Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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A Watery Disappointment
Yankee Candle River Valley
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Yankee Candle River Valley
Advantages: Starts off interesting, Some nice green notes
Disadvantages: Quickly loses all interest, No longevity, Overall Poor
"River Valley" was an Autumnal fragrance released last year by Yankee Candles and having discounted it on its release as one that wouldn't appeal to me I only got around to trying it a few weeks ago when I found a few wax tarts, this fragrance included, on half price offer in my local Clintons store. Yankee tend to categorise their fragrances so that you have an idea of how they're going to smell or they bundle them into the 'groups' that best describe them, I tend to favour the 'sweet' and 'fruity' fragrances they produce rather than anything too spicy or subtle and River Valley would be best categorised as a 'water' fragrance which, given its name, is understandable.
I've tried a few of the 'water' fragrances before and am not usually keen on them, they're too subtle for me and tend to lose my interest very quickly. I rarely find that they have the 8 hour longevity that Yankee are renowned for so had very little expectations for River Valley when I decided to buy it. It was the price that appealed to me if I'm being honest, at 60p instead of £1.20 I figured it wouldn't cost too much to at least try it and even though this ended up being pretty much as I expected I have to say that it almost made me a 'water convert'
As shown in the supplied picture the wax tart variant of River Valley is powder blue in colour (although in 'real life' is slightly darker and more lilac) and as usual for a Yankee product it is well produced with an attractive sticker on the wrapper. A wax tart needs to be melted to allow the fragrance to be released so adding mine to the well of my tart burner and placing a lit tea light underneath it I allowed a few minutes for the wax to warm up before I could start to detect its odour.
To begin with I thought River Valley was going to be the exception to the rule that water fragrances are always subtle as this one soon attracted my attention. There's no denying that it is very similar to other Yankee fragrances that have been done before and the obvious 'green' notes are the ones that first make an appearance although these soon level out to reveal a deeper heart of a woody scent which does add a lot of interest. It's a very calming fragrance I found, more suitable for a balmy Summers evening rather than Autumn I thought but even so it was pleasant and did make a nice change from the fragrances I usually select from Yankee.
The only thing wrong with River Valley is that it quickly loses all of its impact and after only a couple of hours it started to subdue and ended up petering off into nothingness. It's a real shame I think when some wax tarts do this as they have the potential to be really interesting but its almost as if Yankee can't quite get the fragrance longevity composition right in these ones as they rarely, if ever, last the distance and you're left wanting more. River Valley could have potentially converted me to trying other watery fragrances but in the end it just disappointed me and I can understand why Clinton's were wanting to get shot of what stock they had as I can't see many people wanting to make a repeat purchase once they've tried this one out for themselves.
All in all I can't recommend River Valley even though I quite liked it at first, compared to other Yankee fragrances this didn't match in terms of longevity or value for money so from me it gets a rather lacklustre 2 stars as a rating. It could and should have been a lot better than it was in my opinion and I wouldn't buy it again.
Thanks for reading my review.
Summary: Poor fragrance from Yankee