“ Brand: Yankee Candle / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
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Not what I was expecting
I bought the Jack Frost Yankee sampler mainly because it was on sale and I wrongly assumed that it was going to be a crisp fresh scent because it was a limited edition winter candle. The white colour of the candle and the pictures of the snowmen on the front also left me to believe it was going to be different to what it actually was.
I was really disappointed when it arrived and I picked it up and could smell through the wrapping that it wasn't a fresh, clean, crisp smell at all and was instead a sweet minty fragrance.
The candle is supposed to smell like an invigorating mix of icy peppermint and sweet vanilla snow cream.
It isn't a horrible aroma but it isn't my favourite and it was definitely not what I was expecting. It sort of smells a little like mouthwash and I didn't think it smelt of winter at all so I don't understand why this is a limited edition winter candle.
For me it was too sweet and not something that I really wanted my living room to smell like. For people who like sweeter aromas then this might be better for them but for me I prefer the fresher scents that Yankee do.
It was also one of the stronger smelling samplers that I bought so this made it even worse for me. I would light this and within ten minutes my whole living room would smell of sweet peppermint. It reminded me of being in a sweet shop or something. Also when I blew the candle out the smell would linger for hours. This would be good if you liked the smell but not for me.
Luckily the sampler was cheap and I got it for 95 pence on a sale along with a load of other samplers. I wouldn't buy this next winter but that is the joy of the samplers. They are cheap enough that I can try out loads of different aromas without spending a lot of money on them.
I had been undecided whether to buy this before Christmas but I wasn't sure it was my type of fragrance, however I actually received one as part of a Christmas present along with a cute Christmas oil burner.
I'm sure most of you know what a wax tart is but just in case there is anyone I will explain. A wax tart is a little disc of oily feeling wax with no wick. Its called a tart because it looks just like a little tart with fluted edges. It has a diameter of approximately 2.5 cm's and is 1.5 cm's deep. They come tightly wrapped in cellophane with a little picture on the front.
With my Jack Frost wax tart the picture is of 3 very cute snowmen, very festive. The wax is white which fits the name jack Frost perfectly. You can smell the fragrance through the wrapper and on giving this a quick sniff I was surprised to find it had a minty fragrance. I wasn't too sure about this, I mean minty fresh breath is one thing but a minty fresh lounge just didn't sound right.
The official description of Jack Frost is icy cool peppermint and a generous helping of sweet vanilla snow cream. I must admit I wasn't convinced about this one.
To use your wax tart you can just unwrap it and place it in a drawer or cupboard and it will give you a nice blast of fragrance when you go to them. I do use them like this in my linen cupboard and towel drawer but in my opinion to get the best from a wax tart you need to melt them in a burner.
You don't need a Yankee burner any sort will do and there are some really pretty ones on the market. I placed my Jack Frost tart in the little bowl of my burner and lit an unscented tea light underneath it. It never tales long for Yankee wax tarts to start to melt and within 10 minuets I could smell the fragrance creeping round the room.
The fragrance of this is a very strange one to fragrance your room, well in my opinion anyway. I found the peppermint smell gave a cool feeling to my home although the vanilla snow cream fragrance, and I have no idea what snow cream is, maybe its ice cream, was quite sweet. As with most Yankee wax tarts I have tried, it gave out a good amount of fragrance that travelled around my home but I really wasn't keen on this one. It was like permanently smelling a mint toffee, and although the smell wasn't unpleasant its not what I want my room smelling of. It was quite a sickly sweet scent, it didn't create a fresh atmosphere but then again it didn't make my home feel warm and welcoming either and I found after a while it started to make me feel a bit headachy.
Yankee state their tarts will give you fragrance for up to 8 hours and in the main I would agree with this however I cannot say for definite that Jack Frost did because I only used it once. I let the wax reset and then gave it to my mum to use who thought it was lovely.
Yankee Wax tarts cost approximately £1.00 each and can be found in some big department stores, local independent shops and Clintons have recently been selling them too. They are also available from many online shops such as Amazon, ebay and yankeedoodle. This fragrance can be bought in candle form too.
Over all I cannot personally recommend Jack Frost, its not a good fragrance for a room to smell of, its far too sickly sweet in my opinion and personally not what I would describe as a Christmas fragrance. This is not one I will be using again.
The latest of the Christmas Yankee Candles I have used is Jack Frost. I bought this online during the summer as website www.yankeedoodle.co.uk had a selection of Christmas scents reduced and I wanted to stock up in preparation for the festive season!
The official description of Jack Frost is as follows:
'Spread winter cheer with Yankee Jack Frost. This playful winter fragrance blends icy cool peppermint and a generous helping of sweet vanilla snow cream to refresh you and your home in a flash'
I must admit I did not read that description before purchasing, but I think it sounds quite nice and would have been enough to tempt me.
==Appearance and formats==
The Jack Frost candle is available in the form of a wax tart, a votive, scented tea lights, glass tumblers and the signature style housewarmer jars (like a sweet jar filled with wax).
I bought this in the form of a wax tart. The wax tarts are probably my favourite format of Yankee Candle as they are cheap and so give me the opportunity of trying lots of scents since I get bored very easily. For those not familiar with the Yankee brand, they are discs of scented wax which should be melted in a 'tart burner' under the flame of a tea light.
The Jack Frost candle is white in colour and the label depicts a cartoon snowman. I must admit, that while in wax tart or votive form I'm not bothered by this as I can simply discard the wrapper, I do feel the label is quite child-like and for that reason probably wouldn't want the full size jar on display.
==What I thought==
Since I did not read the description before purchasing, I was actually really surprised when I opened this and found that it smelled of mint. Although I don't mind the smell of mint in general I thought this smelled slightly stale. It's a hard smell to describe - a sort of sweet, peppermint aroma, but it seems to have an edge to it which was a little odd and I was quite unsure about the fragrance when I placed this into my burner.
As this burned, I'm pleased to say that the fragrance was much nicer than when it was solid. It is still minty and reminds me of those old fashioned red and white mint flavoured sweets you can buy. The intensity of the fragrance is just right - it's fairly subtle, but I think that's good as I could imagine it being quite sickly if it was any stronger. I can only really smell this in the room it is burning - the scent doesn't travel - but I don't really mind that too much.
I suppose one of my main complaints would be that I don't think this smells very festive, for a Christmas Candle. I personally don't associate mint with Christmas and the name Jack Frost makes me think of snow and icicles, not mints!
The estimated burn time for a wax tart is eight hours. I think that was probably quite accurate and this one stayed fairly strong until the end.
==Price and Availability==
I was quite surprised to find that Jack Frost is no longer listed on the Yankee.co.uk website, so that leads me to believe it must have been discontinued. It is still widely available online and I would recommend checking out www.yankeedoodle.co.uk and www.scentedcandleshop.com which both have this listed
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
Tea Lights (pack of 16) - Burn time 4-6 hours each -£5.99
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45
Small tumbler - Burn time 35-40 hours - £9.25
Medium tumbler - Burn time 45-50 hours -£14.49
Large tumbler - Burn time 70-90 hours -£17.99
Overall I thought this was OK but I would not buy it again. The scent was nicer when burning than when solid, but still mediocre on the whole. I also didn't think it was particularly Christmassy and so I don't think I would recommend it - there are much nicer Yankee Christmas scents available.
~~~ History ~~~
Let me tell you a little of the story behind Yankee Candles. Almost 42 years ago a 17 year old boy melted his childhood crayons to make a candle to give to his Mother for Christmas. She was overjoyed and showed a neighbour what he had done. This neighbour asked to buy it and placed orders for further candles and so Yankee Candles was born.
Since then, they have expanded into different types of home fragrancing, moving with the times. The range now includes tarts which fragrance the home so much faster, car fragrances, electric plug ins and a recent addition - the reed diffuser. Looking at the website, I see they are branching into personal care products such as lip balms and Anti bacterial hand sanitizers. I think they have their aims set on world domination as Yankee products are sold wherever you go.
~~~ Tart ~~~
The star of this review is a Tart, A circular disc of highly fragranced wax, which is instantly recognisable by its fluted edges. Saying that though, you usually smell them before you can see them. The fragrance is intoxicating.
Jack Frost is my tartlet of choice at the moment. These have no wick to light, and instead are melted using a tart burner with a lit candle underneath. You could use a non Yankee branded oil burner, but please make sure that the well at the top is deep, as when melted, they give a surprising amount of wax, and I wouldn't want you to ruin any furniture that your burner is sat upon.
Although I prefer a candle lit burner in the winter, as it casts off a comforting glow, and makes for a warm and cosy feel to the room. I use a Yankee electric burner during the warmer months, just for simplicity. I can leave it running and not worry about it.
Reading a review lately, I picked up a great tip, which really does work - if you want to change your tart fragrance before its used up, instead of going through the rigmarole of popping the bowl in the freezer, and waiting for the wax to cool enough to pop out easily, just simply put your new fragrance in a silicone cupcake case, and use that instead. Please be warned, this is just for use with the electric burner; I wouldn't want anyone to cause a fire, accidental or otherwise.
I usually prefer the stronger scents that Yankee supply. These are usually defined by the stronger colouring of the tart, the paler ones being much more subtle. Jack Frost is a white tart, and as such is less intense in fragrance as others.
Yankee are experts of going with a theme and changing it ever so slightly. This way they keep things fresh, and their customers hooked, so they keep coming back for more. I love all things Christmassy, and Jack Frost is a seasonal scent. It obviously doesn't exist in real life, and therefore it forms part of their range of scents which evoke a memory, such a Be Thankful, Natures Paintbrush, and Jingle Bells - there are no scents for these, but with Yankee, what you smell, is what you *believe* it would smell like, *if* you could.
Jack Frost melts quickly, and becomes a clear liquid. The scent starts to waft and fill the room with a fresh, minty fragrance, and it isn't long before it fills the house. At this very minute, writing this review, my daughter has come down from her room which had the door closed, and asked which one I was burning today.
The fragrance isn't strong but subtle, and intoxicating. Whilst you would expect mint to be cool, fresh and crisp, very frost like, there is a sweet undertone the tart. The addition of vanilla gives the tart a warming edge, and makes it feel homely and cosy. It reminds me of Kendal Mint Cake or After Eights, there is a definite sweetness there.
This is the perfect scent for a crisp winter's night, with crunchy frost underfoot. Why are you reviewing it then in August, you might add. I had this hidden away in my stash off Yankee Tarts left over from bulk buying last Christmas and I decided I wanted an uplifting fragrance today, as I felt a little low. This does mean however, that it's not widely available at the moment, but please do look out for it. I'm sure it will be available shortly.
These tarts usually cost just over one pound, so if you see them cheaper, snap them up, they're a bargain. They burn for around eight hours. That is not to say, at eight hours and one minute they give up there scenting properties, it's just that it fades gently until it's not recognisable anymore.
You don't have to use the whole tart in one go, you can if you wanted, break it up and use the remainder on separate occasion, or even mix your own combinations of fragrances. The tarts can be broken easily and simply crumble beneath your touch, as the tart is formed from compressed tiny beads of wax.
~~~ In Summary ~~~
I am passionate about all the varieties of Yankee Candle products, but my favourite are the tarts. This Jack Frost fragrance is a homely, warming scent with an uplifting freshness and I wholly recommend it; especially on a dark, cold, raining night, or with the curtains drawn, and snuggled on the sofa, but it's extremely good on a dismal August day too. :)
Many thanks for reading my review. I hope this has been of some use to you.
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Yankee Candle offer a wide range of home fragrance products but specialise in various candles and wax tarts.
Many of the wax tarts are for all year round burning. Yankee Candle offer a range of seasonal scents. A wax tart is a little tart of wax which should be placed into an oil burner. Once a tealight is lit, it will melt the wax and offers 8 hours of essential oil scent.
Jack Frost is one of the scents designed for burning during the Festive Season. It comes in many forms but this review discusses my use of the wax tart. Jack Frost comes individually wrapped and is pure white in colour. It has a little label showing a snowman. The scent is described as being "winter cheer..a playful, invigorating mix of icy cool peppermint and sweet vanilla snow cream".
The festive little tart isn't widely available at the moment but will be back in local stores soon. It can currently be purchased on www.yankeedoodle.co.uk for £1.00.
I love all things Yankee and all things Christmas so it was to be expected that both mixed together would have some impressive results! I usually go for the votive samplers but since purchasing an oil burner, I have stocked up on a few Yankee Candle Wax Tarts. I purchased Jack Frost recently as it was appealing to me due to its Festive nature.
My little tart is well presented though having a look at the actual homewarmer jars, I am enticed to purchase one simply for the delight of having a stunning jar adorned with cute snowmen! I managed to contain myself and was very pleased when this tart came as it looks and smelled amazing. I have melted this one during the day to liven up my home. I like to melt the full tart in my burner for a short while and then allow it to solidify for the next use. I have managed to get just short of 8hours fragrance from this little tart as it does seem to lesser in scent each time I burn it but not by much.
This snowy white tart melts completely within 30mins of the tealight being lit. It melts to a thick and almost clear liquid and looks very pure and natural. The scent in solid form, gives an indication of what to expect as is quite intoxicating. The scent seeps out gradually from my oil burner and starts off very powerful. The scent travels well encouraging freshness through my living room, kitchen and hallway.
The scent lingers and then gradually fades only producing short but strong bursts of scent into the air to allow it to be noticeable but on a subtler level. The scent is absolutely amazing but won't be too everyones tastes. The mint aroma is most prominent and although resembles peppermint at its peak, soon settles to a soft, almost spearmint aroma which is revitalising and ultra refreshing. It offers a clean, airy aroma which really boosts the natural air around my home and opens it up.
Whilst the mint inclusion is very generous and lively, there is the most stunning sweet undertone infused into the tart. It softens the overall mint scent allowing it to be less harsh. The sweetness is subtle and very natural. The vanilla is recognisable in its finest form and evens out the scent. I love the sweet undertone as its gently calming but still allows the scent to be fun and welcoming.
*Ice Ice Baby*
I burned the tealight for an hour or so at a time and allowed the cooling scent to transform my home into a winter wonderland. Once the tealight was blown out, the scent lingered but started to disappear quite quickly and soon solidified in a block of white wax again. The next time I used it, I noticed the mint wasn't quite as strong and the scent had reduced but still remained appealing.
Jack Frost is a cracking scent which offers a minty fresh yet sweet aroma to my home. It isn't your average type of candle smell and is certainly different from many I have tried in the past. It is a high quality, natural scent which is ideal for day time use as its a bit cold for night time in my opinion. I plan on purchasing the jar of Jack Frost as I loved the mint/sweet combination so much. The burning time and scent make the cost of the tart so worth it.
I highly recommend this scent and thank you for reading :)
If there is one range that I have always loved from the Yankee Candle premium candle company, it is the Christmas range of scents that most, if not many fully meet the noses' preferences of Christmas and how scents from this company seem to conjure up as well as fit many scents you can link to Christmas. From pie like baking scents to cinnamon on its own, burnt orange and even in some cases the smell of freshly picked holly, there is no question in my mind which company I'd heartily recommend for pure and strong scents that do what they say on the label. Yankee Candles may be expensive but their scents tend to last longer than most other premium candle companies offerings on the market. They are therefore worth the extra cost but you need to know which version is best for long lasting scent. The beauty of YC products is that whilst most of their classic scents are available during the year, some aren't and some scents although classic by their popularity and availability are weaker than others, giving buyers a good compromise between a highly scented candle and something that proves to be more effective and lingering rather than gassing you or your home out!
Out of the recent purchases I've bought in tart and jar form, one of the better and sweeter scents out there which doesn't induce coughing or sneezing amongst my loved ones is a limited edition Christmas scent that I became aware of (and thus always look out for) in 2007. The scent is called "Jack Frost," and the candle has a slight sparkle to it amidst the white coloured scented wax within the glass jar. The scent is available in almost all kinds of Yankee Candle version such as scented tea lights (usually £5-95 / £6), votive candles (£1-20 to £2), wax tarts (90p to £1-20) small house warmer jars (£7-99 average), medium house warmer jars (£13-99 average) and large house warmer jars (£16-99 on average). Then there are also the single car air fresheners at £1-99 or a triple pack at £3-99 and On-the-Go travel spray pens (average £2-99). Lastly, look out for 2-wick wider glass jars on special edition status as they're not normally on sale (£17-99 22oz 90 hours or £12-99 12.05oz 40 hours) - but be warned as the 2-wick built jars are often not as strongly scented as the standard wider popular medium and large house warmer jars with single wicks. Like default House warmer jars, they all mimic country style storage jars with easy to remove labeling, dishwasher safe glass, heat insulated base and an air tight glass top making it very handy to keep as storage jars later on. Like the rest of House warmer jars, this jar candle can be washed out manually with a little hot water to swirl around and loosens the hard wax. Make sure you knock it out on kitchen towel and not your kitchen sink drain as the wax can block the pipes. The standard house warmer jars in medium or large are the best for gifts as well as being fairly versatile for use, as you can simply seal the jar if you get fed up with the scent and keep it for months when you want to use it again.
"Jack Frost," is a glittery, sparkly white candle that looks like snow when viewed closely. The fun doesn't stop there! The main label shows off a three snowmen against a cold snowy background and each little snowman is adorned with different colours of hats, scarves and gloves and waving back at you in the picture. Clearly a candle designed for children even though scented candles should never be given to children unless they are responsible and know good sense. Whilst YC do suggest that scented candles aren't suitable for children, this would be an ideal gift for a responsible young person. I've already bought a jar for one of my adult students for example who loves Glade candles and I'm sure this will go down a fair treat! In medium jar format, the burning time is 90 hours maximum. Whilst the base is heat insulated, the sides aren't, so you need to be aware of this when the candle is lit in jar form.
The top scent that comes out of Jack Frost mimics peppermint creams spot on even emulating the words of Yankee Candle's claim that it contains "sweet vanilla cream." Fairly strong on mint however, the candle has a triple scent made up of cream on the base and vanilla in the middle with the mint additive on top. Burning for an hour fills a room with a light wave of creamy mint as opposed to full on, if say you are burning the pricklier "White Company, " wild mint fragrance (sad to report that The White Company have made the bad decision to stop this fragrance) or Yankee Candle's full on mint & pine "Silver Fir," candle but I love how the Jack Frost scent relaxes me and makes me feel quite Christmassy without the annoying spices or fruits that can sometimes get too much to put up with. The vanilla content seems to be the same that has been added to a lot of the Christmas scents I've so far tried this year that doesn't induce headaches. "French Vanilla," by YC is by far the worst for this aspect as the scent can be too strong and overpowering. Vanilla additive here is detectable but it has a more evenly spread action and doesn't mirror the same French Vanilla, which is a good surprise.
Using tart wax forms (90p on average) or the medium jar long term gives this fragrance a slightly weaker lingering effect which many can smell without becoming too obtrusive. Therefore, Jack Frost could be a suitable candle to burn optionally for an hour a day just to get a release of fresh mint pervading in the home, whilst also emphasizing its fun and sweet nature. It is the sweet nature that I find sits far more comfortably in the kitchen or bedroom scenario rather than bathrooms and clinical areas in the home. Whilst some products on the market have an antibacterial effect with mint added, this is not a candle that should be treated in this way even though it can shift kitchen smells fairly well. Certainly, whilst the sweetness is apparent, the triple scent does refresh rooms with a nice spread of the cool mint and promise. Although I haven't purchased it, I have experienced Jack Frost in car air freshener format and it seems to mask wet dog smells fairly well too!
All in all, Jack Frost is a candle that is well worth the money and well worth looking out for because it's a limited edition Christmas scent. Visually when lit in jar form, it does look like sparkling snow! My last candle in the form of a large jar format from last year has held its scent well with a quarter left over and has kept the scent fresh from its air tight seal. That and keeping it in a dark, dry area has maintained the candle scent incredibly well. That's the difference with most Yankee Candle products - if you store them in the dark and in dry areas, they will maintain their scent throughout the year - and when purchased in wax tart form for continual fragrance for up to a month, or continuous yearly use in the form of the more expensive glass jars, the Jack Frost scent is well worth holding onto. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2010