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I received a Yankee Candle jar (size small) in Ocean Blossom as a gift. I had never tried Yankee Candles before but had sniffed them in the shops and watched them being sold on QVC.... I did want to try one but couldn't really justify spending extra money on a scented candle just for having the Yankee Candle name to it.
The small jar is 104 grams. The candle is a nice light blue colour in a glass jar with a removable glass lid on top. There's a plastic sticker on the front of the jar with a picture of a pink flower on a blue background. It also has 'YANKEE CANDLE' printed along the front. There is a small gold label saying 'floral' which I think is useful as it shows the customer what the general scent is, I think this is a good feature for people buying as a gift who have an idea of which smells the receiver likes, for example they might not like florals. Even though the small jar is compact, it is a good size and perfectly adequate, it could be a fair bit smaller and still be a fair size.
When I take the lid off and smell the unlit candle, the scent is very fresh and floral but soft. It isn't sickly at all and although it is floral, it isn't old fashioned. Looking at the wax, it is different to other candles I have seen, it isn't a block colour. When you look closely it is actually made up of lighter and darker shades. The wax looks like it's made differently than the other candles I have had, a different consistency.
Now, for the important part. The lit candle has a scent which I find comforting. It's soft and subtle but can still make a room smell lovely, it isn't overpowering though. If you're looking for a candle to mask kitchen smells or to release a strong smell throughout the house then I'd choose another scent by Yankee Candle. This candle can be both relaxing and soothing or uplifting. The freshness of the floral scents sets this candle apart from traditional floral scented candles. There are definitely notes of sea salt although they are very soft. I suppose the best way to describe the scent would be a floral garden near a beach. The floral notes are stronger than the ocean notes but this is supposed to be a floral candle anyway. The actual flower which it smells of is water lily which fits nicely with the ocean scents.
I would definitely call this a summer scent, even though the ocean notes aren't that strong, the smell is 100% summery. I would really recommend this candle because the scent is lovely, floral, fresh and it always reminds me of a summers evening, when the sun is going down. It isn't overpowering and it isn't what I'd call energizing but it's definitely an enjoyable candle.
Is this a sign of modern man? Am I morphing into a metro-sexual now that my idea of making the house smell nice has gone from cracking open a window and washing my socks more often to melting a wax Yankee tart? If I am becoming more David Beckham and less Jeremy Clarkson, I put the blame entirely on you, my fellow Dooyooers! Ever since my curiosity got the better of me after reading so many reviews on here about how amazing the Yankee scents are, my house has permanently smelled like a convention of pot pourri makers who have all stopped at the testers aisle in Boots on the way there. I can't get enough of the Yankee scents - I mainly use the tarts and votive candles but have had the odd jar candle also. The latest Yankee scent freshening up my living room is Ocean Blossom.
The scent is described by Yankeecandle.co.uk as "... a swim in a tropical lagoon... paradise calls in this blend of sea salt, lotus blossom and water lily". The milky / pearly pale blue wax certainly smells of sweet blooms, but I've struggled to find a hint of anything maritime - there's a coast like whiff of fresh air but it's not Blackpool North Pier on a windy day in February and face slappingly bracing, it's more of a hotel holiday in Spain 500 metres from the beach with a slight wind that has managed to find it's way through a forest of high-rise hotels.
I would say that this scent, as good as it smells when close to a burning candle or melting tart, isn't anywhere near strong enough to overpower a room like most Yankee scents do. I don't want subtlety, if I did I would read the Independent and use deodorant more often. I want that Yankee head butt every time I enter the room, I want my nose to be bullied for being a bland Limey by that brash American. Unfortunately, this scent greets my nostrils more like a polite British throat being cleared, "Ahem, I say, excuse me?". This is only the second Yankee scent I've come across that, although it does smell wonderful, just simply isn't strong enough.
For those who haven't been bitten by the Yankee bug yet, they are an American company who mainly make wax scented products using all natural ingredients (candles in jars and tumblers, wax tarts) and also non-wax based products like pot pourri and reed diffusers. Please don't be put off trying a Yankee candle by my comments in this review - this isn't reflective of most Yankee scents as they're normally strong enough to lift the roof off.
The Ocean Blossom scent ranges in price from £1.25 for a tart on Yankeecandle.co.uk or £19.49 on Amazon for a large jar candle. For it's weakness of scent and the fact that I couldn't pick out all of the ingredients, I think that 3 stars is a fair award for this particular Yankee scent. Thanks for reading.
Ocean Blossom is a fragrance collection from candle creators, Yankee Candle. This fragrance is available to purchase in various candle options including jars, tumblers, tealights, sampler votives and wax tarts.
For those unfamiliar to Yankee Candle, a wax tart is the cheapest way to experience a Yankee scent. In the case of Ocean Blossom, this pale tart is a disc of scented wax which is presented in a clear wrapper. The image label adorning the wrapper depicts colourful flowers. The wax tart should be unwrapped and placed in a tart or oil burner. A tealight should be lit underneath allowing the tart to melt and for the fragrance to be released. Each wax tart is said to hold at least 8 hours of fragrance.
Ocean Blossom is described as..
'Like a swim in a tropical lagoon...paradise calls in this blend of sea salt, lotus and water lily'
~Price and Availability~
If you wish to purchase this fragrance, check out local Yankee stockists. Online, it is stocked on sites such as Amazon and eBay.
www.yankeescents4.com have the full range available - £1.05 (tart) £5.99 (tealights) and from £7.99 - £16.49 (tumblers and jars).
I bought this particular tart online alongside some other Yankee tarts. I thought it looked very pretty in the image and imagined it being the perfect fragrance for a warm day. Unfortuantely, I haven't be impressed with this fragrance - this doesn't deter me from buying Yankee tarts in general.
The tart has a light, powdery perfume scent when the wrapper is first removed. I popped it into my tart burner bowl one afternoon. I had hoped it would fragrance my living room and offer a pleasant scent to experience whilst doing the cleaning. After 30 minutes, I had a peak at the burner as I couldn't detect much scent. I noticed the tart had melted to form a pale blue pool of wax which looked quite pretty.
Looking pretty only gets you so far but when it comes to a Yankee tart, I want a gorgeous, uplifting scent. After 45mins, I could detect a very subtle fragrance in the vicinity of the tart burner. I had to be near it to catch it - it was a simple whisper of fragrance and wasn't strong enough to conquer my entire living room let alone take on the rest of our flat.
The scent appeared very diluted and what I could smell was nothing special at all. There was a faint floral mix which I can assume is the lotus and waterlily but they weren't distinctive enough to pick out the individual notes. If sea salt was present then it was very subtle but there did appear to be a 'watery' feel to the overall scent which was quite airy and fresh. It simply wasn't strong enough to be anything more than a background scent.
As you can probably guess, I cannot recommend this. It is simply to subtle to be of any use to me. I did use the tart up but this didn't take long - the scent was almost gone after 6 hours. Perhaps a tiny little box room would experience more fragrance from this one but you would waste your money by melting this in an average house!
Thanks for reading x
I only bought the Yankee Candle Ocean Blossom tart because it was in the sale, otherwise I don't think I would have considered buying it. I'd seen it before and liked the colour and the label depicting a pink flower resting on the ocean, but the scent didn't wow me enough to want to part with any cash.
The fragrance of this candle is predominantly a very fresh floral with 'sea' like undertones and a hint of what I think may be lemon. I find it quite difficult to describe really, as it smells rather generic and although it's floral, I certainly couldn't pick up on one individual flower - although Yankee cite lotus and water lily in their product description. Whilst the scent is nice enough, I don't think it is one I would go out of my way to purchase as it's not particularly special or outstanding to me. In fact, I would go as far as saying it smells vaguely like a cleaning product, rather than a premium brand candle.
I actually bought this in the form of a wax tart rather than a full sized candle. For those not familiar with this concept of a wax tart, it is best explained as a disc of wax infused with scent. Rather than burning via a wick as you would with a normal candle, you need to place it into a 'tart burner' (similar to an oil burner) and melt it under the flame of a tea light to release the fragrance. If you do not fancy this method of burning, the Ocean Blossom fragrance is also available as a votive, tea lights, jar candles and tumblers.
Once I started to melt the tart, I found that within around 15-20 minutes of melting, I could begin to smell a faint floral smell. Unfortunately the scent was incredibly weak and barely noticeable, despite the fact I was sitting within close proximity to where it was burning. I like to use these candles as an alternative to spray air fresheners, but this scent wasn't even enough to fill the room let alone leave it smelling fresh.
Each wax tart is designed to give eight hours of fragrance however I felt this gave closer to two. It was incredibly disappointing and one of the worst Yankee Candle products I have used in terms of longevity and intensity of fragrance.
The following shows a comparison of the Yankee formats with burn times and prices, but please note that these are approximate.
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45
I bought this from Collectables which is a high street store in the North East and paid just 77p, a little less than the RRP and little enough that I am not too devastated about how bad this was! Yankee candles are also available from Clintons Cards and online at www.yankeecandle.co.uk and www.scentedcandleshop.com
Given my experiences I could not recommend Ocean Blossom. To begin with it was a rather bland scent - pleasant, but generic and unmemorable. When melting though, the intensity was just so poor that it was not really worth burning, so needless to say I will not purchase another one of these!
*Review also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne
Following my recent introduction to Yankee Candles by my daughter who kindly bought me some as a gift, I now understand why it is these candles are so popular.
I had avoided Yankee Candles in the past purely because of the price. I had noticed the glass jars on sale in department stores and gift shops and thought although they looked really nice, they were expensive. There are many scented candles on the market so I opted for cheaper priced ones, with varying results and opinions on them. I have found some really nice lower priced candles, but have also experienced some very poor ones.
After now experiencing Yankee Candles, I have realised that you are definitely getting a quality product for your money. Using as many candles as I have, I always wonder when trying a new one, if it is going to be any good. However, with Yankee scented candles, I have found there is no need to worry as quality is assured. Indeed when using Yankee Candles now, all I wonder about is whether or not I will like the fragrance.
Which brings me to Yankee Candle's Ocean Blossom candle.
You will find Yankee Candles come in a range of scents, with each one being available to buy in various sized glass jars, votives, wax tarts and tea-lights.
My Ocean Blossom scented candle was a votive, also known as a 'sampler' candle. The great thing about the wax tarts and votive samplers is that they are reasonably priced and give you a chance to try out the candle and see if you like the fragrance. I certainly would not buy one of the expensive scented jars if I had no idea of what the scent would be like. Therefore buying a votive or wax tart is indeed the ideal opportunity to sample the delights of Yankee Candles.
My candle came attractively wrapped in cellophane, with a photo of a water lily on the front and I could smell the fragrance of the candle before unwrapping it, but after taking it out of its packaging, the scent was stronger. It is a pale blue colour, which you would expect if named 'ocean' and as blue is my favourite colour, it certainly appeals to me.
Yankee Candles description of their Ocean Blossom candle is "like a swim in a tropical lagoon paradise calls in this blend of sea salt, lotus and water lily."
Now with it being called 'Ocean Blossom' I fully expected this candle to have 'marine' scents. Usually any scented candle, air freshener etc I have used, that has 'ocean' or 'sea' in its name, have a similar fragrance, which don't necessarily remind you of the sea, but are certainly not fruity or floral. Indeed I have always struggled to think what most ocean fragranced products actually remind me of, as it is not necessarily the sea!
So, it was quite surprising to find that my first thoughts on taking a sniff at my candle prior to lighting it, were that it was quite different to what I expected and it is distinctly floral. The water lily scent is also detectable though and has a similar scent to other water lily fragrances I have experienced. Therefore I would describe the fragrance of this candle as a floral, water lily combination. In my opinion it should be named water lily instead of ocean blossom, but that's maybe being picky and others may disagree of course and feel that this candle warrants its ocean blossom name, as it does indeed have a 'blossom' scent. Its title aside, it was indeed a really nice fragrance and that is the main thing.
After lighting my ocean blossom votive, I was impressed at just how much fragrance you get from a small candle as its scent filled the room. I have used many votive candles before and can honestly say this is the strongest fragrance I have experienced.
Another bonus is that the wax burns evenly and not just down the centre of the candle forming a hollow, which is something that has often happened with many candles I have used. I am really pleased to say that after this candle had burned out there was only a tiny amount of wax left in the holder.
Speaking of holders, you must of course always place a votive candle in a suitable holder and not use it freestanding.
I saw it advertised that these votives have a burn time of up to 15 hours, so I decided to time how much burn time I got from mine and it was actually 13 hours, so not bad at all for a small candle. The fragrance lasted well throughout the burn time and was noticeable as soon as you walked in the room. It also hung in the air for quite a while after being extinguished.
Overall, I really like Ocean Blossom and will purchase it again. The fragrance lasts well, it has a decent burn time for a votive and burned evenly. There are cheaper candles on the market, but I do think these votives are well worth the money as you are certain to experience a quality candle.
Yankee Candle Ocean Blossom votives are available from department stores, gift shops and online stockists such as Amazon and YankeeDoodle.co.uk. where it is currently priced at £2.35 with free postage from Amazon and £1.60 plus £2 postage from YankeeDoodle. The postage may seem high from YankeeDoodle but you can order up to £9.99 worth of goods for that £2, so it makes sense to order more than one item if purchasing from there. I will point out also that if your order is over £10 there is a fixed charge of £2.95.