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The Toil and Trouble of "Witches Brew"!
Yankee Candle Witches Brew
Member Name: Nar2
Yankee Candle Witches Brew
Advantages: Limited edition Halloween scent, all black, fun 3D sticker on medium jar, apparently spicy.
Disadvantages: Smells like a couple of bottles of opened stale Coca Cola, not enough Patchouli..
"...The spicy sweet aroma of exotic patchouli casts a captivating Halloween spell..."
Sounds tempting doesn't it? Well, as I returned to the shop where I usually buy my Yankee Candle scents from, and if not online I was desperate to get any scent on discount on the Yankee Candle Halloween range. Alas though! Some rogue took the last Pumpkin Patch house warmer jars - the best scent so far for strong and wavering spicy scents in my opinion from this limited edition range.
Up until now I've already tried the "Witches Brew" from Yankee Candle in votive form and wax tart form - costing 90p and £1-75 respectively and initially thought I had bought a bad batch because I didn't get much scent from either of them. Like "Pumpkin Patch" in its deep orangey colour and 3D sticker label adorning the medium and large house warmer jars, "Witches Brew" is also encased in a spooky and scary gothic black colour and there's a likewise scary black 3D image label that shows a smiling witch over a bubbling hot cauldron with one hand lifted in the air with her magic wand contrasting with a close up of her not so-scary face! All in the spirit of fun, I guess!
This time however as I lifted the lid on the medium jar I found tucked at the back of the shelf (and yelped with joy), the familiar scent of the votive and wax tart from the jar version smelt a little heavier. Plus on the discounted price of £7-49 as opposed to £13-99 for the usual average prices that Yankee Candle medium scented house warmer jars cost, I think I got a bit of a bargain. That was, until I got it home and started to use it.
Like all Yankee Candle House warmer jars, this candle has a burning time of approximately 65 to 90 hours and is encased in the country storage jar style that adorns all the YC medium and large house warmer jar styles. The base is heat insulated but the sides aren't and since it is a scented candle it goes without saying that caution needs to be taken if this candle is to be lit around children.
So the scent takes an hour to pervade out of the glass. Well I thought giving it an hour would really bring spicy Patchouli through the rafters and I'd walk into a room that is would be spiritual and relaxing. However when I opened the door to the room very little herby scent comes from this candle after a couple of hours left burning. Instead there's a rather strange thick wave of what smells like a couple of bottles of stale, flat Coca Cola that have been opened up in the room.
Now it may well be me. It may be the fact that the last time I tried Patchouli in the purest sense was with the use of a massage oil of Patchouli essence and apart from staining my hands, I smelt like a bottle of Tea Tree oil had exploded over me. Patchouli in its purest form smells like deep mint and most products these days that claim to have it comes across as being deep and earthy. At its worst, stale Patchouli smells like wet earth/soil.
This candle isn't minty full on (more's the pity), so it won't give out fresh Patchouli. On the other hand, the scent that appears is one of sweetness, almost like a mix of Yankee Candle's "Trick or Treat," candle (it's a duo one that has buttercream and cookies mixed through it) where it is evident that Yankee Candle have tried to inject a similar buttercream smell as the base tone for "Witches Brew" and added wet soil scent. The mix is truly horrific when I come to think about it but playing up to the Halloween event of gruesome ingredients. Powerful on scent alone, "Witches Brew," doesn't appear to know what it is supposed to be despite the triple content oils and the whole idea becomes confusing, perhaps just like a Witch's spell!
To freshen a home with anything other than sweet scent of cookies or pies, there are so many other scents in the YC range worth looking out for aside from "Witches Brew". Whilst it doesn't freshen a home, "Witches Brew" does have a heavy sweet smell with Vanilla seemingly emanating as the middle tone making it a candle that I don't particularly want to burn for lengthier times even though it isn't the same French Vanilla that YC make which often brings on headaches for me- but another vanilla additive to stem the sweetness along. Then there's also a hint of mint - just a little and not too much, which comes across after the candle has been extinguished and the scent gets a chance to languish around. This combination of sweetness meets earthy promise doesn't do much for me - and yet even with the celebration factor of Halloween - being earthy and black in colour by the visual conjures up a very suitable candle for the fun factor, if nothing else. The concept of a candle just about works for the idea of promoting Halloween but if you're looking for liquorice or similar kinds of product with a black colour, you'll be instantly disappointed.
Like the rest of House warmer jars, this jar candle can be washed out manually with a little hot water to swirl around and loosens the hard wax. Make sure you knock it out on kitchen towel and not your kitchen sink drain as the wax can block the pipes. The jar is also dishwasher safe and once cleaned, can be used as a clear storage jar thanks to its air tight top.
In terms of being a scented candle then, "Witches Brew," is a fun looking candle that has enough scent on its own to pervade through the home without anything else burning. It certainly works as a sweet candle rather than the deep earthiness that Patchouli in its deepest form promises and there is the tiniest hint of mint within the layers of this candle apparent which gives relief from the overly boosted sweetness. It isn't a scent that I would strongly recommend though even if Yankee Candle have done well on the marketing and general design of the glass jar and that's a pity for a company so well famed for their excellent scent. Thanks for reading! İNar2 2010
Summary: A limited edition halloween candle from Yankee Candle but has confusing scents.