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Yankee Candle Jack Frost
Member Name: elysia2003
Yankee Candle Jack Frost
Advantages: A fresh, minty fragrance that reminds me of frosty winter days
Disadvantages: Not widely available all year around
~~~ 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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Summary: A fresh, minty fragrance that reminds me of frosty winter days
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