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I am back with reviews of my Yankee Tarts. This was part of my £6.50 deal on ebay where I got 10 tarts. Apparently it was part of a bankruptcy stock clearance.
Today's offering is Fruit Salad. Before writing this review, I have attempted to find it for sale so I could just get abit of an idea about what included in the scent. But its just not available anywhere, even in the US. So unfortunately it would appear that this has been discontinued.
After a long search, I did find this: "mix of juicy, sun-rich melons, berries and citrus". The picture on the tart shows sticks with various pieces of fruit stacked ontop of each other. Kiwi, pineapple, strawberry, pineapple etc.
So with this amount of fruit in a tart, this is going to be more of a summer fragrance than a winter. Having lit it, the scent you get from the tiny tart is intense (in a good way). Its very fruity and fills the room very quickly with a fruity smell. It currently beats any Yankee candle that I have purchased before. But because its fruit, it really is pleasant in smelling and not sickly.
The fruit is a mixture of melon and pineapple with some lemon in it. But together with all these summer fruits, it now become my most favourite fragrance that yankee have produced.
Burn time is again excellent. I normally split the tart which should give me 4hrs of fragrance. I get more than this, I would be getting close to 6hours. So in total 12hours. It only takes 10minutes before the wax is burnt to an oil.
* Excellent burn time with consistent smelling oil
* Strong smelling fruit fusion
* Fills any room with the fragrance
As stated, this is now my favourite Yankee scent. Just disappointed that it is not available to purchase now and has been discontinued.
The tarts retail for approximately £1 and once burning, will last for between 6-10 hours, depending on the type of fragrance you have. They burn into an oil which gives off the fragrance. You simply burn them by putting them into a wax tart holder (available from Yankee or on ebay), place a tea light candle underneath which then in turn melts the wax down. Simple.
This has to be my all time favourite smelling candle from the Yankee Candle company. It's a bit of a toss up between this and the amazingly crisp Macintosh Apple but I think this one just pips it for me.
Yankee candle is a delicious blend of juicy, sun-rich melons, berries and citrus. Yankee candle call this candle a festive summer party full of fun and I would say that this is definitely a perfect candle to have burning during the summer. I bought this one to have outside on my decking and I think that's the beauty about these candles, that they are robust enough to be used outside and that they last being left out during the unpredictable British summertime.
This candles is a gorgeous yellowish colour, it's quite an orangey yellow but lovely and summery and bright. I think it really looked great on my decking during the summer and because of the lovely bright nature of this candle it was decoration enough on my table and we didn't really need any flowers on there when it came to entertaining. On the front of the candle is a picture of an absolutely amazing looking fruit salad with lots of skewers containing perfect juicy ripe looking fruit, better than any fruit salad I could make, it looks like something I would love to eat and combined with the smell of the candle I can almost taste it myself. The candle is lovely and fruity and juicy smelling. You can either leave it unlit with the lid off to smell the amazing fragrance or lit and have the wonderful smell drift over you. As it was outside we lit it most of the time because the smell of just the unlit candle obviously does not smell up the outside as it would in a confined room.
This particular Yankee candle fragrance comes in a number of different candle shapes and sizes from tea-lights to wax tarts but I have it in the medium jar casing. I am a big fan of the Yankee candle jars as I think they are a decorative piece in themselves and a great way of displaying a candle. The jar is made of a thick glass and is see through so you can see the lovely yellow/orange colour. This medium jar is said to have a burn time of 90 hours and I would say this is probably fair. I am about half way through this one and so am now saving the rest for next summer, great value in my opinion.
Yankee candle say that the, "14.5oz Classic Housewarmer jar candle reflects a warm, relaxed sense of style that's always at home. Convenient and easy to use, these long-burning jars provide hours of true fragrance enjoyment." Definitely a statement I agree with and this Fruit salad candles give you a lovely fruity fragrance for your home!!
I have only found this Tart a couple of months ago. I tend to buy a few Tarts at a time since I normally buy these online and I stock up to save on postage so I don't have to buy them all that often as they last a good while so when I saw this online I just had to buy 1 to try. No idea if this is a limited edition.
I got this for £1.10 on the website I buy these from but they can be bought on quite a few websites and in some shops as well. There is a small department store near to where I stay which sell a good enough range of these but although they are convenient to stop in and buy the odd 1 you will end up paying a little more for them here.
This just looks like the picture on here which is how all the Wax Tarts look. Just a solid lump of Wax which you can see through the cellophane wrapper. The little label on the front is a nice picture of some Fruit. The Wax is a peach colour and when I opened this you get the nice Fruity scent.
You use this bu putting it into an Oil Burner and this will melt with the Tealight underneath. When this Melts then the fragrance is released and this turns to a liquid. The Wax goes solid again after the Candle has went out and you can use this a few times. When I burn this I have this on for a few hours and the fragrance it a gentle scent but certainly strong enough for you to continue to smell this. Even the day after I have used this I can still smell this lightly.
I really like this scent. This scent smells exactly like Fruit Salad and you get the different Fruity notes from this. I think 1 of the Main scents in here smells like Apple and perhaps Pineapple but it is hard to pick individual scents out from here. It is a lovely Fruity scent.
A good scent which is a little different than other scents in the range and I will buy this one again.
Fruit Salad is perhaps one of my favourite Yankee Candle fragrances and a repeat purchase for me. Most of my favourite fragrances tend to be the fruit based ones, so I don't think it's any surprise that I adore this one, as it is a medley of fruit scents. The official description is 'a mix of juicy, sun-rich melons, berries and citrus.'
==Wax Tarts and other formats==
I prefer to buy my Yankee Candles in the form of wax tarts. For those not familiar with wax tarts, the best way to describe them would be as fluted discs of wax. They don't have a wick and so are melted in a tart burner under the flame of a tealight and are similar to an oil burner. You can buy these from £5 from Yankee Candle.
The reasons I prefer to use the tarts are firstly that they are cheaper and so I can afford to try a large range of scents. Also you can break them into pieces and mix and match with other scents to create your own unique fragrance. They have an eight hour burn time, but are re-usable so if you don't want to melt for eight hours straight you can re-melt them at a later date.
Other formats that Fruit Salad is available in, include scented tea lights, votives (a.k.a. sampler candles), glass filled tumblers and glass filled housewarmer jars, which come in three different sizes.
==My Experience of using Fruit Salad==
Fruit Salad is a sunny yellow colour with a sticker depicting fruit threaded onto skewers. The smell is a very fresh fruity scent, with the mango being quite dominant. I can also smell what I think is raspberry in there and the scent has a certain tang to it, which makes it smell uplifting and summery. It is not hugely different to another favourite of mine, the Tropical Fruit fragrance, however I would say that this one is Tropical Fruit's tangier, zestier sister.
When burning this candle, the scent fills my whole sitting room, although the scent doesn't really travel so I don't find that I can smell it in neighbouring rooms. The fragrance is just absolutely stunning. My fiancé describes it as being like those little Fruit Salad chews you used to get in mix ups, which I think is probably fairly accurate. I find it really uplifting a summery - a great way to perk up a miserable day!
The intensity of the scent is just right in my view. I can clearly smell the fragrance of the wax tart whilst it's melting, however it's not one of those fragrances that overpowers you.
Each wax tart is designed to last for eight hours. I am currently using tea lights which last for around four hours each. I find that by the time the second tea light has gone out the tart has lost the majority of its scent, making the eight hour estimate accurate in my experience.
I buy my Yankee Candles from either Collectables, Clintons Cards or occasionally Boundary Mill. You can also buy online from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk. The following list of prices and burn times is approximate and will vary....
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45
If you like fruity scents, Fruit Salad is definitely one you should try. It's fruity, uplifting, zesty, but not too strong or overpowering. Perfect for summer or just to put you in mind of summer, Fruit Salad gets a full five stars from me!
In the last week or so I have been less adventurous with my Yankee Candles and had been burning scents I've recently reviewed that I liked, rather than trying new ones. So when I cleaned my house from top to bottom I thought I would experiment again and seeing as I have a box full of Yankee Candle tarts to get through I wasn't short of choice!
I thought I would try 'Fruit Salad'. It's got noticeably cooler down here in West Sussex recently and although we still see regular burst of sunshine, there is no disputing the fact that we have had our summer now and here comes the long nights and freezing cold brrr! Being a bit down in the dumps with the frequent rain and wind this week I thought I would try 'Fruit Salad' as I assumed it would be a lovely fruity, summery scent to cheer me up. Hey, even if it wasn't summery outside, there is no reason my house shouldn't be inside!
As with all Yankee Candle wax tarts this one came wrapped in stiff plastic which always needs to be removed with scissors over the bin or sink. This is because the tarts themselves will usually shed a few scatterings of loose wax around and it's difficult to get off your kitchen counter top or table etc. This tarts particular label features all sorts of fruit on cocktail sticks which I actually thought was a really good idea for a snack! Anyway-the label was colourful and bright and matched the lovely warm golden yellow colour of the wax.
When I first removed the tart from it's packaging it smelt very strongly of fruitiness. I couldn't smell one particular fruit, but just an overall fruit scent. It was very nice and although it was strong I know not to judge a tarts scent strength fully until it's begun burning as before it's melted they often give off a very different scent level. I've often been disappointed by tarts that smell strongly before burning and then are very weak whilst in use.
As with most of my tart experience (oo-er!) it usually takes about half an hour for the tarts to melt which was exactly right with this one. However even before it had fully melted it had begun to release a strong scent in to the house. It was divine! Really fruity and stong but not overpowering, just lovely to be surrounded by!
As the time went on I did notice at one point I could see the scent or steam or something coming off the melted wax which I hadn't seen before with others. After this the scent level did get quite overpowering for a shirt while and stuck in the back of my throat for a bit. It wasn't nasty, just strong! But that only last about 20 minutes or so and wasn't to the extreme that I had to blow the candle out.
The scent itself is exactly the title-fruit salad. It's a fruity, sweet smell thats verging on being exotic. You can't pull one element out of the scent, it's not like it features one fruit scent in particular but just overall smells fruity. I suppose a bit like when you get 'tropical' flavoured sweets etc. Also although I feel the scent is fruity and tropical, it's not just the sort of scent I assosicate with summer. I don't feel this scent couldn't be used in winter, it's not that sort of smell so I think it's going to be a great mood lifter in those winter days!
It's scent levels remained strong throughout. It very evenly filled my entire house although it was at it's strongest in the kitchen where burnt. In fact my boyfriend commented that he could smell it strongly outside our flat front door! Although stronger in the kicthen, it's smell didn't disperse and become weaker, or dis-similar in other rooms further away from the burner which I was really pleased with.
Yankee Candle say their tarts have approximately 8 hours of scent in them. I've found this to be a very approximate figure as some have had less and some more. I am pleased to report this one has much more! I had 12 hours of strong scent and a further 4 hours with moderate scent levels before I felt it needed changing. Considering I bought this on ebay for 89p I am really pleased with it's value for money and strength!
The Fruit Salad is from last years range but is still available for purchase. Yankee release new scents each season so I wouldn't give it too long before this one becomes discontinued so if you want to get it for a reasonable price I would advise to get it now before the price rockets. I know I wil deffinately be buying this scent again and again because it really made my house seem summer filled even when it was pouring with rain outside!
I bought my first Yankee Candle wax tarts at the weekend in an attempt to get rid of the smell of cats and paint in my house. I previously bought some scented (Orchid and Coconut) candles from Sainsbury's, but the smell was practically non-existent, so I decided to go for something a bit more expensive. Obviously I'd read lots of good reviews of Yankee Candles on DooYoo, and at just over £1 per wax tart, I decided to pick out a few. House of Fraser currently have 30% off selected candles, so I ended up purchasing four wax tarts, one of which was this Fruit Salad scent.
I'd been advised that wax tarts last up to eight hours, and that you need some kind of decent oil burner to melt them as they don't have a wick of their own and will need to be heated via a tealight. If that sounds like too much hassle for you, you can also purchase Fruit Salad in the form of tealights, votive and glass jars, all at varying prices from under £1 to over £20.
The Fruit Salad scented candle is a pale orangey/yellow in colour, and the wax tart is disc shaped with softly serrated edges to create the impression of a tart. Initially I broke it in half and placed one half in my burner; however, it melted a lot faster than I expected so I ended up using the whole thing. I'm not convinced about it lasting eight hours, but after six hours there's still a small amount of candle left to burn, and the scent had filled my living room after about fifteen or so minutes after I lit the tealight.
I find it really difficult to describe smells, but I'd say that Fruit Salad has a fresh, and unsurprisingly fruity, smell. I had some people round for a BBQ at the weekend and reviews were mixed - one friend really liked it, a couple of people weren't particularly keen on the smell, and someone else suggested that it was like fruit salad flavoured Starburst sweets. So on one hand it's not the most 'natural' of scents, but on the other it must smell quite like fruit salad for my friend to be able to guess it first time! The scent isn't unbearably strong; I think we'd all have been happy to leave it burning for the full length of time without thinking that it was too strong or even headache-inducing. I also like the flexibility of this scent as it would work well in any room of the home, unlike some of the other Yankee candle scents like Clean Cotton, which lend themselves more to utility rooms and bathrooms.
The smell is fairly strong and all cat and paint related odours have completely disappeared. I wouldn't say that the scent lasts significantly for more than three to four hours after burning in our house - we've had the door open quite a lot, BBQ smells and lots of people to interfere with it as well though - but I'm extremely impressed at how well it works after using various air fresheners and other scented candles which have just had no effect. I like my home to smell nice and as much as I love my cats I don't want to be hit with the smell of them or their food when I walk through the door, and as this candle is so effective at eliminating (or masking) smells I'm sure I'll be buying a lot more in the future. Apparently I'm not the only person who feels this way because there was a big gap on the shelves in House of Fraser where most of the Fruit Salad scented candles were missing - more so than any other scent - so I have no hesitation in recommending it to you. The only disadvantage is that it doesn't seem to permeate into adjoining rooms at all, even in a small house with the connecting doors left open, and the scent doesn't last as long as I'd like for the price.
I have been hearing lots of good things about Yankee candle products recently, so thought id give the tarts a go. Firstly due to their cost, but secondly, the abundance of different scents.
Yankee candles sell a multitude of products, from tea lights, to pillar candles, to these delights. The tarts are designed to sit in the top of an oil burner and as they melt, the aroma from the candle disperses into the air. I bought mine from House of fraser on offer for a bargain 69p per tart!! These were on sale though i have to add and retail between £1- £1.50 per tart depending on the scent. These candles are widely sold and can be bought over the internet too. As well as the tarts and candles, the oil burners themselves can be bought, but they are a little pricey, and i have used oil burners that i have already got at home. Not sure that this is overly advisable but i have never had a problem, so use with caution!
The tarts themselves are packaged in shrink wrapping and of a clear plastic with the yankee candle logo and 'flavouring' on the top of the candle. The fruit salad candles are a deep yellow in colour and are almost corrugated around the edge, making it look like a little tart. You will not find a wick, so dont be fooled. The idea is that the whole candle melts. As with all candle like products, these are very hot, and this product becomes a wax like liquid and will cause injury if not used properly.
You will need a tealight to place in the base of the burner, as the heat from this will melt the tart. I had made the mistake of attempting to half the tart as the capacity of one of my oil burners is quite small, and quickly found out that the inside of the candle is not solid, but full of tiny beads. At first i thought the wax had crumbled, but then realised that it was actually tiny little pieces!
Nevertheless, the tart looks pretty and smells fragrent both as a solid tart but also melting in the burner. I have been burning the same tart for roughly 4 hours and still have some left. it simply solidifies once cooled, so easy to store. The fruit salad smell is both sweet and fruity. I wouldnt liken it to a real fruit salad, but more the sweet and has an odd 'tang' to the scent. I dont feel that it lingers once the burner is off, but smells edible when burning, yum!
I am very tempted to stock up and buy burners for christmas pressies this year, and the price of these candles, it is certainly worth the money!
Definately worth a go!
Thankyou for reading!
After reading lots of gushing-with-praise reviews about Yankee Candle's wax tarts I finally took the plunge and ordered a wax tart burner plus a selection of the tarts. I'd been put off the brand by their appalling (as in not fit for purpose) tealights, but after burning a couple of tarts I've got to say I'm converted.
A wax tart is a great invention; it looks like a small fluted candle and in fact has the shaping and appearance of a sweet edible tart. You pop the wax tart into the bowl of the burner and light a tealight underneath it, the wax melts into a beautifully scented oil which honestly is stronger and spreads further through my house than any other air fragrancing product I've ever used.
Fruit Salad was the second fragrance I sampled, the first one being the cloyingly intense (but oh-so gorgeous) Pomegranate Cider. Fruit Salad is quite a light fragrance; before lighting the tart just smells generally fruity, delicious but not as exciting as I'd hoped it would be. I couldn't pick any specific fruits out but decided to burn it anyway as I was curious as to how this under-scented (in my opinion) little tart would perform.
It performs beautifully, I'm more than impressed with the Fruit Salad fragrance which is refreshing and delicious throughout the life of the tart. It takes a bit longer for the scent to come through than it did the stronger Pomegranate Cider, but once you start noticing it you'll be surprised at how it manages to be both delicate and intense at the same time. If I stand close to the burner the tart smells just like Fruit Salad sweets, but moving away this fragrance widens into a more natural fruity aroma which is absolutely delicious.
There are all sorts of different notes in the tart's fragrance - the slight tang of citrus fruit, a more mellow 'English' fruit (apple, pear etc.) and the fairly distinct aroma of strawberries. This last item is the one scent my daughter picked out, I'd already noticed the sweet and juicy strawberry fragrance but it must be more pronounced than I thought for Alice to spot it. I think the more casual observer to the Fruit Salad wax tart would just see it as an overall fruity fragrance, but as I've read so much about Yankee Candle that I was really searching for the specialness of each of the tarts I've burned so far.
To begin with I admit I was a bit disappointed by the weaker aroma of this one, but it was Mark who convinced me with 'just because it's not choking you [with it's strength] doesn't mean it's no good' - there's wisdom in this (don't EVER tell Mark I said that) as this is just as good as the much heavier Pomegranate Cider, it's just a completely different type of fragrance. Fruit Salad has a summery scent which should be enjoyed for its light fruitiness, rather than criticising it for lacking a strength it never claimed to have in the first place!
Once melted into the oil, Fruit Salad will fragrance your home for around six useful hours. After this the level of fragrance released into the air becomes less and less until suddenly you realise it's not there anymore at all, although if you go out even once the tealight has been extinguished you'll be enveloped in the aroma of Fruit Salad as soon as you walk back through the door. I adore this about this particular fragrance as even when my own nose becomes attuned to it I know my visitors will still notice it when they come in, as will Mark and the kids' when they get back from work and school.
I'd recommend this tart to anyone who is looking for a light scent for their home, I have to keep remembering that not everyone likes a full-on nasal assault when it comes to fragrances and Fruit Salad could certainly never be called one of those. It's a mish-mash of fruitiness so not one to pick up if you have a particular favourite fruit fragrance, but it definitely lives up to it's name.
I had never heard of Yankee candles until a little shop near to me put a sign outside stating that they sold them but to be honest I still didn't pay much attention or have a clue what they were. After reading many reviews about these candles I decided that I was going to give one a try, I bought the fruit salad tart which I think cost me just over £1 although you can buy this fragrance in many different sizes and the prices range up to £17.50.
The tart comes wrapped in see through plastic which is fitted tight around it, it is quite easy to get the packaging off the tart but the easiest way is to cut the corner with a pair of scissors. On the front of the tart is a little label which has Yankee Candle written on the top with a picture of skewers of lots of different fruits on it which I think looks really appetising and then underneath it says the fragrance obviously this one being fruit salad. On the back of the tart is a little white circular label which shows 8 little pictures to tell you what you can and can't do with it such as not to use it in a frying pan! And to keep 10cms between candles.
I personally have been using an oil burner to use the candle as they don't have a wick that runs through them like a normal candle and they release their fragrance when they are melted down to molten form. The candle is supposed to give off 8 hours' worth of fragrance so I think for all I have heard that Yankee candles are expensive this is pretty good value as the scent does last and is strong enough to fragrance my whole downstairs.
The tart itself is a small circular piece of wax which is fluted around the edges, this one is bright yellow in colour and smells lovely, I think it smells of mangoes and pineapple. The smell is really sweet which I like although my Mam wasn't quite so keen when she walked in my house whilst it was burning. If I burn this on an evening you can still smell the remnants of the fragrance in the morning which is nice to come downstairs to. I am certainly going to investigate some more of the fragrances on offer although I can't see myself paying £17.50 for one of the big jars as I do feel that is a little too much to spend on a candle.
==Yankee Candle Fruit salad==
Being a relatively new member of the Yankee Candle family, I am far too keen to try out all their various wax tarts as there are so many and the ones I have tried so far have been very nice. I have also found out that a store in my small town stocks a good range of them at a very competitive price and ever time I walk past now I can't stop myself popping in to pick up a few for a whiff and as yet I have never let the shop without one.
==Price and Availability==
I had always seen the Yankee Candles around and found them to be fairly expensive but I guess I hadn't noticed these little wax tarts. The tarts I always thought were floating candles but now knowing that they work as a scented candle but in the oil burner type of wax makes them oh so very appealing and since buying them I have had one on the go almost all the time. The tarts that I buy from this local store are priced at 90 p each which is far cheaper than B&Q who sell the same item for £1.10 p I know where I shall always be getting mine from now on.
Yankee candles are widely stocked and a lot of smaller privately owned shops stock them along with the major chains. My mum works in a florists who have them on a small stand type area and the florist just gets a small percent of their sales but still they are more expensive than my local shop. They can be purchased online and Yankee candles have their own website which are currently selling the tarts at 99 p saying the RRP is £1.05 which makes me realise what a bargain I can pick them up for.
==Look and Design==
The tart itself is a small wax disc in a sort of flower petal shape which is housed within a clear plastic type of cellophane cover. This fruit salad scent is a light orange colour and the wrapping has a picture of a few skewers piled high with various different types of fruit. There is limited information on the back as really not much can be fitted onto such a small area but there are pictures showing what you should and shouldn't do with the tart.
Once opening the wrapper the tarts scents escape out and they are truly wonderful (will get to that bit later on) and because both of my oil burners have such a small dish I always have to chop down the tart. Of course the proper Yankee candle burners that you can buy have the perfect sized bowl where the tart can melt easily and fully with plenty of room but I not using one of their own ones it might be an idea to check that the tart has enough room to melt down or play it safe and use a bit at a time. Once cut up you can see that the tart itself is made from a ton of small crumbs compacted together and this makes for easier melting. The tart is easy enough to cut but does make a bit o a mess and more often than not I end up sprinkling a lot of crumbs into the bowl and they melt very quickly indeed.
Okay so the main thing with a Yankee Candle has got to be the smell. If one person like the smell doesn't always mean another person will or vice versa. This fragrance however is one of those that I couldn't see anyone not liking as it is fruit and fresh and far better than any aerosol air freshener that you could buy. The mix of tropical fruit aroma that they have managed to squeeze within this one tart is really astounding and the scent given off is clean and summery. The mango which I think is the strongest scent of the all mixes well the the oranges and zesty aroma of the citrus fruits that have tried to capture. The smell is like a summery day in a lovely country with fresh fruit and cocktails galore and is really did a good job at picking me up and making the flat smell good enough to eat.
The scent lasts a good while in the home even after burning and each 22 gram tart has an 8 hour burning life which means that one tart can last a very good while both while burning and after making it very good value for money when you think how expensive a plug in air fresher is and how long they last.
I find the tarts very easy to use and very effective at making a lovely smell all through my flat. They are not at all smoky or thick like using my oils in the burner would sometimes be and the fact that are you have finished with the the tea light in the burner can be blown out and then the melted tart will begin to solidify is such a mess free way to use an item like this I can't believe I haven't been using them up until now.
==My Overall Opinion==
I really love this fragrance and although strong as long as I am not sitting too near it when its burning I can keep it on comfortably for a long time without it making me feel sick or anything which is how the oils in the burner used to affect me. This smell is far too fruity and fresh to do anything other than appeal to me and it is definitely one I shall be buying again very soon.
It lasts well and costs a small amount to make it feel like a nice treat yet without feeling too guilty. I would highly recommend this particular fragrance of Yankee wax tart to anyone and or that reason I feel a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Over the past few months I have written a number of reviews on some of the products available in the Yankee Candle range and have, for the the most part, been very positive about them in my appraisals. I was surprised therefore looking back at my reviews to notice that I hadn't written one about a particular favourite of mine, the Fruit Salad wax tart and having bought this variety on numerous occasions I thought it time to share my experience of this one here.
If you are familiar with my past reviews or Yankee themselves you will no doubt be aware of what a wax tart actually is. For anyone who doesn't know, a wax tart is a fragrance infused piece of flat, fluted wax which measures around 2 inches in width and half an inch in thickness, they are designed to sit into the well of a tart burner and are melted from beneath by a tea light. Once the wax begins the melt its aroma is released and this fragrances the room where the burner is standing, Yankee have a massive range of wax tarts available with choices ranging from floral, flowery scents through to sweet, fruity ones and depending on what takes your fancy there should be something to suit the majority of people.
Wax tarts generally have up to 8 hours worth of fragrance infused into them but this is dependant on which one you choose, some of the lighter fragrances don't last as long whereas the stronger ones can well exceed 8 hours. At under a pound per wax tart though these offer incredible value for money so even the more subtle fragrances are still worth buying and the good thing about them is that they allow you to sample the fragrances they offer without having to pay upwards of £18.00 on a glass jar traditionally-wicked candle.
Whenever we buy a product from the Yankee range it's generally a wax tart as then, if we like the fragrance it delivers we know that we can re-buy it again but in a larger format. This particular wax tart - the Fruit Salad has been purchased in a variety of different variations from the cheapest tart upto a large housewarmer candle and, as already stated, remains a personal favourite of mine.
Fruit Salad Wax Tart
Yellowy Orange in colour this is one bright looking wax tart and its stickered wrapper gives an idea of the fragrance this is likely to contain. Illustrations of fruit cocktail adorn the sticker with bitesized pieces of orange, cherry and kiwi fruit pictured and removing the wax tart from its wrapper allows an initial flourish of aroma to be noticed. Some wax tarts have very little smell before they are melted, Fruit Salad gives an immediate idea of what it's going to be like as this is one flavour-packed piece of wax which delivers a sweet and fruity punch as soon as it placed into position.
It takes only a couple of minutes for the wax to start melting and immediately there is a heady mix of sweet orange and syrupy fruit aromas emanating from the liquid wax and to me this smells *exactly* like the Fruit Salad penny chews that I bought as a child and always reminds me of my younger days. It's a powerful mix of nostalgia and mouthwatering fruit with this one and whilst the flavours do seem to merge into one overall sweet fruity blast there are recognisable orange and cherry notes which build in intensity and really flood a room with sweet fragrance. It is rather synthetic though and perhaps not as 'genuine' as some other wax tarts that Yankee make but combining a number of different fruit smells into one overall flavour had to be a tricky balance to get right I assume.
The dominant aroma with this one is its sweetness, it's very sugary, very syrupy and does smell almost good enough to eat. Perfect for a kitchen or hallway, I find this one holds and releases its fragrance for well beyond 8 hours and we can get a good 3 or 4 days worth of aroma from a single tart if we melt it for around 3 hours at a time. It fills the air around the burner and seems to permeate its way into other rooms round our home, it's an uplifting scent, perfect for anyone like me who prefers the sweeter fruity variations rather than the floral, flowery ones and I can't get enough of this one I have to admit.
If it were up to me I'd have Fruit Salad melting all the time and wouldn't bother with the other options available from Yankee however my wife likes a change every now and again and likes to discover new products in the Yankee range so this is one, like an old favourite, is one that we return to to time and time again. I have a 'signature scent' in the aftershave I wear and given the option Fruit Salad would be my homes 'signature scent' if it were up to me so it's on that basis that I would highly recommend this one from Yankee Candle and it gets a perfect star rating from me on here.
The Fruit Salad wax tart plus dozens of other options are available to buy online from amazon and specialised candle stockists such as yankeedoodle.co.uk and tend to retail for around £1.00 - £1.10. Offline they can be found in Clinton Cards, B&Q and a number of garden centres, specifically the Fruit Salad wax tart is one I would wholeheartedly recommend for all the reasons mentioned in this review, thanks for reading.