I think it's an unwritten blogger rule that you have to have a unexplainable love of candles, particularly scented ones...or perhaps it's in the Blogspot small print somewhere! I am by no means an exception to this rule - in fact I have an entire drawers full of candles and am filling my bedroom with the warming scent of cinnamon and maple as I'm writing this! There's just something relaxing and homely about them, I can't explain it.
At the weekend though, I did something for the first time that you'd expect any candle enthusiast would be accustomed to - I purchased some Yankee candles!
On Sunday, I was out for afternoon coffee and cake with my family and while my mum and gran were off having a browse, me and my sister got into that usual scented candle thing - picking them up excitedly like kids in a candle shop and shoving them in each others faces, going 'OMG SMELL THIS ONE!"
I had no idea til then just how big a variety of scents Yankee do - there must be at least 50 and that wasn't even in the Yankee shop itself where I'm sure there's even more! Sweet, spicy, fruity, floral - the lot!
Now, I won't lie, they are on the pricier side as far as candles go and while usually I'd be tempted to dive straight in with the biggest one (my excuse is that I have high ceilings therefore need bigger ones to fill the air, okay?!) I thought £19.99 for the biggest Yankee jar was pretty steep so decided I'd try out a few before I committed to a scent and bought a few of their samplers which are only £1.80 each.
Candy Cane Lane
At this time of year, I love a good candy cane and have been after a candle with a similar scent for ages. This is a little sweeter than minty which is what I really wanted but I thought after such a lot search, I'd give it a try anyway.
If you follow me on Twitter or you've read this post you might know I suffer from back pain which sometimes makes it difficult for me to sleep. Lavender is well known for helping with sleep, but I'm not overly keen on lavender alone so thought it might be worth trying this as I'm much keener on citrusy scents like lemon.
These are my favour type of smells - anything clean, baby powdery, soapy - I'm all over it. I already have a cotton scented candle from 'For Every Body' but I think I was on a roll and you can never have too many!
Finally, a Christmas addition. This was Yankee's 'Scent of the Month' meaning it had 25% off so I thought (despite the not very festive colour) I'd be a nice seasonal addition to my mini collection. It smells like sugary baked goodness which I like but I don't know if it'll maybe be over-powering? Not too bad for £1.35!
I've got my eye on a few more - 'Salted Caramel' and 'Fireside Treats' are both lovely warm sugary scents, while I have, since buying that this is actually one called 'Peppermint Swirls' which might be more the type of candy cane inspired scent I was after - I may have opened a jar of worms now - no pun intended!