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Yankee Candle Pomegranate Cider
Member Name: Nar2
Yankee Candle Pomegranate Cider
Date: 28/06/11, updated on 05/07/11 (125 review reads)
Advantages: Cherry like, strong apple scent, very strong and long lasting.
Disadvantages: Availability - it is very popular! Not to all tastes.
My experience of this candle is vast in terms of formats/types received as gifts and from my own money spent on the scent even though it initially began as a spray gift I received as a birthday present in March 2010 followed by my own purchase of wax tarts and votives at Christmas and then a large jar candle the following year from the same person who had gifted me the first range of this scent as a birthday present. Amidst all of the other candles I have, the cinnamon ones and "Pomegranate Cider" only get to air once a couple of months - because this very fruity candle is worth keeping over a length of time rather than burning it all off continuously.
Available in a myriad of formats, I've been pleasantly surprised by "Pomegranate Cider," scented candle range by Yankee Candle, including the votive candles that I normally slate where other scents in the YC are concerned. Without the use of a hot oil/potpourri burner, it is the votive or "Car tab House warmer Jar" air freshener priced at £1-75 or £1-99 that can get your heart fluttering even though you'll need a heat proof votive holder (or a small glass drink tumbler will do) as the Votive doesn't keep its shape when it is lit and needs a holder to stop it going into a huge red clumped mass of wax and a wick. The "small," "medium" and "large" Housewarmer jar candles are better thought out but start at prices of £5-99 and increase. The jars have sealed glass lids, able to seal the flavour/scent of the candle and if you keep it stored in a dark place away from light of any form, the candle can last up to a year or more. In use the candle jars have heat insulated bases but they don't remain cool anywhere else. The wicks also need regularly trimming to keep uniform burning and are dishwasher safe afterwards making them rather handy as food storage jars thanks additionally to the peelable label sticker at the front. Rather than believe what Yankee Candle would have you believe this scented product contains such as natural additives of cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and pomegranate, however I've so far found, there is a bit more to this scented candle than meets the eye.
The first tone that comes off this candle is a deep and fruity sweet tone of red cherries and it is pointing towards the "Tootsie Roll" cherry lollipops scent that always gets my mouth watering! The temptation to try and find something edible on the market that is comparative to "Pomegranate Cider," has been quite a difficult task and the "Tootsie Roll" sweet will only be available to U.S citizens or those who have had the chance to sample Tootsie Roll Pops! For U.K buyers, think deep cherry lip salve or the cherry scented "Jelly Belly" candle that I reviewed last year. The cherry scent is deep and strong, probably trying to be like a Pomegranate, but I'd associate the smell of champagne with pomegranates generally and although there is fizz here, this is down to the strong spicy cinnamon and apple acting as the middle tones of the candle that draws back the "Pomegranate" scent a bit. It is quite a strongly scented candle but one that seems to have a lot of depth to it, pretty similar to the strong "Black Cherry," candle that Yankee Candle also produce but isn't as sweet. The base tone has a lovely dryness to it, not courtesy of cloves because whenever I've purchased Yankee Candles that have cloves in them, they always threaten the onslaught of sneezing or coughs induced by the peppery clove proper. Here there is a base tone that is quite difficult to pinpoint until the candle has been allowed to burn for more than an hour and rooms are reeking of the deep warmth of apples, fruit and cinnamon. Whilst it is undeniably creamy at times no doubt thanks to the vanilla added, "Pomegranate Cider" has a hint of melon and peaches to the base tone. It is probably the tones that have been added to state the "Pomegranate" content but it took me quite a few months to pinpoint the scents I could smell.
If buying wax tarts (and if you are new to Yankee Candle) you'll have to use another burner to get these wax "candles" melting down and the burner of choice always is a hot oil or potpourri burner with a deep concave. By placing the tart on the top, if it doesn't fit it will have to be sliced in half as this ensures the oil will not steam over when in use. You'll also need a tealight candle to get the whole thing working and whilst it is very relaxing to have all this in a home, it isn't a procedure I'd advise if you have inquisitive pets or children. After the candle has finished, or if you get fed up of the scent and want to change onto the next candle (if you have bought them since they are only around a £1 each) the tealight candle must be taken out, wait for the burner to cool and place in a freezer for 15 minutes. After which when the burner is taken out and tapped lightly on the top, the solid wax tart should fall out easily. This makes it easy to dispose of without fear of blocking anything if you were to drop the hot oil down a drain. If you sniff the base however and it still smells of fragrance, then the wax tart should be kept instead of disposed. It is the only indication you'll get that the candle still has life to give! Logic is always needed whatever Yankee Candle type you have, even if the jar candles are more complete by having cotton wicks, which does ensure a bonus of no coughing attacks due to the lack of paraffin built into the wicks.
The beauty of "Pomegranate Cider" is that in wax tart form or glass jar format, the scented wax is very strong and in each case you get complete opposites where burn times are concerned with the wax tart only burning for 8 hours compared to votive of 15 hours and then the jars, double to triple the burning time. In votive form I could smell the light and lingering spread of the cherryness filling my room when I sat the votive next to me and made me more than determined to seek out more of this scent because of the contrast of warmth and the deep red colour that makes this a candle worthwhile to relax with, rather than keeping for the sake of covering up odours. Whilst the candle is apt at doing so, it is not a candle that I keep for that sake; "Pomegranate Cider," is just too rich and promising for just masking or covering up tobacco smoke, pets and cooking smells!
When it comes to pervading, this scented candle does it extremely well and it brings a special sense of occasion. I've only ever burnt the candle over a 2 hour period left out near Christmas time, to sweeten the air with the deep apple cider content and against Yankee Candle's own "Apple Cider," that I found deeply disappointing, "Pomegranate Cider," is a much better bet since it manages to last up to four rooms! Burn the candle for less time in a room without windows opened and doors closed over and you'll get a labyrinth of warm and fruity tones that are mystifying and deeply spiritual. It may even get you hankering for a hot cup of mulled wine!
Prices and formats are given on average before 25% discounts if the scent is "season of the month," and usually the discounts are only available at local shops like Clinton Cards, Debenhams and House of Frasers, although it is always best to check with the seller concerned - I tend to shop for my candles locally or source online for the best prices:
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) - Avoid unless you want v.v.v light scent!
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)
Car air vent gel pack (4-6 weeks duration £2-85, 3 pack additional at £5-98)
Car Pump 'n' Go clip on air vent freshener (4-6 weeks, £7-20)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99 to £7-99) - Avoid, not v. strong.
Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99)
On-The-Go Travel scented air freshener pen (limited edition) (£5-99, 65 sprays duration, contains odour eliminator additive.)
The downside to this fragrance then is that it may not be to everyone's cup of tea. Whilst "Pomegranate Cider," is warm, welcoming and relaxing, it isn't going to appeal to every Yankee Candle fan - but it does promote the humble apple rather well other than just cherry and cinnamon! For that reason alone it isn't just for Christmas and due to its long lasting ability is a very strong candle able to hold its own without additional need to burn any more spice in its vicinity. Thanks for reading. İNar2 2011
Summary: A wonderfully warm apple cider candle that is full of fruit and freshness.