If you've been into my home, within seconds of stepping through the front door you'd be greeted with the smell of candles, and know that I like a good candle or two. Whether it be the sweet smell of the Pink Lemonade Flamingo range,my all time favourite Pink Sands from Yankee Candle or the simple delight of Asda's own Soft Linen, I thoroughly enjoy closing the curtains and lighting the candles (it also saves us on our heating bill!). And it's almost as though Yankee Candle know that I now have a candle allowance (yep, it got that bad at one point..!), when they asked if I'd like to try their new Pure Essence* range. I did not need asking twice.
Most of my favourite scents are the soft ones that have a simple, relaxing sweet scent, so I was a little unsure on how I'd find Cassis with it's blackcurrant scent. So whilst prepping up a pretty tasty dinner, I popped this candle on the shelf as I measured out my cups of lentils, and diced some peppers. Considering it's described as 'vibrantly stimulating', I found that is wasn't as vibrant as I thought. It almost seemed relaxing in the kitchen, yet with just the right amount of scent of sweet blackcurrant berries. This scented candle may have just swayed me towards stronger scents.
I was instantly drawn to the Shea Butter (nope, not because it was white - OK.. partly!) with Yankee Candle labelling it 'pure contentment'. Now that's a candle I like, and it certainly did not disappoint. As I've been away a lot and have had little time to relax, I decided to settle down in the dressing room with a good book, some nail varnish and body butter and a handful of chocolates, and breathed in this smooth scent with hints of fruit blossoms. If there's one candle that makes me feel calm, this is top of my list.
Now Aloe Water surprised me too. I knew it was to go one way or another, I'd either really like it or really dislike it, and move it to the bathroom to collect dust. BUT, I officially LOVE it. I cannot quite explain the scent from this candle, except it's refreshing smell, mixed with a hint of aloe, truly makes this the best candle to relax to. It's been by my bedside most evenings, popped up next to the bath with me, and even been on the coffee table during the evenings. Aloe Water, you are currently my new favourite scent. Winner!