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I love candles and have tons of holders scattered around my house so I can create the perfect romantic or haunting lighting effects. I particularly like fragranced candles as they create a lovely atmosphere, especially during the evenings when you want to feel all cosy. The Yankee Candle brand has a big fan following here on Dooyoo, and I am a relatively new recruit to the Yankee Candle fan club. I purchased a set of candles in all sorts of different fragrances to get a good overview of the brand, and the one I've tried most recently is the Island Spa candle.
Product description: "Experience the authentic, true-to-life fragrance, with pure natural plant extracts, and renowned Yankee Candle quality that have made us the worlds favourite. A revitalizing escape the sunny citrus aroma of crisp, juicy mandarins and vibrant lemon verbena."
I purchased my Yankee Candles from yankeedoodle.co.uk, and the individual candles can also be found at many different high street retailers. Each fragrance is available in a variety of different forms: wax tart, sampler votive, tea lights, small jar, medium jar and large jar. I have this in the small "housewarmer" jar size, which costs around £7.99. The label design for Island Spa is an attractive landscape picture of a tropical beach complete with blue water, white sands, and palm trees. The candle itself is made of a sludgy greyish blue coloured wax, which doesn't particularly nice in my opinion, and also doesn't match in with any of my home decor. The housewarmer jar is a cute little design, with a clear cylindrical base and domed lid section that has a rubber seal that fits back into place securely when the candle is not in use.
Upon lighting the candle it took a short while for the wax to start melting and release the fragrance into the room. The candle gives off a good level of fragrance and I find that I can usually sense the fragrance round the whole room after only about 30 minutes of the candle being lit. I personally prefer sweet fragrances so this is a bit of a departure from my usual tastes. The Island Spa fragrance primarily has strong and sharp citrus tones to it, with some deeper notes of green, woody tones underneath. It is a very bright, fresh fragrance that woks effectively to scent my home and works well even against pet odours! For those out there who know their Yankee Candle fragrances, I would say that this smells a lot like the "Dune Grass" variety, with a citrus twist that makes it lighter. The only downside for me is that the candle seems to kick out an overpowering level of fragrance when left burning for a while, and this strong level of fragrance can be a bit unpleasant, especially if it's been used in a room where I will later be preparing or eating food. I usually get around this by moving the candle around several different rooms and allowing the scent to diffuse around a larger space, as well as giving me the benefit of smelling the fresh Island Spa scent throughout my house at a tolerable level.
My housewarmer jar is the smallest size, which weighs in at 7 oz. They claim to give around 25-40 hours of burning time. This is quite a large (15 hour!) variable and I think it's a bit annoying of the manufacturers to put such a vague reference on the info label. When using this candle I like to keep it burning for several hours at a time so that the wax melts evenly and I'm not left with wasted leftover bits that get stuck against the edges of the glass holder and won't melt down. Looking back on how often I've used it I would say that I definitely got nearer to the full 40 hours of use from this candle, which I think is excellent considering the size and price. The scent remained just as strong right to the very end and did not become any weaker even after repeated uses.
This candle gives off a lovely refreshing fragrance which really helps to brighten the mood in my home. It is perfect for times such as now when I'm cocooned inside my house with the central heating on and windows firmly shut which is nice for keeping warm but leaves my rooms a feeling stuffy and smelling a bit musty. I would recommend it for anyone who wants a lovely cleansing and refreshing scented candle with a strong, natural citrus scent.
Unfortunately, Yankee Candle seem to be in the habit of waiting until I find a fragrance that I absolutely adore and then discontinuing it! It has happened with most of my favourites now and the latest casualty was Island Spa. Luckily for me, however, my local garden centre was having a big sale and a couple of weekends ago I managed to stock up with several tarts for the bargain price of just 50p each, including 4 Island Spa. I rummaged and rummaged in their sale basket but alas, only four were in there.
Everybody on Dooyoo by now knows all about Yankee Candle so I won't bore you with more information about the company (I've done a couple of other reviews if you want to read more about them). Suffice it to say they're an American candle company based in Deerfield Massachusetts and you'll struggle to find a better quality candle in the same price range. They were the first company to start making their now signature jar candles (exactly what they sound like) and also do their fragrances in tealights, samplers and tarts (as well as car fragrances, reed diffusers and many other products).
If you're new to YC's I would highly recommend using either their tarts (if you have an oil burner) or their samplers in the first instance to decide whether you actually like the fragrance when it's burning as they jars can be quite an investment and a large one will set you back between £18 and £20 - a lot of money to spend if it turns out you don't really like the scent! A tart will usually cost around £1.40 and a sampler around £1.75 meaning they're a much more economical way of finding the fragrance for you.
I prefer the tarts as I think they produce a stronger fragrance and last longer than they're stated 8 hours, meaning they're excellent value for money - especially if you can find them for as little as 50p! To use a tart, however, is not like using a normal candle as they don't have a wick in them. They are flat round discs of wax which you place in the top of a burner with a tealight underneath. The heat from the tealight them melts the wax and so releases the fragrance which them diffuses around your home.
I much prefer using the wax in my burners to using oil and water as there is no danger of it burning dry resulting in a cracked burner. You simply blwo out the tealight when you want to "turn off" the fragrance and then relight another one underneath when you want more. Once the fragrance has worn off or is too weak for you, wait until the wax is solid again and slide the tip of a knife underneath the wax and it will pop out, enabling you to replace it either another tart. If you don't want to use a knife you can also pop the burner in the freezer for a while and this also makes the tart easier to remove, although this is much easier if you have a burner with a detachable dish and don't have to put the entire thing in the freezer!
So, what about this particular fragrance? According to YC it is the "sunny citrus aroma of crisp juicy mandarins and vibrant lemon verbena". How they managed to make it a greeny/bluey/turquoise colour then I'll never know but hey ho! As soon as I unwrapped the first tart I could smell a strong lemony citrus scent and after lighting a tealight underneath my tart it was only a matter of minutes before the fragrance started diffusing through my room. The Island Spa fragrance is part of the "fresh" family of scents and you can't argue with this. The fragrance of this is really uplifting and invigorating with the lemon really coming through strongly. In fact, I think YC used exactly the right word when they said vibrant. Whilst the overriding impression is definitely a citrus one it's a lot more subtle citrus than others such as the Sparkling Lemon and i think the mandarin in this helps to calm it down a little. So rather than being really zingy and efforvescent, it's much more subtle and relaxed whilst not losing any of the power or strength.
As the lemon is the overriding scent you get I tend to burn this one either in my kitchen, or more often in my bathroom as the colour matches my decor in there! It does really well at freshening up a room rather than providing a warming, soothing fragrance so it works really well in spaces that might otherwise not smell quite so nice. What I like about this one, and tarts in general, is that if I melt it in my bathroom and leave the doors upstairs open it permeates through the whole of my upstairs. As i'm not always in the bathroom, I tend to leave the tealight lit just long enough to melt the wax and then blow it out. This means that the tart lasts longer but doesn't detract from the fresh, clean smell I get in my bathroom.
Overall I love the Island Spa fragrance and am over the moon that I managed to find some more tarts so cheaply. I am a firm fan of the fresh family of fragrances and this one fits in perfectly with that...it's fresh, light, uplifting and invigorating without being overpowerful or too intense. It is not as lemony as the pure lemon fragrances they do, but I find the blend of mandarin and lemon verbena to be really lovely and much more subtle than the pure lemon ones. If, like me, you like the fresher fragrances and come across this in the shops I would highly recommend it.
In January I bought a selection of Yankee samplers which were on sale. I tried to pick candles which sounded as though they were going to be clean and fresh smelling but this can be difficult just based on the names they have.
Island spa was one that I had never tried before and I bought just because I liked the name of it and was sure it was going to fall in to the fresh and clean category.
I was a little disappointed when my candles arrived to find that Island spa was actually a citrus scent. I do like citrus smells but I had been expecting something else especially when the candle is a bluey green colour and doesn't look as if it would be citrus.
Yankee say that island spa is "A revitalizing escape to the sunny citrus aroma of crisp juicy mandarins and vibrant lemon verbena"
This wasn't a favourite of mine when I burnt it. First of all it didn't have a strong smell and was quite faint even after a whole hour of burning. Normally the samplers fill my living room up with their aroma but this one could barely scent a couple of metres in front of it.
The smell also wasn't what I was expecting and only had a faint aroma of oranges and lemons mixed with something that I can't put my finger on but it did smell fresh and not as fruity as I expected.
The only problem with this sampler was the weakness of the aroma that came from the candle. I have got used to buying one of these little candles and being able to scent a whole room for hours on end. With this one I had to burn it constantly just to be able to smell it and it was far to weak for my liking.
I paid 90 pence for this sampler which was on sale and they normally cost about £1.65. I would recommend this based just on the aroma of it as it is nice but because Yankee do loads of nice aromas that are much stronger and last longer this one doesn't seem very good value compared to them. If you can find it on sale then buy it but if not leave it and go for something else instead.
Although I have been wary about the expensive prices of Yankee Candle in the past, I have found that the votives and samplers are a perfect alternative, and I am eager to try out new smells/flavors.
This particular sampler is the Island Spa, which I believe has been in my bathroom for quite a while and was still unused. However, the plastic kept the candle nice and fresh and when opened, the candle smelt fresh and new.
The candles are called 'Votives' and priced at around £1.32- £1.60 each, although at Yankee Direct online, are currently on offer (10 for the price of 8).
The candle itself is a pale blue/green, which makes it look fresh and calming. The candle does not (or did not for me) drip wax down the sides, but I would recommend putting on a heatproof dish/plate just to be on 'the safe side'. The candle is described as "A revitalizing escape the sunny citrus aroma of crisp, juicy mandarins and vibrant lemon verbena", which would explain the citrus like smell. Although Yankee Candles do have a tendency to spread their scent quite quickly and linger in the room for hours after burning, this is not overpowering at all.I used this candle whilst in the bath and it not only made me feel relaxed but put a lovely scent in my bathroom afterward.
I have used the candle a few times and burnt it for no longer than an hour, but there is little evidence the candle has been burnt whatsoever, impressive for a small sample candle.
Overall I would recommend this smell as a relaxing and fresh candle, ideal for weekday nights where you want to put your feel up and 'chill out'. The only disadvantages I could potentially find with the Island Spa candle is the smell is quite citrusy, so those who do not like citrus smells may not recommend. However, this is down to personal taste and personally, I like this one from Yankee Candle, and would be likely to purchase again.
Yet another one of my many Yankee Wax Tarts I recently brought was the Island Spa Wax tart, I brought this when I purchased some of my more Christmassy fragranced wax tarts, but saw this one and thought it would be ideal for the summer so I decided to buy one now to try and see what it was like, my plan was that if I really liked it I could purchase a few more for the summer.
The Yankee Candle Island Spa Wax Tart comes in the same packaging as all of the other wax tarts in the range. The tart comes tightly wrapped in a clear plastic wrapper allowing you to see both the shape and colour of the wax tart inside. On the top of the wax tart is the usual small square label, this is mainly a pale blue colour with the words "Yankee Candle" written at the top in white and the fragrance of the wax tart (Island Spa) written at the bottom in black. The rest of the label is taken up with a picture designed to reflect the fragrance of the item, the picture for the Yankee Candle Island Spa Wax Tart is of a tropical island, it shows a beach, palm tree and the clear blue sea and sky giving the impression that this particular wax tart was going to have a definite summery fragrance to it. On the base of the wax tart is a plain white label this contains information such as warnings and also directions for use, however this information is limited due to the size of the label.
What is a Wax Tart?
Most people know that the Yankee Candle Wax Tarts are, however just in case, they are basically a small cake of wax with fluted edges. They look like a small flat candle minus the wick and are designed as room fragrances. You do not have to light the wax tarts but simply melt them in a specially designed burner. The average Yankee Candle Wax Tart has 8 hours burn time, whilst it doesn't actually burn and disappear gradually as a candle does, it will gradually loose its fragrance, it is at this point you need to replace it with a new one.
When I brought this particular Yankee Wax Tart I imagined that it would have a summery fragrance to it, it had a definite citrus fragrance which reminded me of a sort of combination of orange and lemon, this was not sickly sweet, nor did it have an artificial smell to it, the combination of citrus fruits gave it a sharp/crisp smell but at the same time very pleasant. The fragrance was quite strong without being overpowering. When I first tried this I was impressed with how quickly the fragrance filled the room, again the smell was reasonably strong but without being too over the top. The Island Spa wax tart definitely has a summer feel to it, this fragrance would be lovely on a warm summers day to freshen your room, the fragrance was fresh and light a real contrast the wintry fragrances I had recently been using. I really like citrus fragrances so I think that's why the Island Spa appealed to me. Living in an open plan house meant that the fresh fragrance wafted around most rooms in the house and once I had finished using the wax tart I could still smell the citrus fragrance some time afterwards. I'm not sure this fragrance is really ideal for the cold winter months, however I was just trying it out and have to say I really did like the Island Spa fragrance, this will definitely be one of my favourites for the summer months.
How to Use
Using Yankee Candle Wax Tarts is very simply, you do however need either a burner especially for wax tarts or an oil burner. You place the unwrapped wax tart in the dish at the top of the burner and light a tea light underneath it. The heat from the candle will slowly melt the wax tart releasing its fragrance into the room. Once you have finished you just blow out the candle and allow the wax to reset. If you want to use a different wax tart or the fragrance of your current one runs out you do need to slightly re melt the wax in order to remove it from the dish of the burner.
The warnings on the base of the wax tart are quite obvious and include
*Do no leave the lit candle and wax tart in a draught where fabrics can blow onto it
*Do not leave it unattended
*Keep away from pets and children
*Do not burn/ melt in a saucepan over the gas.
I find on a lot of the wax tarts these are shown using pictures and symbols and can sometimes be hard to follow
Price and Availability
The Yankee Candle Island Spa Wax Tart is available in a variety of shops, I brought mine from a local gift shop that sells several Yankee products and it cost me £1.00, you can also buy this product online. The price does vary a little depending on where you purchase it from however from what I have seen the wax tarts are usually sold at around £1.00, on the Yankee website they are a little more expensive at £1.15. I would say that the Yankee Candle Wax Tarts are definitely worth the money you get 8 hours of burn time out of them and they make excellent room fresheners. I also think that the Yankee Candle Wax Tarts are ideal for trying out the different Yankee fragrances, you can test out new ones for very little money before spending a lot of money on the larger Yankee Candles.
Personally I really like the Yankee Candle Island Spa Wax Tart it has a lovely sharp citrus fragrance to it which is strong without being over the top or over powering. I would say this is an ideal fragrance for the summer months, it is fresh and light and gives your house an added summery feel. You would need to like the smell of oranges and lemons if you were to use this particular wax tart which personally I do. In my opinion this is well worth the money, it has a long burn time and the fragrance really does last even after the wax has set. Whilst I probably as a rule wouldn't choose this particular fragrance in the winter months, I would definitely recommend the Island Spa wax tart, as it makes the perfect room freshener for the summer.
I tend to go through phases with certain products and buy a load of different products in one go bath bombs, lip balms, perfume... this time it's candles, and I seem to be stockpiling quite a collection, however this one is still my only Yankee.
I came to pick my small jar up up in Clintons at half price, so I paid around £4 instead of the usual price of closer to £8.
The packaging of these is really functional the clear glass allows you to see easily how much is left. The glass comes high enough so the flame is always enclosed and out of reach of young hands. The lid is heavy and fits nice and tightly, so there is no chance of the lid falling off, and the scent can't leak away.
Wax and Burning
The wax itself is a lovely sea green like colour, which the candle retains even after burning. The green colour itself I find to be very relaxing adding to the theme of the candle.
The wick itself is easy to light and doesn't produce much smoke. The candle burns smoothly and evenly, and unlike many of my cheaper candles has not tunneled at all. The candle claims to last for around 25-40 hours, I burn it 2-3 hours at a time and have found it to be about a third of the way down after around 12 hours burn time.
The scent itself compromises of mandarin and lemon verbena. I love citrus and this is what originally drew me to the Island Spa range, however the citrus with the freshness of the verbena does mean it leans towards a lemon cleaning product. I really like burning this candle, particularly when I'm working, I find it a particularly calm and refreshing scent. Recommended.
Good quality wax with no tunneling.
Scent lasts throughout, a clean citrus that does not overpower the room.
Pretty and practical packaging.
Wick is easy to light and trim.
Small jars good for travel, can fit in a hand, so don't take up too much worktop space.
Yankee are widely available online and in stores including Clintons and Debenhams.
May not be to everyone's tastes as the citrus is a bit 'Pledgey'.
Expensive, although I have yet to find a cheaper candle range that burns so evenly with good throw, so I am happy to pay more.
Although widely available can be hard to find a specific scent.
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==Yankee Candle Island Spa Wax Tart==
My name is newby2 and I am now a Yankee Candle Addict!
This Island Spa literally jumped out to me from the shelves as I was looking to stock up my already overflowing supply of these Yankee Candle wax tarts. Both the colourings of the wax tart and the picture on the front of the product seemed to jump out to me as a lovely choice so of course I added it to my already crammed mitts!
==Price and Availability==
I paid 90 pence for this tart from my local stockist who seems to sell them at the cheapest price I have found (and I do keep looking). The RRP of a single 22 gram tart is £1.10p and the prices do tend to vary from shop to shop so it is well worth looking out for the cheapest price. It seems strange that when I wasn't really into buying these things I didn't seem to notice the shops that were selling them but now I am buying a lot of them it seems that a ton of different places sell them and in the most unlikely of places. I do know as well that Yankee Candles online store will often have a good deal of money off specials which is also worth keeping an eye out for.
==Look and Design==
Like I said it was the overall look of this tart which spurred me on to picking it up the lovely light pastel aqua colour of the tart is a colour which I find really appealing and the little photo on the sticky label positioned on the front shows a lovely turquoise sea and palm trees hanging off an island shore! It looks like my idea of heaven and I was sure the fragrance wasn't going to let me down. The tart has the same flower shaped design that is unique to Yankee Candle and at a little over half an inch thick is a nice little product and perfect for a gift for someone or even a gift for yourself!
On smelling the tart through the thin plastic cellophane wrapping that covers the wax disc I must say that I wasn't as bowled over as I thought I would be as the scent was not as strong as I would have liked it to be. However I thought that this might change as soon as I took off the wrapping and began to melt the tart in the burner. This aspect didn't put me off purchasing the tart and I was looking forward to getting it in the dish.
The use of this tart is no different to any other wax tart and all you need is an oil burner with a large dish and a few tea lights. Because of the 8 hour burn time of the tart I find I go through a good deal of tea lights especially as I get the cheaper thinner tea lights from Poundland which don't have a great burn time and per tart I will probably use half a dozen tea lights if not more!
Like most of the tarts I buy I didn't use the whole tart in one go and cut the plastic wrapper off and sliced a small amount of the tart into my burner. The tart is easy to cut and it seems to crumble slightly when I do cut into it but this is good as it does mean that the wax takes less time to melt in the burner and the scent is quick to be released.
I have to admit that the scent that was lacking through the packaging was slightly stronger when I opened it up and began to burn it but unfortunately it still wasn't as strong as I would have liked it to be. The scent was very sea like and had the cooling aromas of the ocean which is quite fresh and very pleasant. The main scents which make up this tart have got to be citrus ones and the fruity and zesty aromas all work well together. The sweetness of oranges mixed with the scent of lemons gives it a lifting and slightly invigorating fragrance which is very nice and on the whole the fragrance I can't fault. The only downside as far as I can see if the fact that it is way to delicate and not as strong and vibrant as I like these tarts to be. The aroma will just about fill one room but there is no chance of it spreading through my entire flat and filling it with the natural aromas that I so love from Yankee.
==My Overall Opinion==
On the whole I really like the freshness of this particular scent but the fact that it is far too subdued for my liking means that it is not a wax tart that I shall be buying again any time soon. It is such a shame because I think if Yankee were able to grab this scent and quadruple the strength of the scent then this might be somewhere near where I would want it to be. I felt that the more the tart was burnt the less the scent became noticeable and overall it was a too weaker scent for me.
I think for this reason I can only give this Island Spa scent a generous score of 3 out of 5 stars. Like I said I wouldn't buy it again and for that reason I wouldn't recommended it either.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I have been slightly disappointed with this Island Spa Yankee Candle for a couple of reasons. Firstly it is primarily a lemon smell and there is a bit of the washing up, Fairy liquid about the smell that it generates, it is not totally synthetic but there is an edge to it which I could detect and thus detracted from my enjoyment of the product. Secondly it is a rather smooth smell which is good but it does not really permeate around my house, it really only has a one room boundary almost, at a push it will scent two rooms that are connected and not that big but it could do with being a bit more powerful in my opinion.
It is not the most attractive looking product either, it is a sort of dirty green / pale blue mix that looks a bit dull and uninspiring. I used the wax tart version of this which gives between 6 and 8 hours of burn time and costs around the £1 mark. There are all the other versions available as well however the larger candles are just not good value for money in my opinion as I'm not such a fan of this scent so trying the wax tart first was a good move.
The scent of this Island Spa is not totally dominated by lemons, there is a more fruity citrus smell as well coming from the orange mandarin essence. It is certainly a more subtle smell and one that is not totally negative it is just that for me I think there are much better similar candles out there on the market and indeed in the Yankee Candles range and for that reason I will not be buying Island Spa again.
With the gorgeous sun outside and warm temperatures lately, it is foolhardy to think that by lighting any kind of flowery candle won't stop the wasps or bees visiting - a common finding that most of my friends at the YC Candle Club have found out recently by burning "Fresh Cut Roses," and more recently "Sparkling Lemon," one of my all time surprises of the year where Yankee Candle's scent quality is concerned. I have however for many years ignored "Island Spa," a fragrance set by Yankee Candle long before "Sparkling Lemon," was ever released. Trapped in a greenish dark bluish colouring, "Island Spa," is a lemon scented candle laced with the fruit as well as lemon Verbena, but whereas "Fresh Cut Roses," is fresh and vibrant compared to the ultra coolness and subtleness of "Midnight Jasmine," "Island Spa" is ultra smooth compared to the louder, yeasty pie like "Sparkling Lemon." This is a candle that hides a lot of promise, largely because Yankee Candle have done other similar fragrances such as another favourite scent of mine, "Dune Grass," which is still one of the more versatile scented candles I like buying as it pervades well and is more welcomed in many rooms in the home, not just the kitchen. However whilst "Island Spa," smells lemony, there are hints of orange in this, notably down to the fact that Yankee Candle do suggest "juicy mandarins." I wouldn't put it quite like that though, as they don't smell of strong and potent mandarins I buy in my local supermarket, but rather mandarins that have been left out for a number of weeks and start to dry up before they go off!
Briefly if you are a fan of scented candles in general then you'll know you have to be utterly safe with a good deal of common sense. By now for the fact that I've done more than 20 reviews on Yankee Candle products, I know the company by now in terms of what the best value of the candle products are available. Avoid the votives (average £1-75 to £2) - I have never had a scent yet that has been stronger than the cheaper priced 8 hour duration wax tarts (average 90p to £1-05) - of which you'll need an additional hot oil/potpourri burner with a deep concave and tealight candle underneath to get the wax tart going. The small house warmer jars are also a bit of a waste of money since they are relatively compact and small, (£5-99 to £7-99) yet don't give off as much scent. Thus, you're stuck with other ranges in the Yankee Candle family - but there are many other versions available and for me, where "Island Spa," is concerned I much prefer the wax tart format or the medium (65 to 70 hours) or large 150 hour duration "house warmer" glass jar candles (£13-99 or £17-99 unless on special 25% season of the month discount). All of the jar candles are dishwasher safe (or swirling hot water loosens the last of the wax when the candle is nearly done), made of thick glass and have heat insulative bases and airtight glass lids to keep the scent in. Therefore if you keep this kind of candle sitting around for months with the top sealed back in, there's never a fear of the scent dying out unless it has been put on view in strong bright light - and only then does the scent die away. Unlike a lot of other brands though, Yankee Candle products now have cotton wicks and lack a paraffin base that can induce coughing or sneezing attacks. The sides and top of the glass jars however get hot whenever the candle is lit and the wick constantly needs trimming to avoid bunching up or black like burning smoke if you burn the candle for more than four hours. I rather like the fact that "Island Spa," is available in many different versions though as a few Yankee Candle scents of late haven't been available in just about everything YC produce.
"Island Spa," is a scent however that grows on me. At first hand, the wax candle does smell strongly of lemons but against "Sparkling Lemon," the fizz like content isn't as rich or as rewarding. That isn't a bad aspect however as Yankee Candle do produce candle scents that aren't always long lasting on power to gas out your home, but rather something that accompanies you whenever you feel the need to relax or unwind and the dark greenish colour of the candle lights up in a dark hue, therefore not needing to be lighter in colour to shout out its presence. The whole concept works rather well, because after a few hours I could swear Yankee Candle have also put in the smell of sand in this candle but this must be down to its powdery base.
The first tone that comes off the candle is one of lemon oil and not the edible kind you'd necessarily add to a salad but more so a darker quality of lemon oil that you'd put on wood furniture. The oil is quite subtle at first with the candle taking up to 10 to 15 minutes for the jar version to come through and slightly longer if using a wax tart. The middle tone is lemon Verbena, a herb extract that is often used in soaps and body sprays. It yields well with the citrus combination of the oranges and lemon but also brings a subtle base tone of baby powder, which seems to give this candle more body the longer you burn the wax. It took me a while to find out what my nose was sniffing when I first unwrapped the wax tart out of the wrapper ("tart" so-called because of the shape and depth) aside from all that citrus content but as the candle dies down into a hot oil, it builds up a scent that is very natural rather than synthetic and lacking a chemical imbalance that ends up smelling bland and sticky. Yankee Candle always use natural extracts and for this kind of candle to contain herb extract, it is good that the company here have stuck again to their promises - I've had some of their other scents that don't always smell natural and compared to other scents, "Island Spa" has a rich and long lasting staying power, particularly apt when buying in wax tart form.
Other formats and prices are given on average:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 each.)
Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2)
Small housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £5-99 to £7-99)
Medium housewarmer jar candle (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £13-99)
Medium 2 wick tumbler (12.5 oz 45-50 hours duration, £12-99)
Large housewarmer jar candle (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £17-99)
Large 2 wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £16-99)
Lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99)
Car tab housewarmer jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99)
Car air vent gel pack (4-6 weeks duration £2-85, 3 pack additional at £5-98)
Car Pump 'n' Go clip on air vent freshener (4-6 weeks, £7-20)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99)
On-The-Go Travel scented air freshener pen (limited edition) (£5-99, 65 sprays duration, contains odour eliminator additive.)
Plug In Scent (£5-99 4-6 weeks duration, 2 capsules per box, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
Plug In Plug and "free" scent starter (£14-99, 4-6 weeks duration, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
The downside to "Island Spa," is that it isn't a loud candle that you should buy if you are looking for freshen a home in every room. That job goes to "Sparkling Lemon," whereupon you'll receive creamy pie like lemon wafting throughout the home. Secondly due to its subtle mixes, this candle is very much at home in a bedroom, or anywhere infact that you are going to be sitting or lying down for a long period like the bathroom. Though it smells a little of Fairy lemon liquid (well, it wouldn't be the first time, Yankee Candle make other scents that smell like Daz, Joop and other perfumes quite on purpose), the baby powder aspect gives it an almost sand like quality that befits the picture label of a an ocean/island and the candle is easier to relax with than expecting the scent to mask odours, even if it does well with tobacco smoke. I wouldn't want to waste this scent on odour elimination alone. The prices for the jars are enough to satisfy me on levels of luxury rather than an every day candle like Air Wick or Glade but with Yankee Candle there are continual waves of scent right down to the last of the wax the wick has to offer. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
Taking advantage of the lovely weather over the Easter period I have been enjoying a well earned break away at the caravan I own at the seaside. Situated close by to the site is a retail outlet where, amongst the shops is a 'Hallmark' store, as well as selling greetings cards and wrapping paper they also carry a small selection of Yankee Candle products and being an outlet store these are priced lower than they would be elsewhere. I always stock up on Yankee's wax tarts whenever I visit, at 74p they are cheap and as should be more than apparent now given the amount of reviews I write on Yankee products, I am a fan of the company and their products as a whole. I bought 'Island Spa' simply because I thought it would suit the nice weather we have been having recently, some fragrances suit different types of weather I find and with it being warm and sunny outside I wanted something light and fragrant inside. So did Island Spa live up to my expectations? and how did it fare against the stiff competition of my usual favourites... Let's see...
Packaged as shown in my picture, this wax tart is sage green in colour and comes wrapped in cellophane with a pretty illustration of an idyllic Island complete with palm trees. I had no idea what to expect with this one, the name of it didn't give me any clues as to how it would smell and there were no obvious aromas when I held it to my nose in the shop I bought it from. First impressions were mixed when I unwrapped it, I have to admit, my first thought was 'washing powder' as it seemed to have a slight lemon-y but light aroma to it and I was surprised given the colour that it wasn't as floral as I thought it might be. I'm not usually keen on very flowery smells as I find that they can be quite synthetic and fake-smelling, I prefer either very sweet, fruity scents or deep, musky ones and whilst I imagined that this one would probably not end up being a firm favourite I was willing to take a chance on it figuring it would suit the warm weather outside.
Allowing ten minutes or so for the wax to become liquid in consistency the aroma of Island Spa does become apparent. The early lemon notes give way to a rather rich and deep scent, there are definite layers of orange in this one but they are balanced with a deeper fragrance that did remind me of laundry detergent, which probably isn't the most flattering of descriptions I could use, I admit but that's what it reminded me of. It's a strange scent in all honesty, I can understand why Yankee call this one Island Spa as it does conjour up mental images of holidaying in sunny climes and balmy nights and although perhaps a little too strong for burning through the day I do think it it would be well suited for warm summer evenings. Island Spa is a fragrance that does build in intensity which again surprised me, its green appearance does look 'wrong' though as to my mind it would be better being blue, I have no rational explanation why it doesn't look like a green scent but looking at it and smelling it I do think it's the wrong colour.
On the positive side though this one does last for ages and as wax tarts are promoted as having around 8 hours worth of essential oils infused into them Island Spa easily exceeds this. I tend to melt wax tarts over a period of time and will have one on the go for 2-3 hours at a time, some fragrances are too strong to have lingering continually and I found that Island Spa was better off being melted in small doses. This of course extends the life of them as the fragrance they emit has time to settle in the room in which your tart burner is placed and I found with this one that I could melt it for a couple of hours in a morning to freshen up the air in my caravan's living room and then re-melt it on a night time for a couple more hours just to create a nice atmosphere around me.
It isn't a favourite I have to say, I didn't think it would be though as I know by now which of the Yankee products are likely to appeal to me personally. There's nothing bad about Island Spa (other than its strange colour) but the washing powder association for me wasn't something I was able to shake off, other people may find this one more appealing for them but it wouldn't be one I buy again in the future, at 74p though it was too good a price to miss and it's another one of the Yankee products that I now know I have tried even if I wouldn't revisit it again.
Regular readers of my Yankee reviews will know by now what a wax tart actually is as I have explained the idea behind them on many occasions now, however there may be someone new to the world of Yankee Candles who hasn't read a wax tart review before and may not know. So for the sake of a thorough review I'd better explain that unlike traditional candles which have a wick running through the centre of them and are lit and melted a wax tart is a piece of flat wax with fluted edges and measures around 6cm in diameter and 2cm in thickness. They are designed to sit in the well of a tart burner and are then melted from beneath by a lit tea light. As the wax begins to melt any fragrance which is infused into the wax is released into the air around the burner and over time will fragrance the room where it is sat. All of Yankee Candle's wax tarts have essential oils infused into them and as a company they are renowned for their authentic scents which are popular with many people.
Wax tarts are the cheapest way to introduce yourself to the many choices available from Yankee and tend to retail for around £1.10 each, I tend to buy them primarily because of their price and because unlike aerosol air fresheners which lose their smell once they have been sprayed you are pretty much guaranteed to get plenty of long lasting fragrance from a single wax tart. As I have a dog and also smoke I am aware of stale smells in my home and caravan and like to burn candles to make them a pleasant place to live and stay and since discovering Yankee and their products have made my way through dozens of the choices available over the past couple of years.
Whilst Island Spa wouldn't be a fragrance I buy again in the future I would still recommend it to anyone looking for something that provides a deep, fruity aroma which is long lasting. It didn't suit me personally and I'm only awarding a 3 star rating for the purpose of this review but that doesn't mean that someone else wouldn't be able to appreciate this one more than I did. It is a quality Yankee product and for the right person this could well become a favourite, it's not for me but as always that comes down to personal preference and taste.
A lot of products in the Yankee Candles range can be found online at yankeedoodle.co.uk and Island Spa is available there in all formats from wax tarts through to Housewarmer Jars. amazon.co.uk also carry some of the range and offline on the high street you should be able to find this at Clinton Cards, B&Q or at larger garden centres where you should expect to pay round about £1.00 - £1.10 for a single wax tart.
Thumbs in the middle for Island Spa from me, I didn't love it but then again I didn't hate it either. I wouldn't buy it again though and I still think it's the wrong colour.
Thanks for reading my review, please note that this also appears on ciao under my username. All prices are correct at the time of writing (April 2011)