Cinnamon Vanilla

My husband asked me the other day: “have you ever had a dud?”

This question was prompted by me trying a Cinnamon Vanilla tart for the first time. Cinnamon Vanilla was a new Spring 2014 scent from Yankee Candle that had some fairly positive reviews.

I was excited to try this new scent because, cold, it smelled just like horchata…a creamy chilled drink of vanilla rice milk and fresh cinnamon. However, I ended up very disappointed. I am not sure if I got a dud, or if this scent just isn’t for me!

Cinnamon Vanilla The Scent: When this tart was melting, the predominant note was maple. Yes, maple. It smelled like my husband was cooking maple sausage or that I had a tart of Maple Pancakes melting instead! Underneath the maple scent was a dash of cinnamon and an even quieter hint of vanilla cream. Very disappointing! The maple note was okay…but I didn’t want maple, I wanted a vanilla-cinnamon mash-up. D+

The Throw: This is why I thought I got a dud…the throw was so weak! It was very light, although still detectable. Many reviews were positive about the throw, so I am not sure if this tart was just an anomaly or if the throw is just poor. D+

Overall, I love the cold scent of Cinnamon Vanilla, but it just didn’t deliver for me. The throw was weak and only smellable if I was right next to the tart warmer. And that strong maple note overwhelmed any horchata-like notes.

I will probably get another tart during the Labor Day $1 sale to retry it…so stay tuned!

Does anyone else have any thoughts or experiences with this scent?

-Kari Ann-



  1. For some reason, I actually hated this scent (also tried in tart form). Mine was very strong and I actually blew out the tea light so the smell would go away. I don’t do that very often.

  2. I’m so glad I’m not imagining it. I wanted to love this candle but eventually I realized the scent it filled my house with wasn’t cinnamon vanilla, but something that reminded me more of baked beans. Not exactly what I was looking for. I don’t use it very often but I took the plunge of getting this in the housewarmer size. Bummer! Glad I can read your reviews before my next YC purchase.

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