Just popping in to present my festive Yankee mixology blends and wish a wonderful Christmas to all. With two days until the big day, we’re in the final hurried holiday push. Anyone else notice the recent obsession with counting the number of sleeps left before Christmas? How is this useful? It would be abundantly more helpful to track the remaining hours of daylight which I can use to get stuff done.
Since I haven’t purchased any new scents lately, I was limited to what I already had. However, when it comes to Yankee Candle tarts, that still means quite a stash to choose from:
Cinnamon Stick + Vanilla Bourbon=Cinnamon Toast Punch
Better than expected, the ultra spicy cinnamon bark adds a necessary kick to the soft vanilla blend. The aged bourbon oak, cacao and roasted coffee notes present in the VB complement the simpler bundle of cinnamon and clove, elevating both scents. Reminiscent of a spicy chai spiked with spirits, or a stimulating coffee cocktail, this is a winner. One of the few mixology recipes I’d repeat often.Christmas Rose+Sugared Plums=Victorian Noel
My mom recently melted Christmas Rose and it was so potent, I knew I’d better tone it down or it would overwhelm my house. For some reason, I enjoy rosy notes in Winter more than Spring, and this was a charming blend. Candied fruits add a touch of sweetness, subduing the bright rose and pine potpourri in the festive floral. A slight effervescence created a cheery uplifting perfume. These were both older melts and still blended beautifully with strong throw.
Cranberry Peppermint+Sparkling Balsam=Lost in Peppermint Woods
Sparkling Balsam is my favorite pine scent Yankee does and it’s truly authentic; however, it overshadowed Cranberry Peppermint completely. In turn, the CP hindered the balsam weakening it’s crisp woodiness. A few minty whiffs could be detected but this recipe just wasn’t mint to be.
What’s a candle fan to do when she’s not buying them but is intrigued by the uber popular candles hyped by Bath and Body Works addicts online? She attempts to recreate them with Yankee tarts, what else?Lavender Vanilla+Merry Marshmallow=Lavender Marshmallow
I don’t know exactly what’s in the Sweet Shop collection’s Lavender Marshmallow from B&BW, but I’m guessing these notes are involved. Although I adore these scents separately, they didn’t do much for me together. The woodiness of the lavender was made a little bit creamier by the vanilla marshmallow concoction but the throw was flat. I need to take Kari’s advice from Yankee Candle Sisters, and consider scent strength when mixing. Two weak ones don’t equal a strong. This is one candle I may just have to buy from Bath and Body Work’s re-release.
Peppermint Cocoa+Merry Marshmallow=Hot Cocoa & Cream
This recipe derived from sheer curiosity. Hot Cocoa and Cream has numerous fans, yet I’d never actually purchase a chocolate candle. I would use up some tarts to get an idea of it though. I ended up throwing the other half of Peppermint Cocoa in because I wasn’t going to use it again and holy moly, I loved it! More evidence my tastes are incrementally changing, or was this a fluke brought on by holiday madness? Not sure, but the cocoa was decadent and perfectly minty without being too saccharine or strong; the marshmallow, a sweet dollop of whipped cream on top. I guess cocoa and cream isn’t a revolting combo, especially when improved by minty mallow.
January will bring a concerted effort to use up more of my wax stash and attempt to get through these neglected Yankee tarts, I have too too many. I was expecting one more vendor haul before Christmas, but it looks like it won’t arrive till after, so I’ll wish a happy holidays to my followers and friends. Tonight begins four days of festive gatherings and travelings, I will catch up with you after Christmas with my end of year wrap-ups. As always, thank you for reading and share any new scent combinations or old Christmas favorites you love below.