Thursday, 8 November 2012

Walking in a winter wonderland: Yankee Candle in Winter Wonderland...

Advantages: Unique fragrance with good throw, that you're not just limited to December for use,Disadvantages: availability.

Whilst I do love this fragrance enough to have bought both jar candles and tealights for the past few years, I personally don't find WINTER WONDERLAND overly Christmassy; it is more of a everyday fragrance for autumn/winter, so I don't think it should be labelled as being part of Yankee's 'Festive Collection'. Anyway on to the actual fragrance...

WINTER WONDERLAND is described as being the scent of "the tingle of a frosty breeze blowing through icy pines". I find that it does indeed give the feeling of pines and ice in the air on a woodland walk on a chilly morning. I think I can make out some cinnamon or nutmeg and some apple too, that gives the fragrance a bit of warmth and adds a lightly festive touch. I also love how they have used peppermint to give the fragrance the feeling of chilled air on a winter morning.

The fragrance is nice and fresh, but a tiny bit spicy and sweet too. A lovely balance between the two.

As with all Yankee candles, the entirety of the wax is perfumed; I've used some candles where the fragrance burns up before the candle does, but that is not the case here. The fragrance lasts as long as the candle does and is strong enough to travel over the house. I even catch occasional wafts of the perfume whilst the candle is unlit.

I've found that the tarts and tea lights throw off a stronger scent than the candles, so I think that they are the better buys.

I personally prefer to use the tealights; as well as having a stronger fragrance, there's the fact that for the price of a box of 12 scented tealights you get a total of 48 to 72 hours burn-time, so they offer the most value for money. The tealight costs less then 12 tarts or samplers would, so as well as being cheaper - and offering a similar burn time - then either the small jars and tumblers, and over half of the price less then the medium jars or tumblers.

The tealights come in individual clear plastic cups, so you don't have to bother with a tealight holder if you don't have one; just sit the cup on a saucer. Yankee do many special ranges of tealight holders all through the year - many of the decorate models are under £10, and their basic tealight holder can be found online for only £1, so it won't cost as much as buying a tart burner.

And for a final stab at a selling point, I'll add that the tealights float, so you can, umm, float them in your swimming pool - or more likely in a garden pond - during a party.


[A tart is a wickless wax patty, so you'll need to buy a tart burner to be able to use it]
6 - 8 hour burn time - £1.20
Sampler votive
15 - 20 hour burn time - £1.65
Small jar
25 -40 hour burn time - £7.75
Medium jar
65 - 90 hour burn time - £15.99
Tea lights [12 per pack]
4 - 6 hour burn time per candle - £6.99

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