=Yankee Candle Blissful Autumn=
I never really go looking for a certain fragrance if I have not tried it before, as I like the element of surprise, and whilst doing some Christmas shopping, I noticed this in a gift shop, and being as it was the Autumn / Winter season, I couldn't leave it on the shelf.
I brought the Wax tart and paid 62p for it, so was pleased with that.
Yankee say that you get 8 hours burning time for the wax tart, which I have found to be about right, although I cheat and break my tart in half to get twice the benefit.
The tart comes on a shrink wrapped clear cover, and has a top sticker, which has Yankee Candle, the name of the fragrance, and a picture, this one has some leaves and fruit on it.
The rear sticker, has the contact details for Yankee as well as the how to use instructions.
=Yankee describe the fragrance as...=
Smelling like crisp autumn ait, and that it has woody notes and well of those of orchard fruit breezes.
I always have difficulty getting the plastic wrapper off so I snip it with scissors, the tart is a deep lilac in colour, to me seems an odd colour choice, bearing in mind the picture they use. I break mine in half, and use one and add the other half to the collection box (old ice-cream container)
Once the wax had started to melt, there was no real aroma in the air, the aroma only came into the equation when the wax was melted and hot, and then it was not too strong, it had a fresh smell to it, and I could identify a woody smell from the first set of the aroma then about 30 minutes later, the smell changed slightly and I got a fruit smell, it wasn't like a fresh fruit, it reminded me of dried fruit. I will say that it felt to the season, and that was a bonus to the candle.
I usually burn mine for about 2 hours at a time, after that I only really noticed the aroma for about an hour, it was quite a mild smell, one that just blends into the background.
=To Sum Up=
It was a nice aroma, typical of what I would associate with the season, dried fruits, collecting logs, but it was a mild aroma to it.
=Would I buy again=
If it was on offer I would buy it again but just the odd one if I knew that I didn't want a strong smell, then this fits the bill. I would only buy the tart, for me it doesn't warrant being upgraded to a candle for the house.
Tarts - 22grams burn time of 8 hours around £1 to £1.50
Sampler Candle - 32 grams - burn time 12/15 hours £1.30 to £2.00
Small Glass Jar, - 3.7oz (140 grams) - burn time of 25/40 hours around £10
Medium Glass Jar - 14.5oz (411 grams) burn time of 65/90 hours around £15
Large Glass Jar - 22oz (630grams ) burn time of 110/150 hours - around £20
A couple of weeks ago I came across a gift shop which was selling the yankee candle wax tarts for £1 each, and I decided to stock up. The usual retail price is around the £1.20 mark so obviously it wasn't a huge saving, and the full price is still exceptionally good value for money as each tart provides on average eight hours of fragrance.
Amongst the different fragrances that I decided to buy was this one - blissful autumn. I chose it mainly because the name intrigued me and I didn't really have a clue what to expect. My wax tart came wrapped in clear cellophane and a small paper label was included with the fragrance name and a picture of some leaves and fruit.
The cellophane was very easy to remove and once I had unwrapped it I simply popped it into my tart burner and put a tea light underneath. As many people who are fans of yankee candles will know, wax tarts do not have wicks so you need to melt them. You should only do this in a tart burner. The wax doesn't take long at all before it begins to melt and the fragrance is soon noticeable.
Yankee candle describe the fragrance as smelling like crisp autumn air. They state that it has woody notes along with notes of orchard fruit breezes. It is a very fresh and woody scent and although I don't usually like woody scents this one has got fruity notes which balance it out nicely.
It definitely isn't sweet at all though so I think that it may not appeal to everyone and at first I was a little disappointed but the fragrance has grown on me and I quite like it now but not enough that I'd buy it again. It did make my house smell nice and fresh especially because of the floral notes in it but it's not very strong and it doesn't make my home feel warm or cosy which is something that I like fragrances to do.
The fragrance doesn't linger for very long once I have extinguished the tea light and after about an hour it is undetectable which isn't a huge issue but its worth noting that most of the other yankee candle fragrances linger for hours even after the tea light has been extinguished.
Three out of five stars.. I won't be buying it again.
Soon to be a retired fragrance, "A Blissful Autumn" was among a number of wax tarts I recently bought during an online sale. I didn't expect much from this one but at 80p rather than £1.25 I figured it would be a cheap way of fragrancing my home without having to resort to propriety air fresheners that can be cloying or artificial smelling. Since discovering Yankee's range of products a number of years ago I've burned and melted my way through literally dozens of wax tarts and candles and whilst I haven't always liked every fragrance I've experienced the good thing about Yankee, in my opinion, is that they're always consistent and always produce high quality wax products that are an effective way of making my home smell nice and welcoming.
A Blissful Autumn therefore was a bit of a no-brainer when I saw it on sale, it was something new for me to try and even if I didn't particularly like it I knew from experience that it wasn't going to be terrible. Yankee describe the scent as being "Reminiscent of crisp autumn air with orchard fruit breezes ... blissfully brisk and woody" which is pretty much accurate although it wasn't the strongest smelling fragrance I've ever had from Yankee nor was it the longest lasting. The mottled blue/green wax in its solid state didn't reveal too much about the fragrance within, sometimes with a Yankee tart you can get a good idea how it's going to be before it melts but with A Blissful Autumn it simply emanated a subtle, light aroma that took a good 15-20 minutes to get going. It is a light fragrance even as a liquid, the idea behind a wax tart being that they are melted on a tart burner by means of a tea light rather than burning a wick as usually found in a traditional candle, and whilst there wasn't anything particularly 'wrong' with this one it was by no means the most interesting fragrance I've ever had.
Yankee tend to categorise fragrances, some are "woody" others "floral", "fruit" etc and this one in my opinion probably falls into the "nature" or "air" category, it is a breezy scent, tinged with very faint fruity/floral top notes and very subtle, light woody undertone that I assume was added to try and give the fragrance some depth but overall it's perhaps a little too light and a little too airy to have any great staying power or impact. It's nice, but nice isn't exciting and the problem with the lighter fragrances that Yankee produce is that they generally don't last very long. This is definitely the case with A Blissful Autumn and rather than having a good 8-10 hours worth of fragrance from my wax tart I stopped noticing its fragrance after 5 hours or so which made it rather disappointing and only just about good value for the money I paid for mine. It does probably suit the time of year it was produced for and maybe at the back end of Summer, early Autumn it would provide some ambience on a balmy warm evening but for me it was a little too wishy-washy and not one that I'd want to buy again. Being an upcoming retiring fragrance I can't see that it's going to be missed by many people and whilst still readily available at the moment I don't think it particularly worth buying before it disappears from stockists.
For a cheap purchase it was fine, it provided some fragrance and it smelled OK but it's nothing special and there are much better examples of seasonal releases that offer a stronger and longer-lasting room fragrancing experience. Soon to be gone and will be pretty much forgotten I would imagine, A Blissful Autumn gets an underwhelming 2 stars as a rating from me, thanks for reading my review.
The other week prior to moving into my new home I went out and bought a few essential items of course and some Yankee tarts were high on my list of things I needed so whilst in Homebase. I had a bit of a stock up as the tarts are only about a pound each which I think is excellent value for money.
The packaging of the Yankee Tarts is very simple indeed. On the front of the see through plastic packaging it has an autumn looking sort of scene shown with apples and pears and what not on it and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by then on the back there is a small label and on that diagrams are shown showing us do's and dont's, the size is stated which is 32g, we are told the burn time is 8 hours and contact details for Yankee are given. The wrapper is easy to tear off and this is available in candles of different sizes too that cost up to £20.00 as well!
The Wax Tart:
The wax tart is a round thick lump of lilac coloured wax with Yankee engraved to the top of it and fluted edges. You can use the whole thing in an oil burner with a tealight under it or easily snap it into pieces so you can use less of it or mix it with a different Yankee tart to mix the scent up should you want to.
This melts quickly into a pool of liquid and releases a nice subtle scent of apples and pears which smell fresh and fruity and rather natural however there is a really woody undertone to this. I did think that this would release a stronger scent which it doesn't like I say it is quite subtle. I do like it but would appreciate a bit of a stronger fragrance to this one really. It is very pleasant though and I did get just over a total of 8 hours burn time from it to which I burnt in my bathroom over a few days, it hardens back up when not in use as well of course so you can use it again when you want to.
I didn't find this to scent my whole home really and for me although I liked it well enough and it was great quality its a bit too subtle for me and not my top choice though!
Available from all outlets such as Homebase and Clinton Cards and do Google if interested and of course it is available from Yankeecandle.com
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Yankee's Blissful Autumn wax tart was one I picked up in my local branch of Collectables recently whilst snapping up some half-price Christmas tarts. Blissful Autumn was not reduced as obviously it wasn't part of the Christmas range, but it is actually one of Yankee's newer scents and when I spot a new one which looks appealing, I like to try it. And so despite this wax tart being full price (£1.20) I purchased one along with my bargain buys.
This wax tart appealed to me right away as soon as I spotted it, as not only is blue my favourite colour but its name 'Blissful Autumn' conjured up thoughts of maybe a woody scent which I would like.
I held the tart up to my nose in the shop whilst still in its wrapping and my first thoughts were ones of slight disappointment, as although the fragrance was attractive, it wasn't very strong.
Undeterred by this however, I made my purchase, as there have been occasions when I have purchased wax tarts which don't seem very strong initially, but turn out to be totally adequate when melting. I have experienced a couple of disappointing fragrances but these seem to be few and far between and so I remained positive about Blissful Autumn.
Yankee describe Blissful Autumn as being reminiscent of crisp autumn air with orchard fruit breezes...blissfully brisk and woody.
Now this is a description I would go along with, as it certainly is a woody fragrance and there is most definitely a slight fruity scent there too.
With my Blissful Autumn wax tart not smelling so strong before I came to use it, I did wonder what its longevity would be like and whether or not I would achieve the 8 hours of fragrance which Yankee state you can expect from a wax tart. Only very rarely have I found I achieved under the 8 hours of fragrance. Indeed most Yankee tarts give me over the 8 hours I have found.
After placing the tart in my burner and lighting a tealight underneath, it was a few minutes before I detected the scent beginning to appear as the wax melted.
My favourite Yankee fragrances seem to be masculine, very often reminding me of aftershave with woody, spicy fragrances and my other favourites are fruity scents, so I thought Blissful Autumn would be an ideal fragrance for me as a combination of both.
The fragrance from my wax tart as it began to melt was really nice. I thought I detected a slight scent of apple and pear but it was overall a lovely woody scent which I was enjoying as it filled the air. Although not as strong as many others I have used, it was adequate and I allowed the tealight to burn out which was around 3 hours.
It was when I came to light another tealight the next evening that I thought the fragrance was weakening and by the next evening it was barely evident when I lit a third tealight. Indeed it was a struggle to eke out 8 hours of fragrance from this tart. I would say I enjoyed around 4 - 5 hours of decent fragrance from this one and a further couple of hours of a weaker fragrance, before I could no longer smell it in the air at all as it rapidly seemed to vanish after 7 hours.
Although I liked the scent of Blissful Autumn it could do with being a stronger fragrance then maybe it would give greater longevity. The strength of fragrance does let this one down a little.
I would maybe purchase this one again, but it would not be one of my first choices as I like to get as much fragrance as possible for my money. If I saw it reduced in price then I would purchase it again, but if full price then there are others which are far better value for money in my opinion.
By buying a wax tart or a votive from Yankee you are also getting the chance to sample the fragrance and see if you like it before buying the more expensive scented glass jars. I personally recommend you do this, as by buying this Blissful Autumn wax tart for instance, I now know that I would never purchase it in glass jar format due to the below average strength of fragrance.
The usual price of the wax tarts vary between £1.20 - £1.30 and they are available to buy online from Yankee outlets as well as Amazon and also from card and gift retailers.
I own a ridiculous amount of wax tarts belonging to the American company named Yankee Candle and will burn scents dependent upon my mood, the weather or time of the year. My obsession for this brand began many years ago following an introduction by my sister when I would initially spend a fortune on their glass jars. However, to try and curb my spending I now opt for the wax tarts, which are affordable and enable me to try out a fragrance without parting with too much cash. One of my purchases during the end of last year was named Blissful Autumn with this review discussing my thoughts.
The 22g circular wax tarts, which measure 5½ cm in diameter, are very appealing to the eye with their pretty fluted edges that remind me of the shape created by a pastry cutter used for home made jam tarts. They are always adorned with an eye-catching label to illustrate the fragrance contained within and as the name Blissful Autumn would suggest, we are presented with a colourful image of several fruits. The wax offers a pale shade of blue, which I wouldn't particularly associate with the Autumnal months.
One of the reasons why I am so obsessed with this delightful American brand is due to the authenticity and strength of the scent offered by the majority of their candles. Whilst cheaper brands generally deliver an undesirable artificial fragrance, Yankee Candle always use pure and natural extracts to create a high quality and long lasting aroma. All of the candle tarts are tightly shrink wrapped with a fairly thick transparent plastic and to open, I use the point of a sharp knife. The fragrance of Blissful Autumn is evident the moment the wrapper is removed with the most obvious scent being a delightful blend of warming spices.
Whilst I would previously burn the wax tart in its entirety, I now opt to use only half with the wax being easily snapped and stored in a polythene food bag for a later use. I pop the other piece into the bowl of my oil burner and within just a few minutes the burning tea light situated below has transformed it into a pool of hot liquid. The spices seemed to have taken a background seat, which I found rather disappointing, as the most evident aroma was of pears. Whilst I cannot admit to the aroma being undesirable or artificial, I am not keen on the fragrance of pears, as it reminds me of my school days where a friend of mine would constantly be chomping on pear drops and I've detested the aroma ever since.
I generally find that when in use, Yankee Candle tarts generally represent the identical aroma as witnessed through the packaging, but this one was entirely different. Within a few minutes of burning an overwhelming sweetness became apparent, which I found rather sickly, as it seemed to take over and mask the spices, which were fairly delicate to begin with. In addition, the sweetness, which reminded me of candy floss, was intermingled with the aroma of ginger and whilst I sound like a real old moaner, this is another fragrance that I dislike. It is very rare that I blow out a tea light prior to it burning out naturally, but I could no longer tolerate the aroma delivered by Blissful Autumn.
As a result, I cannot speak of the longevity of the scent although I would hazard a guess that it would meet Yankee Candle's claim of eight hours. As you have probably guessed, I will not be repurchasing Blissful Autumn, as I was really disappointed although the sweetness and ginger may appeal to others. I found the entire scent totally confusing and I still cannot understand how the combination of weird scents can be associated with the Autumn months. You can purchase this wax tart at all good Yankee Candle stockists where it will cost you between 99p and £1.35. Due to the reasons discussed above, I can award only one star.
A few weeks ago I received a thankyou gift from O2 for being with them on contract for a year. I had a choice of £10 gift vouchers and one of these included Debenhams. Having recently discovered Yankee candles I decided to head down to my local branch and pick a selection. I tend to burn wax tarts rather than the candles themselves as they are cheaper and mean that I can experiment with the different scents and if I don't like one it's not an expensive loss. One of the ones that I chose was the Blissful Autumn scent, which has been newly released for this year.
If you're not familiar with Yankee candles, wax tarts are basically small circular pieces of wax with a fluted edge, rather like a tart you'd bake in the oven. Unlike conventional candles they have no wick and so have to be placed in a tart burner to melt and release their fragrance. At around £1.20 Wax tarts are much cheaper than full sized candles and allow you to try fragrances without making a commitment. Each wax tart releases around 8 hours of fragrance.
The Blissful Autumn tart is a blue, almost purple colour and has pictures of various orchard fruits on the front. Yankee describe this scent as reminiscent of crisp autumn air with orchard fruit breezes ... blissfully brisk and woody. The tart comes in a clear cellophane wrap. Smelling this through the wrap doesn't give much away - it just smells sweet. I tend to burn tarts for a couple of hours in the evening whilst relaxing in front of the tv. This tart takes around 15 minutes to melt and forms the most beautiful deep blue pool of wax. It does take a while for the scent to carry around the room and about 30 minutes the fragrance started to waft around the room.
The scent is one that I would describe as quite fruity but it has quite a strong tang to it and smells rather like fizzy lemon sherbets. It is really quite lovely. The first time I burnt this I had a friend over for dinner and she commented on how nice it smelled. There is a definite woodiness to the scent which cuts through the sweetness. This is perfect for me as I don't like overly sweet, fruity scents. As lovely as it smells I'm not sure that I would associate this smell with autumn though!
Unfortunately though, the scent just isn't strong enough for my liking. It takes an age to waft around the room and even though I sit only a couple of metres away from the tart burner I struggle to smell much of it. It's only when I get really close to the burner that I can really smell this. It really is a shame as close to the tart burner the smell is really crisp and tangy. It's strange then that once I stop burning the tart that the scent really does intensify. The next morning when I walked into my living room I could definitely smell the sweet fizziness of this scent and even when I came home from work later that evening there was still some of the scent lingering in the air.
Overall I do quite like this recent release from Yankee. The scent is really quite nice, and although I'd like it to be stronger when burning it does intensify over the course of a few hours. It's one that is best suited to burn if I'm spending the day indoors rather than in the evening as I don't really get to enjoy the fragrance. I'd give this a middle of the road 3 stars.
Blissful Autumn was released by USA candle company Yankee Candle for the Autumn 2012 season so is a fairly recent release. Yankee Candle offer this scent in various formats which should suit all budgets including jars, tealights, votives and wax tarts.
The cheapest way to experience Blissful Autumn is by purchasing a 22g wax tart. A wax tart is a disc of scented wax which should be melted in a tart burner. Blissful Autumn is a blue/purple colour and when you purchase it, it is wrapped in clear plastic. The label adorning the packaging illustrates fruit and Autumn leaves. Each tart should offer at least 8 hours of scent.
Yankee describe the scent of Blissful Autumn as 'Reminiscent of crisp Autumn air with orchard fruit breezes..blissfully brisk and woody'.
Wax tarts retail between £1.00 and £1.20. Blissful Autumn will be available from local Yankee stockists. It is also available online from outlets such as eBay, Amazon, www,yankeescents4.com and other good Yankee stockists.
Being a huge Yankee Candle fan, I have purchased all of the new releases in tart format. Some I have liked, others I have not been so keen on. I would say I have mixed feelings regarding the Autumn 2012 releases. Perhaps this is because I find the Autumn season to be a little boring but who knows! I liked the description of Blissful Autumn and snapped up a tart as part of a wholesale deal. I would recommend buying a tart to ensure you like the actual scent as jars can work out costly.
I normally melt my wax tarts in my living room area and this one was no exception. Blissful Autumn gives off a deep fruity scent when unwrapped. Once I had lit the first tealight, the tart quickly melted to form a pool of deep blue liquid. Blissful Autumn is a fairly powerful scent which quickly filters around the immediate area. I noticed it travelled around our flat and could be detected in most rooms albeit, at different levels of strength. It quickly eliminated any homely odours.
Personally, I am not a massive fan of Blissful Autumn. It is all good being a strong scent but I found that there was too much going on at anyone time with this scent. This was more noticeable due to how highly scented the tart is and if had been a little less powerful, it may not have came across in the same way. I couldn't really get used to the scent at all though others may feel differently.
I wouldn't say Blissful Autumn offered a 'crisp' scent - personally I found it to be quite a cold scent. I like wax tarts to offer a warm, inviting ambience or at least be refreshing but this was neither. The fruity 'orchard' element of the scent was pleasant enough with hints of pear coming through. I would have appreciate a little more fruitiness. The woody element made me think of out walking in the woods - a generic, non descript aroma. Mixed with the pear, it didn't appear to be a very good combination for a home scented product and was simply too muddled.
The scent drained quickly from this tart and was almost gone before the 8 hours were up. This is definitely a mixed scent and not one which I would purchase in jar format. I simply couldn't get used to the pear/woody combination or the way it made my home feel cold.
Thanks for reading x
Originally written for ciao Sept. 2012.