Relaxing Rituals: Comfort

The Relaxing Rituals collection from Yankee Candle combines 3 scents to create a certain “mood.” It’s basically aromatherapy.

This past Semi-Annual Sale had many of the Relaxing Ritual products were on clearance. One of those was the scent Comfort. I was told by the amazing Sales Associate at my old Yankee Candle that the entire Comfort line had been discontinued.

ComfortThe Scent: Comfort combines the scents of Cardamon, Rose, and Cedarwood. I have mixed feelings on this one. It was a nice scent that did create a relaxing environment (weird how aromatherapy does work). The most dominant scent is the cedarwood…which comes off as an incense, sandalwood-like scent. That is why I’m mixed, as I am not a huge fan of sandalwood or rose scents. But, if you like incense and floral blends, I could see this being great. B-

The Throw: The throw was pretty great. It created a medium ambiance-creating throw that was soothing. Even after my tealight burnt out, the scent of Comfort still lingered for hours in my apartment! A-


Overall, Comfort is just not my type of scent. I bought it solely for the 75% off Semi-Annual Sale price…and I’m glad I did. Even though cedarwood, rose, and cardamon are not on my “most favorite” list, I still enjoyed this scent. The Relaxing Rituals line doesn’t seem to be popular…but so far I’ve enjoyed it!

-Kari Ann-

London Calling

London Calling from Bath & Body Works is one of the greatest scents to come out in the last few years (in my opinion!). It premiered 2 holidays ago as part of BBW’s version of the World Journey Collection. They sold out rather quickly….and luckily returned this year.

London Calling 2However, London Calling sold out pretty quickly again this year! Here’s to hoping it returns this year!

The Scent: Tea & Lemon! London calling smells like freshly brewed black tea with a generous lemon squeeze! If you like Yankee Candle’s Tea & Honey….this is the closest scent I’ve found to it! Basically it’s YC’s Tea & Honey, minus the honey, plus fresh lemon! Love it! A

The Throw: Spectacular!!! Now this is a throw! It quickly filled up my living room with a strong to medium-strong throw! A

London Calling 1 I love London Calling and have to give a huge shout out to Jenna who scored me this find as a graduation gift! I love these cute tins as well!

-Kari Ann-

Refreshing Bamboo Water (BH&G)

I bought these Better Homes & Gardens wax cubes two years ago from Walmart during their Winter/Holiday clearance. My husband loves the more “fresh” scents, so I always try to mix a few into my collection. Yesterday I finally used up the last of Refreshing Bamboo Water.

Refreshing Bamboo Water The Scent: A fresh, green, and watery scent. I don’t really know what bamboo smells like…but I hope it’s like this! Refreshing Bamboo Water creates the scent illusions that you are walking throw a bamboo reed garden that is emerged in a few inches of slightly floral, but mostly green smelling water. Very relaxing and fresh. B

The Throw: Spectacular! This baby gives of a medium-strong throw that completely filled up my living area! Another example of an example throw from this BH&G line! A


Overall, it;s personally not my type of scent (I’m more of a fruit/foodie)….but the scent is pleasant and a huge hit with my husband! I haven’t been into a Walmart in a while, so I am not sure if this scent is discontinued or available.

-Kari Ann-

Homegoods Trip

Homegoods has been lacking in the candles as of late! I’ve been a few times since I moved to Maryland….and haven’t seen too much that was “picture-worthy,” let alone tempting to buy.

However, yesterday I found a few candles to mention :) No purchases….but finally Homegoods is getting a more diverse Yankee Candles selection!


1) Chocolate Layer Cake: Yankee Candle released a limited edition line dessert collect two summers ago….and these scents are now popping up at Homegoods. I find Chocolate Layer Cake surprising because it’d one of the “new” Fall 2014 scents! I’m not really a fan of this scent….the chocolate oils just don’t sit well with me and make me feel a bit nauseous (to be honest).







22) Banana Cream Cake: This scent is also part of the 2012 dessert line. I actually love this one, but I’ve never burned it so I don’t know how the throw is. It’s a creamy banana scent with hints of vanilla and butter. Yum! The third scent from this collection, Red Velvet Cake, was not here…but I’ve seen people post on facebook that they’ve seen it!

33) Lemonade: Okay, so this scent is definitely Country Lemonade. I absolutely loved Country Lemonade, and still have a tumbler stashed away! It is a super sweet and tangy lemon scent that screams summer, old fashioned, lemonade.








44) Triple Berry: Triple Berry was part of last summer’s Cool Pop line. It is a sweet berry mash-up with dominant notes of strawberry and raspberry. It is a wonderful blend of these summer fruits! I also saw a Melon Margarita, so if you liked this line, keep an eye out!








65) Everyday Luxe, Living Room: So far, I really like this Everyday Luxe brand. I bought a few as Mother’s Day gifts and the throws were crazy good! I love the concept this brand is going for: a candle scent for each room in the house. It’s cute. Living Room was a green/cedar based scent…woodsy and herbal. It was okay, but NOT for me.








56) Everyday Luxe, Bedroom: This one was lavender. Again, not for me, but very soothing.










Okay, so hopefully Homegoods with continue to get fun and unique candles! I’m looking forward to the fall scents that should be arriving soon!

-Kari Ann-

Tokyo Petals

Jenna bought me this Wallflower bulb of Tokyo Petals from Bath & Body Works as a gift for my Ph.D. defense. Tokyo Petals was the only new “world” themed scents that I wanted to try. And I’m glad I did try it!

Tokyo PetalsThe Scent: This scent is so well balanced and fresh! It belongs in my bathroom! The Japanese Cherry blossom note is very subtle and comes off as almost fresh. That floral note combines perfectly with a sweet raspberry-like scent. But the icy and wine-like sake just makes it so unique and wonderful! It’s a combination of a fresh, floral, and fruit scent…which is a very rare thing to balance in the scent world! B+

The Bulb Throw: Wonderful! My bathroom instantly began to fill up with a “background” scent of Tokyo Petals. It’s one of those scents that’s is a medium throw when you first walk into the room…but begins to “light” as your nose gets used to it. It’s perfect for a cat’s litter box. B+


Overall, I am enjoying Tokyo Petals. I’m glad Jenna bought it for me, because I usually shy away from floral scents…but this one is a mash-up of fruit, fresh, and floral that hits the spot!

-Kari Ann-

Bath & Body Works

I recently used up the last of 2 body lotions from bath & Body Works that are now retired. I thought I’d give a quick review of them!

bath & body works Wild Apple Daffodil: This scent is okay (in my opinion). It was part of a Spring 2013 line from last year that all featured some type of floral-mix scent. The apple-daffodil was my favorite…probably because it had the weakest floral note (which I hate in my fragrances). The light spring bloom scent is balanced nicely with a fresh red apple. It’s nice…but I won’t miss this one!

Apple Blossom Citrus: I love this scent from a 2012 Citrus line release two summers ago. A light lemon-lime scent is mashed with a tart green apple and just a hint of a white floral note. This one screams “fresh” to me!

I bought both of these body lotions during last summer’s Semi-Annual Sale at Bath & Body Works. It’s a great time to try a new scent from cheap……the only downside….if you like the scent, there is a high chance you’ll never see it again!

-Kari Ann-

Carrot Cake

I’ve had this tart of Carrot Cake lying around for a while. I bought it at Yankee Candle Village last year and decided it was a great time to melt it. I had gotten my hands on one other Carrot Cake tart last year and loved it.

Carrot CakeThe Scent: A spicy cake. Carrot Cake smells more like Spice Cake to me…probably because it doesn’t have that strong of a cream cheese note. The spiciness of cinnamon, nutmeg, along with shavings of carrot, are wonderful. The sweetness of the frosting is secondary…which is nice, however, i do wish it was a tad stronger. Basically, Carrot Cake is more of a savory cake scent that a sweet bakery treat! B+


The Throw: The throw is okay, a medium to light-medium. It definitely filled up my living room with a constant and fairly long-lasting throw. I do wish it was a tad stronger, but overall, it’s pretty great. B


Overall, I really like Carrot Cake. It may not have that sweet, cream cheese note in it that make real Carrot Cake taste good…but it’s a welcomed change from the often too sweet dessert candles. I just wish the throw was stronger!

-Kari Ann-

Halloween Accessories

The 2014 Boney Bunch is beginning to preview and make me excited! I personally cannot wait for autumn and Halloween to come (it’s my favorite season and holiday!)

When I got my first apartment, one of the first things I did was go to Yankee Candle to buy some candles and accessories. I had been living in a dorm for the previous 4 years where candles/open flames were banned…so I could not wait to finally get to light some candles!

b The first accessory I bought was this witch votive holder. It had been the Memorial Day sale at Yankee Candle, and all votives/tarts were $1 and I had a $10 off $25 coupon.

I fell in love with this style of votive holder! The stained glass effect, with the glow of the votive, is beautiful and something I hadn’t seen before.c


I wish I could remember the other versions of this votive holder…I think there was a green skeleton and purple ghost…..but I really am not sure. I bought this in 2009, as a reference, and have not seen a collection like this since.


Inside of this witch candle holder I have Cherry Lemonade burning….which is one of the very first Yankee Candle scents I bought!

a So don’t forget about candle accessories! Sometimes you can get a great deal on a piece that can become a year-after-year favorite decoration!

-Kari Ann-


Sarah Peyton Home

1My grandmother had gotten me this Sarah Peyton Home Tealight Serenity Garden about two years ago for Christmas. I have been saving it for when I finally got to move to my husband. Now that we both live together, I finally got to set it up! And boy do I love this!


It is simple, relaxing, cute, and adds a wonderful “bonzai-like” garden feel to our living room! I don’t think I’ll light the tealights (I like how it looks with them unlit), but it’s definitely a candle accessory worth raving about :)

-Kari Ann-

Final Thoughts on Fall Festival

Wow, I really enjoyed this large jar of Fall Festival. I bought it at the Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield, MA this past September. It was a Treasure that my husband picked out!

I reviewed Fall Festival in January, but was finally able to finish it off now that I live in Maryland with my husband. You can read the full review here:

Fall FestivalThe Scent: Fall Festival is the ultimate autumnal spice blend candle! the picture on the candle is slightly deceiving, as there is no fruit notes. It’s a welcomed change from the norm of apple and pumpkin scents. Fall Festival is a warm blend of maple and brown sugar with underlying notes of walnut, caramel, clove, and citrus peel. It is a wonderful and warm spice blend that is truly autumnal. B+


The Throw: The throw was slightly above average, giving it a medium-level throw. It filled up my living room with a gentle but medium throw that made my entire apartment smell warm and inviting! The wax pool never got that big, so the slightly less than amazing throw could be due to the shallow wax pool (but on the plus, shallow wax pool meant longer burn time!). B


Overall, I really enjoyed this candle scent!

-Kari Ann-