Birthday Cake Candle Review - Brookside Candle

Birthday Cake by Brookside Candles was a very pleasant surprise to me.  I was going to give it an honest review, and frankly I braced for the worst after seeing a couple not so positive reviews.  I saw the reviews after I had already purchased the candle at TJMaxx for 6.99.  I thought that I did want to try it at least once, as the cold throw on the candle was very nice and interesting.

First of all, birthday cake is comprised of three different fragrances layered on one another.  The individual fragrances are sprinkles, frosting, and vanilla.  I am still on the top layer actually, and happy to report that with an illuma-lid, this candle burns and smells amazing. 

It had to grow in the level of fragrance concentration some, or so it seemed.  The more I burned it, the more wowed I became.  Just before blowing the candle out this evening, it smelled like I had just put the mix of a cake into a bowl and was about to bake it, combined with having just taken a freshly baked cake out of the oven.  I kid you not, the smell is about dead on in this regard, and with my baking experience.

I will tell you what I did with this candle and will do again if I purchase more.  I would look for wax that looks to have a lot of oil in it and throughout the candle.  If it looks more "dry", I may lay off.  Also, I will want a strong cold throw, because on some it doesn't have too strong of a fragrance on the initial whiff of it. 

I kept the wick trimmed, as I hate it when black smoke started to come off the lit wick.  I had to use an illuma-lid, and it seems to correct itself for the most part as far as residue on the side.  I still can't get over how great the throw can be.

Also, the lady at TJMaxx told me yesterday that Brookside Candles are very nice ones, out of the blue.   This was also before burning this candle, and I thought it was interesting that she particularly pointed this brand out.  Now I see why!

A final thought, is that this looks very close to the fonts and picture and design that you might see with Yankee Candle but that could just be a chosen look.

California Redwood Candle Review - World Journeys - Yankee Candle

The World Journeys Line is an amazing one by Yankee Candle.  I purchased and have burned my first one today, California Redwood.  I was so curious what this would smell like when a good wax pool had formed.  Well it is more intense than than what the cold throw smells like, and wow, how interesting!  I have been in and around California Redwood Trees, and can honestly tell you that to me, this smells just like a California Redwood tree!

The Redwoods are amazing trees, something to behold.  Their scent is unique.  This candle says it has natural extracts in it.  What really gets me is how simple and interesting this candle is.   The smell is spot on, and a very rich and handsome, and woodsy smell.

The burn is beautiful, with the two wicks in a large tumbler.  Once melting, the wax pool is beautiful as well, with the two lit wicks.  I didn't trim the wicks at all before burning, and the pool melted out to the edges nicely.

 The little photos on the label are beautiful, and it reminds me of the redwood trees.  In fact, upon really smelling the hot wax after extinguishing the flame, the scent took me back mentally to a time long ago as scents often can.  In this case, it would be a little over two decades ago.  An outdoorsy smell that I love.  I am so glad I tried it.  I had to write a review because I couldn't find one on this candle for a person that had burned it in blog form, or even on Youtube.  I could have just missed it, but I looked and looked.

If you are a collector of this line, this is a neat one to try, but may not be everyone's cup of tea.  I like it, and enjoy the break from bakery and fruity scents that I normally like.  A very handsome candle!

Autumn Wreath Candle Review - Yankee Candle Large Jar 22 oz.

Autumn Wreath was the scent we picked out for this fall, among many other great ones that Yankee Candle Offers.  It has been described as having a cinnamon apples and autumn leaves smell.  It has cinnamon and other spices that I can detect some of.  I was debating between this and a couple of others and chose this.  It smells heavenly.

We have burned it now several times and I trim the wick each time to keep it from getting too long and smoking and giving of the black soot.  When I keep the wick trimmed to just under a quarter of an inch, it does just fine and the wax pool fills out nicely to the edges every time.  I do this without an Illuma-lid, which is nice.  I do have one if the blackening occurs or I see black wisps of smoke coming up from the candle.

I thought originally it had some pumpkin in it, but I think it doesn't and as much as I love pumpkin, this is just fine.  I have other pumpkin scents I can burn as needed.  This candle is lovely and complete and I can highly recommend it 100%. 

I give it two thumbs up, and an A+, and I would purchase it again.  It may become a signature fall scent for our family and may also be one we burn at other times of the year.  Try it if you have not!  It would be great to have burning when company comes over.  It looks nice and classy and the color is muted and nice.  The wreath on the picture is pretty.  I love this candle.