YANKEE CANDLE SALTED CARAMEL
I have to be honest… I was not looking forward to sampling this candle. I sampled Creamy Caramel last year and really did not like it. I found it to be heavy, overpowering and sickeningly sweet. So I really thought I was not going to like this at all, but I was curious. The cold smell was nice. Surprisingly light. Just a nice mild sugary scent. As the candle melted, I was pleasantly surprised. It was not heavy and strong like the Creamy Caramel. This brought back memories of my grandmother, who always had a bag of caramels in her night stand. My cousins and I would sneak in and steal them, savoring that silky sweetness. I could not believe I was liking this candle! It had a strong throw, but not overpowering. Here is Yankee Candle’s description: “About This Fragrance: Sweet surrender is yours with our luscious gourmand confection of burnt sugar, sea salt, and smooth vanilla caramel. Like the sweet treat itself, this is a pleasure best savored slowly. Lighting the candle signals you are going to take the time to enjoy its deliciousness. This fragrance perfectly captures the scent of sweet salted caramel - golden and buttery. You can even smell the salt.” No. I did not smell the salt. hahaha I’m not a big fan of the confectionery scented candles, but I really did like the nice vanilla caramel fragrance.
I will give Salted Caramel a really nice three plus out of five happy pumpkins. :):):)+
POST EDIT: I looked for my review from last year of the Yankee Candle Creamy Caramel votive. I know I sampled it, but I can't find a review. Perhaps I disliked it so much I didn't even bother to share a review? LOL I still have the votive, so last night I thought I'd give it another go...
YANKEE CANDLE CREAMY CARAMEL
I remember in the car, riding home from the Yankee Candle outlet, thinking that this votive was overpowering. You didn't neet to take a 'cold sniff test'... If it is in the room, you can smell it. A description I found online states simply, "Melts in your mouth ... all the sugary, gooey lusciousness of buttery rich vanilla caramel." It might melt in your mouth... but it stuck in my nose. LOL When melting, it was just too much for me. Super strong, super sweet, super heavy. I know there are folks out there who like really heavy-duty scents. I don't mean to be insulting if you liked this candle. This was just way too overpowering for my tastes.
I have to give Creamy Caramel two 'too much' unhappy pumpkins. :(:(
Hilda, I'm enjoying your reviews, thanks so much! I just might have to give salted caramel a chance. I smelled the jar when the new scents came out, but I'm like you, I wasn't a fan of the previous caramel candle and didn't think I'd like this one either. Maybe I'll try a votive to test the waters. :)
Fragrance shots anyone?!? LOL
Last summer, I had so much fun reviewing a bunch of the Yankee Candle votive sampler candles. I thought this July I would sample some of the autumn and holiday fragrances that Kringle Candle has to offer. These high end candles are a little 'dear'. (The code word my Gram used when something was too expensive. LOL) So I thought I'd get a dozen of the tealights instead of votives to sample. They burn for four hours. I think that should be enough time to decide if I want to spring for a full size candle. Even though I knew I was getting tea lights... it was still funny to open the box. Yeep! These are tiny! LOL
Well which shot should I try first?! Pumpkin Latte?! Cin Cin!! hahaha
The last of the new YC fall scents I had to test is...
Oh boy. Not good news. Saying I did not like November Rain is an understatement. I’ll cut right to the chase. It is unbearably strong. Soapy. It screamed fabric dryer sheet to me. Sorry! I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer! I realize now that if the words air, breeze, sky, mist, storm or rain appear in the name of a candle… I should not buy it. This review is short and sweet. Yankee Candle’s description “About This Fragrance: A rainy fall day stirs up many emotions, as does this intoxicating, masculine, and moody fragrance with deep watery notes. In it, you'll discover the quiet interlude of the season reflected in an airy, refreshing mix of watery leaf notes, warm amber and crisp, brisk air. All perfectly suited for cozying up inside and watching the rain from your window.” Uhhhh. If you say so! All I had was the impulse to toss it into my laundry with my towels! LOL Sorry folks.
I have to give November Rain one lonely rain-soaked stinky pumpkin. :p
Hilda, we are going to a water park today but when I get home I am reading your fab reviews!
From YC fb:
"Several new fall accessories have appeared on line @ website tonight/early morning. Lodge. Cafe, Pumpkin & Fall Leaves!! The Lodge Illuma-lid is awesome as are the antler items. A cafe illuma-lid as well. The Lodge illuma-lid w/bear, pines & owl is one of the most detailed lids I have seen. Copperish."
These collections are scattered under each type of piece and NOT under the accessory collections yet. Right now it looks like Leaf, Lodge, and Pumpkin Crackle are on the site. Happy Hunting!
Lodge collection http://www.yankeecandle.com/search?q...ection&commit=
Leaf Collection http://www.yankeecandle.com/search?q...ection&commit=
Pumpkin Crackle http://www.yankeecandle.com/search?q...rackle&commit=
Owl Illuma lid http://www.yankeecandle.com/detail/l...ection/1289617
Bah, Yankee. None of that is new. I own several pieces of the Leaf collection and have debated buying pieces from the Lodge collection in the past couple of years.
Originally Posted by hollow
Bah, I say. BAH!
I am glad that they've come back into circulation, though. Maybe this year I'll break down and buy some of those cute little bears.
Hey Hilda, stopped in to the YC store to check out November Rain, & the sales clerk said she thought if was a reformulation of Storm Watch, which makes sense because that one has a heavy laundry scent too. Got the Autumn Sky votive sampler, but it has a laundry room scent as well, so I may just put that in the basement to freshen it up (lol).
I've been burning Harvest Welcome, and it's really nice, a great blend of pumpkin & spice. And since t's a nice, cool day as well, I can put on Halloween Radio and pretend it's early October.
Havest Welcome is my favorite fall fragance! I think that scent is the very essence of fall and our favorite holiday! :D
Originally Posted by Ween12amEternal
I started sampling the tealights I recently received from Kringle Candles. They do burn for a few hours, so I thought I was being reasonable in thinking I would be able to review the scents using the tealights. I think I was wrong. That would be like saying you could review your meal by taking one bite. LOL I can smell them, but I have to stand right next to the tealight. It’s not the same as having the room filled with a scent. First of all, I want to say that every single one of the dozen tealights I got smells wonderful. Of course, I ordered scents that I enjoy, but these little gems are really beautiful. I am eager to order the ones I like the best in larger sizes. It’s hard to describe. The scents are… clear, light, fresh, uncomplicated. I am very pleased so far. (I’m sorry for the large and somewhat blurry pictures. I did want to provide something visual to go along with each review.)
KRINGLE CANDLE CORTLAND APPLE
I started with this simple late summer scent. The cold sniff ~ I cannot stress this enough… This smelled EXACTLY like a freshly picked apple. Unbelievable. They nailed it PERFECTLY. It was sweet and tart and juicy. I have often taken my children to orchards and this is it!! It smells like you just pulled this off the tree and it still has the leaves on it. The fragrance as it burns stays exactly the same. Fresh. Not too sweet. Nothing but pure apple scent. So pretty! I loved this for a new summer fragrance. Kringle’s description is as follows: “Here is a wonderfully authentic balance of tart and sweet, the very essence of perfectly ripe autumn fruit: our Cortland Apple.” I am definitely going to purchase one of these.
I am going to give Cortland Apple a happy fresh four out of five happy apples (I mean pumpkins). :):):):)
KRINGLE CANDLE SPICED APPLE
Staying with the apple theme, next I sampled the Spiced Apple tealight. I had recently been burning my Yankee Candle MacIntosh Spice candle (which I LOVE), so I can reference that. The apple scent is sharper than MacIntosh. Not as… dense? Sweet? A very clean, light apple scent. The same with the spices. Perfectly done. Not overdone. I really liked this scent too. It reminded me of when we used to bake apple dumplings. My mother’s favorite ~ so much so my parents had a square-dance group called the Apple Dumpling Promenadors. Oh my gosh!! Don’t you love it when the candles unlock something you have not thought about in ages!! Oops, back to the review. LOL Kringle’s description is as follows: “Brings together bubbling baked apple, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon notes with a gentle hint of vanilla. We were searching for the ultimate apple pie aroma and achieved a result we still can’t stop enjoying.” I agree. I wish the tealight had a stronger throw because I was loving this!! It was such a tease! I definitely would like to get a larger size of this one too!
I am also going to give Spiced Apple a very yummy and nostalgic four out of five happy pumpkins! :):):):)
KRINGLE CANDLE ATKINS CIDER DONUT
I think that the folks who own Kringle Candle also own a very popular farm-style restaurant and they bake these award-winning Atkins Cider Donuts. I have never had the pleasure of eating one of these donuts, but the candle is supposed to capture the scent of these treats. The cold sniff is very pleasant. It does indeed smell like a box of warm donuts. Sugary, buttery, with a touch of cinnamon, but only the faintest whiff of apple. That scent stays true while melting. It was more on the buttery sugary scent and less on the cinnamon apple side. Definitely not an ‘in-your-face’ candle. I liked it. I have never had one of these donuts but it did remind me of a Jewish Apple Cake that I have baked many times. Kringle’s description is as follows, “Atkins Farm cider donuts are infused with their own spicy-sweet cider and dusted in cinnamon sugar.” Overall, it was nice. Although it left me hungry for apple cake!! LOL I wish it had more apple cider scent, but I don’t know what the donuts smell like. I have to be honest, I don’t have the overwhelming urge to buy this in a larger candle, but that may be because it will prompt me to eat too much. LOL It was really a nice scent.
I will give Atkins Cider Donut a delicious hand-me-a-donut three plus out of five happy pumpkins. :):):)+
KRINGLE CANDLE MULLING SPICES
Cold sniff test ~ Right away I am a little confused. It definitely had sharper spice scents. I can’t make out which ones right away. It’s really nice, but there is a base scent that I can’t make out. Fruity? Sweet? I’ve sampled a lot of spice Yankee Candles and they are usually straight forward heavy on the spice. As it melts, it has a really strong throw. The tiny tealight scented the whole room. It is a nice spice candle, but there is just too much sweetness for me. It almost seems… well… soapy? I have no idea why, but it is making me think of apple scented soaps. Which is a really weird thing. It’s really really pretty, but I guess I just have this preconceived idea in my head about what spices I would use to mull. Hahaha What does that even mean? I don’t know, but this is too perfumey for me. Nice ~ but not for me. So I was very curious to read the description: “A proprietary mix of heady spices and fruit essences join together with generous hints of dried apple to create this mellow and welcoming aroma.” Ohhhh so there is fruit in it too. Interesting. I’m going to pass on ordering a larger one of these. I didn’t hate it, but didn’t really like it either.
I am going to give Mulling Spices an It’s OK three pumpkins out of five. :):confused::)