Friday, October 4, 2013

Yankee Candle 2013 Fall Gift Guide

by Philippa Lane

It’s that time of the year again, when summer has gone and fall has begun. I absolutely love this time of the year with all of the sights of the season and special scents that fill the air, such as fresh baked apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, cloves, spice, and sweet caramel.

Well, I recently discovered the best, fragrant candles with the most realistic scents that truly capture the scents of the season, bringing the warmth, beauty, and charm of fall into my home.  These highly scented and exquisite candles are by Yankee Candle, which is one of the most well known candle companies in the United States and the biggest manufacturer of premium scented candles in the world.

For the 2013 fall season, Yankee Candle has introduced nine new and delightful fragrances that are sure to fill any home with the serene scents of autumn. Also, the new Pure Radiance line by Yankee Candle was introduced in 2012 and offers ambient candles in a variety of scents, sizes, and colors to match a variety of home decors.   

Yankee Candle makes so many high quality candles, oils, and tarts in a wide range of fragrances to choose from for any season or special occasion of the year. Upon a recent visit to a Yankee Candle store in my vicinity, I was impressed by the large variety of scents to choose from, especially the new fall selection and I would like to share with you some of my favorites:

Vanilla Chai Scented Candle: I have this candle in the large 22 ounce size and it smells exactly like a hot vanilla chai tea latte (but without any calories!). I usually like to drink hot tea during the fall and winter seasons and smell the aroma of spicy varieties when I walk into a coffee shop. The candle is infused with vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and it has a strong spicy fragrance and great throw. I like to place the Vanilla Chai Scented Candle in my kitchen and because it is so strong, the scent travels from my kitchen into every room of my home. The aroma is absolutely perfect for the fall season, because of the warm notes of ginger and cinnamon.  It contains a lead free wick, yet does let out a small amount of soot, but not enough to cause any problems.  I feel very relaxed whenever I smell the candle and the color matches the robust and vibrant scent. The large candle has a burn time of 110 to 150 hours and it also is available in small and medium jar sizes as well as a sampler votive and wax tart.  I have a tart warmer and like to place the Vanilla Chai Scented Tart in the warmer.  The tart’s fragrance is strong, lasts up to 8 hours, and is only $1.99. Large Candle- $27.99.

Salted Caramel Scented Candle: One of Yankee Candle’s newest and most popular fall fragrances- a sweet and decadent scent of burnt sugar, smooth vanilla caramel, and sea salt, reminiscent of the fragrance of caramel delicacies wafting in the air at a carnival or amusement park.  When I burn this candle, it smells just like the caramel scent that is prevalent while walking through Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.  In fact, it is the exact same scent that my daughter and I would smell in the air every time we walked through the Disney Shopping District.  I am not sure if it was the caramel apples, churros, or popcorn that we smelled, but this candle smells just like it and is the purest caramel scented candle I have ever experienced. Now, with the Yankee Candle Salted Caramel Scented Candle, I don’t have to travel to Disneyland to experience the wonderful fragrance of salted caramel, I can enjoy this delicious scent in my home throughout the fall and winter season. The large candle is 22 ounces and has a burn time of 110 to 150 hours $27.99.  The Salted Caramel Scented Candle is also available in small and medium jar sizes as well as a sampler votive and wax tart.

Cozy Sweater Scented Candle: I never thought that a candle could smell like a wool sweater, but after smelling the new Cozy Sweater Scented Candle, I have since changed my mind. The candle is neutral in color, resembling the colors in a fisherman’s sweater and has a unique fragrance that is like no other. In my opinion, the candle smells like a freshly dry cleaned or hand washed wool sweater; the kind that is worn on a cool, brisk day. Because of the elements of patchouli and musk interwoven throughout the fragrance, the candle gives a warm and comforting aroma and truly lives up to its name. When I light this candle, I feel as if I am wearing a soft wool sweater and I am…oh so cozy! The candle has a burn time of 110 to 150 hours and the large size is $27.99.

Cozy Cabin: This special candle is a “swirl” candle that comes in a medium glass jar candle, has a burn time of 65 to 90 hours, and is one of Yankee Candle’s most popular fragrances. As I am writing, my Cozy Cabin Candle is burning on my kitchen table making my home really smell like what I picture a little cabin in the woods smells like. The candle has a warm, yet exotic fragrance that is strong, but subtle at the same time.  It truly is a welcoming fragrance that reminds me of a small cabin that I used to stay in when I visited Lake Arrowhead, which is a mountain community in California. The Cozy Cabin Candle is unique, because it is one of Yankee Candle’s only swirl mountain/cabin scented candles, and it is a combination of two popular fragrances- Mountain Lodge and Autumn Leaves. If you cannot get away to a cabin in the woods, but you want to feel like you are in one, then this candle is the next best thing. I do wish that this fragrance came in a tart or oil, because the fragrance is so beautiful, hopefully, it will be available in other forms in the future, but for now it is available as a medium size jar candle for $22.99.

Crème Brulee Pure Radiance: I have enjoyed all of the candles that I have just mentioned, but one of my absolute favorites is the Crème Brulee Pure Radiance Candle. It comes in a beautiful, large glass jar and because it looks like a vase, when the candle has completed all of its burning cycles, the jar can be used to hold flowers or for beverages, such as smoothies and iced coffee. The candle has a warm scent with strong notes of bourbon, caramelized sugar, maple and comes with either a LumiWick or Crackling Wick, which makes a pleasant crackling sound, similar to a fireplace.  The Pure Radiance Candles have a long burn time and provide a continual clean burn.  I love the scent, look, color, and ambiance this candle gives. The Crème Brulee Pure Radiance Candle has a special fragrant aroma that is perfect for the fall, winter, and all year round. The large jar has a burn time of 100 to 140 hours and is $27.99.

Toasted Almond Scented Candle: A new fall fragrance from the exquisite Pure Radiance Collection consisting of a rich blend of- warm almonds, dark brown sugar, and tonka bean. This candle has a delicious aroma and is currently one of Yankee Candle’s most popular Pure Radiance fall scents, but I am not fond of the fragrance’s “toasted” notes, instead I prefer the Crème Brulee Scented Candle, which has sweeter top notes and better fragrance throw, however, if you really like the scent of almonds, then the Toasted Almond Scented Candle is a great choice. The large candle burns for 100 to 140 hours and is $27.99.

Relaxing Rituals Comfort Warming Oil Blending Kit: On a more relaxing note, I would like to mention a new aromatherapy kit from Yankee Candle which is from the Relaxing Rituals line of products and it is the Comfort Warming Oil Blending Kit.  If you need or desire to have a relaxing moment, then this is the kit for you. The kit consists of three bottles of home fragrance oils, one ceramic oil warmer, and one unscented tea light. Each bottle of oil is .33 fl.oz. and the Comfort Kit consists of Cardamom, Cedar Wood, and Rose Oil. When all three of these oils are placed in the oil warmer and become blended together, a truly relaxing aroma is released. I know the first time I used the kit, I immediately became relaxed, calmer, and actually felt like falling asleep.  It makes a great gift for someone who has difficulty winding down after a long, busy day.  The ceramic oil warmer is beautiful and I love looking at it while the tea light candle shines through the unique and artfully crafted motif leaf cut-out on the front of the warmer.  Just looking at the warmer is relaxing to the senses. The combination of the therapeutic fragrance and the ambiance of the oil burner, results in creating a completely relaxing effect. $34.99

Yankee Candle has such a great variety of candles to choose from and I have only mentioned some of my favorites for the fall season. When spring arrives, my two all time Yankee Candle favorites are Lilac Blossom and Gardenia. I love floral scents in the spring and summer time, but right now fall and winter is right upon us and I am enjoying these new and exciting Yankee Candle Products for the fall season.

The new fall fragrances as well as the Relaxing Rituals Comfort Kit are available at Yankee Candle stores across the country and on   

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