For several years this has been my absolute favourite Yankee candle fragrance. It looks different to the majority of Yankee candles, which are generally, soft, pastel colours, as it is black. To be honest I think the colour is what attracted me to it in the first place. It has what is often referred to as a "masculine" scent, the company themselves describe it as, "An intoxicating and masculine blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne" A description I feel is exactly right.
It is the one fragrance that absolutely every single person who visits my home seems to love, surprising as people tend to assume they prefer the floral or "foody" scents, until they smell this one! I always have wax tarts in Midsummer's Night in stock, and I would say I burn these in roughly a 4 to 1 ratio compared to other fragrances I own. It has a very quick pay off with my whole apartment smelling absolutely gorgeous after about 20 minutes! If you have never tried Midsummer's Night I highly recommend it. If you are normally a floral lover maybe try a sampler candle or a wax tart just to be sure, but I have never met anyone who doesn't love this fragrance.
This is the candle I currently have on my coffee table, a Christmas gift from my sister. Although a seasonal fragrance this doesn't scream "Christmas" in the way some other candles do. It does have noticeable notes of balsam and cedar, but not in a heavy overbearing way. To me it just smells of the outdoors, a fresh, woody, forest scent. Had it been too Christmassy, such as Apple and Pine Needle, I would have put this one in storage until next Christmas, but I am still enjoying it. It takes a little time for the fragrance to spread through out my living room and is a more subtle fragrance than many, but it is beautiful, and one men seem to enjoy too. I think next Christmas a couple of people will be getting a Winter Wonderland candle from me.
Cafe Au Lait
This is another candle I received as a gift, but this one is only a small jar, thankfully lol I say this because I find this fragrance sickly to say the least. Now I love to smell real coffee brewing and assumed this would smell just like that, but, no. It's over riding fragrance is a too rich, too sweet vanilla. When I first lit this candle I felt my whole apartment smelt like chocolate rather than coffee, and not in a good way. No one I have asked an opinion on this candle have actually liked it, so this is definitely one I would never buy for anyone, and certainly not for my own home. I believe this fragrance has now been discontinued, and I am not surprised!
This one was another gift, I think my family and friends know me too well! I haven't had one of Yankee's "Grassy" fragrances before, and I'm not sure why, as one of my favourite things to smell is freshly cut grass, and this candle did not disappoint me. Once the candle has been burning for about twenty minutes the whole room smelt of a freshly cut lawn after the rain, beautiful. This is another fragrance I would recommend, one that again will appeal to men and women, because who doesn't love to smell newly mown grass?
Currently this is the wax tart I have in my burner. It is a lovely fragrance but is not a quick pay off. It has to be in my burner (an electrical one) for at least an hour for the scent to permeate the whole apartment. Once it does though, it is quite a decent strength. I am not an overly floral person and some floral's I find over powering, not this one. There is a hint of lavender as well as lilac flower, and it is a fresh, light hit of fragrance, not cloying as pure lavender or pure lilac can be. This is the type of fragrance that would be nice when one has quests as it smells so clean and invokes the outdoors. It would be great choice as a gift as I doubt anyone could find it objectionable.
As Yankee Candle state, this fragrance captures "The essence of perfectly ripe strawberries sprinkled with sugar" A sweet, refreshing and fruity fragrance with a quick pay off, quickly fragrancing my whole apartment. This candle in particular makes one aware that Yankee use pure essence in their candles, it smells so "real" like you are in the middle of a field full of ripe strawberries. I chose this fragrance to include in my giveaway as not only do I love it, but I feel no one would find it over powering or distasteful. It is the next wax tart that I will be putting in my wax burner, and it is one that lasts for many days. I find the fragrance of some wax tarts fade after only two or three days in my burner, so I am always happy to find one, like Sweet Strawberry, that I get more bang for my buck from! This would be a good choice as a gift for someone whose taste you are not sure of, instead of the more usual Vanilla.
Yankee candles are available to buy everywhere it seems, but I have found my best bargains on Amazon and in the QVC multi packs, and as a bargianista I NEVER pay full price! I can not recommend highly enough the Yankee Candle electric wax burner, it is so much more economical than the candles, and the fragrance is stronger and very long lasting.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my thoughts on my current Yankee Candles, I would love to hear your thoughts on them, and which fragrance is your favourite.