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Yankee Candle Holiday Home Sweet Home
Member Name: pink_glitter
Yankee Candle Holiday Home Sweet Home
Advantages: smell is still pleasant, festive
Disadvantages: not a match for the original home sweet home fragrance, not the best Christmas scent
I am a big fan of the original Home Sweet Home fragrance from Yankee, so when I found out a few months back that they made a Christmas version, Holiday Home Sweet Home, I decided to try it. Although it is not strictly holiday season just yet, I decided to use this now, since we're in the process of moving house and I'm not quite sure where I'll be living at Christmas just yet. Even if I did know, at the moment I'm getting the feeling I'll be either in my flat surrounded by boxes or in my new house surrounded by boxes and candles will probably be the last thing on my mind!
The Holiday Home Sweet Home scent comes in several different formats. You can buy it in the form of a wax tart, a votive, tea lights, glass tumbler or glass housewarmer jar. I bought the wax tart, as I found it reduced online and I prefer wax tarts because the low price gives me an opportunity to try a variety of different scents. For those not familiar with wax tarts, they are simply a wickless disc of wax which is melted in a tart burner. These tart burners are available at Yankee with prices starting at around £5.
The wax tart is green in colour (I have noticed that the Christmas candles are all green, red or white) and the label depicts a fire burning brightly with three red stockings hanging up next to a large decorated tree. I actually quite like the label, it's a touch old fashioned perhaps, but it's festive and gives the impression of warmth and cosiness, which I was hoping would be the same atmosphere the candle would create.
The official description of this candle is as follows: 'A familiar, welcoming seasonal blend of cinnamon, cloves, pine, cedar, smoked firewood and vanilla.' I must admit, I may have dismissed this as being too spicy if I'd read that description before purchasing, I find a lot of the Yankee Candles containing cinnamon can be overpowering and add cloves to the mix and I was just imaging something very spicy and intense.
When I unwrapped the tart, I was glad to find that it smelled nowhere near as strong or spicy as I feared. I immediately recognised similarities between this and the original Home Sweet Home fragrance, however this one was a little heavier on the cinnamon and I could smell a faint aroma of pine which I believe the original does not include. I didn't actually think this was as nice as the original fragrance, which had a very warm, comforting feel to it. This one was OK, but I don't think it is the nicest of the Christmas fragrances, some of which are absolutely stunning.
As it burned I found it was quite a while before I could actually smell the tart, but the longer it had been burning the clearer the scent became. It was quite true to how it had smelled when solid with the cinnamon being the dominant scent with the pine and cedar lingering gently in the background. I found the fragrance strong enough to fill my front room where it was burning, but not quite intense enough that I could smell it in neighbouring rooms. I do think the cinnamon and pine make it smell quite festive and I can see why this is a Christmas fragrance.
Each wax tart is designed to give eight hours of fragrance. I found that after around six I could barely smell this any more, but I carried on burning for the full eight hours anyway.
Having just been over to Yankee.co.uk, I can see they have limited stock of this fragrance and it doesn't appear to be listed on their main list of Yankee fragrances, which leads me to believe that it has been discontinued from the main product line. That said, having done a Google search, there are still plenty of places stocking it, so you should still have time to get your hands on it.
The following burn times are approximate and prices depend on where you shop.
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
I have to admit, on the whole I was a little disappointed with this fragrance. I don't think it is any match for the original Home Sweet Home scent and nor do I think it is the best of the Christmas range. That said, it's not the worst candle ever either - it's still pleasant and I did like it, I wonder if perhaps my disappointment was a consequence of setting my expectations too high? I would use this again, but it would not be my first choice. If I'm totally honest I probably wouldn't recommend it as I feel there are better options available from both the main and the Christmas ranges.
Summary: Not as nice as the original fragrance
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