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Minty Fresh for Tobacco Smokers?
Yankee Candle Home Remedies Anti-Tobacco Candle
Member Name: Nar2
Yankee Candle Home Remedies Anti-Tobacco Candle
Advantages: Does what it says; eliminates tobacco smoke.
Disadvantages: Expensive, burns down fast and not consistently in the glass. Not strong enough scent.
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! İNar2 2010
Summary: A good attempt by Yankee Candle but Price's is better and more widely available.