Yankee Candle Island Waterfall review

Best Summer Floral scented candles list and reviews

What are best Summer floral scented candles?

When it comes to Best Summer Floral scented candles we need to keep in mind summer flowers and scent intensity. Comparing to Fall or Autumn florals the Summer florals are mainly white flowers like gardenia, tiare, orange blossom, tuberose and jasmine. While rose, lillac and peonie dominate the Spring candles and lavender, lilly, orchid and iris tend to compose more Fall scented candles.

A lot of Summer floral blends lean towards lighter intensity in terms of scent strenght. Most people like to stay away from super potent scented candles during the season so candle companies normally use a lighter hand when producing Summer floral candles.

I’ve put together a list followed by comprehensive reviews of these candles below.

Here is the list of 13 best Summer Floral scented candles:

  1. Yankee Candle French Countryside
  2. Yankee Candle Sea Air
  3. Yankee Candle Island Waterfall
  4. Yankee Candle Wild Pansies
  5. Yankee Candle White Gardenia
  6. Yankee Candle Country Heather
  7. Yankee Candle Sunflower
  8. Yankee Candle Champaca Blossom
  9. Yankee Candle Stargazer Lily
  10. Yankee Candle Sunflower Days
  11. Yankee Candle A Child’s Wish
  12. Village Candle Hibiscus
  13. Candle-Lite Sweet Pear Lily

Yankee Candle French Countryside

Yankee Candle French Countryside is a part of the USA Spring Collection and you can already find it at some stores there. As expected from the name and the label it’s a floral scent but it does have some surprising elements as well.

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Yankee Candle French Countryside is a mix of strong floral notes. I get lots of lilacs and roses with a bit of jasmine in the background. Then there’s a green herbal note thrown in, that takes is away from the boring floral mix and makes it a bit more fun. Yankee’s mixed herbs and florals before but usually they go in heavier with the herbs while here that note is not dominant at all.

The overall scent comes out a bit dry to my nose, almost like aged flowers but rose scents can often lean that way. The lilacs note does lift it a bit but not enough to make it a fresh floral.

I don’t particularly enjoy this on its own and with Provence being one of my favorite places for early summer I wanted to make it work for me. It doesn’t take a lot to freshen it up and make it more French and fresh. All this needs is some citrus, some watery notes and some fresh lavender. You can just throw an old tart of Lemon Lavender in the mix and it will work fine. But, since we have a whole new collection to play with here, I added the new Honey Lavender Gelato and it was an amazing layered fragrance.  I also layered it with some April Showers from last spring and it worked OK but nothing amazing.

Yankee Candle Sea Air

Yankee Candle Sea Air is a new scent and the most floral overall fragrance for the Summer 2019 collection.

Yankee Candle Sea Air is very soft, light fragrance. It pairs well with the other scents from this collection, which I always appreciate but there is a bit of cologne feel to it.
The cologne vibe comes from the top notes of water and sea air, which Yankee Candle tends to interpret as a men’s shower gel type smell.

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Top notes aside, the overall fragrance is mostly rose and white floral mix with a very nice sandalwood note at the base.

Like I said, it’s a light scent, so none of the notes are jumping up, it’s just a fresh, light floral, soft fragrance.

My friends used to live in this tiny one bedroom apartment and sometimes I’d pick them up in the evenings to go out and they’d just finished getting ready for a night out and their flat smelled like a mix of women’s floral and men’s sport shower gel and light sandalwood based cologne, so Yankee Candle Sea Air scent works for me because it really reminds me of that time. Those memories aside, it’s a nice, but kind of meh scent, nothing super special.

 

Yankee Candle Island Waterfall

Yankee Candle Island Waterfall is an online exclusive for Summer but is also available at some BHG stores so if you want to sniff it before purchasing, you can.

Yankee Candle Island Waterfall review

Yankee Candle Island Waterfall is a very strong, musky floral candle. For me, it doesn’t go with the name or the label, but it goes with the wax color. It’s pretty much a dark blue, floral fragrance.

You know how in scented candle world we often say that “it’s a typical blue scent” and by that we mean a run of the mill aquatic, ozone scent with a cologne undertone? This has that same “blue” notes on top but then things get unusual. The floral notes in Yankee Candle Island Waterfall are lily and freesia. Freesia is a very fresh, very peppery floral with a green wood undertone. I love freesia alone or paired with fruit notes like pear. Meanwhile, lily is a very heavy, intense, dark floral. Water lily is usually a watery, lighter version of the classic lily but in this candle I think it just clings to the musk base and refuses to brighten.

The overall fragrance therefore is an odd mix of two floral notes that don’t really go together, heavy musk base and generic water and ozone notes. I think that they put the middle and top notes together, saw that they clash and tried to forcefully blend them into a cohesive fragrance by adding a ton of musk. And musk is normally a great blender note, but I find it didn’t help matters much in here.

Yankee Candle Wild Pansies

Yankee Candle Wild Pansies is in Yankee stores right now as a Treasure or rather a Yankee Candle Special Appearance candle which means it’s only available in a large jar. I was all out of large jar scented candles and I felt like splurging so I bought a couple of the special appearance candles and I’ve been burning Wild Pansies in my main hall all day today.

The official notes in Yankee Candle Wild Pansies are: lush scent of brilliantly hued flowers..

Burning Wild Pansies, it’s a full on floral. I get mostly lilac blossoms and a bit of green notes like you’d find in Yankee’s Greenhouse for example. The lilac note is quite sweet. Lovely smell, very spring like and quite strong.

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I’ve burned Yankee Wild Pansies in a large jar in my hurricane holder and it burned with no issues. The scent throw was about 6. I burned it in my main hall and got a nice wax pool after about three hours. I’d buy this again if I could find it at my local Yankee store.

Yankee Candle White Gardenia

Yankee Candle White Gardenia is one of the best gardenia scented candles I’ve ever smelled. It is one of those scents that I think are universally pleasing and it’s my go-to candle for when I have a lot of guests coming over and I need a home fragrance that won’t have anyone wrinkle their nose and stand next to an open window all evening. People have such different tastes when it comes to fragrance so when you have a house full of guests you want to play it safe and Yankee Candle White Gardenia is just lovely and pleasing.

The official notes in Yankee Candle White Gardenia are: gardenia.

I find it to be a very true o life gardenia scent. It’s a white floral smell which means it’s neither sweet nor intense like say jasmine. It’s just a light and fresh floral.

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This is a year round scent for me and I’ve burned it in all rooms of the house as I feel it fits everywhere. It’s just gardenia so it’s a bit too one dimensional to climb up to my favorite list of home fragrances but it’s one of my most often used ones due to how universally liked it is.

I am on my fourth large jar of Yankee Candle White Gardenia at the moment and I’ve gone through many small jars in this scent as well. It’s also a candle I give a lot as a gift to people I don’t know that well and when I need a safe bet candle.

I get a nice wax pool in my large jar after about two hours and the throw is about 7. I most often burn this in my main living room as a day candle and it scents the room in about an half hour.

Yankee Candle Country Heather

Yankee Candle Country Heather is in online Yankee stores right now as a Treasure or rather a Yankee Candle Special Appearance candle which means it’s only available in a large jar. I was all out of large jar scented candles and I felt like splurging so I hauled a lot of the special appearance candles and I’ve been burning Country Heather in my main hall for a couple of days now.

The official notes in Yankee Candle Country Heather are: blend of soothing floral and herbal notes.

Burning Country Heather, I get a strong floral with a lot of herbs mixed in. It’s somewhat similar to Yankee Candle Greenhouse which I can’t get around here anymore but with a bigger emphasis on the floral portion of the smell. Picking at the floral notes I get lilacs, lavender, some lily and hyacinth. I also get the herb mix but it’s not strong enough to make it a green type of scent.

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I’ve been burning Yankee Candle Country Heather in a large jar in my hurricane holder and it burned with no issues. The scent throw was pretty much a 10. It’s super strong, one of the strongest Yankee Candles I’ve ever burned. It’s actually too strong for me as a large jar candle so I’m thinking I’ll make tarts from it so that I’ll be able to tone down the scent throw but still enjoy the smell. I burned it in my main hall and got a nice wax pool after about three hours. I wouldn’t buy this again just because I dont find the smell all that amazing and besides, I’ll make a bunch of tarts and they’ll last me for a looong time.

Yankee Candle Sunflower

Yankee Candle Sunflower is in Yankee stores right now as a  2019 Treasure or rather a Yankee Candle Special Appearance candle which means it’s only available in a large jar. I’m all out of large jar scented candles and I felt like splurging so I bought a couple of the special appearance candles and I’ve been burning Sunflower for a couple of days now.

The official notes in Yankee Candle Sunflower are: sunshine and wistful floral notes.

Ugh the description…just no. Give me actual scent notes Yankee! Anyway, burning Sunflower, it’s a full on floral with a perfumey feeling. It’s very similar to the Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers perfume. Note wise I get a lot of fresh lily of the valley, some rose, and a tiny bit of jasmine underlined by a fruity mandarin note. It’s an awesome a complex floral fragrance, perfect for summer or autumn burnings.

Now I don’t usually comment on how the candles look because I mostly burn them in various candle holders as I find that they help with quicker and more even wax pooling and better scent throws but Sunflower is one of the prettiest Yankee Candles I’ve burned. Love the wax color and the label.

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I’ve burned Yankee Sunflower in a large jar in my hurricane holder and it burned with no issues. The scent throw was about 6. I burned it in my living room and got a nice wax pool after about three hours and the room got filled with scent after an hour or so. I’d buy this again if I could find it at my local Yankee store.

Yankee Candle Champaca Blossom

Yankee Candle Champaca Blossom is one of sister’s all time favorites. My sister owns a boutique and she normally has a scented candle burning in her register area. The customers always comment on the scents and she is careful to burn scents that are light and generally pleasing enough not to offend the shoppers. It’s a clothing boutique (sis is a designer) so most of the food and bakery scents don’t really fit and she tends to go for more floral and neutral scented candles. Yankee Candle Champaca Blossom fits that description. It’s a lovely woman’s perfume kind of scent, in fact it reminds me a lot of my Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume.

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The notes in Yankee Candle Champaca Blossom: champaca blossom.

I’ve never smelled an actual champaca blossom so I can’t say if this is true to life or not but it’s a great floral note, backed by a light grapefruit and strawberry. It’s a super expensive smelling blend of scents and I usually burn a jar of Yankee Candle Champaca Blossom in my hall when I have guests.

My medium jar version of Yankee Candle Champaca Blossom burns clean and even in my luminary, I get a nice wax pool after about two hours and the throw is about 5.

The votives in this scent are stronger than the candle and I only melt a third of a votive at a time for it to lightly scent my living room.

Yankee Candle Stargazer Lily

Yankee Candle Stargazer Lily is in online European Yankee stores right now (but not all of them; I don’t know how the EU distribution goes with Yankees, but if you can’t find a fragrance it’s worth browsing several Yankee retailers’ sites and you can find some pretty rare stuff for normal price, as I’ve discovered during my last Treasure haul) as a Treasure or rather a Yankee Candle Special Appearance Candle which means it’s only available in a large jar.

I bought Yankee Candle Stargazer Lily because I tend to love Yankee floral fragrances and I’ve never had this one before so I wanted to try it out. I’m always buying new fragrances, rarely stocking up on favorites because even though I end up with some duds there are a lot of amazing candles out there and I’m reluctant to limit myself with a few tried and loved scents.

The official notes in Yankee Candle Stargazer Lily are: stargazer lily.

It’s a very true to life lily fragrance with a perfumey undertone. I am a big flowers lover, I have a large flower garden that I’m constantly fiddling with and I keep my house full of vases filled with fresh cut flowers from April to November (and I compensate with candles during winter and early spring). While I have a corner dedicated to stargazer lilies in my garden and I enjoy them a lot I rarely use them in my flower arrangements indoors. It’s not that I dislike the scent but it’s very strong and I tend to connect it to funeral home arrangements which are not something I want to think about all that much. So while Stargazer Lily is a lovely true to life lily scent I don’t particularly like smelling it. And it’s very strong so after about an hour of burning time I was ready to open some windows.

I’ve been burning Yankee Candle Stargazer Lily in a large jar in my hurricane holder and it burned with no issues. The scent throw was about a 8. I burned it in my main hall and in my living room during the day since I find it to be a mostly summer or spring day scent and I got a nice wax pool after about three hours. I would not buy Yankee Candle Stargazer Lily again simply due to the fact that it’s not my kind of scent.

Yankee Candle Sunflower Days

Yankee Candle Sunflower Days is a returning treasure currently available online in a large jar.

I’m not a massive fan of Yankee’s “sunflower” scented candles since they are normally quite perfumey and while I personally don’t have a huge issue with that, perfume type candles tend to give my husband a headache and therefore my time to burn them is usually limited only to the times he’s out of the house.

I couldn’t not pick Sunflower Days though, because I already had the new Sunset Fields out and as soon as Sunflower Days arrived I pulled out Yankee’s Sunflower and Flowers in the Sun, went out into the garden to pick a huge (and I do mean huge) bouquet of sunflowers and lavender, added Yankee’s Lavender Sunset. I set them all up on our outside deck and invited some friends and their kids over for pool time. While the candles were pooling out I made some lavender lemonade and we just ended up having an amazing day.

Everyone loved the candle combination and since they were burning on the deck, the scent wasn’t strong enough to cause any headaches and even my husband ended up loving the smell.

Yankee Candle Sunflower Days is pretty much as expected, a nice floral mix, where the plumeria note dominates and there’s a slight woody note that grounds the floral notes a bit. It’s quite perfumey, but again, most sunflower scents are. It’s nothing amazing alone, but I loved it with the lavender layered.

Yankee Candle A Child’s Wish

Yankee Candle A Child’s Wish tarts are one of my favorite every day tarts to melt. It’s a very soft scent and I can leave half a tart melting from midday until early evening and it just softly scents my room without being overpowering.

The notes in Yankee Candle A Child’s Wish are: grass, spring flowers

I get the grassy note and soft florals. It’s not a fresh cut grass; just your growing green grass scent and it’s backed by a clean floral scent.

I love this scent. It’s light and neutral enough to just lightly scent a room without being in your face. It’s one of my favorite spring type scents.

I heard bad things about the candles in this Yankee Candle A Child’s Wish scent so I’m sticking to tarts. I melt a half a tart at a time and it lasts me about 5 days (6 hours burning per day) before it loses its scent. I usually melt it in my main living room and in my hall during very hot days.

Village Candle Hibiscus

Village Candle Hibiscus is one of my all time favorite home fragrances. I’ve owned and burned/melted this is just about all forms available. It’s still available in the tumbler form but it’s slowly being discontinued and I’m trying very hard not to go nuts and just buy ten jars of it.

The thing about this scent is, that is incredibly versatile. It’s a good day candle but it works well as a morning or early evening candle. It fits great in the bathroom, it’s amazing for main living space, it’s very guest friendly and I find it fits all seasons except December that I have reserved for Christmas tree fragrances.

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The official scent notes in Village Candle Hibiscus are: As bold and bright as the flowers that inspired them, the scent is as exotic and relaxing as a stroll in the tropics.

So…there are no actual notes in the description, so I’m on my own here. But. For a candle called “hibiscus”, this is super complex. It’s a mix of fruit, florals and musk. You can see the company just says the scent is inspired by hibiscus flower, not that it should actually smell like it. There is a hibiscus note. But that’s just the heart note. It’s upgraded by vanilla bean on one side and freshened by pineapple, coconut and orange blossom. There’s a hint of the Coppertone suntan oil and light citrus. It’s just…so good. Think of your best beach vacation, the late afternoon, when the lotion scent has just about faded away, you just got a fresh fruit cocktail and the heat is letting up…this is what that day smelled like.

The scent throw on a half of a melted votive is an 8, the tumblers throw a solid 7 and the jars were a weak 7. For maximum scent throw and strength, I’d go with melting the votives.

Candle-Lite Sweet Pear Lily

The Candle-Lite Sweet Pear Lily scented candle is one of my current favorites from Candle-Lite. I’ve bought a couple of jars and have given each a proper couple of burns and I’ll probably go and haul some more of the Candle-Lite scented candles in the future.

Candle-Lite Sweet Pear Lily comes in a 18 oz. glass jar with a flat glass lid and has one wick. The wax is a nice pink color.

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I couldn’t find the official scent notes for the Candle-Lite Sweet Pear Lily scented candle, but I get a lot of melon, some hibiscus flower and pear blossom. It’s a sweet fruity scent with the dominant melon note but the floral undertones soften it up, making it a great all day candle.

The burn was nice and even, I got a good wax pool in about an hour and I would say the throw was a solid medium. My kitchen isn’t huge but it’s a decent size and Candle-Lite Sweet Pear Lily scented candle managed to fill it up nicely in an hour or so.