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Keeping my home smelling nice is very important to me, and my favourite way to do this is by using scented candles or wax tarts. I love the way the atmosphere can be changed depending on the fragrance of scented wax. It can create a bright fresh clean feel to a room or a warm cosy romantic atmosphere, it can also bring back pleasant memories.
I have recently been trying some fragrances from Yankee that I haven't used before, one of which is Kitchen Spice, I usually choose floral fragrances but after recently trying Warm Spice and really liking it I was tempted with this one.
Wax Tarts are simple little discs of oily wax without a wick, I always think they feel slightly oily rather than waxy, they measure approximately 6cm's x 1.5cm's and cost round about £1.00 - £1.20 depending on where you buy them from. They have a fluted edge and do look just like a little tart. In my opinion Yankee make the best wax tarts and these are the ones I always use.
The tart comes wrapped tightly in clear cellophane allowing you to see the reddish brown mottled wax, the wax tart has a label stuck to the front which shows a small picture that usually depicts the fragrance of the wax, Kitchen Spice shows dried orange slices along with a jar of spices, it presents a very homely comforting appearance
You can usually get a good idea of what the wax tart is going to smell by just by smelling the wrapper, handy of you are in a shop and not too sure if you like the sound if it.
Yankees official description of this is:-
"A modern blend of sweet orange, clove, ginger and cinnamon".
To use a wax tart you do need an oil burner and an unscented tea light, its just a case of popping the unwrapped wax tart into the burner and lighting the tea light below it so it melts the wax tart. Once lit it doesn't take long before the oily wax is starting to melt and the fragrance filters around the room.
Once the red / brown coloured wax had melted into a pool it wasn't long before a delicious warm spicy fragrance filled my room, cinnamon was the dominant fragrance but I could also detect a hint of the ginger and clove, the smell was warm, quite homely and comforting. Along with the lovely spicy fragrance this wax tart also gives a nice twist of zesty orange, the smell reminded me of a Christmas fayre we always go to in my husbands home town. There are always strings of dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks hung everywhere and the wax tart smelt exactly like this.
I always melt my wax tarts for a couple of hours at a time, I find the fragrance lingers for a long while after the wax has solidified and this in my opinion is the best way to get the best value from the tart.
Yankee state their wax tarts will give you up to 8 hours of fragrance and I agree. I just leave the set wax in the burner dish ready to re melt the next day. Once the wax has run out of fragrance I leave it to set then remove the wax from the dish.
You can melt the wax tarts whole, break them in half or even mix them to create your own fragrances. Personally I don't mix mine I just melt the tart whole without mixing fragrances, in my opinion Yankee mix the fragrances perfectly well. Yankee use only natural ingredients in their scented wax and their fragrances do really smell genuine.
Yankee wax tarts can be found in many independent shops and also some major department stores as well as many online stores such as Amazon UK and Yankee Direct. They are great value for money and a lovely way to fragrance your home for a small amount of money, also a good way to try different fragrances before you spend more on a larger candle jar which are quite a lot of money to lay out if you then decide you don't really like the smell. .
I was really pleased with Kitchen Spice, I found the fragrance wasn't as strong as others I have tried but I could still smell this after the wax had solidified and also upstairs too. Its such a delicious warm homely scent, its very welcoming and despite smelling very festive is a lovely scent to have in your home all year round. I would use Kitchen Spice mainly in the daytime but if I had friends or family coming round in the evenings I wouldn't hesitate to use this one as its so welcoming for guests coming to your home. If you like to fragrance your home then I would certainly recommend trying this one its one of the nicest spicy fragrances I've tried.
With my first Amazon gift voucher I recieved recently I purchased the thing at the top of my wish list - a Yankee candle tart burner... I really wanted one after seeing all the hype about them on reviews and distantly remembering my mums!
With my burner I recieved 5 different scented tarts - and Kitchen Spice was one of them... At the time I was opening the delivery I happened to be in the kitchen and was dying to try out my new burner... So I decided on this one due to the name as I would be leaving this burner in there whilst testing it!
The tarts are wrapped in transparant plastic which can easily be opened using your finger nails or snipping with a pair of scissors.
About the tart
The tart is a brown/dark red colour - the tart is round with ridged edges and has the Yankee Candle logo stamped on to the tart.
The front label states the tart is from the Yankee Candle range, in the background it then has the image of orange slices and spices. It then advises you that the tart is made from pure natural extracts.
The back label then gives you your usual warning symbols for what not to do with this product ie . keep out of reach of children ect.
The label also confirms the tart weight is 22g and total burning time is 8 hours.
How to use
You literally pop the tart on the top of your burner, light your candle and put underneith and it starts to melt within 5 minutes and you get the first wafts of scent from the tart. Within 20 minutes it is melted completly and the smell fills the room.
As well as melting a tart on its own, I have read you can mix tart scents to create more unique smells - you simply break off smaller bits of tart and melt together. More information on mixing and ideas can be found on the Yankee website.
I didn't sniff this tart before opening the packaging but when the tart was out before the melting process it does smell very strongly of cinnamon. I can't smell anything else in this tart.
This was my first Yankee tart to burn and I have to say I was not the most impressed as I am not a great fan of cinnamon smells - I prefer sweet light smells. This tart scent tends to hit you as soon as you walk into a room and in my opinion its not a pleasant one.
My dad popped in when it had been burning for a couple of hours and commented on how strong the smell was but he also told me he liked it. Each to their own - if you like cinnamon smells you will probably like this but I won't be buying this again.
I won't fault on it lasting 8 hours though - it definetly does what its supposed to - I just hate the smell!!
Price & Availability
You can buy this tart in Clintons outlets, Amazon or Yankee candle stockists. You can also buy different sized candles if you like a particular tart. The following are sizes, burn times and guide prices:
Wax Tarts - 8 hours - £1.20
Votives - 15 hours - £1.60
Small Jar - 40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - 60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - 150 hours - £18.45
My fiancé bought me the Yankee Candle Kitchen Spice tart a couple of months ago. I was going to save this for closer to Autumn time as I feel the spicy tarts like this are more suited to the colder months, but as it's been rather dull and rainy recently, I decided to use this as it seemed that it would be quite a cosy scent to use.
Kitchen Spice is actually a relatively new release from Yankee Candle - it came out in July and is part of the Autumn collection. The candle is a reddish-brown colour and the label features dried orange slices alongside a jar of peppercorns and dried spices.
Like all Yankee Candle fragrances this comes in many formats. I have the wax tart which is a circular disc of wax infused in fragrance which should be melted in a burner. You can also buy this in a votive, tea-lights, jar candles or tumblers.
My favourite scents are the fruity or fresh smelling ones and although I will occasionally use a spicy scented candle like this, they are not my preference. I actually thought this smelled quite nice in the wrapper. There was a definite smell of cinnamon in there, but I felt that there was a hint of black pepper too, with a sharper, zestier edge which I assumed came from the orange depicted on the label.
As I started to burn this it didn't take long for the scent to come out and fill the sitting room where I had this burning. My fiancé described it as 'pungent and Christmassy'. According to him all that was missing was some snow and a log fire! I do see where he was coming from, as the cinnamon notes in particular are reminiscent of Christmas time. Even the orange in some ways contributed to the festive scent. I found the overall aroma of the candle to be warming and quite comforting in some ways.
It's fair to say that this scent is fairly intense. I had it on the coffee table in my living room, but could smell it throughout most of my flat. I have used other Yankee Candles which have been too intense to the point of sickly, yet whilst this is undeniably strong I didn't find it to be 'too much' or headache inducing! Due to the intensity, even after the tea-light has gone out, the scent does linger in the air for some time.
I personally like the tarts because they are cheap and it gives me a chance to use a wide variety of fragrances. The tarts are designed to last eight hours, which I found to be fairly accurate with this one. The following burn times and prices are approximate, so will vary, but hopefully they will give you an idea...
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
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
On the high street, you can purchase these from Clinton's Cards or Collectables if you're in the North East. Online, visit www.yankeedoodle.co.uk or www.scentedcandleshop.com
Overall, I did like Kitchen Spice and feel it is one of the nicer spicy scents that Yankee make. Spicy scents are still not my first choice, but I do think I would use this again and if you are a fan of spicy fragrances I would recommend it as being one of the better ones that Yankee produce.