Well, guys, Halloween is just around the corner. And, as usual, I’m super excited! The shelves of my favourite stores are already chock-full of seasonal goodies. And I may have already done a spot of Halloween themed shopping ready for the big day. Eek!
One thing I always look forward to around this time of year is all the autumn candles that come out. And recently I was lucky enough to be sent a brand new Yankee Candle Halloween Box Set to try out. How cool is that?!
The set includes two limited edition sample-sized votive candles in the scents ‘Witches Brew’ and ‘Forbidden Apple’. And a small but suitably spooky looking ceramic votive holder in the shape of a pumpkin head. The set comes packaged in a black box with metallic orange cobwebs and spiders printed on the outside of it. And, of course, it also includes the Yankee branding. I think it looks fab!
Each sample sized-votive is said to burn for around 15 hours, and I love how cute and dinky they are. I decided to burn ‘Witches Brew’ first, as I’ve bought this in a medium-sized jar in the past and absolutely loved the scent. It has top notes of wood, clove and cinnamon. Middle notes of jasmine, cedar and balsam. And base notes of patchouli and vanilla.
Once lit, I noticed you have to set the sampler down close to where you’re sitting to be able to smell it. I have to admit, I found this slightly disappointing as I’m used to buying the jars which always fill the room with fragrance. Nevertheless, it smelt lovely, and just as I remembered it. I reckon it will remain a firm favourite for many years to come.
Next, I lit ‘Forbidden Apple’, and I was really excited to try this as it’s not a scent I’d come across before. It has top notes of bergamot, rich pear nectar, candied quince and raw sugar. Middle notes of red apple, MacIntosh, black oak and midnight freesia. And base notes of dark patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla noir and cedarwood.
I’ve found that ‘Forbidden Apple’ gives off a much stronger scent than ‘Witches Brew’ does, which I’m really pleased about. It means I can put it up on a high shelf away from the little ones, but still enjoy the smell myself. The sampler fills the whole room with the scent of juicy apples, and I find you can smell it long after the candle has been extinguished. I’m always happy when candle scents linger as I think it offers good value for money.
Overall, I really like this gift set and I would most definitely repurchase it. I love how the Pumpkin Head Votive Holder lights up when it has one of the samplers inside. It even looks a little spooky when you have it lit in a dark room! The only downside I’ve found with the set as a whole is that the bottoms of the samplers aren’t very flat, so they tend to lean to one side when they’re sitting inside the holder. The wax then drips inside, making a bit of a mess. I think it would be better suited to housing tea lights rather than votives. It’s not a massive issue though.
If you like the look of this particular Yankee Candle Set, then it’s worth noting that there’s a competition running over at Wow Free Stuff right now where you can win one for yourself! To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is give their official Facebook page a ‘like’ and fill in your name and e-mail address on the entry form. Simple!
The competition is open to residents of the UK age 18 and over and closes on October 24th. Please note that by entering you’re agreeing to sign up to the Wow Free Stuff Newsletter. The prize is for one Yankee Candle Halloween Box Set, which includes one ceramic votive holder in the shape of a pumpkin head and two rare samplers: Witches Brew and Forbidden Apple.
Yankee Candle Halloween Pumpkin Head Votive Holder Box Set – £11.99 ||link||