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Before Christmas I received a lovely little surprise in the post and one of my friends had sent me a Yankee candle wax tart. The wax tart that she had sent me was called cranberry ice and I decided that I would save it for the run up to Christmas as it just seemed as though it would be quite a festive scent. This is my review of the product.
Wax tarts are basically a wickless piece of wax which is designed to be melted in a tart burner using the heat from a tea light candle underneath it. The tarts are a good size meaning should you wish to you could probably break them up in to smaller pieces but I never do this as I prefer them to give off a nice strong scent when I am using them.
The cranberry ice wax tart comes wrapped tightly in plastic which is how all of the Yankee Candle wax tarts come. Although sometimes it can be a bit tricky to remove the plastic I do like the fact that they are so neatly wrapped because being wax they are prone to little breakages and other brands I have used that don't come wrapped have left bits of wax all over the cupboard that I store them in! This particular tart has a deep red label on the front which immediately makes me think of Christmas time anyway but it also has a picture of some cranberries with frost and snow on the top of them which again just reinforces the feeling that this is going to be a good scent to use during the winter months I think.
To use the product I placed the tart in my tart burner and lit the tea light underneath it and then I went about doing a few jobs around the house. I always tend to do this as I like to give the wax tart time to start melting so when I come back to the room I can detect the scent immediately. With this one it didn't take long at all before the sweet fruity scent of the cranberries was filling the air in my lounge which I really liked. I would say the scent was quite an authentic smell and is really fruity and sweet and so I don't think it would suit those looking for a spicy fragrance but for me I really liked this one. Although I said I imagined this would be a perfect winter fragrance I see no reason why you couldn't burn it throughout the year because it is very sweet and pleasant and it certainly lingers in the air.
A wax tart is designed to give around eight hours of fragrance but I think this one has given me a good few hours more than that. Obviously the more it is burned the weaker the scent becomes but as this was quite a strong and visible scent anyway the scent isn't too spoiled by burning it for longer than what Yankee candle advise.
A wax tart costs between £0.90 and £1.20 really depending on where you get them from but I think this one is well worth the money as it gave plenty of fragrance and was used for longer than many other wax tarts are used for. I recommend this fragrance!
Thank you for reading my review!
At Christmas time my Mum bought me a few Yankee Wax Tarts knowing that I am a huge fan of them and one in the box that she gave to me was this Cranberry ice one. I am not usually overly fond of fruity scents and not of cranberry usually so this was the one I left to use till last to be honest thinking it wasn't going to be my thing!
The Yankee tarts come in a see through and easy to remove plastic wrapper and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and there is a picture shown of frosted cranberries and then on the back of it we are shown diagrams of do's and dont's, told that this has a burn time of around 8 hours, weighs 32g and contact details for the manufacturer (Yankee) are given. This fragrance is also available in candles of different sizes though cost a lot more than about £1.20 my Mother paid for this and for me to buy a candle over the size of the votive it has to be very special indeed cos the largest one is around the £20.00 mark.....not cheap but then Yankee is a quality name and for me you get what you pay for to be fair!
The Tart Itself:
What you get is a large lump of dark and round berry red in colour .....wax and its fluted to the edges and on the top of it the word Yankee is engraved into it. To use a tart you simply pop all of it into the top of an oil burner and burn a tealight under it though I do know people that use them as drawer fresheners and the likes too but me, well I always enjoy burning mine! You can easily snap a tart into pieces should you want to for burning smaller amounts and of course you can mix them with bits of other tarts for your more unique blend should you want to but I do not want to I'm a purist lol.
This melts quickly releasing the very fruity and rich cranberry scent which is sweet and not harsh or sickly and is authentic and to me smells like I think a cranberry should. Its quite a strong fragrance this and rather uplifting in my opinion though I'm not sure why it's called ice cos it isn't a cold sort of scent or crisper than what i think it should smell like!
I would burn this one any time of year to freshen up my home and I have to admit that although not usually a fruit lover (When it comes to home fragrancing at least!) this is really nice and even when I extinguish the flame of the tealight I can still smell it lingering for a good couple of hours so to me that shows the strength of this one and I happily burnt it in my home for a couple of hours a time to which I left the wax to set till next time and I reckon I got about 9 hours of burning from this which is even better than the estimated 8 hours Yankee give.
A lovely tealight candle that scents my flat and banishes any nasty odours there be in a really pleasant way!
Available from Yankeecandle.com and places like Homebase and Clinton Cards though I usually purchase mine from Amazon.com
One of the other scents that I have found recently from Yankee Candle's scent list for Christmas 2012 is that of Cranberry Ice, a new take and another recipe scented candle that sits alongside the established "Cranberry Chutney," candle, a scent that I have come to love or loathe as the years go by, simply because it has too many bad body odour over tones and not enough cranberry. I was therefore at two minds to even consider "Cranberry Ice," until my local stockist pointed out I promised her a sample of Napa Sun Valley and we duly met up another day out of work and swapped over our scents. Just like "Cranberry Chutney," this candle scent by Yankee Candle has a similar burgundy red colouring and could pass off for any of the current and classic Christmas scents Yankee Candle already produce such as "Red Berry Wreath," or "Sparkling Cinnamon." It is worlds away from the poor "Snow In Love," Christmas scent that sits alongside the rest of the end of year season event that Yankee Candles always presents something new.
When you purchase a Yankee Candle wax tart, you'll need an additional burner to use as there no wick in this type of product, but I always point out that regardless of the body becoming boiling hot to the touch whenever tealight candles are left to melt the wax, and additionally safety must be given at all times with any lit product, wax tarts & burners aren't for inquisitive children or pets. You will have to maintain safety and logic at all times - and you may find that the oil burner gets hot on the base as well as the top making it unsuitable to be moved around - and to avoid surfaces being burnt, always use a heat proof coaster to keep the burner balanced and heat insulated.
What Does It Smell Of?
The first tone that comes off this wax tart is that of cranberry, but it smells like a fizzy, sparkling kind of light cranberry that has been used here, rather than the darker, more ripe scent of the drink you consume or indeed cooking cranberries that you might eat around Winter time.
The undeniable scent of the berry acts as the secondary tone in this candle, with the first being quite a heavy citrus orange that isn't afraid of becoming the strongest scent overall. On the base tone, there is the slightest lemon scent that gives this candle, an overall dry nature when the scent pervades in the room and the same kind of fizz like scent that YC put into their "Sparkling Cinnamon," is very apparent here.
Strength & Delivery
From the moment I opened the wrapper and placed the solid wax tart into my burner, it only takes a couple of minutes for the scent to fully come alive. After an hour, the room in which this candle is placed in feels invigorating and absolutely pungent with the scent of oranges and cranberries! If you miss the smell of burnt orange peel on a fireplace, you'd find it here mixed in with dark winter berries.
The scent also has enough strength to get right through a couple of rooms and has no problem at all shifting odours like tobacco, food odour or even pet odour. For that reason alone, the candle is well worth considering, given the fact that of late out of the Christmas range I've tried so far for 2012 from Yankee Candle, strength has been a problem.
After three days use, the candle still smells very orangey and berry like, even at a time the less than pleasing "ice" promise starts to die down. Yankee Candle's claim of an 8 hour burn duration is therefore not true - not when my candle has been left on for at least four hours per day!
Safety & Other Maintenance
Removing the candle is easy though - once the hot oil burner has cooled down, take out the tealight candle and insert the whole burner into a freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes or 30 minutes in a fridge. Afterwards tip the burner over and with a slight tap to the top, the wax tart should fall out easily. This is a much better procedure than pouring hot oil down a drain since it can block drains, or into a kitchen towel which can burn through and spoil work surfaces etc. Always sniff the base of the candle though when it falls out - if you can still smell scent - then the candle still has life in it to burn the next time around when you choose to burn the candle. This aspect is another bonus and proof to why wax tarts can be economical to buy instead of votives not just by cost price alone.
Downsides & Other Formats
Apart from the scent not being for all, I found this scent to be quite dry and at times developed a cough because the nature of the scent as the hours go on becomes quite potent to the point that the dryness of the scent catches my throat. It doesn't induce me to sneezing but buyers who are susceptible to coughing with some overly fragrant candles should be warned, here.
Where formats or different types of candles are concerned with the Cranberry Ice range, there are plenty of other formats of this candle scent by Yankee Candle - but avoid wax tarts that have been left out in the shop too long as they can tend to lose their scent. I always check the wax tarts in shops by sniffing the base of them to see how fresh they are and if you can't smell the scent either on the top or base, choose another to avoid disappointment.
Prices and formats are given on average before 25% discounts if the scent is "season of the month," and usually the discounts are only available at local shops like Clinton Cards, Debenhams and House of Frasers, although it is always best to check with the seller concerned - I tend to shop for my candles locally or source online for the best prices:
* Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p to £1-20 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, £5-99 to £7-99).
* Medium Housewarmer jar candle (12.5 oz 65-90 hours, £15-49 to £16-99.
* 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 cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99).
* Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99).
I am pleasantly surprised by "Cranberry Ice," initially assuming the worst following on my experiences with "Cranberry Chutney," although latterly from the name, it is indeed a little strange as to why Yankee Candle have misnamed this candle yet again. It doesn't have a lot of cranberry scent contained in it at first but rather a fizzy burnt orange scent that has been done before (those who have bought "Spiced Orange," will know what I mean, here!) AND then finally, the cranberry seems to shine through as an underlying after thought. The "ice" part may well point to the scent being fresh, but unfortunately it means the dryness of the overall hue that the scent paints here, and when most Yankee Candle tarts don't induce me to cough, the icy freshness casts a warning here.
Although that may disappoint few, the fact that the candle is positive, bright and brings quite a nice and freshening aspect to the theme of Christmas and at a time of giving, receiving and festive cheer. A definite candle to burn for visitors arriving, but one for putting out once they have arrived to avoid the icy coughs! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2013.
=Yankee Candle Cranberry Ice=
I have to say that I am absolutely addicted to Yankee candles, although my purse runs to small voile candles, but I do prefer the wax tarts as they can be purchased for around £1 to £1.50 do you can get to try different fragrances.
The tart is made from candle wax, but without the wick, the fluted tartlets are designed to be used in the top of oil burners with a tea light underneath.
The tart in question is the Cranberry ice, and red in colour I purchased this for £1.20 in a card shop, the tarts have a little fluted edge, and are wrapped in a cello wrap with a picture on the front and a description of the name. I always use scissors to open the tartlets with.
To make the wax tarts last, I break them in half and just use half in the oil burner, this then has a tea light under the gap, (lit) and within about 10 minutes, the tart melts down to a red liquid, and you get a smell of cranberries. Although this has primarily a cranberry smell, it has a bitter overtone, it reminds me of smelling a mulled wine thats had a heavy dose of cranberry.
Although I do like strong smells, I feel this one doesn't quite meet the name
I usually get about 3 tea lights worth of use from half a tart, to clean, I just pop the burner in a freezer for about 10 minutes, then ease out the wax, after this time the smell of the cranberry has disappeared, although the oil is still in place.
Even next morning, I can smell the cranberry smell in the front room, its mild smell, and that sticks around for about 6 hours after the tealight has gone out.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend the Yankee tarts, but I feel that this Cranberry ice is an acquired taste, for me unfortunately its one that I have brought once and won't buy again, but I will still keep trying other flavours.
Although I don't like the smell that much, that is not the fault of the tart, if everyone liked the same smells life would be boring, so this gets a 4/5 - Lasting power, ease to use, and the fact the smell does last
Coming up to Christmas, I decided to change the scent in my Yankee Candle burner. I had a little bit of a sniff around the Yankee shop and then decided on buying the Cranberry Ice scent.
The cranberry ice scent is lovely and fresh, it has a fruity cranberry scent to it and is a little less sweet than the cranberry chutney one that I have also used before in the house. I find that this scent is lovely in my house and it has a real Christmasy feel to it.
I would say that this is one of my favourite scents so far, in my house I thought it was best suited to burn in the living room and the scent filled the room quickly and lingered nicely.
The best thing about this particular Yankee scent is that it isn't too overpowering, it is just sweet and fresh and nice but it definitely is strong enough to cover up unwanted odours.
How Does It Burn
These wax tarts burn in the wax tart burners, you simply take them out of their plastic packaging, light a tea light in the bottom compartment and then allow the wax tart to melt and the scent is then released.
I have found that the wax tarts are a little bit more economical than the candles as they are so cheap to buy and last ages. Also if you fancy a change of scent, they are only £1.25 to change.
Changing scents however is a little messier than the candles which are just thrown away. To change your wax tart when the scent is all used up in it, you tap the bottom of you wax burner lightly until the wax tart releases. I find that it can be quite tough to get the wax tart changed, but eventually they do pop out. Then I like to give the base of the wax tart holder a bit of a wipe and then it is ready to be used again.
Would I Recommend
I would definitely recommend this wax tart. I have got lots of burning time out of it and it lasted in my house for about a month, being burnt almost every day and night. I would say that this was great value and the Cranberry Ice scent is lovely.
Price and Availability
You can buy these candles in a range of different sizes, here is a list of the sizes and prices:
Wax Tart (burn time up to 8 hours)- £1.25
Sampler (burn time up to 15 hours)- £1.75
Small Jar (burn time 25-40 hours)- £7.99
Medium Jar (burn time 65-90 hours)- £15.99
Large Jar (burn time 110-150 hours)- £18.99
I bought this wax tart in the Yankee Candle store just before Christmas for £1.25. I think that this is a great price for this wax tart as it smells lovely and I have got lots of burning time from it.
Overall I think that this is a fantastic Yankee scent, it smells lovely and sweet and is a must have for cranberry lovers. I think that this was a great scent for around the Christmas period and it made my house smell lovely. Overall I would give this wax tart 5 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
Having read loads of reviews about how brill Yankee candles were, I thought I'd try some. I was in a LLandudno gift shop when I spotted all their Christmas fragrances on sale at half price, the retail was around £1.20 I only paid 60p each so got a few different ones.
I chose to try Cranberry Ice first as I am a fan of cranberry scents. The candles themselves are little fluted tartlets to be melted in a burner, they have no wick. The wax tart is red and I could smell it through the wrapper, the wrapper isn't the easiest thing to get into and I had to use the scissors.
I placed the tart in my usual oil burner and lit a tea light underneath. After 10 mins or so the tart melted down to form a pool of deep red liquid. It doesn't take long for the scent to float around the room. I find this a strong smell, it does smell like cranberry but not particularly fruity more sweet but it has a sort of bitter/spicy undertone that I'm not too keen on. It has a vague sick smell about it (like red wine the morning after). Once I get used to it though I find it pleasant enough although I can't leave it lit for long. Once the candle is out the scent doesn't linger, well maybe for a few minutes but it's not like an air freshener. It does freshen the room up though whilst lit and wafts around the downstairs.
I've seen reviews suggesting to cut the tart in half to make it last longer than the estimated 8hr burning time, I didn't think it would because I thought it would just burn for 4hrs at a time but am surprised that it actually has lasted longer being used this way. The wax has been in the burner for atleast 6 hours off and on and is still going strong, there's more than half left and is still strongly scented. Once the tea light is out the wax solidifies ready for reuse.
Would I recommend, yes and no- yes because this candle has lasted ages and no because it's a strong scented one and to be honest I'm waiting for it to burn away so I can use a different one.
I'll give it 4 stars because even though I'm not 100% on the scent that's just a personal preference and the wax tart itself is good quality and long lasting.
Yankee Candle is an American company who offer a huge range of scented products for the home. Cranberry Ice has been released as a Christmas 2012 scent alongside three other scents.
Cranberry Ice is available in jar format, tealights, votives and tumblers. The cheapest way to experience this scent is by purchasing a wax tart. A wax tart is a disc of scented wax which can be melted in a tart burner. Each tart weighs 22g and is said to offer at least 8 hours of scent.
The festive wax tarts are normally red, white or green coloured. Cranberry Ice is a deep red colour. When you purchase this tart in the shop, it is presented in a clear wrapper. The label adorning this tart illustrates frosted cranberries.
The official description of Cranberry Ice is 'refreshingly tart and sweet! A cool, stimulating rush of frosty red fruits bursting with tangy sweetness'.
~Price and Availability~
Cranberry Ice in wax tart format can be purchased online from stores such as Amazon, eBay and www.yankeescents4.com. Prices average between £1.00 and £1.20. It will be available from your local Yankee stockist in the next few weeks (when the festive range is re-introduced.
In a bid to try every Yankee Candle scent, I bulk buy from the internet. I always love it when they release new scents and I been trying out the Autumn and Winter releases recently. I favour the wax tarts as they are fairly cheap, easy to use and if I am not keen on the scent, I haven't wasted much money. I have gone on to purchase many housewarmer jars from sampling the wax tarts so I highly recommend doing this.
I am addicted to Christmas and all things festive so happily sample the festive scents in September (or April and May). Whilst I am not crazy on cranberries as a food, I find the scent to be quite pleasant. Cranberry Ice is definitely suited more to using during the day as a refreshing scent. As you would expect by the 'ice' part of the name, it wouldn't be ideal for a relaxing evening. I have found this to be the perfect scent to use whilst doing my housework as it enhance the clean feeling of my home.
Through the wrapper, a rich fruity aroma is evident but at this point, the 'ice' part isn't noticeable. This tart was fully melted within 30minutes of the first tealight being lit and transformed into a pool of deep red liquid. Cranberry Ice is quite strong - I usually melt my tarts in my living room and noticed that a strong, air filling fragrance took little time to filter around the room and into our hallway. Any homely odours are eliminated and in general, my home smells refreshed.
Cranberry Ice is a bright, uplifting scent. The cranberry itself is most prominent and is very rich and sweet. It smells very natural and the 'tart' description is about right. It reminded me of a rich, cranberry sauce with a slight, bitter undertone. Yankee have blended this scent well to avoid it becoming too sweet and tangy. It is deliciously cool and fresh. Cranberry Ice flows beautifully and offers a consistent strengh of cool sweetness which is quite festive and relaxed.
After the tealight burns out, a subtle fruity aroma lingers in the air for a short while. I would say that this tart offered around 10 hours of noticeable scent so I am happy with that. I would recommend this scent as it is a pleasant, home refresher type scent and it offers just the right amount of sweetness to avoid being sickly. It isn't one I would personally purchase in jar format as it isn't my favourite (I did like it though) but if you are a big fan of cranberry scents then this is definitely for you.
Thanks for reading :)
Originally written for ciao Sept 2012.