This year Yankee candle have released the 3 candles from previous years; witches brew, candy corn and Happy Halloween which is available exclusively online, but they have also included a new one called ghostly treats. In my order I bought one of each apart from the candy corn candle as I had one last year and it wasn’t my favourite though it is definitely true to its name and reminded me of butter popcorn which I imagine is what candy corn smells of as we don’t really have it in the UK. I also bought one of the illumalids which is meant to help prevent the candle from flickering in drafts and had a nice Halloween theme though I’ll be using it all year round.
Happy Halloween is described as “Scary good… A hauntingly perfect potion of black liquorice spiced with anise and cloves.” I definitely agree with the liquorice, to me this smells exactly like black jack sweets we used to get when I was little. It’s liquorice and aniseed but a sweeter version than the black liquorice sticks or twists you get. It’s only available as a large candle so it costs £19.99 and lasts a long time. It’s the first large candle I’ve had so I’ll have to see if it lasts as long as it says but having burnt it already to try the scent is definitely stronger when the candle is lit than just smelling the jar.
Witches brew is probably one of my favourite scents of any candle I’ve tried, on the site it describes it as “The spicy sweet aroma of exotic patchouli casts a captivating Halloween spell.” I’m not sure I’d say it’s just patchouli as it has an incensey sort of smell to me as well and seems almost sweet. It’ the kind of smell that reminds me of going into little gift shops in old towns where they sell things like dreamcatchers and little figures of pixies. I really like a lot of patchouli scents but unfortunately it does not smell good when I use it on my skin so this is the closest I’ll get with my room smelling of this. It’s available in various sizes though I bought the medium jar which cost £16.99 and a set of the tea lights at £6.99 for twelve. Every year they release different designs on the jars, though this year’s is similar to one they did last year it has orange on it and is slightly different with more detail on the horizon part of the picture.
Ghostly treats is a new scent this year and has a similar design style on the jar as the candy corn and witches brew though is white with a black and purple design of ghosts in a graveyard to go with the name. The website describes it as “The scent of gooey toasted marshmallows is a haunting reminder of sharing spooky tales around a Halloween bonfire.” To me that description is spot on, it’s a nice sweet scent exactly like melting marshmallows with that smell they get when the outside is hard and slightly brown and caramelised. This is also available in multiple sizes though I only bought the medium jar which costs £16.99.
The spider web illumalid is part of the Halloween accessories range than they’ve released this year. I miss the boney bunch as I only started buying Yankee candles around this time last year and was going to get one of the tart burners if they’d done one but I do like this range as although they’re Halloween themed the cobweb design can be used all round and I definitely will be using mine the rest of the year. The idea is that the lid goes on a lit candle and prevents any breeze from affecting the flame and so far from the few times I’ve tried it it does seem to work well at this as I’ve had candles flicker and wobble in the past but didn’t have the problem when I used the lid. It fits medium and large candles as the only difference with these is the height and the lids are the same and seems to work equally well on both. I really like the spider dangling down the side although it can get a bit tangled in the web on the top when I’m storing it between uses as I like to keep the original lids on the jars.
I love all of these scents and for different reasons they all seem Halloween-ish to me, though they could also go with bonfire night in the UK as that’s when I’ve had toasted marshmallows in the past. With the witches brew and ghostly treats I’m also going to keep the jars to store things in, the scent does last inside though so nothing edible as they’d probably be flavoured by the scent and I don’t really want to be eating anything tasting of witches brew no matter how nice it smells. If you have a problem with candles flickering I recommend trying an illumalid, whichever design, it does seem to make a difference if there is a chance of people walking around near the candle or a breeze that might make it flicker. They have a range of designs so if you don’t like the Halloween one there are going to be others if you look around. I haven’t looked to see if any other companies do anything similar but if you like candles from another company then I’d see if they have something that works for the same problem.
They’re all available at www.yankeecandle.co.uk though many of the different sizes in candy corn, witches brew and ghostly treats are sold out as I write this, hopefully they’ll be back in stock as there is still time before Halloween. Yankee candles are also available in a lot of stores around the UK, especially garden centres it seems, as well as their own Yankee Candle shops though it depends from shop to shop as to whether they have the Halloween things in.