During the Summer months the air is full of wonderful aromas and fragrances which are indicative of the season; freshly cut grass, fruit salads, flowers, and even barbecues. Windows are flung open to welcome the scents of laundry drying in the blazing heat; it is glorious!
Autumn arrives with the scent of chestnuts, dry and crunchy leaves, and a coolness in the air.
And then comes Winter.
Natural aromas in the air aren't so forthcoming and, certainly in my house, the indoors begins to smell musty and stale. A little helping hand is needed.
In the past few months I've been sent (or received as presents) a few different Yankee Candles to try out, with varying fragrances on each; and each one is perfect for different occasions.
- The Boy came home with the delicate 'Drift Away' from the Mothers' Day secret room in school, and although the candle is a little overpwering a fragrant when unlit, upon lighting the scent is really delicate and calming. (Unfortunately this one has been discontinued along with 'Early Sunrise' that I also have*, but I really recommed one of their Fresh candles.)
- I was given 'Sicilian Lemon' for my birthday from my sister and love it! She bought it to remind me of our holiday on the Amalfi coast, and when I light it I am right back there in Positano under the lemon trees quoffing Limoncello and eating a rum baba!
- 'Vineyard' is my favourite Yankee Candle to have open when unlit. A powerful blend of ripe and sweet grapes, it's sweet and aromatic at this time of year.*
As a teacher I know only too well the importance of creating the environment for the children in my class to learn and feel relaxed; when they are completing their sustained piece of writing on Fridays, they do so with a fragranced candle burning and gentle chillout music playing in the background. The effect is amazing, they all lapse into near silence and the concentration is almost tangible. The non-teacher me needs to take a leaf out of the teacher me's book quite frankly, and use the senses to relax a little more.
Get the best from a Yankee Candle
- Burn it safely: Always burn the candle on a heat resistant surface, away from drafts and overhanging fabrics, keep it away from children and pets, and don't leave it unattended.
- Trim the wick: Keep the wick trimmed to 3-5mm to avoid 'smoking' of the candle. If it does start to 'smoke', extinguish the candle and trim the wick, then relight.
- Let the wax pool: Each time the candle is lit, allow the entire top layer to melt and become a pool of liquid wax, this will help prevent tunneling of the candle and also release a strong scent.
Candle Burn Times:
- Classic jar candle (large): 110-115 hours
- Classic jar candle (medium): 65-90 hours
- Classic jar candle (small): 25-40 hours
- Large pillar candle: Up to 150 hours
- Medium pillar candle: Up to 95 hours
- Small pillar candle: Up to 45 hours
- Votive candle: Up to 15 hours
- Tea lights: 4-6 hours
- Wax melt: 8 hours
I was sent the products marked with an * for the purpose of this post, my opinion is honest and unbiased.