Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Yankee Candle Holiday Home Sweet Home
Member Name: catsholiday
Yankee Candle Holiday Home Sweet Home
Advantages: Smells lovely and sweetly spicy in the candle
Disadvantages: The scent doesn't seem to carry as far as some other fragrances
Yankee Candle Holiday Home Sweet Home Votive sampler candle
Now that I am a Yankee candle convert I read all reviews with interest looking out for scents that I might like. I also look out for when people tip you off about deals and discounts as I do love a bargain. Clinto cards often have special offers and obviously on the internet you can find bargains from time to time. This particular bargain I found in a small shop in Westfield Derby called 'Aroma' which sells Yankee candles, Bomb Cosmetics and another brand of perfumes. The smell in the shop is just heavenly and I get quite excited as I walk in ready to be tempted either by the yankee stuff or the Bomb Cosmetics products.
This visit I checked out all the new products then found myself drawn to the shelf with the bargains. I bought four of these little sampler candles for 90p each and I think they should be around £1.80 so I was very pleased.
This candle was wrapped tightly in sealed plastic and had a nice little picture on the front of three stockings handing over a fire lintel. Christmas is not something I think about in August ever but I was happy to enjoy this bargain and ignore the picture on the front. However I have to point out that it is obviously part of their seasonal range and as such may not be available everywhere at all times of the year. Normally I go for the tarts but as these were what was on offer I grabbed four different ones of these sampler candles.
I have had a number of scented candles over the years and do like the wonderful scents that fill my rooms. In the Yankee range my daughter has bought me the votives when she has been up to visit and I have had a couple of the smaller jars as presents and of course I often have the wonderful little tarts
Yankee Candles the company originated in the USA. But have quickly become a household name over here in the UK.. They offer a huge range of home fragrance products from sprays, reed diffusers through to all kinds of shapes and sizes of scented candles. They are often found in garden centres and gift shops so it is a case of keeping your eyes open. We also have 'Aroma', a big Yankee Candle agent in the Westfield Centre in Derby but I rarely go in there as I find them very expensive so tend to see if I can get bargains elsewhere. It is also worth noting that www.yankeedoodle.co.uk often has them at discounted prices if you want to order a few. According to some other people are these sites BN Stores also have a sale of Yankee products so it is worth looking around!
The sticker on the bottom of the candle has a small 'handle' or tab and if you pull that then this peels off allowing easier access to peeling off the shrink wrapped plastic from the candle. As I undid the little sport of dull olive green coloured candle from the plastic I sniffed and I could smell a quite strong cinnamon spicy sort of smell. I didn't find it especially festive merely pleasantly aromatic. The colour of the candle wouldn't win many beauty prizes as it is quite dull and not at all Christmas green in my opinion.
Rather stupidly I had recently thrown out all my glass candles jars that I had kept but I was having a tidy up. I finally found a small glass dish to put the candle in that was heat proof and then lit it> it was sitting in the room where we were sitting. Now it was quite warm so we did also have the window open so maybe I was expecting too much for this little candle to send its scent very far but within the room it emitted a gentle fragrance but anywhere beyond the room nothing at all was detectable.
The candle is supposed to smell of a blend of cinnamon, cloves, pine, cedar, smoked firewood and vanilla. The cinnamon and ccloves were very evident but the smoky firewood and vanilla were not detectable by me at all and the pine and cedar probably blended with the other two main spices to create the general aromatic spicy aroma. When I compare it to some of the other Yankee fragrances that I have enjoyed this is not nearly as strong and is also a little slower in releasing its' aroma.
This is about my fourth or fifth votive experience and so far I am less impressed with this scent than I have been with others. I love the smell but find it just a little too reluctant to share the scent beyond the actual candle itself and even in our tiny TV room it doesn't exactly fill the room with fragrance like some others have done.
A little safety lecture now. Even though you might have the candle in a heat proof container it is still very easy to knock this or for it to burn down and give off more heat than you might think. I discovered to my cost how dangerous candles can be when I got scorch marks on a wooden table. I now put my burners and candles either on the tiled surfaces or on a couple of drink mats that are heat proof just in case. Another thing to be wary of is that you should NOT ever move a burner or a candle when lit as they are very hot and melted wax can cause nasty burns on skin or melted wax spilling can also cause wax stain damage or burns on carpets and other furnishings. Always put any burners or candles out of the reach of children and never leave them in rooms unattended as candles can obviously cause fires. Someone I know put a tea light on their TV and left it, it melted the TV top and fell into the inside and set their room on fire so please be VERY careful they are to be treated as mini fires. Watch for pets too who seem to not notice candles, my cat has burned her tail when walking passed a candle on the window sill. She didn't seem to notice but I smelled burning hair!
Having given all the dire warnings I am a big fan of candles and especially the scented ones as they give off lovely fragrances and also add atmosphere to a room with gentle flames flickering in their containers. They are a lovely addition to a room's ambience but just need to be treated with good sense.
I have been very pleased with my Yankee candles generally, some I like better than others and this is not top of my favourites list despite having scents I love I just don't feel it carries well enough when lit
Another little hint I will share with you is that if you have a few extra Yankee candles and tarts then when not using them and they are still sealed pop them into your clothes drawers as they will freshen and scent the clothes in there and the dark will keep them fresher too.
I would be happy to use this in most rooms as the scent is pretty general and not particularly feminine or floral. I just wish it was a bit stronger when burning. It smelled really strong when sniffing the actual candle so I had high hopes for it but I felt a little let down.
These votives sampler candles are one of many scented options that Yankee do and they also sell reed diffusers which I have tried several of and find them excellent. They also sell candles in old fashioned glass jars and of course tarts , car fresheners and many other products. I know this is available in the jars but not sure which other options this scent come in. Just to give you an idea of the range and prices these are a guide to what Yankee offer:
Wax Tart - lasts 8 hour duration costs 90p to £1-05 each.
Tea light scented candles which last about 4-6 hours per candle, you get 12 in a box for about £5-99
Votive candle lasts 15 hour duration costs £1-75 to £2
Small house warmer jar candle lasts about 25-40 hours costs about £7-99
Standard lidded glass tumbler lasts about 35-45 hours and costs about £8-99
Medium house warmer jar candle lasts about 60-75 hours and costs about £13-99
Medium 2 wick tumbler lasts about 45-50 hours and costs about £13-99
Large 2 wick tumbler last about 70-90 hours and costs about £17-50
Large house warmer jar candle which lasts about 100-150 hours and costs about £17-99
The prices do vary from store to store so it does pay to look around if you are lucky enough to have more than one shop that sells them or try on line. Personally I think the little tarts give you a great trial of the scent, if you really like it then you may choose to get a candle which last longer. The only thing I find is that once the candle has burned down a bit it doesn't really look as nice as the wax is up the edges and it just looks tatty. I find these little sample candles tend not to have as strong a scent as the tarts but that may be me.
A tip I have learned by being careful with my money and hating waste, is that when a candle is finished and you are left with a lot of wax over. If you pop the candle in the freezer for about five minutes you can get the wax out and use that in a tart burner.The freezer tip comes from another reviewer, an expert on Yankee and other candles Nar on here- so thanks Nar for that it is a really handy tip.
So thank you Yankee candles but this is a little too reluctant to share its lovely aroma so it will not be first on my list to replace. I love the smell but just wish it carried better.
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Summary: A nice enough aroma that really doesn't carry far enough in my view