Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
Newest Review: ... fragrance that's not too overbearing. On the front of this jar is written the words, Clean Cotton - with pure natural plant extra... more
Smells like washing powder!
Yankee Candle Clean Cotton
Member Name: jeffjen
Yankee Candle Clean Cotton
Advantages: Pleasant fragrance
Disadvantages: Longevity not as good as expected
Knowing just how much I love Yankee Candles, particularly their wax tarts, my daughter kindly bought me some for Mother's Day. Amongst them was a 'Clean Cotton' wax tart which I had not tried before. Clean Cotton is one of the Yankee fragrances which have been around for a long time now, however, I had not got round to trying this one in wax tart format as there always seemed to be another fragrance that appealed to me more, as I stood in the shops smelling the different scents on offer.
Clean Cotton has bright white coloured wax and has a 'crisp' fragrance, which to me seems reminiscent of washing powder ( like the boxes of Persil or Ariel I used to buy) when I have held it to my nose in a shop. I think this is why I have never bought a Clean Cotton wax tart before, as although I have nothing against the fragrance, my preference is for something other than a detergent-type scent when melting a wax tart.
You can't argue however, that Clean Cotton isn't an aptly named fragrance, especially seeing as how I have came across some Yankee fragrances now and again which bear little or no resemblance to what their names suggest.
Yankee describe their Clean Cotton fragrance as "Sun-dried cotton combined with green notes, white flowers, and a hint of lemon." Whilst I can't say I noticed a lemon scent while my tart was melting, the rest of their description seems accurate enough, as this fragrance along with the bright white wax does conjure up images of crisp freshly laundered cotton and also flowers with its floral notes, but there was no lemon scent that I noticed, which was a shame as I love citrus scents and it may have made the scent more appealing to me. Overall it is a pleasant, clean, fresh fragrance and despite my own personal thoughts about it, I can still understand its popularity.
You can expect to achieve approx 8 hours of fragrance from a Yankee wax tart before the scent is lost, but sadly I found my Clean Cotton wax tart fell slightly short of that. It isn't very often that this happens and to be honest I did not expect it to happen with this one, as it did have a fairly strong scent whilst still in its packaging and this generally this is a good indication that you will achieve great longevity when melting it.
After placing the wax tart in my burner and lighting a tealight underneath, it was a few minutes before I began to notice the scent appear. The familiar smell of washing powder was my first thought and then I noticed a slight floral scent appearing too, but no lemon. The fragrance was pleasant enough and I didn't dislike it, but once again I remembered why I haven't bought this myself in the past, as the overall scent of washing powder (which is the only was I can decribe it) was not really for me. I prefer the woody, musky, spicy scents or the fruity citrus scents when it comes to Yankee fragranced wax.
I also prefer wax tarts with a great 'throw'which fill the room with their fragrance before travelling out into the hallway and wafting up the stairs, but whilst I could detect the scent from this wax tart in my living room, it didn't appear to travel any further.
The scent didn't seem to hang in the air for very long after the tealight had been extinguished either which was a little disappointing, as this is something I have experienced when burning many other wax tarts.
After 6 hours, I noticed the scent beginning to weaken quite rapidly and after another hour it was simply a faint scent in my room. This again was disappointing as I have experienced many wax tarts which have offered much greater longevity.
Overall, I didn't dislike the fragrance of Clean Cotton, but it certainly won't become a favourite of mine and I doubt I would buy it again to be honest unless I saw it reduced somewhere.
Yankee wax tarts are available from department stores, card and gift shops such as Clintons and Collectables and also from a number of online retailers including Amazon. The average price of each wax tart is £1.20 - £1.30 but there are often reductions and offers on individual fragrances which are worth looking out for.
Summary: Not a personal favourite of mine, but a pleasant enough fragrance.