Sunday, February 28, 2010

Yankee's New Spring Scents - Pineapple Cilantro

I thought I would like this one since I really liked their Pineapple Gardenia (I think it was) This is strictly really sweet, really strong pineapple. I don't smell any cilantro in this or anything else for that matter. I like pineapple too, but this is just too much. There are much better pineapple candles out there. describes it as "A tropical treat ... fresh, island pineapple served with a citrus touch of cilantro and sweet coconut." So far these new scents are mostly misses and I would only consider buying one. One more to review.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Overall - not one of my favorite ways to fragrance a home but I have learned to appreciate them. I think their number one purpose is to look pretty and as long as you have a nice vase/holder for the oil, I think they do. And it is nice that you can control the amount of fragrance by how often you flip over the sticks, how many sticks you flip over, and how much oil you put in the jar. The things I don't like about diffusers mainly involve the oil. Everytime you flip the sticks, the oil gets on your fingers and it can drip down the vase or spill onto the surface you're using as you're turning the sticks over. Plus it is very hard to find good diffusers that give off enough scent to smell at all. These certainly will not fill a room with fragrance so let's not even go there. I would say these are mainly for home decor with light fragrance. I haven't tried a lot of different brands but I can say don't bother with ones from Pier One. They have a wide variety of unique scents that smell great in the store but hardly give off any scent at all.

My first recommendation are the diffusers from Costco. I bought mine awhile ago and they had a twin pack. One was a fireside-like scent (can't remember if that was the exact name) and the other was a vanilla. This vanilla is sitting right by my entrance so you can smell it as soon as you walk into the door. The writing on the vase says Essenza. I'm not sure if that was the brand name or not since I threw away the box but the vase has a nice sleek shape and is quite large.

The other diffuser I'm loving was a gift but I think it was from Walmart. It was part of a Valentine's set and I have to say I'm like addicted to this scent. The kit is called Chocolate and Sensual Roses and the scent of the oil does have a chocolate smell but it's much more than that. I know, when you hear something has a scent of chocolate, you think it must smell really cheap, especially if it's from Walmart but I LOVE THIS!! I think the scent might actually be both chocolate and roses. I think I would even wear this as a perfume. I don't know if you can still find this, but maybe keep an eye out next year.

The gift set is so cute too. It comes with 2 nice red tealight holders, tealights, and faux red rose petals which actually don't come off as tacky. Of course real would be better for a romantic night with a loved one but these are great for decoration because they look real and they're reusable. I am loving this gift set.

And how cute is that little round vase with the little red bow? And the red oil is pretty in the jar and when it dies the sticks red on the top.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Yankee's New Spring Scents - Early Sunrise

I think this might be my favorite of the new ones so far. It's not overwhelming like the others. It smells like grapefruit and orange peel so you'd have to like citrus scents. says "A new day dawns crisp and fresh in this clean lemony citrus scent with hints of ginger and tea." Once I saw that, I guess there are some herbal notes there but I didn't get that right away. I'm getting sick of reviewing these. I have two more to go. Plus I find myself yearning for Slatkin. Next post, I'm gonna take a break and talk about something completely different.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Yankee's New Spring Scents - Beautiful Day says "Life is good with this happily enchanting mix of sunny fruits, pretty flowers and spicy herbs." I would say this one's between a floral and a fresh scent. It's a great scent for spring. It makes me think of a sunny meadow. It's like fresh flowers and grass. After awhile though, it gets kinda strong and smells like perfume.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Yankee's New Spring Scents - Drift Away

I'll be reviewing all of Yankee's new spring scents with the exception of Tahitian Tiare Flower - that one is too floral for me so I didn't even bother buying it. I bought the tarts in these scents because they're cheaper and I can sample a lot of different ones without investing too much. I think it's a nice way to burn "candles" if you just wanna smell them for a couple days and move on.

This scent is definitely a "blue" scent as I would say. It's fresh, cool, an ocean water scent. It does remind me of fabric softener after awhile but it's not bad. Nothing really makes this one special though, and it doesn't stand out enough for me to ever buy it again. This is how describes it: "Cares float away on peaceful, blue waters surrounded by lush woodlands."

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Yankee's February Scent

Island Spa describes this scent as "a revitalizing escape with the sunny citrus aroma of crisp, juicy mandarins and vibrant lemon verbena." I like this one and that's a great description of it. It definitely has citrus notes, I smell lemon and even lime, but I certainly wouldn't say it's a "lemon-lime" candle. It's a fresh scent without the citrus being too strong. It's refreshing yet relaxing - just like you would want a spa scent to be. I would say it's great for February - especially on a day like this after a weekend of being snowed in.