Out of all the new Autumn European Yankee candles I was most excited for Yankee Candle Rhubarb Crumble. I love rhubarb scents but I mostly find good versions of rhubarb in perfume, candles can be a bit too candly-like.
I don’t mind sweetened rhubarb, I do get that the full rhubarb smell comes out when you add sugar, but I dislike the candy, fake smell that is often found in rhubarb scented candles.
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Official scent notes in Yankee Candle Rhubarb Crumble are: tangy rhubarb with brown sugar and vanilla.
Burning Yankee Candle Rhubarb Crumble, I do get a slight bakery note, with loads of brown sugar and bakery type vanilla. It’s very sweet and delicious but the rhubarb note is barely detectable. Rhubarb alone is this citrusy green, tart scent, that is usually mixed with a strawberry scent to balance out the sweetness in that. So it’s not a strong note to begin with and it’s difficult for it to stand out, especially with this much vanilla and sugar.
I’d say this is more of a vanilla cookie scent than rhubarb crumble. There is a tartness to the scent but that could easily be called lemon zest that goes into the cookie batter, it really doesn’t stand out.
If you want to smell rhubarb crumble, layer this one with Marks and Spencer’s Rhubarb Flower scented candle. That one is an awesome mix of rhubarb, apple and pear but has no bakery, so layer the two and it’s perfect.