Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Lots of cinnamon but where is the apple
Yankee Candle Apple Cider
Member Name: jillycat
Yankee Candle Apple Cider
Advantages: Lovely colour scent lingers well lots of cinnamon and clove
Disadvantages: No apple smell at all to me
I have been a huge fan of Yankee Candles for several years now ever since we used some of them to fragrance and light up the room at our wedding. After reading so many reviews on wax tarts by Yankee Candles I have been converted to using them. This review on the Apple Cider fragrance relates to my use of a wax tart version of this fragrance.
In case you're unaware Yankee Candles in a USA based company that has been making candles since 1969 when the company founder Mike Kittredge melted some crayons to make a candle for his mum and sold one to a neighbor. Over 40 years later they are one of the most-recognized names in the candle business with over 150 fragrances scents. The majority of these are manufactured by master chandlers (candle makers) in Massachusetts USA.
What is a tart?
If you don't know what Yankee Candle wax tarts are the easiest way I can describe them is they are in miniature form the same shape as a traditional edible tarts with a fluted edge. The tart is made of the same wax used in the all the Yankee Candle candles minus a wick. This tart measures approximately 6cm in diameter and 2cm in height and is a lovely deep rich red colour to me it also appears to have a slight sparkle to it. The tart is wrapped in plastic to protect it from crumbling and has a picture of a glass of hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it too stir the hot cider with and a few slices of apple to the side. When the tart is placed on top of a tart burner or oil burner then the tart is melted by a tea light underneath and it gradually starts to give off a gentle aroma. When you want to remove the wax from a tart burner it is recommend you place the tray section of the tart burner in the freezer for a few minutes and then gently easy this out. I can definitely vouch that this has always worked for me not only with this fragrance but with others too. Yankee candles claim that the scents from wax tarts last about 8 hours. What I actually do is generally half each tart to get more use out of them and I find there is still enough scent from a tart to fragrance a room this way.
Yankee candle describe this scent as an "A welcoming aroma of hot cider spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg." I choose this one from a local shop that sells Yankee Candles and in the shop it had passed my sniff test to be a nice winter's evening scent that was going to be very evocative of Christmas and winter scents as the warm cinnamon and nutmeg that reminded me of warm mulled wine. When we tried this one for the first time it wasn't a winter's night but a damp and dismal evening in early summer and we thought that this would lift our spirits. The wax melted in a nice constant way in our burner and became a lovely deep and rich red color that looked like good French claret. The scent that became noticeable straight away was the cinnamon and this lingered very well and in fact the cinnamon notes always seemed to be there. The next discernible scent for me was a hint of nutmeg quickly followed by the cloves. The clove scent actually drowns out I think the softer nutmeg and means your are only left with a cinnamon and clove smell. This scent reminds me very much of the mulled wine that you buy hot from Christmas markets. This wasn't a disappointment as the scent is lovely and one I like, but the cinnamon is very strong in this particular tart and the notes of apple that the tart refers to are just not noticeable at all to me in anyway. The scent I think should really be called something that makes reference to cinnamon and clove rather than apple cider. The scent of the wax tart has huge staying power and from two hours burning in the tart burner the fragrance scents the room all evening and into the next day. The cinnamon and clove smell I think is lovely and natural without any hint of chemically artificial scent at all. The scent as it is so strong is also very good at getting rid of odors such as strong food smells such as fish or curry. I will definitely be saving some of these tarts for Christmas to burn as we decorate our tree and wrap presents to capture the spirit of Christmas.
I would definitely recommend the Apple Cider in wax tart form as it gives a lovely warm Christmas type of smell that conjures up Christmas markets and mulled wine. The scent lingers well and the tart definitely lasts 8 hours if not longer in my experience. My only criticism really of the scent is the name really is not the most accurate at letting you know what to expect as I really can't get any apple scents from it all. I really think a name based on cinnamon and cloves would be more accurate for this one.
Other formats and where from
Wax Tart -99 pence
Medium Jar £14.99
Large Jar £17.99 all prices from www.yankee.co.uk on the 31st July 2011
Summary: A great wax tart that captures Christmas smells the name is a bit wrong for the scent though
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