Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Yankee Candle: New Spring Scents Review!


I've had a few goes at getting into scented candles and for some reason they aren't something that I stick to. I think it's because when I want a scent, I want it now, and I want to burn my candle for as long as I feel like it without worrying about damaging my candle in any way or shortening the life of it! However my room is now filled with plants and this inspired me to give it another go by buying Yankee Candle's new set for Spring, Beautiful Blooms, as well as their other two new scents. However, this time I decided to try it differently by going the cheaper option and buying a set of wax tarts instead. Here's my review of all of the new range, as well as my opinion on how the wax tarts compare to the regular candles!


First up is Lovely Kiku which is described as "the flower of happiness... the elegant, rejuvenating perfume of chrysanthemum with hints of sweet cherry blossom and warm vanilla." I really like this scent, it's very warming and strong yet not at all sickly, but I do think this one is probably the most artificial smelling of the set, if only because you can clearly smell both the florals and the vanilla - however this isn't necessarily a problem, I still really like it, however just keep in mind that this is probably the least truly floral of the set. If that's not a problem for you, then still give it a go! This tart is a lovely pale purple and if you're the sort who likes to buy Yankee Candles both for decorative purposes as well as for a use, this is probably the nicest shade to work for that.


Next up is Pink Hibiscus which is by far the strongest of this group! However, I absolutely love it for that. Described as, "bright and beautiful...the effervescent, slightly citrus bouquet of delicate tropical hibiscus is always inviting," this is a lovely and powerful candle. It's strong and a little overpowering - personally, I don't mind that at all, but if you don't like your candles to have too much strength then this is definitely one you should avoid! I don't think I've ever actually smelt a pink hibiscus so I can't compare the tart with the real flower, but it certainly smells very floral and hopefully the flower smells even half as good as this candle!


The third choice is Champaca Blossom, described as, "the rare beauty and joyful spirit of enchanting champaca blossoms come to life in this captivating fruity floral nectar." Honestly, this tart was probably the one that I was least interested in - it's also the one that seems to be sold out absolutely everywhere which was something I didn't really understand at the time. However, I've since definitely eaten my words on this as Champaca Blossom ended up being the first tart that went into my new burner and one that I've continued to enjoy. It's a more subtle scent yet still a strong one; my housemate is sensitive to scents and though she commented that she could smell it in every room of the house about an hour after I lit it in my bedroom, she hasn't complained about it at all! This is a soft and pretty scent and the the most subtle of the set, however I'd describe it as a very sophisticated and classy scent and one that'll work really well in the background for pretty much every occasion!


Next up is Under the Palms, described as "like cool, refreshing shade...a lush green scent of sea grass, palm leaves and island coconut." Please note that though I got this and Midnight Oasis in the same set as the above floral scents, these two do not count as floral; Under the Palms comes under the category of Fresh, though this doesn't make it any less lovely! It's hard to describe the scent of this candle as it really is a combination of so many things yet the overall scent definitely does relax me and make me think of being on holiday or in a spa somewhere exotic - which is pretty amazing when here in London it's currently raining every single day!


The final scent is Midnight Oasis which is an older candle that has recently been brought back. It is described as, "across quiet sands, a midnight breeze mixes with island citrus and warm sandalwood." This is another fresh scent, and the only really negative thing I have to say about this candle is that I feel it doesn't really combine well with the rest of the collection, but that's not really its fault! I'd put the strength of this one somewhere in the middle and I'd describe it as quite a masculine, romantic scent but still one that I really like. It's quite a fruity scent and though it doesn't really make me think of the midnight oasis that the description talks about, it's still one that I like.

Overall, I'm really happy with all of these scents. Despite being mostly floral, there's a lot of variation between the tarts and there's something there to suit every mood or occasion, and I'm really looking forward to continuing to use up my batch! Next week, I'll be doing a review of the burner I got for these tarts, how I use the tarts, and how I think wax tarts compare with the candles in general.

These tarts were paid for by me and I am in no way associated with or linked to the website that I purchased them from, yankeedirect.com - however at the time of purchase, that website was the only one that had the full set in stock so I'd recommend there if you can't find them anywhere! From that website, these tarts came in a set of ten for £9.60 (so a bargain 96p each!) but you can buy them indvidually for £1.20 if you're not sure or if there's a scent you don't like all that much. Prices for the regular candles are £1.75 for the votives, and between £7.99 and £19.49 for the jars.

Have you tried the new scents yet? What did you think?
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10 comments

  1. I've not tried the new scents yet, but I definitely need to - they all sound so tropical and lovely xx

    Gemma // missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. Definitely do! They're all so nice. The set as a whole is really nice, but the new florals in particular are so pretty and there's definitely one for every mood and occasion :)

      Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

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  3. so i did a little haul of some of these and i still haven't melted/burned them! partically b/c the candle warmer i bought during the haul really didn't work out for me and i haven't replaced it yet lol. story of my life. product hoarder but never a user.
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    A Beautiful Zen

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  4. I moved into my new flat maybe 5ish weeks ago, and I've filled my bedroom with candles. Under the palms sounds like the perfect one to light after a hard days work, and just drift away to. Heroine In Heels

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    1. Give it a go! I seem to mix mine up every two days or so - UTP is actually the one I have right now!

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