Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Yankee Candle Pink Lady Slipper
Member Name: Nar2
Yankee Candle Pink Lady Slipper
Advantages: A flowery candle that is stately yet refreshing and sweeter than "Fresh Cut Roses."
Disadvantages: Not for all, limited ranges.
Once yet again Yankee Candle have dreamt have a super mix of flowers here, very much a mix that I'd associate Spring with rather than Summer. Violets, roses and jasmine give three degrees of long lasting strength but when put altogether there's a fizzy champagne like quality to the way the scent pervades and isn't that far off from the powdery like content of "Island Spa." This isn't a candle for a man unless perhaps you are a Florist and adore the smell of roses around you. Unashamed in its pink colouring, "Pink Lady Slipper," is a full on burst of fresh flowery fragrance that is potent and appealing, without being too full of cherry like "Fresh Cut Roses," a Yankee Candle scent that always seems to make me sneeze.
By now if you have read any of my Yankee Candle reviews you'll know that I either prefer wax tart forms (8 hour duration, average price £1-05) or the glass jars (average £7-99, £13-99 to £17-99)- either end of the price scale where wax tarts are cheaper to buy (but you'll need a hot oil/potpourri burner and tealight candle to melt it down) to the expensive medium or large glass jars which hold candle wax that can be strong enough to light up one corner of a room, whilst offering a more practical storage jar solution after the wax is taken out thanks to its airtight glass lid and storage "country style" design. However, surprised as I was to find my mother's home full of this rosy smell, I was intrigued to find where it was coming from when I first smelt it and found three votive candles lit in her bedroom where the scent was gently wafting out into the hall way. On average one votive candles costs £1-75 and each one has a duration burn time of 15 hours. My mother informs me that she found these at a recent trip to House o Fraser, whereupon research reveals House of Frasers, Clinton Card and Debenhams stores have started selling Yankee Candle. Most votives are light on scent, but as I found out, in some cases this is a greater aspect when three are combined together and lit at the same time. I was sent on an errand a week later to seek out the wax tarts from our more local supplier.
In wax tart form however, the potency of flavours on offer is really stronger and much more powerful and when lit for the first time, only takes less than a minute for the first scent to come through. The first tone that comes through is that of fresh cut red roses; full of cherryness but lacking the sweet and peppery after tone that has the stand alone scent by its name making me reach for a tissue. Next up, sweet violets bring a powerful release of lily like freshness, no doubt reserved for the soothing quality of Jasmine as the base tone when the two mix together, the Jasmine's stronger note takes over the sweetness of the violets giving the three combinations of natural additives a chance here to combine a fruity rosy scent that isn't sneeze or cough inducing. Infact when all three come together, there's a beautiful warmth to this scent that I wouldn't say is very apparent from a lot of other Yankee Candle scent's I've tried. Compared to "Fresh Cut Roses," this scent in wax tart form also seems to be better at staying fresh and alive longer than the votives, even if the known burn time of 8 hours is far shorter for each wax tart.
Briefly if you are a fan of scented candles in general then you'll know you have to be utterly safe with a good deal of common sense. All of the jar candles are dishwasher safe (or swirling hot water loosens the last of the wax when the candle is nearly done and same applies if you need to remove a votive candle in a votive holder), made of thick glass and have heat insulative bases and airtight glass lids to keep the scent in. Therefore if you keep this kind of candle sitting around for months with the top sealed back in, there's never a fear of the scent dying out unless it has been put on view in strong bright light - and only then does the scent die away. Unlike a lot of other brands though, Yankee Candle products now have cotton wicks and lack a paraffin base that can induce coughing or sneezing attacks. The sides and top of the glass jars however get hot whenever the candle is lit and the wick constantly needs trimming to avoid bunching up or black like burning smoke if you burn the candle for more than four hours. In wax tart form you'll need a potpourri burner with a sufficiently deep concave to accept all of the tart and if it isn't wide enough for the tart to sit in before unwrapping, this is a great indication to tell you that you'll need to slice the tart in two -otherwise hot oil will overflow over the sides and can damage surfaces. If you need to change the tart, simply take out the tealight candle, wait for the burner to cool and place in a freezer for minimum of 15 minutes. When taking out and turned over the wax tart falls out easily, solid like it was before and can be disposed of. However if you sniff the base and you can still smell scent - the wax tart can be used again for another time.
Unlike "Island Spa," "Pink Lady Slipper," is a cosy looking named candle that mimics the flower family pretty well. Full on rather than building up scent bit by bit, it is a candle that is pretty much more versatile and can be used in any room in the house with equal versatility when clearing up after strong odours like pets or even tobacco. Keep the doors open and you may find one wax tart burnt over an hour can sufficiently freshen up three rooms at once. However, don't ever open the windows, as this is a flowery candle and means good news for visiting bees and wasps. Yet again another triumph for Yankee Candle where natural extracts added is very much apparent. Lacking that chemical after tone and offering flowery freshness instead, the only downside is a limited range of other versions for the moment and if you don't happen to like flowery candles. Thanks for reading! İNar2 2011
Other formats and prices are given on average:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 each.)
Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2)
Small housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £5-99 to £7-99)
Medium housewarmer jar candle (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £13-99)
Medium 2 wick tumbler (12.5 oz 45-50 hours duration, £12-99)
Large housewarmer jar candle (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £17-99)
Large 2 wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £16-99)
Lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99)
Car tab housewarmer jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99)
Summary: The one candle that could have been used for a Royal Wedding of a youthful couple.