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Yankee Candle Drift Away Tart
This little tart is one that came as a gift from a fellow reviewer and was such a lovely surprise so thank you ..... I always find when choosing my scents from Yankee candles that I can't really smell through the plastic wrapper on the tarts so I have to find a candle of the same scent to open the lid and sniff first but as this was a gift I didn't have to make a choice.
I have had a number of scented candles over the years and do like the wonderful scents that fill my rooms. In the Yankee range my daughter has bought me the votives when she has been up to visit and I have had a couple of the smaller jars as presents but I always treat myself to tarts as they are the cheapest option and I also find they give off the scent really well.
Anyone on Ciao or Dooyoo must know that these tarts have no wick and gave off their scent by being melted in a burner with a tea light candle underneath. They are called tarts as them look a bit like mini tarts with a fluted edge. They are not big and fit easily in your hand and probably weigh only 22grams.
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. Clinton cards seem to be doing a discounted scent every month so it is also worth popping in to see what they have.
I cut the very tightly sealed plastic wrap from the outside with scissors usually then as I took the tart out I had a good sniff. As I sniffed I could smell a lovely fresh slightly seaside aroma but with a sweet hint too. It was what I would describe as a more masculine sort of smell, more aftershave than perfume. This was a lovely outside sort of smell, like you get when walking along the seafront or out in the fresh air. The picture on the front shows a small rowing boat prow and then looking out over a lake to mountains behind. The tart itself is a pretty pale blue colour.
I popped the tart onto one of my many little burners and slid a lighted tea light underneath and waited. The tart began to melt quite quickly as this time I had a burner with a smaller dish I had only put half of the tart in there. At each stage of course I had to take a photo. My husband thinks it is very funny all these photos of strange things that I have saved on my laptop. As the tart melted the scent became stronger and gradually our little room had a wonderfully fresh open air, at the seaside with sea spray hitting your face scents. If I closed my eyes I had visions of rows of colourful bathing huts lined up on a seashore or a sandy shore with sand dunes and dune grass waving in the breeze.
I lit this just before my step son arrived back and he commented on the lovely smell as soon as he walked in. It is definitely one that appeals to the men as my husband also said that he liked it too and often he doesn't actually notice or is too polite to say he doesn't like it.
After about thirty minutes the scent was coming out of the little room I had put it in and into the one where we were sitting. It isn't a 'knock you over' sort of fragrance but is just clean and quite subtle. That doesn't mean it is insipid as it is quite obvious and carried quite far into the house. It lasted quite well once the tea light had finished too. I only noticed this when I left the room and came back in a few minutes later as when sitting in the room you start to get de sensitised to the scent.
I am impressed with this scent and would buy this another time. I think this is a scent that you could put almost anywhere in the house as it adapts to suit. I may not choose to burn it while having a dinner party but then I probably wouldn't burn any scented candle in the room where we were eating as the scent would get in the way of the food aromas.
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 ambiance but just need to be treated with good sense.
I was very pleased with my surprise gift of my 'Drift Away' tart and love the smell,;it is such a great sort of outdoors fresh scent that would offend no one in my view. I have had this half burning for three tea lights now so about nine hours and today the scent was just as strong. It is a rather more masculine scent that those I usually go for so it was nice to try a different sort of smell. I think I would be happy to use this in most rooms apart from the kitchen and will think about keeping some of this one for when we show people round our house as it is up for sale. It is the sort of scent that anyone would find pleasing in rooms especially with windows open as it would smell like fresh outside countryside or sea breeze.
Thanks to all the wonderful reviewers on these sites and to for introducing me to these, I have a few hundred more to explore now. Thanks also to the very generous person who sent me this as a surprise gift .
I think I still have ten little tarts n my little store cupboard at the present time so I will review these as I get to experience them. I have also been advised that you can of course mix your own combination of scents by using a bit from two or even three different tarts. So maybe if you have a very mild smelling one you could up its scent by using a scent to complement it and bring it out a bit more.
These tarts are one of many scented options that Yankee do and they also sell reed diffusers which I have tried several of and find them excellent. They also sell candles in old fashioned glass jars and votives, car fresheners and many other products.
These are the options available but they may not all be available for all scents and the prices are approximate as they vary from scent to scent and shop to shop:
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
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.
Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
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 @ September 2012).
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 "Drift Away" Yankee fragrance as I really couldn't make up my mind about it, and from what I could detect of the candle's aroma whilst shopping at my local Yankee Candle stall, I wasn't sure at all about the fragrance suiting my own tastes. I eventually gave in however, and purchased the tart to try out.
All 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, and the Drift Away Tart is no exception to this, with the label showing an attractive image of a sort of scenic lake scene, complete with rolling hills in the backdrop. Yankee usually colour their candles to correspond with their respective scents and fragrances, and in the case of Drift Away, the tart is an attractive sky blue type shade which ties in with the product and it's attractive name perfectly.
The first time that I tried out the Drift Away Tart, 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 began to waft from its waxy casing within about ten minutes or so. The fragrance struck me as being quite unusual, and I can't confess to being completely blown away in those first moments, but I persevered and allowed the fragrance to 'settle' around me.
As I did so, the wax tart begun to melt, allowing droplets of it's oily essence to adorn it's waxy coating before finally becoming engulfed in the waxy pool of liquid altogether a short time afterwards. I always find it rather therapeutic to witness the wax tarts melting before my eyes and the Drift Away Tart was no exception to this. I found that during this time the tart's fragrance took on a rather 'fresh' quality that had been lurking in the background of the overall scent at first. Whilst this was quite refreshing, I found it slightly masculine for my own tastes, with it putting me in mind of a fragranced men's body wash product that my husband regularly uses.
Perhaps I am being unfair, as the scent was by no means unpleasant or offensive. I think I have simply developed a strong preference for robust, fruity scents or those with a strong spice contained within them, and this can often mean other scents feel slightly 'lacking' in comparison. Whilst inoffensive and rather refreshing in its essence, the Drift Away just felt slightly more mundane than other offerings in the Yankee range.
I thought the fragrance fared reasonably in terms of longevity, but I have to confess that I was not blown away with the results here either.. I found the tart's scent hung in the air for a couple of hours after the tart had been extinguished but then it seemed to disappear without trace. I could detect no hint of the refreshing aroma hanging in the room the following day.
What I DID like about the Drift Away tart however, was that it had an attractive 'soap-like' edge to its fragrance that I really liked, and I found this was neither 'heady' nor over-powering. This discovery is always welcome for me, particularly as I find certain Yankee fragrances can feel really over-powering which results in me having a horrible headache for the rest of the day. I have to be honest however and say that this soap-like edge didn't feel like it was perfectly suited to the more masculine thread in the fragrance however, and I sensed a slight imbalance in the overall scent as a result. The masculine scent is reminiscent to a sort of 'oceanic' type body wash/shower gel product that is not offensive of course, but is perhaps just too 'mainstream' for my own fussy nose.
To be fair, I have nothing overly negative to report about the Drift Away scent, but I can't confess to loving it either. It's definitely not one that I would repurchase for myself but this is mainly because there are many more fragranced products in the Yankee range that are better suited to my tastes, rather than the Drift Away scent being offensive or off-putting. As a result of my findings however, I find it necessary to award only three stars in the product rating score for the product.
*** This review is for the wax tart version of this candle ***
It's all your fault
I blame this website for getting me into these lovely wax tarts as I read so many reviews that I decided I had to try them out for myself!
Yankee is a company that is based in the US and produces a wide range of scented candles that come in a range of sizes and fragrances. The one I am reviewing here is a wax tart which can't technically be described as a candle as it has no wick!
Instead, you pop the tart into a special tart burner - or you can just use a normal oil burner as I do - and light a tealight underneath to melt the wax and release the fragrance. You can generally get up to ten hours use out of the tarts as you can re-use them.
I bought a bulk lot of wax tarts on ebay recently, so this cost me £1. I recommend shopping around online as the prices do vary but you should be able to pick this up for around the £1-£1.50 mark.
This is described as a carefree scent "that will allow you to let any worries float away, allowing you to enjoy aromas of peaceful tropical blue waters, surrounded by lush woodlands". In all honesty I feel that it would take a lot more than a little wax tart to achieve this! However I was keen to try this out as in the wrapper the tart did have a lovely, fresh fragrance.
As with all wax tarts, this is shrink wrapped so you do need a knife or scissors to get the tart out (and not your teeth ... yes I was stupid enough to try this!). Pop it into your
burner, light the tealight and wait for the fragrance to - hopefully - fill the room!
Clean and fresh
I was very happy that the scent of this was discernible within just a few minutes and before the tart had really started melting. It has a light, clean and fresh fragrance that reminds me of fresh laundry drying on the line. It is a really pleasant fragrance that soon fills my living room - in fact I have to blow the tealight out after around an hour or so as I find the scent can almost become too strong after this time! However this isn't really a bad thing as of course it means it will last longer.
Overall I really like this tart. It has a clean and fresh fragrance that is different to other tarts I've tried - I do tend to opt for the fruity fragrances. I feel I will get a lot of uses out of this one and I would definitely purchase it again.
Additional Yankee info....
The average prices of Yankee candles are as follows...
Tea lights - £6 for a pack of 12 (each burns for 4-6 hours)
Wrapped samplers - £1.50 each (burns for around 15 hours in a proper sampler jar)
Wax tarts - £1-1.20 each (these are wickless candles that burn in an oil or tart burner (with a tea light underneath) for around 8 hours)
Small jar candles - £7.75 (105g - burn for 25-40 hours)
Medium jar candles - £16 (411g - burn for around 65-90 hours)
Large jar candles - £18.45 (625g burn for 110-160 hours)
Please note that this is the wax tart format.
*~*Introduction and reason for purchase*~*
Just before Christmas last year I finally got around to buying myself a wax tart burner after reading lots of mainly positive reviews on Yankee Wax Tarts. Since then I have been like a child in a sweet shop buying wax tarts whenever funds allow me to and I tend to order from Ebay if I have any spare funds in my paypal account. After receiving a payment last week from a survey site into my paypal I decided to treat myself to some wax tarts that I hadn't tried before. I was amazed that the day after my order arrived but unfortunately they made a mistake and sent me the wrong items, though after complaining they told me to keep what they had mistakenly sent as a good nature token and the following day I received my original order.
One of the 'mistake' wax tarts was this - 'Drift Away' which my review will now focus on.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
The wax tart comes in the same style packaging as all Yankee wax tarts being in a 22g circular disc with fluted style edges. It is covered by a clear plastic wrapping which is sealed all the way around and on the front is a small sticker depicting an image connected to the particular fragrance that has been chosen. As this is entitled Drift Away it seems quite apt that the picture associated here is one of a lonesome rowing boat tide up to a dock. The picture is blue orientated as is the wax tart which is a deeper ocean blue in colour and looks very inviting so I had high hopes it's aroma would live up to it's image.
These tarts are widely available and range in price depending on where you choose to shop. I buy mine online through an official Yankee store on Ebay where I pay anything from 90p to £1.20 (inc P&P) but they can be bought in many card shops and my local Hallmark factory shop often stocks them from as little as 60p each so it's worth hunting around.
The official burning time given is 8 hours though with every different fragrance of tart I have used I have had different times scales but this is given as an average.
*~*My experience of burning this*~*
As this wasn't a fragrance I would normally have picked I was quite in awe of it's ocean fragrance and was actually very pleased that the company had mistakenly sent me it. I have been buying more warmer and fruitier scented tarts as that is just my preference so this was the first 'water' scent that I had ever tried. The initial aroma escaping from the sealed tart was a very fresh and aquatic one and I have to admit it did offer an inviting albeit somewhat strong scent so I was keen to see how this would fare when melted.
On placing my lit tea light underneath the holder I then placed my unwrapped Drift Away tart in the pot of my burner. On unwrapping the wax tart I noticed that the fragrance was really quite strong though very pleasant and hoped it would come across just as strong when burning.
The wax tart started to melt within about 10 minutes of it being placed above the tea light and the fundamental thought that popped into my head was how much it reminded me of the Davidoff fragrance 'Cool Water'. Personally I'm not a fan of the perfume though that didn't put me off burning this aquatic based tart.
My wax burner is normally placed in my kitchen which is the most central room in my little cottage and not only is it safely 'out of the way' perched on my window ledge, but also any fragrance I choose to burn can waft equally into my other rooms.
I found once the tart began to melt into it's liquid form the fragrance intensified and started to spread from my kitchen to my other rooms within minutes being very strong indeed. It wasn't a scent that gave me a headache like some have but certainly seemed quite overpowering at times, particularly when I was in close proximity to where it was burning.
This isn't the type of fragrance that I would normally go for though that's just my own personal choice as I much prefer muskier or fruitier fragrances to fill my home, though I have to point out that there is nothing wrong at all with this fragrance. The initial aqua scent intensifies when being burned and is at it's strongest after about 2 hours I would say though after that the scent does start to fade away until after hour 6 there is only the slightest hint of an aroma.
Drift Away is a very soothing scent that reminds me of walking along the beach as there is a very prominent 'sea' aroma with a salty undertone and it's certainly relaxing. I prefer uplifting scents myself so I don't think I would choose this particular one again though as I keep stating that is just down to personal preference as it's a very easy going and sedate scent. It's only real negative is it didn't seem to last very long and as I used this around 2pm it could no longer be detected around 8pm despite changing the tea light.
A nice enough fragrance if you are a fan of aquatic scents though it's not for me personally but as it was free then I can't complain too much really.
Whenever I am in town I like to treat myself to a couple of Yankee Candle Wax Tarts. Priced at 99p - £1.20 they are ideally priced to give yourself a little treat if you're a candle lover like me and also by buying a wax tart or votive sampler candle, you are able to try out the many scented candles Yankee have to offer without paying out a lot of money for their more expensive glass jars only to find you are not keen on the fragrance.
Of course you can smell the fragrance of Yankee's wax tarts through their clear cellophane wrapping and so when standing in a shop which stocks Yankee Candles, it is not unusual to see people smelling the different wax tarts and votives, deciding which ones to buy. Whilst doing this allows you to get a good idea of a particular fragrance, the real scent only becomes apparent however, when you actually use the wax tart, as I find the strength of fragrance varies from candle to candle when it is burning, with some lasting longer than the approx burn time, but others falling somewhat short of it.
I decided the fragrance of 'Drift Away' appealed to me when smelling the wax tart in a branch of Clinton Cards and I purchased one.
This 'Drift Away' wax tart invites you to step away from stress and is said to be inspired by peaceful blue lakes surrounded by green woodlands, with only the sound of birdsong and waves lapping on the shore.
This, coupled with the scenic photograph on the label of a boat travelling down a lake against a mountain backdrop, does indeed conjure up the image of a beautiful scenic relaxing day with the blue coloured wax adding to the calming effect.
These wax tarts can also be used to fragrance drawers and cupboards as an alternative to burning them.
I chose to burn mine and after placing it in my oil burner and lighting a tealight underneath, it only took around five minutes for the wax to melt and the scent began to fill the room.
I would describe 'Drift Away' as one of the more masculine scented Yankee candles, it reminded me of a woody, spicy type of fragrance, maybe not unlike an aftershave. It isn't floral smelling but does have a sweet tinge to it and its woody fragrance is fitting with the scenic photograph on the label.
My favourite Yankee Candle in terms of fragrance is 'Soft Blanket' and I also really like 'Evening Air', both of which are quite masculine also and therefore 'Drift Away' definitely appealed to me and I will be purchasing this one again.
I was also pleased with the longevity of the wax tart. Yankee state you can expect to achieve up to eight hours burn time from a wax tart before the fragrance is lost and whilst some wax tarts have fell short of this time, 'Drift Away' is one that I am pleased to say exceeded the eight hours. Indeed I found I had around ten hours of fragrance from this wax tart before the fragrance disappeared and not only did it fill the downstairs of my house with its fragrance, I could smell it upstairs too. I also found the fragrance lingered in the air for some time after exinguishing the tealight underneath. When burning this wax tart on an evening then going to bed, I found I could still faintly detect the fragrance the next morning which was nice.
Overall, I really enjoyed the fragrance of 'Drift Away' and I will be purchasing this one again. In terms of fragrance and longevity it certainly is value for money.
Yankee wax tarts are available to buy from branches of Clinton Cards and Collectables as well as other card and gift shops, or you can purchase from online Yankee stockists as well as Amazon.
==Yankee Candle Drift Away==
I have only just found the joys of the Yankee Candle range and so far I am bordering on a slight obsession with the different aroma that the brand have. There are so many to choose from and seeing as how they are a relatively cheap item it feels like a small treat at an affordable price.
My most recent batch of the wax tarts that I bought was a really good one and there was not a single fragrance in amongst them all that I didn't like. However I must say that this particular fragrance has got to be my favourite of them all and probably my top wax tart smell to date! Not only do I really like it but it is the first one that Himself has smelt that he actually commented on in a good way rather than moaning that the flat "smelt girly".
==Price and Availability==
This Drift Away scent I think is a relatively new addition to the vast Yankee Candle range but should still be easy to find with most stockists and places such as BQ always have such a large collection. This tart was however bought in my local store where you can save about 20p per tart buy getting it from them rather than B&Q. At 90 pence for this nice sized 22 gram tart and a burn time of 8 hours it is a really good price and well worth every penny in my opinion.
The tarts are small flower shaped discs that can be used in an oil burner where, once the tea light is lit underneath the tart begins to melt and let out the lovely fragrant aroma. They are easy to use and have a really good effect. The thing I like most about these tarts alongside the beautiful aromas is that they are really a mess free thing to do as I remember when I was younger burning oils and making a right mess. If any got spilt I was done for!
==Look and Smell==
This Drift Away Tart is a light baby blue colour which looks really nice as does the picture on the front of the packaging which shows a boat drifting down a peaceful river with trees either side. You can smell the scent a good deal through the thin plastic packaging and along with the picture this is probably the reason that I popped it into my ever increasing basket!
The scent is a lot more masculine than any other scents I have tried from the Yankee range. The sweetness of a lot of the other ones have is not quite so obvious in this scent which is a lot more fresh and invigorating. The fragrance is said to resemble floating down a peaceful river with woodland either side and all you can hear is the gentle movement of the river and the birds in the trees and strangely enough this is the first candle which has actually made me feel what they advertise it as.
I felt a lot more peaceful and relaxed when this tart was burning away and when Himself came in from work he commented that "the place smells good" which is certainly a first. The coolness of the scent really does work well at spreading the aroma throughout the flat in a short space of time and was left lingering for up to an hour after the candle was put out.
To say I liked this tart would be somewhat of an understatement as I REALLY Loved this scent. The smell would be pleasing to a lot of people as it is neither too sweet or too woody. It seems to have the right blend of those natural extracts to make you feel like you are gliding across the cool freshness of a river whilst having the dewy greenness of the woodland.
I really cannot rate this particular fragrance highly enough and it might just be because I have had a fair few sweet or fruity scents of late and this one seems so different from those and gives it an even more refreshing feel! I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is well deserved!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.