Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Yankee Christmas Memories 12 Votive Samplers
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Yankee Christmas Memories 12 Votive Samplers
Advantages: beautiful gift set, large variety to choose from, very festive
Disadvantages: lots of packaging, green candles less pretty for me.
I am a bit of a newbie to the whole Yankee Candle phenomenom, but throughout 2011, as I read review after review of all the gorgeous fragrances available, I knew I wanted a piece of that action. I decided that I would also get quite a few female friends and relatives items from the Christmas gifts range. When I started looking into where to get candles from, I was advised that yankeedirect.com was one of the best places to go, and amongst the Christmas items, this was the most expensive and nicest looking gift in the range.
I decided that not only did my Mum deserve this set, but I also bought myself it as a Christmas present. At £20, it was not overly expensive for how nice a gift it is. The set contains 12 festive themed votive candles, held within a very festive looking and original cardboard package. The package is designed to look like an expensive bound book with a festive repeating pattern which looks like a fair isle knitting pattern. This instantly grabbed me being a knitter. The front cover fastens with a piece of ribbon that velcro's to the side of the box.
Undoing the velcro, you can see the candles packaged inside a plastic moulded tray under a thick piece of plastic. The 12 votives are then also individually wrapped in another plastic layer to keep them fresh until you open them and use them. It struck me at once that in the song, there are 12 days of Christmas, and this gift is 12 seperate gifts really. 12 totally unique votives.
The inside cover gives a list and a brief description of what the fragrances are within the gift, and the candles are arranged in a very pleasing manner. They are all red, white or green in colour, and they are arranged vertically so all the white appear next to each other, followed by all the red candles, finishing off with the 2 green ones. Personally speaking, I am glad most of the candles are red and white, as I find the dark green candles less visually appealing to me. I would not choose them myself just from a picture because of their colour.
There is a subtle non overpowering scent comes from the box before even opening it, which is a mix of cinnamon with a hint of different berries. I would not say any one fragrance dominates in the combined set, which works well. You don't feel like one is going to taint the others before you get chance to get in there, and there is a keen sense of anticiaption over which one will be tried first.
The 12 samples, all different, are:
- Winter Wonderland
- Red Berry and Cedar
- Sparkling Snow
- Mulled Wine
- Mountain Pine
- Sparkling Cinnamon
- Mistletoe and Fig
- Holiday Home Sweet Home
- Christmas cupcake
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Cookie
- Happy Christmas
My Mum was absolutely thrilled at receiving this as a gift, as I was myself. I had no trouble getting excited at opening the present I had bought for myself. The candles have a very festive theme, but I have no issues myself with burning them through the remainder of the winter season. I think some of the scents with cinnamon may be a bit much (too rich and heavy) as we go into spring and summer.
The votive candles burn very cleanly and evenly in my experience. You do not get a lot of soot, and the candle burns down evenly with all the wax being used up. The smell does not disappear as you are burning the candles.
I would recommend also getting yourself a special glass for burning votive candles in rather than burning on its own, for safety reasons.
I think this candle set has a wide appeal as a gift for females. I would not say it applied to any particular age range - anyone who likes candles or likes their home to smell nice. It is also very reasonably priced in my opinion. Votive candles like this on the web site are approximately £1.60. So although you might get deals like 'Buy 10 get 2 free' to buy 12 votives at full price you would be expecting to pay about £16. The packaging is worth the extra few pounds to make a special gift.
For someone new to the range, like myself, it is a perfect way to experiment with some different fun fragrances.
Summary: A great way to introduce some festive scents to someone special.