Candle Review: GOLDEN SANDS VOTIVE by YANKEE CANDLE

     Bed Bath & Beyond carries Yankee Candle? Cue the fireworks!

     The rumours are trumours, the otherwise snore-inducing store (shower curtains and area rugs? Yawn) carries a limited selection of Yankee Candle’s best; tarts, votives, and of course, jars and tumblers. Since $30 for a candle is a bit excessive in my opinion, I settled for three votive-size minis to start me off. This being the first, I’m making this a learning experience for the both of us – will the glass crack? Will the wick be trimmed? Such suspense! This is Yankee Candle’s 1.75 oz votive in Gold Sands, which retails for $1.99.

Yankee Candle Golden Sands Votive

Yankee Candle Golden Sands Votive

     The store I went to had the same selection of scents in votives and wax melts (tarts), but I chose the votives because I haven’t got a wax warmer yet – it’s on my to-do list! I like that the votives come without a glass container (the way Bath & Body Work’s mini candles do) because it means A) less waste, and B) because the glass adds to the cost, you get to try more scents for the same price. Golden Sands is a peachy orange colour, cylindrical in shape with a wider top. The wick is quiet long, which I’m trimming about halfway (you know, to avoid the whole burned-down-the-house thing). The label on the front reads YANKEE CANDLE / GOLDEN SANDS / with pure, natural extracts, on a background of a stretch of sandy beach at sunset, with a large (if poorly Photoshopped) conch shell. The whole thing is shrink-wrapped from head to toe, with a sticker on the bottom with a whole bunch of boring information. Hurray!

     The Yankee Candle website description reads:

The snow may be piling up outside your window, but your private beach. . . where time pauses. . . awaits you. Let the soft breezes of soothing sandalwood, luminous orange flower and warm tonka beans take you to that special place in the sun. No matter how deep the snow gets.

     You may not believe it, but at the time of writing (March 24th), there is still snow on the ground and the temperature is in the negatives – it’s awful. This scent to me is a whole lot of orange, with a soft fruity angle. It comes off as a bit ‘clean’, but I like it just fine as a potpourri type scent. Nothing offensive or memorable about it, but nice nonetheless! That I’m not picking up more also could have something to do with the fact my nose is running like Usain Bolt. My thoughts about the scent are, either a really good ‘spa’ fragrance or a guest pleaser. Let’s light this baby up!

     The burn was certainly slow at first, which makes me think twice about snipping off the wick so much. I’ve gotta give it to Yankee, the effect of votives is unmatched in how serene it is; the flame begins to travel down the wax, and with a pastel colour like this, the effect is just spectacular. My problem was how long it took the throw to kick in. 40 minutes in, sitting right besides it, and I still couldn’t smell a thing. At about 45 I was finally able to get a whiff of something, but I won’t lie and tell you it’s the scent of the votive – just a general scent. At 1 1/2 hours I began getting the scent, and it was strongest when the flame was extinguished (of course!). Extraordinarily disappointed; I really hope the rest of the votives I picked up will have better projection.

     Let’s talk about the way votives actually burn, because that I was something I was concerned about. I was worried that the wax would just flow from the top to the bottom and become a big old mess in the holder. What happened was that the holder, being tight enough, formed a barrier for the wax, meaning it was much cleaner than I expected. If I wanted to switch votives when one was already melted in, all I had to do was apply a bit of pressure until it was released. The burn was clean and smokeless, and the candle lasted for as long as it was supposed to.

My verdict: if you want this to be the scent guests walk into, invest in a large jar or light a few of these a good while before they arrive. What are your thoughts about Golden Sands?

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You can check out Yankee Candle at www.YankeeCandle.com or follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/TheYankeeCandle

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