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Anyone who knows me will know that I am rather addicted to Yankee products. I love them and I am usually to be found with a huge stash of the wax tarts in my home somewhere of other as I find that the tarts offer me great, affordable value for my money and that I can get about 8-10 hours of burn time/fragrance from them and that I can change my fragrance options around a bit and that usually they only cost me between a pound a go (Asda) or from Clinton Cards for about £1.220 per wax tart. This was a new fragrance to me and I came across it mooching about on Amazon.co.uk and I paid £6.00 (at the time) for 5 of the tarts. Usually I don't bulk buy any fragrance and like to buy one at a time but these were not available to buy singularly from Amazon and I hadn't see these around and about on my travels so I thought what the heck and hit the buy button! The Tart: Its orange/red in colour this one and comes in a clear plastic and on the front of it there is a kitchen/baking scene depicted and we are told what it is and who it is made by on the there and then on the back of it do's and don'ts are given to using it, the weight is stated which is 22g and contact details for Yankee are given. The packaging is simple enough to remove and there's very little of it too. To use this is really simple. You can use the whole tart or easily snap it or even mix it with other tarts from Yankee or anywhere else and you place it into an oil burner with a tealight underneath it and this melts quickly under heat into a pool of oil. You can burn this for as long as you like then when you extinguish the flame from you tealight the oil solidifies to be used again. The fragrance of this is rather odd to me. It has a foody sort of smell to it, rather sweet with a hint of apples or pears and it wasn't what I was expecting at all from this. The aroma is light though apart from the sweetness wafting about and not rich enough in my opinion and it seriously lacked oomph! One I had stopped burning it there was no real lingering fragrance left in my home and all in all this didn't tick any of the right boxes for me though if you like a sugar smell when it is letting off fragrance then maybe you'll like it more than I did! Not for me this one! Google if interested for a list of stockists though Amazon do sell it if your willing to bulk buy it!
Yankee Candle are an American company who make high quality scented candles. I purchased a selection of the smaller votive or sampler candles just before Christmas, based upon the product description on the website yankeedirect.com. I decided to take advantage of the special offer that they run. Candles of this size (49g) are priced at £1.60, but if you buy ten of them, you get 2 free. 'Be thankful' appealed to me as it was described as 'the warm inviting aromas of a Thanksgiving kitchen.' Now Americans make such a big thing of Thanksgiving so I imagined this to be a really special scent. However, it has been rather a disappointment to me. The sampler was packaged as all the other votives I have purchased have been, wrapped in shrink wrapped plastic to preserve the candle till I used it. The colour of this one looked more orange than any other colour through the plastic, which seemed really suitable to me, as it is the colour of pumpkins for pumpkin pie. When I took the plastic off the candle, a fair amount of colour had transferred to the plastic, but it didn't look particularly faded to me like some of the red candles have. The label looked like a kitchen scene, with a lattice topped pie taking centre stage, and various fruit and vegetables in the background, and a rolling pin to the foreground. The candle initially had some scent to it before I burned it. I couldn't really pick out any individual scent, but it was a little sweet but a bit non-descript. I could say it was a bit reminiscent of food cooking, but I couldn't pick any individual item out, though my guess is it is pumpkin pie they are going for, or perhaps a touch of apple. When the candle was burning, it was the usual high quality in that it lit easily, burnt evenly, and was quick to solidify once I blew the candle out. I could detect some of the same aroma I had smelt before lighting, though it was very weak and less eventful than it was initially. My overall impression is that it was pleasant enough if right next to it, but move it away from under your nose, and the scent was replaced by what any candle smells like while burning. I burned this for over an hour, and upon blowing out the candle the scent rapidly disappeared, which was no surprise as it only affected a small area of the room while burning. This particular fragrance did nothing for me I'm afraid, and it is not one I would either recommend or repurchase. There are many nicer fragrances available that I would rather buy.
I actually got Yankee Candle's Be Thankful wax tart as a freebie when I bought some other Yankee scents online. 'Be Thankful' to me sounded a little bit of an odd name for a candle and although I'd seen this fragrance I had never really paid much attention to it as it wasn't a name that particularly struck me. I found out recently however, that it is actually a Thanksgiving fragrance and as soon as I realised that it suddenly all made sense! Be Thankful is red in colour and the label depicts a table laden with food - vegetables, a lattice topped pie and bread, which lets you know that this will be a foody sort of fragrance before you even sniff it. When I unwrapped it, I wasn't really sure what to make of the scent. I thought it smelled very biscuity - like crushed up digestives - but there was also a hint of fruit in there too. At that point I couldn't really make up my mind on whether I liked it or not. I had this in the form of a wax tart, which is a disc of scented wax you melt in an oil burner. Like all Yankee fragrances however, you can also buy this in the form of a votive, tea lights or glass jars filled with wax. When burning, the main problem I found with this candle, was that I could only smell this in the immediate area where it was burning. The scent was very gentle and nowhere near enough to fill the whole room. Even when I was sitting reasonably near to the candle, I found that I could only detect a very mild biscuit scent (with what I think was a tiny hint of spice). It was all rather disappointing really and not the quality I have come to expect from Yankee Candle at all. The suggested burn time for a wax tart is eight hours, after which time it loses its fragrance. To be honest, I feel that due to the subtleness of the scent, it seemed to fade a bit sooner than this and would say six hours was probably a more accurate estimate. Prices will vary depending where you shop, but I have given approximate prices and burn times below: 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 I tend to get mine from Clinton's Cards or Collectables on the High Street. Online, try Yankee.co.uk or yankeedoodle.co.uk As I'm sure you can guess, the Be Thankful fragrance is not one that I would recommend at all. The candle was too gentle for me to be able to smell it unless I was sitting right next to it, and the scent itself was too plain and boring. One to avoid I think.
The other week whilst nosing about at my local Yankee Candle stockist I took up a special offer of Christmas scents and in particular a couple of scents I usually buy right up until Christmas time before they are sold out. Whilst all will become clearer in the next couple of weeks as to the ones I always look out for, one candle that stood out in my collection was "Pomegranate Cider," a relatively new scent that came out this year, which I just wanted to eat in the shop! There were only a couple of tarts left in this particular scent so I just grabbed a couple of tarts and votives figuring that I could burn more than one at a time. When I got home however, the excitement of the latter candle in votive form was short-lived. The votives I had picked up turned out to be "Be Thankful," a candle released on the market to give thanks to the American's Thanksgiving Day. Being the same colour in deep red, it was no wonder I was confused by the two even though Yankee Candle claim that this candle wax is a "deep russet brown." Despite the kind offer of swapping the scents over, I decided to give "Be Thankful," a try since I've been to a few number Thanksgiving celebrations in the UK hosted by Americans and have sampled many delights including pumpkin pie and meatloaf which are two staple favourites in the American diet. Thankfully, this candle doesn't smell like these two food stuffs put together, but it isn't far off from pumpkin pie itself, a pie I quite enjoy whenever it is offered! Be Thankful is available in scented tart form (average and the aforementioned votives as well as medium and large house warmer jars. In votive form it costs around £1-75 to £2-10 and like all Yankee Candle votives, the candle measures 4.5cm height by 3.5cm by the base and slightly larger diameter towards the top at 4.5cm. The candle has a burning time of 15 hours on average and it can only be used in a heat proof suitable votive holder. I bought four what I thought to be "Pomegranate Cider," which means in use, if one votive isn't enough on strength, I can burn another one at the same time to get the scent going and since I've found votives to be lighter on scent despite twice priced than the scented tarts, I assumed I'd get the cherry like cider tones in a lighter shade than full on all the time. Like all Yankee Candle votives, this candle comes pre-wrapped in easy to remove clear cellophane and there's a picture of what looks to be like a baked pastry pie in the wrapping surrounded by festive fruit and other treats. It couldn't be more homely if it tried! Once the candle is lit, it is no surprise to find that the wick starts to burn a wall all of its own in the inner part of the votive. However compared to the disappointment of "Black Cherry," in votive form, I started to get a whiff of baked pastry fruit pie straight away, with slight cherries coming off the top and a wonderful middle tone of gingerbreads. This was coming away from the top of the candle as it began to slowly burn. The base of the candle has very similar sweet offerings in the form of nutmeg and the tinniest hint of cinnamon with a distinct smell of cookies, just as the maker intends. Very spicy, fairly nutty and very sweet toothed, "Be Thankful," has perhaps many praises to be thankful about, especially in votive form. Compared to other scented votive candles by YC, one votive of Be Thankful seems to do the trick of scenting a room fairly well, well before the candle dies out. Whilst I didn't need to unwrap the other votives I had bought, I left one in the study with the room door closed over, only to find that well within a few hours, the candle from within its cellophane wrapping had laid a thin scent of familiar baked pastry scent in the room! Granted it may be for Thanksgiving, but this seems to be a candle that feels very much at home in a kitchen environment rather than a relaxing bedroom. Thankfully the votive doesn't overcrowd my large kitchen like its neighbourly scented tart can and this for once in my experience of Yankee Candles is very welcomed because of the overly sweet and baked nature this candle gives off. Burn it in a closed room with poor ventilation and you may well find that the fragrance becomes too heady in a short space of time. There are downsides to the votive however. As per usual most of it is wasted if you burn it in a narrow glass votive holder, so it's better to place it in a wide mouth candle holder or glass drinks tumbler with a heat insulated base to get the most out of the candle and giving it a fair chance to melt all of the wax before the candle dies out. Once the candle has completely finished, fill it with a little hot water and watch the melted wax rise to the top within the liquid. It is fairly easy to remove YC votive candle wax should any of it spill when it's in use with hot water. A downside to the scent is that it got my mum sneezing fairly badly with the gingerbread tones, so it is quite prickly once the votive nears the end. "Be Thankful," may well be a limited edition scented votive candle based on American's once a year celebrations and in the UK you may well find the candle has been reduced in cost as a result. However, it isn't too sickly when it burns as a votive and brings a smile to many (and often hunger pains) when burning in a kitchen. It's heady gingerbread and sweet pumpkin after tones does wonders on shifting general food pongs including tobacco smells, which has been an unexpected surprise! Whilst is isn't as enjoyable as Mackintosh Spice, or other recent purchases, it deserves a second look if you love baked pie smells in general and in votive form, not as bad as other votives in the scented Yankee Candle range. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2010 www.yankeedoodle.co.uk www.yankeecandle.co.uk