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I love candles and have tons of holders scattered around my house so I can create the perfect romantic or haunting lighting effects. I particularly like fragranced candles as they create a lovely atmosphere, especially during the evenings when you want to feel all cosy. The Yankee Candle brand has a big fan following here on Dooyoo, and I am a relatively new recruit to the Yankee Candle fan club. I purchased a sampler set of votive candles in all sorts of different fragrances to get a good overview of the brand, and the one I've tried most recently is the "Willow Breeze" fragrance in a votive candle format. The RRP for Yankee Candle sampler votives is around £1.75. I purchased my sampler set from yankeedoodle.co.uk, and the individual candles can also be found at many different high street retailers. Each fragrance is available in a variety of different forms: wax tart, sampler votive, tea lights, small jar, medium jar and large jar. The label design for Willow features a large, leafy willow tree which matches in nicely with the name of the fragrance. The candle itself is made of a pale, washed out shade out blue. Product description: "The lush, sweet aroma of green willow and lemon blossom spiced with Spanish moss and sandalwood." Upon lighting the candle it takes a short while for the wax to start melting and release the fragrance into the room. The candle gives off a good level of fragrance and I find that I can usually sense the fragrance round the whole room after about 30 minutes of the candle being lit. It stays burning at a steady rate and the scent travels around the room freely, giving an even level of fragrance. I found that this candle is very clean and refreshing, and it creates a real feeling of being outdoors. The scent was not overly woody, I would say it is a bit more green and is a real breath of fresh air. It has enough strength to cover pet odours and I was really happy with how well this candle worked. I don't think that the scent is particularly good at creating a cosy, homely atmosphere and it's nothing at all like my favourite sweet, foody scents, but it is a nice practical option that makes the house smell like it's freshly cleaned. I would strongly recommend purchasing a specific votive sized candle holder if you intend on using Yankee Candles' sampler sized candles. I have tried one previously in an ordinary, larger candle holder and the sampler completely lost its shape and puddled away into an un-useable mess. Having a votive holder means that the sampler candle slips in neatly and sits close to the sides, which helps it to maintain its structural integrity while burning. The sampler votives are rather small and measure in at about 2" tall, but despite their size they still claim to give around 15-20 hours of burning time. When using candles I like to keep them burning for at least 3 hours at a time on each use, so that the wax melted evenly and I'm not left with wasted leftover bits that get stuck against the edges of the glass holder and won't melt down. I used this candle on four different evenings with an average burn time of around 5 hours each use, so I definitely got the most for my money and achieved the maximum level of burning time that this candle offers. I'm giving Willow Breeze a 5 star rating based on quality and performance, although it's not the type of scent that I can call a personal favourite. Well worth a try if you want to simulate a breath of fresh air in your home.
Introduction The Willow Breeze sampler from Yankee Candle was recently included in a sale on the YankeeDoodle website and although I've had mixed feelings regarding the strength of the fragrances that these contain and have written a number of reviews sharing my disappointment recently I decided that it was too good a bargain to miss at just 60 pence. I figured that even if it wasn't very strong that it would have some fragrance to it and reasoned that if it was a scent I liked then I could add it to my list to re-buy again in wax tart format at a later date. The name of this one "Willow Breeze" conjured up images associated with a gentle, fresh fragrance and I hoped for something with a subtle and light scent that would suit being burnt during the daytime. My reason for choosing something away from my usual fruity and sweet favourites wasn't just because it was cheap but I'd also bought a number of seasonal samplers on offer too and wanted a contrast between what I imagined would be a light scent and the deeper ones in my recent order and thought it would be nice to burn the gentle fragrances during the daytime and the richer ones at night. Samplers Also known as votives depending on where you buy them from, Yankee Candle's range of wax creations is as extensive as they are impressive, they cater for all tastes and budgets and the sampler candle range normally retails for around £1.60 each. They are traditional candles in the sense that they have a wick running through the centre of the wax and have a burning time of around 15 hours. Yankee infuse fragrances and essential oils into the wax to create something that when lit releases a scent which in most cases are authentic and recognisible and if you have ever read any of my reviews before you will know that I am a massive fan of the products and scents on offer. A sampler generally has around 5-8 hours worth of fragrance infused into the wax but depending on which one you buy determines the actual amount of fragrance they offer often with wildly varying results. For the most part I must admit to being disappointed by the samplers and whilst they do have some fragrance in them they are by no means the strongest smelling products in Yankee's range and lack the intensity or longevity of the cheaper-priced wax tarts. Saying that though you can sometimes find a sampler which packs a punch and whilst I didn't imagine that Willow Breeze would be one of the most pungent or long-lasting for the price I paid I have very little to complain about with this little votive. Willow Breeze Light blue in colour with an illustration of a Willow tree set against blue skies the Yankee Candle sampler is the standard 2 inches in height and comes plastic-wrapped to protect its fragrance. In its wrapper I could detect a subtle fresh scent which was mild but pleasant enough and once the wick was lit and the wax had begun to melt I could detect its initial flourish of fragrance and was reminded of lush green leaves with a hint of lemon included. Having recently been overpowered by 'Cotton Fresh', another in Yankee's range and also one of the most popular amongst other people I wanted something similar to that one but a little milder and Willow Breeze ended up being a nice compromise and one that I enjoyed even if its longevity was predictably short. It is light in fragrance and does bring to mind elements of Cotton Fresh as there are laundry-detergent smelling similarities but thanks to a deeper inclusion of Sandalwood which added a little depth to the aroma and an added interest it ended up being more of a fuller fragrance. Cotton Fresh reminded me too much of the odour eliminator 'Febreeze' and was a little too artificial for me personally, Willow Breeze is more authentic and did remind me of a hot summers day when there is a gentle breeze blowing. The 'green' elements freshened by lemon made this an light and airy fragrance which definitely suits the summer months. The only criticism I would have with this sampler is once again down to its aromatic life-span. It's another disappointment in terms of how long it actually releases its fragrance for and I only got maybe 5 to 6 hours out of this one before it ended up smelling of nothing. The scent is the all-important thing to me with Yankee's range, I could buy cheaper priced candles if I wanted something to illuminate a corner of my room or if I wanted to create a homely, welcoming atmosphere so although I was left with a nice looking candle after 6 hours this isn't the primary reason I buy products from Yankee Candles. The saving grace for me with my Willow Breeze sampler is that I paid less than half price for it and at 60p I definitely got my moneys worth from it and I can't really complain, had I paid full price though it would have been a different matter and once again this would have been a much more negative review. Overall Its fragrance is lovely, its an uplifting, gentle and Summery scent which is ideal for this time of the year and whilst I would recommend the fragrance I wouldn't necessarily recommend it in sampler format. If you have a tart burner then this is one to try out in wax tart form or if you happen to like the look that candles create and are not that bothered about a long lasting scent then maybe try it in votive form. I would buy this one again if it is still available as a wax tart but wouldn't buy the sampler again. Either way, if you like the lighter fragrances Yankee have to offer then Willow Breeze is one to check out. As far as my rating is concerned it's another votive which scores 3 stars from me, I liked the scent but was once again disappointed with the amount of fragrance the votive released, at 60p though I still think I got a bit of a bargain with this one so can't complain too much. Thanks for reading my review, please note that this also appears on ciao under my username.