“ Brand: Yankee Candle / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
As a general rule we don't allow smoking in our home even though I am a smoker myself, however as we are currently in the middle of redecorating our spare bedroom/computer room I have decided that so long as the door is shut and the windows are open then it is allowed whilst the room is unfinished. My non smoking wife hates the smell of cigarettes and my smoking habit has been a much discussed topic over the years and to be fair I do try to be considerate by smoking outside, never in the car and rarely when we are out together. When I began smoking indoors even I admit that the smell was noticeable and despite my best efforts at keeping any lingering cigarette odour in just the one room it was inevitable that the smell would manage to make its way out and into other areas of our home much to my wife's disgust. Proprietary air fresheners only do so much in masking the smell and whilst our favourite Yankee Candles are fragrant and aromatic even they could not fully disguise the smell of cigarette smoke, therefore in a last ditch attempt to find something that would work I scoured the internet for a solution.
The Yankee Candle Home Remedies Anti-Tobacco odour neutralising candle appealed to me for a couple of reasons. One the brand is one I trust and the other was the claims that the formulation in these range of products "contain a unique odour eliminating technology which neutralises tobacco and smoke odours in the air leaving your home smelling clean and fresh". Impressive claims I'm sure you will agree and despite costing a pretty hefty £5.99 for a 104 gram tin (please note the picture above is for the glass jar option although the product is the same whichever you choose) I went ahead and ordered one.
My tin is a squat and circular, silver coloured with a green band around its trunk, the Yankee Candle name is clearly printed and there are a couple of black and white pictures illustrating that the product is an "Anti Tobacco odour neutralising candle". Removing the lid of the tin and there is a faint mint aroma emanating from the green coloured wax and in the centre sits a wick ready to be lit. The base of the tin states that you can expect to receive 25 hours worth of burning time from the candle and lists various safety instructions in picture format which are just common sense really.
So does it work?
Lighting the wick and allowing the wax to slowly melt the first thing you notice is, well, nothing really. There are no strong odours released into the air instead there is a vague minty aroma which seems to gently fill the room. I stand my tinned candle directly next to my ashtray in an attempt to neutralise as much cigarette smoke as I can and whilst this doesn't mask the smell of the smoke it does appear to have a neutralising effect. With the windows open and the door shut there is a marked improvement in the freshness of the other rooms adjoining our spare room and it's only when you open the door and walk into the room I smoke in that you can detect a slight underlying smell of any extinguished cigarettes. I do empty my ashtray on a regular basis anyway in a bid to avoid the butts adding to any unpleasant aromas and whilst I wouldn't say that the candle *completely* eliminates every trace of cigarette smoke I can't deny that its claims are genuine.
My wife has a keener sense of smell than me anyway being a non smoker and even she admitted that the candle performed a lot better than she anticipated and whilst she is still not impressed that I am smoking inside she is happier that our home is not being taken over by cigarette smoke. Whilst this has been great purchase for me personally I would imagine that if there are a few smokers in a home and they expect just one of these candles to completely neutralise everyone's cigarette smoke then they may be in for a disappointment as I doubt it could perform miracles. For me, a single smoker in a single room which is well ventilated the Anti Tobacco odour neutralising candle from Yankee Candles does almost do what it says on the tin and only leaves a slight residue of cigarette smoke aroma which is detectable to those with a keen sense of smell.
Don't expect miracles would be my advice. This isn't a product which will allow you to puff happily away day in, day out and still have a fresh smelling home, however used with consideration for your own living environment and taking care to minimise the chances of cigarette smoke invading other rooms in your home you may find this an effective purchase.
For its price tag it is expensive and I wouldn't begin to justify its cost, however you can be assured that you get plenty of use out of one single tin and unlike cheaper candles available there is absolutely no wastage whatsoever with this. The candle burns from the centre outwards and once used up leaves no trace of wax around the sides or at the bottom of the tin, it is self contained so there is no need to stand on a candle plate or in a holder and once used up can be disposed of quite easily. You do get around 25 hours of life out of the candle itself and I burned my first one over a period of 5 days lighting it on an evening for around 5 hours each time. It is unlike the other products in the standard Yankee Candle range as they are renowned for their authentic fragrances so even though the tin states that this is mint don't expect a sharp toothpaste-like scent coming from the lit candle. It is very subtle and would be no good as a room scenter but for eliminating tobacco odours I found it to be effective.
It can be purchased online and off from specialist candle stockists and should cost in the region of £5.99 for a tin. It wouldn't be something I buy on a regular basis as I will not be smoking inside for much longer but I am already onto my second tin and have found its repeat purchase just as good as the first. It isn't quite a 5 star purchase in my opinion as its effects would be limited to how many smokers are in a home, I was impressed with the results though and despite its high price tag I would still award a 4 star rating along with a recommendation to try it if it sounds like something that would be of benefit to you and your home.
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So you're a lover of scented candles and you may have friends who smoke; up until now Price's for me have been the ideal candle to purchase for smokers but for most buyers I'd imagine what most of my friends do; purchase Glade and Air Wick candle products if they prefer the product type to gassy sprays that can choke. However this year I've been on a ploy to find good candles that say what they do and aren't overly priced and not just for combating smoking smells. The American firm, Yankee Candle are by now one of the most famous brands for candle scents and within their "Home Remedies," collection have an "Anti-Tobacco," formula that could well meet the answer to combat ciggy & cigar smoke. Other versions include Lavender (pet care), Citrus (kitchen care) and Fresh (clean air) and are respectively available in tea lights, tins and car air vent air freshener gel packs.
I was given a mint candle last year by another company that really got me hooked into the smell of mint around the home and I didn't think for a minute that this range of sweet smelling scents were part of the Home Remedy range produced by Yankee Candle to combat heavy odours. The product claims to contain additives to combat odours (like Price's) and "releases clean fresh fragrance," to eliminate tobacco odour.
Here's the thing though; for all that this candle looks like a Price's odour combating product right down to the similar glass size and outward colour coded cardboard packaging to protect the glass, this candle smells delightfully rich of fresh garden mint; overtones of peppermint and spearmint are both contained in this likewise coloured green candle wax and although it is strong enough to weaken the most sensitive of noses I'm happy that I wasn't sneezing when I first smelt the candle before burning. There is no label to peel on the glass jar either, making it super quick to put in rooms and use straight away. After use, the glass is dishwasher safe.
For price comparisons, think "twice the price as Price's," because although the 350g 100ml candles by Price's cost on average £3.15, Home Remedy "Anti Tobacco," costs £5-99 per Yankee Candle stockist. The surprise here is that you get a bit more for your money though: 35 hours burning time (5 hours more than Price's) and 410g total weight. With a larger size of 9cm height by 7cm diameter, the glass jar is reusable and similarly heat insulated like Price's. Clearly you can see who has been keeping an eye on the British company products!
How does it fare? Well, there's good news and bad news. For a start when the candle is lit, it doesn't take long for its tobacco capturing "cleaning molecules," to start working! In less than a minute I found YC's Home Remedy putting out a strong defence against wayward smoke that seemed to be sucked in by the lit flame. This isn't anything new though; smoke tends to do that with a lit unscented wax candle anyway. The difference is that the actual smell of smoke seems to dissipate very quickly and YC's Home Remedy candle is faster on contact with odour than Price's. Infact, it doesn't take long for this candle to spread a thin "tint" of mint fragrance in the room after a couple of minutes but it isn't as strong to pervade the room with mint fragrance. Clearly the scent is a ploy but at least the candle does what it claims to do. I was shocked at the speed of this candle but reassured all the same that with the YC brand behind it, it is a relatively quick candle made to premium standards. Compared to their normal ranges, Home Remedy for tobacco doesn't have strong paraffin after scent when extinguished either.
The bad news is that by golly, this candle burns down fast! In the two days duration I had the candle, it is nearly finished and it isn't a candle that burns wax slowly. Despite the near twice as much wax as Price's on capacity, Price's anti tobacco candle is just as good as replacing the smoke rather than masking it but lasts longer. Compared to their normal jar scent in their medium and large sized "Home" fragrance sets, Yankee Candle have been on the sly here to produce a great candle that eliminates tobacco smoke but with a greasy looking but dry to the touch wax candle that burns too fast than originally expected. There are other downsides too; namely the production of this candle means on the leanest and most balanced surfaces I've found the wax isn't consistent when it burns. This means a lot of wasted wax on the outer rim of the candle and begs the question to why YC haven't made the same kind of candle jar glass as their airtight jar designs, for all that it is supposed to be of good value.
As an alternative to plug in air fresheners and the mass marketed products currently on sale by Glade, IKEA and Price's, Yankee Candle's Home Remedy for tobacco elimination is a good product to consider - if you can find it at local stockists who sell this product and the Yankee Candle line. The availability of it, quick burning and inconsistency means it's not quite as good as Price's and the price itself is the biggest bugbear, despite the premium quality that Yankee Candle normally exudes. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010