Tutti Fruiti

Tutti Fruiti is a retired Yankee Candle scent that definitely makes it into my top ten all time favorite candle scents! I melted my very last tart of it the other day, and boy does this one not disappoint!

Tutti Fruiti

The Scent: A sugary sweet fruity mash-up that reminds me of childhood lollipops and other swirled fruity hard candies. It smells like a sugared blend of raspberry, lemon, blueberry, lime, and maybe touches of grape and strawberry. The picture, to me, visually captures this scent! A+

The Throw: is a solid medium! This tart will fill up a medium to large sized room with a perfect medium throw that is constantly and consistently detectable but is not over-powering and headache-inducing. It also lasts (strongly) for a long time. I easily got 2-3 tealights from this baby! A-


Overall, I adore Tutti Fruiti. There is something whimsical about the scent that reminds me of laughter, childhood, and the dog days of summer (as a kid on school vacation!).

-Kari Ann-

Boston Strong

One year ago today 2 bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring many. Along with most of the country I spent the next week glued to the news waiting for the people responsible to be caught. I was shocked when Officer Collier was killed, adding another victim as a result of the bombings. I know I live a bit south of the city, but Boston is my home. I am so proud of my city and all the first responders. I may be biased, but how many cities would shut down entirely (including suburbs) for an entire day in order to get justice.

Shortly after the bombings, Yankee Candle announced a Boston Strong candle to benefit the One Fund. I’ve never paid full price for a candle before, but I didn’t even think twice before purchasing this one.

The scent is their home sweet home scent. I’ve kept it stored since last, not sure if I would ever light it and maybe just keep it as a decoration candle. However, today it felt like lighting it would be the right thing. I love this candle and am so happy I purchased it. It just adds another reason to why I like YC so much, they create a great product and raised money for a great cause. -Jenna-


Lemon Ice & Coconut Vanilla Swirl

I bought this swirl of Lemon Ice & Coconut Vanilla on clearance (50% off) at Target two summers ago. It was part of Target’s Yankee Candle Home Classics line that I have had great success with in the past!

However, this swirl candle has been a dud for me! This is sad because I absolutely love the cold throw and expected it to have a good throw! (Most Yankee Candle lemon scents are awesome!)


The Scent: A sweet and icy lemon mixed with a creamy vanilla-coconut combo. This scent has tropical summer getaway written all over it! The lemon reminds me of the Italian Ice treats from childhood and the Coconut Vanilla is the same scent as the new summer Yankee candle Coconut & Vanilla (or the #4 on the discontinued coconut collection.) A-

The Throw: Is basically non-existent. Of the 40 or so hours I’ve been burning this candle, I’ve only been able to “smell” it for about 10 minutes…and that is if I’m walking by right next to it. It’s a shame, but I can’t even smell the scent 10 feet away from the candle! This one is a total disappointment. F+


So, if I ever want to recreate a vanilla, lemon, coconut swirled scent, I probably just melt a tart of Meyer Lemon with Coconut & Vanilla.

-Kari Ann-


Eggnog Face Off!

Okay, so I’ve compared two eggnog scents recently and the question I keep asking myself: which one is better?

Team Yankee Candle with their retired, and heavily missed, Eggnog or Team Better Homes & Gardens fast selling Creamy Spiced Eggnog.

Eggnog Eggnog

So let’s compare the two!

1) Scent: This is probably the most important parameter to measure…and is a tough one! Yankee Candle’s Eggnog has that classic vanilla and cinnamon creamy tone, however, there is something about BH&G’s Creamy Spiced Eggnog that pushes it one step further! The BH&G version is extra creamy with a better balance of spice and vanilla egginess. So: Point to BH&G Creamy Spiced Eggnog!

2) Throw: While both scents have decent and reliable throws, I find that the BH&G version has a slightly stronger throw and presence (can fill up a larger room). So: Point to BH&G Creamy Spiced Eggnog!

3) How long the scent lasts: Okay, I measure the “time” aspect by how many tealights I can use to melt a tart before it’s throw is too weak. Both Yankee Candle and BH&G’s scents last 2 tealights (~8 hours) for me. So: It’s a tie!

4) Availability: Yankee Candle’s Eggnog is retired, but it pops up often at Outlets or occasionally as a holiday treasure. So if you live near a Yankee Candle outlet, its a possibility you’ll find this scent. (But that is only to a small % of the population!). The BH&G Creamy Spiced Eggnog has been sold in Walmart for the last 3 years…however, it sells out fast! In fact, I didn’t even buy any this year since my store sold out before I could stock up! Thus, the BH&G version is first come, first enjoy! So: This one is tough…for me it’s a tie. To anyone not near a Yankee Candle out (aka me soon), point goes to BH&G Creamy Spiced Eggnog!

5) The husband factor: Okay…so this is my way of saying “how does the people who live with me like the scent?” It’s fine if I enjoy it, but how does a partner, friend, sibling, etc like the scent? This one is no contest for my husband Mike. His favorite scent of all time is the BH&G Creamy Spiced Eggnog. He likes this scent so much, he actually will melt it one his own (this is the only scent with that honor!) So: BH&G Creamy Spiced Eggnog!


The overall winner: BH&G Creamy Spiced Eggnog!


What are you thoughts?????

-Kari Ann-



Eggnog (Yankee Candle)

I find eggnog as a drink disgusting….but eggnog as a candle scent amazing! So, I thought it was time to melt my last tart of Yankee Candle’s Eggnog.

Eggnog is a now retired scent from Yankee Candle, but it pops up now and then at Outlets or as a treasure during the holiday season!


The Scent: A creamy blend of frothy milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg…and maybe a dash of rum. It smells just like the eggnog my husband loves to drink (the Silk version that’s dairy-free). It is warming and makes me nostalgic for the winter holiday season! A

The Throw: The throw of this holiday throw-back is a medium. It has a decent throw that can fill up a middle-sized room pretty well. It’s not as strong as the pine scents I’ve reviewed previously…but it is by no means a disappointment! B


Overall, I love Yankee Candle’s Eggnog….just another scent I wish they’d bring back!

-Kari Ann-

Christmas Tree

I’ve really been nostalgic for the holidays, eh? Actually, I thought I’d take my own advice and use up some of my favorite tarts (that I’ve been saving) before they lose their scent!


Christmas Tree by Yankee Candle is probably my favorite “christmas tree” scent and is right up there with Balsam & Cedar as my all time favorite “fresh” scent. Sadly, it retired a few years ago and I’ve been saving this tart since then!

Christmas Tree Tart

The Scent: A fragrant and freshly cut Douglas Fir Christmas tree. This sweet pine scent is so true to life and realistic that no one would even know my tree is a fake…well by scent at least! Truly wonderful! A+

The Throw: This pine scent is another winner! It is a medium-strong throw that will completely fill up a large room and that scent will linger pleasantly even after the tealight has run out (or warmer shut off). This is such a great scent to light for a holiday party! A


Overall, I dream of the day Yankee Candle brings Christmas Tree back into its seasonal line-up! They really nailed this scent and shame on them for retiring it!

-Kari Ann-


Balsam & Cedar

I’ve had quite a few disappointments in the candle burning category lately, so I brought in a classic to boost my mood.

Balsam & Cedar makes my list of being on of the strongest, and most consistently wonderful, Yankee¬† Candles. Even the votive I burned this week gave off a stronger throw than the two jars I am currently burning (Milk & Cookies and a swirl of Lemon Ice and Coconut….review coming soon).


Balsam & Cedar votive

The Scent: Balsam & Cedar could be classified as a Christmas/Holiday scent or a winter scent. It is the a perfect combination of pine, wood, and a hint of frost. It smells like walking through a remote coniferous forest as a gentle flurry of snow is happening. It’s a true Yankee Candle classic. A

The Throw: Every form (jar, tumbler, votive, tart) that I have lit/melted of Balsam & Cedar has been perfect! It fills up just about any size room with a medium-strong throw that is the perfect strength (smellable, but not headache-inducing). This could be my favorite holiday scent, maybe even my favorite “fresh” scent, by Yankee Candle. A


Balsam & Cedar was a nice change after my few “low throw” jars I’ve been using up!

-Kari Ann-

New Find: Dark Water

I was near a Homegoods today, so I popped in to peruse the candles. The only “new” or “unique” Yankee Candle I saw was this beauty: Dark Water.

Dark Water

Firstly, LOVE the label! It’s very mysterious and dark…maybe even slightly sexy?

The scent reminded me of Evening Air (with maybe some Midsummer’s Night). It’s a masculine scent that smells somewhere between a really nice cologne and that “just got out of the shower after using my husband’s shower gel” smell. If you like the more fresh and masculine scents…this one deserves a sniff! I think it’s Evening Air, but what do I care, I love that scent!

-Kari Ann-

Jack Frost

Jack Frost is a now retired Yankee Candle that commonly pops up as a Treasure (in Yankee candle) or in the TJMaxx/Homegoods/Marshall trio during the winter holiday season. I have reviewed this scent before, but I used my very last tart of it the other day and thought I’d revisit this wonderful scent.

Jack Frost is one of my husband’s favorite scents and we find it to be perfect for a bathroom or kitchen setting!

Jack Frost

The Scent: Pure mint. Nothing fancy, nothing too sweet. Jack Frost is peppermint in its glory. This scent is the icy and slightly sweet scent of candy canes and starlight hard mint candies with perhaps just a dash of vanilla. It is a refreshing and cool scent that truly reminds me of winter and the holiday season. B+

The Throw: This is a scent best for a smaller sized room. The throw is average and to some slightly under-whelming. However, I’m a fan-girl of this scent. The throw is a light-medium (in a smaller-sized room its a medium), but it provides that nice minty background scent that calms you, but won’t overtake the house (so you can still smell anything baking, like Christmas cookies)! C


Overall, Jack Frost is a solid scent with an okay throw. However, it holds a special place in my heart so I will definitely look to buy another jar or tart for next Christmas season :)

-Kari Ann-

Milk & Cookies

I bought this large jar of Milk & Cookies 2 years ago during the winter semi-annual sale at Yankee Candle. Since I am preparing to move to Maryland in a few months, I’ve decided to start burning a few of my heavier candles to lighten my candle load!

Milk and Cookies

The Scent: This is a wonderful dessert scent! It smells like vanilla wafer cookies with an extra dose of heavy cream. It has that fresh baked sugar cookie scent with dominate vanilla notes…but that touch of milkiness really sets Milk & Cookies apart from the other “cookie” scents! Very nice and not too sweet! A

The Throw: This one I had very high expectations for (as I have read rave reviews online). However, I’ve been slightly disappointed. The throw is just okay. It takes a while to be detectable (at least 45 minutes), and even then it only light fills up my living area. It is detectable, but the “smell radius” is fairly small. I suppose this scent would be better in a smaller sized room. I can still smell the creamy, sugary gooness, but I do wish it was stronger! C-


Overall, I love the scent of Milk & Cookies, but I wish the throw would be amped up a few notches!

-Kari Ann-