“ Brand: Yankee Candle / Type: Scented Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
I wasn't really sure what to expect with Yankee evening air candle but I liked the deep purple colour of the candle and the picture of the tree in the night sky with a water background really appealed to me. I wasn't sure what the smell would be like but I wanted to try it and was hoping it was going to be really crisp and aromatic.
I bought it in a sampler version which cost me 95p in an online sale but they usually sell for about £1.20.
Sampler candles and wax tarts are the best way to experiment with Yankee's many different scents without having to spend a lot of money. Evening air is also available in larger jar candles and lidded glass jars.
As soon as I unwrapped the sampler and could smell the candle it was nothing like I thought it would smell like. The smell is really aromatic and quite spicy and musky. It is really nice but I don't understand why it is called evening air because it really doesn't evoke feelings of evening air.
It smells a bit like an aftershave or men's deodorant and is one of the more masculine Yankee candles that are available.
The strength of the candle was on the strong side for Yankee and it filled my living room up quickly after lighting it and I could smell it all the way in the hall and through to the kitchen after about half an hour.
The sampler candles are supposed to last for about 8 hours and this one did last about that time. I found that I only needed to light the candle for about an hour at a time for it to fill the whole living room up completely with the aroma and once the sampler was blown out the scent would linger for hours afterwards.
Even though I did like this Yankee fragrance it isn't my favourite as it was a little too aromatic and I prefer the more fresher scents than this one. I wouldn't spend full price to buy the larger jar candles but I would buy it again in sampler or wax tart form.
If you read my recent reviews you will see that in the last few months not only have I become a heavy user of this brilliant dooyoo website, but I've also become addicted to Yankee Candles too! I blame all the reviews I read on here for getting my intrigue up and one particular reviewer's work was so brilliant it inspired me to buy my first few Yankee Candles.
This particular tart is called 'Evening Air' and was in my first initial pick and mix selection which I purchased from ebay for £8.95 for 10 different tarts. This therefore makes the price of this tart to me 89p but I've seen it in places like Clinton's cards for £1.00 so you are looking at paying between 89p and £1.05 for this tart.
When I first smelt this scented wax tart when I recieved it, I wasn't particularly overwhelmed with it's scent. But I have fast learnt that this is by no means an indication of the scent itself or level of scent that a tart can emit. (Some of the tarts I have tried smell so strong in the packaging but weak when burnt etc)
Like all Yankee Cande Wax Tarts, this one came packaged in tight plastic with needed to be removed with scissors. I always find it's best to do this over the bin or sink because almost all tarts do flake a bit when you open them and it can sometimes be very difficult to get the wax off your kitchen counter/table etc. The label on this tart was gold and blue with a relaxing picture of an evening scence on the front. This made me think that I was in for the sort of scent thats assosciated with relaxtion to some extent.
The smell once out of the packaging did get quite strong, but still not to a level I would describe as overwhelming. The scent itself was fresh and heavy but it wasn't musky so I was interested to see what the scent would transform in to when it began to burn. As I burnt it the dark blue wax melted quite quickly and the melted wax that took it's place was very dark and almost black in colour. Within 30 minutes it had fully melted and the smell was very strongly and quickly filling the room.
My first thoughts regarding the scent were how unlike 'Evening Air' it was. In fact the best description for this tart's scent is that it smells like aftershave or mens deoderant! It's not a horrible smell, and likewise it's not a smell I didn't like. But if it's title had something more to do with mens antipersperant then maybe I would have picked it and been in a different mood or frame of mind about it!
As the tart continued to burn I became aware that it's heaviness was quickly circulating around my house. Now this is what I like in my Yankee Candles. I like them to have the power to scent my whole house without being musky and having the sort of scent that sticks in the back of your throat or makes your eyes water-because thats not pleasant! So on that level I was very pleased with it's ability to scent my whole house. I also did enjoy the fact that it's scent was evenly distributed. Of course it was much stronger in the kitchen where it was burning but it's scent when it had drifted upstairs wasn't unfamiliar but the same as downstairs. In other words, it's smell hadn't been distorted as it got further away from the burner.
I can't quite decide on where this falls on my top list of Yankee Scents really. I can't say I didn't like it because it wasn't unpleasant to smell and I did re-use it over several days burning sessions. But I can't also say I loved it because mens aftershave isn't really something that appeals to me as a scent for my family home. Perhaps if I was a batchelor it would appeal more! The scent itself wasn't difficult to be around, nor was it overwhelming but the strength of scent was pleasing so it has an equal pro's and con's list for me.
Yankee Candles say their tarts have approximately 8 hours of scent time when burnt. I've learnt that 'approximately' is the right word as some have more and some less. This particular scent gave me high levels of scent when burnt for over 10 hours and to be honest when I changed it this morning I know it could still have given me an hour or so more so it's value for money is excellent.
With regards to star rating I think a 3.5 out of 5 is best. It's one of the most recently released UK ranges that Yankee Candles have bought out over here so it's easily available and therefore a good price (the prices of tarts tend to escalate to silliness when they become 'retired' or hard to find). And it's got a good scent level which is also what I enjoy about Yankee Candles. However it's scent was nothing remotely like Evening Air which disappointed me, and even further from that it wasn't a relaxing smell which it's packaging had led me to believe. I think perhaps if this tart was rebranded as something more 'male orientated' it would work much better! On the reverse though, I can't say I wouldn't use it again but I would rush out to buy it again above all the other options that Yankee have introduced me to.
Overall-Doesn't set the world alight, but so-so for a wax tart.
When I did stage shows a few years ago in my illustrious career as a part time professional musician who was fed up playing in pit bands and orchestras, I was asked to play a leading part in a play which involved wearing heavy make up due to the poor lighting in the community hall and the production make up on board wasn't the healthiest looking. I recall having to use a fast tanning cream that had just come onto the market (and appears here under a well known certain brand) following the post production rehearsals that made me come out in red blotches because of the old makeup. Whilst the fast tanning cream worked wonders for on the stage looks, the smell of makeup has never been quite forgotten with a mix of flowers and painted lead makeup pencils - a sweet and heavy odour you can often find if you open up many a ladies' makeup bag.
Evening Air is supposed to smell like Cedarwood, Cloves, Geranium, Basil and Musk. It has a very strong flowery sensation that is soon calmed down by the Cedarwood that gives the scent a longevity aspect when burnt using any of the medium or large house warmer jar candles. I only know this because I've been to friend's homes where Evening Air in glass jar form has been witnessed. I on the other hand, tried this out in the cheaper format of wax tart form and was looking forward to getting the same level of scent on offer. I've yet to smell cloves though.
In wax tart form you'll invariably need a potpourri oil burner supported either by a wax tealight candle or electric means. Once the clear wrapper is taken off, the solid mass can be dropped into a deep concave dish before turning into steaming oil and in Evening Air's case, a dark blue hot oil. As the fragrance oils starts to pervade the home aided by a slight steam like appearance as it burns, normal Yankee Candle wax tarts can last longer on scent usually four times more than the tealight underneath that powers it! The beauty of any Yankee Candle wax tart is that once you take out the tealight candle below and place the entire burner (making sure it has cooled down completely first) into the freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes, the candle can easily be taken out of the burner without cutting into the burner itself. If there is scent on the base of the candle, then the candle wax tart can be used again and again until there is no more scent detected.
The problem with Evening Air is that whilst it looks like a lovely candle, kept by its deep and dark navy blue colouring and when smelt under the wrapping of the tart wax, smells strongly of makeup pencils, the scents have a different balance in wax tart form. I was pleasantly surprised to find my friend's medium glass house warmer jar version still smelling of the scents one quarter left in her jar but even she admits that Evening Air isn't a scent that is overpowering. I don't find it fully invades the home like other Yankee Candles, and that can be a good thing sometimes, presenting a more cosy effort here to relax with. The top tone of Evening Air is the strong flowery Geranium that comes across almost too heady, the middle tone being quite musky similar to aftershave or perfume whilst the base has the most unusual overtone of sweetness that in my mind, gives it the sweet pencil like lead tone (perhaps Yankee Candle have added Patchouli here) that is quite dry, rounding up into a candle that doesn't appear to know what it is supposed to be. It is no surprise to find that Yankee Candle themselves have stopped production of this scent which only came out in 2008! This doesn't mean however that the candle can't be found on the high street online. Infact, Evening Air seems to have been heavily promoted through many of the varities you can buy that aren't wax based candles. Sprays and reed diffusers are available with the Evening Air scent and this seems to be a more varied approach even though the scent is first and foremost one that has been available in candle form for some time. I've even seen this scent on sale in scented powder sachet form too, which is unheard of because YC only sell this format in either the classic fragrances range or a scent that has been on sale seasonally and reappears year after year.
Other formats available: (average pricing given)
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p each.)
Scented Powder Sachet (28grams, 3-4 week duration, £2-99)
Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2)
Small housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £7-99)
Medium housewarmer jar candle (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £13-99)
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 jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99)
Car air vent gel pack (4-6 weeks duration £2-85, 3 pack additional at £5-98)
Car Pump 'n' Go clip on air vent freshener (4-6 weeks, £7-20)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
On-The-Go Travel scented air freshener pen (limited edition) (£5-99, 65 sprays duration, contains odour eliminator additive.)
Plug In Scent (£5-99 4-6 weeks duration, 2 capsules per box, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
Plug In Plug and "free" scent starter (£14-99, 4-6 weeks duration, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
Reed Diffuser (limited edition) (£11-99/£13-99 8fl. oz, 12 reeds 4-6 weeks duration.)
For some buyers, Evening Air has a musky, flowery scent that is quite understated when it first burns and pervades a room well rather than the whole home. It is appealing but not fresh enough to fully revitalize and refreshen a home full of bad odours like Clean Cotton, Wedding Day and other famous YC scents. It is a pity to report though that even with three of the wax tarts I bought, I find Evening Air to be shockingly short on strength. One week per wax tart before it completely shortens out isn't my idea of value! Whilst this is not an immediate downside, Evening Air isn't a scent that I'd associate with the evening, either let alone good quality outside air. Poorly named and with a confusing mix of claimed scents that don't make themselves well known through use, the candle is suitable for subtle blending of other scents at best, but on its own when it smells like a makeup bag, this is a scent I tend to avoid. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
If you have ever read any of my reviews before you will know that I am a big fan of the Yankee Candle range of scented wax tarts and have written many reviews on a variety of the products available to buy in the extensive collection. It was after reading a review from another dooyooer on this particular wax tart, "Evening Air" that I bought a batch of 5 from Ebay as this sounded like a scent I would like as I am usually drawn to the heavier, muskier scented candles from Yankee Candles, so what did I think?
Midnight Blue in colour, the wax tart comes packaged in transparent cellophane with an illustration of a single tree against a misty landscape, it certainly is one of the more evocatively illustrated that I have bought and brings to mind a sense of relaxation and a soothing ambience . Out of the wrapper the smell of essential oils and natural plant extracts that make up the wax tart are noticeable and I knew before even melting it that this was going to be one of the stronger smelling tarts in the collection. Clove, Geranium, Basil, Cedarwood and Musk are the main ingredients that go into "Evening Air" and together they make for a heady mix of scents, within minutes of melting the wax tart released its aroma into the air surrounding our tart burner and my initial impression was that this was perhaps a little too strong and a little too cloying.
The other reviewer of this product was correct in that this has almost an 'aftershave' scent to it and I couldn't quite place where I had smelled this before as it seemed to jog my memory of something I recognised. The Clove is probably the most domineering of smells which is noticeable and very spicy at first bordering on almost acrid however it is dampened down somewhat by the Cedarwood and Musk and after a while of being melted did settle down to be less overpowering. I think I recognise the scent as being one used in deodorant or body sprays, maybe "Lynx" as there are times when it does remind me of something I have worn in the past but then the smell changes to something more floral and musky so all in all it is quite baffling really. To be honest this isn't my favourite smelling wax tart in the Yankee collection and whilst I will happily use up the 5 that I bought I can't see me buying this one again as it is perhaps a little too strong and spicy for me and reminds me too much of something else which I still can't quite pinpoint.
This isn't a wax tart to burn in small room or confined space as it could potentially be overpowering, we have two tart burners which we often use at the same time either to combine scents or strengthen a single one but with "Evening Air" you would only need one to get more than enough fragrance. Yankee claim that you can get 8 hours of fragrance from a single tart before it needs replacing and this one certainly provides the maximum amount of scent for the maximum amount of time, I have found this in the past with Yankee, the stronger smelling wax tarts seem to have the greatest longevity so on that score you certainly do get your money's worth from "Evening Air" and a single tart could potentially give you quite a few days worth of fragrance before running out.
Although this hasn't been one of the better Yankee purchases for me personally this is why I always advocate buying something from the range in wax tart format as they cost very little to actually buy. For around £1.00 depending on where you purchase them from a single tart can act as an introduction to the scent and enables you to make up your mind whether to re-buy the same fragrance but in another format. The 'Housewarmer' candle jars that Yankee sell can cost up to £18.00 and I would have been horrified to have spent that amount of money on a scent which didn't quite live up to my expectations, at least with this I know I spent only a few pounds to discover that it wouldn't be one that I would buy again in the future. For some this may be a firm favourite but for me it was maybe a little bit too much and its on that basis that I would suggest trying this out but only in the wax tart or votive format first.
In case you don't know what a wax tart actually is unlike traditional candles which have a wick a wax tart is a small, fluted piece of solid wax which is designed to be melted on a tart burner. Once in place in the well of the burner a tealight is lit underneath it which gently allows the wax to melt and release the scented oils into the air around your home, burners can cost as little as £5.00 and tea-lights are available for only a few pence each. Once the tart has released all of its 'flavour' the wax can be scooped out and replaced with another tart, Yankee have a massive range of wax tarts available so there is plenty of choice and if you are a fan of scented candles in general then these are a cheap way of creating an atmosphere around your home as well as replacing any proprietary air fresheners you may have. I'm a big fan of Yankee candles and have bought many items from their collection and whilst "Evening Air" wouldn't be one I buy again I know that there are many other choices available to me.
A selection of choices from the Yankee range can be found on-line at places such as yankeedoodle.co.uk and amazon, off line they tend to be available in candle shops and some high street stores. Wax tarts generally cost around £1.00 each but are often on offer saving a few pence off their RRP and "Evening Air" should retail for around this price. For this review of "Evening Air" I am awarding a rating of 3 stars as although it didn't quite appeal to me there's no denying the fact that there is plenty of scent packed into such a small wax tart and I know that this will appeal to plenty of other people. My 3 star rating takes into account price, availability and value for money and I would recommend its purchase but only as an introduction to the scent offered.
Thanks for reading my review.
Despite being a lover of scented candles and oils and using them regularly, it was only quite recently that I became acquainted with Yankee Candles, when my daughter bought me a large scented jar candle as a gift.
The candle I received was 'Evening Air' and the wax tart version of the candle is shown in the photograph here.
Yankee Candles offer a vast range of candles with 'Evening Air' available as a votive, wax tart and small, medium and large scented jars. The large jar candle I received usually retails at around £17- £18, so they are certainly not cheap and whilst it does seem a lot to pay for a candle, I must admit it did look quite pretty and impressive and that's before it was lit!
The jar itself is quite heavy, the glass is good quality with a pretty glass lid and can be used as a storage jar afterwards if you wish, although it is advised you do not refill the jar with wax. I suppose it would be handy for storing cotton wool balls or similar items, but if you don't wish to use the jar once it's empty, then being glass it can of course be recycled.
Inside the jar is a 22oz (623g) wax candle which is a lovely dark purple colour. The label on the front depicting a scenic landscape of misty mountains, lake and trees on a evening, which I found very attractive and appealing. I like the colour purple too, so in terms of it being attractive to look at, this Evening Air scented jar gets full marks from me.
On removing the lid, the scent of the candle was instantly detectable. The first thought I had was that it smells like aftershave! Which one, I don't know, but it definitely has a strong masculine scent which I would describe as woody and musky. I cannot recall ever being outside on an evening and finding that the air smells anything like this, but it is a fragrance that does seem to match the colour and design of the candle and jar.
I do like the scent of this candle, I just find it difficult to describe, although it is meant to be clove, geranium, basil, cedarwood and musk, so my woody, musky description is fairly accurate and I think the clove is detectable too. I have asked both my partner and my daughters what they thought the candle scent was and they all said 'aftershave' too, with my youngest stating it reminded her of Lynx deodorant!
Once lit, it doesn't take long at all before you notice the scent filling the room, I was quite impressed. The other thing which impressed me is how the wax burns evenly and you don't end up with a well in the centre of the candle.
The jar does become warm so care must be taken and also don't allow the flame to touch the side of the glass. Keep the wick trimmed and the candle away from drafts and it should be fine.
You must also be careful when lighting the candle, as the further down the jar, the more difficult it becomes. I have had to use long candle matches to light the wick, as once the candle has burned halfway down the jar, it becomes impossible to reach the wick safely with an ordinary match or lighter.
Yankee recommend you burn the candle for no longer than 3 hours at a time to ensure the wax burns evenly. I may have let it burn once or twice for longer than this and the wax was fine, but mostly I would burn it for a couple of hours on an evening as I found the scent lingers for a good while after extinguishing the flame anyway, therefore there is no need to burn it for long periods in order to fragrance your room. I personally find the glow and flame of a candle burning very comforting as well as adding a cosy feel to the room, which is why I like to have one burning on an evening.
It is also recommended that in order to prevent possible heat damage to the surface you should discontinue using when 1/2" of wax remains. The candle should be placed on a plate or other fire and heat resistant surface.
The burn time for the large jar is 110 -150 hours. Now I didn't time exactly how long my candle lasted but I did use it every evening for around six weeks, so I would say the burn time is pretty accurate.
I enjoyed my candle and it is one I would buy again, I think the wax tarts which you can pick up for £1 - £2 are an ideal way to sample these candles and see if you like the scent before purchasing a larger and more expensive candle. These large jars seem expensive, but when you take into consideration how many wax tarts, votives or tea-lights you could burn in six weeks then maybe one of these jars is actually value for money. It just seems a lot of money at the time of purchasing for one candle.
Overall, I was very happy with my 'aftershave' scented candle and can understand why Yankee Candles are so popular. They have come a long way since their humble beginnings at Christmas 1969, when 17-year-old Mike Kittredge could not afford to buy his mother a present and melted some crayons to make her a candle. A neighbour saw the candle and loved it and persuaded Mike to sell the candle to her and with the money, he bought enough wax to make two more candles - one for his mother and another to sell, and so Yankee Candles was born. They now produce a huge range and constantly come up with new fragrances.
My daughter bought my candle from Debenhams but they also can be bought at other outlets and online including Amazon.