Friday, 23 January 2015

Yankee Candle Winter Wonderland 2014 Edition

Especially in autumn and winter my love for scented candles seems to be growing ad infinitum. There's just nothing better than staying inside on a cold and/or rainy day, snuggling up with a cosy blanket, wearing fuzzy socks AND burning an enchantingly smelling candle!
Unfortunately, there are remarkable differences when it comes to the quality of these wonderful, waxy things. Although I love the candles that you can get at IKEA for about 2-3€ the range is simply too small for me in the long run.
Soooo, where do I go searching for lovely-smelling, nicely-burning scented candles that also come in a huge variety? Yankee Candle! ( least most of the time)

As I get tired of a certain smell rather quickly, I prefer getting the Yankee Candle samplers. While I'm still waiting for my dream of an unlimited budget to become true, in reality it can be quite pricey to buy excessive amounts of these candles (Yankee Candle samplers are usually 2,49€ each).
Taking advantage of my experiences from former years, I usually go looking for nice winter scents right after Christmas as you can get some great discounts at that time. Luckily, this year I wasn't disappointed, too. So I ended up getting the "Yankee Candle Winter Wonderland 2014 Edition" for 15,99€ instead of 31,99€ at Karstadt
This gift set includes 12 different votive candles from various winter collections with two of them coming from the most recent one (Candy Cane Lane & Icicles).

1. Christmas Eve® (description taken from the package)
"traditional festive scents of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candied fruits."

2. Season Of Peace®
"Reflect on the silently peaceful solitude of winter's snowfall, captured in this cool, enchanting white musk blend."
3. Candy Cane Lane® (new)
"A favourite Christmas place where delicious dreams are made with tingly peppermint, sweet cookies and creamy vanilla icing."
4. Christmas Garland®
"The season comes to life in this lush aroma of fresh-cut pine boughs and zesty cranberries."
5. Snowflake Cookie®
"A new Christmas tradition that is sure to charm: perfectly pretty festive cookies, deliciously decorated with sugary pink icing."
6. Snow In Love®
"Fall in love with this delightful blend of creamy, comforting woods and wintry powder freshness."
7. Sugared Apple®
"A deliciously sweet apple treat...a perfect recipe of juicy apples sprinkled with sugar and vanilla."
8. Red Apple Wreath®
"A happy holiday homecoming with the festive aroma of sweet apples, cinnamon, walnuts and maple."
9. Christmas Cookies®
"Buttery rich, vanilla scented, holiday sugar cookies."
10. Christmas Memories®
"From the heart of the kitchen, unforgettable moments are brought home again with this comforting recipe of spices and sweets."
11. Icicles® (new)
"The crisp, winter forest scent of ice covered pine branches with tingly otes of spicy cinnamon."
12. Cranberry Ice®
"Refreshingly tart and sweet! A cool, stimulating rush of frosty red fruits bursting with a tangy sweetness."

Overall I can say that I'm really happy with my purchase!
First of all, this gift set seems to be the only one -of those I've purchased so far- in which I actually like every single one of the scents. Normally, there is at least one which I burn only for the sake of having burnt it and not having the feeling of wasting money.
My favourites would probably be Christmas Cookie, Snowflake Cookie, Sugared Apple and Red Apple Wreath (Yup, I totally have a weakness for the smell of baked goods and apples ... or even better: both of them combined! *drooling*).

Second of all, when you buy this set in the sales, as I did, it is a real bargain. You practically only pay ~1,33€ per sampler instead of the original 2,49€ (+ the pretty packaging ☺).

I'd definitely recommend having a look at the sales if you don't mind your room still smelling like Christmas when it's already January (which I certainly don't).

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