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~Cinnamon and Sugar~
Cinnamon and Sugar is a collection of scented candle products from Yankee Candle. This particular scent can be sampled in different formats including candle jars and tealights. If you simply want to sample the scent of Cinnamon Sugar but without the high price tag, a wax tart is the way to go.
A wax tart is a disc of solid wax which is infused with natural extracts. The tart should be melted in an appropriate tart burner with a tealight underneath. Each tart is said to offer at least 8 hours of scent and the tart can be re-used until the scent is completely gone.
The Cinnamon and Sugar wax tart is a pale brown colour. The tightly wrapped tart features a picture label illustrating cinnamon sticks over sprinkled sugar. The official description of this scent is 'a warm, sweet sprinkle of heaven..brown sugar and cinnamon with notes of nutmeg and vanilla'.
Cinnamon and Sugar wax tart is widely available online. Expect to pay between £1.00 and £1.25 per 22g wax tart. Stockists include www.yankeescents4u.com, Amazon and www.yankeedoodle.co.uk.
My Cinnamon and Sugar wax tart was initially given to me by a lovely friend who obviously knows me pretty well! Not only do I adore the Yankee Candle brand and wax tarts in general, but cinnamon is a true favourite scent of mine and anything sugary is bound to be a hit with a sweet-addict like myself. This beautifully
presented wax tart is definitely one of my favourites and one which I purchase in tart form regularly.
In solid form this beauty smells warm and beautifully sweet. It takes very little time to fully melt into a golden pool of wax. I pop the full tart in the deep bowl of my burner and find that the scent is quite to escape the bowl and fill my entire livingroom very quickly. The strength of the melted wax is favourable as it can be detected around our flat in various strengths. The overall scent quickly eliminates any foody odours in my home and flows perfectly. It is by no means a weak scent but it doesn't come across as being as heady as other Cinnamon scents such as Sparkling Cinnamon and Cinnamon Stick.
Cinnamon Sugar is the perfect tart to melt on a cold evening as it really gives a warm, cosy ambience around my flat and is very welcoming to rare visitors. It is a stunning, layered scent which I find to be quite comforting and relaxing. Cinnamon Sugar is quite different from the other cinnamon based scents and this is down to the other scent notes which are mixed in with it. The main scent I can detect around my flat reminds me of homemade cakes - delicious, aromatic and still warm from the oven. This scent is highly appealing especially as I do not do much baking at the moment but crave that 'fresh baked' aroma in my home.
The different fragrance notes come through individually as the wax filters around. The cinnamon and nutmeg combination is warm and comes across as being delicately spiced. The brown sugar and vanilla blend lightens the cinnamon and stops it from becoming too prominent. The sweetness of the sugar and vanilla is just perfect and never becomes sickly or synthetic. I do feel Yankee have included the right amount of the spicy notes and the sweet notes to mingle together rather than counteract each other - this makes for a well balanced and overall delicious smelling wax tart!
If you are a fan of delicately spicy, sweet scents then this one is for you. It is perfectly constructed and layered. It is one of the best scents in the Yankee Candle collection. The cinnamon scent lingers for an hour or so after the tealight goes out. I find the quality of this wax tart to be excellent and I am able to detect a desirable strength of scent for around 12 hours in total before a more diluted scent for a few hours more. I am very pleased with this scent and can highly recommend it.
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==Cinnamon and Sugar Housewarmer Jar==
By now regular readers of my reviews will know that over the past couple of years I have made my way through dozens of the products available from Yankee Candles. This American company specialises in all things fragrance related and have an extensive range of candles and products designed to keep your home and car smelling pleasant. There are literally dozens of choices available from Yankee covering every scent imaginable from such abstract things as Cotton and Leather through to all the fruits under the sun. For the most part you will know by now that I tend to buy either the wax tarts or sampler votives when I find a scent I want to try, usually this gives me the opportunity to decide if I like it and whether or not to buy it again but in a larger format. Wax tarts are generally the cheapest way of getting to know a fragrance and usually retail for around a pound which gives around 8 hours of scent so this is more than enough time for me to make a decision as to whether I should invest upto £18.00 on a glass-jarred candle.
Cinnamon and Sugar was one such fragrance that I originally bought in wax tart format, the eight hours worth of fragrance was enough for me to decide to buy it again so when I saw it available in a Large Housewarmer Jar at half price after Christmas I ended up buying it again and this is going to be the subject of this review.
Yankee's Housewarmer range of glass candles come in varying sizes to suit all budgets and are available in small, medium and large. The small jars tend to cost just over £8.00, weigh around 100 grams and have upto 40 hours burning time of fragrance infused wax in them. Medium jars weigh cost around £15.00 and burn for upto 90 hours whilst the largest jars of them all weigh in at a hefty 625 grams, burn for around 150 hours but cost the most at around £18.00. Value for money wise you do get more with the largest jars but as they are the most expensive in the whole range of Yankee products their price can be offputting and I only ever buy them if I really like the fragrance they offer.
All of the Housewarmer jars are of excellent quality with thick transparent glass safely containing the wax contents, they each come with a heavy glass stopper which is easy to remove and replace and on every jar is a label with the fragrance name and an illustration. Yankee's wax always has a mottled look to it, you can see the essential oils which are mixed in with the wax and they all have their own unique colour, the wax has swirls of different colours running through it and the company has built up a reputation of providing real life, authentic scents. A single wick runs through the middle of the wax and is of the excellent quality you would expect from Yankee and is easy to light and always holds its flame until you are ready to blow it out. Many people reuse their wax jars as they make for handy storage containers once the wax has melted away and the stopper makes them airtight and a handy thing to keep.
This review is specifically for the Large Housewarmer Cinnamon and Sugar wax candle from Yankee, I bought it just after Christmas in a half price sale and paid just over £9.00 for it, I had previously melted this one as a wax tart some time last year and enjoyed it but as there are many products to try from Yankee I waited until I could save a little money before rebuying it again.
===Cinnamon and Sugar===
Whilst I will cover the glass jar attributes of the candle in this review it's worth knowing that the fragrance is the same whichever format you choose to buy, the only difference between the products is their longevity and price. Cinnamon and Sugar is a strong scent which conjours up memories past of my grandmothers home-baking and so the association is an important one for me and whilst I don't actually like the taste of cinnamon personally I do like to smell it as I find it to be a rich, heady scent.
In the Housewarmer jar format you get excellent value for money as I find that this is one that I can burn for short periods of time to really get my money's worth. The wax in its unmelted state is a light shade of brown and as soon as the stopper is removed you get a whiff of cinnamon, once the wick is lit and within a couple of minutes the wax begins to melt and starts to release a steadily increasing intensity of 'flavour' which is very noticeable. Cinnamon is a recognisable aroma anyway I think and Yankee have excelled in replicating it here, its a warming, comforting scent, slightly spicy, very rich and has distinctive nutmeg aromas evident, it is tempered with an underlying sweetness of sugar and melted in small doses really does flood the area in which the candle sits with delicious fragrance. There are notes of vanilla in this one which, along with the brown sugar, do lighten the fragrance and make it as rounded as it it, there is a real depth of flavour with this one and it's not as synthetic as some others in the Yankee range. Overall if you know what cinnamon smells like then you will recognise this one immediately and for me it's one of those scents which remind me of my childhood.
I can't burn this candle for long periods of time to be honest as I find that the scent does become too strong. This, from my point of view means that I get plenty of value from the candle as I can light and relight it throughout the day and keep the smell of cinnamon circulating around my home or caravan. I bought the candle with my caravan in mind as its a smaller space than home and knew that this would be ideal for keeping an inviting and pleasant aroma circulating and to that end it has been perfect. Lit for a couple of hours on a morning, then again in the afternoon and once more on a night time allows the scent to permeate around and because of the association this has with me I find it to be a comforting and relaxing scent.
The maximum burning time of 150 hours is, if anything, slightly understating the longevity of this one as I've been burning mine on and off for a few weeks now and still have wax left in the bottom of the jar. It's worth mentioning here that Yankee's Housewarmer jars do burn evenly from the centre of the wick outwards so there are never any clumps of wax stuck to the sides of the glass jar, you get maximum value for money with any of the Housewarmer jars and Cinnamon and Sugar is another example of Yankee's impressive range of products.
I think this would suit anyone who likes their scents to be strong rather than subtle, this is a noticeable fragrance which, if overused, could become quite cloying so do take it easy with this one would be my advice. It isn't one that you can light and leave to melt gently in the background as there could be a tendency for this to be overpowering unless you have a large open space for it to fragrance. A hallway would be the perfect place to sit this candle to allow it to reach other adjacent rooms, a kitchen would be the other obvious place to keep it especially if there are the same home-baking associations that I have otherwise placed in a safe corner of a room and allowed to melt would certainly allow this to fragrance your home or surrounding areas.
===Overall & Conclusion===
Cinnamon and Sugar is a firm favourite of mine and is a product from the Yankee range that I would definitely recommend. I got my Housewarmer jar at a great price but would pay £18.00 for it in the future once my jar is used up and I want to buy the fragrance again. i do tend to go through phases of what scents I want around me and for the most part I favour the fruit-smelling wax products that Yankee offer, however this is one that I will return back to time and time again and it's on that basis that I would award a perfect, 5 star rating.
Many of the products in the Yankee range can be found online, yankeedoodle.co.uk in particular is a great site offering plenty of choice at lower than rrp prices a lot of the time so well worth checking them out for any bargains, amazon carry some of the range too and you will be able to find a selection of choices available on the high street in places like Clinton Cards and B&Q. Cinnamon and Sugar is perhaps more suited to the colder weather or the autumnal months rather than Summer as it is quite a heavy scent with warming properties, for me I'd burn it at any time of the year though but others may favour the lighter fragrances when the weather is nice. Looking online for the purpose of this review I noticed that this is still available to buy in all varieties so checking it out for yourself shouldn't prove to be too difficult if you want to see just how authentic and pleasant its aroma is.
Even if the Houswarmer Jar is slightly out of your budget I would recommend this one in a cheaper format, if you don't have a tart burner and can't buy the wax tart variety then do consider the smaller jar or even a votive/sampler, either way it's one to try out if you are a fan of Yankee Candles and especially home-baking and the smells associated with a busy kitchen.
In conclusion then, Cinnamon and Sugar is a Yankee product I would have no problems in recommending, thanks for reading my review. Please note that this also appears on ciao under my username.
For me, Yankee Candle has to be one of the best available on the market. However, if like me you thought a wax tart was something completely different to a candle, then let me explain. The tart is a 2 inch disc made up of little wax balls. They look as though they have been cut out with your mum's cookie cutter, with a pinked edge. The Cinnamon and Sugar one is the colour of golden caster sugar and smells out of this world, even before you use it.
To use the tart, you need a burner - oil burners which were popular in the 90's work well, or you can get a specific tart burner from Yankee. The method is the same, whichever burner you use; you place the tart in the top part, and light a tea light below, which will gradually melt the wax, releasing the scent.
Yankee promise up to eight hours of fragrance from each tart, but, used carefully, you can squeeze more smell out. You don't have to melt the entire tart at once. Owing to its construction of little balls, it will break up fairly easily, meaning you can choose to burn only a little at a time. To get the best out of the tart, you must allow all of the wax in the burner to melt, or "pool" as Yankee like to call it. You can re-melt the tart once it has set again when you have finished with the burning.
The smell of this product is pretty much as it sounds. It's a sweet, but not too sweet, cinnamon scent, but owing to the sugar being added, it doesn't hit the back of the throat and smells like a cake baking in the oven, just as the sugar starts to melt.
What else is lovely is unlike some scented candles, the smell doesn't vanish as soon as you stop the burning process. Although the scent is strong, it is not overpowering. It quickly fills the room (and is a good way of fooling people into thinking you've been baking!)
Pricewise, these are usually around the £1.99 mark at the garden centre where I tend to get mine. However, there are good deals on QVC quite often and watch out for the "flavour of the month" deal direct from Yankee when they know 25% off the price of the chosen scent. I think for the length of fragrance time you get, the price is very reasonable and well worth the investment.
Since writing this review, I have now posted it on ciao under the same user name.
I got a Yankee Candle Cinnamon and Sugar wax tart many months ago in a 'mega pack' of products from website Yankee Doodle. Given that cinnamon is quite a Christmassy scent, I have saved it for using now.
I should explain that a wax tart is a fluted disc of scented wax which needs to be placed in a burner, which can also be purchased from Yankee Candle for as little as £5. You light a tea light in the base of your burner, and the heat melts the tart, releasing the fragrance into the room.
The scent of the tart is to me, like a cinnamon cookie baking. I have another cinnamon Yankee tart - cinnamon stick - which is very intense, but the inclusion of sugar seems to take the edge off a bit, although saying that the scent is still strong . It definitely smells sugary, and in a way, it's almost like the smell of shortbread, but there is a definite spicy kick of cinnamon. I think it's a very warm and welcoming scent and perfect for this time of year.
I found that the scent was very quick to fill the room and after only around 5-10 minutes I could smell it quite strongly. The scent stays the same when melted to the way it smells solid and I was very pleased with the amount of fragrance I got from one little tart.
The scent of the tart lingers not only whilst burning, but also for some time afterwards. My boyfriend came round last night and as soon as he came in he asked what the smell was. By this point I couldn't smell it at all myself so I was quite surprised. Later on we went out for a pizza and the moment we opened the front door to come in, I was hit by a subtle but pleasant scent of cinnamon, which I thought was impressive as by this point, it was around 3-4 hours since I had blown the tea light out.
Each tart gives up to 8 hours of burn time before they begin to lose their scent, which I think makes them excellent value. If you don't want to burn it for the full 8 hours at once, that's fine you can re-melt the tart and use it in stages. A little tip from removing it from the burner, is to pop it into the freezer for 10 minutes, and you'll find the tart just slides out.
The wax tarts cost just 99p each. I buy mine from Collectables or www.yankeedoodle.co.uk. If you don't want to buy a tart burner, this fragrance also comes in the form of a votive candle, house warmer jar candles or even car air fresheners. Of course these other formats are more expensive, with the house warmers costing up to £17.99, so the tarts are the ideal way to try before you buy.
If you like the scent of cinnamon and are looking for a nice way to make your home a little more festive this year, then I would fully recommend trying this Yankee fragrance. Five stars from me.