Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Too much rose and no pine.
Yankee Candle Christmas Rose Wax Tart
Member Name: jeffjen
Yankee Candle Christmas Rose Wax Tart
Advantages: Excellent longevity
Disadvantages: Overwhelmingly heavy floral fragrance and I couldn't smell any pine.
Yankee Candle's Christmas Rose wax tart was another of my bargain buys after I spotted a lot of Yankee's Christmas range reduced in price in a branch of Collectables last month. Reduced to just 50p each, which is less than half the usual price of £1.20 - £1.30 per wax tart, I took the opportunity to stock up and bought at least one of each of the wax tarts that were reduced.
Christmas Rose was one which I had never tried before. Yankee's description of this fragrance states "Holiday memories bloom in the authentic perfume of delicate rose petals with a hint of pine".
As I held this wax tart up to my nose in the shop, it did smell very floral indeed and although floral scents are not something I tend to go for, I didn't actually dislike the fragrance at this point. However it is safe to say that if it had been full price, I would have opted for woody, spicy or fruity scents before buying this one.
Lured by the bargain price and thinking it smelled ok which I thought was maybe to the added pine scent, I was looking forward to seeing how this one performed when melting in my burner.
Having tried a number of wax tarts, I have realised that the strength of fragrance when you smell the tarts in store, are usually a good indicator of how strong the fragrance will be when you actually come use it. Therefore if the fragrance is strong-smelling, you can usually expect great longevity, often exceeding the 8 hours of fragrance stated by Yankee.
Christmas Rose did smell very strong whilst still in its packaging and so I thought this would be another fragrance which would exceed expectations.
The tart itself was attractive with its white wax and photograph of roses on the packaging label and would make an ideal drawer scenter until you come to use it.
I placed the wax tart into the well of my burner and lit a tealight underneath. Almost as soon as the wax began to melt, I could detect the fragrance beginning to appear in my living room. As the scent began filling the air it was quite overwhelming with its floral 'rose' notes.
Although I really enjoy the strong fragrances of Yankee tarts, I found this one too sweet, verging on sickly. I had wondered how the rose scent would blend with the pine as I had thought this was an odd combination of scents to blend together. However, I can honestly say I couldn't detect any pine fragrance at all. If there was any there, it must have been masked by the heavy floral fragrance.
As it wafted out into the hallway and up the stairs, I found myself having to extinguish the tealight for a while as it was just too overwhelming. This is the first time I can ever recall having to do this as I usually allow the tealight to burn out once lit.
The fragrance also hung in the air for a long time after the tealight was extinguished. Indeed I could still smell the fragrance the following morning hanging in the air as I came downstairs and when returning home from work later in the day, the fragrance was still evident as soon as I entered the house. It wasn't unpleasant, but it was simply too floral for me.
I mentioned that Yankee state you can expect to achieve around 8 hours of fragrance from a wax tart. I actually experienced around 12 hours of fragrance from Christmas Rose, which I would have been over the moon about had I enjoyed the fragrance, Therefore although the longevity is really good with this one, it wasn't one I particularly enjoyed. Even if you are someone who enjoys floral fragrance, you may well find yourself overwhelmed by the heavily fragrant Christmas Rose.
I can say that Christmas Rose is definitely one of the best wax tarts I have used in terms of longevity, but on this occasion the fragrance was just too much for me. It was too much rose and no pine. If you are a great lover of floral fragrance however, I would recommend you still try it.
I purchased my wax tarts from Collectables, but they are also available from many other card and gift shops such as Clintons, as well as department stores and also online from Yankee stockists and Amazon.
Summary: Great longevity, but a very heavy, sickly-sweet floral fragrance.