Right now it smells like I’m having a coffee in an all-American diner where they are serving warm apple pies. Yes, I am sipping on a steaming cup of coffee but unfortunately I am NOT in the US (there is a Warm Apple Pie Village Candle burning in the room). That’s the wonder of scented candles…yesterday the wonderful fragrance of sun tanning lotion and coconut cocktails was wafting through the air around me while I was actually sitting in my office area working on my laptop (a Coconut Bay tumbler candle was burning nearby).
A new visitor to my home will notice 2 things upon entering my humble abode – I love pastel colours, I love bunnies and I LOVE Yankee candles.
Today I’m coming at you with a blog post about candles – my all-time favourite Yankee candles, my favourite festive candles and a short(ish) and a wish list of candles I’d like to purchase in the near future. I’m also doing a short Q & A on questions I have received from you guys i.e. where I buy my scented candles from etc. I’ve loaded a couple of photos on Instagram (my username is: luzanne6325 if you’d like to follow me) of my Yankees and most of the time someone asks me where I buy my candles from, so I reckoned it was high time I did a proper blog post.
Yankee candles, Village candles and Kringle candles are currently all available for purchase in South Africa. I am SO glad South Africans jumped on the whole scented candle bandwagon a couple of years ago. My love affair with scented candles has developed into a full blown obsession (the kind young girls get carted off to the loony bin for) but the first step to recovery would be to admit I have a problem….and we’re not quite there yet!
My wish list was way longer than the teeny tiny one below (I had like 20 candles on there!) but then decided to narrow it down to only 7. Currently at the top of my wish list we have:
♥ Yankee Candle – Eucalyptus (perfect for the cold Winter months that are upon us)
♥ Yankee Candle – Vineyard (smells exactly like Fanta Grape)
♥ Yankee Candle – Orange Dreamsicle (I never used to be a fan of orange / naartjie scents but since I love LUSH’s Brightside so much, I want to give this scent a go)
♥ Kringle Candle – Pumpkin Latte (I’m thinking it smells divine)
♥ Kringle Candle – Peppermint Kiss (I’ve never owned a minty scented candle and I love the look of this one)
♥ Kringle Candle – Peony (do I even need to explain why I want this candle?)
♥ Kringle Candle – Watermelon (one of my favourite scents of all time is a watermelon scent – yum!)
Below is a list of my Top 3 candles of all time – I do own quite a few Village Candles too but these Yankee scents are my ‘Top Of The Pops’:
♥ Yankee Candle – Soft Blanket (wrapped in sweet dreams . . . a lullaby of clean citrus, luxurious vanilla and warm amber. I burn this one in our lounge because it’s such a subtle, fresh scent)
♥ Yankee Candle – Home Sweet Home (my number 1 favourite candle of all time, a heartwarming blend of cinnamon, baking spices, and a hint of freshly poured tea. I burn this candle where I spend the most time – in my office area and I sometimes move it to the kitchen area too)
♥ Yankee Candle – Coconut Bay (the intoxicating scent of wind-swept palms and coconut milk…no need to elaborate on why I love this candle so much, right?)
And then we have a list of my Top 3 favourite candles during the festive season:
♥ Yankee Candle – Red Apple Wreath (a merry aroma of sweet apples, cinnamon, walnuts and maple)
♥ Yankee Candle – Snowflake Cookie (it’s pink and smells like holiday cookies decorated with sugary pink icing, what’s not to love?)
♥ Yankee Candle – Christmas Rose (a very subtle scent of delicate rose petals with a hint of pine)
Where can I purchase these scented candles from in South Africa?
It depends where you live, if you live in Gauteng I can give you a list of places where I have bought my candles from. If you live somewhere else, then your best option would probably be to buy yours online at Creative Candles. They are a South African online store that sells Village-, Yankee- and Kringle candles.
If you live in Gauteng, here are some stockists of Yankee- and Village candles:
♥ Yankee Candle Store in Woodlands Mall, Pretoria (Yankee candles)
♥ Selected Crafter’s Market stores (Kringle candles)
♥ Willow Feather Farm in Irene, Centurion (Yankee candles)
♥ Village Trading in Southdowns Shopping Centre, Centurion (Yankee candles)
♥ JJ Cale Tobacconists in Sandton City AND Woodlands Mall, Pretoria (Yankee candles)
♥ GardenShop Nurseries (Village candles)
♥ Smileys on Main Road in Wynberg (Yankee candles)
♥ Yankee Candle Store in Nicolway Shopping Centre (Bryanston)
What is the difference between Yankee-, Kringle- and Village candles?
The main difference between a Yankee candle and a Village candle are the wicks. A Village candle always contains 2 wicks per jar to ensure even burning. In my experience, though, a Yankee candle will also burn down evenly (not create a tunnel down the middle of the candle) if you let it burn for long enough. I don’t think the one burns down faster than the other, nor do I think there is a difference in quality of the wax. I do think the scent of Yankee candles are the most true to original scent (the scents are not too artificial) out of all 3 mentioned. I’ve personally only ever used the tartlets from Kringle Candle so I can’t comment on the burning quality of an actual candle jar of theirs. In terms of the size of the wicks, Yankee candles do have thicker wicks which burn more easily but they also create a bit of a mess (soot falling into the liquid wax) if you don’t cut them down with a wick trimmer.
What I love about Village candles is you always receive a car freshener with each candle (the car freshener is situated on top of the candle max inside the jar).
Do I really need to use a candle wick trimmer?
I never really bothered with a candle wick trimmer until now – I’ve had a couple of my candles discolour because the black soot from the wick has fallen into the candle whilst the candle is burning. Here’s what Yankee Candle says and I do agree: Keeping the wick trimmed to 1/8 of an inch at all times helps control the amount of “fuel” or wax that is present. By keeping the amount of fuel limited, the flame will create ideal complete combustion where carbon particles are absorbed by the flame. This means less soot is formed while the candle is burning. The formation of soot has nothing to do with the type of wax (soy, paraffin, vegetable, or other) as all burning items create soot as a product of incomplete combustion. I like to keep my wick at 1cm length though, I think 1/8 of an inch (3mm) is a bit too short for my liking. This is what a wick trimmer looks like:
How do I know when my candle has burned down to the minimum?
When there about 1,5cm to 2cm of wax left at the bottom of your jar, that’s the time you want to stop using your candle. The glass can get hot on the bottom as the flame nears the base of the jar and most of the wax has been consumed. This will prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface or container itself – I’ve read on a few occasions the jar has cracked & shattered when left to burn to the bottom of the jar.
What do I do with my jar once the candle has burned to the bottom?
There are so many ideas for repurposing candle jars online, I’ll mention a few of my favourite uses below. All you need to do to get the last of the wax out of the jar is pop the jar into the freezer and let it freeze for about a day. Once the wax is completely frozen, use a blunt knife to break the wax into smaller pieces to remove from inside the jar. If you have a tumbler jar (pictured in my wish list above), then you can just loosen the side of the wax and the whole piece will just pop out.
It’s super easy to remove the label of the candle by using a paring knife. Run the blade under one corner of the label and gently push the knife along as you pull on the label. Once the label is off, grab a cotton round soaked with baby oil to wipe off any excess stickiness. Pop the jar in the dishwasher & it’ll come out clean as a whistle.
Take a look at these ideas for repurposing your candle jars:
♥ 25 Best Repurposed Uses For Mason Jars (most of these ideas can be used for a candle jar too)
Just google the words ‘repurpose candle jars’ and a loooong list of ideas will come up (I always search by images).
My candle is starting to create a tunnel down the middle of the candle – what to do?
When burning a medium or large jar candle, make sure you allow the candle to melt to the edge (usually about 3 to 4 hours) before extinguishing it. If you burn your candle for short periods of time, it will create a ‘memory ring’ or tunnel around the wick and you’ll find it difficult for it to melt completely on future burns. I did this a couple of times in the beginning and then figured out that it’s best to let the candle burn until all the wax on top has been melted.
The flame of the candle is producing too much smoke – what can I do?
Your flame is probably dancing around in the jar (flickering). When a flame flickers too much it can produce unwanted smoke. Flickering flames are usually caused by a wick that’s too long (which means you will have to trim it) or drafts in the air. Extinguish your candle, trim the wick, check the location for active air currents – such as heaters, air conditioners, open windows, move the candle to an area where there isn’t a direct air current, relight and enjoy!
What are the prices of these candles?
Yankee candles are usually the most expensive out of the 3 brands mentioned in this blog post, then Village candle and then Kringle candle (but on Creative Candles website they are all priced the same…which is weird…but good). I can’t give you guys a definitely price for the candles because each shop has their own mark-up but what I can tell you is Creative Candles has the best prices I’ve seen so far with Willow Feather Farm being a close second. Creative Candles sells the big Yankee jars for R 310,00, the medium jars for R 270,00 and a small jar for R 160,00.
How long do these candles burn for?
I’n going to give you the burning times for medium jars because Kringle candle doesn’t have a small- or large jar (well, I haven’t seen them in SA). Medium Yankee candle – 65 to 90 hours of fragrance; medium Village candle – 90 to 105 hours of fragrance; and medium Kringle candle – 50 to 70 hours of fragrance.
Did you know?
♥ 200 Million: Number of candles produced each year by Yankee Candle
♥ 1 Billion +: Number of candles the company produced in the past 5 years
♥ 4 Million Ft.: Amount of wick the company uses in 1 year
♥ 50 Million Pounds: Amount of wax the company uses each year. That works out to 137,000 pounds each day!
If you guys have anything to add to this blog post i.e. where you buy your candles from or how you take care of your candles, please comment below. I’m always interested to know how you guys do things differently to me.