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I love fresh and clean fragrances in my home and this one I recently bought recently in tart form Clinton cards when I saw it reduced to 50p from £1.25 and I snapped it up pleased with the bargain I bagged.
This comes in a see-through plastic wrapper and on the front of it there is picture of cedar leaves and we are told what it is and what it is by then on the base of the wrapper there are diagrams of do's and dont's when using the tart, we are told to expect 8 hours of burn time using it, the weight is stated which is 22g and contact details for Yankee are given. Its an easy to tear off wrapper this one.
To use a wax tart you simply pop it in the top of an oil burner and light a tealight under it to melt the round, dark green and fluted to the edges thick lump of wax and it goes to a dark green liquid very quick indeed.
This, as soon as it melts releases its wonderful fresh and natural fragrance of which to me smells is like a pine really. Its a crisp fragrance with a hint of menthol to it and the cedar that it is is really refreshing and rich but not one bit harsh or overpowering. I love the fragrance of this one, I got over 9 hours of burn time with this and it also lingers once the tealight goes out or you put it out for a good few hours too which is a wonderful benefit with this particular one.
This is also available in candle format and in different sizes too and from places like Clinton Cards, Amazon and from Yankee and it certainly gets a big thumbs up from me.
I bought this Yankee Candle online during the summer, when www.yankeedoodle.co.uk had a sale on Christmas candles. Although I already had a fair few Christmas candles which I'd bought in the January sales, I am a big fan of scented candles, particularly Yankee, so thought I'd take the opportunity to stock up.
As I purchased it online, I went purely on the name when purchasing the Balsam and Cedar candle. I absolutely adored the fragrance when it arrived and we burned it last night as it is also a favourite of my fiancé.
Yankee Candles come in several formats, from wax tarts to votives, tea lights, glass tumblers and then the housewarmer jar candles that Yankee are famous for. I bought this in the form of a wax tart, which is a scented disc of wax which should be melted under the flame of a tea light in a tart burner. These burners can be purchased from Yankee with the cheapest ones being around £5. You could of course use an oil burner, just make sure the cavity is deep enough to accommodate all of the melted wax.
The Balsam and Cedar wax tart is a very deep forest green in colour and the label depicts trees full of pinecones. The scent of the tart is a sort of sharp pine mixed with a deep woody scent. On the one hand I think it smells like walking through a forest on a crisp winters day. On the other I think it smells like toilet cleaner! I really couldn't make my mind up on this one at first, but it did grow on me to the point I was a little bit sad when my wax tart ran out of scent.
The scent of this candle is fairly intense. It's one that I can smell constantly in the air, not only in the room where it is burning, but in neighbouring rooms too. Despite the fact it is intense I didn't find it to be overpowering at all. The pine scent smells really fresh and the candle almost smells earthy in a way. If you like pine scents, you will love this.
Each wax tart is designed to give eight hours of fragrances - other formats will differ, so please see the list below. I would say that the eight hour estimate was correct for this tart. I bought this online from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk as already mentioned, on the high street I'd recommend trying Clinton's Cards as they usually sell a wide range of Yankee Candles.
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
Tea Lights (pack of 16) - Burn time 4-6 hours each -£5.99
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45
Small tumbler - Burn time 35-40 hours - £9.25
Medium tumbler - Burn time 45-50 hours -£14.49
Large tumbler - Burn time 70-90 hours -£17.99
If you like pine or woody scents then I would definitely recommend this candle, it's good quality and has a strong fragrance which is perfect for the winter months.
*Please note that this review is for the Votive format of this Yankee Candle product. Dooyoo add only one entry per fragrance into their catalogue*
===What is it?===
Another recent purchase of mine taking advantage of a buy one get one free offer on yankeedoodle.co.uk this Balsam and Cedar votive from Yankee candle was one I burnt over the space of a few days this past week. A votive (or sampler) is a short, wicked candle designed to be held in a candle or votive holder and have essential oils and fragrances infused into the wax. They have a burning time of around 15 hours and release an aroma from the molten wax once lit, Yankee have a large variety of products and variations on the candle theme ranging in price from around a pound for a wax tart all the way up to £18.00 for a large, glassed 'Housewarmer' Jar. As mentioned in previous reviews I don't usually buy votives as I prefer the wax tarts but as these were on offer and worked out at just 80 pence each I thought it was too good a price to miss.
===Balsam and Cedar===
As ever with a Yankee votive this comes in the standard 2" tall size and is shrink-wrapped in clear cellophane, the votive itself is dark green in colour and there is an illustrated sticker on the packaging. I'm usually drawn to either earthy, woody aromas or sweet and fruity ones and imagined that this was going to be one of the heavier scents that Yankee produce so it was a surprise for me to discover that when I lit this it ended up giving off a light and fragrant scent and wasn't one I was expecting.
Rather than being a heavy, deep fragrance Balsam and Cedar is quite light and refreshing, it's almost pine-like in its aroma and whilst I tend to associate anything "Pine" with disinfectants or cleaning products this votive from Yankee avoided being too chemically or aritifical. I know Yankee are renowned for the authentic fragrances and I do think with Balsam and Cedar that they live up to their reputation as this is definitely one that does smell true to life. This, to me, reminded me of the smells of a forest on a sunny day, there are notes of wood which are quite deep but these are tempered by a freshness that lifts the overall scent into being one that is light and airy, it's a perfect scent for a kitchen I would have thought and ideal for a hot summers day when you have the windows and doors open and are letting some fresh air into your home. It's not a subtle scent but it isn't one of the strongest I have sampled from Yankee, instead it sits somewhere in the middle and does the job it was designed to do. It's a great fragrance for eliminating any stale smells that may be in your home, this one would be ideal if you have been away for a week or so and you want to freshen up your living environment and overall I thought this was a great success and would definitely be a combination that I buy again in the future.
The only criticism I have with this one is once again down to the votive format itself. Longevity wise this is a poor example of a Yankee product and even though the candle has 15 hours of burn time available it doesn't give off anywhere near that amount of fragrance. Instead after a very disappointing 5 hours or so of being lit over the course of a couple of days the fragrance had all but disappeared and I was left with just a lit candle. Whilst I do like the look of candles and do buy them on occasion for the atmosphere they create I have learnt now that votives are not the best products to buy if you want a long-lasting aromatic product from Yankee. Wax tarts offer the best value for money in terms of how much fragrance is infused into the wax and is the format I would recommend to other people, especially this Balsam and Cedar variety as I do think it would be one that would appeal to plenty of people.
In terms of the fragrance there's nothing to complain about with this one from Yankee Candle and I did enjoy the aroma it gave off. It's a fresh, light scent that has a deep base and is ideal for the warmer months both during the day and on an evening. The votive format is a let-down again and wouldn't be the format I recommend anyone to buy unless they were specifically wanting a candle to light, if its all about the fragrance for you as it is for me then buy this as a wax tart as I do think you'd get far more from it and it would last a lot longer.
As with all of the Yankee products they can be found online at amazon and yankeedoodle.co.uk as well as being available on the high street in some well known stores such as Clinton Cards and specialised candle stockists. Garden centres and large DIY stores also carry a selection of available products and price wise you should expect to pay around £1.60 for a votive from Yankee Candle.
3 stars from me as a rating, the Balsam and Cedar combination is a winner in my opinion but is another disappointment in the votive format and whilst I would recommend this fragrance I wouldn't recommend it as a votive.
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"Balsam and Cedar," is a scented fragrance candle made by American premium candle company, Yankee Candle. But, it has never been a scent for the faint hearted. This is a strict seasonal scent that usually comes out at the end of November into December just before the onslaught of Christmas scents with more exact title product names that don't hide many surprises. I've been a fan of "Balsam and Cedar," for many years, not just because it is a scented candle that sits outside the realm of my usual clean linen, fruity or spicy favourites - but for the fact that it is a wonderful recipe of natural scented oils that are both fragrant and appropriate to the name. Yankee Candle have come up with a classic here that is either loved or loathed by fans - and it isn't hard to tell why.
Displayed in a dark grassy green colour, this is a very potent candle that reeks of green grass woodland. The cedar edge is extremely strong with a hint of sandalwood in the first tone that comes off this candle - but lucky enough unlike "Sandalwood," both in its original form and the "Sandalwood Vanilla," mix, the candle's scent isn't strong enough to induce headaches. Instead, juniper berries are very much apparent in the middle tone with a hint of cloves if you don't get the first berry hint the first time around and this is where the candle starts to obstruct its wonderful woodland fragrance - the berries and cloves are too strong for their own good, often inducing coughs because of the clove content. The base tone is that of pine that provides more peppery backdrop with the tinniest hint of Patchouli for extra spiciness. This isn't a candle that is creamy or smooth, but rather prickly and peppery when all oils come together - it is a wonderful saviour to covering the air if you have fried a steak, done strong fish dishes in the kitchen, or just ordered a fairly fragrant Indian meal in the home.
There was one year when I was given this as a large candle glass "house warmer" jar candle gift and admittedly, it sat for most of the year not in use, with the only advantage being that the scent was most suitable for getting rid of the old fertilizer chemical smell in the shed and at most being a freshener towards the colder months rather than the summer. The joy of a house warmer candle jar regardless of the scent though, is that it seals the candle's fragrant wax for up to a year - provided that you keep the candle in a very dark place away from strong light. The top of the jar has a permanently added rubber seal around the old country style pull lid and after the candle wax is washed out (the jars are also, helpfully dishwasher safe) the "housewarmer" named jars are most suitable as storage jars for anything including food like cereals or biscuits. The glass jar has a heat-insulated base, but the top rim will get hot in use and if you use or burn the candle for more than 4 hours, you may expect black smoke to come off the wick. This is purely because this scented candle fragrance is fairly old and depending on the age of the candles when buying them, older candles have paraffin-coated wicks compared to the all cotton wicks that present candles now have from Yankee Candle. Older wicks also tend to bunch up, creating more black smoke, so if you do consider the medium or large candle jars, you do have to maintain them to get the best out of them.
Getting the best out of "Balsam and Cedar," doesn't take much though - either in the cheaper £1-05 single wax tart format or glass jar. As a home scent, the potency of the berries and cloves against the loud woody cedar can be off putting, with only an hour needed if purchased in wax tart form for this scent to really take off. For the fact that the candle is so strong, there's really no need to invest in the glass jar versions because out of so many other scents that Yankee Candle produce, in votive form (£1-75 each on average) it is also quite potent without laying down too much of the cedar. In wax tart form, the strength is doubled and tripled in glass jar formats - which, again isn't always welcomed given the strength that this scent gives off.
Where "Balsam & Cedar" works best however is for the man's den rather than a bedroom. It works wonders for smokers too, clearing the air instantly with the grassy tones and eradicates bad heavy odours that persist to linger. This is where you may appreciate the berries in the candle but the cloves again take over too much of the relaxing aspect of this candle, which lets down the whole concept. "Balsam & Cedar," also works well in the bathroom or a single toilet and this is because once the oils come together and after an hour or two, the scent in a small place with little ventilation smells like fresh pine toilet cleaner rather than juniper berries roasting on a hearth with grass! This in my mind is the worst aspect of this scent, especially in spray aerosol format, which seems to have more grass/pine tones than berry. At least in wax candle formats, the combination of all oils and fragrances has a better chance of staying equal but you won't want the candle to burn for more than 2 hours at a time because it is fairly pungent and can be too overpowering.
As with most Yankee Candles, "Balsam & Cedar," is available with different formats and versions of the scent by Yankee Candle. It is a relatively new scent which was initially given a wider product range than most, appearing in the UK in 2008/9 as it replaced a very similar named Yankee Candle scent called "Balsam Fir" and later seen in "Autumn Lodge," which has added mixed spice and cinnamon for the spicy fanatic. "Balsam & Cedar," can therefore pass as a "classic" scented candle because of its popularity around Christmas time, not just an alternative to the smell of burning holly and pine needles. Prices are given on average without a 25% "season of the month" discount:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 each.)
Scented Powder Sachet (28grams, 3-4 week duration, £2-99)
Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2)
Small housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £5-99 to £7-99)
Medium housewarmer jar candle (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £13-99)
Medium 2 wick tumbler (12.5 oz 45-50 hours duration, £12-99)
Large housewarmer jar candle (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £17-99)
Large 2 wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £16-99)
Lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99)
Car tab housewarmer jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99)
Car air vent gel pack (4-6 weeks duration £2-85, 3 pack additional at £5-98)
Car Pump 'n' Go clip on air vent freshener (4-6 weeks, £7-20)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99)
On-The-Go Travel scented air freshener pen (limited edition) (£5-99, 65 sprays duration, contains odour eliminator additive.)
Plug In Scent (£5-99 4-6 weeks duration, 2 capsules per box, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
Plug In Plug and "free" scent starter (£14-99, 4-6 weeks duration, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
Reed Diffuser (limited edition) (£13-99/£15-99 8fl. oz, 12 reeds 4-6 weeks duration.)
For a completely different freshening appeal, "Balsam & Cedar," is probably one of Yankee Candle's darkest horses where scented candles are concerned and despite the strong sharp pine content, it is a candle that I always look out for, even though I know that the candle will induce coughs from me if I leave it lit for more than two hours. Like a lot of the other candles in the Yankee Candle range, this is one very strong wax scent that can prove to be economical on the grounds of its extra strength and only needs an hour of use each time you feel you need the great outdoors, indoors. Because of it's prickled berries combined with strong cloves and cedar pine background, it isn't a candle that is designed to be relaxing or being cosseted around but rather something you'll instantly hone to when you want an explosion of freshness to eradicate a bad heavy odour rather for the fact that it is bristling with woodland scents. It is however in my opinion, a fairly versatile candle scent that for some reason I adore having at odd times in the year, even when the rain is battling down on the roof and no hope of sun for a bit of dry relief and at a time when prices can be expensive for these candles in general, it's good that this scent in particular really does justify the price on power and longevity alone. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011