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When the days and nights turn colder my thoughts start to turn to Christmas, my favourite time of year and nothing is more exciting to me than all the preparations, the cooking, the present buying and the decorating. I have a number of Christmas candles and one of them is this gorgeously amazing smelling Mistletoe and Fig. I purchased a number of sampler candles in this fragrance as I have a lot of Christmas candle holders and these fit in there perfectly. I keep them in our Christmas box with the lid on and so the smell is still amazing when you open the lid. I only use them for a few weeks each year and I don't light them either as I like to keep them from year to year. The candles are a plain pure white colour but on the front there is a nice wintery Christmas scene with a picture of some mistletoe on. So, now onto the fragrance as I love the smell of these candles and I think its one that will definitely make you think of Christmas and bring you into the spirit of the season. Having smelt real Mistletoe to see if it was the same I have to say that I don't think real mistletoe really has a smell, it's just like smelling an Ivy leaf in my opinion, no real smell just that of a leaf if you know what I mean. I don't like figs to eat, my nan used to love them and made me try them but they always seemed too sticky to me so I cannot really comment on the real smell of figs either. However, the smell of these candles are very strong with a very sweet, woody earthy fragrance. It has more of a sweet smell than a spice smell like a lot of Christmas smells do and I like that about these. Yankee Candle describe the fragrance ad having woody scents of mistletoe, berries, pine boughs, figs and holly which help to create this holiday tradition. All in all a lovely smelling candle for a lovely holiday.
'Mistletoe and Fig' is a Christmas release from Yankee candle. I received this one as part of a gift set called Christmas memories, which had 12 different scented candles in it. Mistletoe and fig was one of 5 white candles in this gift set. This one was more of a creamy white colour, and it looked a little different to the other 4 creamy coloured candles in the set with a more natural looking fruit and berries display on the label in greens, browns, reds and white. It looked very autumnal to me rather than Christmassy, though mistletoe is a traditional Christmas decoration. I have this in votive format, which is a 49g candle that is a couple of inches tall and tealight size in diameter. This one was packaged in shrink wrapped plastic to protect the candle until I first used it. To purchase the same votive I have, it would cost £1.60 from yankeedirect.com. Upon opening the candle, there was a sweet scent that almost reminded me of coconut. My sons were with me as I tried this one, and my eldest said he thought it was quite powdery. (I promised him I would include that one in my review). I'm not sure why he thinks powdery, but it is a clean scent to me, so maybe that is what his 5 year old brain interprets this as. While the candle was burning, I found the level of fragrance was subtle. I was playing with the kids down the other end of my living room/dining room, and this was barely detectable until I came back to sit near it. I feel the wax gives off more scent when it is not actually melted but in solid format for me, as I seem to detect the smell of burning slightly more than the sweet fragrance intended. After burning, I can smell the sweet tones of the vanilla, and to me it is a biscuity smell. It doesn't really feel like it is particularly a wintery or Christmas scent, just another pleasant smelling sweet candle from Yankee. I think I would buy one of the christmas cookie fragrances rather than this one as it is too similar an experience for me and this one is less powerful at transferring fragrance to the room.
**please note that this review is for the Mistletoe and Fig Wax Tart - dooyoo only have 1 entry per Yankee Candle fragrance in their catalogue** ===Introduction=== Im my review of another Yankee product - 'Island Spa' I mentioned that in close proximity to the site my caravan is situated at there is a retail outlet which has a 'Birthdays' store and that they sell a small range of Yankee Candle products at a reduced price. The Mistletoe and Fig wax tart was one such bargain I managed to pick up at just 74p as opposed to its usual retail price of around £1.10 and even though this was a seasonal fragrance released by Yankee towards the end of last year I decided to stock up a on a few figuring that the price was too good to miss and even though the scent they produce may not quite fit in with the warmer, sunnier weather I had little to lose giving one a try. ===Mistletoe & Fig=== As shown in the supplied picture Mistletoe and Fig is white in colour and the wax tart comes packaged in a transparent wrapper complete with a coloured sticker. It measures the usual 6x3cm as do all of Yankee's wax tarts and the idea behind these is that they are placed into the well of a tart burner and then melted by means of a lit tealight which is placed underneath. Unlike candles which usually have a wick running through the centre of them a wax tart is a solid, fluted piece of wax which has essential oils and fragrances infused into it, occasionally you can get an idea of the aroma a wax tart will release by placing one near to your nose but often times it's only when one is being melted that you fully get to experience the aromas contained. Mistletoe and Fig is one that needs to be melted and allowed to settle before benefitting from its fragrance as it starts off being subtle but slowly builds in intesity before becoming a multi-layered fragrance with plenty of recongnisible 'notes'. As the wax begins to melt there is a slightly floral, almost soapy aroma to this one and my first impressions were not good. I'm not usually fond of flower-smelling fragrances as I often find that they are artificial and can be on the peppery side, I prefer sweeter scents that have fruit in them so I was pleased to find that after 5 or 10 minutes the initial floral aroma gave way to a vanilla and sugar undertone which made Misltetoe and Fig a more rounded fragrance. It's an odd mix truth be told as the two main components of floral and sweet notes seem to battle for dominance, there are occasions when the wax is in it liquid state that vanilla seems to take overall control but this is soon tempered by a lighter, flowery aroma that changes the overall experience of this one. To my uneducated nose this is a complex fragrance, it's neither sweet nor floral as it seems to change over the space of time and throughout the melting process seems to switch from one to the other. It is pleasant though, I did like this one I have to admit and rather than being too heavy to suit the warmer weather I actually thought this worked well on an evening when the sun was setting and the air turned cooler outside. Perhaps not really one to burn or melt during the high summer months of July or August Mistletoe and Fig to me seems to suit the Autumnal, Winter or Spring months and it is one that I will continue to melt for the next month or so. My single wax tart was melted, left to solidify and then re-melted over the course of 3 nights for around 3 hours at a time and kept it's fragrance well, towards the end it did lose the majority of its aroma but wax tarts do only have around 8 hours of fragrance infused into them anyway so by the end of the third night I had well and truly got my money's worth from this and overall I have very little to grumble about. I have a couple of these left now and for the price of just 74p each I consider them to be excellent value for money and unlike air fresheners which lose thier potency seconds after being sprayed I find that scented candles manage to fragrance my home and keep any doggy or cooking smells at bay whilst creating a welcoming and warming atmosphere around me. ===Conclusion=== Mistletoe and Fig is an excellent example of the great quality Yankee products are and although this is a seasonal release and availabilty will be limited now this is still available to buy online from the likes of amazon and yankeedoodle.co.uk. I would certainly recommend this one to anyone who likes complex scents, this isn't one that has a single, dominating fragrance, instead it manages to blend a variety of aromas into itx mix and I did enjoy this one a lot more than I thought I was going to. I'm awarding a 4 star rating for this one based on everything mentioned in this review. Mistletoe and Fig is one to check out if you can find it on the high street or alternatively take a chance on it and buy it online and see for yourself. Definitely recommended as far as I'm concerned, thanks for reading my review.
New for 2010 from Yankee Candle premium Candle Company is a scented candle I was initially not too sure about called "Mistletoe & Fig." It is a limited edition/seasonal scent that seems to have taken the place of one of YC's long standing Christmas scents called "Christmas Cookie," and as far as I'm concerned, I can only take so much spicy cinnamon and yeasty baked biscuit scents in a candle. When I first tried this scented candle in the shop I buy my candles from, the smell didn't appear to be very strong in tart wax form until I took a large jar off the shelf, pulled off the air tight seal and took a deep sniff at the top of the demo candle. Rewarded with a thick creamy like smell of cherries, creamed vanilla sugar and hints of evergreen pine from the claimed mistletoe, this was first love at second sniff! This scent arrived in the UK around October 2010 time ready for Christmas shoppers to buy and has been around for quite a while now compared to "Welcome Christmas," and the "Jack Frost," minty candle. Yankee Candle have wasted no time at all in dressing this candle up to look like any other variety in the Christmas range. It has the obligatory classy gold and black lettering on the label and a lovely picture of mistletoe branches with white berries and green bulb like figs spread out in bunches here and there. The candle is as snowy white as white can be on appearance and it even has a little glint of glitter amongst its oil additives within the wax. As a comparison candle, "Mistletoe & Fig," could sit easily next to Jack Frost as an alternative "lookey likey." Buying the two of them could effectively give you two very sweet alternatives to the cookie, pie and cinnamon types that already exist and a form of which Yankee Candle just love to promote! In tart form, I feel that the value for money card is played better than buying a medium or large house warmer style glass jar candle. I say this because out of many sweet scented candles, the last thing you want is to find yourself lumbered with such a large capacity, having spent over £10 on average for the medium jar or near to £20 for the large jar. Better to go for the 90p/8 hour duration wax tart for heavy scent or votive candle at £1-75 for a lighter spread of scent. However as a gift, the candle in many varities bigger than the tart or votive would make a good offering! I couldn't wait to get this home and try the candle. Once the cellophane wrapping is taken off, all you're left with is a fluted scented solid white wax tart that must be fitted to a deep concave potpourri oil burner with tea light candle on the base or electric mains powered. When the wax started to melt into a hot clear oil, all I could smell was a distinct burnt mistletoe smell, the kind of smell you would get if a Christmas fairy light gets too near the real stuff with slight hits of pine trees possibly down to its mistletoe additive. The second edge that comes off is one of slightly creamy vanilla and spun sugar mixed with the base tones of heavy sweet fig. It does remind me somewhat of Shearer Winter Fig scented reed diffuser but without the mistletoe additive, the sweetness of the fig could easily get lost with the creamy spun sugar tones overtaking it. To the uninitiated though, "Mistletoe & Fig," can come across being too creamy sweet without the peppery, prickles from the mistletoe. You really have to give the wax candle at least an hour before all three layers of scent get a chance to pervade. Pervade is an aspect "Mistletoe & Fig" is good at for a while. Having vanilla within its scent isn't as headache/cough/sneeze inducing as other YC candles with vanilla added. If it is supposed to level out the sweetness and the peppery like mistletoe, it works quite well on one hand but then comes across as too sweet on the other. In tart wax form, it is quite strong for around two hours burning time or do as I did with the first tart and leave it on for a total of 24 hours to completely clear the home of tobacco smells and cooked fish! Being Yankee Candle by brand means that this candle emulates much of the ranges already on offer; it masks pongs fairly well and there is little paraffin after scent once the candle has been extinguished if purchased by traditional format. Compared to other candles I've tried in the YC range, although this fragrance has a yummy-till-your-tummy-rumbles scent, in wax tart form, the full on impact of scent does die out rather too early compared to other wax scents I've bought that last over three weeks when burnt for 2 hours maximum every day. For longer lasting scent the jar candles are better on longer lasting scent duration. Because of its general newness, this scented candle is available in the usual varieties such as (average prices given too) and also a new duo wick 7oz special edition lidded glass tumbler: Small house warmer jar candle (7oz capacity 25 to 40 hours duration.) £7-99 Medium house warmer jar (14.05oz capacity 60 to 75 hours duration.) £13-99 Large house warmer jar (22oz 100 to 150 hours duration.) £17-99 Votive candle (1.75oz capacity, 15 hours duration) £1-75 Wax tart (22grams, 8 hour duration) 90p Lidded glass tumbler (7oz capacity, 35-45 hours duration) £8-99 Largely the downside of "Mistletoe & Fig," is that its not going to be a candle scent that will completely appeal to everyone because by and large, apart from the mistletoe, there is more sugar sweetness even though YC have tried to level out the scents on offer. The vibrancy of colour that the fig additive contrasts is too confusing at times for example and Yankee Candle should have stopped at the sugar content instead of adding both sugar and vanilla tones. It is not like Shearer Winter Fig where its fig additive gives a fresh and almost jester like appearance that pops up every couple of hours to let you know it is there and thus refreshens rooms with sweet fig alone. At times the mistletoe is too chalky from the Yankee Candle product than green grass like, pine-laden and this can be a downside, often appearing to be like Hollyberry (one of my favourite "old" Yankee Candle scents that is no longer available in the UK) than actual mistletoe fragrance and then gets confusing over the thick and deep creamy sugary appeal. This scent by Yankee Candle is full on scent by the time it has released all its flavours though and at times it has a rounded figure of sweet red cherries that makes the flavour quite appetising. Not a candle I'd recommend to relax with then, but rather to refreshen rooms AFTER dinner or general meal times. Otherwise you may find yourself attacking a rather large tub of ice cream to compensate! Yankee Candle haven't got there just yet in being able to combine and balance the three very strong additives on offer, but as a Christmas candle, it beats yeasty smells any day! Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010 www.yankeecandle.co.uk