when the candle was lit and the wax had had some time to melt but again I was left feeling quite disappointed. The candle promises scents of sugared plums and candied fruits and whilst it is a little fruity the scent as a whole was just really underwhelming and did not fill my room at all. The scent was really subtle and to be honest almost non existent and I was hoping for a stronger scent which would fill the room. I do wonder if I just got a "dud" candle because I have never been so disappointed with a yankee product in terms of the scent it releases to the room not really being there until this one.
The candle should give between 25 and 40 hours burning time. Mine has been burned for around fifteen hours and is half way down the jar so I would imagine this is quite an accurate guideline. One thing I have liked about burning this candle is how evenly it burns because you don't end up with lots of wasted wax around the sides of the glass jar so you do at least get your moneys worth in terms of burning time.
The small jar cost me £7.00 from Yankee Doodle before Christmas and I cannot really recommend it at all at that price simply because the fragrance was so weak I may as well have been burning a cheaper non fragranced candle.
Thank you for reading my review!
I have recently just got into candles. My sister is a huge fan of Yankee Candles so seeing and smelling what she uses has led me to also become a fan of Yankee Candles.
The candle is a gorgeous red colour. And the smell of the candle is delicious. Knowing the candle is called Christmas Eve at first I was expecting some sort of mulled wine/spiced fragrance. The fragrance is actually pretty sweet but not overpowering. More like a candy cane. It's a candle you can use not just at Christmas as you wouldn't associate the fragrance with Christmas. It is just a really nice fragrance.
The candle will last you for a while. My medium jar has lasted so far for around 16 hours burn time, but I'd say I'm not even half of the way through this yet.
As this is a Christmas product it's unlikely you'll be able to get this in the shops, until next Christmas. I would suggest that you try the summer fruits candle as this is a similar fragrance.
If you haven't tried a Yankee Candle yet, I would definitely give it a go now! They have a huge range for you to choose from.
Having recently had a powercut my Yankee Candle collection took a hit. Unfortunately I was unable to find any regular candles and the only ones I could find were my samplers which were from my ever so large Christmas stock. I wasn't at all overly impressed that my collection was used in such a drastic way but it did give me a few nice peaceful hours of having my lounge smelling perfumed!
I didn't choose a particular candle to light I simply got the first one my hand got to, although I am normally I little more careful when choosing a candle but on this occasion in the dark I had no choice! Once lit I was able to read the wrapper and the candle which came to my rescue was 'Christmas Eve'. I bought this sampler like all my others one Yankee Doodle and paid under £1 for it which I thought was great value especially when they normally retail at over £1.50 each. Christmas Eve was added quickly to my online shopping basket with the hope it would become a firm favourite of mine!
Christmas Eve is a gorgeous deep red coloured candle, you can't mistake it really on the label apart from the product name there is a lovely picture of Father Christmas on a sleigh on a contrasting blue background. When you take the packaging off the sampler you will notice that it leaves a slight oily red residue on the wrapper but this is simply down to the colouring in the wax. Christmas Eve was a particular choice of mine because the description on the website really attracted me "Traditional holiday scents of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candied fruits." The thought of the sweetness of the plums and candied fruits really appealed, my only concern was whether it would be too sweet.
Christmas Eve took about an hour to melt properly and to get warmed up which for me was fine as I was far more concerned about how long it would be until I had electricity again! But after that hour had passed it really did start to let its aroma fill my lounge which was certainly very pleasant. Although not overwhelming and in your face it is subtle enough to be in the background yet fragranced enough so you know it is there. My lounge is quite large and it can take a candle quite a while for the fragrance to fill the entire room (if at all) but Christmas Eve managed easily after a while and when out the room and walking back in you were met with a sweet but spicy aroma which was very festive even in January!
Despite being labelled 'Christmas Eve' I think you could probably get away with it all year round. Yes it is red and has quite a festive scent but not so festive that it only needs to be used in the festive period. Its aroma is sweet but not sickly and has that spicy kick from the hearth that it needs to give the fragrance a bit more depth as it probably would be very boring without it! Once lit the candle certainly glows nicely and definitely lasts a long time, even my sampler has managed a few nights since the powercut and everytime it has produced a lovely scent which lasts and lingers even after the candle has been blown out.
Overall, a really nice, warming candle from Yankee. It is everything I'd want in a candle especially in the festive season when I want a candle to have a festive aroma which makes my house feel inviting and all Christmassy. Yet, despite being used in January this is also a candle that if it had been labelled as something non Christmas like could easily be used all year round! It burns well and lets off a subtle but noticeable aroma which is what I want in purchasing a scented candle especially from a brand who don't sell particularly cheap candles! I would definitely recommend Christmas Eve - its definitely not just for Christmas!
~ Useful Info ~
Brand: Yankee Candle
Burning time: 5-15 hours
Price: from £0.80p upwards
When it comes to the Yankee Candle range it really is something that I have only just recently got rather into! Mainly because of reading your lots positive reviews on here and me watching late night QVC and then a while back when I spotted a wax tart in a shop I decided to buy one simply to see what all the fuss was about and I soon did and now I love range!
I bought this Christmas Eve Sampler Votive candle actually on Weston Super Mare Pier from within a shop just before Christmas costing me £1.89 along with a Yankee Holder of course with the idea of burning it over the festive period.
As with most Yankee Candle products the packaging is very simple on my small sampler and it is basically a see-through wrapper with Santa on his sleigh on the front of it and we are of course told that it is Yankee Candle, Christmas Eve 'With pure, natural fruit extracts' then on the bottom of that there is a label and we are told that it weighs 49g, some do's and dont's are shown in the way of diagrams and contact details for the manufacturer are given of course and as usual with this brand.
The Candle Itself:
So the candle itself is a lovely red colour with a nice long white wick to the top of it. I always think it is best to put them in a candle holder or on a small plate or something but I find with this brand I don't actually need to really as they arnt very drippy anyway.
Now these come in a variety of different sizes and ideas. You can get tarts in this fragrance, scented sachets and of course candles in an array of different sizes and like I have stated I had and still have a sampler which is meant to burn around the 15 hour mark, mine I have burnt 13 hours (ish) and its almost done which I still think is brilliant value for money.
The fragrance of this is a Christmassy one with a kind of candy fruit tone to it which is really rather sweet. Yep reminds me of candy really! I can detect a plum smell with a hint of some sort of light spice to it and all I can say is this is a very warm and juicy fragrance indeed and it gives off a light fragrance and not an in your face one!
This candle burns evenly, lets off a lovely, gentle aroma which lingers ages after you've put it out and really is very refreshing. I loved this particular fragrance but then I do appreciate a sweet fragrance so it suits me really very well indeed.
I would buy this again, its not my favourite fragrance but it is pleasant!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I received a Yankee 'Christmas Eve' votive sampler candle a couple of months back as a gift and decided to keep it for Christmas. Meanwhile, I was shopping for some wax tarts and noticed the Christmas Eve scent was reduced as part of a 'fragrance of the month' promotion and decided to buy one. I lit both the votive sampler and wax tart in different parts of my house on Christmas Eve.
Yankee have a large range of festive fragranced candles available at this time of year and my favourites are the ones which smell fruity and spicy, as quite a few have a strong pine fragrance which I am not as keen on unless it is a subtle pine fragrance blended with something else.
So the fact that Yankee's Christmas Eve fragrance is described as a traditional holiday scent of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candied fruits, meant that this would no doubt be one of the festive fragrances I would enjoy.
Apart from the appealing fragrance, the bright red wax and festive label depicting Santa on his sleigh is very attractive too. The red wax conjures up images of warmth and also cosy nights in front of the fire, perfect to use over the winter evenings and festive period.
I have found that generally the wax tarts seem to release more fragrance than a votive candle. Indeed I find that it is the stronger scents which work better in votive form and although the votives are slightly more expensive than the wax tarts and offer a longer burning time, it is often the wax tart which offers better value for money in my opinion and this was certainly the case here with the Christmas Eve fragrance.
Using the wax tart, I noticed the fragrance appearing around 3 minutes after placing it in my burner and lighting a tealight underneath. Yankee state you can expect up to around 8 hours of fragrance from a wax tart and I find this does vary from fragrance to fragrance, with some even surpassing the 8 hours, although there are some disappointing ones too.
I am pleased to say I achieved around 8 hours of fragrance from my wax tart and the scent filled the room with its fruity and spicy notes. The scent hung in the air for quite some time after the tealight had burned or was extinguished too.
The votive, I wasn't as impressed with. Although I could detect the scent, it was not as strong as that which was coming from my burner where the wax tart was melting. Yankee state you can experience around 15 hours of burn time from a votive candle and whilst this was an accurate statement in this case, I have to say there was very little fragrance coming from the votive in its latter burning stages.
It looked attractive enough burning as a candle, but if fragrance is what you are wanting, you may find yourself a little disappointed, as it was consideraby weaker than the wax tart in the same fragrance.
Overall, I really enjoyed this Christmas Eve fragrance, although I would recommend the wax tart format over the votive with this one. Of course you can buy the larger glass jars and tumbler formats which are considerably more expensive, but by buying these sample candles and tarts it is an ideal way to sample the fragrance before spending a lot of money on a glass jar.
I have only had a couple of the glass jar candles and they have been very good, but I still prefer to buy the wax tarts as I have definitely found these release the strongest fragrance when in use.
Christmas Eve wax tarts and votives are available to buy from branches of Clintons, Collectables and other card and gift outlets and are also available to purchase online from Yankee stockists such as www.yankee.co.uk where the votive is currently priced at £1.31 and the wax tart at 90p. Yankee candles are also available from Amazon and Ebay.
Christmas Eve is one of my newish finds, and is fast becoming [yet another] one of my favourite Yankee fragrances; it is sweet, cozy and uses seasonal ingredients. So, unlike other varieties in the Yankee 'Festive Range', this does remind me of Christmas. This will be the fragrance that I'll be using in my house between Christmas eve and the new year, to create a pleasant atmosphere for family and friends.
The overtones to the Christmas Eve fragrance are seasonal sweet citrus candied fruits, as well as a light hint of vanilla/powdered sugar plum notes. Does anyone else remember the sugar coated fruit segment-shaped jellies grandparents always had at Christmas? This vividly reminds me of those sweets and plum jam.
The sweet fruits are toned down using a undertone of lightly smoky woods, which mimics a fire on a heath. Sometimes I would swear that I could pick up a subtle breeze of clove [or maybe cinnamon] too, but the spice notes are so faint its hard to pinpoint them down.
So far I've only used my Christmas Eve fragranced small jar candle and I tried to keep an eye on the total hours of burning time that it gave me, but in the end I lost track of how many hours of how long it lasted. I've used a few different small jar candles by Yankee and I'd estimate that they have all burned for about thirty hours each, and will give off occasional wafts of the perfume whilst the candle is unlit too.
If you want to use the candle for decorating the table for Christmas dinner Yankee sell some really lovely Christmas holders for their votive, tea lights and some really lovely decorative Christmas toppers for the jar candles. Prices start from only £6, so it's a lot more affordable then some of the other Yankee holiday ranges.
The tart versions of Yankee fragrances are wickless wax patties, so you'll need to buy a tart burner to be able to use them and there are some Christmas sets containing tart burners available on Amazon. Ornate Christmas burners go up to £30 each, whilst plain versions cost as little as £5.
Christmas Eve fragrance appears in two of Yankee's 2011 Christmas gift sets;
A set of three small jar candles - around £15
[Christmas Eve, Christmas Wreath and Winter Wonderland*]
* Another seasonal favourite of mine.
Christmas Memories votive set - £20
[contains twelve different fragranced votives]
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Sizes and burn times and RRP
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6 - 8 hour burn time - £1.20
15 - 20 hour burn time - £1.65
25 -40 hour burn time - £7.75
65 - 90 hour burn time - £15.99
110 - 150 hour burn time - £18.99
Tea lights [12 per pack]
4 - 6 hour burn time per candle - £6.99
The price and variety of available sizes may differ slightly from retailer to retailer as this particular fragrance is a Christmas special.
Christmas Eve is another of the Yankee Candle scents I picked up for just 50p in last years Boundary Mill January sale. I was actually going to save this to burn on Christmas Eve, but I decided to use this yesterday instead.
The thing that first attracted me to this candle was actually the label. I absolutely love the label, it is an illustration of Santa on his sleigh and I just thought it looked sweet and magical. I would question why there are only two reindeer though! Having just looked this fragrance up on the Yankee website I was a little disappointed to see that the image has been updated and I personally don't think the new one is quite so nice.
The official description of this scent is 'Traditional holiday scents of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candied fruits.' It does indeed smell very fruity and although it is lovely, I was quite surprised as most of the other Yankee Christmas candles I've used have been either spicy or smelled like pine, so this was a refreshing change.
I bought this product in the form of a wax tart. This is a disc of scented wax which has a fluted edge to make it look like a jam tart. Rather than having a wick, you place the wax tart in a burner (which can be purchased from Yankee at around £5 upwards) and melt under the flame of a tea light. As well as wax tarts, you can also buy this fragrance in the form of votive candles, housewarmer jars (like sweet jars filled with wax), glass tumblers and tea lights. I have also noticed that they make this scent in a scented sachet which can be used to fragrance drawers. I have used one of these before and didn't find it to be very good - in my experience you are much better putting a wax tart in a drawer before you open it.
The main scent of the candle seems to be plum, but there is a very sweet berry scent in there which I think is either strawberry or raspberry. It reminded me a lot of the Kiwi Fruit Yankee Candle the more I think about it. It wasn't Christmassy at all to me in all honesty, but I have to admit that wasn't a huge problem as I love it anyway. Had I not have bought a lot of other Christmassy scented candles at the same time I would probably have been a bit disappointed.
The intensity of this candle was not great. I could only really smell it in the area of my living room where it had been burning. At the back of the room or in neighbouring rooms, no scent was detectable at all, so this may be best suited to burning in smaller rooms. The wax tarts are designed to give eight hours of fragrance each, but I wouldn't say that was the case here if I'm honest. I'd say after around five or six I couldn't really smell it at all, which was a shame as it is a lovely scent.
I bought this from Boundary Mill. On the high street I would recommend trying Clintons Cards for Yankee Candles or online www.yankeedoodle.co.uk and www.yankee.co.uk have a good range of scents available. The following prices and burn times are approximate and will vary.
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
Tea Lights (pack of 16) - Burn time 4-6 hours each -£5.99
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45
Small tumbler - Burn time 35-40 hours - £9.25
Medium tumbler - Burn time 45-50 hours -£14.49
Large tumbler - Burn time 70-90 hours -£17.99
Overall I'm struggling to decide whether or not to recommend this scent. Yes, it smells nice enough, but I didn't think it was a very festive scent - in fact it was quite summery if you ask me! I think I would probably recommend it, but not if you're looking for something that will fill a large room with scent - this one's exclusively for small rooms!
**This review is for the votive (or sampler) version of Christmas Eve, Dooyoo add only 1 entry per fragrance to their catalogue**
I don't need much encouragement when it comes to buying products from Yankee Candle as the number of reviews I have written on them should demonstrate so when I became aware of a clearance sale on the yankeedoodle website I made sure I took full advantage of the low prices on offer and stocked up on some of the votives that were on sale. For just 60-70p each as opposed to their usual price of £1.60 I couldn't miss the opportunity and although a lot of the products on offer were Christmas themed and named it's the fragrance I go for rather than what something is called and I reasoned that once out of it's wrapper the name of the votive would be unimportant.
Christmas Eve was one of the votives I bought and as shown in my picture there's no denying the fact that this is a seasonal release, however with the weather being cold and rainy not at all how it should be in July I settled down the other night to a film and lit this candle expecting it to be a warming, reassuring scent and got pretty much what I expected from it. Votives from Yankee Candles are usually 2 inches in height, they're a squat, short candle complete with a wick that runs through the centre of the wax and have a burning time of around 15 hours. Essential oils and fragrances are infused into the wax and depending on what you buy you should expect to get anything from 5 hours upwards worth of fragrance from a single candle. I use these and the wax tarts that Yankee produce as a way of an introduction to the scents on offer and as they're cheap and fragrant I use these over air fresheners to keep my home smelling anything from fresh and clean to fruity and aromatic. I'm a huge fan of Yankee Candles as many readers of my reviews will know by now and have sampled dozens of the fragrances on offer and am rarely disappointed with the authenticity of the scents available.
Blood red in appearance, Christmas Eve is obviously a seasonal candle and features a festive illustration on its sticker and once removed from its wrapper I could detect a spicy and subtle fruit aroma emanating from it even in its solid state. Candle in place in my votive holder and wick lit I soon became aware of the fragrances infused into this little candle. There are obvious fruity notes in this sampler and a quick look online revealed that this is a fragrance made up of sugared plum, candied fruit and spices. It's a rich fragrance, quite deep even in votive format and the initial flourish of fragrance is a mixture of the obvious fruit combination of scents. It's quite sweet when first lit but soon develops into a deeper scent when the spices become noticeable and I can completely understand why this was marketed as a Christmas fragrance as it is reminiscent of home baking and smells rather cake-like. I found this to be a very appealing scent and as I usually enjoy the sweeter and fruity fragrances that Yankee have to offer rather than anything too floral or flowery this was one that provided me with plenty of mouth-watering aroma.
This is definitely a scent which would suit a kitchen or dining room environment or even a living room or bedroom, its a warming fragrance, rich in flavour and very deep and for a change I was impressed at just how powerful this was in votive form. The aromas seem to emanate from the votive in subtle waves and the area around my votive holder soon became sweet smelling and very obviously fragranced. Recently I made the discovery that votives are best burnt in small doses, as this is a candle which burns from the centre outwards there are times when the molten wax pools round the wick and this interferes with the flame and stops it from burning as brightly or as strongly. By limiting the burning time to around 20-30 minute bursts and then letting the wax solidify I find that the votive lasts far longer and the fragrances are a lot more noticeable.
For the price I paid for this votive I think I got fantastic value for money especially for the amount of fragrance this produced. Although this was marketed and sold as a Christmas 2010 scent I don't think its that far removed from other 'baking' fragrances that Yankee have produced over the years and for me I would happily burn this one at any time of the year. The label is obviously Christmass-y but when you consider that that is removed before the candle can be lit there's nothing about the fragrance itself that puts me in mind of the festive season so there's no real reason why this shouldn't be burnt at any time.
For those who like the rich baking aromas that Yankee produce they should find plenty to enjoy in Christmas Eve, it manages to combine the sweetness of fruit with deeper spicy notes and put me in mind of a rich fruit cake. Because this is obviously a seasonal named candle availability will be limited at this time of the year but it is widely available online, Yankeedoodle are currently selling off a lot of their votives and glass jarred candles and this will be a fragrance I buy again especially at the reduced price it is available for.
It's a five star scent even in votive format and probably the best sampler I have bought in terms of its longevity and the fragrance it offers. Definitely recommended as far as I'm concerned, thanks for reading my review.
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Yankee Candle is an American company. They specialise in various scented candles and other delightful fragranced products for your home.
The Christmas Eve scent is available in various formats including wax tarts, samplers, jars and tea lights. This review discusses the sampler which is a votive candle. The candle is a bright red colour and comes individually wrapped with a festive label confirming the scent. The votive is said to contain 15hours of scented oil which releases into the air when burned for a few hours at a time.
Christmas Eve is described as being "a magical sugar plum fragrance, luscious, rich and uplifting".
*Availability and Price*
The 49g votive can be purchased online through sites such as www.yankeedoodle.com and Amazon. It is priced at around £1.60. The jars start from £7.50.
Thanks to the regular Yankee Candle reviews from a few trusted members on here, I have become addicted to these lovely little candles. I bulk buy the votives to sample different scents and determine which ones are my favourites. My last order with www.yankeedoodle.com, resulted in me purchased a rather enticing collection of Festive candles. I managed to purchase this one for 60p and have since gone on to purchase the small jar at £5.00. You can tell I adore this scent can't you?
You will know by now that Christmas and the winter season is my favourite time of year. It may be an expensive time but for me, it signifies family, snow and decorating the tree. I like to keep the Christmas spirit alive in my home especially when its cold and dreary outside. I can do this by lighting these seasonal candles. The Christmas Eve one looks very pretty in my votive holder and offers a gentle, comforting glow from its high flame.
*T'was The Night Before Christmas..*
Before unwrapping this votive, I was immediately attracted to the decadent aroma it offered. Once lit, it took a short time for a puddle of wax to gather and for the scent to lift up from the candle. This is an incredibly inviting aroma which filters around my living room and further into my hallway and kitchen if the doors are left open. The aroma produced is highly concentrated and lingers well in the air.
Although the actual evening of Christmas Eve doesn't smell like anything in particular, the candle signifies everything I love about Christmas Eve. Its enchanting fragrance offers a heavy, addictive sweetness which is laced with subtle fruity notions. It is very sugary sweet which may be too much for some but it's perfect for me. Its heart warming, relaxing and all round Festive aroma. A bit like a delicious Festive drink and mince pie melted down and turned into candle wax!
The reason I love this the Christmas Eve scent is down to the way it makes me feel. I can imagine wrapping the rest of the parcels, chilling with a cookie and nice drink. The tree lights would be flickering in the corner, a Christmas movie on the telly and me constantly peeking through the curtains checking for the first snowflake to fall. Ahh I'm going all gooey inside but that's what Christmas means to me so get over it. Its happening soon!
This votive burns evenly down the middle and I have been burning it for a few hours each day since it arrived. The scent is infused for 15hrs and remains consistent.
*Santa Will Be Here Soon...*
Wow, just wow, this sweet smelling candle will be one of my regular Christmas scents as its so appealing. If I have had my living room door closed and go out then back in, this gorgeous aroma welcomes me and draws me in for a closer sniff where an increased sugary burst awaits me.
I can't fault this scent and I am so looking forward to my jar arriving. This is a keeper!
Thanks for reading :)