Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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A fruity way to freshen your home
Yankee Candle Fruit Salad
Member Name: jennikitten
Yankee Candle Fruit Salad
Advantages: Lovely smell, freshens room
Disadvantages: Smell doesn't 'travel', scent could last longer
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.
Summary: 4 stars