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- Why I Bought -
I wouldn't say I am particularly into candles, if I am given them as a gift I will happily use them and I have sometimes bought them as gifts for other people but I have never bought any for myself. That was until I read review after review raving about the amazing Yankee Candle range. I simply had to try them for myself to see what all the fuss was about. In particular people seem to like the Wax Tarts so I decided to purchase a Tart Burner along with a few tarts to try. One of these tarts was called Beach Walk.
- Yankee Candles -
The candles come in a large variety of different sizes depending on how much you want to spend and how long you want the candle to burn for. The following information is taken from Yankee.co.uk
Sampler candles - £1.80 per candle, burning for up to 15 hours
Tea Lights - Pack of 12 £6.45, burning for 4-6 hours each
Wax Tarts - £1.25 per tart, burning for up to eight hours
Small Jar - £8.39 per candle, burning for 25-40 hours
Medium Jar - £16.99 per candle, burning for 65-90 hours
Large Jar - £19.99 per candle, burning for 110-150 hours
Small Tumbler - £9.95 per candle, burning for 35-45 hours
Medium Tumbler - £15.49 per candle, burning for 45-50 hours
Large Tumbler - £19.15 per candle, burning for 70-90 hours
Perfect Pillar - £14.99 per candle, burning for up to 95 hours
- The Beach Walk Wax Tart -
As I have already said I chose the Wax Tart version as other reviews have said that these are very good quality at a low price, making them very good value for money. I didn't actually choose the Beach Walk fragrance as I bought a selection of five random tarts on Amazon. As I am new to Yankee Candles I thought this would be a good way to sample some of the different fragrances on offer. The tart comes packaged in a cellophane wrapper with a label that clearly states the brand, name of the fragrance and has a picture of beach decking and flip flops. I was instantly impressed with the strong scent I could smell through the packaging. This fragrance is meant to smell of 'refreshing salt water and sea musk warmed with sunny notes of tangerine and orange blossom'. On first impressions this seemed fairly accurate as I could smell a mixture of musk and sweetness although to me it smelt of soap rather than the beach! None the less it was a lovely smell. The tart is a light blue colour which goes well with the name and the scent.
- Burning the Tart -
As I'm sure most Yankee Candle fans will know the Wax Tart is not a typical candle as it doesn't have a wick, it is simply a small wax disc with fluted edges. You need to melt the tart in a tart burner. To do this you place the tart in the dish and then light an unscented tea light underneath it. So this is what I did with Beach Walk. In fewer than ten minutes the tart had completely melted into a pool of wax. I could smell the fragrance very quickly and I think it is quite strong which I liked. However, I was disappointed to note that the musk smell was much more prominent than the sweet tangerine and orange blossom. In the packaging the two tones had been more balanced. It does smell quite soapy to me which I don't mind as it does smell rather clean and fresh and certainly fills the room with a pleasant aroma, ideal for masking nappy smells! It doesn't really remind me of the beach at all but to be honest I'm not sure the beach smells that great anyway so this is probably a positive! Overall I would describe the fragrance as soapy, fresh, relaxing, clean, musky and just slightly sweet. I think it would be suited to any time of year.
I was impressed with the burning time of the tart. I burnt it for an hour or two every evening for a week so it certainly lasted at least eight hours. Although towards the end of the week the scent wasn't quite as strong, it was still present and gave the room a pleasant smell. This smell also lingered in the air for a few hours after I extinguished the tea light. Overall I think it is excellent quality.
- Price and Availability -
The standard price for a wax tart is £1.25. I think this is a very reasonable price but I managed to get five random tarts for approximately £5 on Amazon. This is a real bargain if you don't mind which tarts you receive. They are also available from Yankee.co.uk, Yankee Direct, Clintons and Ebay. It is worth shopping around as you definitely don't need to pay the RRP.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend the Beach Walk fragrance Yankee Wax Tart. I liked the fresh soapy smell and the quality of the tart and burn time was great. The only disappointment was that it was more musky than sweet and I would have preferred this to be slightly more balanced.
I now purchase Yankee candles more than any other scented candle and I like to burn them in my living room, bedroom and bathroom. I find shopping for Yankees quite exciting as they have a really big range of fragrances and many of the scents are unusual and unique. For instance I've tried candles in the past that are supposed to smell of a log cabin in the middle of a pine wood or of a fruit salad! I recently saw this 'Beach Walk' scented candle in the reduced section at my local Yankee stockist (you can get the candles in places like department stores and garden centres as well as online) and thought it sounded quite nice.
Yankee candles come in different sizes and shapes but I almost always get the Sampler size (also called Votives) candles as I have holders to fit these size candles. They are approximately two inches tall and have a slightly heavier top than a base - a bit like an old fashioned English postal box. The candles come individually wrapped and the packet has a picture depicting the fragrance. In this case the photograph on the wrapper reveals a wooden pier or walkway stretching into sun-kissed sand dunes whilst a pair of flip flops have been taken off and abandoned by some carefree walker. This image is beautiful and really gave me high hopes for the candle. To recreate the sensual experience of walking along salty dunes would be fantastic.
All Yankee candles are different colours. The hue of each candle usually has some connection to the fragrance so this one is a pale ocean blue grey shade which makes me think of a calm tide sweeping across bronze shores.
You will need a holder for this candle and you should remember to follow the safety instructions which are printed onto a sticky label on the base of the candle wrapper. A two centimetre distance between each burning candle is important. If you are burning more than one candle you can also mix and match Yankee scents which I've heard is a popular thing to do!
When I picked up this candle in the store I found it difficult to smell through the wrapper. This usually means that the scent is quite mild and this is definitely the case with this one, even when the candle is burning and the wax melted the scent is underwhelming. When I imagine what a seaside smells like I think of saltiness and fresh grassy breezes. The fragrance of the Beach Walk candle fails to recreate these things for me. Infact nothing about the fragrance makes me think of sand, sea, seaweed, dunes, grasses or sunshine. That is not to say that the fragrance is horrible. On the contrary, I think the fragrance of this candle is really lovely - but it is nothing like the scents you might encounter during a 'beach walk'. Instead I'd say that there is a hint of summer wildflower meadow and the warm perfumed skin of a pretty city girl. Yankee actually describe this fragrance as "salt water and sea musk warmed with sunny notes of tangerine and orange blossom". I can definitely detect a musky tone but that's all that registers with this description. The scent is extremely subtle and is not terribly suitable for things like covering up kitchen or pet smells. This is one best placed in the bathroom or bedroom as the fragrance is not so much in-your-face and can have a realxing effect on the psyche.
These Sampler/Votive candles have a lifespan of up to fifteen hours so they usually last me a while and I feel that I get my money's worth. I paid 79p for this one but the usual price was £1.49. Prices vary depending on where you buy these though.
Would I buy this again? Yes, absolutely, but I was dissapointed on my first occasion of buying because I expected something else. Now that I know what the fragrance is like I'm still happy to buy the candle. If this candle was rebranded with another name I'd happily up the star rating but as it is I'll have to reduce it because the fragrance does not live up to it's name 'Beach Walk'.
I've always found being near the sea really calming. I think something about watching the waves roll back and forth onto the shore sort of hypnotises me.
When I started investigating buying some yankee candles to try out the range, I had seen many reviews about different scents, but kind of realised I would have to just try a few of the samplers myself to experiment and see what scents I liked best.
So far I have found the quality of the candles I have tried to be fairly consistent. Yankee candles are a premium range made from high quality scents and wax. They burn evenly, and release a good amount of fragrance. Some even release the scent before taking them out of the packaging.
This particular scent was bought from yankeedirect.com. I picked up 10 different samplers. They should have been priced at £1.60 each, but they were on a special offer of buy 10 for the price of 8, so it was a little cheaper.
Buying online, obviously you can't try and sniff the candle before you buy, so the appeal to this one came from the name alone at first. The Beach part of it had mme thinking of a relaxing experience, and I hoped it would be something that would make me think of summer holidays and warmer days to come.
The colour of this one I have to say was a bit insipid to me. A really pale pastel blue. A bit washed out looking. The label on the outer plastic packaging showed a beach scene with the wooden walkways that you get on some beaches in England. A pair of flip flops are on the wooden slats.
On burning the candle, I found it released a decent amount of scent if you were in a small space. It struggled to spread the scent around my large living room/dining room area so it had to be located on the table fairly close to us.
The smell is described as 'blends fresh salty air and sea musk with sunny notes of orange blossom and tangerine, creating a soft, uplifting fragrance that fills your home with light beauty.'
I'm not sure how you can make the scent of fresh salty air, but this somehow does. It is more perfumed to me than being sat at a beach. I would say it reminds me more of bath salts with a hint of seaweed, at first. It is much harder to detect any more than a slight hint of citrussy notes in this one for me, but I do find it very relaxing to sit near this one.
The scent of some of these candles can be a little sickly if left burning a while, but I think this one is better the longer it burns for. It does have a certain freshness to it. I like burning this one in the evening so I can get the full relaxing benefits from it.
The only disappointment really for me is that when I put this one out, the scent is so gentle it kind of fades to nothing really quickly. With some candles I have been able to smell them still the next day, and this one is not noticeable at all.
I think I would buy this one again, and I probably would buy a larger jar of it next time to try and keep the scent I really enjoy in the house a bit longer.
Ideally I would like to spend more time beside the sea, but seems though we live a couple of hours away by car, this will have to help me make do till then. It is a fairly acceptable alternative.
I bought this Yankee 'Beach Walk' wax tart after spotting it was reduced to half-price in my local branch of Clinton Cards a couple of weeks ago. Priced at just 55p it was indeed a bargain and one which I could not pass up on, being quite a fan of Yankee products and scented candles in general.
Having bought or been given quite a few of the different Yankee scented products over the last year, the one thing that I have noticed is that often the name given to the fragrance of the scented wax bears little resemblance to the actual scent, or the name is something ridiculous like 'Beach Towel' for example which I recently purchased.
Here 'Beach Walk' conjures up images of a marine fragrance, therefore I was surprised to see that tangerine and orange blossom make up this fragrance along with 'sea musk'.
Okay, so the wax is blue like the sea and on the photograph stuck on the wrapping there is a nice scene of a long pathway which presumably leads down to a beach, but that is where the beach or ocean theme ends for me, as I found there is little in the fragrance of the wax to suggest beaches, salty-air or marine-like scent.
Indeed the presence of the orange blossom and tangerine suggest to me that this wax tart should have a different name and be orange coloured!
Despite this, I like the fragrance quite a lot, but I am quite a fan of orange or citrus scented products as well as enjoying musky fragrances and there is a musky, woody scent mingling in with the orange scent here. The musky fragrance is quite strong and therefore gives the wax an overall masculine scent in my opinion, which again is fine by me, but if floral feminine scents are what you are looking for then 'Beach Walk' is not for you.
When burning Yankee wax tarts I have found the longevity of the scent released varies from fragrance to fragrance. Yankee state you can expect up to 8 hours of scent from a wax tart, but I have found that often it has been more than this and sometimes even less.
'Beach Walk' I found gave me the 8 hours average scent and then quickly diminished after this. From lighting a tealight and placing it underneath the wax tart which I had set in the well of my oil burner, it took around a minute to be able to detect the fragrance slowly being released from the melting wax.
A few minutes later and the room was filled with the 'Beach Walk' scent and whilst the fragrance didn't quite float up the stairs as some of the other scents that I've experienced have done, I was pleased with the amount of fragrance overall from this wax tart.
I personally light a tealight on an evening and after placing it underneath the tart in my burner I allow the tealight to burn out which can be up to three hours. The fragrance I found hung in the air for around three hours after the tealight had burned out. By melting the wax for three hours each evening I found that my 'Beach Walk' wax tart lasted three evenings before the fragrance disappeared.
As an alternative to burning these wax tarts you can also use them to fragrance drawers or cupboards, as even in their wrapping, they smell quite strong. If you are melting them however, you must ensure your oil burner has a deep enough well to contain the melted wax. If not, then you may find you have to cut the wax tart in half.
After the fragrance has disappeared from the wax tart I find it is easy to scoop the wax from the well of my burner with a kitchen towel once it has cooled down and before it hardens completely. It comes out in one piece and there is no mess.
Buying a wax tart or a votive is an ideal way to sample the frargance before buying the more expensive, longer-lasting wax filled jars. The usual price of a wax tart is around 99p - £1.20 and they are available from various online outlets as well as Yankee retail outlets, branches of Clinton Cards and other card and gift shops.
I like the fragrance of Beach Walk and am happy with the longevity of this one, but once again I think this is another Yankee Candle which does not actually smell like its name would suggest.
Just the other day when I was finishing off my review of the Yankee Candle Clam shell tealight holder, I was reminded of a scent that was original sold alongside this series. "Beach Walk," a light pastel blue coloured candle is a fragranced candle that Yankee Candle released in the UK market a few years ago to replace a wonderful "sea life" candle that was often too strong for my parents to contend with, called "Ocean Water." That latter scent retired as soon as "Beach Walk," was re-released by Yankee Candle and if you haven't read any of my other reviews by now, for me, one of the best brands on the market where true-to-life scented candles are concerned, it has to be Yankee Candle. Of late however, the company have been dreaming up some rather strange names and "Beach Walk," is no stranger given that the American company claim the candle is supposed to smell of "sea water" with "orange blossom" added. The problem with me is that Yankee Candle already makes a superb sea-scent called "Ocean Blossom" that was only on the market last year and was sold at a 25% price alongside "Cherry Blossom," and "Ocean Blossom," itself has a pastel blue colouring, which can be confusing to buyers if they go by the colour of the Yankee Candle products, alone.
This time however, "Beach Walk," isn't really a favourite scent of mine. It passed me by when I first saw it and wasn't until it was given to me as a gift a couple of weeks ago (amongst other kinds of tarts) as a present for walking a couple of dogs whose owner had broken her arm, that I've only started to become a slight fan of this scented candle by Yankee Candle. Therefore, in wax tart form (fluted and round casing hence the name) once the wrapper is disregarded and placed in a hot oil/potpourri burner with a tealight candle underneath, it takes a couple of minutes for the unusual scent of tangerines coming through before lemons act as the middle tone. But for the fact that the candle is blue, one wonders what kind of "beach" and "walk" Yankee Candle have in mind. It wouldn't be the first time that they have fantasized and taken the buyer down an awkward road of bringing up a name to match the scent - cue "Pink Sands"! The base tone has a slight salty water aspect to it - nothing like the strength of "Ocean Water," that this candle replaces, and the citrus tones seem to complement it well, even though the fruit overthrows it after a couple of hours. At times the smell of earthy bamboo and fresh seaweed comes over with this candle, again nodding positively to the natural extracts that Yankee Candle have injected into this candle - but the orange tanginess of the fragrance is much more apparent as the candle starts to burn for more than an hour.
Were it not for the fact however that Yankee Candle already have "Ocean Blossom" on their books, it is hard enough to think of walking through sand with the smell of lemons or oranges in the air, unless by chance you were to hit a beach hut bar of some sort or enjoy a cocktail or two, as the waves crash up against your feet. "Beach Walk," is the opposite end of the flowery "Ocean Blossom," and some may well approve of it for being fruitier than flowery. It certainly irons out odours in the air thanks to the fruit content, but the sea air that Yankee Candle would like to think they have trapped in the fragrance isn't quite there. Instead, the seawater extract is fairly like "Water Garden," but isn't as breezy or as nose hair tingly sharp. Quite a combination because at the end of the day the candle itself is very fresh to the nose, but continues to act ultra smooth because of the mixed content when they come together.
Like the whole product range by Yankee Candle, there are other formats of the candle you can buy, not just by wax tart alone - incase you have any inquisitive pets or children around who may be curious to see the hot oil as it steams - this isn't the kind of product I'd advise for either group. Once the candle is done or if you get fed up of it, extinguish the tealight candle and wait for the burner to cool. After which, placing it in a freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes lets the oil solidify and by which time after it has been taken out and tipped over, the solid disc should slide out. This minimises any other dangerous ways of getting rid of the wax, especially down the drain or in a kitchen towel. If there's still scent on the base of the disc, then the candle can be reused with another tealight candle - making it good value for money on scent alone. Common sense with any kind of candle should tell you to be logic and approach caution at all times.
There are other formats available including the votive candle at £1-75 on average, and although it almost doubles the burning time of 15 hours compared to 8 for the tart, the wax tart is a lot stronger on strength. Votives are ideal if you want a light array of scent but may feel too pushed through the nose for the quantity you get. Formats available are (and prices on average without 25% season of the month discounts):
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 each.)
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)
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)
"Beach Walk" is very much an ultra smooth candle that has a lovely, spirited pervading aspect when lit and I'm positively surprised by it! In wax tart form, I find that one wax tart lasts around 4 to 5 days when lit for a couple of hours each day before it finally dies out. "Beach Walk" is different to a lot of spicy candles that Yankee Candle makes as well as the clean "linen" types that also exist. But for the fact that there are other "beach" type candles that Yankee Candle already produces, this is another one that should be considered if fruit and sea air are your thing! It may not be one that I'd buy myself but I'm not complaining that it was one that I should receive. Perfectly able to be relaxing with as well as refreshing a room for a good couple of hours, it is a scent that is weaker than "Water Garden," but definitely brings freshness apt for any bathroom with a sea design or even a bedroom. I'm happy YC didn't sample the shores of the West coast of Scotland - fish and sewage are best left on the beach and not in a candle! Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011