“ Brand: Yankee Candle / Type: Scented Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
Yankee Candle's Silver Bells fragrance is actually a Christmas scent, however due to moving house not long before Christmas, I didn't get all of my Christmas Yankee Candles used at the time and have only got around to using it now, in February.
The official description of Silver Bells is 'Ring in a festive Christmas with the fresh notes of cypress, spruce, apple, wild berry, clove and white cedar.' I think that sounds quite appealing.
Like all Yankee Candles this is available in a range of formats. This varies from small votive candles, through to housewarmer jars, which are like large sweet jars filled with wax. I bought this in the form of a wax tart, which is a disc of fragrance wax which you melt in a burner under the flame of a tea light to release the fragrance.
Silver Bells is dark green in colour and the label on the front depicts jingle bells. I liked the deep green as I felt it fit with the fragrance quite well and of course is festive too. This wax tart had smelled nice in the wrapper, but when I unwrapped it and took in the full scent of the candle I was absolutely amazed at how beautiful it smelled.
The scent to me is more autumnal than Christmassy in my opinion, although I'd be happy to burn this at any time through the colder months. It smells mainly of berries to me, but it's an incredibly natural and realistic scent. If I closed my eyes I could almost be standing in the woods. As well as berries I can smell a hint of apple in there and also a pine type fragrance comes through quite strongly, but again this is fresh and natural and doesn't smell like a cleaning product.
As I burned this, I found that the fragrance of the wax started to fill the room very quickly. I found the scent was fairly similar to how it had been when solid, although more of the apple seems to come out when it is burning. It's strong enough that I can smell it in the entire room, but not so strong that I find it overwhelming or sickly. I actually found the scent quite homely and comforting and it's a nice background scent to have when curled up on the sofa with a book and a mug of steaming hot tea.
Each wax tart is designed to give eight hours of fragrance which I think was probably about accurate for this tart. In fact, it could well have been even longer than that as I did feel that this tart seemed to last forever!
I bought this from www.yankeedoodle.com. I have found that sadly this scent has been discontinued now, so it might be difficult to find in the shops, but it seems a few places online still stock it - and there's always eBay!
The prices/burn times below are estimated and the prices will vary depending where you shop:
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
Tea Lights (pack of 16) - Burn time 4-6 hours each -£5.99
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
Small tumbler - Burn time 35-40 hours - £9.25
Medium tumbler - Burn time 45-50 hours -£14.49
Large tumbler - Burn time 70-90 hours -£17.99
If you can find this fragrance, then I would highly recommend it. It's perfect for the colder months and the berry/pine/apple fragrance is homely and comforting. I loved everything about Silver Bells and so it gets a full five star rating from me.
Back in November I made sure that I had a large supply of Yankee Candles in my possession. I buy most of mine from Yankee Doodle and generally buy samplers before I decide to splash out on a larger candle just so I can find which ones I prefer and which ones I won't bother buying again!
Yankee Candles originate from America and came over to our shores and made an instant hit. They make and produce some wonderful candles in all varieties as well as various candle holders and accessories but they are not the cheapest compared to some but they can be worth the price tag. Christmas is yet another excuse for them to make wonderfully smelling festive candles some of which are in my current collection.
My first candle to be tried this festive season is the 'Silver Bells' candle. I had ordered a sampler off Yankee Doodle as it was heavily reduced but on the website there was not a picture if the item itself nor a description on what it actually smelt like so it was a bit of a gamble as I do tend to pick my candles generally on what ingredients they contain as there are certain scents which I dislike.
When I received my little packaged of samplers I really couldn't pick out which candle was Silver Bells as I was expecting a silver or white candle but what I received was a dark green candle instead! The only thing that gives any indication of the candle's title is the image of two silver bells on the label! Needless to say I was a bit surprised given the title of the candle but after doing a little research into the candle itself I soon realised why it was green and it was simply down to the ingredients!
Silver Bells is made up of cypress, spruce, white cedar with apple, wild berries and cloves which when blended altogether should create a wonderful festive aroma. Now if I had seen the list of what oils were going to be used I would have probably of left Silver Bells out of my shopping cart as I am not a big fan of cypress or spruce type aromas but I decided to use this candle first to actually get it used so I could try something else!
When removing the packaging you don't really get a scent at all from Silver Bells it is pretty minimalist. However, if you put the candle to your nose and inhale the aroma does appear quite suddenly and I instantly thought of Christmas trees which was nice and fresh although not what I really wanted as I wanted an aroma which was warming rather than fresh smelling.
However, I lit the wick and waited for the aroma to come out a bit more because it does start off quite subtle. Once it has been lit for around 10 minutes the aroma starts to become stronger and you can pick out the notes of the different oils used in Silver Bells. But whatever note you can smell the fresh cypress and spruce aromas are always present as is the clove aroma which although go wonderfully together it is a really fresh almost invigorating fragrance. The white cedar with apple is not noticeable at all but the wild berries do give a slightly sweeter note to soften the fresh cypress and spruce scents which is actually quite nice as it warms the overall fragrance up.
As I said above the overall aroma reminds me of freshly cut Christmas trees, the type of scent that you get when you go to a Christmas tree farm and you are hit with that sudden aroma of pine! Silver Bells is this aroma just in a candle. It is completely gentle and it doesn't overpower the room as it is subtly noticeable which is actually quite nice and the wild berry oils just take the freshness down a notch or two which for me is very much welcomed!
Samplers don't particularly last that long and if left burning they will last a few hours at most. I tend to burn mine for around 30 minutes as I find the aroma easily fills a room in that time. Obviously if you buy the candles in the jars or larger sizes they will obviously last a lot longer. Silver Bells is no different but it does have a subtle fragrance so you may find yourself having to burn it longer to get enough of the scent in your room.
Overall, I'm not the biggest fan of Silver Bells but this is just due to my personal preference but I am pleased that I tried it as it wasn't as bad as I first thought! Definitely a candle and fragrance for those who like the more natural aromas or those that smell like Christmas trees! I won't be buying again but again that's just due to me not liking cypress or spruce aromas but would recommend to anyone that does!
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Price: Samplers from £1 Jars from £14.99
Wax Type: Paraffin