Gather around, kids, and let me tell you a story about when daddy was young (says the 17 year-old).

     I hate sunscreen. My parents were fairly strict when I was little, and forbade me and my brothers from going in the sun unless we had a layer of the stuff slathered on. In hindsight this was pretty good parenting, but I did not agree at the time. Even as a little kid I was sassy and stubborn enough to spend an entire afternoon in the shade, not playing with anyone else, just to avoid going near the white cream.

     I may have grown up a bit since, but I still curse and try to wiggle away anytime the forbidden fluid is brought out. Sunscreen, anyone? No, thank you!

     You may be thinking, that’s nice and all, but what does it have to do with the review? Well, for whatever reason, too many sunscreen companies make their products with the heavy smell of coconut. If you’re not connecting the dots by now, let me help you out:

     Sunscreen=coconut scent. Sunscreen=bad. Coconut scent=bad. Get it?

     Despite my dislike for coconut smells, I picked up this votive at Bed Bath & Beyond a few months ago. If I could I’d go back in time and slap some sense into past me for doing it, but alas time travel is both impractical and time-consuming (pun count: 1).

     I’m going to try my hardest not to run away from this week’s review for Yankee Candle’s 1.75 oz votive in Black Coconut, which retails for $1.99.

Yankee Candle Black Coconut Votive

Yankee Candle Black Coconut Votive

     Black Coconut is a dark brown colour (oddly enough, not black), cylindrical in shape with a wider top. The wick was centred and quite long, so I’ve trimmed it about halfway. The label on the front reads YANKEE CANDLE / BLACK COCONUT / with pure, natural extracts, on a background of a palmy beach during sunset. The whole candle is shrink-wrapped, with a sticker on the bottom carrying the bar code, safety information, and more. I have to point out the name is not accurate to the scent, as it is neither dark nor particularly coconut-y.

     The Yankee Candle website description reads:

Sunset in paradise . . . rich coconut, cedarwood and island blossoms promise an evening of luxurious tranquility.

     On cold sniff I get a waxy lime and coconut blend, quite faint and so creamy it’s almost chocolatey. This is a coconut scent I’m totally fine with, mostly because it hardly resembles coconut. The scent remained true during burning, which is unusual for a Yankee. It was such a welcome break from the sunscreen coconut variety that I would seriously consider getting a full-size of this stuff.

     Projection was there but not strong, weak to moderate at best. This I’m fine with, given that the scent was weak even on cold sniff. Huge flame, clean even burn, and a mushroom top combined to make me a very happy candle burner.

     My verdict: Black Coconut is going up on my favourite Yankee Candle scents shelf, for which I give them endless applause. Coconut for coconut haters – what more could you ask for?

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