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My latest experience with my growing collection of Yankee Candle tarts is with this 'Autum Fruit' tart. Deciding that as much as I hate it, the summer is over and Autum is in true effect as the temperature has dropped and I've been forced to use my heating for the first time in months! I felt particulalry in need of something nice, homely and warm smelling-something I could get comfy to!
I hadn't really associated fruit with a 'autum' type scent. I always associate cinnamons, apple cider type scents with the cooler months with regards to candles so when I saw the name of this one I thought it would bea nice change!
As with the majority of my Yankee Candle tarts, I purchased this one on ebay as part of a mix'and'match set of 10 tarts. I've now bought so many from the same guy he happily lets me select my ten scents each time so it works well for us both! He gets a repeat customer and I get to be selective about my tarts! The mix'and'match set of 10 costs me £8.95 so this tart only cost me 89p which is very reasonable as some retailers on the high street like Clinton's Cards charge £1.10-£1.20 for a current range tart.
When I came to use this tart I first noticed it's lovely deep purple colour, very creamy looking and it matched the beautiufl picture of autum fruits on the front of the label. The golden trim of the label made me feel like I was going to be in for a real treat. I couldn't smell much through the packagin, but as I say in all my reviews this is never an inidication of the strength of the tart when burning. Some with strong smells that come through the packaging are big let-down's and don't release strong scents-and vice versa. So I never make a judgement on that.
As with all Yankee Tarts the packaging is best removed over the sink or bin. This is because when you remove the hard plastic packet with scissors it does tend to shed a few dujstings of wax which is a real pain to get off work tops and tables etc.
Once in my tart burner the tart began to melt quite quickly and within half an hour was fully melted. The wax had deepened in colour and now resembled a very dark purple, closer to black. But it's scent was anything but dark!
I had very quickly noticed it's scent when it began to melt. It was fruity without being tropical and sweet without being too summery. It was lovely! The scent level had gradually increased in strength as the tart burnt and once it got to an optimum level it's continuing burning meant it remained the same strength rather than dispersing and the scent changing. This is something I loved because it meant I could enjoy the smell for much longer.
It's strength also meant that it very steadily filled my kitchen where it was burning and slowly the rest of my house too. You could smell it from the front door which is at the other end of our home so I knew it was a good one! In fact even when it wasn't burning you could still smell the musky left over smell of this tart for several days after it was used when you first entered the house! That to me is great value for money considering it only cost 89p!
Yankee Candle say all their tarts have approximately 8 hours of scent time and I have found that this varies from tart to tar. I managed to get three full tea light's worth of scent (each tea light burns for about 4 hours each) so approximately 12 hours of strong, good scent before it began to wither a little. I was really pleased with this because this particular scent had felt really homely and cosy and had been a beautiful scent for my home.
It wasn't the strongest, most overpowering of tarts I have tried but the ones that are over powering are too much for me and get stuck in my throat which I hate. This is actually the first of all the tarts I have tried that I would consider spending £18 on the full, large glass jar version of. That's not because it's knocked 'Black Cherry' off my top spot scent but because it's was so lovely, easy and comforting to have around my home. And it's something I found easy to be around and felt made my house a home even more (this is key because we are currently renting our house so it's sometimes difficult to get that homely feeling in someone else's house).
So although not my favourite of all scents, it's the best I've found that suits my home and ticks all the boxes. And even my favourite 'Black Cherry' hasn't been purchased in glass jar version so maybe it's been piped to the post on that one!
I have developed a bit of an obsession with scented candles, in particular I love Yankee candles. I especially love fruity scents, so when I spotted the Autumn Fruit scent I had to give it a try.
The candle comes in serveral forms, as a wax tart , tealights, and the traditional housewarmer jars in 3 sizes, 3.7oz, 14.5oz and 22oz. They are also available in the newer style tumbler jars. They are available from card and gift shops, numerous online stores, and there are also many ebay shops selling these at fairly competitive prices, it's worth shopping around as the can vary in price by quite a lot.
I purchased this scent in the medium housewarmer 14.5oz jar , from an ebay shop at a cost of £13.99 including postage and packaging.
I love the colour of this candle!! It is a rich, deep purple colour, which reminds me of the dark purple grape juice you can buy. The candle is described as 'A celebration of the harvest... lively blackberries with sweet grapes and juicy pears.' the picture on the front shows a selection of grapes, blackberries, pears and apples.
The scent is deliciously fruity, the scents that come through most are blackberry and pear, with a hint of grape, and just a slight hint of cinnamon. It's a very warming, comforting smell, and goes well in any room, I had this in the kitchen for while and then the living room. The scent is strong yet not overpowering.
The candle lasted over 2 months with daily burning, this size of jar is expected to burn 65-90 hours in total, and think I probably got around 65-70 hours out of it.
I think it is also worth pointing out that with the jars it is recommended on burning for the first time, the candle is left to burn for a period of 1-2 hours, until a wax pool forms over the whole surface of the candle. This ensures even burning and no wax is left around the sides of the jar, to ensure you get the maximum out of the jar.
I would certainly buy this candle again, I love the scent and find the jars value for money.
Yankee Candle offer a wide range of home fragrance products including candles, sprays and also various holders and ornaments.
Autumn Fruit is just one of the scents available. It has been infused into various sized candles, votives, tealights and wax tarts. This review discusses my use of the wax tart. A wax tart is a small tart of wax which doesn't have a wick. It should be placed in an oil burner with a tealight candle underneath and wax will melt releasing the scent into the air. Each tart claims to offer 8hours of scent and they can be mix and matched to create different scents.
Autumn Fruits is a seasonal offering from Yankee. It offers a scent explosion of sweet grapes, juicy pears and blackberries.
The wax tarts are available in local stores and also online through www.amazon.co.uk and www.yankeedoodle.co.uk for around £1.00-£1.10.
I adore Yankee Candle jars and votive samplers. I had read some enticing reviews on the wax tarts and decided to bite the bullet and purchase an oil burner. When it arrived, I put in an order for a few different wax tarts and also received some that another Ciaoer/Dooyooer had going spare. One of the tarts I purchased from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk is the Autumn Fruit scent.
This tart came individually wrapped. It is a deep purple colour and some gorgeous fruits are displayed on the label. I have been using a whole tart in my burner and burning for a short while before blowing my tealight out and keeping the rest in the burner for the next time. I found this tart crumbled into various pieces whilst I tried to unwrap it. I placed it into my burner and lit the tealight. Within 30mins, the tart had completely melted to it a deep purple, thick liquid.
~Sweet and Fruity~
I burned this in my livingroom over the a nights. The weather hadn't been great and I had found it somewhat relaxing and comforting to have my burner producing such a delightful scent. As the tart melts, the scent gradually seeps into the air and becomes stronger as the tart turns completely to liquid. The strength of Autumn Fruits in this form, could put any of the votive samplers to shame. It is heady and very natural in scent which appealed to me.
The combination of fruit essential oils used is quite addictive. It won't be to everyones tastes but if you adore sweet smells, then you are likely to appreciate this one. There is a distinct freshness from the scent which livens it up and I can assume this is from the pears. The blackberry scent is most prominent and is sweet with a slight sourness lingering. The grape doesn't come through all that strong but lingers offering a slight, alcohol undertone which gives the overall scent a kick.
I let the tealight burn for around 1hr 30mins before blowing out. The scent remained intense and filtered around my living room and out into the hallway. The gorgeous sweetness from the tart lingered for a good few hours before the wax started to solidify. By the morning, the wax was completely solid and had set in the shape of the oil burner bowl. The wax tarts can be removed and stored for using another time though I burned a tealight underneath again and the wax melted quicker. The scent was still as amazing as the first time I melted it. I did get at least 8hours of scent from the little tart.
This beautiful wax tart creates a homely, comforting feel around my home and is simply a delight to burn. It is one which I feel I will repurchase in the future. Although not my first wax tart experience (I broke my tart virginity with Pink Lady Slipper - to be reviewed), it was my first fully enjoyable experience.The tart is of a high quality and well worh the money.
I recommend this fruity little tart and thank you for reading :)
Yankee Candle scents are pretty well known for long lasting premium and "spot on" scents and associated non-candle varieties where their candle ranges are concerned. For many years though as a fan of their ranges, I've missed one of my favourite "Grape" tainted candles that smelt like Welch's Purple Grape Juice in a candle known as "Vineyard." It was a dark purple coloured candle that was like an explosion of sweet grape hitting the air and one scent that I really wish the American company could bring out again which disappeared from their catalogue around 2006. The nearest candle to "Vineyard" in my opinion is the glorious "Black Cherry," but it's not the same! In its place, there has been many different alternatives but I don't think Yankee Candle have got there just yet with a good alternative scent containing grapes alone despite recent scent launches like their "South African Vineyard," which isn't always available in the U.K
Their latest foray into offering customers the smell of grapes as well as other fruits like pear and apples culminates in the "Autumn Fruit," candle and like so many other candles from the Yankee Candle scent range, the scent is available in so many different formats such as candle jars ("small," 3.7oz capacity 25 to 40 hours duration, "medium," 14.05oz capacity 60 to 75 hours and "large" 22oz 100 to 150 hours duration with respective costs of £7-99, £13-99 and £17-99 on average), air fresheners, plug ins (£6-99 to £8-99 6 to 9 weeks duration) votive candles (£1-75 on average), wax oil mix tarts (90p on average) and the "On The Go" travel spray pens at £5-99 to £8-99 on average. I initially purchased the wax tart forms at a cost of 90p before deciding to go with a plug in scent at a cost of £6-99 that includes two refills, (though you will need a Yankee Candle plug in adaptor or old Air Wick scent-plug adaptor to use it.) "Autumn Fruit," has a strange tendency to be different per variety from the YC range; with some versions like the votives, the scent can be strong to begin with and then suddenly disappear. I thought I'd be onto a good thing with the wax tarts before relying on longer-term freshness with the plug-in type scented format that had to be placed on order.
Once the clear cellophane has been taken off, you're left with a crinkled solid oil mix wax tart which fits into an oil burner supported either by mains power or a tea light candle. And, once the candle starts to melt down into hot oil, it isn't long until the scent of fresh grapes hits the air mixed with sweet juicy pears and the slightest hint of "supposed" blackberries that strangely smell like apples to me! When mixed together, the candle's top scent of grapes with base line apple and middle pear has a distinctive baked fruit pie scent thankfully void of baked yeast crust, thus leaving just a relaxing and vibrant compote of fruits that you could probably wish you could eat, or have sampled in the past generated by scent alone. Certainly a candle that is designed to offer fruits in the Autumn period, Yankee Candle have done well here with the triple fruits on offer, even though the first hour of my candle really got my home alive with the sweetness and freshness of both grape and pears. The blackberries in my mind don't come across well in tart wax form, and feel that there is an apple like scent instead.
On lighting the candle again the next day, the tart still returned to its secondary state of freshening the home, but this time putting a thinner and still as lingering scent in the air that lingers much longer once the candle/tart has been extinguished. By the third day however, the wax tart seemed to have die out far too quickly. Like all the tart candles I buy, I make sure that once they're in the home they're stored in a dark and dry area as room lights can weaken the scent through the cellophane wrapping! Whenever Autumn Fruit burns though, it doesn't induce coughing or sneezing in the family home but it does offer up the feeling that someone has perhaps been baking with all the fruits realistically on offer. This is why Yankee Candle is famous for their quality; the scents really do mirror what they promise by name and description alone - in most cases.
Scented YC tarts have an 8-hour duration according to both the company and official statistic. However, in my experience most YC scented oil wax tarts can last up to three weeks depending on the scent going (and in use daily burnt or every 3 days for an hour at a time) and the longest lasting wax tart that has extended my belief in the three weeks duration has been "Mountain Lodge," which lasted 6 weeks before finally giving out! Whilst you may burn the wax tart for well over 8 hours in the day, once the wax has turned solid again and the tea light candle taken out via the 15 minute minimum cool period when placed in a freezer, simply by smelling the base of the wax oil tart to see if it still has scent usually tells you there is still enough scent. If there is no scent, then it's time to dispose of the candle oil wax tart.
Now as with all Yankee Candle scented oil wax tarts you will need a sufficient and deep enough oil burner to which this wax tart can be used on. By now you will realise that whilst it is economical and by value alone to buy a scented wax tart, it doesn't have a wick and needs the assistance of an additional accessory in the form of either a deep fill potpourri oil burner or a YC oil burner - both with heat insulated bases. Yankee Candle make their own dishwasher safe ones and in their limited edition scenarios make a good investment if you live in a home that doesn't have small and inquisitive children or pets. The house warmer jars are a much safer bet in this respect and have a stronger capacity of scent on offer with longer burning durations than the tarts alone but then you have to pay a higher price for the versatile jars and don't be tempted by the small jar at £7-99 - it simply isn't cost effective compared to other versions you can buy or as abundantly fragrant. In terms of economy, you can buy an electric mains powered burner instead of reliance on paraffin tainted unscented tea light candles.
This is where the crux of the matter becomes more apparent with Autumn Fruit as a stand-alone scent. Whilst it has been bold in its fruity presence and strength starting to peter out over a three-day duration, it didnt take long for the wax tart to die out. I've noticed this difference in a lot of the fruity candles that YC sell; they're not always uniform in every fruity approach they do, therefore whilst Autumn Fruit is strong to begin with, it isn't particularly consistent or reliable long term. In some respects this is no bad thing if you are getting fed up of the scent because I found that it is quite heavy. However it isn't as strong as the spicy tarts or indeed other fruity tarts I've recently tried such as Mandarin Cranberry. Though appropriate for the season, it isn't long before Autumn Fruit dies out making way for Winter and in my experience with the wax tarts, this has been no bad thing even though the cost in this instance has been slightly disappointing compared to longer lasting wax tarts in other scents I've had.
The plug in version is slightly different on scent release though (far better!) and I had to wait quite a while for the shop to get these in following a dispute with Yankee Candle UK. I'm glad that I waited because the plug in type has been the most surprising on scent versus too much chemicals! There are grapes and pears evident but the darker blackberries are more apparent which in most cases is good albeit in a lighter but consistent wave of scent pervading the home on a continual basis like most plug in scents. A single plug in scent like Autumn Fruit has 6 to 9 weeks of freshness and longevity, less so if left switched on constantly. However the Yankee Candle plugs themselves have three settings of levelled scent release and in terms of strength, the plug-in scents offer a lighter and expressive way of releasing scent building over time than the full on, stink out the home approach with the medium and large jars! There is also less alcohol apparent in this particular plug in, therefore being more reliable without that heady approach when the oil starts to pervade through the cotton wool-plastic dispersal node. Plug ins are great for scented one room, but if you place the Autumn Fruit near a heater, I found the scent has a little more distance. It has far more reliability than the wax tarts!
As a scent, Autumn Fruit is deep, relaxing and refreshing to experience but in wax tart form needs a decent boost to consistently deliver its strong waves that can combat pongs in the home or retain and sustain its fruity and pleasing tones on offer. The best variety for long lasting effect in my opinion is either the budget priced plug in scents or the medium/large house warmer jars but in either form you don't quite get the scent as claimed. As a result, it needs a bit more boost in its additives in wax tart form and uniformity in all varieties to go the actual distance - before it can be trusted long term. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010
Foot Note - A Warning to Yankee Candle UK
I would also like to point out that whilst Yankee Candle in America have a good brand loyalty to private merchandisers, the company in the UK don't particularly hold loyalty in any particular regard and rather count the amount of money paid for orders of their products against who has been buying from them the longest. I say this because I'm loyal to the shop I buy my Yankee Candles from and I'm well aware that Yankee Candle in the UK have constantly got orders wrong and held off supplying latest scents to Java Walk in Dunoon, Argyll. You have been noted Yankee Candle and it won't be long before I'll be reviewing the UK company unless you change your underhanded strategies!
I recently used the Yankee Candle Autumn Leaves tart and loved it, so couldn't wait to try the other Autumn scent I had bought which was Autumn Fruit. Like most of the Yankee Candle tarts I have purchased recently, I got this one online so wasn't sure what it what it would smell like but the description certainly sounded good...'A celebration of the harvest...lively blackberries with sweet grapes and juicy pears'.
Typically Yankee Candles come in large lidded glass jars, and I think these are the most iconic and most recognisable form of Yankee Candle. The jars are quite pricey though and although I have a few of them, at the moment I am mainly buying the wax tarts which are the most affordable products in the Yankee range. As well as the jars and wax tarts, the Autumn Fruit scent also comes in a more modern looking glass tumbler, a small votive candle, a room spray and even a gel car air freshener.
The tart which I bought is a small disc of wax with a fluted edge...sort of like the shape of a jam tart. The tarts don't actually have a wick to them, to use them you need to place them into a tart burner. These are available from Yankee Candle in a range of designs, and prices start at about £5. You place your Yankee tart in the top of the burner, light a tea light candle underneath and the wax will melt and slowly release the fragrance into the room.
The Autumn fruit tart is a deep purple colour, probably to represent the blackberries that it contains and the label shows a picture of berries, pears and apples. I've had a couple of the tarts crumble when I've removed them from the wrapper but this one stayed pretty much intact. Even when they do crumble I don't really find it to be a huge problem as you can chuck all the little bits in your tart burner - after all they're only going to melt.
This is another tart which I couldn't really smell when it was in the wrapping, so I didn't really know what to expect until I opened it. One of my immediate thoughts when I first smelled this one, was that there was a similarity between this and Yankee's orchard pear fragrance which is one of my favourites. This has a bit of a deeper fragrance than orchard pear however, and the blackcurrant was quite noticeable in there too.
It took around 10 minutes before I started to notice the fragrance of this one. I'd say the strength is about medium. I've had some Yankee Candles that have been incredibly strong to the point of being overpowering, and some that have been noticeable yet subtle. This one sits somewhere comfortably inbetween the two.
The smell when this is burning is very similar to when it's solid. It's fruity and fresh and I found that the scent filled the room quite quickly.
You should normally expect to get 8 hours of fragrance from one Yankee tart. The first time I burned this I had it burning for around 2 hours and the strength of fragrance was good and as I would expect. The second time I burned it, I was surprised to find that I couldn't really smell it at all. That was rather disappointing if I'm honest, because even the Yankee Candle tarts I haven't been too keen on have at least lasted the full 8 hours of burn time. This was by far the quickest I've known one to lose its scent and I find it a little bizarre really, especially considering the fragrance was still fairly strong on the first burning.
These vary in price depending on where you buy them, but they're usually pretty cheap. I paid just £1 for mine from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk. Of course there are other formats of candle you could choose, such as the jars which cost between £7-£18, votives which are around the £1.60 mark and tealights which are around £5-£6 a box.
Overall I found myself being quite disappointed with this candle to be completely lovely. It smells really nice and has a good strength, the main problem is that I found that I did not get the full 8 hours of fragrance from it, so for that reason I will not be buying this particular one again.