This is my Yankee Candle Out Of Africa Autumn collection Review based on first impressions and cold sniffs of the candles in the store.
Update: I’ve since burned jars of all these ragrances and am adding in depth reviews to this post.
Today I went to my local Yankee Candle just to sniff some candles and have a chat with the SA. We started talking about upcoming Yankee Candle Autumn Out Of Africa collection and the Yankee Candle Winter collection. He was nice enough to let me sniff the testers he got of both collections and I thought I’d do a quick first impressions review of the new Autumn and Winter scents.
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My Yankee Candle Out of Africa review will be based on cold sniffs of the candles in store so it’s more of a first impression of the scent than a proper candle review but the scent is what’s important anyway so I figured you’d be interested in my thoughts on the Yankee Candle Out of Africa fragrances.
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Yankee Candle Out of Africa consists of Kilimanjaro Stars, Serengeti Sunset, Madagascan Orchid and Egyptian Musk. I have order all of these in votives already but I had to order from the UK (the Out Of Africa collection will be available end of August in my country) and they haven’t arrived yet.
My favorite scent by far was the Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars. For my cold sniff of Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars Review I’d say it’s not a dark scent like I expected. I expected something in the Midsummers Night or Midnight Oasis vein but Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars is a much fresher scent, you don’t get the “dark” or “night” notes. I would actually call it a day scent. I could smell hints of patchouli and there was a hint of mint but it wasn’t the peppermint type but rather a fresh mint leaf before you crush it. It just added freshness to the Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars fragrance. I also got some musk that softens up the scent and some very soft fresh floral notes to give it an added complexity. All in all, there’s a lot going on in the Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars scent but I’ll definitely get a large jar of this.
My second favorite of the Yankee Candle Out of Africa collection was the Yankee Candle Egyptian Musk. For my cold sniff of Yankee Candle Egyptian Musk Review I can say I smelled mostly white musk, similar to the one in Lake Sunset, one of my all time favorite Yankee Candles. I could also smell vanilla bean which I love as a perfume note since it’s not sweet as your basic vanilla fragrance but it has a fresher tone and more earthinesses. It’s still vanilla, but a grounded, natural version of the scent. The Egyptian Musk fragrance is rounded up with a cedar note that doesn’t pull it to the masculine side but just adds to the vanilla bean in terms of the earthiness of the fragrance.
For my cold sniff of Yankee Candle Madagascan orchid Review I got a very strong exotic floral scent. I’ve never smelled a Madagascan orchid so I can’t tell you if the scent of Yankee Candle Madagascan orchid is true to life or not and the orchids I’ve smelled so far had zero scent so I’ll just go with “exotic” floral as a way of describing the smell of Yankee Candle Madagascan orchid. It’s the “orchid” note you find in perfumes and it does have a perfumey feeling. It’s darker and super intense and on cold I would expect that this will have an awesome scent throw.
For my cold sniff of Yankee Candle Serengeti Sunset Review I smelled a dark, quite masculine blend of lotus flower and amber. It’s the most autumnal of the bunch because it’s the warmest due to the amber. The lotus flower note is quite strong and it’s backed by fresh citrus which fits really well. I get the “sunset” smell and I’ll get a few jars of this to burn out on my deck this Fall when the evenings get nippy. This also smelled really really strong on cold.
Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars scented candle Review
Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars came out in the UK Autumn 2015 collection together with Serengeti Sunset, Madagascan Orchid and Egyptian Musk. I ordered the whole collection from the UK a while ago since my local Yankee store said they’ll be getting these in late August and I just didn’t feel like waiting.
The official notes in Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars are: ice covered peak, crisp, clear mountain air is laced with cool mint and earthy patchouli.
Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars is a men’s cologne type scent. I liked it on cold but burning the cologne-y feel really comes out and I just dislike that as a general rule. If it’s a super nice sexy cologne I’ll bear and burn it but alas Kilimanjaro Stars doesn’t smell all that fancy to me either. That being said, I am a huge snob when it comes to personal fragrance and like very few things when it comes to men’s cologne scents. Kilimanjaro stars just smells like fresh, out of the bottle, men’s deodorant. Not bad at all but not what I like in home fragrance. Scent note wise I get the perfume type mint and quite a bit of patchouli. I don’t know about mountain air but I guess you get the crispiness from the mint.
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I’ve burned Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars in a small jar and it burned with zero issues. The scent throw was about 7. I’ll pass my jar of this to my brother as he said he likes it so it will find a good home.