“ Brand: Yankee Candle / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
* A BIT ABOUT YANKEE.. *
I really do enjoy experimenting with some of the candles from the well known "Yankee Candle" range which seems to be getting more popular every year. There is a wide range of fragranced candles to purchase in the range - I believe there are actually over 175 fragrances and scents to choose from, so there is bound to be something in the range to suit most peoples own tastes.
The candles can be purchased from a variety of retailers, both in-store and online, although I tend to purchase my own candles 'in person' so I can take my time smelling the assortment of fragrances to make my selection. I will purchase my favourites online too, but usually only after I have had the opportunity to try them for myself. I usually purchase my own candles in branches of Clinton Cards, or from my local Yankee Candle stall, and make repeat purchases online at www.ebay.co.uk or at www.amazon.co.uk.
Most of the fragranced Yankee Candles come in a variety of formats and sizes so you can choose the one which suits your needs best. There are "Wax Tarts" available which are small 'cake' shaped blocks of wax which, in my experience, seem to have a slightly stronger fragrance than some of the larger candles. The Wax tarts do not contain a wick in the way that other candles do, and they need to be placed in a burner with a tea light underneath them to allow the Wax Tart to melt and the fragrance contained within can then escape. Wax Tarts generally cost around £1.20 - £2, depending on where you buy them, and their burn time is around 8 hours.
The other formats that I have tried out are all candles, which come in a variety of sizes:
* Small "Sampler" Candles - Burn time up to 15 hours
* Small Glass Jar - Burn time up to 25 - 40 hours (Prices around £7.50 - £8)
* Medium Glass Jar - Burn time up to 65 - 90 hours (Prices around £15 - £17)
* Large Glass Jar - Burn time up to 110 - 150 hours (Prices around £18 - £20)
(Info courtesy of www.yankee.co.uk, correct as @ October 2012).
* WHY DID I BUY? *
My personal preference is to purchase Yankee candles in the 'Small Glass Jar' format, as I prefer the style and high quality provided by the jars. That said however, I will often purchase Yankee candles in the Wax Tart format if I am unsure of their fragrance, as they offer a cheap-and-cheerful option for sampling the assorted fragrances without spending a considerable amount of the individual jars.
This is how I came to try out the "Sweet Strawberry" Yankee fragrance when it came alongside a small selection of Yankee Wax Tarts, purchased from eBay as a small lot. I was delighted to notice the Sweet Strawberry Tart as I really like fruit-based fragrances and was eager to try it out for myself.
All of the candles from the Yankee range have an attractive-looking label attached to the packaging, either stuck onto the glass jar or on the plastic cellophane wrapper in the case of the Tarts, and the Sweet Strawberry Tart is no exception to this. In this case, the label shows some delicious looking strawberries. Yankee usually colour their candles to correspond with their respective scents and fragrances, and in the case of Sweet Strawberry, the wax Tart is a gorgeous bright red shade which ties in with the product and it's attractive name perfectly.
* MY EXPERIENCE *
When it came to trying out the Sweet Strawberry Tart for the first time, I removed its outer wrapper and placed it in my burner with a burning tea light placed underneath. It didn't take long for the enclosed scent to develop, which was quite noticeable after the tart had been burning for only ten minutes or so. My initial impression was that although the fragrance was quite pleasant, it felt very sweet, verging on being sickly, even. I got the impression that the fragrance was going to become far too sweet for my own tastes BUT experience with using Yankee Tarts has taught me to never judge a product in those first moments, as the assorted Yankee scents and fragrances can develop and change quite dramatically after a short period of time.... So, I left the Tart alone for a while.
I found that the sweet scent of strawberries was very true and I liked the way that this felt quite natural, rather than having an unpleasant 'synthetic' feel that would have been rather off-putting. I also found that the 'robustness' I had felt the fragrance contained died down a little after the tart had been burning for a while, as if it had settled somewhat, without gathering any more 'strength' to it. This was reassuring to me, as I had found the scent to be extremely sweet in its initial escape from the Tart, to the point of me feeling slightly cautious, but this was cast aside when I felt the fragrance settle in the air.
I found that the Sweet Strawberry fragrance felt wonderfully refreshing and was perfectly suited to the summer months, thanks to it's 'airy' feel and fresh scent. In saying that however, I felt the fragrance was rather uplifting too, so perhaps its fair to say that it offers a welcome 'lift' now that the cold autumn nights are upon us..? Either way, I do like the versatility that the Sweet Strawberry fragrance offers, particularly when compared to other scents that I have, that feel very wintry or more suited to the Festive Season.
Additionally, I liked that the Sweet Strawberry was suitable for use during both daytime as well as night time use, which is a pleasant change for me, as most scents I have been burning lately are very much suited to night time use only, thanks to their highly relaxing tones. Whilst the Sweet Strawberry is not unsuitable for this type of use, there is something to be said for refreshing fruity scents that can feel slightly more invigorating than florals or musks at times.
Overall, I really liked the Sweet Strawberry Yankee Tart and it is a fragrance that I have already repurchased, as a result. I thought the fruity scent felt quite uplifting to use, and I liked the way the fragrance felt quite natural, without any unpleasant synthetic feel to it that would make it rather off-putting in my opinion. I have nothing negative to report about the scent at all and therefore feel it deserves full marks in the product rating score.
I must be the last reviewer on here to not have tried a Yankee Tart, so the other day I set to remedy this. I didn't find them easy to get, they aren't in John Lewis or Waitrose and I couldn't find them in Sainsbury either. Then, when I wasn't looking I see them in a "trinket" shop around the corner from my office when I went in for a Birthday Card. The choice was limited, but they did have French vanilla, sweet strawberry tart and cinnamon stick - fragrances I really like. The tarts cost £1.10 each.
The tart is about 1.5cm deep and 6cm in diameter so not huge, about the same size as a homemade mince pie! I tried the strawberry tart first, on Tuesday evening after I had put the kids to bed and packed the dish washer etc. etc. I sat down with a coffee and Series 3 of Dexter and lit my first ever Yankee Tart.
On opening the packaging the scent of strawberry waffed out. It was possible to smell it through the packaging so I knew it would be strong, but it really was very strawberry-y, I almost wanted to eat it as it smelt delicious! The tart is also a strawberry colour, so the smell matches the colour.
My Yankee was very easy to light with a match and within minutes the room was filled with a warm strawberry jam-like smell, which was very nice. It reminded of the smell from when I made strawberry jam in the summer. I burned my Yankee for about 2 1/2 hours and there is still about 2/3 left, I guess it will last around 7-8 hours. It's burned down very evenly.
I think I may have joined the Yankee Tart fan club! There is one I really want to try, which I saw in the online Yankee shop - Indonesian Ginger, so will be on the look out for it, but until then I am more than satisfied with my sweet strawberry tart and can't wait to try my French vanilla and cinnamon sticks ones!
Yankee's Sweet Strawberry wax tart was another of the wax tarts my daughter bought me for Christmas. It wasn't a fragrance I had noticed on sale in the shops in town where I have purchased many of my Yankee wax tarts from and so I had no idea of its existence until receiving my gift. However, having used it recently I loved it so much that I have since ordered more of this fragrance online.
Sweet Strawberry is, as its name suggests, a strawberry fragrance. Indeed everything about it is strawberry, from the deep red colour of the wax and the photograph of strawberries on the label, to the strawberry fragrance. Whilst there are a few Yankee fragrances around which simply don't match their name, this certainly cannot be said about Sweet Strawberry!
I love fruity fragrances particularly when it comes to scented candles or air fresheners and this one smelled strongly of strawberries even before I removed it from the packaging and I was looking forward to using it, confident I would love it.
After placing it in the well of my burner and lighting a tealight to place underneath, it only took a couple of minutes from the wax to beginning to melt to be able to detect the strawberry fragrance, which slowly became stronger and eventually filled the room with its fruity scent. The fragrance even wafted out into the hallway and up the stairs with this one.
When burning Yankee wax tarts I have found the longevity of the scent released varies from fragrance to fragrance. Yankee state you can expect up to 8 hours of scent from a wax tart, but I have found that often it has been more than this and sometimes even less.
'Sweet Strawberry' I found gave me over the 8 hours average scent and I was very pleased with this.
After lighting a tealight on an evening and placing it underneath the tart in my burner, I allowed the tealight to burn out which took around three hours. The strawberry scent was lovely and filled my home and as a bonus I found the fragrance hung in the air for around three hours after the tealight had burned out. By melting the wax for three hours each evening I found that my 'Sweet Strawberry' wax tart lasted three evenings before the fragrance began to weaken.
As an alternative to burning these wax tarts you can also use them to fragrance drawers or cupboards, as even in their wrapping, they smell quite strong. If you are melting them however, you must ensure your oil burner has a deep enough well to contain the melted wax. If not, then you may find you have to cut the wax tart in half.
After the fragrance has disappeared from the wax tart I find it is easy to scoop the wax from the well of my burner with a kitchen towel once it has cooled down and before it hardens completely. It comes out in one piece and there is no mess.
Buying a wax tart or a votive is an ideal way to sample the frargance before buying the more expensive, longer-lasting wax filled jars. The usual price of a wax tart is around 99p - £1.20 and they are available from various online outlets such as Amazon, as well as Yankee retail outlets, branches of Clinton Cards, Collectables, Debenhams and other card and gift retailers.
Overall, Sweet Strawberry is definitely one of the best value for money wax tarts I have sampled to date. The strength and longevity of the fragrance is excellent and it is now one of my favourites. If you like fruity fragrances then I highly recommend Sweet Strawberry.
Yankee Candle Sweet Strawberry Tart
I am a recent convert to the Yankee candle scene and as such I am going mad buying any I see. The most recent purchase is this Sweet Strawberry tart. I popped into a shop and was instantly drawn to the Yankee candle display. They were not especially cheap but as they were so very lovely looking and smelled wonderful I bought myself four at the price of £1.10 per tart.
I have had a number of scented candles over the years and do like the wonderful scents that fill my rooms but I can't ever remember buying one of these tarts before. Having read so many reviews on here and Dooyoo about the tarts I was well aware that they had no wick and gave off their scent by being melted in a burner with a tea light candle underneath.
Yankee Candles the company originated in the USA. But have quickly become a household name over here . They offer a huge range of home fragrance products from sprays, reed diffusers through to all kinds of shapes and sizes of scented candles. They are often found in garden centres and gift shops so it is a case of keeping your eyes open. We do actually have a big Yankee Candle shop in the Westfield Centre in Derby but I rarely go in there as I find them very expensive so tend to see if I can get bargains elsewhere. It is also worth noting that www.yankeedoodle.co.uk often has them at discounted prices if you want to order a few.
I had to cut the very tightly sealed plastic wrap from the outside then as I took the tart out I had a good sniff. It smelled quite powerfully sweet with a hint of strawberry. It was a lovely reddish .dark pink strawberry colour with a picture of gorgeous fresh red strawberries on the front.
I popped the tart onto my brand new burner that I'd recently acquired from Wilkinsons. I popped a lighted tea light underneath and waited. The tart began to melt quite quickly and then I decided to write this review so I rushed to take a photo mid melt and a few others came later.
As the tart melted the scent became stronger and now there was definitely a wonderfully strong fresh squashed strawberry smell. It smelled just exactly like when I squash fresh strawberries for making deserts and not at all unnatural. It really smells good enough to eat and I immediately rushe out to buy fresh strawberries for our desert that night. Delicious!
As I said this is my second tart experience and so far I am impressed. I put this one in the kitchen on the windowsill as ours is a tiled sill so there is no danger of the heat burning anything through the burner. Even though tea lights have the wax safely within their aluminium foils they can still create a massive amount of heat that will damage furniture as I discovered to my cost when I got scorch marks on a wooden table. I now put my burners either on the tiled surfaces or on a couple of drink mats that are heat proof just in case. Another thing to be wary of is that you should NOT ever move a burner with melted wax as they are very hot and melted wax can cause nasty burns on skin or melted wax spilling can also cause wax stain damage or burns on carpets and other furnishings. Always put any burners out of the reach of children and never leave them in rooms unattended as candles can obviously cause fires. Someone I know put a tea light on their TV and left it, it melted the TV top and fell into the inside and set their room on fire so please be VERY careful they are to be treated as mini fires.
Having given all the dire warnings I am a big fan of candles and especially the scented ones as they give off lovely fragrances and also add atmosphere to a room with gentle flames flickering in their containers. They are a lovely addition to a room's ambience but just need to be treated with good sense.
I was very pleased with my sweet strawberry tart and love the smell. As it burns I get hunger pangs and cravings for strawberries and cream. It is a very summery fragrance and quite evocative. The scent is not one of Yankee's strongest but it nicely fills my kitchen with the gorgeous strawberry smell
Thank you Yankee candles for this lovely scented tart, I will certainly be buying this one again as it smells so natural and fresh. It will be a lovely reminder of summer when the days are not so warm and sunny.
Yankee has this fragrance in a variety of forms
Wax Tart - lasts 8 hour duration costs 90p to £1-05 each.
Tea light scented candles which last about 4-6 hours per candle, you get 12 in a box for about £5-99
Votive candle lasts 15 hour duration costs £1-75 to £2
Small house warmer jar candle lasts about 25-40 hours costs about £7-99
Standard lidded glass tumbler lasts about 35-45 hours and costs about £8-99
Medium house warmer jar candle lasts about 60-75 hours and costs about £13-99
Medium 2 wick tumbler lasts about 45-50 hours and costs about £13-99
Large 2 wick tumbler last about 70-90 hours and costs about £17-50
Large house warmer jar candle which lasts about 100-150 hours and costs about £17-99
Sometimes different scents are offered in other formats as well so if you are really interested in this scent then go onto the Yankee candle website and see the many different possibilities you can choose from
The prices do vary from store to store so it does pay to look around if you are lucky enough to have more than one shop that sells them or try on line. Personally I think the little tarts give you a great trial of the scent, if you really like it then you may choose to get a candle which last longer. The only thing I find is that once the candle has burned down a bit it doesn't really look as nice as the wax is up the edges and it just looks tatty. With these little tarts once they have done their job you just remove the wax from the burner. A tip I have learned from Nar on here to put them in the freezer then the wax pops out easily - so thanks Nar for that it is a really handy tip. Then you just throw the wax away. If you were really into crafty stuff you could melt them and make your own candles if you saved them up and bought some wicks from a craft shop. I might even give that a try and let you know how they work!
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Remember the days of going strawberry picking as a child... the sun is out, the weather is warm and ripe and juicy strawberries glisten in the sunlight. Remember the smell of the strawberry, juicy and sweet as you take your first bite. Yankee Candle has managed to capture all the authentic fragrance of a lush field of strawberries and one sniff of the sweet aroma that is their tart will take you right back to those fun childhood days.
The smell of this tart is so natural and juicy, it is sweet without overpowering the whole fragrance and the strawberry scent is subtle enough without getting lost in the air. The strawberry smell is juicy and brings back happy memories of fun had long ago. Imagine you are stood by a vast number of strawberry plants and the sun is shining, that is the fragrance that Yankee have managed to lock in to this little wax tart.
Everyone is aware of that horrible, sickly and synthetic strawberry smell that seems to be in many things, this fragrance is natural and fresh, not one that will make you want to gag at its obvious fakeness. Yankee stand out amongst all the other brands of scented candles in that the time and effort they put in to each fragrance is phenomenal, it is obvious how much they care about getting the fragrance just right, in my opinion it is worth paying that little bit extra for something that smells of sheer quality.
I've been familiar with the Yankee Candle brand for a good few years now but only recently have I tried them for myself. My prefered method of frangrancing the home is usually by using a plug-in air freshener but recently I tried a few of the scented candles from the Glade range which I was quite impressed with so I also wanted to try a few products from the Yankee Candle range as I have heard nothing but good things about them.
The Yankee Candle company began at Christmastime in 1969 when a 17 year old boy called Mike Kittredge melted some wax crayons and made a candle as a gift to his mother as he was unable to afford to buy a present. I think this is part of the reason why Yankee Candles are so special. The whole thing started in such a simple unintended way and it's amazing to see what came from that simple idea way back then.
I purchased quite a few fragrance tarts from the range and one of the scents was Sweet Strawberry. The tarts are round in shape with a scalloped edge wrapped in transparent celophane. Each tart has a sticker attached the the top of the tart indicating the scent of the tart. The stickers all follow the same design layout. In this case the backgound image consists of succulent-looking bright red strawberries. The wax is also bright red in colour and quite hard. When the plastic wrapper is removed it is easy to detent the scent of strawberry which smells very sweet and aromatic.
These are very simple to use. When the wrapping is removed these just need to be placed in the dish of an oil burner which is heated by a tea light underneath. When the wax starts to melt, the room is fragranced with the delightful fruity aroma of strawberries. I have noticed with some fragrances from the range that they don't smell very strong but this one is quite pungent and when lit in an upstairs room, I can even detect the smell from adjacent rooms.
It is also possible to break the tarts in half rather than using a whole one. This is especially useful if you have an oil burner with a smaller dish or like to change frangrances a little more often.
Products from the Yankee Candle range are widely available. I purchased this particular tart from my local B&Q store for 98 pence. There are also many online stockists and I have used some of these sites to browse a wider variety of fragrances.
There are many other products within this range such as votives, car air fresheners, fragrance jars, room sprays and votives. This is quite an expensive range but for the quality of the products, I think it is well worth the money. The range of fragrances is vast and there are lovely scents to suit every taste.
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Yankee Candle House Warmer Sweet Strawberry Tart
Description: Manufacturer: Yankee Candle / Type: Candles
Anyone reading my earlier reviews (please accept my thanks, I am really grateful for all reads, rates and comments!) will already know my thoughts on the Yankee Candle company - I love them! They sell the most amazingly fragranced candles to gently scent your home. They also last really well and continue to smell great right until the end, unlike some scented candles which only smell the first time that they are lit. I was lucky enough to get quite a few for Christmas so have a delicious array to choose from right now - but must confess that this strawberry flavour is a firm favourite with me.
In case you are unsure what these wax tarts actually are, they are little tart shaped pieces of scented wax. They are then used with the specially designed wax tart burner which uses a tealight to melt the wax, releasing the delicious fragrance into your home. You can also break them up and use them in an ordinary oil burner if you don't have the wax tart burner which is handy.
These wax tarts cost around £1.05 so are much cheaper than the big glass candle jars, meaning that this can be a good way to try different scents without spending a lot. Unfortunately, Yankee Candles do tend to be a little more expensive than some brands, but because they last so long and smell so great, I do believe that they are worth the extra money. If you are new to the company and want to try different aromas before buying the large candles then the wax tarts or their scented tealights are a great way to try the scents and find your favourites.
I have tried quite a few wax tarts from this range, and there are some great scents available but this is a favourite because it has such a distinctive sweet and fruity smell. It fills the room with the odour of fresh strawberries which lasts for ages, even when the candle has been extinguished. Now of course, that is exactly what it is supposed to do, but the strawberry scent really is delicious. It reminds me of fresh strawberries and strawberry sweets and is so good that it makes your mouth water!
If you like fruity and sweet fragrances then this one is sure to appeal, it has a lovely summery aroma which works well in any room, but I particularly like to use it in the living room and also the bathroom, where it should be enjoyed alongside a hot bath with loads of bubbles and a glass of cold wine - perfect!
As mentioned in my last review we are at the moment working our way through a range of Yankee Candle tarts in our burner and where the Sparkling Lemon fragrance was a light, gentle aroma this 'Sweet Strawberry' tart has a much more rich and intense smell.
As with all the tarts in the range the size is pretty much the same whichever variety you go for and this one measured 6cm in diameter and 2cm in height the same as before. It is a rich, bright red in colour and as soon as the wrapper is removed you can detect the strawberry aroma emanating from the wax.
Allowing a few minutes to start melting the liquid wax gives off a strong, fruity strawberry aroma and really fills the air around the burner with an intense fragrance. This has been one of the strongest smelling tarts that we have burned and is one of my personal favourites. It really is a mouth-watering aroma that instantly reminded me of fresh, pulped strawberries and smelled good enough to eat.
This is what I like about these tarts, as mentioned in an earlier review; because we spent very little on this (only 95p) and it is a flavour that we really like it will be one that we buy again but in a longer burning candle form. Saying that though we easily got a good 8 hours fragrance out of this little tart and the lingering aroma lasted even when the wax had regained its solidity. If you were to only melt this for a couple of hours each night you would easily get a good 3 or 4 nights worth of delicious smelling, strawberry aroma and this one for me represented fabulous value for money.
For anyone fond of fresh, fruity smells this is definitely one for you, it filled our living room with fragrance which then managed to work its way round the rest of our home and was an utter delight. At 95p this was a bargain buy and one that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone. The Yankee Candle range is available from a lot of places both online and offline and prices do vary depending on what you select, the tarts are the cheapest in the range and are a great introduction to the company and the varities they have on offer.
'Sweet Strawberry' gets a perfect 5/5 dooyoo star rating from me. Delicious and fragrant, a lovely all round smell that suits anytime of the year.
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