Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
Newest Review: ... from Amazon for £4 which is a bargain considering most small jars are around the £8 price range. If you are ever unsure on which ones yo... more
Fresh cut grass and wild flowers without the hayfever!
Yankee Candle Garden Hideaway
Member Name: pink_glitter
Yankee Candle Garden Hideaway
Advantages: strong fragrance, lasts well
Disadvantages: it is very intense, so not good if you don't like floral scents
Yankee Candle's Garden Hideaway fragrance was one that was released as part of their spring 2011 collection. I received a wax tart in this fragrance as a present from my boyfriend, however I don't think it's a scent I'd have been particularly tempted to try otherwise. To me, the name Garden Hideaway, says that this candle will be very floral and I personally tend to enjoy using the fruit based candles much more than I do the floral ones.
The candle is a bright green colour which does say 'Spring' to me and the label features a garden bench surrounded by flowers. As I had the wax tart, rather than one of the large jar candles, it came wrapped in cellophane and the scent was incredibly intense, and that was before I had even opened it. When unwrapped, the scent of course became stronger and I was worried already that this would be one of those overpowering Yankee fragrances I come across from time to time, which are so intensely scented that they make me nauseous.
The scent was, quite frankly, exactly what I was expecting from the name. It's a strong floral, mixed with a fresh green which is not too different from the aroma of freshly cut grass. The past week I have been walking home from work down a road lined with wild flowers. These flowers have an incredible aroma, and also an incredible ability to trigger my hayfever! This candle smelled very much like the wild flowers I pass, but thankfully without the sneezing fit! I am not good at picking out individual floral scents, unless we are talking about something distinctive such as rose and lavender, but to me, the candle smells like walking through a park or woods on a summer day.
Usually when lighting a Yankee Candle tart I find that it takes some time for the scent to start filtering around the room. I can honestly say that this one had the fastest release of fragrance from and Yankee Candle that I have tried. In fact, the tart had barely started to melt before the floral aroma filled the sitting room.
Given the speed of the scent, I waited for the scent to become overpowering and sickly, but, much to my surprise it didn't, and retained a good intensity of scent which was strong enough to be noticed and yet not strong enough to make me feel nauseous!
The scent smells pretty much the same as it does when solid, as to how it does when melted. It's a really fresh fragrance, and really clean smelling. I think it's a perfect spring/summer scent, as in the colder months I prefer something a little spicier.
This, like most of the Yankee Candles is available in several formats. You can buy a full sized candle in the form of a jar or a tumbler, however they are reasonably expensive. The next size down would be the votive (aka sampler) candle which is a mini candle, but although cheap, I often find the intensity of fragrance to be very poor, and half of the time I can't smell them when burning. The cheapest form of Yankee Candle is the wax tart. You will need a burner to use this, but they can be picked up for around £5 for a very basic one if you look around. With a burner you place the wax tart (in simple terms, it is a disc of fragranced wax) into the bowl and light a tea light underneath to melt it, releasing the fragrance.
Yankee claim that the wax tarts should give 8 hours of burn time. I found with this one, possibly due to the fact that it is rather strongly scented, that I actually got a little bit longer than eight hours (maybe around 10, although I can't claim to have counted!). Of course, if you don't want your wax tart to be burning for eight hours straight you can blow the tealight out and re-melt it. Sometimes I will burn for a few hours and then decided I want to use another fragrance, so I let the wax solidify and cool, pop the tart burner into the freezer for 5-10 minutes which shrinks the tart just enough to release it from the burner without the mess of a knife or other sharp implement! I then put it in a freezer bag and stick the label from the original wrapping onto the bag so I know which is which, then use the rest at a later date.
The prices below show comparisons between the different prices/burn time of each Yankee format. All are approximate and prices, of course, depend on where you shop.
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
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
On the whole, I'd say I have been pleasantly surprised by Garden Hideaway. I still don't like it as much as my fruity scented candles, but if you're a lover of floral scents, I would mark this as a 'must try' fragrance from the range. It has a lovely fresh, summery feel about it, and although it's strong it doesn't overpower. I would be happy to buy another tart in this fragrance, and it's one I would recommend.
*Also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne
Summary: Surprisingly lovely