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Yankee Candle offer a wide range of candle and home fragrance goodies.
Christmas Wreath is a festive scent which is available in many candle formats including jars, votive sampler, tea lights and wax tarts.
For the purpose of my review, I will be discussing the small housewarmer jar which is 104g in weight. This clear glass jar has a wide neck to allow more scent to be released. There is a click on lid to keep the scent fresh. Each jar has an average burning time of 25-40hours. The wax inside the jar is infused with essential oils. The candle should be burned for a few hours at a time and the wick should be kept trimmed.
Christmas Wreath is very festive in appearance - a deep green colour with white "speckles" on the surface. It makes me think of grass with snow on it! A label adorns the jar and offers a wreath image. This particular scent is enriched with natural, plant extracts. The official Yankee description of this scent is..
"Fresh-cut boughs and branches of pine, balsam, and hollyberry"
Despite being a festive release, Christmas Wreath can still be purchased. The following prices are for a small jar.
*www.theyankeeshop.co.uk - £6.71
*eBay UK - £7.99
*Amazon - £7.49
The best way to sample the scent of Christmas Wreath, is to purchase it as part of a gift set. You receive 3 small jars (Christmas Wreath, Winter Wonderland and Christmas Eve). This set is priced at £12.99 from www.yankeescents4u.com.
My love for Yankee candles has led me to purchase scents which I wouldn't have normally tried. Last month, I spotted a gorgeous Yankee set of 3 jars in my local Clintons store. I paid £12ish which i thought was a bargain and even bought another set during a recent sale - my latest set cost just £7.00 and I have put it away for Christmas 2012.
I wouldn't have thought to pick Christmas Wreath as I much prefer the sweet, spicy or fruity scents and I thought this one would be *too* natural smelling! The jar looks very pretty and I have one of those long lighters which extends far in and allows me to light the wick even at the end of its life. I do prefer the Yankee tarts if I am being honest, but the jars are lovely to use (providing they don't end up with smoke marks around the neck).
My first impressions of this scent were actually quite favourable. When I removed the lid and had a sniff, there was a fresh and slightly sweet aroma which I found enticing. Once the wick has been lit, the wax melts around it and forms a pool of wax on the surface of the wax. The wax melts down evenly and the scent remains consistent each time the candle is lit.
Christmas Wreath is a lovely festive scent which is suited to day time burning and perfectly festive. I enjoyed burning this one whilst doing my household chores. It is more of a homely, refreshing scent than one which I would happily burn whilst relaxing in the evening. I burned this one in my hall way and this allowed the scent to gentle filter around one half of my home without overpowering.
There is more to this scent than I would have expected. It offers a refreshing and welcoming ambience for my home. The scent is very "clean" smelling and the pine and balsam combination is fresh and natural smelling - much like a forrest. Thankfully there is no toilet cleaner resemblence with this scent and the aroma offered is very much like freshly cut pine trees - green and slightly woody. This combination of scents alone wouldn't impress me due to personal preferance.
Christmas Wreath becomes more attractive to a wider audience by adding a hollyberry scent. There is a sweet undertone to the pine and balsam which simply takes the edge of the natural scent and adds a sweet and slightly bitter kick to the overall scent. The sweetness compliments the pine scent perfectly to be noticeable but linger beautifully in the background. Simply beautiful.
I was impressed by the quality and overall scent of Christmas Wreath. My jar was burned regularly and I did get between 30 and 40hours of burning scent which I am pleased with. I am so glad I got to experience this candle jar as it has become a true favourite and is a pleasant change to my usual scents.
5 stars as I cannot fault this.
Thanks for reading :)
I originally posted this on ciao Jan 2012 but I have updated to reflect recent prices.
**How I ended up possessing this item**
I wrote a review earlier for a Yankee Candle and stated that the cinnamon was the first and only Yankee Candle I had had, in fact...it is the only one I have ever burnt, but not the only one I have ever owned. A few years back Yankee did a discount bundle, inside were several tarts, one of which was this Christmas Wreath. It was a lucky-dip basically and I didn't get lucky.
If you like the smell of sickly sweet Christmas trees, this is the scent for you. It smells of Douglas Fir/Spruce/Evergreen and is really, really overwhelmingly strong. I cannot bear the smell of Christmas tree, it hits the back of my throat and makes me feel sick. Consequently, the scent of this candle was not one I liked and couldn't wait to get it out of the house as even through the plastic packaging, the smell was pungent.
If I had have burned the tart, it probably would have lasted several painful hours of overwhelming smell. However, I didn't burn it, I gave it away to a friend who loved it, which shows how subjective things like this are. She didn't report any problems with the actual candle, so I assume, the jar version of this (I have the cinnamon one) would last 40-50 hours, so the tart probably 6-8 hours at a guess.
www.yankeedoodle.co.uk has all the fragrances made by Yankee Candles and how you can buy them. This no longer seems to be on the list so perhaps it was an older scent. However, I check and as of today you can still purchase this on eBay.
I gave this product one star as I think Yankee are a brand who can be trusted to produce quality goods. However, on this occasion, the scent was just not for me.
The latest Christmas Yankee Candle I have used is the Christmas Wreath fragrance. I bought this in with a bundle of other fragrances online during the summer, but I saved it to use nearer to Christmas. Although the big day is still a good few weeks away just yet, I used this candle a couple of nights ago.
Christmas Wreath is actually quite a difficult fragrance to get hold of. I believe it must have been retired from the main Yankee range and although still available online it's not as easy to find as other fragrances. I'd suggest heading to www.yankeedoodle.co.uk which is where I bought mine as they currently seem to have the most stock of this particular scent.
I bought this as a wax tart rather than a full sized candle. If you're not familiar with Yankee, the idea behind a wax tart is that it is a disc of scented wax which is melted in a 'tart burner' (essentially an oil burner but with a deeper bowl to accommodate the melted wax) and when melted it will release a lovely fragrance into the room, as a normal scented candle with a wick would. As well as wax tarts, this is also available in the form of a housewarmer jar and votive candle. There may be other formats available however these are the only ones I have seen in this particular fragrance.
Christmas Wreath is a deep green colour and the label features a simple wreath tied with a red bow, the overall look being festive but not OTT. The tarts come wrapped in cellophane and when I unwrapped this one I was hit by a strong fragrance which made me think of cedarwood. I actually thought it smelled a bit like cedar and pine - it is a woody scent which has crisp overtones courtesy of a tang of lemony pine. In fact (and bear with me here), have you ever read a cheesy Christmas romance novel? Inevitably it will involve a man and woman who hate each other until they are conveniently stranded in a log cabin in the snowy mountains. They soon realise it's true love and cosy up in front of the log fire until they are rescued. Well this candle is what I imagine that log cabin would smell like! Yes, I know I have thought about this far too much! To put it simply, the aroma is festive, cosy and perfect for snowy days snuggled up with a loved one.
The intensity of the candle was OK, but not the best. I think it was one of those scents that your nose gets used to quickly so I didn't notice it very much, although I would get the occasional waft of fragrance. In fact, to me the scent was most apparent when I left the room and came back in. I couldn't detect the fragrance in neighbouring rooms, however even after the tea light had gone out I could smell a trace of this lingering in the air. Another thing to note, is that it doesn't cover cooking smells, we had a pasta bake in the oven at the same time we were burning this and the scent of the food from the neighbouring kitchen was much more intense than the scent of the actual candle.
The following prices are the average Yankee Candle prices and I've included average burn times too. The estimated burn time for a wax tart is eight hours, after which they begin to lose their fragrance. Having used this one, I'd say the eight hour estimate was fairly accurate.
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
As mentioned already this candle is becoming difficult to find, but I'd recommend trying www.yankeedoodle.co.uk first if you want to try this.
Overall, I though Christmas Wreath was OK, but not my favourite candle ever. There's nothing wrong with it as such, but if you're familiar with the Yankee Candle brand you will know that they produce some absolutely stunning fragrances and in comparison this was fairly average. I was also a little disappointed with the intensity and would have preferred it to have been a touch stronger. It's still a nice enough scent and if you like pine scented things it may be worth a try, but if I'm totally honest I probably wouldn't purchase it again.
*Also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne