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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 large sampler set of votive 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 "Lavender Vanilla" fragrance in a votive candle format.
The RRP for Yankee Candle sampler votives is around £1.75. I purchased my sampler set 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. The label design for Lavender Vanilla features a simple floral design. The candle itself is made of a medium toned purple coloured wax which is nice as I tend to use these votives in a clear glass holder and it's fun to have the colourful wax showing through as it adds a decorative touch around my home, and this particular colour works well with the lavender scent.
Product description: "An oasis of tranquillity...the perfect mix of fresh lavender and warm vanilla with musk and bergamot."
Upon lighting the candle for the first time 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 on subsequent uses after the wick had burned down a little, I found that the scent became immediately apparent and radiated across my bedroom within just 10 minutes. It stays burning at a steady rate and the scent travels around the room freely, giving an even level of fragrance.
I am going through a bit of a hectic time in my life right now: selling my house, looking for a new job and a new apartment, and moving to a new city! Although my "free" time is now taken up with a non-stop to-do list, I like to try and maintain a calm atmosphere at home by using plenty of lavender scented products and enjoying their aromatherapy properties. I've been using this candle to scent my bedroom during the evenings to help me wind down and relax before heading to bed, when I add a few drops of lavender essential oil onto my pillow to ensure I get a good night's sleep. The different elements of the fragrance are not something I would have imagined working well in combination with each other, but somehow it really does work and the scent is lovely as well as unique. The vanilla notes are the strongest, with a sweet rich creamy aroma giving off a warming feeling. The lavender and bergamot are more subtle and can only really be detected in close proximity, or after the candle has been burning for some time, but this adds a deeper more earthy tone to the overall scent which is quite unusual against the light and sugary vanilla.
I would strongly recommend purchasing a specific votive sized candle holder if you intend on using Yankee Candles' sampler sized candles. I have tried one previously in an ordinary, larger candle holder and the sampler completely lost its shape and puddled away into an un-useable mess. Having a votive holder means that the sampler candle slips in neatly and sits close to the sides, which helps it to maintain its structural integrity while burning.
The sampler votives are rather small and measure in at about 2" tall, but despite their size they still claim to give around 15-20 hours of burning time. When using candles I like to keep them burning for at least 3 hours at a time on each use, 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. I used this candle on five different evenings with a burn time of around 3-4 hours on each use, so it lasted well throughout the expected duration.
I am a huge van of the various Yankee Candle vanilla based scents that I've tried so far, and Lavender Vanilla lives up to my expectations. It is a strong and uplifting scent that is really effective and gives off a good level of fragrance in hardly any time at all. I would happily purchase this again and can recommend it to anyone who wants to try a classic sweet vanilla fragrance with a bit of an unusual twist.
I have been a fan of Yankee Candles for some time, but have never tired their wax tarts until joining this site and reading the reviews. I began to feel left out so I dug out my old Partylite burner and popped to the shops in my lunch hour to buy one.
Trying to be economical I decide to buy one of the flavours of the month - it only cost me 94p. I had the choice of Black Cherry, Warm Spice and Lavender Vanilla. As Black Cherry is one of my favourite candle scents I thought I would try something new to me - the Lavender Vanilla. The candles can be bought from a variety of places - department stores such as Debenhams, online or even small independent stores, which is where I got mine from. They regularly offer a candle of the month flavour with a 20% - 25% discount, but normally they retail for around £1.20- £1.50 depending where you buy them from.
I like both lavender and vanilla so I was looking forward to the experience. As I type this review I have had it melting for over 4 hours. There is a lovely vanilla smell, but unless I go and stand over the burner I cant really smell the lavender, and even then its not particularly strong. In fact the vanilla smell isn't awfully strong either and doesn't fill the room in the way that I was expecting.
It may be that my tart was old stock, or maybe I should have sited the burner in the centre of the room rather than near the window (although the curtains are pulled). Either way, I think I will get the black cherry tart next time.
Update: Rather than throw my tart out once the scent had been used up I added some geranium oil that I normally use in my burner. It works brilliantly and is so much better than diluting the oil with water - I don't have to constantly check up on it to make sure that water hasn't dried out.
Yankee Candle is an American company who specialise in scented candles. Yankee Candles are available in various formats including candle jars, votive samplers, tealights and wax tarts.
A votive sampler is a mini, individual candle which has its own wick. The sampler should be placed in an appropriate candle holder and the wick should be trimmed. Each sampler is infused with up to 15hours of scent.
The Lavender Vanilla sampler is a lilac colour and is shrink wrapped. An image adorning the plastic illustrates a bundle of lavender alongside some vanilla pods. Yankee Candle describe Lavender Vanilla as..
'An oasis of tranquility ... the perfect mix of fresh lavender and warm vanilla with musk and bergamot'
As this is a regular scent in the Yankee range, it is widely available throughout the UK. Local shops may stock this scent but a full range is available online from stores such as www.yankeescents4.com. Expect to pay around £1.60 average.
Amazon also stock this scent as do www.yankee.co.uk. Prices are roughly the same across the internet.
Last month I stocked up on Yankee tarts on eBay and from Clintons. I personally prefer the tarts as they are a little stronger in scent and I feel I get more from them. I bought this Lavender Vanilla sampler votive as there were no tarts left. I think I paid 80p for my votive.
To be honest, I wasn't too sure if I would like this scent. The votive looks pretty but I am not the biggest fan of lavender scents. I often find that lavender can be too 'old fashioned' for my tastes. That being said, I adore vanilla so that was the deciding factor for me. I choose to burn votives in smaller rooms within my home to save me from moving my tart burner room to room. I have some gorgeous Yankee votive holders which fit the votives perfectly and once lit, the ambience is perfect. This votive was perfect for lighting in my bedroom or bathroom and filled the air quite quickly with a beautiful but not overpowering scent.
As the wax melts around the wick, the candle burns down neatly. The scent from this votive is perfect for smaller areas as isn't all that strong. The scent of Lavender Vanilla suprised me and I admit that I do really like it. Yankee have blended the notes together neatly to create the perfect scent to relax to. Lavender (in essential oil form) is very relaxing and I feel that shines through from this candle. It doesn't come across as too mature or heavy.
The main element of this scent is a beautiful sweetness which is contributed by the vanilla. The vanilla blends well with the lavender and is very natural smelling. The vanilla is quite rich and the combination of relaxing lavender and sweet vanilla makes for quite a deep, enchanting scent - perfect the evenings as it really warms the room up. The musk adds depth but I cannot notice the bergamot. The lavender bursts through at random points and smells quite fresh and like the lavender in pillow sprays.
As the sampler melts, the scent remains consistent and floats around the room. Whenever I chose to light this sampler, I loved the cosy, relaxed ambience it offered and generally felt more calm with a clearer mind. I would say I got 11hours of scent from my sampler which wasn't too bad given the price. It isn't a statement scent or one to burn for guests arriving - it is just one for me to appreciate!
I love Lavender Vanilla! I appreciated that the lavender wasn't the prominent scent but was there more for its relaxing properities. The scent was natural and had the perfect level of strength given the type of scent - subtle yet warming. I plan on repurchasing this particular scent but may opt for the tart to get even more scent for my money.
Overall 5 stars!
Thanks for reading :)
I originally posted this review on Ciao Feb 2012 - I have a backlog to crosspost!
My love for Yankee Candles has increased quite a lot recently. If you read my reviews you see I review at least one new scent a week but often it's one every few days. I constantly have one burning in my home as I love to scent my home with beautiful smells and also I like to try new ones all the time.
I recently tried the Yankee Candle Lavender and Vanilla tart. It's from their current range of scents here in the UK so it's quite widely available compared to some of the other scents I've reviewed. You can most commonly track these down on the high street in shops like Clinton's cards etc wehere they will retail for anything between 90p and £1.40 per tart. I buy all on my Yankee Candle tarts online as they are much cheaper and price wise ebay is the best place. I bought this tart on ebay as part of a pick and mix pack of ten tarts which cost me in total £8.95-I didn't even have to pay delivery so each tart worked out at 89p which is very reasonable.
When I buy my tarts because I buy online I have to go by imagination! As I don't have them in front of me to smell I have to assume whether I would be interested in trying them or not. I have to admit I have seen this one about for quite a while but not purchased it because I always assosciate lavender scent's with my grandmother and quite frankly if I'm honest as being quite an old fashioned scent. However a friend told me she had this and loved it so I thought it was worth a go...
When it arrived it was a pastel purple colour and was wrapped in plastic with a very mellow and relaxing picture on the front of lavender and vanilla flowers. I was still very unsure of this tart as the purple colour, the picture of the lavender etc was really making me wonder if this scent was going to be one I liked.
As with always I recommend you remove the plastic wrapper over the bin or sink and use scissors or a knife to do so. This is because if you remove the packaging over a table of worksurface you will regret it! When you take the tart from the packaging it almost always sheds little flakes of wax which are a real pain to get of worktops etc as the second they come in to contact with a cloth they stick fast-especially if it's damp!
At this stage I always like to see what kind of scent I can smell. It was very much like the lavender scent's I'm familiar with, and not a fan of but it was a little softer and more delicate. But I couldn't smell any vanilla at this point but the gentle side of the lavender had clearly been taken away by something so I assumed that was the vanilla.
After about 30 minutes of burning time the tart was fully melted and had turned in to a very deep purple wax in my burner. I can't begin to say how beautiful the scent was that was accompnaying it! Although when I started burning it I noticed the only scent was lavender very quickly the vanilla side began to be released and together the room was filled with a beautiful, comforting scent.
As it continued to burn I was so pleased to note that the scent was very powerful as it quickly spread through the entire house, not just the kicthen where I was burning it. Within an hour you could smell the scent at the same level from the front door on the other side of the house as you could right next to the burner! The tart scent was evely spreading and evenly filling the room and throughout it's duration of being burnt the scent didn't change. Some of the tarts I've tried tend to go between two or more strong elements of the same scent but this one was the same, a lovely floral vanilla smell.
Yankee Candle say their tarts have approximately 8 hours of scent time when burnt. I have found this to be very approximate as some I've tried have been much more and some less. I couldn't belive I got about 16 hours of strong scent from this tart and probably almost another 4 hours before it stopped scenting the room at all. For 89p that is excellent value for money in my opinion!
Because I loved this one so much I burnt it constantly throughout two or so days and I was really disappointed when it ran out. I've often refered to my favourite yankee smell as being Black Cherry but even that scent hasn't made it to a glass jar size purchase but I have to say I am deffinately going to invest in my first glass jar Yankee Candle in this very scent! That is quite an acheivement for me because I'm very loyal to the tarts and considering the jars cost upwards of £25 each it's quite a lot but I am happy to make the exception for this scent!
I give this scent a whopping five stars and my highest recommendation! I hate lavender scents but this totally blew me away, it was gentle and delicate as a scent but it's power level contrasted with that by being strong and powerful and left my whole house smelling beautiful and homely. It's deffinately worth a try if you love Yankee!
I had some work done on my flat recently, which included a rewire and re-plaster. As you can probably imagine there was a lot of dust in the air (and still is) and there was also a rather odd stale smell. Opening the windows and the vents didn't seem to get rid of the smell, so I rooted around for my Yankee Candles, in the hope that I could at least mask the smell a bit, and make the place a bit more welcoming. I managed to track down my tart burner and three tarts (most of my stuff was still in boxes and/or storage at this point), and the one which sounded like it would be the strongest was lavender vanilla, so that's the one I picked.
Like all Yankee Candles, you can buy the lavender vanilla in many formats - tea light candles, votive (mini sample) candles, or the much loved glass jars. I bought mine in the form of a wax tart - a small disc of fragranced wax which is melted in a tart burner (like an oil burner, but usually with a deeper bowl). It gives the same sort of effect as a scented candle, it just doesn't have a wick.
Lavender vanilla is, not surprisingly, purple in colour. It's a soft purple which reflects the lavender in its name and the label features lavender flowers.
I am not the world's biggest fan of lavender scented products. It's all to do with a very intense lavender scented foot cream I bought as a teenager, the scent of which made me physically sick! I am, however starting to warm to lavender scented products again, and when unwrapped I really liked the scent of this. The lavender fragrance is not too strong, and the vanilla comes through more prominently than I had expected it to. This may sound rather negative to some, but I felt that there was something slightly reminiscent of furniture polish with this scent! Far from being a negative thing for me personally, I actually love the smell of polish and actually really liked it...although I acknowledge it may not be everyone's cup of tea.
After placing this in the burner, the scent seemed to take quite some time to filter around the room (approximately 20 minutes or so), however once I started to smell it in the room, I found it was quite intense, it was one you could certainly smell constantly. One thing that surprised me was that when burning, a rather musky vanilla tone developed to the scent, which was so strong it managed to overpower the lavender. I didn't mind too much, it was still a pleasant enough fragrance, and at the time and it covered up that horrible plaster/dust/paint smell that was lingering around my flat.
The burn time on one of these tarts is 8 hours, after which it will lose its scent. I found the 8 hour guideline to be about right for this one.
I buy most of my wax tarts from Collectables or online at www.yankeedoodle.com. Prices and burn times below are approximate:
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
I would not say that this was the most special Yankee fragrance I have ever used, and it is not a particularly memorable one either, but it was nice enough and achieved its aim of making my living room smell nice. If you're a fan of musky vanilla scents, I think you would like this candle and I would recommend it. If, on the other hand you are a lavender fan, then perhaps a different scent would be better, as I felt the vanilla covered the lavender fragrance up. It's not one of those 'wow' scents that Yankee Candle make, but it's still nice enough and I will give it a generous 4 stars, however if I had the option, I feel 3.5 may be more appropriate.
*Review also posted on Ciao under pink_champagne