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Yankee Candles are new to me. I remember seeing these in shops thinking "how much for a candle!?" however my mind was soon changed by the introduction to them and now I have a collection of them.
YC collection is incredibly vast, there's a whole variety of scents in different sizes to suit all needs. We all have our favourites and garden hideaway is most definitely one of them for me. You can get small wax tarts for around £1.50 mark, small glass jars for around £5-8, medium for around £10-12 and large for £18-20. Prices of YC will vary on where you buy them. I got my small jar from Amazon for £4 which is a bargain considering most small jars are around the £8 price range. If you are ever unsure on which ones you might like these are sold in Clinton Cards, House of Fraser, Debenhams and other outlets and they should stock a good range from there, not all will be available but it good to try the different scents and then look to buy online as its almost always cheaper either direct at YC or on Amazon/other online retailer. The one thing I do like about Amazon is that you can by a combination of small wax tarts so if your unsure you can opt to by the tarts as a tester and buy a jar on your next purchase if you find the one you like. If you are new to YC this is a good way to try several out without visiting the shops
Scent and burning
Upon opening the small jar I am greeted with a lovely pleasant smell of summer flowers and garden greens. If I close my eyes and lie back I could pretend Im actually sat in a warm garden on a summer day smelling the fresh flowers rather than a scent of a candle. Ive tried many candles in my time and always thought it was silly to pay more, having tried the YC range I was definitely wrong in my assumption. The scent this gives off is lovely and natural, its not overpowering or synthetic, once its lit it fills the room with a burst of summer time air and is perfect for relaxing to. Burn time these do last a long time - A small jar is around 25-40 hours, large jars around 110-150 hours so these do last a decent amount of time.
This is among others one of my favourite YC scent, I regularly use this in the evenings and lifts my mood up a great deal if Im feeling a bit down due to the winter setting in. I would love to know how Yankee can recreate that lovely natural smell of a summer garden because I would bottle it up and carry it around with me! This also did make quite an impression on my sister, she was desperate to get this so I brought her one for her birthday. If you like summer garden smells this is one to try, its not to sweet or to overpowerful and fills the room with a burst of summer.
Autumn is approaching but both Mr Rarr and I still thought the air was too summery to venture into the more warming scents on offer from everyone's favourite scent peddler, Yankee, when we raided our stash the other day.
We both love autumn however so neither of us really fancied any of the fruitier offerings that are currently in "the Yankee box", and I suspect that they are probably destined to be held back for next year. But something fresh and light was required and we had yet to try Garden Hideaway, one that I had thrown into the mix when we last picked up a variety of ten Yankee tarts through on eBay seller. We duly snapped the tart in half - well he did, I languished on the sofa with a glass of wine after fluttering my eyelashes and suggesting a tart in the first place - and popped one in the oil burner we use for our Yankee tarts.
Listed simply as being the scent of beautiful garden flowers, Garden Hideaway comes in a light green wax and is available as a tart, votive and larger candles.
I am alarmed to see that Yankeecandle.co.uk had this for just 88p per tart recently and are now, understandably, sold out. I sincerely hope this isn't an indication that the scent is being discontinued. I personally picked up this beauty in a selection of ten for £10.99 - even the eBay brigade have stuck their prices up in recent times! But at about a pound depending on where you can pick this up and what offers are on, this one has races straight to the higher echelons of my favourites list.
On lighting the candle under the basin holding the half of a wax tart, it doesn't take long before the fragrance starts to take shape. Floral, yes, but not overpoweringly so and not sweet or cloying like rose - I love roses but I can't take much of the scent, so for me this is a relief. No, this is a more refreshing, slightly zesty, almost grassy type of floral, reminiscent for me of walking in fields with mum and our dogs when I was a kid. Think subtle wild flowers rather than roses, although maybe something akin to a budleia but certainly not as heavy and hedonistic as lilly in full bloom.
So for me this is a gorgeous, delicate balance. I wondered on the initial use if the scent would grow and become too cloying but it didn't - it maintained this fresh, natural scent and never descended into smelling like some falsely flowery cleaning product either.
This scent has a very definite presence but it has never threatened to be overpowering and has certainly never come close to causing a headache - something I've been very sensitive to lately after a very intense period at work has left me basically exhausted.
On the first use, Mr Rarr suddenly turned to me and said "we have to get this again - its really relaxing" - just as I had the same thought. So it had permeated the room without us truly noticing until we both realised that the room was pleasantly scented and we were both relaxing more because of it. So pretty impressive marks there.
And now, after a full three nights of burning this tart, I have walked into the living room after a mammoth kitchen cleaning session and realised instantly that the tart had been lit again while I wasn't looking - so whilst the scent is less powerful at this stage, I would say we've already had 9 hours out of this half of a tart and it still has scent to give. The only reason I don't think I noticed it in the kitchen was that I was using cleaning products and between the kitchen and our living room we have the back door open with fresh air swirling around in the kitchen. But in the living room this is very noticable even now - so top marks for longevity too.
A total winner from Yankee - this is a strong contender for the full-size version as a gift to Mr Rarr's mum when we next go to stay. I can't see how this wouldn't be to anyone's taste as it is a scent which to me is natural and inspires memories of the countryside and fields and woods and healthy outdoorsiness. Its not going to polarise opinion and would be ideal if you wanted to give your home a freshener before welcoming guests. I also find that the scent lasts well after use, so the house can still have a light fresh scent lingering behind but it won't necessarily interfere with, say, the juicy scents coming from the kitchen when you cook dinner hours later.
In short this one will be used often in this house - I would say mostly in spring and late summer / early autumn. If you want a universally pleasant go-to Yankee, you can shove your White Towels - get this and thank me later.
Imagine yourself, in a garden at the back of an English cottage. Under a wooden arch leads you to the back of your garden. Facing you is a hammock. You get in and look to the sky. Around you are butterflies (and the odd Bee, but as long as it doesn't sting you then its fine!). Plenty of different flowers around, all different colours and smells. Now try bottling that and putting it into a candle.
Garden Hideaway is described as: A peaceful escape filled with the sweet scent of beautiful garden flowers.
The candle is green. The picture on the front of the candle shows a bench surrounded in flowers.
The result? A pretty poor one to be honest. Very little smell comes from this and I have to say its one of the most disappointing fragrances I have had from yankee. I just really could not smell much and nothing really stood out from the smell. I am actually struggling to think of part of the smell.
This candle I notice always seems to be left behind on the shelf at the store, and I now know why. Even when lifting the lid before buying it, nothing stands out much.
I know the review is not the best and that in depth but its difficult to describe something that does not to much. I can only advise people thinking about getting it, to leave it be on the shelf. Yankee do so much better than this.
Yankee Candle's Garden Hideaway fragrance was one that was released as part of their spring 2011 collection. I received a wax tart in this fragrance as a present from my boyfriend, however I don't think it's a scent I'd have been particularly tempted to try otherwise. To me, the name Garden Hideaway, says that this candle will be very floral and I personally tend to enjoy using the fruit based candles much more than I do the floral ones.
The candle is a bright green colour which does say 'Spring' to me and the label features a garden bench surrounded by flowers. As I had the wax tart, rather than one of the large jar candles, it came wrapped in cellophane and the scent was incredibly intense, and that was before I had even opened it. When unwrapped, the scent of course became stronger and I was worried already that this would be one of those overpowering Yankee fragrances I come across from time to time, which are so intensely scented that they make me nauseous.
The scent was, quite frankly, exactly what I was expecting from the name. It's a strong floral, mixed with a fresh green which is not too different from the aroma of freshly cut grass. The past week I have been walking home from work down a road lined with wild flowers. These flowers have an incredible aroma, and also an incredible ability to trigger my hayfever! This candle smelled very much like the wild flowers I pass, but thankfully without the sneezing fit! I am not good at picking out individual floral scents, unless we are talking about something distinctive such as rose and lavender, but to me, the candle smells like walking through a park or woods on a summer day.
Usually when lighting a Yankee Candle tart I find that it takes some time for the scent to start filtering around the room. I can honestly say that this one had the fastest release of fragrance from and Yankee Candle that I have tried. In fact, the tart had barely started to melt before the floral aroma filled the sitting room.
Given the speed of the scent, I waited for the scent to become overpowering and sickly, but, much to my surprise it didn't, and retained a good intensity of scent which was strong enough to be noticed and yet not strong enough to make me feel nauseous!
The scent smells pretty much the same as it does when solid, as to how it does when melted. It's a really fresh fragrance, and really clean smelling. I think it's a perfect spring/summer scent, as in the colder months I prefer something a little spicier.
This, like most of the Yankee Candles is available in several formats. You can buy a full sized candle in the form of a jar or a tumbler, however they are reasonably expensive. The next size down would be the votive (aka sampler) candle which is a mini candle, but although cheap, I often find the intensity of fragrance to be very poor, and half of the time I can't smell them when burning. The cheapest form of Yankee Candle is the wax tart. You will need a burner to use this, but they can be picked up for around £5 for a very basic one if you look around. With a burner you place the wax tart (in simple terms, it is a disc of fragranced wax) into the bowl and light a tea light underneath to melt it, releasing the fragrance.
Yankee claim that the wax tarts should give 8 hours of burn time. I found with this one, possibly due to the fact that it is rather strongly scented, that I actually got a little bit longer than eight hours (maybe around 10, although I can't claim to have counted!). Of course, if you don't want your wax tart to be burning for eight hours straight you can blow the tealight out and re-melt it. Sometimes I will burn for a few hours and then decided I want to use another fragrance, so I let the wax solidify and cool, pop the tart burner into the freezer for 5-10 minutes which shrinks the tart just enough to release it from the burner without the mess of a knife or other sharp implement! I then put it in a freezer bag and stick the label from the original wrapping onto the bag so I know which is which, then use the rest at a later date.
The prices below show comparisons between the different prices/burn time of each Yankee format. All are approximate and prices, of course, depend on where you shop.
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
On the whole, I'd say I have been pleasantly surprised by Garden Hideaway. I still don't like it as much as my fruity scented candles, but if you're a lover of floral scents, I would mark this as a 'must try' fragrance from the range. It has a lovely fresh, summery feel about it, and although it's strong it doesn't overpower. I would be happy to buy another tart in this fragrance, and it's one I would recommend.
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==Yankee Candle Garden Hideaway Wax Tart==
Not having a garden at the moment although our house move is only a matter of weeks away I long for the scents of the garden and when I came across this Yankee scented Wax Tart I couldn't help myself but to pick this up and add it to the collection of already far too many others I had in my mitts!
==Price and Availability==
I bought this tart from my local stockist who had a whole collection of new scents that they didn't have before and I think this particular fragrance is relatively new to the whole Yankee Candle range. My local shop sell all the tarts at 90p which I the cheapest price that I have come across so far as the RRP of the tarts are £1.10 and the price will vary from shop to shop. The Yankee range is widely available and there are tons of little shops that stock their products plus online there is a wider range of new scents and old ones that are really worth checking out.
==Look and Design==
The flower shaped wax tart is wrapped within a tin layer of plastic cellophane which protects the tart but doesn't' give that much of information and I would like to see a short sentence of a description of the fragrance that the tart lets out and I think they would just about be able to squeeze this on if they made the label a slight bit bigger.
This Garden Hideaway tart has a lime green colouring to it and this is really rather appealing. The photo on the sticky label on the front shows a garden bench surrounded by lovely blue and red flowers and does give the impression that if you were sat on the bench you would well be "hidden away" thus the name of the tart.
Through the packaging the scent of the tart is very obvious and compared to a lot of the recent tarts I have bought strong even before I begin to use it. This of course is very nice as I always want these tarts to be potent enough to spread throughout the whole flat rather than just the one room and this one seemed like it would be fragrant enough to be able to do this.
As usual I used only a small amount of the tart so that I can always change scents quicker than if I were to use the entire tart in one go. The tart is easy to cut open and just to use a slice of the wax as the product seems to crumble into small beads and this makes the wax melt quicker and the smell spread through the room faster.
The scent of this Garden Hideaway is very true to its name and the smell is so very natural and it is quite nice. I couldn't get over how strong this one was and it was speedy to spread through the flat and fill it with a very outside fresh scent. There are floral smells that work together with a kind of fresh cut grass scent and this seems to remind me of mornings in the garden during the spring months. I am sure I can smell the aromas of sweet pea flowers mixed with hydrangeas and the like and as a whole the fragrance is really nice and natural.
The more the tart burnt the smell didn't seem to fade at all and it was so strong I couldn't' keep it burning for as long as some of the other tarts I have been using lately and it seems a little burn does go a long way to giving a full and strong smell. There is however a little feeling of old lady about it and I don't know what it is but possibly a mix of lavender and sweet pea that reminds me of an old lady which of course was not entirely pleasing.
==My Overall Opinion==
On the whole though I do like this scent and I especially like the way it is strong and works to fill the air with the natural and outdoor smells which I was first appealed by. The floral "earth mother" smell of course will not to be to everyone's tastes and this is not one that I would like to have on the go constantly but to replace the other tarts the I like such as the fruity or sweet ones this does again make for a nice change.
The smell is very true to real life and smells natural which is always a plus and really what the Yankee Candles are famed for. I like this tart and all in all rate it highly at 4 out of 5 stars. I do recommend it and the only downside is the slight resemblance to old lady I occasionally find but I guess this is the floral aspects of the tart.
Overall a scent I like.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.