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One of my latest Yankee Candle shopping spree's resulted in a large box of tarts being delivered this week. When I say large, it contained 30 Yankee tarts at least as I went rather mad buying every single one I liked the sound of from one particular website! The one I tried first was Blueberry Scone which has also been re-released in the UK as Blueberry Muffin. I love to try Yankee's food range scents. They always sound so delicious and I always find it very interesting to see what they smell like, and of course I love to review them afterwards too! The Blueberry Muffin tart came to me packaged in the same way they all do-with tight plastic which immatates the shape of the tart itself. I made sure I smelt the tart while still in the wrapper and although I could smell something relatively sweet smelling, I couldn't pick up any particular scent at this stage. However I know from experience that this is never an indication of the scent or it's power as many times this stage is very decieving! As always, I recommend that the wrapping is removed with scissors over the sink or bin. This is because when you remove the tart from the plastic it often sheds tiny pieces of wax which is such a pain to remove from work surfaces or tables etc. I always do it this way but on this occasion was being lazy and of course managed to get lots of tiny pieces of wax all over my kitchen counter top and when I tried to remove it with the sponge (which was damp) it stuck to the top and took ages to remove-so learn from my mistake Yankee lovers! The tart is a lovely deep blue colour and the label is gold trimmed with a beautiful and tasy looking picture of a blueberry muffin. The wax tart itself smelt very sweet once out of the wrapper and I was interested to note it was like when you actually bake-the mixture you have mixed up smells sweet and yummy but not at all like the baking or finished scent! This tart was like doing my own home baking! After half an hour or so the tart was fully melted in the burner and was releasing it's scent. My partner was in the room while I was burning this and we weren't sure what to make of it-we have decided it's 'marmite'. I can immagine some people will love it and some will hate it! The smell is exactly as if you are baking blueberry muffins! The tarts scent captures that baking time perfectly as your kitchen fills with the mix of dough baking and the blueberries. At some points it's delicious and mouth watering and at other points it's sickly and breath taking, but not in a good way. As far as it's strength goes this was a very average tart, it wasn't the best or strongest but it wasn't the weakest either. It filled our kicthen and attached playroom very evenly and strongly and as the time ticked away the scent continued to develop and gain strength but evenly so that it wasn't odd standing in different parts of the room. The scent did drift through the corridoor to the front door and up the stairs but it wasn't traceable in any of the other rooms in the house. Considering some tarts fill my whole house this only meant it gets an 'average' rating for strength from me. As the time and strength developed I noticed that the scent did morph from the sickly, sticky dough type smell to the yummy home baking blueberry smell. It wasn't hard to be around but it wasn't something I could sit surrounded by all day. All this said I did like the smell as a baker myself I love smelling that scent that comes out of the oven so it really satisfied my inner baker! I was a little disappointed to note though that the blueberry aspect was less dominant than expected and it actually smelt very similar to other 'home baking' Yankee tarts. Yankee Candle say that you get approximately 8 hours of scent from their tarts. I have found this to vary hugely as some you can get much much more. This tart was very disappointing thoug. I only got one tea-light's worth from it before it stopped giving out any scent level at all. One tea-light has approximately 4 hours worth so this tart severley under performed on that side of things. This tart cost me 95p when bought online and that is quite normal when buying tarts online. Store retailers sell Yankee tarts for between £1.10 and £1.40 when they are the current range and therefore I only purchase mine online. Overall I sadly can't give this tart more than 3.5 stars. I wouldn't say I disliked the scent but it wasn't my favourite and I doubt I would buy it again in a hurry. It's cost was quite good but considering it only lasted for 4 hours it doesn't class as good value for money even though it's less than £1. I recommend others try this tart as it's got some really nice elements to it's scent but I personally don't think it had enough of the 'wow' factor for me!
For quite a while now, I've been reading with interest Nars reviews on Yankee Candles. They've always sounded divine, and I vowed that, should I be able to afford it at some point, I'd treat myself to some of these lovely sounding candles . As luck would have it, I got a job in early october - only part time, but enough to gove me a few spare pennies for some little luxuries, and one of my treats to myself was a blueberry scone scented votice candle, which cost me £1.80 for a 1.75 oz candle. I opted for this particular scent as it sounded really appealing - I love the smell that fills the house whenever I bake, and this sounded like a fantastic way of getting the same scent effect without getting out the scales. This scent is also available in the housewarmer jars, although as these are quite expensive, I thought a small sampler candle would be better until I was certain I liked the scent . Removing the plastic wrapping (in fact even before removing it) I could already smell the candle - very fruity, with something almost vanilla like alongside the clearly identifiable blueberry smell . The candle itself is a deep blue, almost heading into purple, with a nice length of wick that I trimmed to size (1/8 of an inch is the recommended wick length while burning). I did notice happily that thewick was firmly attached in place, and seemed well centred in the candle - I've had so many cheap candles that do not burn evenly due to misplaced wicks. Lighting this, after popping it onto a candle plate, I wasn't prepared, despite reading reviews, for how amazing the scent would be . It smelled lovely unlit, but when it started to burn it was out of this world - smelling almost exactly like a freshly baked blueberry muffin. And this was a very strong smell, almost immediately filling the room, and within a few minutes filling the rest of the house too . Wherever you went, you could smell the rich baking smell - in fact, after burning the candle for only a few minutes, I decided to put it out, as the smell had already filled the house, and was delighted to see that being lit had made barely a dent in the level of wax in the candle . The packaging claims that this small candle can give up to 15 hours of burn time - and I can certainly believe that. The smell lingered for ages - hours later, and my house still smelt wonderful - my boyfriend commented on the smell as soon as he walked through the door six hours later. I've lit this candle a few times since - again finding that a few minutes is enough to scent my house for a good few hours, and can actually see this lasting me a good long time - especially as I've already gone and purchased some other sampler sized candles to try. I'm very impressed with these candles - they are certainly quite expensive in comparison to some others, but the sheer level of fragrance, and the accuracy of the scents is worth the price .
Yankee Candle produce scented candles in a wide range of sizes and smells, from florals to fruits and baked goods. They're readily available online, on stalls in shopping centres and in some stores (I often see them in gift shops) and although they seem rather expensive, are definitely worth it in terms of quality. This candle is a votive in the blueberry scone scent. Votives are small sample size candles. They are a cylinder shape about 4cm in diameter and 6cm tall, weighing approximately 50g and cost £1.60. The burn time is around 15 hours and are a good way to see if you like a scent before purchasing a larger more expensive candle. I like them as they mean that I can have lots of different scents instead of sticking with just one. You need to place the votice in a holder rather than on a plate or on nothing at all. They melt outwards to this stops them making a mess as they burn. The candles are attractive and a nice votive holder makes them a lovely decorative item. The candle is a dark blue colour which reminds me of blueberries- very appropriate for the scent. The scent is a gorgeous blueberry jam with a hint of fresh baked goods underneath. The jam smells warm, sticky and delicious, and the overall scent is very inviting and homey. It's perfect for a cozy atmosphere. The scent has a good throw once the candle is lit, being strong enough to fill a reasonably sized room. It also lingers after the candle is extinguished. The burn time was a little over the advertised 15 hours so I definitely got good value. This is one of my favourite scents from Yankee Candle and I definitely would recommend it.