“ Brand: Yankee Candle / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
"Candied Apple" was a Yankee fragrance I bought in a recent bundle of wax tarts from the Yankeedoodle website, with Summer just about gone and Autumn and Winter fast approaching I chose a selection of scents that I thought would be suitable for the cooler evenings and Candied Apple appealed to me simply because of its name.
As illustrated in the accompanying picture the blood red coloured wax is certainly eye-catching and as usual for me and my obsession with Yankee products I chose to buy this particular fragrance as a wax tart as I think they offer exceptional value for money given that they're designed to release around 8 hours worth of fragrance and cost a little over one pound each.
Candied Apple is available in all wax formats with the wax tart variation being at the cheaper end of the scale and shares the same attributes as every other wax tart in Yankee's collection. It's a flat, fluted-edge piece of fragranced wax which is designed to be melted in a tart burner, the cellophane wrapper is easily removed and once it's had a few minutes to get warm and start melting it begins to release its fragrance. I imagined that this one was going to remind me of Toffee Apples, Yankee describes it as being "From the county fair - crisp red apples coated with a mix of melted sugar, orange, pear and vanilla" and after around 10 to 15 minutes it became obvious that this is what Yankee were trying to replicate with this one.
It's a very sweet fragrance at the start, I've tried a number of Yankee fragrances that feature sugar and often find that its inclusion can be a little harsh as it can dominate a little too much and swamp the other notes but with this one it soon settles to become a supporting fragrance rather than anything too overpowering. Vanilla is a mainstay in a lot of Yankee fragrances so its inclusion here wasn't too much of a surprise as it blends well with the sugar and gives and almost-caramel like fragrance that definitely appealed to me and my sweet tooth. The fruity inclusions of Apple, Orange and Pear are rather jumbled though and I couldn't really detect them as individual fragrances, instead the Apple seemed to be the one that was most noticeable and blended perfectly with the sugary highlights making this an all-round delicious fragrance that became very obvious in my living room.
I do think that this one might be a little too sweet for some, my wax tart was rather strong for the first hour I have to admit but it certainly put me in mind of Autumn when the seasons change and the nights become darker earlier. I do think it's a night time scent rather than one for during the day as it lends itself well to be used whilst the heating is on and you're getting ready for an evening at home and having mine in my living room certainly created a warm and cosy atmosphere over the course of a couple of nights. My only concern with this one is its longevity as it did seem to peak very early and instead of getting over 8 hours worth of fragrance from mine it seemed to lose all of its intensity after 5 hours or so. This is quite disappointing I have to admit as I did like the fragrance it provided but after its rather obvious start it dampened down quite quickly and left me wanting more. I may have just been unlucky with mine, there have been many occasions where I've had a number of wax tarts that have varied in strength and this one might have been either old stock or just a bit of a dud, I'd definitely buy Candied Apple again though as I do think it's worth a second chance to see if it can reach its full potential and it would be a fragrance that I recommend to others especially if they enjoy the sweeter and fruitier fragrances that Yankee have to offer.
Overall I would say it's one to look out for, it's a perfect Autumn fragrance I think and one that should appeal to many Yankee fans. I can't award a five star rating for mine though as I did feel a little let down by its longevity but it's still a fragrance I would buy again so 4 stars as a rating seems fair to me, thanks for reading my review.
When it comes to Yankee products I really am a huge fan of them as a rule. Not only do they do lots and lots of scents which are usually very natural smelling but they do a wide range of sized candles, home diffusers and my personal favourite.....wax tarts.
I always buy wax tarts as I find them to be such exceptional value for money and that with a burn time on average of 8 hours for about £1.20 on average per tart I can swap and change as often as I like without making a big commitment to one particular scent however if I really do like it I can go out and but a more expensive candle which can range in prices up to about £18.99!
This one I bought just before Christmas and I got it on offer in a store for 99p. It came in the usual see though plastic wrapping with a label on the front of it telling me it was Yankee Candle Candied Apple and then on the back of it we are told some don'ts/warnings via little diagramns and so on and contact details for Yankee are given. The wrapper comes off with real ease and I find the packaging to be informative enough.
Well the wax tart is just that really, a thickish lump of wax in a round shape with fluted edges. You can put this directly into an oil burner, if you have a small burner snap it with ease and use a little of it or you can pop a little of say this tart and another to make up your own, more unique scented blend.
This wax tart is a rich red in colour, melts in a couple of minute giving us a pool of red, transparent liquid. With this one though I have to admit to feeling a little disppointment. I had to get up close to it to smell a sweet and natural aroma of apples, this simply didn't waft the fragrance well wnough through my flat for my liking sadly. I did find this to burn for a total time of just short of 8 hours with a Yankee unscented tealight underneath it but really I simply found the scent to weak to make my home smell nicer and fresher and out of all the Yankee wax tarts I've ever tried so far Ihis one I do find to be the most boring one!
Wouldn't bother with this one again personally and can't recommend it one bit!
Yankee candle is a very recent adventure for me, and I treat myself just before Christmas to a number of samplers (otherwise known as votive candles) on offer at buy 10 for the price of 8, or £1.60 per candle. Buying online for this is completely different to buying in a shop as you are going purely on the colour of the wax, the name, and the product description to see if it might appeal to you.
For about £1.60, and with a burn time of about 15 hours for a votive candle, I was happy to pick the ones that stood out to me. This one had a lovely picture of red succulent looking apples on the label, and was described as 'From the county fair - crisp red apples coated with a mix of melted sugar, orange, pear and vanilla.'
I liked the strong colour of the candle itself, and when it arrived in my order from Yankee direct, it was packaged in plastic to keep it fresh until my first use.
Before first use, I sniffed the candle, and I could smell a sweet scent, but it didn't have much of an apple hit if I am honest. I thought this would have become more apparent on lighting the candle, but this one is not that strong a scent at all, and rather than getting stronger after a length of time with the wax being in a melted state, I found I could only really smell it if I tried to put my nose right over the candle. I find the scent strongest just after putting out the candle, but again, only if I am sat really close. I can't really detect any orange in there - a slight hint of pear, and the vanilla seems evident in the sweeter candles I have tried.
I am a bit disappointed in this one and it is not one I can see me trying out again when this one is used up. I notice that currently it is unavailable in any size apart from the medium jar with a price of £15.45 and a burn time of 65-90 hours. Yankee.co.uk only have the smaller wax tart, at £1.15. There is no format of this fragrance available from Yankee central. So, it is out there if you want to buy it, but to be honest, I don't really think it is worth it. I find this one a bit artificial in the fruitiness, and I would rather spend my cash on something that is better at releasing the scent.
Christmas 2010 is a year that I won't forget in a hurry! Nine candle jars were collected given as gifts from friends and family to the point that out of the nine jars, I had to give away two as last minute Christmas gifts to other friends who weren't in the know about Yankee Candle products. Up until now I've been burning a few wax tarts alongside Christmas range candles in the home, awaiting the new season weather wise and trying to dodge "Welcome Christmas," whilst my favourite candle that seems to be out of stock at the moment, "Pomegranate Cider," a rich infusion of red berry fruits mixed with berry tones.
Out of the latest scents I have managed to buy to quell my taste for Pomegranate Cider, "Candied Apple," seems to be a good compromise along with another scent that is similarly named. Like most of the ranges by America's favourite candle company, Yankee Candle have produced this scent in many different formats, but the version I bought was by wax tart first before being able to buy this scent in a larger glass jar at a 25% off discount as a seasonal scent of the month in a shop. A medium jar usually costs around £13-99 but with the 25% discount, much better at around £11 or so. The biggest bargain however is the larger jar candle that usually costs between £18 and £22, with discounts of £13 if the discount offer is also applied. No surprise to find then that at the time of purchase, the larger glass jar had been sold out!
Candied Apple is a very sweet candle when lit, pervades the home with a light spread of fresh red Mackintosh style apple fragrance - a bit like YC's signature pine like Mackintosh candle. But unlike rivals, Yankee Candle's product here only takes a matter of minutes for the steaming hot wax to turn into oil and thus starts to spread its sweet and heavenly promises - without dying out. The first tone however isn't one that is expected - burnt vanilla, an additive which seems to be a staple additive that Yankee Candle have been including in a lot of their ranges so far. But the additive here of vanilla isn't headache inducing, but rather a light wave that carries the sweetness of apple very well into my home, airing the place with a positive lift. Another tone of sweet and hunger inducing Candy Floss, is very apparent with this candle, hence the name, even if the lower base tone of the candle is harder to detect. Whilst vanilla is all very well, acting like an accompaniment to the fresh apple on offer here, the base tone is one of another surprise - oranges and pears that create a mixed citrus affair of bright and bitter scent. This is more apparent when the candle has been extinguished and allowing the fragrance to hover in the air when the apple and vanilla is normally doing the harder work!
Vibrant is a word that I've used many times to describe Yankee Candle scented candles, and Candied Apple is no stranger to description, either. It is a very strong candle, much better than the other one I bought at the time and gives an excellent spread of freshness generally. Although this kind of candle isn't deserving of being a clinical odour eradicating candle by its own accord, the candle is most suitable if you have a home full of stale odours, or has seen too many chemical sprays like Febreeze, which often masks odours in my experience contrasting the "natural" ingredients contained in this scented candle. This is simply because the Candied Apple has ingredients which smell fresh rather than chemically based, void of the peppery & vinegar after tone scent that Febreeze or Neutradol can give once it dies down. Candied Apple is thus a most appropriate candle to burn either in a kitchen or bedroom - the mellow colour of deep red coloured wax only explains half the story of what this candle can offer!
Naturally it goes without saying that I'm very impressed with YC Candied Apple albeit in glass jar form despite the added cost price value of wax tarts when buying other scents at the same time. I didn't think that the candle would be very strong with just the sweet smell of vanilla laced fresh apple going very far when sampling the candle in the shop. However, in terms of variety preference, much as I appreciate the value of the wax tarts, I find that they shorten out compared to other scented apple candle formats I've bought from Yankee Candle. The glass jars do command an initial expensive outlay but they provide a longer and more reliable spread than the tarts. When I recently celebrated my birthday a friend of mine went and purchased the room spray after I had recommended another scent to her and when used at work my colleagues expressed how sweet the air smelt against the stale odour from the sink in the office. The room spray is expensive but worthy of considering for a decent breath of "fresh" natural ingredient based air against burning candles or wax tarts.
As with all wax tarts you'll need a suitable pot pourri oil burner with a tealight candle underneath to get the wax into a hot oil state and that latter burner needs a deep concave to minimise the oil from spilling down the sides - although you can use a shallow concave if you slice the wax tart and only use one half. The beauty of using a wax tart burner/potpourri burner is that if you buy more than one wax tart with different scents, you can change the wax tart by taking out the tealight candle, waiting for the burner to cool, placing it into a freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes and upon taking out, turning the burner over and the wax tart should simply fall out. No need to take a knife and dangerously mark your prized burner. Sniffing the base of the "old" wax tart and checking to see if there is still scent on the base will ensure you can reuse the tart at another time when changing fragrances. In this way, despite the added costs of using unscented tealights, there's still a saving to be made when you can buy different scents on offer, not just Candied Apple at the time of purchase.
The downside to wax tarts is that they're not the best candle types to use in a home full of kids or bounding pets. The wax/pot pourri holder will become instantly hot to handle - and has to be left in a permanent place - until it is cooled down when not in use to be moved out of the way safely. This is where the extra safety factor of all candles must be taken as caution and in this respect the more expensive small, medium and large candle jars are far more safer thanks to their heat insulated bases (but the sides and top rim get hot) and offer a much more practical aspect due to their air tight glass sealed lids and being dishwasher safe, makes the ideal storage jar once the wax has been taken out. Also in the glass jar forms; all the wicks are no longer paraffin coated so there is no choking after tones once the candles have been extinguished and the colourful gold lettered labels can be easily peeled off. They must be constantly trimmed however to avoid bunching and to maintain level burning of the wick, otherwise the candle wax gets wasted.
It goes without saying that there are plenty of different formats of this scented candle. It has been on the market since early 2009 and as such over time, plenty of different formats are available if you shop around even if there is a latter downside that not all formats are yet still available. This is simply because Yankee Candle weren't just happy to offer their classic Mackintosh candle by a couple of other scents. There are tons of apple-scented candles from Yankee Candle ranging from "Mackintosh," "Mackintosh Spice," "Red Apple Wreath," "Farmhouse Apple," "Apple Cider," and of course "Candied Apple," a scent which strangely doesn't appear on YC's UK website!
Other versions are of course available but a downside is that not all formats are available like their excellent "Travel-On-The-Go," odour pens or scented reeds. Prices are given on average:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p 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, £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)
Car air vent gel pack (4-6 weeks duration £2-85, 3 pack additional at £5-98)
Car Pump 'n' Go clip on air vent freshener (4-6 weeks, £7-20)
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)
So, if you want your home to have a citrus backdrop and a reminder of candyfloss, Candied Apple should be strongly considered. Wonderfully wicked in its promise, it is a candle scent that is delightfully refreshing as well as sweet to the nose without overpowering. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
The latest Yankee Candle I have been using is the Candied Apple fragrance. I bought this one a while ago as I'm a fan of anything with an apple fragrance and liked the idea of my house smelling like apples. As far as I know a candied apple is just the American way of describing a toffee apple. I must admit I looked this up and have become a bit confused, as I have read some things that say it is a toffee apple and some that say it is similar but made through a different process, and I honestly have no idea which is right! I'm sure someone out there will be able to clarify this for me!
I actually bought this in the form of a wax tart rather than as a full candle. I usually buy these as they are much cheaper than the jars and by using them it gives me an idea of whether I want to splash out on the full sized candle. If you're not familiar with wax tarts I suppose the best way to describe them is fragranced discs of max which is melted in a special 'tart burner' which can also be purchased from Yankee. As they melt the scent will fill your home, and give you up to eight hours of fragrance.
The smell of the tart when unwrapped is like a very sweet apple fragrance as I suppose you would expect. It smells more like a red apple to me than the sort of crisp fragrance you get from green apples. It actually reminded me of the Macintosh candle I used a while ago as it had quite a similar fragrance.
When I began burning this, the main disappointment for me was that the smell was very weak. I put it on my dining table which is approximately six foot from the sofa and I could barely smell it. Every now and then I would get a faint hint of it as the scent wafted over, but on the whole it wasn't really noticeable, which was a real let down.
I let the tea light in my tart burner burn out and then tried burning the tart again a few days later. This time I placed it on the coffee table in front of me - we're talking about two foot away at most this time - and lit the tea light. Again, I waited and unfortunately the smell was not much stronger than the first time, and I didn't really notice it, which was a huge shame, and it just made me grateful that I'd only bought the small tart and not splashed out on the full sized jar.
The following burn times are taken from the Yankee Candle website. The prices are the RRP...
Wax Tarts - 8 hours - £1.05
Votive Candle - 15 hours - £1.60
Small jar - 25-40 hours - £7.99
Medium jar - 65-90 hours - £15.99
Large jar - 110-150 hours - £17.99
Yankee are not all that widely available on the high street, but it's worth checking local gift shops (I think Clintons also sell them now) or go online to www.yankeedoodle.com
Overall, I would have to say this is one of the poorest offerings from Yankee Candle that I've tried. After all, what's the point in a scented candle with no scent?! It's a shame as it smelled quite nice before I started burning it. This is definitely not one I'd recommend and I won't be buying it again.
*Also posted on Ciao