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I recently bought a large bundle of ten wax tarts from amazon. Included in this bundle was soft blanket - a fragrance I had heard of countless times, but had never really thought about buying as it didn't really sound very exciting or unusual.
It also has notes of vanilla which I always find a little off putting because sometimes vanilla can completely over power the fragrance and make it smell sickly and sweet.
Anyway, a wax tart retails at around £1.25 each and you can get on average eight hours of fragrance from each one - not bad value at all in my opinion! The fragrance is available in other forms too - jars, tumblers, tea lights and votives, with prices varying depending on which you buy. As I mentioned before, I have the fragrance in the form of a wax tart - a round disc of wax with pleated edges.
The tart comes wrapped in clear cellophane and a paper label is included which has the fragrance name and a picture of a teddy bear tucked up in bed - cute! The wax tart does not have a wick - something that will no doubt highly confuse a lot of people. Burning the tart is actually very easy and simple though but you will need a tart burner. All you need to do is unwrap the tart and place it in the tart burner's bowl, then place a lit tea light underneath.
The bowl will heat up, melting the wax and releasing the fragrance. It doesn't take long for the fragrance to become noticeable, and it is stronger than I had expected. Yankee candle say that the fragrance has notes of clean citrus, luxurious lavender and warm vanilla. From this description I had expected a baking-like smell - the type you get when baking fairy cakes- I guess because of the vanilla notes.
It is has a fresh floral fragrance which is not as delicate as I would have liked and the sweet vanilla notes although not as strong as I was expecting is still a little too noticeable and sweet for my liking, however luckily the citrus notes are there to balance it out and the hint of amber is quite nice. The smell is slightly 'artificial' in my opinion and a bit of a strange mix of scents, and there is a bit of a strange smell to it which I can't really identify but it is spicy and isn't particularly nice.
After around an hour of melting the tart I also find that the fragrance starts to focus more on the floral scent which I actually really like but the initial overwhelmingness of it is quite off putting and this is not a fragrance that I would ever re-purchase.
My latest addiction continues with the Soft Blanket Yankee Tart. I admit that I'm so behind the curve with the Yankee phenomenon that I make our country's rail network look punctual, but after reading and rating countless Yankee reviews on here, I can say that the Yankee bug has bitten my burner and doesn't look like letting go.
The thing that impresses me most with the Soft Blanket tart is the way that closing my eyes and smelling the scent actually makes me think of soft blankets - the lightest fluffiest new blanket taken from an airing cupboard at a posh auntie's house who uses nicer fabric conditioner than your mum used when we were younger. I've noticed with quite a few Yankee tarts that there is a big dose of sugar in the overall scent - I'm not sure if it's real sugar that they use as burnt sugar isn't a pleasant smell, but there is something very sweet in there that reminds me of a cross between dolly mixtures and that Shh perfume by Jade Goody. For this particular tart, there is a hint of fabric conditioner mixed in which I could best describe as lavender meets a new born baby's clothes.
The picture on the tart's label is of a knitted teddy bear underneath a blanket. The tart itself is of the classic Yankee petal / scallop shape and is the colour of Kendal Mint Cake - a creamy off white. Another common theme with this and other Yankee tarts is that the manufacturer's claim for a 22g tart lasting 8 hours isn't accurate - ours still gave a noticeable scent when melted for about double that time.
The soft blanket tart currently costs 94p plus 99p postage and packaging from the Yankee Store on Amazon. For those that prefer an actual candle, these start at £6.29 (again plus 99p postage and packaging) also through the Amazon Yankee store.
This is the sort of scent that freshens the house and gives an illusion of relaxing comfort - the sort you would get from snuggling under a freshly washed soft blanket or drying fluffy towels on radiators when the smell of the fabric conditioner fills the room. We love this scent of tart, and I can only give it the full five stars as any less wouldn't be fair. Thanks for reading.
Soft Blanket is part of the regular scent range that Yankee Candle offer. This particular scent is available in different sized candle jars, tealights, votives and also wax tarts. A wax tart is a disc of scented wax which should be melted in an appropriate tart burner. Each tart is said to offer 8 hours of scent.
The Soft Blanket wax tart is white and is packaged within a tight, clear plastic wrapper. The label adorning the packaging illustrates a teddy bear with a white blanket. The official description for this scent is 'wrapped in sweet dreams..a lullaby of clean citrus, luxurious vanilla and warm amber'.
~Price and Availability~
Soft Blanket wax tart is available from a wide range of online stores and also on the highstreet. Stockists include www.yankeescents4.com, Amazon and also eBay. Expect to pay between £1.00 and £1.20 per tart.
I am a big Yankee Candle fan and favour the wax tarts as an inexpensive way of experiencing all the scents that Yankee Candle has to offer. I have recently purchased a lot of the more regular Yankee scents including Soft Blanket. I have put off trying this one as I didn't think (given the name), that it would be a particularly strong or memorable scent. That being said, now I have tried it, I do quite like it even if it doesn't remind me of a soft blanket!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this scent but the official description is spot on and this scent definitely appeals to me for using on cold evenings. Soft Blanket is an inoffensive scent which would appeal to many in my opinion. The white tart melts to form a pool of clear wax and within 5 minutes or so, the scent of Soft Blanket becomes noticeable as it filters around my living room. The scent was stronger than I expected and could be detected in my hallway and kitchen at a noticeable level of strength.
The scent of Soft Blanket is really lovely and the notes have been mixed well to create a unique offering. The citrussy notes are noticeable and cleanse the air of any homely odours whilst adding a fresh touch to an otherwise sweet scent. The vanilla is most prominent - beautifully sweet and not the tiniest bit synthetic. The vanilla is in no way sickly as it floats around my home and smells absolutely gorgeous. Vanilla is one of my favourite scents and I feel it is captured well here.
The warm amber is noticeable soon after the tart starts to melt. It adds depth and warmth to the overall scent making it cosy and comforting to have melting away in the background. Despite filling my home with a gorgeous scent, Soft Blanket is still quite a delicate arrangement - it never becomes overpowering or heady but simply lingers and leaves my home smelling sweet and me very content and relaxed.
The scent of Soft Blanket offers a calming ambience to my home and smells really beautiful. It lingers well and I found that my tart offered around 12-14 hours of noticeable scent before it weakened. Others have stated this scent reminds them of Joop aftershave but I haven't smelled this before so cannot comment. The overall scent is a mixed bag but all the notes work well together to create a warm, sweet scent with a light citrus undertone and I really like it. It is of a high quality and very naturally scented.
Thanks for reading :)
I am a great lover of Yankee Candles although no way can I afford to buy as many as I used to before the recession.
This picture shows the Yankee Candle Soft Blanket in tart form which is the one we have so I am not going to list all the available jars, votives or tea lights plus their prices as these can be found on the Yankee website.
Mine is a tart and was 70p in a sale at either Hallmark or Clintons who seem to have the best summer deals. In fact, so good was this deal, that I ended up buying a few to pop into Christmas stockings (I am really an elf who helps Santa up to Christmas Eve, then writes reviews the rest of the year)
The tart is as shown in the Dooyoo picture and as you can see hit has fluted sides and is securely wrapped in heat -sealed clear plastic wrapper. Unfortunately it is not always easy to get an idea of the scent and I noticed many had the wrappers tampered with in order to extract the smell, the decide not to buy. I took a deep breath and asked the sales assistant if she could reduce the price a little on the tampered ones - she obviously does not like elves ;(
I popped the Soft Blanket on my burner and in a few moments the downstairs smelt really lovely and I felt relaxed and quite comforted by the vanilla smell/ possibly with a little cotton candy/ baby powder added?
I am not the best at describing scents and smells but I would say it is very pleasant, not overly strong , fresh and very nice indeed. The smell starting permeating through the house after only a few minutes yet, unlike some YC, I did not find it at all heady or too strong.
It is now a welcome departure from all the cinnamon, spicy, heavy Christmas candles we have enjoyed, yet is psychologically warming to senses and leaves me feeling more at one with my little world.
I cannot tell you the burning time of this as I have been in and out a lot so have been lighting and re-lighting my blanket, however for 70p a go I know I got a great deal and a lot of pleasure from this tart.
For Christmas another present me and my husband received from my parents was a basket which contained baby things for our baby due in a few months time. Obviously most of the items we have not been able to try as yet, however also in the basket were one or two items for us including some Yankee Candle wax tarts. One of the tarts was called Soft Blanket, this was a fragrance I hadn't tried. So far I have liked most of the Yankee Candle wax tart fragrances so I was sure that I was going to enjoy this one.
The Soft Blanket wax tart comes with clear plastic tightly wrapped around it to clearly show the colour and shape of the wax tart. There is a small square label stuck on top of the tart, this has the words "Yankee Candle" written along the top in black writing, all of the Yankee tart labels have a picture in the middle of the label which reflects the name of the fragrance which in this case is Soft Blanket, the picture on the label of this particular wax tart is a cute brown teddy bear covered with a white blanket, personally I feel this suits the name of the tart perfectly. Just underneath the picture is the name of the wax tart, again written in black writing, there is a small gold band just under this which says "with pure natural extracts". That is basically it for the front of the packaging, it is quite basic but the picture is very cute and suits the name of this particular wax tart. On the base of the tart is a second label, this contains information such as how and how not to use this product, this is all shown in picture form which personally is not always that clear, writing would be better.
The Wax Tart
Yankee candle tarts are basically a round piece of wax which measure just under 2inches across, it has the same fluted edges which all of the Yankee wax tarts have. The colour of the soft Blanket tart is a slightly creamy off white colour and the top and base of it are totally smooth.
When I first read the name of this product I had no idea what to expect from the fragrance, I guessed that it was going to be quite a gentle smell going by the name, When I first used it I was right in that it was a very delicate fragrance, it had quite a strong smell of vanilla to it which was also quite sweet. Personally I like this sort of fragrance and I loved this sweet vanilla fragrance as it gradually spread throughout the downstairs of my house. Although the fragrance was quite delicate in that it was not overpowering, it was on the other hand strong enough to leave the house smelling fresh yet homely. Personally I feel that the Soft Blanket fragrance is suited to colder months as it gives a warm homely feeling as the smell spreads around the house as well as leaving it smelling clean and fresh, I would use this fragrance any time of year but if I had to say when I feel it would be more suited to I would say autumn and winter months. I have had Yankee Wax tarts which have had a much stronger fragrance, as the wax has melted the fragrance has spread throughout my whole house as it is open plan, however as this has a much more delicate fragrance whilst the smell was strong in the room that the tart was being used in and the downstairs of our house the fragrance was not strong enough to spread throughout the entire house.
Directions of Use
Using Yankee Candle wax tarts is very simple, you need a burner suited to wax tarts/ oil, you simply place the tart in the dish on top of the burner and light the tea light underneath it. The heat from the candle gradually melts the wax releasing the fragrance and spreading it around the room, after a while the wax tart melts entirely. Once you have finished you simply blow out the candle meaning that the wax gradually starts to set again.
The cautions are shown on the bottom of the wax tart in logo form, as I have said this is not overly clear but from what I can gather is that you should not melt the wax tart in a saucepan over an oven, candles should not be left in front of an open window where a gust of air could blow the flame and ignite something, you should not leave the product unattended. As I have said I am just guessing here judging on the pictures on the back of the tart.
Price and Availability
As I have said the Yankee Candle Wax Tart Soft Blanket was a present, however I did ask my Mum where she got it from, she got this particular fragrance from a local independent shop in the town where we live, however I'm sure that this could be found online too, unfortunately she did not tell me how much it cost, but wax tarts are not expensive and cost around £1.00, maybe a few pence more or less depending on where you buy them from. Personally I feel this is an excellent price for this product as one tart give you around 8 hours of fragrane according to the label on the back and on the whole I would agree with this.
I have been very pleased with my Yankee candle Soft Blanket wax tart, I love the delicate vanilla fragrance, whilst it is not overpowering enough to spread around the whole house the fragrance is strong enough to leave the downstairs of my house smelling clean, fresh and homely. The sweet fragrance is just to my taste and certainly one I would buy myself in the future. Once the candle underneath the wax tart has been blown out the fragrance from the wax tart lingers around the downstairs of my house for quite some time afterwards, it does not fade straight away, this one is definitely long lasting. I would certainly recommend this fragrance to anyone, the Soft Blanket fragrance is perfect for anyone who likes delicate sweet fragrances. I will certainly use this one in the future.
I adore beautiful fragrances in my home and whilst my husband doesn't seem to find any problems with witnessing the aftermath of our Sunday lunch with the potent aroma of cabbage and sprouts I favour candles and electric plug ins. I own an excessive amount of Shearer and Yankee Candles and will alternate the fragrance depending upon my mood and/or the time of year. A candle that I purchased many months ago belonging to the Yankee Candle range is Soft Blanket and this review discusses my experience. Please note that Dooyoo list Yankee Candles as fragrances as opposed to formats and the product I own is the largest jar, which now displays the weight as 623g as opposed to 22oz.
~~ APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT ~~
I always find it somewhat of a challenge when visiting the Yankee Candle display stands situated within the House of Fraser as there is literally hundreds of different fragrances from which to choose. It was the appearance of the jar that initially caught my eye with a cute and adorable image of a small teddy bear cuddling up in his bed with his paw nestling on a white coloured blanket. The transparent glass jars are considerably attractive with their chunky and easy to remove lids and and the wax for Soft Blanket is pure white. As soon as I lifted the lid I was totally captivated by the fragrance, which I will discuss in the next section of my review and as a consequence, my purchase was made.
~~ USING THE CANDLE ~~
Whilst some fragrances are more suited to specific seasons of the year and occasions, such as lavender for calmness and relaxation, cinnamon for Christmas and musk for romance, Soft Blanket is suitable for use at any time. The delicate yet evident fragrance is gentle, warming and comforting. I cannot bear the aroma of vanilla, so was surprised to discover after burning the candle on numerous occasions, that it contains the fragrance. However, I cannot admit to recognising the vanilla, as it discreetly blends in with the delightful hint of citrus and the stunning aroma of warm amber, which is the most obvious scent within Soft Blanket. It is the amber that makes this candle so favourable for me, as I find it so comforting and relaxing. Whilst I have mentioned that Soft Blanket contains a citrus aroma I would advise that it is very gentle and would describe the overall fragrance as calming as opposed to refreshing and bursting with zest.
As with all of the Yankee Candle jars that I have used the single wick easily lights and within minutes the wax evenly begin to burn and delivers a warming and comforting aroma to my living room. I was initially expecting Soft Blanket to be somewhat subtle due to its' name, but this is not the case as the relaxing and comforting fragrance rapidly fills my living room and soon travels into the other rooms in the downstairs of my home. This is such an adorable and very relaxing fragrance and one that I will repurchase time and time again. I will frequently turn off the lights when burning my candles where my husband and I will relax whilst watching the TV and witness the single wick gently flickering inside the glass jar. To enable my candles to last longer I burn them for two to three hours before extinguishing the wick and am still able to witness the delightful fragrance for a good while afterwards.
~~ OTHER INFORMATION ~~
It is advisable to trim the wick to an approximate 1 cm length, which will allow the candle to burn evenly when next lit without emitting messy black smoke. The base of the jar is manufactured from thick glass and as mine are placed on my mantelpiece they do not cause any damage, but some people may prefer to place it on a heat resistant mat. Yankee Candle claim that the 22oz jar will provide a burn time of 110 - 150 hours and whilst I cannot admit to keeping a log of the hours that I've used them, I am able to state that the candles burn for a long period of time.
~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~
Yankee Candle Soft Blanket can be purchased from any Yankee Candle retailer and I have checked the Yankee website for current prices, which are, as follows:-
3.7 oz jar £7.49 (reduced from £7.99)
14.5 oz jar £15.45 (reduced from £15.99)
22 oz jar £18.45 (reduced from £18.99)
Wax Tart £1.15 (reduced from £1.20)
Sampler £1.65 (reduced from £1.75)
This is an absolutely stunning candle, which delivers a soft, comforting and relaxing fragrance and as a result, it receives 5 stars from me together with a full recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Standing in my local branch of 'Collectables' a couple of weeks ago smelling the various Yankee candles on display, I decided to treat myself to a couple of wax tarts. The thing is I am very indecisive and as there are so many to choose from, it wasn't an easy task.
I choose to buy the wax tarts as I believe these represent the best value for money in terms of fragrance and longevity. The slightly higher priced votives are also something I have bought too, but the wax tarts are my first choice. By buying either of these however, you are getting an introduction to that particular scented candle and therefore these are an ideal way to sample the different scented Yankee candles before splashing out on the more expensive glass jar candles.
As I stood deliberating over which ones to purchase, I picked up this 'Soft Blanket' wax tart. Pure white in colour and with a photograph of a teddy bear tucked up in a white blanket stuck on the shrink-wrapping, I expected this to be akin to the clean cotton or baby powder fragrances in the range.
So I was really surprised to discover that 'Soft Blanket' had a strong fragrance which definitely did not put me in mind of blankets, linen, cotton, baby powder or teddy bears!
Instead it was a strong and woody almost spicy fragrance I was smelling from this wax tart, which seemed very familiar to me and after a few seconds I remembered exactly what this wax tart's fragrance reminded me of... it was Joop aftershave!
Whilst not exactly the same as Joop aftershave, it definitely reminded me of some of the notes contained in the Joop fragrance and as I actually love the smell of Joop, it was no surprise then that I purchased this wax tart.
I also noticed when I came to write this review that another reviewer has also commented that 'Soft Blanket' also reminds them of Joop, so I am not alone!
After unwrapping the wax tart and placing it in my oil burner I lit a tealight and placed it underneath. You must ensure the well in your oil burner is deep enough to hold the wax tart, as some of the oil burners with a shallow well would not be deep enough to contain the melted wax, unless you cut the wax tart in half.
I usually find that after around 4-5 mins as the wax begins to melt, I begin to detect the fragrance from a wax tart, however, with this one I began to smell the fragrance after only 2-3 minutes.
The fragrance became stronger as the wax melted and soon the whole room was filled with the scent, wafting out into my hallway and up the stairs. My daughter was in her bedroom and could smell it there too!
Yankee describe the Soft Blanket scent as "Wrapped in sweet dreams ... a lullaby of clean citrus, luxurious vanilla and warm amber."
Now whilst I can definitely detect notes of vanilla and amber here, I would personally not describe it as having a citrus fragrance and instead I would say it is woody and spicy.
Yankee also state you can expect up to 8 hours burn time from a wax tart before the fragrance disappears, which is something I think varies from candle to candle. The longevity of some wax tarts I have used are really good and I have actually experienced over 8 hours of fragrance with some of them. However, there are also one or two disappointing wax tarts I have sampled. Indeed the last one I purchased only gave me around 3 hours of fragrance before it disappeared and although the fragrance was nice while it lasted, it was overall a bit of a let-down.
Thankfully Soft Blanket really excels in its longevity and after 12 hours burning I could still detect the fragrance quite strongly. It was actually only after around 14 hours that I began to notice the fragrance weakening and therefore this wax tart lasted me around five days as I burned it for approximately 3 hours a day.
What also impressed me about Soft Blanket was that I could smell the fragrance hanging in the air all over my house for a long time after extinguishing the tealight. I went to bed one evening and could still smell it the next morning. I then went out to work and on returning home at tea-time, I opened the front door and could smell the fragrance right away!
I can definitely recommend Soft Blanket in terms of fragrance and longevity, however I can't help but feel its 'Soft Blanket' name is a bit odd as this fragrance does conjure up any images of blankets or teddy bears etc.
It is definitely my favourite Yankee candle to date and I will be purchasing it again. If you like Joop, you will like this!
Soft Blanket wax tart is currently available from around 99p online. I purchased mine from Collectables priced at £1.15. Yankee Candles are also stocked in branches of Clinton Cards and other card and gift shops.
==Yankee Candle Soft Blanket Wax Tart==
I have a stash of Yankee Candle Wax Tarts that I have yet to use but these are coming to end and I have only two unopened ones left in my box so I already contemplating going out to buy a few more. There definitely is some sort of addiction there as these little items are just so moreish!
==Price and Availability==
For 90 pence I feel that the price is really great value when compared to your regular branded air freshener and these tarts usually smell so much better and can last so much longer so I have found myself buying these tarts rather than aerosols which is far better for the environment too!
The tarts are sold in so many different places and can often be found in the strangest of shops where you wouldn't necessarily expect to find them. As well as being sold on the high street there are tons of places to get them online and eBay can be good for picking up a bargain job lot from time to time.
==Look and Design==
This Soft Blanket wax tart is really how you would expect it to be with a crisp white colouring which seems to represent the clean freshness that you would expect of a soft blanket. The cute picture of a teddy on the front makes the tart seem very comforting and on the whole it has a rather appealing look even though I don't tend to opt for these white or pale coloured tarts I was very drawn to it.
The tart melted quickly in the dish of the oil burner and was quick to release the scent of the tart which at first seemed very floral which surprised me somewhat as I assumed it would be similar to the Clean Cotton scent of previous tarts like this. The floral scents seem heavy of vanilla and this gives it a nice sweetness which is really rather pleasant and there are hints of citrus fruits bursting through that first burst of aroma.
I did find however that these initial fragrances that were released were quick to disappear and left behind was a slightly deeper tone of musky amber and this gave the scent a little more depth and linger power in the air. Mixed together these scents work well but I found that the majority of the scent was quite amber rich after the tart had been burning awhile and the tart scent didn't seem very special or very different for my liking.
The strength of the tart is not one of the best from Yankee and although it was quite strong in one room the light aromas didn't reach through to the rest of the flat which was a shame.
==My Overall Opinion==
This tart was not a bad purchase and the scent although light and nothing special still did fragrance my home in a fairly nice way. The mix of floral aromas with the light note of citrus was appealing but these aspects didn't seem to last long enough is the air for my liking.
I probably won't be buying this tart again as I feel it offers nothing overly special. I can't see anyone not liking it because the scent is rather mild and none of the fragrances are really overpowering and the tart could be left burning all day without the need to extinguish the tea light under the burner.
I feel that it is a very average tart which deserves a fairly average score of 3 out of 5 stars and a slight recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
My boyfriend bought me lots of Yankee Candle tarts recently, one of which was the Soft Blanket variety. Yankee Candle's most popular fragrance is the Clean Cotton variety, and I expected that this one would be quite similar, as 'Soft Blanket' is a name that conjures up thoughts of freshly washed bedding.
Whilst I like the Clean Cotton variety of Yankee Candle, I find it a bit weak for my tastes and I used to prefer the Sunwashed Linen and Egyptian Cotton fragrances (both of which have been discontinued now) as they had a similar scent but were much stronger. I hoped that this one would also be strong, as whilst I like clean, fresh scents I like to be able to smell my candles.
The soft blanket tart came wrapped in cellophane with a little sticker on the front. The picture on the sticker depicts a cute brown teddy bear snuggled up in a soft, fluffy blanket. I wonder if perhaps this is meant to evoke memories of comfort blankets from childhood. The tart itself is white in colour which I think adds to the 'clean' image that it is trying to project.
The idea of a wax tart is that it is a small disc of wax with a fluted edge (a lot like a pastry tart), which is melted in a tart burner under the flame of a tea light candle. If you don't fancy this, you can also buy a mini votive (or sampler) candle, or a larger candle housed in a glass jar. I love the tarts as they are a cheap option and mean I can try a variety of scents, and don't get bored!
The smell of this is lovely, but not really what I expected. Whilst it does have that element of clean laundry about it, I was surprised that it's actually quite floral. It's a very soft floral, not at all overpowering, and smells to me like an expensive fabric conditioner. The scent is really gentle and I think also just a tad feminine.
The scent doesn't take very long to filter around the room. It's definitely quite a gentle scent and not one of the overpowering Yankee fragrances that hits you in the face the minute you light it! It smells pretty much the same as it did when solid, except I felt that in a way it smelled slightly creamy, although I do realise how strange that must sound! It is a very clean scent and I do think it makes my house smell fresh and welcoming.
Although I did like this scent, I have to say I don't think it was the most special Yankee Candle fragrance I have ever used. I think if I was to use it again, I would buy another tart, as I personally don't think there is anything outstanding enough about the fragrance to make me want to spend money on one of the glass jars.
The following info is taken from www.yankeecandle.co.uk although of course prices vary depending on where you choose to shop:
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
So would I recommend this one? Well maybe, I guess it depends on what you're looking for, because although I like it, I just wasn't wowed by it. If you're looking for something with a gentle floral scent to it, then this may be for you, but if you're looking for a 'clean' scent, then personally I think Clean Cotton or Baby Powder are much nicer than this one.
For my Christmas this year it seems that word has certainly spread about my love for candles. When friends asked what I wanted for Christmas, I didn't say very much, other than a plea to give up smoking once and for all. Whilst this dirty habit is something that I have been part of for so many years, I realized over winter and getting over a severe cold, that it was probably about time to stop smoking once and for all, and decided to ask Santa for loads of scented candles to get me through. I was also given unscented candle pillars too. For New Year for example I hardly smoked, but my flat and my mum's home stank of scented candles - something must have worked because I'm slowly weaning myself off by going cold turkey - but replacing the smell of tobacco smoke with clean and fresh scents in the home - not helped by family members who smoke around me from time to time - but still scented candles for me can be relied upon for a cleaner, more relaxing scent than a smoking ciggy burning away in an ashtray as I write reviews.
Soft Blanket by Yankee Candle is a new scent for 2011 and it shares the limelight with three other fragrances - "Garden Hideaway," which smells nothing of a hideaway but a full on shed at the bottom of the garden with a lawnmower that hasn't been emptied, to another gift I got called "Country Lemonade," which is totally delicious and mouth watering without being too sweet. "Pink Lady Slipper," is a flowery one and one that doesn't appeal. Following my love/loathe relationship with Amber Glow, I wasn't taken by surprise to find that Yankee Candle (famed for their scented candles and loads of different accessories with the same fragrance) have dabbled again with Amber additives, combining sweet vanilla (they must be using up their French Vanilla additive since so many Yankee Candles I've tried recently, seem to have this as a long lasting and combination "mixer" tone) with Clea Citrus and claimed Amber. Clea Citrus is an additive I've never heard of before but whatever it is, it's close to "Sparkling Lemon." There are hints of lemon in this candle but as it's Yankee Candle, there's a bit more than meets the eye here despite what YC claim! The label on this candle shows a cuddly brown teddy bear wrapped up in a white blanket - awww!
The top scent of citrus is very apparent once the candle starts to burn and I received a medium housewarmer jar candle Christmas gift from a very good friend, of whom I bought an electric tart candle burner for, last year. I realized that she would probably get me something novel, hoping for a White Company candle like the one she gave me the year before - but still I never look a gift horse in the mouth - Soft Blanket is without doubt a candle I will buy again. This is because the scent of this candle reminds me very much of original Joop aftershave - a fragrance that never comes alive on me - or never smells of the stuff when sprayed on me - I love the smell of Joop but I've never been able to quite get away with the same smell as it comes out of the bottle! Some aftershaves are like that, but its good to be able to sample a similar pervading scent from this candle that has memories of good student days which didn't always end up with my head down the toilet pan! This is probably down to the heart warming tone of Cedar, which acts as the base tone from the candle, in my opinion. Vanilla is always present as the middle tone, which seems to calm down a slight flowery aspect that this candle gives off when the top of the jar is taken off and inhaled. When Soft Blanket is lit, there is very little flowery aspect that comes off, even after an hour where the medium house warmer jar has had enough time to start spreading its warm and inviting appeal. Soft Blanket hides a secret though and it is one that I picked up early on when I first left the housewarmer jar burning for around five hours - coriander.
Strangely, Soft Blanket isn't a heavy candle per se when it burns - and this is from a company where most of their scented candles can be too overpowering within a short amount of time of burning. I find it to be quite a relaxing scent to pursue light leisure activities to without feeling the need to extinguish the candle when burnt for a longer period than Amber Glow and the all white wax makes the candle look quite professional and belies the known colourings for the natural additives included. Yes, whilst the candle has Amber tones within the trio of wax additive content, Soft Blanket is cosy and warming to a room bit by bit making its appearance known as the scent comes in waves, which is never too overpowering and Yankee Candle have stuck to their principles of production here using natural additives here like they do with all of their scents. As such this isn't a candle that I would use to eradicate tobacco or strong cooking smells by default, even though Soft Blanket is up to the job. The delightful backdrop promise of additives combined with the citrus gives an appealing fresh appeal just like a warm towel (or indeed "literal" blanket) taken out of a tumble dryer rather than dealing with the smell of burnt toast or stronger odours. Yankee Candle make plenty of scents that can cope and deal with pongy odours - Soft Blanket certainly swipes all manner of bad odour - but in reality it is more of a candle to relax with rather than rely on for combating odour.
The newer jars for 2011 have longer stemmed paraffin-free wicks on them. Now this is important info for any fan - normally the wicks on the older jars didn't always have to be trimmed after use - but the new ones have a thinner wax added thickness to them and always bunch up into a little black ball once the candle has been used. If you don't trim the candle before lighting it/using it again, the wick either falls into the candle wax, or burns away leaving rooms with a burnt smell of no-scent wax before the fragrance gets a chance to dissipate. The beauty of the Housewarmer style glass jars are, you don't have to manually blow the candle out either - simply jam the heat proof top with its plastic air tight rings on and the candle will go out immediately. As with all scented candles though, logic prevails for safety - this candle and other candle wax formats are just never suitable for use around small children; common sense should be used at all times with Yankee Candle products and scented candles generally.
With Soft Blanket being a new scent for 2011 there are only a few different formats of this product available and as usual Yankee Candle UK aren't listing everything that is available whereas other online sites have started to stock other varieties. The average prices and formats are given below:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p 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, £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)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
On the one hand, Midnight Jasmine is a flowery candle that is warm and subtle without becoming too heady and that is another candle that has so far surprised me for not being too intense and great to relax with. Soft Blanket is a bit like Midnight Jasmine - there are some flowers here, but this time it has been mixed with freshly squeezed citrus additives, creamy vanilla to soften the edge of the woody and honey like Amber, whilst the tinniest hint of Coriander is also present, conjuring up the original Joop aftershave but milder, softer - yes, even matching and summing up the product's title completely. It's a perfect combination that works well for a scented candle that isn't too overpowering and thus perfectly considerable out of the many Yankee Candle scents that are known to be too strong in their delivery. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2011.