Blogmas 13 – Getting Festive With Yankee Candles
Welcome back to Blogmas. Did you read my post about my favourite Christmas movies? Today I’m reviewing five Yankee candles from their festive range.
I have been a big fan of Yankee Candles ever since my friend introduced me to them a few years ago. I have one going throughout the year and opt for scents depending on the season.Christmas is my favourite time though to light a candle and enjoy its fragrance throughout the house. Probably because we spend so much time at home during the holidays, it’s easy to allow a candle to burn for a couple of hours.
Yankee Candles sent me two from their Holiday Sparkle collection, new for the 2018 festive season. I was really excited to receive these but of course, I didn’t want to just review two scents. I bought a few more too; Spiced Orange, The Perfect Tree and Crackling Wood Fire.
Here’s a bit about each one and my thoughts.
Description: A shimmering fragrance that gives sandalwood a sparkle with sugarplum and ginger.
The top note is sparkling ginger and cassis. You’re then hit with sugarplum and nutmeg and finally you get patchouli, amber, guaiacwood and sandalwood.I have had this on in my living room for a few days now and it’s still going strong. The scent is definitely perfect for the Christmas. It’s not as strong as some of the scents I’ve had from this company but I love that the smell is subtle. I love my red coloured candles and this is a deep red.
Icy Blue Spruce
Description: A fresh breath of winter forest – juniper berries, blue spruce, spearmint leaves.
The top note is fresh juniper and spearmint leaves followed by winter spruce, blackcurrant and snow covered cedar. Finally you’re hit with the base note of fir basalm and powdery musk.I have had this on in my hallway as it’s quite a subtle scent, yet enough to make my home feel very warm when you set foot through the front door. It’s a vibrant teal colour and even though it doesn’t smell like a Christmas tree, it still has a festive scent.
Description: This bright, cheery blend of sunny citrus and snappy ginger is the perfect winter warmer.
The top note is of fresh ginger, juicy citrus and ozone. You’re then hit with spicy accord and the base note is sugared vanilla.I had worried this would be too spicy or too cinnamon for my liking. I’m not a fan of strong cinnamon scents so I was relieved when this turned out to be very sweet and orangey but not in a sickly way.
Hands down, this is my favourite festive candle by far. I have bought it for the last two years and I just had to have it again this season.
The Perfect Tree
Description: This is your perfect tree – basalm and fir-scented with festive snowy branches.
The top note is of evergreen garland and bergamot. The mid notes are pine needles, white birch and glowing amber. Finally, you get fresh cut pine, incense and cedar.I bought these as scented tea lights as I had already spent a fair bit of money. This is the smallest candle form Yankee Candles offer but it’s perfect for my festive table ornament which holds four candles. I don’t think I would get as much out of it if I only lit one at a time so my advice is to use it in multiples.
Crackling Wood Fire
Description: Build winter memories around a warm cedar wood fire kindled with sweet whispers of nutmeg and warm amber.
The top note is of nutmeg, myrrh and cinnamon. Secondly you get vanilla and amber and finally you’re hit with sandalwood, cedar wood and smoky incense.I bought the middle jar for this as I wasn’t sure how much I would like it but it’s definitely a good scent for Christmas. It’s perfect for the cold winter evenings. It makes my home feel very welcoming and cosy.
I’m going to enjoy my two-week break with these lovely scents during the long lazy days and evenings.
I will end this with some advice on your candle and how to get the most out of it:
Allow it to burn for four hours the first time because you want to avoid ‘tunnelling’. This is when there’s a memory ring left on the edge of the jar and the candle only burns down the middle. So allow the entire top layer of wax to liquefy.
Make sure you trim the wick each time you use it because it helps control the amount of ‘fuel’ or wax that is present.
Don’t burn the candle for more than four hours at a time. The wick will need trimming by then and you want to avoid a candle lit on for longer – it is scented after all and you should take a break.
Finally, please be safe especially if there are kids around.Check out another Blogmas post: A Christmas Poem.