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Yankee Candle is an American company offering various candles and home fragrance goodies. *Home For The Holidays* Home For The Holidays (lets call it HFTH) is a festive scent from Yankee Candle. It is available in various sized jars, tealights and wax tarts. It is also available in sampler votive form which I will be reviewing. A sampler is a small votive candle with an internal wick secured to the base with a silver disc. The candle should be placed within a votive holder and lit for a few hours at a time. It should burn evenly for up to 15hours and release the intended scent into the air. HFTH is a bright red candle which is shrink wrapped. It features a label showing a home all decorated for Christmas. Yankee describe this scent as : "This luxury Christmas candle blends cinnamon, clove, cedarwood and balsam for the gorgeous aroma of Christmas trees trimmed with spiced cookies" *Price* The votive is 49g in weight. It can be sourced from various websites including www.yankeedoodle.co.uk. It will be priced around £1.60 but may go on offer after Christmas. *My Thoughts* I thought as I may aswell review the rest of my Christmas Yankee candles. Home For The Holidays is one I purchased in sampler and tart form. I also purchased a tart for my sister as she wanted a burner for Christmas. It looks festive and smells fairly strongly through the packaging so I was hoping for a treat. I love burning candles and tarts in my home to give it the perfect ambience. I do prefer to burn a tart in my living room as they are generally stronger though I do burn sampler votives throughout my home. HFTH sampler was placed into my votive holder and burned for a few hours over the course of a few days. I would say this scent is ideal for day or evening burning due to the scents used to create it. *My Holidays At Home* On removing the wrapper, the sampler has a slight medicinal scent to it. I lit it and within 15minutes, the scent lifted up from the holder and started to seep around the room. I chose to burn this one in my rather compact bathroom and did notice that it seeped into my hallway but not any further. It was a beautiful scent to burn whilst relaxing in the bath and didn't overpower.. The tart however, filled my livingroom and other rooms with a very powerful scent so you can tell the immediate difference between both candle formats. As a pool of wax formed around the wick of my sampler, I was met by a lovely aroma. The scent has quite an earthy tone to it which makes me think of real Christmas trees. The medicinal scent was still detectable but was actually quite pleasant and light. I can only assume this was given by the cloves. HFTH contains cinnamon which is common in many of the Yankee Christmas scents. Within this particular scent, it isn't too strong but you can tell it is there adding a delicate, spicy warmth to the scent. The main scent from this sampler is light and spicy and it is presented well. When sitting closeby the scent, it changes a little and deepens to reveal a scent which resembles spicy cookies - sort of sweetened and freshly baked. It may sound a bit weird that I can smell cookies and Christmas trees but it works and the individual scents come through seperately before merging together to create an all round, welcoming festive scent. I could imagine entering someones home and spotting a fresh tree in the corner and witnessing a festive baking aroma. It is such a lovely scent which creates the perfect ambience and really is Christmassy. It doesn't smell artificial and is simply gorgeous to burn around my home. *Conclusion* I loved the strength of this sampler as it gave me 14hours or so of consistent scent. It burned down evenly and each time I lit the candle, I was able to witness that beautiful scent once more. It is definelty ideal for burning when you are due guests and and I can recommend it to everyone. The sampler votive is only ideal for smaller homes or rooms but a tart would be great for larger areas. Recommended - 5 stars!
My latest Christmas candle is the Yankee Candle Home for the Holidays variety. I bought a wax tart in this earlier in the year during an online sale. When I received the tart, I was immediately drawn to the picture on the label which is a huge house covered in snow. It made me think of the house in Home Alone, which in turn makes me think of Christmas, as it's a film I always watch at this time of year. If you're wondering what a wax tart is, it is simply a disc of fragranced wax, which gets its name from the fact it is shaped like a jam tart. Unlike a candle it doesn't have a wick, instead you melt it under the flame of a tea light in a tart burner (available from £5 upwards) and as it melts the scent fills the room. Yankee make their fragrances in a variety of formats so if the idea of a wax tart doesn't appeal to you, you can also buy this in the form of a votive, tea lights, glass tumblers or 'housewarmer jars' which are like sweet jars filled with wax. The official description of Home for the Holidays is 'The holiday spices of cinnamon and clove, mixed with earthy cedarwood and balsam'. Cinnamon, cloves and balsam are all rather strong scents and so I did worry that this would be quite a heady mix - especially as the scent of the wax was very strong through the wrapper. The scent of the candle is rather unusual - it seems quite layered, like there is a lot going on. The first thing I noticed was the spiciness of it, which smells more like cloves to me than it does cinnamon. I didn't really notice a balsam scent to it, but there is definitely and underlying woodiness to the fragrance which presumably is the cedarwood. To me, there is also a sweetness to it, which is a little like vanilla. It sounds like an unusual mix and it is - but on the plus side it did smell very festive. As the wax tart melted, the scent was released into the room very quickly. I thought it was a nice intensity - I could clearly smell the candle, but it was never too strong or overpowering. I could also smell it in the neighbouring kitchen, so the scent does travel well and hopefully should fill even the largest of rooms. Each tart is designed to give eight hours of fragrance and indeed I'd say that this one did last around the eight hour mark. I bought this online from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk, on the High Street you can buy Yankee Candle from Clinton's Cards. Having looked online it actually seems that this is a discontinued scent, so it may be difficult to find, although Ebay tend to be a good place to find old Yankee fragrances. Approximate prices and burn times are below, but may vary: 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 Overall, I did quite like this candle and I'd say that despite it being a rather unusual mix of fragrances I think it worked well. It did smell very festive and if you can manage to track one down, then I would recommend this scent.