I have a problem.

     You see, I can’t stop myself from looking for things to smell. I’m like a hound on a trail, except the trail leads to fragrance instead of woodland critters or missing persons.

     But then, isn’t this a wonderful problem to have? I mean, there’s kids out there living on the streets, or addicted to drugs, or drinking their woes away… I just sniff until I feel better (and it’s not white powder I’m sniffing, either). Besides, this problem’s solution is blogging, since it forces me to take count and really think about why I’m drawn to something. And blogging, I’m told, is a viable career option (or maybe not).

     So, let’s put this strategy to use here. Why can I not help myself when I go to Bed Bath & Beyond, which is the only retailer that sells Yankee Candle products in the Greater Toronto Area? Why do I walk out with so much wax each time? Why do I buy these votives even though from my experience I know that their projection sucks?

     ..Okay, I lied. That didn’t help at all. If anything, I now have more questions than before. Buuuuuut, it’s an excellent transition to this week’s review – this is Yankee Candle’s 1.75 oz votive in Midsummer’s Night, which retails for $1.99. How’s that for an intro?

Yankee Candle Midsummer's Night Votive

Yankee Candle Midsummer’s Night Votive

     Midsummer’s Night is black in colour, cylindrical in shape with a wider top. The wick is quiet long, which I’m trimming about halfway. The label on the front reads YANKEE CANDLE / MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT / with pure, natural plant extracts, on a background of a starry night with a huge moon. The whole candle is shrink-wrapped from head to toe, with a sticker on the bottom with information, including the bar code, safety information, and more.

     My strategy for picking out votives at Bed Bath & Beyond is to sniff the jar candles and pick the votives based on that. I went in knowing fully well that Midsummer’s Night is a popular scent, spoken about too often to miss. ‘Cologne,’ they say. ‘It smells like cologne.’ To which I reply, but which one?

     The Yankee Candle website description reads:

Intense, intoxicating, and decidedly masculine, this blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne appeals to women as much as it does to men. One of Yankee Candle®’s first fine fragrance-inspired scents, you know when MidSummer’s Night® is in the room, whether it’s lit or not.

     About knowing it’s there even if it isn’t lit – they’re right. Unwrap one of these babies and you’ll see for yourself just how potent it is. But it isn’t cologne you’d be smelling, but soap. Irish Spring soap, to be specific. This is, perhaps, the best smell known to men. Fresh meadows, cut grass, the whole shebang. An aquatic fragrance by all means, with just a hint of musk and aloe vera. I’m in deep, deep love. My question is, why isn’t this part of the ‘man candle’ collection?

     In terms of projection and burn, Midsummer’s Night was far superior to Golden Sands, which was the first Yankee Candle votive I tried. Excellent throw, even from a tiny little thing like this. The burn was also smoother, with a bigger, deeper wax pool and nice bright flame.

My verdict: I’ll take 12.5 of these. Or a large jar, which is the same amount of wax (but $2.98 more expensive). If you try just one Yankee, make it this one.

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