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Keeping my home smelling nice is very important to me, and my favourite way to do this is by using scented candles or wax tarts. I love the way the atmosphere can be changed depending on the fragrance of scented wax. It can create a bright fresh clean feel to a room or a warm cosy romantic atmosphere, it can also bring back pleasant memories. One fragrance from Yankee that I had never tried was Clean Cotton, the name just didn't appeal to me, whenever I saw it in the shops I always had an image of a pile of damp washing, I had never even bothered to pick a wax tart in this fragrance up and give it a sniff. I changed my mind after going to see my mum and she was using Clean Cotton in her burner, I decided to give Clean Cotton a try. Wax Tarts are simple little discs of oily wax without a wick, I always think they feel slightly oily rather than waxy, they measure approximately 6cm's x 1.5cm's and cost round about £1.00 - £1.20 depending on where you buy them from. They have a fluted edge and do look just like a little tart. In my opinion Yankee make the best wax tarts and these are the ones I always use. The tart comes wrapped tightly in clear cellophane allowing you to see the pure white wax, the wax tart has a label stuck to the front which shows a small picture that usually depicts the fragrance of the wax, Clean Cotton shows a nice little domestic image of blue sky, green grass and some washing on the line with some more in a basket. You can usually get a good idea of what the wax tart is going to smell like by just by smelling the wrapper, handy of you are in a shop and not too sure if you like the sound if it. Yankees official description of this is:- "Sun-dried cotton combined with green notes, white flowers, and a hint of lemon." To use a wax tart you do need an oil burner and an unscented tea light, its just a case of popping the unwrapped wax tart into the burner and lighting the tea light below it so it melts the wax tart. Once lit it doesn't take long before the oily wax is starting to melt and the fragrance filters around the room. Once the wax started to melt I could soon smell the fragrance of Clean Cotton, its a very delicate smell, a little bit floral with an occasional citrus burst. Its a clean fresh smell and I think the name Clean Cotton suits it very well. i would have preferred the fragrance to be a bit stronger but that's just my personal preference. I usually melt my wax tarts for a couple of hours at a time as I find this is the best way to get the most out of them I find the fragrance lasts long after the tea light has gone out and the wax tart solidified however with Clean Cotton I found the fragrance didn't linger very long so I kept it melting for longer than the 2 hours I normally would. Yankee state their wax tarts will give you up to 8 hours fragrance and on the whole I agree although I don't think Clean Cotton gave quite as long. I generally leave the set wax in the burner dish ready to re melt the next day. Once the wax has run out of fragrance I leave it to set then remove the wax from the dish. You can melt the wax tarts whole, break them in half or even mix them to create your own fragrances. Personally I don't mix mine I just melt the tart whole without mixing fragrances, in my opinion Yankee mix the fragrances perfectly well. Yankee use only natural ingredients in their scented wax and their fragrances do really smell genuine. Yankee wax tarts can be found in many independent shops and also some major department stores as well as many online stores such as Amazon UK and Yankee Direct. They are great value for money and a lovely way to fragrance your home for a small amount of money, also a good way to try different fragrances before you spend more on a larger candle jar which are quite a lot of money to lay out if you then decide you don't really like the smell. . I liked Clean Cotton, it had a delicate fresh fragrance although personally I would have preferred it to have been a little stronger. Its definitely what I would consider a daytime fragrance rather than evenings. If you like using scented wax and prefer a delicate fragrance then I would recommend Clean Cotton.
Like a lot of women (and some men! ) I have always had a thing about candles, especially scented ones. It gives a room a cosy warm feeling wile leaving the air smelling divine. My problem though was I found it hard to find candles that smelt nice, that smelt how they were supposed to smell eg if the candles has apple written on it, thats what I want it to smell like!, but I also wanted a candle where the smell would linger ( in a nice way ) for awhile. Yankee ticks all the boxes! The reason I find the wax tart appleaing is I have an electric tart burner.I dotn want to worry about have I made sure the candle was out, has the kids knocked the candle over.I can just turn it on and enjoy the smell. The other good thing about the tarts is you can custom blend them-you can snap them in half or crumble them, and add different fragrant tarts together. Another joy is when you dont need to use them, pop them in a drawer that you store clothes in and the cothes smell gorgeous! This scent is one of my favourites. Its fresh, clean, literally as it suggests it reminds you of freshly washed clothing.Its not sickly or overpowering and one of those scents both men and women would love alike. Any room of the house could benefit from this fragrance because it doesnt belong to a particular ' family ' eg fruit, flower,food. This is a good scent to try out if you have never used Yankee before, because its unlikely to envoke a stronge dislike feeling to it, as in a way the smell is very neutral. Also, if you get it in tart form a. its not expensive b. easy to change ( just wait for it to cool down, pop the top of the tart burner if it comes off into the freezer and it just comes out ) so if you dont like it, no major harm done!
A few weeks ago I received a thankyou gift from O2 for being with them on contract for a year. I had a choice of £10 gift vouchers and one of these included Debenhams. Having recently discovered Yankee candles I decided to head down to my local branch and pick a selection. I tend to burn wax tarts rather than the candles themselves as they are cheaper and mean that I can experiment with the different scents and if I don't like one it's not an expensive loss. One of the ones that I added to my basket was the Clean Cotton scent. This is actually a repurchase for me. It was one of the first scents that I tried in the Yankee range and as I liked it so much I had no hesitation in putting this in my basket again. If you're not familiar with Yankee candles, wax tarts are basically small circular pieces of wax with a fluted edge, rather like a tart you'd bake in the oven. Unlike conventional candles they have no wick and so have to be placed in a tart burner to melt and release their fragrance. At around £1.20 Wax tarts are much cheaper than full sized candles and allow you to try fragrances without making a commitment. Each wax tart releases around 8 hours of fragrance. The Clean Cotton tart is a white in colour and has a picture of laundry drying in the garden on the front. Yankee describe this scent as one that is combined with green notes, white flowers and a hint of lemon. The tart comes in a clear cellophane wrap. I usually smell the tart through the wrap to get an idea of what the tart may smell like when burnt. This had quite a strong smell - one that I would describe as quite sweet, yet also quite fresh. It does smell a lot like fabric conditioner, but for me that is a good thing! I often tend to burn tarts for a couple of hours in the evening whilst relaxing in front of the tv. This one however I like to burn after I've tidied my flat on a weekend morning as it really freshens the place up. I also think this scent is more of a day-time one. I find it is also great at getting rid of strong smells from cooking, for example, if I've made a curry or rice. This tart takes around 15 minutes to form a clear pool of wax. Not long after the scent from this candle starts to waft around the room. The scent is one that I would describe as really quite pleasant and although sweet, it is not one that I would describe as flowery or too girly and so I think would be liked by men and women alike. It smells of freshly washed laundry and reminds me of playing in the garden whilst clothes were drying on the line and being enveloped in a great big bed sheet as the wind blew in my direction. It is really quite lovely and due to the memory it conjures up, also quite comforting - who doesn't like the smell of fresh laundry? The scent is quite strong and it travels around the room well. After burning for around an hour the scent does start to get a bit much, at which point I extinguish the tea light. The scent lingers afterwards for several hours and I can often detect some even the next day. Overall this is one of my favourite scents from Yankee. The scent is really quite nice, and due to its strength a little really goes a long way. Yankee tarts have around 8 hours of burn time and I've got a little more than that out of this tart, which is great! Recommended!
In 1969 a young boy was trying to make his Mother a present for Christmas, he melted down his crayons and little did he know he had made the first Yankee Candles. A couple of people saw the present and placed orders for him to make more candles and from their the Yankee Candle grew. Yankee candles come in many different fragrances and aswell as the candles there are also car fragrances. The Yankee Candle comes in many different formats with different burning times and of course different prices to boot. In the range there are, Wax Tartlets - £1.20 - 8 hours burning time Tea Lights - £6.45 for 12 - 4-6 hours burning time Sampler - £1.75 - 15 hours burning time Small Jars - £7.99 - 25-40 hours burning time Medium Jars - £15.99 - 65-90 hours burning time Large Jars - £18.99 - 110-150 hours burning time Small Tumbler - £9.45 - 35-45 hours burning time Medium Tumbler - £14.75 - 45-50 hours burning time Large Tumbler - £18.25 - 70-90 hours burning time After trying a Yankee tart and finding I really liked them I asked for a selection for last Christmas which my Mam bought me and this was one of the tarts she bought, I tend to stick to the tarts as I think they are really good value and they allow me to change my fragrance often. I should point out mind a tip I read for if you want to change your fragrance before your tart is finished is to place foil underneath the tart in your burner and then when it is cooled you can remove it from the burner but allowing you to return it to the burner at a later date. The clean cotton tart is bright white in colour and is the shape of a pastry tart that you would see on the likes of a jam tart. On the front of the tart there is a small picture of a lovely picketed fence with a couple of items drying on a washing line, the picture is predominantly white and looks clean and fresh. On the back of the tart you have another little sticker with some further information in picture format, there is A sign to say it will burn for more than 8 hours although some lose their smell before the 8 hours is up, Do not use with electric, Do not leave unattended, Do not use near curtains, Keep 10cm between candles, Keep away from children, Do not use in a frying pan, Do not add water On burning this tart I found it took a little longer than some for the smell to begin drifting around the room but I think that's because it is a much lighter smell than some of the Yankee fragrances. I find the smell of this tart is light and slightly floral but it is also quite sweet, I really liked the smell of it when it was burning but when the tart was out and solidified again you could still smell it in the house and it began to be a little too sweet for my liking. I wouldn't say that this is a tart that I will buy again simply because of the aftersmell, I still rate this 4 stars from 5 as it is great value, easy to use and smells nice when burning so the only drawback is the aftersmell and that's just my personal opinion.
Wax tarts are a product that I have been using for a couple of years now after first hearing about them from a review site. I have a Yankee Candle wax tart burner that is simple to use and very safe too. I always buy a plethora of different wax tarts and I love to burn them on a very regular basis. Earlier this year when a local craft store was closing down they had Yankee Candle products at less than half price. This meant that I picked up wax tarts for just 50p, some even less, and so I picked up a large amount of them and still have quite a few of the 'Wedding Day' ones left as well as these Clean Cotton wax tarts. I believe I paid 55 pence for each wax tart but it may have been slightly less as they were all bargains! These usually retail for around £1.20 making my purchases a wonderful saving for me and my purse! To use this wax tart is very simple. I always have a sniff through the packaging before purchasing and this one smelt quite plain yet slightly floral so I figured it was worth a try at the low price they were available for. To actually burn the wax tart I just unwrap mine, place it in the petal holder of my wax tart Yankee Candle burner and then light a plain tea light underneath. I use tea lights that last approximately 4 hours and so I can light and burn two tea lights completely before the fragrance of a wax tart should be running out. I normally do this over two days to make the most of wax tarts but sometimes I have been known to use up one wax tart in a day if we have guests coming and I want our home to smell lovely. A wax tart melts down and when I extinguish the tea light underneath it solidifies again and it is very simple to remove it and place another wax tart in my holder if I fancy a different scent. Also, if I want to I can cut these wax tarts in half and mix them with another fragrance although this isn't something that I do often as the wax tarts are quite hard when solid and I am frankly too lazy to cut through them regularly (if you choose to mix together never put two wax tarts together in your burner as it may overflow). This is definitely the least wildly scented Yankee Candle product I've ever used. It is very plain sounding and initially it is very plain smelling too. I was a little put off at first as it just doesn't sound very special but as I could faintly detect a nice whiff of floral scent through the packaging I decided that the price was low enough for me to take a gamble on picking up a few. This wax tart melted very quickly once in the wax tart, as most do, and it started to release a lovely clean, fresh, floral scent before it had even half melted. This is called clean cotton but then clean cotton would be very hard to detail as a scent. I cannot depict much from this other than it has a lovely floral scent that is light and airy without being overpowering. This doesn't smell like my clean cotton but then I use lavender scented washing tablets at the moment. This doesn't overpower you with scent and because of that it wasn't detectable anywhere other than my open plan kitchen & living room. This isn't a problem though as recently I've been using a tea light holder in my bedroom and burning 5 tea lights there at a time. I have found that the scent becomes less noticeable before my second unfragranced tea light burns down meaning that this isn't quite lasting 8 hours at full fragrance, however, once the second tea light had burned down and been self extinguished the scent was still easily noticeable in my open plan kitchen & living room for around another 1 - 1 1/2 hours. In general it is fair to say that there isn't too much I can say to sum this up. It is a clean, fresh, lightly floral scent that is pleasant without being overpowering. Our living room and kitchen smelled lovely when these wax tarts were lit and for that I feel they deserve 5/5. This is not the most adventurous fragrance ever but it is still lovely and definitely worth £1.20 per wax tart (their normal retail price). I picked mine up for a bargain and I'm only sorry that it took me so long to try this particular scent out!
I really like the Yankee Candle range and I use the Car Jars and Wax Tarts the most. I have used the Candles as well but they are a good bit more expensive - and I know they do last longer and all that but I like to use my Oil Burner at nights and these are just perfect to get a nice scent into your house. You can buy the Tarts in lots of different scent but this one is one of my favourites. You can pick these up online and the price varies from 95p-£1.40. A department store in my town sells this range too and these cost £1.15 in there. They just look like the picture. A blob of solid Wax. You can see the wax through the cellophane wrapper and you will see it is wider and flatter on 1 side and then it goes a bit narrower on the other side. I guess this is to allow it to sit in an Oil burner a bit easier. Just place this into a Burner and the Heat from the Tea light below will Melt this and therefore you will get a nice scent in the room. Even when this is liquid it doesn't seem to reduce all that much and i've seen me getting a good few days of continuous use out of 1 of these. The Liquid goes into a solid Wax again once cool. The scent of this is really nice. It is a simple scent and really does smell like clean fresh cotton scent. It is quite a strong scent but it just so nice and fresh and I find that the scent lingers in my living room and can even be smelt the next day ever so lightly. A great scent from a good range and even if this kind of scent isn't your thing there will surely be a scent in this range for yourself.
* ~ * YANKEE PRODUCTS * ~ * I heard of Yankee candles about 2 years ago, how-ever it wasn't until last year when I actually purchased a candle and loved the strong smell the candles give off. I've read many reviews about the wax tarts both on here and ciao. The wax tarts sounded great and from the review's I've read it sounds as though they give off a strong fragrance. Recently I purchased a large Yankee Candle in a jar and although it smelt quite strong before it was lit, when lit the candle didn't give off much fragrance, so I was disappointed by this. I also though the big candle jars were quite pricey and seeing the wax tarts sold singly in my local B & Q for about 89p, I thought I would give the wax tart a go. Yankee, do other products such as car fresheners, different sized and scent's of candles and lots of different wax tarts and burners for them. Admittedly, I didn't buy a Yankee wax burner as my boyfriend's mum had one so she gave this to us to use. * ~ * THE WAX TART * ~ * One of the wax tart's me and my boyfriend choose was white and called Soft Cotton, we could smell the scent of this slightly through the plastic packaging and thought it was nice so we thought we would give it a go. We opened the plastic packaging the tart was in and put it on top of the burner, then lit and unscented tea-light and put it underneath so it melted the wax tart slowly. The wax tart had only been in there for a few minutes before we could smell the wax tart. The smell of the tart smelt like clean, fresh washing just taken out from the washing machine. To some people this might be a horrible smell; how-ever I love the smell of fresh clean washing. The tart smelt really fresh and it filled the lounge with the lovely smell. Although the smell is described as cotton, it doesn't smell like washing powder or anything which is good. On average the wax tart's are meant to last approximately 7 hours. We left the wax tart burning for a few hours before blowing out the tea-light ready to go to bed. Even after the wax tart had stopped melting, you could still smell the fresh cotton smell for an hour or so. The smell didn't really travel very far to any of the other room's. How-ever we weren't that bothered as we live in a small flat and spend most of the time in the lounge anyway. We continued using the wax tart for the next 3 days, for a few hours in the evening's, which is when the wax had all gone, and we would need to use a new wax tart. Me and my boyfriend loved the smell of this tart and we were really impressed at how strong the scent from the tart was. The smell was clean and fresh and wasn't too over-powering. It filled the room with a nice, clean scent which lasted even after the candle beneath had been blown on out. Since trying this wax tart we have also purchased some other's to try and look forwards to seeing what the other tarts are like and if they are as good. If you like fresh, clean smells then I would recommend this wax tart. (review also on ciao)