“ Brand: Yankee Candle / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
Yankee Candle Cafe au Lait Sampler
I bought this sampler from yankeedoodle.co.uk early last year and I had been putting off using it as I thought it would smell very strongly of coffee and that it would be bitter - I actually love the scent of coffee but I don't think it would make for a fantastic room/candle scent although with this candle I was very pleasantly surprised!
- About the product
Each Yankee Candle sampler comes shrink wrapped with an image on the front to depict the scent of the sampler. The image on the front of this sampler is that of a foaming mug of coffee. The sampler candles are expected to burn for a maximum of 15 hours and they are made of paraffin wax I believe (soy wax for candles would be better though).
- Using the candle, scent, throw and longevity
I use this candle as I do with all Yankee Candle samplers; I cut the wick to 0.5cm (apparently this is the best length) and I light the wick - obviously caution must be taken when using lighters/matches. This sampler, along with a few Yankee candle samplers, did take a little bit longer than I would have liked for the scent to become noticeable. With this sampler the scent became noticeable after about half an hour burning. I put off burning this sampler for a while as I thought it would smell very strongly of coffee (which I do like, but others in the house do not). But the scent is not very strong which may be a positive point for some and a negative for others. The scent, in my opinion, is just gorgeous! It smells like creamy coffee and it has a scent of chocolate to it as well which I love.
The scent is not overly strong; in fact I wish this scent was stronger as it is so nice and a bit too subtle. The scent is not bitter either; it smells creamy and gorgeous - like a creamy latte with a dusting of chocolate powder! After about an hour and a half the scent is definitely noticeable (and divine) but it is definitely not overpowering or bitter. The scent dispersion is good but not great and the strength of the scent is also good but would prefer the scent to be stronger. This sampler didn't last that long because I was burning it for long periods of time each time I used it so it only lasted about ten hours. Overall, the scent is gorgeous and the strength/dispersion of the scent is good - but I wish the scent wasn't as subtle as it is.
- Price and availability
I bought this sampler from yankeedoodle.co.uk some time last year and it was approximately £1 which I think is a good price for a Yankee candle sampler candle. This candle/scent can be purchased online and it comes in sampler and jar form although unfortunately this candle/scent is not widely available.
*Gorgeous scent - creamy coffee with a hint of chocolate!
*Not bitter or overly strong
*Good scent strength and throw/dispersion
*Packaging and cheap when on offer
*Scent is a bit too subtle
Thank you for reading my review
I adore the smell of coffee and always have done so when I received a Cafe au Lait wax tart in a mixed bundle from Yankee Doodle I was so excited that I couldn't wait to burn it. A wax tart, for the uninitiated, is a circular piece of wax which you use in a tart burner, there's no wick so you need to light a tealight underneath the burner which will melt the wax and release the (usually) wonderful fragrance of Yankee Candle. Wax tarts are definitely the way to go in my opinion as they are not only an affordable way of trying out new fragrances but also allow you to swap and change the perfume of your house in short eight hour cycles rather than having to wait for an incredibly long 130 hours to finish off a large jar. This is one of those times when I thank the lord for £1.20 wax tarts (albeit mine was part of a multi-buy) as based on the name of this particular fragrance I'd have happily splashed out the £16 price tag for a jar - and then I'd have been exceedingly cross with myself because I simply don't like it!
I'd been expecting a rich coffee fragrance; I knew cinnamon was involved as there was a picture of it on the label of the tart, this was a huge bonus for me as I love the smell of cinnamon as much as I love the smell of coffee so although I couldn't detect it when sniffing the solid tart I was really looking forward to it bursting forth from a coffee-shop style fragrance once I started burning the tart. Hmmmm.
What I got was completely different. I burned the tart in my swanky electric tart burner which doesn't need a tealight and will continue to heat the tart until I switch it off, I had found Cafe au Lait tarts being sold cheaply on Amazon in batches so decided to burn the tart for the full eight hours in one go so I could order a batch at a bargainous price if (and as I thought, when) I realised it was the best Yankee Candle fragrance I had ever experienced. For starters it took absolutely ages for any fragrance at all to come through, I knew it was trying as when I went over to check that the burner was working I could get a faint whiff of coffee as I got near it and when I peeked over the edge I saw the wax had melted fully. But more than a few yards away from the burner there was nothing - not at all what I have come to expect from Yankee Candle.
After a long while the fragrance did start to permeate the room and it was reasonably pleasant; it's not a particularly fresh or rich coffee aroma but has a creaminess than makes it much more like Cafe au Lait than Espresso as although you can't smell milk in the tart it has the lightness of a milky coffee as opposed to a rich steaming shot of something more spectacular. The problem lies herein; a coffee home fragrance needs to have some ooomph, it should be welcoming to visitors and billow around your house as the aroma does when you're using a fancy coffee machine - this one doesn't, it sort of gloops around in the air and hangs as if the tart can't wait to be switched off again. It's a dull fragrance, even the faint hit of cinnamon doesn't refresh it or turn it into anything more interesting and is so barely there that Yankee Candle needn't have even bothered including it in my opinion.
Oh, after a time Cafe au Lait does morph into something a little different however. A couple of hours after the insipid but pleasant coffee fragrance starts making itself known (and just as my nose gets used to it) it's replaced by the most awful bitter smell which continues to smell like coffee, only the worst coffee in the world. I borrowed a coffee bean roasting machine once from a friend as I was curious about it, not being familiar with the machine I over-roasted a small batch of beans and the absolute STENCH of the bitter period of the tart was very much like the smell of the beans. Acrid and harsh, a complete change from any other Yankee Candle variety I've used before - and wholly unwelcome in my house! I let it continue to burn and the smell did mellow slightly (although was still horrible!) but intensified so much that eventually I had to give in and switch the burner off, when I went upstairs and noticed every room smelled of this awful burned fragrance I realised it wasn't a good tart as the nice period had been so much weaker in intensity that I could smell it only in the room where it was burning.
As much as I love coffee fragrances I can't recommend this tart, not at all. I've since used Hazelnut Coffee which is far nicer, but even so isn't a patch on what I wanted and expected my house to smell of after burning it. Obviously my main issue with Cafe au Lait is the horrible latter stage fragrance, but even without that 'delightful' stage I still couldn't say I'd ever purchase it again as it was overall a very disappointing offering from Yankee Candle - I have used it since after finding the same tart in another mixed bundle (this time from Ebay) with the exact same results, this time though I burned it in hour long stages and managed to avoid most of the harsher fragrance so it was a nicer experience but still disappointing in terms of the strength of the tart.
Freshly ground coffee is a smell that most people adore, an aroma that is homely and just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, my dad especially loves his coffee and so I bought this Yankee Candle in mind for him.
The tart in question is a rich brown in colour, the packaging shows a photograph of a real frothy coffee that quite frankly looks rather scrummy!
On burning this tart a real rich aroma of coffee soon filled the air, the main scent was indeed the coffee smell but I did start to detect another fragrance in the background, a hint of yummy caramel with an almost luxurious creaminess to it. This is not a yankee candle for the faint hearted as the fragrance I found to be extremely strong and after a time I must admit I started to feel quite sick as the aroma was so powerful.
I like the smell of coffee but this is a fragrance that really attacks the nostrils! At first the fragrance is lovely and warming but it soon becomes extremely overpowering. Not my favourite by yankee.
The smell of freshly ground coffee is as welcoming as that of home-made bread according to the so-called experts on those home shows you often see on television. Wanting to sell your home? Let the aroma of coffee linger in the air and you'll be fighting the buyers of your doorstep apparently. Now whilst we are not in the middle of selling our home at the moment or will be any time in the immediate future we still like to make it a welcoming place for friends and family to visit and as we are pet owners we like to make sure that our home has no trace of doggy smells around it.
Yankee candles offer a range of scented products which range from cheap wax tarts upto expensive large housewarmer candles housed in glass jars and since we discovered the range late last year have sampled a number of the choices available. The 'Cafe au Lait' was our latest acquisition and rather than fork out nearly £18.00 for a large candle which we may not like the smell of we always buy one of the wax tarts first to see if it is a fragrance that we both like. Costing just over a pound the wax tarts are exactly as shown in the picture above and Yankee claim that they generate around 8 hours worth of aroma when melted in a tart burner. As both my wife and I enjoy drinking coffee and have no objections to the smell of it this was one fragrance that we were willing to try and offered us something different from the floral or sweet smelling options that are available in the range which we normally tend to go for.
As is the case with all Yankee Candle wax tarts the aroma begins to be released after only a few minutes of being melted and this one starts off gently with a subtle coffee-smelling fragrance which is very pleasant. I imagined that this would smell quite bitter and that of coffee beans if I'm being honest and whilst there is no denying that there is coffee there it is somewhat dampened down by a sweeter hint of something sugary. Milk has no discernable aroma to it usually (unless its sour of course) so I wouldn't say this had a milky smell to it, it is perhaps more creamy than I would have imagined and if I had to liken it to a flavour that I have tasted before then it did remind me of Coffee Ice Cream which seems sensible enough given what it actually is.
Unfortunately the sweetness of this aroma gave way to something far more acrid after an hour or so and unusually for Yankee Candles this actually turned quite bitter and reminded me of over-toasted coffee beans and truth be told ended up becoming quite unpleasant (to me anyway) Maybe the fact that this one actually builds in intensity rather than lingering gently in the background lends itself to be melted in small doses I don't know, normally we will just allow the wax to continue melting and releasing its fragrance for hours on end but with this one we couldn't. This has been the first wax tart in the Yankee range which I have found to be too overpowering to be honest and I am relieved that we didn't buy this in the more expensive candle form as it wouldn't be one that I would want to burn/melt again anytime soon.
Overall this wasn't a great success as far as I'm concerned and certainly not one of my favourites from Yankee Candle, it is too strong for me and whilst it did start off pleasant enough it soon became far too intense. This along with all the wax tarts can be found online at yankeedoodle.co.uk and Amazon and tends to retail for around £1.05, it isn't one that I would buy again due to the reasons mentioned in this review but if you are a fan of *very* strong coffee then this may well appeal.
2/5 dooyoo stars from me, the first wax tart from Yankee that I wouldn't personally recommend but I would definitely try something else in the range.
Thanks for reading my review.
Apparently a survey put coffee third in the top ten fragrances loved by British people. Whilst personally I don't mind the smell of coffee, I wouldn't say it's one of my favourite fragrances and I wasn't really sure whether I wanted my home to smell of it.
When I received the Yankee Candle Café au Lait wax tart in a large pack, it didn't stand out as being one I particularly wanted to try. I have, however, adopted the strategy that I will use my least favourite scents up first to get them out of the way, so that's why it was one of the first I used.
This brown disc of wax with a fluted edge is known as a wax tart, but is also sometimes referred to as wax potpourri which I think is a better way of describing its purpose. It's simply a small circle of fragranced wax - the same wax Yankee make their candles with - but it doesn't have a wick, and the idea is that you melt it in a tart burner (also available from Yankee Candle with prices starting around £5) and the fragrance will fill your home.
One of the main benefits of these is that they are very cheap, usually retailing between 95p and £1.10, so they give you a way of trying a fragrance before deciding if you want to splash out the full £8 plus on a candle of the same scent. Personally I like to try lots of different fragrances rather than stick with one all the time, so these give me a good, cost effective way of doing so. I've also heard of people breaking them in two and melting two halves of different fragrances together to make their own scent, which is a clever idea but not something I've tried myself.
The Café au Lait tart has a fairly soft coffee scent with just a hint of spice. It smells slightly like coffee with a dash of cinnamon and I think the slight spiciness warms the scent and takes the edge off what could be a fairly overpowering fragrance.
The wax takes around 10-15 minutes to melt and the scent of this one fills the room quickly. I have used tarts in the past that were very strong smelling and I have found them sickly, but this although strong, is not overpowering or unpleasant. I did find it to be quite a homely scent, which surprised even me. I was worried I would end up with a house smelling like a branch of Starbucks, but instead I got a gentle coffee/spice aroma that whilst filling the room, lingered gently and was not imposing or overpowering. It smelled to me warm and quite comforting. I originally placed the tart burner on my dining table, but on my second burning of the tart moved it to the kitchen which I felt was more appropriate and is where I would choose to place it for future uses.
These Yankee tarts can be burned more than once, and each one, despite being only 22g each will provide up to 8 hours of fragrance which makes them excellent value. Saying that, I have found that the tarts begin to lose their scents after a while, so you will get a stronger scent when it is first used.
Overall, I found this to be another of the Yankee tarts which I was pleasantly surprised by. The thought of a coffee scented fragrance didn't really appeal to me at all, but the scent was much nicer than I expected and the hint of spice really made it stand out for me. It's still not my favourite of the Yankee scents, but I would buy it again - perhaps not in the form of an expensive jar candle, but I'd happily buy another tart or small votive candle.
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