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Yankee Candle Macintosh Spice
Member Name: Nar2
Yankee Candle Macintosh Spice
Date: 23/10/10, updated on 23/10/10 (174 review reads)
Advantages: Classic Mackintosh scented candle with spice, lovely scent, very welcoming & fresh.
Disadvantages: Still relatively new in the UK, availability, not to everyone's tastes.
Yankee Candle is a famous American company dealing in scented candles and fragrant accessories for the home. I've been a fan of Yankee Candle since 2004 when I had just stopped working in a summer time job at a coffee shop that more or less took over my life for a three year hiatus between becoming a teacher and doing other jobs in my skilled career. However much I loved coffee, one of the greater aspects of the job was caring for and selling candles from companies like Yankee Candle and Colonial. The first scent that I ever bought was Mackintosh scented candles and at the time Yankee Candle had two strong apple scents on the market under the latter name and also "Granny Smith," which were green in colour as opposed to red and had that "La Crunch" smell of green apples. Mackintosh on the other hand has a deep red baked apple smell and it paved the way for my own senses later that year when I discovered their cinnamon candles.
This time however and perhaps for the new season just coming out of Summer and into Autumn, Yankee Candle have a new twist on a old formula. It is called Mackintosh Spice and like the name it has spices mixed with the deep red Mackintosh classic scent, thus the original colour of bright red changes to a deep red with orange tints. However the spice isn't just of brown sugar, but as you've guessed it being American in origin, it's back to being Cinnamon yet again!
In all variants I've tried from the plug in plugs (average £5-95) to air fresheners (average £1-95/£3-95 for triple packs) and reed diffusers (average £11-95) the best formats of this candle fragrance lie in the wax tarts and medium/large jar house warmer jars. The tea lights as shown here on Dooyoo aren't worth the usual price of £5-95 to £8-95 as they don't seem strong enough on their own (most of YC scented tea lights rarely are) and I have never liked them as they are always contained in see through clear acrylic caps that are rather too hot to the touch compared to metal caps that hold usual unscented tea light candles. For the purpose of strong scent, both the wax tarts and the medium/large jars are worth it on price alone and for longevity of strength as well as longer burning times, either a couple of wax tarts at the time of purchase or one glass house warmer jar will suffice. Although the tarts for example have a burning time of 8 hours on average (90p to £1-20), the 14.05oz medium jar has an average burning time of 65 to 90 hours and costs on average £12-95 to £14-95 whilst 22 oz large jars have an average burning time of 110 oto 150 hours and on average costs between £17-99 and £21 although currently there is a seller online I've dealt with in the past who are fast on delivery and have this current scent on offer at £13-50 for the large jar.
Generally prices for all the Yankee Candle scents are usually the same save for very special scents such as Pumpkin Pie / Pumpkin Patch or Witches Brew for Halloween - but it does pay to shop around! This is why I made a saving and got the large house warmer jar of Mackintosh Spice.
The scent of Mackintosh Spice isn't as unique as YC would like to think it is, because Apple Cider has also come onto the market from YC and the two scents are fairly similar even though Apple Cider is quite strong by its very name and does have a few overtones of cinnamon just like this one. The difference is though, Mackintosh Spice emulates the same style as "Home Sweet Home"; it has a beckoning spirit to relax or wade in the aroma of warm baked apples to, with a sweet cherry lining that hovers and the base notes of cinnamon coming through at the end. The cinnamon additive reminds me much of YC's other new scent, "Sparkling Cinnamon," because the spice that has been added here isn't as peppery or creamy like "Home Sweet Home" and not as earthy as the original "Cinnamon Stick," fragrance. Here, Yankee Candle have been wise here to level out both the spice and apple extracts but with an added dimension of colour no doubt due to the sweet cherry undertones. It isn't intoxicating but it does serve up a scent that is cosy, warm to the heart and almost romantic IF you enjoy spicy apple scents. Once the candle is blown out, there is no after tone of paraffin which is another welcomed aspect, but be sure to trim the wick once the candle has cooled down as it will allow the candle to burn more evenly when you use it the next time as well as being easier to light.
Similar to Mountain Lodge and Home Sweet Home, Mackintosh Spice is quite a strong candle but that's where the similarities lie. Compared to the latter, Mackintosh Spice takes a fair bit of time for its triple oils to take effect, bringing a rainbow effect of scent after an hour has passed whereas the tarts take a lot shorter to pervade rooms. It isn't as strong as "Home Sweet Home,' however because the candle scent doesn't overtake the entire house like "Home Sweet Home," can and this is a good aspect for those who may feel the latter scent is too strong. The glass candle jar format provides a better (and safer) look when it is being used since you don't need anything else to get the scent going unlike wax tarts and associated oil burners with tea lights or electricity. For safety reasons the glass jar's rubber sealed country style lid seals the jar effectively once the candle is extinguished and when always lit I find it better to have a coaster to hand to place under the jar. Although YC jars are usually heat insulated at the base, the glass perimeter gets extremely hot in use, so it's always better to be safe than sorry!
A downside to the jar type is that once the candle starts to get low, it gets extremely difficult to light. This is where long stemmed matches come into their own and there are three tips here that I use when my little lighters don't go far enough into the wide mouths of the jars. Firstly, if you have household kitchen matches, these are okay until one quarter of the candle wax at the bottom is left and you may well find it difficult to get the flame going. Get a cotton bud and light the bud making sure that it is extinguished immediately after you have lit the flint. Another option is The White Company, as they sell long stemmed matches at around £1-99 and they're worthwhile to keep around. The other option is long stemmed butane gas filled lighters that can usually be found in the BBQ sections of supermarkets or hard ware stores. Pound shops also sell them and these are worthwhile (and the safest way) to light the candle once the flint and wax starts to lessen.
After the candle has completely finished, the jar is so handy to use as a storage jar thanks to its air tight seal. Line the jar with lukewarm or hot water and the wax at the side should lift off and pour out. I tend to put mine in the dishwasher to get the jars pristine looking before used for storage and they make excellent storage jars for unscented tea light candles!
One of the optional considerations of the house warmer jars be them medium or large in sizes is the added advantage of using Yankee Candle patterned shades which gives the jar a lantern look or an old fashioned desk top lamp look. I have a black metal shade which I've used for quite a few years now and seems to be a well sought after limited edition shade that originally cost me £10 complete with a metal base plate. Sometimes I don't even need to switch on my desk lamp when I'm busy writing reviews as the light that the medium and large jars put out through the shade is effective and bright enough for illumination. The shades also create a cosy ambiance even if the jars themselves, when lit also create similar feelings.
In all, Mackintosh Spice is a perfect candle for apple and cinnamon fans. The scent that the candle produces is not sneeze inducing and neither does it produce coughing fits. It can mask pongs fairly well although it is a scent I don't often use because I love lighting it to relax to rather than rely on it to clear a room after friends have visited. However, this is an immediate upside to most Yankee Candle scented candles on the market and they really are worth checking out, be it in wax tart form or the stronger and longer lasting house warmer jars. Just avoid the small jars as these are normally far too expensive and don't have as much burning times. Thanks for reading! İNar2 2010
Summary: Another strong spin off from another YC cinnamon candle favourite mixed with apples; lovely!