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This candle was a purchase I made before I ventured into the world of Yankee Candles. To be honest, I think this was the final straw that led to me jumping on the YC bandwagon, as it was such a disappointment. I stumbled across the range in BHS one lunchtime last year, when I was in the frame of mind for spending money on things I didn't really need. I bought it hoping it might freshen up the house a bit, as we have a house cat so I'm constantly struggling to make the house smell less like a cattery and more like a home.
The candle cost around £8, and I must admit to being a bit superficial and being drawn to the packaging....I'm a marketer's dream! The candle is packaged in a metal tin, and has a label with the fragrance of the candle which is displayed in a lovely font and eye catching colours. It took me a while to decide which one to go for, as there are so many appealing fragrances, but in the end I decided on this Pink Grapefruit one. It smelt lovely in the tin, and the appearance of the candle really appealed as it had little cubes of different colours sticking out of the top of the candle, presumably making up the different aspects of the fragrance.
The scent of this candle is described on the packaging as "zingtastic! A clean, sophisticated zingy treat. Florida sunlight in candle form!". I would describe it as fruity and sweet, and it reminds me of Refreshers sweets more than anything, although I'd agree with the citrus claim. It's a very pleasant smell, and as I know my husband loves fruity fragrances, I knew it would be a hit. The issue with it, however, is that unless you literally stick your head over the candle (not advised for obvious reasons), you can't detect any fragrance from it at all. It certainly doesn't permeate the room, and to get any benefit from it we had to place it nearer to us on the coffee table instead of on the fireplace. For me, this defeated the purpose of making the room feel fresh, as it didn't travel well at all.
If it wasn't for the weakness of the fragrance, these candles would make lovely gifts, as they are so prettily packaged, and there are matching items available such as room sprays, reed diffusers and glassware candles. There is a great range of fragrances available, and each has a different colour scheme to suit different rooms. A full range of products can be found at www.lily-flame.co.uk. I think the price would put me off trying another scent personally, but if I received one as a gift I'd be happy to try another variety to see if it was any stronger.
The burn time of these tins are estimated to be 35 hours, although I can't confirm or deny that as I still have half an unburned candle on our fireplace at home, as I gave up with this pointless candle in the end and gave in to the popularity of Yankee Candles. Although the packaging and marketing of this product is excellent, I would hesitate to recommend them unless you found them on offer, as they are quite expensive for a disappointing product.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)