As the month of December approaches, I'm turning my mind to advent calendars and whether to get boring chocolate ones for us all, or to try out a different type. Last year I made one with The Boy for him which had a small gift each day alongside a chocolate coin, and it's something that I still have time to do with him.
For myself though, I'm very pleased that I've been sent the octagonal Yankee Candle Advent Calendar to review which features scented tea-light candles behind each door (two behind Day 24). There are six scents in the calendar:
- Snow In Love (a blend of creamy, comforting woods and Wintry powder freshness)
- Balsam & Cedar (balsam, cedar wood and juniper berry)
- Merry Marshmallow (a soft concoction of marshmallow and vanilla)
- Red Apple Wreath (sweet apples, cinnamon, walnuts and maple)
- Snowflake Cookie (festive cookies)
- Sparkling Cinnamon (cinnamon with a hint of cloves)
For the purpose of the review, I did have to open some of the doors and burn the candles a little to test them out. I do like scented candles, however I'm always concerned that they will be very strong or akin to air freshener or toilet cleaner, especially if they mention woodland! However, the Yankee Candles were delicate and not even the 'Snow In Love' scent (which I was apprehensive about) put me off them. The candles are coloured festively, and made a lovely, Christmas feature when I surrounded them by sliced oranges, pine cones and cinnamon sticks.
The Yankee Candle Advent Calendar retails at £21.99 which is obviously more expensive than a chocolate calendar. However, as a special treat for the festive period which can also be used to add to the Christmassy feel of the house, I think it's really good value for money. There are 25 candles which work out at 87p each (30p more than their boxsets of tea-lights), with each providing 4-6 hours of fragrance and it is a wonderful selection pack to try various aromas.
I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, my opinion is honest and unbiased.