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I have read tons of reviews about Yankee candle items, I have never bought them or tried them before until about a month ago. I was shopping in Debenham's and they had a reduction day on Yankee products. I have sniffed the candles many times in shops but never really been convinced I could use a tart with a burner or that the fragrance would be lasting. When I spotted the units which just plug into the socket I thought it would be worth a try just to see if I was happy with the way they work for my home.I bought this unit for just under £7 at the time with I think it was 20 per cent off the original price. I thought for the brand and the reduction price this was an excellent time to give it a go.
It comes in a cardboard box which looks pretty in a nice pale purple colour. The unit can be seen through a window in the cardboard. The unit is like a little lamp, it is a glass bottle with the liquid of the lavender inside. It has like a kind of lamp shade on top of the bottle and it has the plug in at the back, which just plugs into an electric socket. I must admit it does look really pretty against the wall and doesn't look too bulky. It is quite large and noticeable but not so much that you may brush against it while walking past it etc. The top of the lamp has a circular hole, it has a slider which can slide to 3 levels of strengths of how much you may need for your home to release the amount for each room. I set mine to the highest one because it was already set on that setting so I just left it there. I have set it on a lower setting since and found it is still nice but I do prefer a stronger smell so kept it on the higher one. The shade is a beige colour and a strong plastic, it has a pretty flower design on the top and bottom of the shade which makes it look really attractive looking in my opinion and an added feature to the shade without it just looking plain like most of these kind of products.
Once I got home from shopping I was very excited to try it immediately, I plugged it in and switched it on. I left it for a couple of minutes to see if I could smell the fragrance. Oh wow was I a happy bunny. I could actually smell it immediately unlike other brands that take some time to work. I was really amazed how strong a smell it actually turned out to be. I plugged it into my hallway near my front door. I kept walking past to see if I could still notice the smell all the time. I definitely could smell the Lavender fragrance of it.
It is a really strong fragrance of the Lavender. Lavender in my opinion is a smell you either love or hate. I actually love the smell of it so this one was my first choice. The fragrance just tends to seep out of the top of the lamp shade into the air. I couldn't believe how the hallway had a continuous smell which was so pleasant. The top of the lamp has a circular hole, it has a slider which can slide to 3 levels of strengths of how much you may need for your home to release the amount for each room. I set mine to the highest one because it was already set on that setting so I just left it there. I have set it on a lower setting since and found it is still nice but I do prefer a stronger smell so kept it on the higher one. The unit measures approximately 3 inches in length and 2 and a half inches at the total width. It stands out from the socket approximately also 2 and a half inches and so not too far from the wall in my opinion.
The first time I went out for the day and returned home and opened my front door, I had forgotten I had bought the unit. Immediately I walked through the door I could smell the beautiful fragrance. I was delighted and thought oh my goodness I have found a unit that actually works so well and one that I can notice immediately. I was so chuffed with the price I had bought it for and thought about all the reviews I had read about Yankee candle.
When I woke up the following morning and opened my bedroom door I could smell the fragrance immediately. I live in a bungalow and so I am on one level. It isn't too far to my bedroom door to where the unit is plugged into. But as I walked nearer towards it I could smell it much stronger. I loved to wake up to this fragrance but I decided after a couple of days to just switch it off before bed so that the unit could last a little longer and to work just during the daytime, also so that I would get the most benefit of it during daylight hours and not during the night while I was asleep, because as soon as it is switched on it works immediately anyway and so more cost effective to just switch off at night. I just use an air freshener if I need a more instant fragrance if I find I am cooking and need to remove the cooking smells etc and for just a quick burst of fragrance.
It is designed to last up to 6 weeks. I have had the unit only about 4 weeks, and I have more than half of the liquid left in the bottle because I have switched it off at night. I think 6 weeks continuous usage of this unit would be about right and a truthful indication.
This unit also comes with an extra bottle, replacement bottles can be bought and from memory I think they cost around £6.25 or so for 2 bottles. I think this price is amazingly good value considering the way they work in the unit and the amount of weeks they last. It means it only cost just over £3 for each refill. I think this price is amazing and worth it.
I am going to buy some more of these units for my home. I would like another one at the end of my hallway and one in each room. My visitors have noticed the fragrance when they have entered my home and commented on how lovely a smell it actually is and also want to buy this unit for their own homes.
When my grandchildren come to visit, I tend to just place it into my bedroom socket where they cannot touch it, especially my little granddaughter since she is just beginning to crawl and I don't want to take a chance with her touching it because as we all know when they crawl they move quickly without us noticing it lol. They are just a nice portable unit and can easily be removed when needed.
I am a Yankee candle fan lol. I am so chuffed I bought this unit as my first purchase. I am going to buy lot more of the units for around my home. I will in the future try the tarts and jars to try but for the moment I am just going to concentrate on buying the units and replacements. But I would like a burner in the future to try too. I often sometimes buy a unit of this kind but don't then buy the refills because they cost so much money and just don't deliver the fragrance, so being a waste of money but I will definitely buy the refills for this unit.
I highly do recommend this unit to buy because I don't think you would be disappointed at all. I just cannot believe I have left it this long to buy one and wished I had bought one years ago. I really would never have bought it had I not read so many Yankee reviews in all honesty. I thank each and everyone of you for writing your excellent reviews on a beautiful smelling product and for converting me to a Yankee fan.
I find it is far better than other brands of this kind that are available to buy. This one actually does work a treat, no gimmicks or dishonesty with this brand in my opinion. I am so delighted and a happy little bunny with my purchase and most of all for not wasting my money on a unit that is a total waste of money for my home. This unit gives me all the results that I expect from this brand.
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I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.