Yankee Candles are crap. Cheap, wax based product that smell like a gas station bathroom. They don't burn cleanly and don't last long. You will end up repainting your ceiling if you use them often.
Spend a little more and buy a nice soy based candle like Voluspa. Sure, it costs more but the scents are clean and luxurious.
This is easily one of my very favourite Yankee Candles. I have this one in a large jar and it is just oh my goodness lovely. A jar of loveliness! Its not exactly a Christmassy smell particularly (I usually associate citrus, cinnamon, spiced apple and whatever else with Christmas) but it is very sweet, a really big hit of vanilla and sugar. It made my room smell really nice for hours after. If you don't like strong sweet scents then this probably isn't right for you, but otherwise its brilliant!
CHRISTMAS CUPCAKE smells like - surprise - a vanilla cupcake, with a rich butter-cream overtone. The butter-cream note is strong enough to carry whilst the votive is still wrapped. There's nothing else to add - it is a simple fragrance, but lovely and edible. It reminds me of the little butterfly cupcakes we used to eat at friends birthday parties as children.
CHRISTMAS CUPCAKE is one of my favourite fragrances by Yankee as it's so life-like and brings back happy childhood memories. I have already stocked up on backups of the votives and tealights for this fragrance and I'll probably go on to buy at least one jar too.
But, having said that, this particular fragrance is something that I'll use all year round, not just for the festive season. The fragrance to CHRISTMAS CUPCAKE just does not have any festive spark to it, so this is not a fragrance that announces "Christmas is coming". I'd expected some spice or festive fruit, to give the fragrance a seasonal air, so even though I do love it, I was a tad disappointed too.
I recently went to two concerts within a week and my previous CHRISTMAS CUPCAKE votive was lit the whole day for both dates, as well as for two hours or so on additional days. So two eight hour days and two two hour nights means that the votive lasted roughly twenty hours. Admittedly, there was some wax left over from a different Yankee candle in the bottom of my holder, which may have helped prolong the votive's life.
As with all Yankee candles, the entirety of the wax is perfumed, so the fragrance lasts as long as the candle does, but I do have to admit that I've noticed that the scent is quieter then the majority of Yankee candles. Even so, I can catch occasional wafts of the perfume whilst the candle is unlit.
I have this in the large jar. This scent power is moderate, not very strong. It's quite similar to Vanilla Cupcake but less sugary and not as strong (though I didn't find Vanilla Cupcake to be strong either). It has a soft sweet vanilla scent with a slight frosting scent mixed in.