I am a big fan of Yankee candles and buy them all the time as well as receiving them as gifts from time to time too. I usually purchase the wax tarts and sometimes the votive samplers and also have experience of the glass jar format. However, I had never purchased or received any of the scented tealights, until receiving a couple of packs as gifts recently.
One of the packs contained Yankee's Clean Cotton scented tealights and I looked forward to trying these, as the fragrance is one I have heard a lot of good things about but have never got round to sampling myself.
The tealights come packaged in an attractive cardboard box containing 12 tealights. These candles are bright white coloured wax and have a pleasant 'crisp' fragrance. I wasn't sure at first exactly what the fragrance reminded me of but it did seem reminiscent of washing detergent. So with that in mind, I thought 'Clean Cotton' was quite an apt name for this particular fragrance, bearing in mind there are many Yankee fragrances which bear little or no resemblance to what their names may suggest.
Yankee describe their Clean Cotton fragrance as "Sun-dried cotton combined with green notes, white flowers, and a hint of lemon." Whilst I can't say I noticed a lemon scent when my tealights were burning, the rest of their description seems accurate enough, as this fragrance along with the bright white wax does conjure up images of cotton and white flowers, but there was no lemon scent that I noticed. Overall it is a pleasant, clean, fresh fragrance and I can understand its popularity.
The tealights have a burn time of 4-6 hours each according to Yankee. However I found that I achieved around 5 hours average for each one, maybe just over on one or two occasions.
When just burning one tealight, I did notice the fragrance in the air after a few minutes of burning but it wasn't very strong. Indeed I had to burn 4 tealights all at the same time to enjoy the fragrance and notice it when entering the room etc. I suppose I am more used to the wax tarts which often fill the room with their fragrance, but I think it would take around six of these tealights to achieve the same 'throw' as a wax tart in my opinion, maybe more. I didn't want to use all the tealights in one go and so I sacrificed the strength of fragrance for longevity when I burned them.
The scent didn't seem to hang in the air for long after extinguishing the candles either which was again a little disappointing, as this is something I have came to expect when burning the wax tarts.
Yankee state that these tealights also float and so can be used as floating candles but this isn't something I personally tried, but it is good to know. I may try this out with my other box which I have yet to use.
I did enjoy the Clean Cotton fragrance, but feel that after my experience of burning these tealights that I prefer the wax tart format and so this fragrance is one I am going to purchase again but in wax tart format.
A box of 12 tealights are currently priced at £6.25 direct from www.yankee.co.uk, which I think is quite expensive but they can often be found cheaper from Amazon and other online Yankee stockists. They can be purchased from department stores and card and gift shops such as Clintons and Collectables where they often have Yankee fragrances reduced, so it pays to shop around and keep an eye out for reductions.
I wouldn't purchase Yankee tealights myself unless they are reduced in price as overall I feel that in terms of fragrance and longevity, the wax tarts are better value for money.