Why don’t I ever write about the popular Yankee Candles? They offer a ginormous range of attractive, seasonally appropriate scents, that from time to time welcome limited collections and take into account all-time client favourites. Quite easy to get and with a collection, of at all times above 100 different scents and very affordable prices, ranging from ˜12 to˜30 euros for a candle of respectively 100 to 620 gram, Yankee Candles might get you easily on the collecting bandwagon. Unfortunately, attractive prices and scent ideas can’t make up for certain characteristics of these candles, which I consider flows. Don’t you too? I decided however to try a Yankee Candle once more (and maybe even get hooked on the brand like everybody else) and I went for one of the scents of this summer’s limited edition Riviera Escape: Sea Salt & Sage.
On the scent
Sea Salt & Sage is a fresh, clean,”sea salt blended with the warmth of sage” scent, as the producer describes it. When I sniffed it in the store I was immediately drawn to its marine, salty spiciness and a vague hint of fresh linens. On the internet I read a lot of “imagine a hot guy waking along the coastline on a late summer evening” kind of metaphores. With its sage, see salt and bergamot notes the candle certainly brings to mind (or rather – n0se :P) masculine fragrances… but of a rather cheap male colognes. As soon as you turn on the wick, the freshness disappears and there is no greenness of the sage or spiciness of the bergamot. And I really hoped for that. An unexpected bland warmness comes into play (I later learned it’s caused by the notes of “white amber” and vetiver), whose presence I find a bit misguided and the scent becomes boring. The saltiness unfortunately of course subtracts from the freshness even more.
Size and burn time:
Thank God I got the Sea Salt & Sage in a small sized jar –> 102g/3.7 oz, burns for 20 – 30 hours.
Yankee Candle offer their jar tumblers in 3 main sizes: Large (22 oz and 110-150h burn time), Medium (14,5 oz and 65-75h burn time) and Small. The candle burned for probably what it promised; I won’t complain about efficiency when it comes to time. But who would, for this price?
Yankee Candle stole the hearts of many candle lovers with their big range of not only scents, but also types of candles. They sell their scents in classic glass jars with a tightly closing lid, elegant big, glass tumbler or slightly rounded, elongated vases, in form of big pillars or small sampler votives and, last but not least, tealights and waxmelts. You can also choose from a big range of seasonally adequate jar holders, candle shades, toppers (metal or ceramic lids that assure a more balanced burn) and many more. It would be hard to run out of options for a Christmas gift for a Yankee Candle fan.
Ingredients, burning and scent throw evaluation:
Yankee Candle use a “premium-grade paraffin of the finest quality ingredients from around the world”. I tried to find a more detailed info on the ingredients, than this official statements. Most of Yankee candles are made of paraffin wax, with the exception of a small aromatherapy range made of vegetable wax (only partially soy, so I suppose it’s mainly palm). The brand never uses lead wicks, and “most wicks are made from 100 percent cotton”. I’d really like to know what other textile they’re using that is not cotton.
On the “sustainability commitment” part of the brand’s website the producer states, that he’s focusing on a “responsible use of energy, minimization of waste (…) and providing more sustainable packaging and products”. I’d say: try harder, because using paraffin and palm waxes in your products is far from any of those…
The scent throw and perseverance of Sea Salt & Sage are poor. The scent is recognizable in one small room and that would be it. Many Yankee Candle fans consider it a huge plus – basically because many of the brand’s scents seem very saturated and sweet. Also, this way you can light up a different scent in each room, without them interfering.
The glass jar is simple and in my opinion looks cheap. The rounded lid is not very elegant, though functional without doubt. It includes a plastic gasket, which seals well. Yankee Candle has recently changed their sticker/ font design slightly, towards a more sleek, elegant look. Check out the comparison of one of the small candles below (Sea Salt & Sage being a limited edition has only been issued in the old design). The version on the right features the new design.
Where to Buy:
WoodWick candles can bought in a numerable places online, on the producer’s official webstore to begin with. I got my Sea Salt & Sage in a small candle boutique in Amsterdam.
Will I repurchase?
I really don’t think so. I don’t enjoy the quality nor appreciate the ingredients. The price and amount of scent variations are no doubt attractive, however, I strongly believe I can find a much better candle in a similar price range. WoodWick, just to name a close example, I found much more worthy of your time an money.
Photo sources: Own, producer’s webpage and Unsplash.