“ Brand: Yankee / Type: Scented Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
One of the Yankee tarts I got this Christmas was the Christmas Tree scent. My wife and I asked for various scents, some were festive / seasonal and others were just ones we fancied trying or knew as old favourites. There's no rule set in stone that says you can only melt a festive Yankee tart at Christmas, although some might think it would be a bit strange to have the smell of a Christmas Tree wafting through the house in that fortnight of good weather we get called Summer.
If you've never heard of Yankee and think it's odd to be reading about melting a tart, a tart is a petal shaped scented wax disc which when placed in a tart burner (almost the same as an oil burner, but with a deeper well to retain the wax) melts and releases its scent. Yankee also make candles of differing sizes in jars and tumblers, pot pourri and reed diffusers. Most scents are available in all of these formats and all the ingredients used are 100% natural. Yankee say each tart lasts for 8 hours, but with the exception of one or two scents I've never had a tart yet that isn't still releasing its scent for sometimes nearly double that. We use between three and four separate tealight candles per tart in our house before replacing the tart, each tealight lasting between three and four hours - depending on where we've bought them from.
This Christmas Tree scent contains, according to Yankee.co.uk, the scents of "fresh, familiar pine with crisp eucalyptus". I would say that the actual smell of the tart also contains a hint of vanilla based sweetness, see what you think. Compared to other Yankee scents, it's quite a simple collection of scents - some other tarts have four or more scents in there and it can get a bit overpowering and confusing. This tart is just right with the amount of pine, and I agree with Yankee's description that it is a fresh pine smell. I never thought that a block of scented wax could have this effect, but it really does smell like you are outside on a crisp winter's day looking for a Christmas tree to chop down and take home. The eucalyptus adds freshness too, almost a clean / sterile aspect, but not too much like a toilet cleaner would.
The tart itself is a rich deep green colour, like the needles on a fresh fir tree. The picture on the wrapper shows a family dragging a felled tree through a woods, with the floor blanketed in snow. I think that this tart has really helped get us in the festive mood whilst it was being melted over the Christmas period, but I'd be very happy to have this scent in my front room at any time of the year to be honest. This tart lasted 12 hours before we could only smell the scent when hovering over the burner, not something I'd recommend if you have long hair or a healthy fear of fire!
Yankee suggest that this scent could be used for combining with different scents to create our own unique aroma. I would suggest that a fruity scent would be good for this, it would match the sugary vanilla that I'm sure is in there, as I mentioned above. If I ever get round to combining this scent, I'll update this review and let you know the verdict.
The tart is currently being sold for £1.20 on both Yankee.co.uk and Yankeedoodle.co.uk, but I've only seen it on Amazon as part of a multipack bundle with other scents. For the accuracy of the scent and the wonderful mood it promoted, its strength and how long it lasted for, I'll give this one the full five stars. Thanks for reading.
My first experience with Yankee Candle wax tarts came when I received a burner and 2 tarts as a gift set for Xmas. One of the tarts was Christmas Tree, the green tart emitted a strong woody smell through the cellophane and I couldn't wait to make my home smell festive. The tarts are designed to be used with a tart burner to melt the wax and fragrance the home.
The fragrance starts to fill the room within about 5 minutes of lighting the tea-light. The fragrance is a woody pine scent which is quite pungent - others have compared it to toilet cleaner! The tart melts completely within about twenty minutes and the fragrance fills the room. I really like the scent, it is quite refreshing, almost menthol like. However, my boyfriend did sneeze a lot on the occasion it was melting when we were together - he seems to think it was from the fragrance! It is very strong aroma, so I wouldn't recommend it to be used in small confined spaces, but I like to use it in my open plan living room so it fills my flat with fragrance. QVC recommend using this in the room to enhance the scent of your actual Christmas tree. I do not think this tart is limited to be used around the festive period. I would say it is an autumnal fragrance, but I am still using this in March! I also think it could be effective in clearing the sinuses when you are bunged up with a cold!
I am amazed at the longevity of the tarts. I have been using this on and off since December, on average of a few hours burning time a week and I still have wax left to use. Though this may be due to the pungency of the fragrance - I don't need to melt it for too long to get a lasting aroma in the flat.
If you have a sensitive nose or a dislike of pine, then this is not for you! But If you like the sound of pine fragrances, this is a festive tart, so is usually only available around the Xmas period in retail shops. Tarts can be picked up for around a pound in a variety of high street shops such as Clintons.
Christmas Tree, as you would expect given its title, is part of the festive scent range offered by candle company, Yankee Candle. It can be bought in different formats which carry different price tags including the cheaper wax tarts and votives and also the more expensive candle jars.
I will be discussing my use of the Christmas Tree wax tart. For those who are not familiar with Yankee Candle, a wax tart is a disc of solid wax which has no wick. It should be melted in a tart burner and can be re-used until the scent is no longer noticeable. Yankee Candle state around 8 hours of scent will be achieved but this varies from scent to scent. The wax tarts are infused with natural scent extracts.
The Christmas Tree wax tart is unsurprisingly green in colour. The tart is tightly wrapped in clear plastic and the label on the front illustrates a family collecting their Christmas Tree out in the snow. Yankee describe this scent as 'like going out in the snow to find that special tree...fresh, familiar pine with crisp eucalyptus'.
The Christmas scents are being released into local shops at the moment so you may come across this tart on the highstreet. Failing that, a 22g tart can be purchased online priced from £1.00 to £1.25. Current stockists include www.yankeescents4u.com, eBay and Amazon.
Not only am I crazy on Yankee Candles, I am also addicted to all things festive. I think I have sampled 90% of the festive scents that Yankee offer and so far, I have only been disappointed with a few. Christmas Tree is one I wasn't sure about buying at first but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. Some scents I haven't been drawn to initially have turned out to be excellent purchases but sadly. Christmas Tree is not one I will be repurchasing.
I bought this towards the end of last year as part of a mixed bundle online but didn't use it immediately as I favoured the more sweet or spicy festive scents like Welcome Christmas. I thought this would be a pleasant fresh scent for using during the day especially with the eucalyptus being included. The tart in solid format isn't too bad - it does smell of pine trees but nothing overpowering or cloying. The tart melted to form a deep green pool of wax and within a few minutes, a really strong, heady scent started to filter around my living room and around our flat.
This is when I became unimpressed. The eucalyptus wasn't noticeable - no fresh or medicinal aroma at all. The pine tree scent didn't resemble actual pine trees. There was no 'walking through a fresh forest' smell there. With the majority of Yankee scents I have tried, the scent is natural and similar to the description but I found this one to be quite chemical smelling and I am glad I didn't chose to use this one on Christmas Day.
The actual scent hanging in the air, and quite strongly I may add, did resemble a form of pine though - pine scented toilet cleaner. I'm sure many will agree here that whilst they wish their toilet to be clean and fresh, they don't want that chemical pine smell fragrancing their whole home. It did eliminate all other odours (cooking etc) in my home but the overall scent was just not a homely nor pleasant scent to fill my home with. I certainly couldn't relax with this tart melting in the background nor did I feel it enhanced the clean feeling of my home. It simply smelled like a cheap toilet cleaning liquid.
I do not favour wastage so did end up using this tart up in my bathroom as this is where I feel it belongs! It did last a good 10 hours and remained strong for the duration of the melting time. I wouldn't buy this again nor can I recommend it as it smells cheap and nasty. There are much better Yankee scents on offer and even if you like pine scents, this one is unlikely to appeal in my opinion.
Thanks for reading :)
~~ Yankee Candle Christmas Tree ~~
I'm a huge fan of beautifully fragranced candles and own a large stash of products from two high quality brands, namely Shearers and Yankee Candle. Despite being extremely disciplined for a good few months where I vowed not to purchase any new ones until I'd used my existing supplies, I weakened during the January sales where I found several Christmas fragrances available at discounted prices. A number of purchases were made with this review discussing Christmas Tree, which I own in the wax tart format.
I must admit that it was the 50% off sticker that initially attracted me to the circular fluted 22g green tart and I cannot state that's I found its appearance particularly eye-catching. The coloured label displays a snowy scene where a family are collecting their Christmas tree. It was only when I arrived home with my purchase that it dawned on me that I had read a number of negative reviews on this fragrance on Dooyoo and as a result, I refrained from burning the tart for a few weeks.
However, I pushed my thoughts of the negative reviews to the back of my mind and peeled back the tightly fitting transparent plastic packaging and removed the wax tart. To say I was overwhelmed by the aroma that greeted me is an understatement as instead of the delicate uplifting pine fragrance that was evident through the packaging I was witnessing a very intense whiff of pine. Undeterred at my initial thoughts and as with all candle tarts that I have used, I snapped the wax in half and stored the remaining portion in a small polythene food bag for a later use.
Within a few minutes of placing the section of wax into a burner above a tea light a pool began to form as it gently melted. The initial aroma that whirled around my living room was very favourable as the pine created a wonderful Christmassy ambience, which I found warming and comforting. However, after approximately ten minutes I found myself wholeheartedly agreeing with other Dooyoo members' negative comments as despite the label claiming the tart contains pure and natural extracts, they are far too concentrated and Toilet Duck sprung to mind. Whilst pine is a wonderful fresh fragrance, Yankee Candle have seriously messed up with this one and I had half expected Kim and Aggie to burst into my home brandishing feather dusters and mops!
The Yankee Candle website states that the wax contains eucalyptus, which I generally associate with those times when I am suffering with a cold where I will use Olbas oil to assist in clearing my bunged up nose. I have to admit that I could not detect any eucalyptus, particularly as the pine fragrance totally took over. It is very rare that I speak negatively of any of the products created by Yankee Candles and whilst the tarts generally live up to their claims of delivering eight hours of fragrance, unfortunately, I didn't burn this for long enough to find out. Christmas Tree was very disappointing and for the reasons discussed I cannot recommend and and it pines me to award it only 1 star.
The fragrance is available in a variety of formats with the wax tart costing £1.10. However, as this belongs to the Christmas range, which was discounted, I managed to pick it up for just 55p.
For Christmas this year one of my friends got me a lovely little box as part of my present which inside had a bath bomb and a few yankee candle wax tarts in which she knows I love. One of the tarts included was the Christmas tree fragrance and I was excited to use it as I just love the smell of fresh Christmas trees though it is not something that I have ever had in my own home.
Yankee candle wax tarts were my first experience with Yankee candle as a brand and I have since bought a few small candle jars from them too but been left disappointed with the fragrance released from them in comparison to the wax tarts. For those who may not be aware a wax tart is a wickless disk of wax which is designed to be melted in a tart burner and which will fragrance the area in which it is in. The Christmas tree wax tart is a deep green in colour and on the front of the packaging is a label with the product name, Yankee candle name and a picture of people picking a Christmas tree in the snow which makes you feel suitably festive I feel.
I was quite excited to burn my Christmas tree wax tart as near to Christmas as possible and so I opened it on Christmas day and placed it in my tart burner and lit the tea light underneath it and then went about getting things ready for the dinner. Not long after I had lit the tea light and the wax tart had begun to melt I noticed a strong fragrance quite literally filling the house and it took me a minute to realise that it was coming from the wax tart. I would have loved to say that the fragrance smelt just like fresh pine trees which I have memories of from sitting in my friend's house when I was younger as they always had a real Christmas tree but it basically just smelt very much like toilet cleaner! Not exactly a scent in which I would like to fragrance my home with on Christmas day....nor any other day for that matter!
Whilst in the packaging I did smell the wax tart and whilst I could obviously smell pine it wasn't anywhere near as strong as the smell in which was released as the tart was melting. I have to say I was really disappointed with this fragrance because it had potential to be something really lovely which I suspect would have brought back fond memories for many people but instead it just smells like toilet cleaner. I burned this wax tart for a couple of hours hoping that perhaps at some point the fragrance would settle down in to something more festive smelling but it didn't and so I had to blow the tea light out as it was giving me a headache as it was that strong and unpleasant really.
As you can tell I wouldn't recommend this wax tart to you, unless of course you want your house to smell like toilet cleaner! Should you be interested though you can buy wax tarts for around a pound from many online retailers and some gifts shops too.
Thank you for reading my review!
As a family we always have an artificial tree at christmas, my mum says it is because she can't be doing with forever hoovering shed pine needles off the floor! With 2 dogs living in our rather small house a real tree is really not practical as the needles could damage their paws and my cocker spaniel would no doubt take a leak up the trunk!
It was near to christmas when I discovered this scent by Yankee Candle and I thought that it would be fabulous to get the authentic tree fragrance whilst still using our long suffering fibre optic! The tart in question is simply called Christmas Tree and promises the aroma of a nostalgic winter walk through evergreen forests...
When this tart first started to melt the smell was fresh and homely, a definate tree like aroma about it but as time went by the smell started to become overpowering and dare I say it - artificial, fake, rather...chemical like and quoting my dear mother, "it smells like Toilet Duck!" It wasn't long before the whole room smelt like an explosion in a dubious air freshener factory and needless to say the tealight was promptly blown out whilst we waited for the air to clear.
As a dedicated Yankee Candle fan I must say that I was disapointed with this offering, usually their fragrances are spot on but this one was a let down on so many levels. I dare say that some people will enjoy it but it isn't for me, back to the drawing board with this one I think! As always you can pick up these tarts for around £1.20 from numerous places - Bratts has a great selection so be sure to pop in and sniff a few.
I was wanting to stock up on some Yankee wax tarts to use over the Christmas period and so on a recent trip into town, I visited branches of Clintons and Collectables to see what was available. I had already decided I would only purchase tarts from the large festive range available and use this as an opportunity to try some I had not bought before.
And so staying away from my favourite couple of wax tarts which I always buy when I am in town, I concentrated only on the festive fragranced wax. There were a few of these particular wax tarts in stock in Clintons, but I found there was more to choose from in Collectables. The prices were the same in both shops, £1.20 per wax tart.
I think it was the photograph on the sticker on the packaging of this 'Christmas Tree' wax tart, that caught my eye, as it depicts a lovely traditional scene of children pulling a Christmas tree along in a snow covered forest. It certainly looked very festive along with the pine tree coloured dark green wax which also gave off a pine and woody scent when I held it to my nose. I decided this would be one of my purchases.
I was looking forward to trying this one and so I opened it the same night and placed it in the top of my burner, lighting a tea light underneath.
It was only a matter of minutes before I could smell the fragrance from the melting wax beginning to fill the room and I immediately thought the pine fragrance seemed a lot stronger than I imagined it would be when sniffing the tart in the shop. Although pleasant enough at first, I soon began thinking it reminded me of toilet cleaner. I mentioned this to my family and whilst they agreed it was a strong pine smell, they said they quite liked it. I was expecting it to be more subtle and maybe other woody, spicy scents would come through and blend with the pine, but all I could smell was pine and I couldn't get the thought of toilet duck cleaner out of my head.
In terms of longevity, this tart held its scent well and it exceeded the approximate 8 hours of fragrance you can expect to achieve when burning a wax tart, which is good, although I did find myself pleased when the time came to empty the wax and use a new tart. It wasn't unpleasant, it was just too reminiscent of toilet cleaner for me and not really the fragrance I wanted in my living room.
If you fancy the strong smell of pine in your living room then I can recommend this particular wax tart as it lasts well and offers value for money in terms of fragrance. I must add that it was only me that didn't really care for this one, as my family thought it was ok and it didn't bother them at all that it was smelling like toilet duck in the living room.
I was disappointed as I didn't expect the pine fragrance to be so strong. Whilst I could detect the pine scent when I held it to my nose in the shop, I also thought I could detect another woody fragrance which would come through and blend with the pine when burning. Sadly, all I could smell whilst it was burning was pine.
In terms of longevity, Christmas Tree offers good value and also the colured wax and packaging is very attractive too, however, this one just didn't really appeal to me as a scent to have burning in my living room. I don't think I'll be buying this one again, but that is the beauty of buying Yankee's wax tarts and votive candles as they are reasonably priced and this is an ideal way to sample the fragrance before spending a lot of money on their expensive glass jars, only to find out you are not keen on the fragrance.
Yankee candles are available to buy from card and gift shops such as Clintons and Collectables, as well as online direct from Yankee stockists and Amazon.