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**************************************************************************** Please note, this review is for the sampler version of this candle and NOT the tart pictured here **************************************************************************** ~~~~~~~~~~~ Tea and flowers ~~~~~~~~~~~ I discovered this Yankee candle in a box I have of a few scented candles, and decided to give it a try. I reckon I must have received it as part of a set or something as it is definitely not the type of scent I would choose voluntarily - being a fan of neither floral scents ... or of green tea! The fragrance claims to be a sweet blend of jasmine, smooth green tea and hints of refreshing bergamot and citrus. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A bit of Yankee background ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Yankee brand of candles is actually American, and was established in 1969 when the company's founder, Michael Kittredge, then 16, realised he didn't have a Christmas present for his mother, so he hastily made her a candle from melted crayons. Amazing how far the company has come since then! There are now loads of different Yankee candles on offer with a wide range of different scents. Prices of the candles vary greatly, so here is a rough guide to the types of candle available, prices and burn times... * 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) The candle I am reviewing here is a sampler, which I burn in a sampler jar as advised. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Strong floral scent ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The colour of the candle is a somewhat murky green colour so nothing particularly exciting to look at. Once out of the wrapper the candle has a definite floral smell which is actually quite strong - and something that smelt a bit like cucumber to me, which may perhaps be the green tea! I must admit that although I don't hate the fragrance, I am not exactly mad on it - as I tend to favour fruity smells, or vanilla fragrances. However I was happy to give it a go so I popped it into a jar and lit it! ~~~~~~~~ Scent-free! ~~~~~~~~ One thing I discovered with the first Yankee purchase I made is that the samplers tend to have a much weaker smell than the tarts that you burn in an oil burner. And this one was definitely no exception! Although I lit the candle in a fairly large room, I would still expect a faint hint of fragrance after a few hours burning, but to be honest I really struggle to smell anything. Even though I don't really like the smell, I still want to be able to smell it! I actually left this candle burning for over two hours and despite coming in and out of the room a few times I couldn't smell a thing. It is only one of the least scented candles I've ever used! So all in all this is a very disappointing candle from Yankee that I wouldn't recommend at all. Before it's lit it has quite a strong floral fragrance but once lit there is no scent from it at all really. It may be that the tart performs better but I certainly would not recommend the sampler.
When I spotted the Yankee Candle Jasmine Green Tea fragrance online, I couldn't decide whether or not I would like it. I like the smell of jasmine, and I've used a few green tea toiletries which I liked the smell of, but whenever I actually have a cup of green tea, I tend not to like the smell so much. As it was reduced in the sale, I decided to buy myself a wax tart and not worry too much if I didn't like it. A wax tart is a disc of fragranced wax with a fluted edge, hence the name tart. Unlike regular candles it doesn't have a wick - instead it should be melted in a 'tart burner' which is similar to an oil burner. Doing this releases the fragrance, giving the same effect as a scented candle, except that you get a cleaner scent as the candle isn't actually burning, it's melting. When the tart arrived, the first thing I noticed was that it had the old style round label on it (the new labels are square). It seems that this fragrance has actually been discontinued, hence why I hadn't heard of it, but it is still available to purchase online. When I actually smelled the tart, I wasn't really sure if I liked it or not. The scent was rather accurate - I felt I could smell both the green tea and the jasmine in equal measures. The overall fragrance however, whilst not terrible, was not one I was sure I wanted to fill my home with. I placed the sage green tart in my burner and lit a tea light underneath. It took a while for the fragrance to start coming out, but when it did I found it to be more pleasant than it had been when solid. The jasmine seemed to come out a little more, but it was gentle and quite sweet when combined with the scent of the green tea. I thought it smelled fresh on the whole and made the house smell quite nice and inviting, with a subtle scent that lingered, rather than a strong fragrance that hit you when you walked in. The wax tarts are designed to give eight hours of fragrance and I would suggest that this is about right. I noticed that at around the 6-7 hour mark the fragrance seemed to lose its strength a little and by the time the second tea light candle had gone out at around 8 hours, the tart had lost its fragrance completely. I paid around 80p for this in the sale from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk. As mentioned earlier in the review, it seems that this fragrance has been discontinued now, but as well as yankee doodle, I have also found it online at www.tjreiki.co.uk where a tart costs 99p. Of course, you can buy this fragrance in other formats, but expect to pay around £1.60 for a votive candle and the jar candles range from £7.99 for a small one, up to £18.99 for a large size. Overall, despite my initial doubts I did quite like this fragrance. I think anyone who likes jasmine scents - in particular Yankee Candle's Midnight Jasmine fragrance - but would like a subtle aroma of jasmine, would like this and if you can manage to find this one, then yes, I would recommend it. *Also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne