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My sister bought me the Yankee Candle Beach Flowers wax tart for Christmas, which I was quite pleased about as it was a scent I hadn't yet tried. I used to buy Yankee Candles a lot, but have calmed down recently as I was spending a fortune on them. I think this made it extra nice to receive some as gifts.
Beach flowers is possibly not one I would have purchased myself as I tend to like the fruity and fresh fragrances best and anything with 'flowers' in the title would usually put me off. I did however think that this smelled rather lovely through the wrapper and although I think it's sometimes hard to tell when the tarts are still in their cellophane, I remember thinking that this smelled almost fruity.
For those not familiar with Yankee Candle, you should know that they will make a range of different candles in each scent. With most fragrances that means that you can buy a glass jar candle, glass tumbler, box of tea lights, votive or wax tart. For those wondering what a wax tart is, it's basically a disc of wax with a fluted edge (hence the name tart) that is placed in a burner and melts under the flame of a tea light, filling the room with scent. In that respect it's therefore not really a candle.
The wax tart itself is a sort of dusky pink (almost bordering on lilac) colour and the label depicts star fish and shells alongside tropical looking pink flowers. The official description of this particular fragrance is 'Like delicate keepsakes from the sea. . . the lovely scent of tuberose, lily and hyacinth blossoms balanced with soft watery notes.' Again, I doubt I'd have chosen the candle based on that description, but it does in fact smell rather lovely...
The smell is very floral, I don't think it smells of lilies, but I'm not 100% sure of how tuberose or hyacinth smell, so couldn't tell you if it smells like either of those! I'd say it is quite a feminine fragrance, but as per the description it does have 'watery notes' which are hard to describe but combine with the florals to make the wax smell fresh and clean.
It didn't take long from me placing this in my tart burner for the scent to start filling the room. In fact I could smell the wax tart quite clearly from where I was sitting several feet away, before the whole thing had even melted. Again, at first I felt that the scent of this was slightly fruity rather than floral, which is odd as it certainly doesn't smell like that close up. After a while the scent seems to change and I feel that the floral tones come out more. It's not overly floral and does retain that fresh sea air type fragrance which Yankee call 'watery notes'. On the whole it is a pleasant fragrance. It reminds me of other Yankee scents I have used in the past, although I can't put my finger on which ones. I definitely felt that I recognised the fragrance from somewhere.
I found that the intensity of the wax tart was good and was enough to make the entire living room where I was burning it smell nice. If I left the door open it would fill the hallway with scent too. I also noticed after the tea light had gone out the fragrance lingered in the room for a couple of hours. Despite being strong, I didn't feel this was sickly or overpowering as I have found with a couple of the other Yankee fagrances available.
I buy my Yankee Candles from Clintons Cards or Collectables on the High Street, or online try www.yankee.co.uk. The following prices and burn times are approximate:
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.25
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.80
Tea Lights (pack of 12) - Burn time 4-6 hours each -£6.75
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £8.39
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £16.99
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £19.99
Small tumbler - Burn time 35-40 hours - £9.95
Medium tumbler (two wick) - Burn time 45-50 hours -£15.49
Overall I was pleased with Beach Flowers and would recommend it. The scent is pleasant and intense and I found that it lasted for the full eight hours specified on the wrapper. If I had to be negative in any way, I would simply say that it is perhaps not the most memorable of the Yankee fragrances available. They have so many amazing fragrances, some of which hugely stand out and this one is not really all that 'special' compared to some of them. That said on the whole I still think it is a lovely fragrance and more than worthy of a four star rating as I would happily use this fragrance again.
One of the small luxuries I like to buy myself is things that are Yankee. I can't afford to buy the candles and the likes from the range but I often treat myself to wax tarts and usually pay about £1.25 per tart from places like an independent shop on Weston Super Mare Pier or from Clinton Cards and this was one of my most recent purchases and I bought it due to its name and me living by the sea!
The wax tarts come tightly wrapped in see through and easy to remove plastic and on the front of it there is a picture shown of flowers and starfishes and the likes and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by then on the back of it other information listed includes diagrams of do's and dont's, the size is stated which is 22g and contact details for Yankee are clearly given.
This is a round and rather thick lump or light lilac wax with fluted edges to it and to use a tart you can use the whole thing, half of one (they snap easily) or even mix them with other tarts in an oil burner with a lit tea light under it and after a few minutes of it being heated the fragrance is released and the wax goes to liquid. When you want to stop burning the wax you simply extinguish the tealight and the remaining wax firms up till the next time you would like to use it and usually you get about 8 hours of home fragrance from one of these though this one gave me over 10 hours of burn time which I really appreciated and gave me even further value for my money.
The scent of this one is really lovely and not too strong but really natural and is really a floral scent with a beautiful blend of tuberose, lily and hyacinth blossoms. It isn't really, really strong or overpowering but really relaxing and this scented my whole large flat quickly and even when I put out my tealight the scent lingered from this for a good couple of hours in a subtle way.
This has a nice watery, fresh and light feel to it and it really is one of my favs at the moment so thumbs up from me and I would love to buy myself a candle in this fragrance when I can afford to!
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Keeping my home smelling nice is very important to me and my favourite way to do this is by using scented candles or wax tarts. I love the way the atmosphere can be changed depending on the fragrance of scented wax. It can create a bright fresh clean feel to a room or a warm cosy romantic atmosphere. I had a few Yankee Wax Tarts for Christmas and one of them was Beach Flowers, one I hadn't tried before.
Wax Tarts are simple little discs of oily wax without a wick, they measure approximately 6cm's x 1.5cm's and cost round about £1.00 - £1.20 depending on where you buy them from. They have a fluted edge and do look just like a little tart. In my opinion Yankee make the best wax tarts and these are the ones I always use.
The tarts come wrapped tightly in clear cellophane allowing you to see the pale lilac wax, the wax tart has a label stuck to the front which shows a small picture which always depicts the fragrance of the tart. In the case of this one the label shows some pretty pink flowers, a starfish and pebble.
You can usually get a good idea of what the wax tart is going to smell by just by smelling the wrapper, handy of you are in a shop and not too sure if you like the sound if it.
Beach Flowers smells absolutely gorgeous, its obviously a floral smell, my favourite when it comes to scented wax. Yankee describe this as:-
"Like delicate keepsakes from the sea, the lovely scent of tuberose, lily and hyacinth blossoms balanced with soft watery notes"
To use a wax tart you do need an oil burner and an unscented tea light, its just a case of popping the unwrapped wax tart into the burner and lighting the tea light below it so it melts the wax tart. Once lit it doesn't take long before the oily wax is starting to melt and the fragrance filters around the room.
The smell is lovely, hyacinth is the dominant fragrance smelling sweet and strong however I can also detect lily too. Beach flowers also has another element to it, its almost a sharp fruity smell although nothing fruity is mentioned in Yankees description. This sharper smell blends beautifully with the floral fragrances and creates a warm welcoming atmosphere to my home. Yankee only use natural extracts and oils in their wax and this gives them a true to life smell, there's nothing artificial about their fragrances.
My home is open plan and after about an hour I can smell the wax tart all over my house, upstairs and down.
I always melt my wax tarts for a couple of hours at a time, I find the fragrance lingers for a long while after the wax has solidified and this in my opinion is the best way to get the best value from the tart. Yankee state their wax tarts will give you up to 8 hours fragrance and I agree. I just leave the set wax in the burner dish ready to re melt the next day. Once the wax has run out of fragrance I leave it to set then remove the wax from the dish.
You can melt the wax tarts whole, break them in half or even mix them to create your own fragrances. Personally I don't mix mine I just melt the tart whole.
Yankee wax tarts can be found in many independent shops and also some major department stores as well as many online stores such as Amazon UK and Yankee Direct. They are great value for money and a lovely way to fragrance your home for a small amount of money.
Those who read my reviews regularly will be aware of my love for Yankee Candles. I received a few wax tarts as part of a Secret Santa at Christmas time and this review discusses my experience of 'Beach Flowers'.
This particular Yankee scent is available in a few different formats including housewarmer jars, votive samplers and wax tarts. A wax tart is a disc of wax scented with natural essential oils. A tart is said to have 8 hours of fragrance and should be used in an appropriate tart burner with a tealight underneath. This particular wax tart is a lilac colour and is neatly presented in a tight plastic. The label adorning the tart illustrates some pretty flowers.
The official Yankee description of Beach Flowers is 'like delicate keepsakes from the sea..the lovely scent of tuberose, lily and hyacinth blossoms balanced with soft watery notes'.
~Price and Availability~
Beach Flowers wax tart can be bought online. The average wax tart price is £1.25. Stockists include www.yankee.co.uk, Amazon and eBay UK.
Whilst Beach Flowers isn't a scent I would have chosen for myself, I was very pleased to receive it in my gift. It looked very pretty and I was looking forward to melting it. I currently have two tart burners - a regular burner (requires a tealight) and an electric burner. I chose to melt my tart in my electric burner. The electric burner takes a little longer to melt a brand new wax tart but less time to melt a previously used wax tart. I like to melt my wax tarts for a few hours at a time as a way of making my home smell lovely.
Beach Flowers melts into a pool of beautiful, lilac coloured wax. I would say that Beach Flowers is more aimed towards using in the Spring or Summer months. I have opted to try mine during the colder months as a change to the cinnamon and sweet tarts that I have been using through Christmas. I have enjoyed using this one during the day whilst I go about the house doing my cleaning.
Beach Flowers isn't an overpowering scent. The moment i unwrapped the tart I could smell a light, fresh floral aroma which was quite nice but subtle. As the tart melts, it does take a good half hour for a noticeable level of scent to become apparent. Beach Flowers is a beautiful scent. It isn't a scent which will fill your entire home though. I placed it in the burner in my kitchen and found that my kitchen smelled gorgeous and I could detect a faint hint of the tart in my living room (joined to our kitchen).
I'm not crazy about heavy floral scents but Yankee have created a light, fresh floral aroma with Beach Flowers. It is feminine, bright yet mild. I find that it freshens any room well and smells incredibly clean. The main scent is a fragrant yet subtle floral/light aquatic combination with the tuberose and hyacinth being most prominent. The lily and watery notes tame what could potentially be an overpowering scent. It is simply a nice, refreshing fragrance which leaves the room smelling pleasant.
Beach Flowers is a simple yet well arranged scent. I witnessed around 7 or 8 hours of noticeable scent before the scent starts to fade and becomes very subtle. I find this one nice to use but it isn't one of my favourites. I did appreciate receiving it as a gift.
Thanks for reading :)
I am a massive fan of yankee candles and love trying new fragrances out. I bought some new wax tarts a while ago to try when I was visiting my local card and gift shop and one of the fragrances I bought was the beach flowers variety and so I was pleased to see that for my birthday my mum and dad bought me the large house warmer jar in the same fragrance as it is the first large jar yankee candle I have owned as I just cannot justify the expense as a regular thing.
The house warmer jar is a large 22oz and so it is quite heavy as it sits in a glass jar as well. Just by looking at the jar you can tell that it is an expensive candle as it just looks high quality with its chunky glass and thick sealed lid. I like the fact that the lid does seem secure and like it will keep the fragrance of the candle inside as it would be a shame to lose half of the scent simply by just storing the candle. The glass jar features a large label on the front which features pictures of flowers on the beach as well as a star fish and some shells to further emphasise the point of the beach. The yankee candle name is presented on the label as well as on top of the lid as well.
When you remove the lid from this candle you are literally set to go as the glass jar fully houses the candle so there is no need for any messing around looking for a mat or something else in which the candle can be burned. I do find that the jar candles are handy to use and certainly more so that the wax tarts as you can just light the wick and go.
The fragrance of beach flowers is described as "a collection of clean, cool and captivating fragrances to refresh your home. A wonderful range of fragrances that capture the calming essence of the deep ocean waters and fresh flowers in bloom." I think the scent sounds lovely based on the description and when I read further I found out that it contains tuberose, lily and hyacinth blossom balanced with soft watery notes. Now I am pretty rubbish when it comes to detected individual fragrances and tend to just judge based on what my nose tells me as a whole and this particular fragrance to me smells very sweet and floral and just very much like the outdoors which may sound quite silly but I find it refreshing and I think it helps to clear my mind a little. I wouldn't say that this is the most powerful fragrance whilst burning but I do think it is really lovely whilst subtle.
The lilac coloured wax melts evenly around the candle and so there is no real wastage as you go along which is not something that can be said for many other cheaper brands and so I do think you get what you pay for with regards to yankee candle jars. I have noticed that the wick gets quite long and so to keep the flame under control it does need trimming from time to time but this is something which obviously takes seconds.
I think the large house warmer jar looks brilliant placed in the centre of my book case in the hall and I think it looks quite ornamental as well and so I am happy to have it on display whether it is burning or not burning.
You are advised by yankee candle that an 22oz large glass jar should give between 90 and 150 hours burning time which I think is a fair amount for a quality fragrance given the price paid personally. I also think the jars make beautiful gifts for people and it will certainly be something I look in to myself for friends and family.
Thank you for reading my review!
A few people may know by now that more recently I have had to look after a sick parent during the hot summer days that the UK have been having and following up to the decision to put my mum into hospital, meant having to deal with a lot of stress and emotional upheaval. This is where my collections of Yankee Candles I had previously stored away had to come out of their comfort zone and be used up not just to refreshen the stale air in the home, but also just to lend a spiritual air that I needed to relax to. For the last three weeks I have been able to get to sleep better with the scents from my candles and a few magic spray potions from other brands sprayed in the air to aid sleep and general relaxing. When it came to thanking several people just for their interim help, I knew one lady in particular who is quite a Yankee Candle fan and a close friend of my mum - but seldom buys the jars because of the cost. When I ended up paying £50 for three jar candles and a candleholder as gifts for various people including one of my mum's closest friends, the seller from my local stockist gave me three free tarts for spending over £50 and they have all been "Beach Flowers," the latest scent from Yankee Candle. I have since purchased more of these tarts, as the flowery promise here seems to contrast well with a few surprises along the way!
Regardless of whether you know all about Yankee Candle or not, I always include the safety info for any future buyer who has yet to buy into the concept of scented candles - because they can be just as dangerous as normal unscented candles even though wax tarts don't come with a wick built into them. The wax tart concept that the Yankee Candle Company produce, were one of the first companies to bring the design to the UK and will need a hot oil burner supported by a tealight candle underneath to get them melting and releasing fragrant waves of scent into the air in your home. Compared to their votive/sampler candles which have a wick through them, the Yankee Candle wax tart concept has 8 hours of fragrance duration compared to 15 hours in the votive - but the votive candles in America aren't called "Sampler" for nothing - and hence with the title, they are usually far lower in strength of scent when lit. As with all candles, Yankee Candles in most formats can be unsafe to keep around inquisitive pets or children.
In both cases, when the tart or votive is lit, both holders will get extremely hot - and you need to be aware of the wax tart when it is being used - so it's just like a candle where logic and safety need to be taken. Once you have used up all the scent in the wax tart and NOT the tealight candle because you may go through quite a few, removing the wax tart is very easy simply by removing the tealight candle and waiting for the burner to cool. Place in a freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes. Afterwards turn the holder over, and the tart should fall out of the burner, easily. If this doesn't happen, touch the solid tart and try moving it with your finger - you will find that the disc is fairly easy to remove. Sniff the base of it however and if there's scent left, the candle has more to give and can be used again, if you wish.
This process is a lot safer than pouring the hot wax down your kitchen drain, thus increasing the chances that it will block your drain, or pouring it out into kitchen towel, also running the risk of ruining a worktop or floor. A damp hot cloth can also remove excess wax from the sides of burners should any wax spill over and solidify in use.
If buying more than one wax tart at the time of purchase, it is best to store the spare wax tarts in a dark and dry place to avoid the scent from weakening when subjected to light. The light doesn't just mean sunlight, but direct light from ceiling lights to lights in the home. By putting the others in a clothing drawer, you may find clothing to be scented pretty quickly.
In terms of what Yankee Candle "Beach Flowers," smells like, I have been quite surprised with the scent on offer here. Firstly the candle has a light pastel purple colouring added to the wax which immediately gives me in the impression that the candle has Lavender added to it - the colouring is always a dead give away - not helped by the fact that YC also produce several Lavender candles with the original single scent or coupled with others to produce duo lines. Don't be misled - Lavender is not present here.
Instead, the first tone that comes off this candle really well is that of a rose water tone with tuberose acting as the second tone and a strong additive of Hyacinth, rounded off with a deep final tone of fresh lilies. It is therefore quite a light scent once the candle has burned a fair bit and I was pleasantly surprised by the full, rounded scent that continually builds up. It isn't for the faint hearted - initially - the biggest surprise is how well the scents all come together and how well they can freshen a room, but I've since found a few surprises with this candle in terms of its scent value and longevity.
In terms of strength and delivery then, the surprising element of "Beach Flowers," however is that it seems to change its scent accordingly in the heat or coolness of temperature per room, thus invoking a chameleon like transferability. When I lit the candle during the hot spell of weather Scotland has been having recently, I found my rooms to have an almost delicious scent of rose flavoured "Turkish Delight," as opposed to the watery flowery promise. Rooms were therefore inviting to be in, easy to relax with and quite a lovely scent to be around with but again, an early downside reveals itself easily that this candle won't freshen a whole home.
By complete contrast in cool rooms, or rooms where central heating hasn't been switched on, there's more of an intoxicating wash of the lily and hyacinth that comes across with just a hint of the rose water or tuberose.
Initially just taken out of the wrapper, "Beach Flowers," can take up to five minutes before the total scent escapes from melted wax tart to a clear hot oil. I was disappointed at the beginning when I realised that this isn't a candle as strong as "Cherry Blossom," that has a much better, rounded flavour. Yet, "Beach Flowers," seems to be an aptly named candle that plays the "freshening-up" aspect rather well, able to wash rooms with a lovely, heady scent of the flowery combo but not over take, not induce headaches and not induce sneezes in me compared to a lot of other Yankee Candle scents. "Fresh Cut Roses," springs to mind here for that problem and yet although not as strong, "Beach Flowers," has a warming and contrasting process that pervades two rooms quite well with doors open giving the candle a chance to travel throughout. This scent certainly isn't as strong as others to be able to act on its additives to fully pervade all manner of odours, but it does the job bit by bit, gradually building up all the time, with vanishing scent of Lily, only for it to reappear again, a couple of hours later.
Where downsides are concerned, "Beach Flowers," isn't going to be a scent that will appeal to everyone. Certainly if you don't like the scent of rose water, Turkish Delights or Hyacinth in general, you won't take to "Beach Flowers" at all.
Another aspect that is sadly lacking is the longevity of the product. Largely from the amount of tarts I bought including the three free tarts I received from my initial purchase, I've so far found that the tart will last up to 24 hours as opposed to the 8 hour "total burn claim." You may well think that I have been misled in my analysis here, but compared to others that have a strong 2 week longevity aspect burnt for a couple of hours per day, "Beach Flowers Wax Tart," will burn out after two days when left to burn in my electric burner (thus not necessitating the need to buy tealight candles or use them continuously.) Other timings that I've given this fragrance range from the 2 to 3 hours per day routine that I use with my other Yankee Candle scented wax tarts, and "Beach Flowers," seems to die out pretty soon, just after a day - but it really depends on what the candle scent has to put up with, with the existing air in the room where the candle is placed.
Another downside is that thanks to its spring/summer 2012 collection range, "Beach Flowers," isn't available in the far wider range levels that other classic scents from America's number 1 candle company produce. So, if for example you are after a tinned air freshener spray, you won't find it yet with the "Beach Flowers," scented formula. The following price list is based on average prices without the 25% "Season of the Month," offers that some sellers supply:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, £1.15 to £1-20 each.)
Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-60 to £2)
Small Housewarmer jar (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £7-49 to £8-99)
Medium Housewarmer jar (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £14-99 to £15)
Large Housewarmer jar (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £18-45)
Large 2-wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £17-99)
Medium lidded glass tumbler (12 oz 40-50 hours duration £14-99)
Regular lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99 to £14-49)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £6-25 & upwards - they also float in water!)
When all things are considered, I've been pleasantly surprised by Yankee Candle "Beach Flowers." Yes, it is a flowery candle and yes, it isn't one that is going to be appreciated by everyone. It is however quite an understated scent that is easy to relax with and could be a bit stronger in terms of lasting for a few more days - but, by itself, "Beach Flowers," is quite a romantic candle scent that is refreshing too and by that versatile use alone, a well rounded recipe. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2012.