Candle Review: MANGO PEACH SALSA VOTIVE by YANKEE CANDLE

     I never understood America’s obsession with salsa.

     Growing up in Israel meant me go-to dip was hummus, not a spicy blend of veggies. Hummus, for those of you who are not familiar, is ambrosia of the gods.

     I’ll give you salsa lovers this: salsa with tortilla chips is divine. My mom always makes sure that there’s a plate of the stuff for me at every family gathering. But even then, it has to be mild salsa (which still sometimes sets my mouth on fire!) and traditional flavor only – nothing crazy, please!

     Mango peach salsa is definitely one of the crazier flavors. I mean, have you seen the ingredients list?

  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup chopped peeled fresh peaches
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet yellow pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled mango
  • 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro

     All that spicy pepper and sweet fruit sounds nauseating… but in candle form, well, that’s a different story.

     This week’s review is for Yankee Candle’s 1.75 oz votive in Mango Peach Salsa, which retails for $1.99.

Yankee Candle Mango Peach Salsa Votive

Yankee Candle Mango Peach Salsa Votive

     Mango Peach Salsa is a gorgeous golden orange in colour, cylindrical in shape with a wider top. The wick is quite long, so I’ve trimmed it about halfway. For the first time I also noticed that my wick was quite off centre, which shouldn’t bug me but does nonetheless. The label on the front reads YANKEE CANDLE / Mango Peach Salsa / with pure, natural fruit extracts, on a background of peaches and mangoes and – who would have guessed? – mango peach salsa. The whole candle is shrink-wrapped, with a sticker on the bottom carrying the bar code, safety information, and more.

     The Yankee Candle website description reads:

Sweet and zesty . . . juicy mangoes and peaches livened with citrus, ginger flowers and pink pepper.

     I get a lot more peach out of this than mango, which is a tad sad because the scent of mango is just incredible (if you’re looking for an excellent mango perfume, check out Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Nil). It’s synthetic peach with a bit of spice. I actually like it a lot! It’s appropriate for summer because although fruity it is not terribly sweet. Thumbs up all around!

     Projection wise this is a dud. Five hours into the burn and I was still not getting a whiff of anything mango peach in my relatively small room. Other than that the performance was good, with a clean, even burn.

     My verdict: this Yankee votives business is really hit or miss in terms of projection, which I find a tad annoying. I mean, either pour in more fragrance oil and up the price point or don’t make them at all! Regardless, I still think that if I like a votive scent enough I’ll just buy a big jar, which I’m praying would have better throw. However, this scent is not the case. I like it, but not enough to invest. Give it a try, though, you might love it.

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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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