I'm On The Fence With This One....
I initially enjoyed Yankee's take on Strawberry Ice Cream.
On cold sniff, my first thought is, this candle is pretty weak. My second thought was, mmmmm...This is a candle that actually smells like it's name! The blend of strawberries, with creamy vanilla and cotton candy, is well done. Even with my super sniffer, I had trouble telling what note was what. It's perfectly layered. This is a very sweet and cohesive scent.. Even unlit, every time I smell it, it gets better. Sweet, creamy, perfect, You want to put a spoon it it because it smells so good. The wax is a really pretty shade of pink, slightly darker than a scoop of strawberry ice cream.
Let's Light Her Up!
An hour in, the wax is pooling nicely, but I can barely smell it from my bedroom doorway. My bedroom is about the same size as my living room, but I can close the door to trap the scent in. Without my door closed, it would be too faint to smell. You have to get up pretty close to the candle. I'd say, both the throw and the fragrance itself, are weak. This is probably one of the weakest candles I own. I really like this candle and I'm hoping, maybe I just got a dud. It happens.
After burning a little longer, I detect something different. It's almost like, the longer it burns, the lighter the throw. Something is overpowering the strawberries, giving this candle an artificial tone it didn't have before. I can't guess what this is. I get up close, and it smells like wax, smoke, and artificially sweetened strawberry. Something has changed, minimizing the good notes and replacing them with an unappealing sweetness. I honestly don't even know what I'm smelling any more. How could a scent, that was perfectly blended UNLIT, change so drastically?
I can't save this candle. The artificial sweetness has taken over everything and it's so strong that I can't imagine it adding anything to any of my other scents. This isn't a candle for mixing. What a shame. It was SO promising on cold sniff... I really don't know what happened to it. It's a reminder, the longer you burn the candle, the more those middle notes come out. The base is what lingers and helps boost, or mellow the smell. In this case, spun sugar is the BODY of the fragrance, and it's just too sweet. It ruins the top notes I loved so much. I don't know who I would recommend this candle to. When a candle's scent unlit is better than when it's lit... I bring it back to the store. If you like cloyingly sweet, artificial smelling strawberry, try this candle. If you don't, don't waste your money. If you are in the mood for strawberries, The Returning Classic Strawberry is much better and less sweet.
-Fragrance: 4/10 (too sweet & artificial)
-Throw: 6/10 (will softly scent a smaller room)
💗The Candle Queen