I’m not sure exactly when it started, but our local Asda now sells Yankee products from the “Simply Home” range of scents in a few different formats – tarts, candles etc. Mrs Dablue and I normally only buy the tarts (being good northerners, we tend to go for the cheapest option) but last Christmas we did a “free” shop for goodies using the change we’d saved all year in a jar. One of the treats we got with this saved up cash was a medium jar of the Cranberry Zest scent as we thought that out of all the different scents they had on sale, this one was the most Christmassy.
For those that don’t know, Yankee are an American company who make predominantly wax based scented products like differing sizes of candles in glass jars and tarts, but they also make car air fresheners, pot pourri, reed diffusers etc. Although the jar candles are quite expensive as a one off purchase compared to buying the tarts, they do work out as quite good value for money as they last for a long time (Yankee suggest between 110 and 150 hours) and the jars come with a lid which can be re-used for all sorts of things once the candle has burnt out.
This medium candle, Cranberry Zest, has the very rich, sharp and fruity smell of juicy ripe cranberries mixed with the sweetness of oranges. The smell also has a touch of cinnamon in my opinion, which adds a bit more richness and is probably what made us think it was a scent perfectly matched for Christmas. However, on various websites that sell this scent, I have not found any product description during my research that backs up my claim of cinnamon. Answers on a post card please.
The wax is a very appealing deep ruby red, imagine a smoky glass of port. Like most other Yankee wax products I have used, the strength of the smell this blasts out makes Geoff Capes look like a weakling. Think of it as a very pleasant smelling nuclear strength air freshener. A burning candle takes about ten minutes to fill a room with the scent and it’s most noticeable when you leave the room and re-enter after a short while.
I would recommend this to those who like the fruitier Yankee scents, some night say that £13 is a bit steep for a candle, but they do last a very long time. Would work well at any time of year, not just Christmas. Five stars, thanks for reading.
I really did not know much about this "Simply Home" part of Yankee Candle. I had seen them around, mainly in Asda and B&Q and never really understood why they were there and not in other places. I had looked at the packaging and it looked more basic than what I am used to with Yankee. I started to get the impression that it was some sort of lower market product by Yankee. Thus, I never really took an interest.
Come Christmas day I get a box and inside that box is a Simply Home Cranberry Zest. It was from my mother and she has to work to a budget, so I can understand why she choose this over a regular yankee candle.
So what is the difference? From my own point of view that is. The shape of the glass is different, but still feels a very thick piece of glass and high quality. Taking the lid off, looking at the candle, its pretty much exactly the same as you would see in the normal candle. The smell still hits you aswell. So what really is the difference? Well from the cosmetic side, its just the label. Its more subtle, alot smaller.
The candle I had was a medium. The burn time for this is 55-75hrs. Compare this with a medium regular yankee candle which burns for 65-90hrs. The cost? A medium is £8 for a simply home and maybe £13 for a regular yankee.
Cranberry Zest is described as Refreshingly tart and sweet, A cool, stimulating rush of frosty red fruits bursting with a tangy sweetness. Looking at the picture, the zest would appear to come from Oranges. When burning you notice the cranberry more so than anything. Which is pleasant enough. Its not that over powering and ideal for something like the bedroom. Its more a winter fragrance than a summer.
Are they worth it? Well for the price, they are not bad, but you are very limited on choice. You also do not get as much burn time as a regular one. I personally would not go out looking to buy these as I would like the wide choice that regular yankee candles have to offer. But on a budget, this fragrance is good and lasts long.
I noticed a few months back that Asda were now stocking Yankee Candles which I was very pleased about being the fan I am. The only disappointment was that they are not stocking the main Yankee range, only their 'Simply Home' range, which I know some Yankee fans do not rate as highly.
My own experience with the Simply Home range was fairly limited. I had purchased a couple of wax tarts a year or so back and found their to be no difference that I could see, apart from varying longevity of some of their wax tarts which I find can happen with many fragrances from the entire Yankee catalogue anyway. Therefore I was not put off by the fact Asda were only stocking the Simply Home range and have been enjoying buying mainly wax tarts over the last few months (as these are my preference) .
I was shopping in Asda recently and decided to buy a couple of wax tarts and noticed there was a new seasonal range available and so I stocked up on a few festive wax tarts.
The first one which stood out as I held them up to my nose in store, was this Cranberry Zest. It had a lovely strong fruity scent which appealed right away and I purchased a couple of the wax tarts to try. I liked the tarts so much, I decided on another visit to also try a glass jar candle and so purchased the medium sized Cranberry Zest jar too.
The Cranberry Zest fragrance has a wonderful scent of berries blended with a slight orange citrus scent too. Yankee describe this as 'Refreshingly tart and sweet, A cool, stimulating rush of frosty red fruits bursting with a tangy sweetness' which I would say is a pretty apt description.
Its deep red wax makes it a winner for the festive season, but the fragrance is one I would happily burn all year round.
When melting the tart in my burner, the fragrance appears quite quickly and is very strong at first, filling my home with its fruity scent. It does weaken a little after a few hours, but only slightly and I have to say I was very impressed with the longevity of this tart. Its scent wafted out into my hallway and up the stairs. After extinguishing the tealight in my burner or letting it burn out, the fragrance from the melted wax hung in the air for a good while too. In fact I could still detect it the next morning when I came downstairs and on returning home from work later that day, I could still slightly detect the fragrance as I opened the front door.
Yankee do state you can expect up to 8 hours of fragrance from a wax tart and Cranberry Zest exceeds this by a good further three or four hours I am pleased to report.
On purchasing Cranberry Zest in its jar format, I was again impressed with the fragrance released. I would say it wasn't as strong as the wax tart, but I do find this is often the case, hence why I usually purchase the wax tarts most of the time. It was still enough however, to fragrance my home whilst burning. The wax burned evenly down the jar too which is the sign of good quality and no well appeared in the middle.
I purchased the medium sized jar and found it lasted a couple of weeks when I burned it each evening in my home which wasn't bad at all.
Cranberry Zest is a current favourite of mine and I have stocked up on wax tarts and another jar from Asda. I am hoping they will continue to stock this one after the festive period. If you enjoy fruity fragrances then you will enjoy this one and I am happy to recommend.
The wax tarts are priced at £1 each at Asda, the medium sized jar is £8 and the large jar is £12.97. The glass jars can also be purchased online at Asda direct and delivered to your local Asda store free of charge if you don't want to pay for home delivery.