Candles are a quick and pretty way to add scent and soft light to a holiday room. And while jar candles are always convenient to keep in the house, The Yankee Candle Company realizes that its customers want options. A candle jar plopped in the center of an elegant dinner setting, or on a side table in the living room, just doesn’t always cut it.
The Perfect Pillar is a new glass candle that’s a step up from the usual, bare pillar. There’s no need to worry about dust and wax drippings with a candle encircled in glass (I hate scrubbing wax drippings from candlestick holders). The clear glass cylinder also protects the candle’s flame and reflects its light.
The candle measures about 5 1/4 inches tall, and for interesting tabletop displays the company suggests pairing the Pillar with its glass Tumblers. The Tumbler candles come in three sizes and complement the Pillars perfectly when arranged in creative candlescapes. It gives you a variety of design options when dealing with large and small candlesticks, plate settings, and mantel tableaus. If you’d like a few ideas directly from the company, Doreen Smith — Yankee Candle fragrance expert and designer on the product development team — offers a few suggestions in her video, “The New Perfect Pillar from Yankee Candle.”
CHRISTMAS TIP I think these candles will work especially well when paired with Christmas greens. Because you always have to be careful (NEVER leave a lit candle unattended), the added glass around the candle makes it easier to place in the middle of evergreen arrangements. If you’re a fan of silk florals and the pre-made candle rings found in countless stores, these candles would work perfectly when placed in the middle.
The Perfect Pillar candles are available for purchase at Yankee Candle (online and in its stores nationwide) and at a variety of popular retailers. They retail for $19.99 each. Personally, I would put them on my shopping list and watch for sales on the website and at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond. For mail order gifts, it’s usually nice to send a branded package directly from the company.
GIFT TIP If you know someone who has a beautiful set of the larger candlestick holders (often arranged on bookshelves and on top of TV entertainment centers), candles make a nice hostess gift. Pairing three Perfect Pillars with three candlestick holders, is a good idea for a larger holiday present. For a great gifting, pack the products in brightly colored shredded paper, often sold in bags at party supply stores.
I couldn’t talk about Yankee Candles without mentioning the scents available — how many of us have stood in store aisles poking our noses in jar after jar of scented candles! Most of the Pillar scents focus on the Fall season. Presently — get ready to breathe deep — Spiced Pumpkin, Apple Cider, Autumn Leaves, Cranberry Chutney and more will take you through the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. I have no doubt that we’ll be smelling more warm and cozy scents as the Christmas season approaches.
The Perfect Pillars provide up to 90 hours of fragrance. To shop online, locate a store, or get more information on Yankee Candle and its full product line, visit the company’s website at www.YankeeCandle.com.