Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Yankee Candle Home for the Holidays
Member Name: pink_glitter
Yankee Candle Home for the Holidays
Advantages: nice intensity of scent, smells very festive
Disadvantages: hard to find
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.
Summary: very festive