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So as part of my £6.50 deal on ebay for 10 Yankee Tarts, there was two Macintosh tarts inside. From past experience of walking around garden centre, Debenhams etc, this is not the most favourite scent in the world as it would appear that the shelves are always stock with this one. Word of warning though, this has now been discontinued and you will not be able to buy these anymore unless you found an outlet or some other place that are trying to get rid of old stock. The picture on the front pretty much gives it away, its apples. The official description is classed as "These luxury scented candles capture the pure sweetness and freshness of red Macintosh apples". Having unwrapped the tart, a blast of apples should normally hit me, like other tarts. To be honest, it doesnt really. I guess its because apples do not give off a massive smell unless you bite into them. Same with the tart, until its melt, you are not going to know. So having had the candle burning for 20 minutes, its now turned to oil. I make sure that I give it a good hour before making my decision on the overall fragrance and the spread around the room. I am sorry to report that it does not really do it for me. I walk back into the room and you can smell something, but not a massive amount. Its very light on the nose. Go up close to the oil (be careful) and you can smell the apples, but as far as it spreading around the room, its very poor at this. I was hoping for a nice warm, winters kind of smell for the bedroom, something to come to bed for. But generally just been let down by the overall smell and the coverage from the burnt tart. There are some really good ones out there and maybe that it why Macintosh has been discontinued. Its difficult to know how long the scent lasts for as its not very strong. Your be looking at about 6hrs. The tarts retail for approximately £1 and once burning, will last for between 6-10 hours, depending on the type of fragrance you have. They burn into an oil which gives off the fragrance. You simply burn them by putting them into a wax tart holder (available from Yankee or on ebay), place a tea light candle underneath which then in turn melts the wax down. Simple.
I like my home to smell nice and fresh and one of the ways I try to achieve this is with candles. My favourite range of candles are Yankee Candles. They come in such a wide range of smells and designs and I believe they are actually a house decoration in themselves. The Yankee Candle company first started in 1969. Their founder, Michael Kittredge, did not have much money and decided to make a gift for his mum for Christmas. He melted down some wax crayons and made a candle and after some interest from the locals the business grew and grew. It is now the largest US manufacturer of scented candles. Probably my most favourite smell is the Macintosh apple smell. Yankee Candle describe it as, "So vividly real you can almost taste the unmistakable crunch." This is probably one of the most realistic smells they do in my opinion. On first whiff you get a really nice crisp fragrance and then the smell really comes to life in that second whiff and really fills the whole room with a beautiful fruity fragrance. I have this smell in a large glass jar but then for spreading the smell around the house and for decoration I like to buy the votive samplers. These are small little candles that you can place in little shot type glasses. Yankee Candle say they are perfect for fragrance layering, as well as sampling new scents. They also offer lots of decorative possibilities ... use them in multiple arrangements with different holders to dramatically enhance the atmosphere of any room." Each votive is individually wrapped and has the macintosh label on it so you know what smell it is. The macintosh apple fragrance is a lovely bright red colour so if you want to decorate with the colour red these are perfect for that. The picture depicts nice juicy red apples and makes you think that it is a very authentic smell. I generally buy mine from garden centres or actually Yankee Candle shops. They sell for approximately £2 each and in my opinion are a great candle. You can visit their website, www.yankeecandle.co.uk for more information.
One of the little pleasures in life that I have is candles I always have loved lighting them as the nights start to close in and the curtains are drawn. They seem to provide a lovely light and in additional in the case Yankee candles a lovely warming scent. Since my son was born 2 years ago I have had to downsize my candle stick collection and remove a lot of the burners I used to have as his tendency to grab at things to investigate has developed. I now mainly use votive candles as these can be put out on an evening when he has gone to bed and put away into the kitchen when he gets up. Yankee candles are in my opinion one of the best in the market fragrance wise as their scent seems to last and I always find with this brand that I get less soot and smoking from them. I am such a fan of this make of candle that when I got married several years ago I had several different fragrances of these burning in candle decorations as the centre pieces of the tables. The reason this candle is called Macintosh is it is named after the red apples of the same name. Yankee Candles don't tend to do say a plain apple candle it tends to be either things like granny smith candles or spiced apple so either types of apples or apples with extras. The candle itself is red to reflect the redness of this type of apple I think. The smell and this is the thing that tends to drive my choice of candle is delightful. You really can smell apples when you inhale this candle even through the packaging. The scent is reminiscent of standing in an orchard in late summer early autumn after the rain and when the smell of apples is heightens. When it comes to the candle being light this delightful as it very quickly starts to permeate the room. I would say within about 10-15 minutes or so the fragrance has carried to most areas of my living dining room. The smell itself lingers well and when we get up in the morning after burning one of these candles you can still smell the aroma of crisp fresh apples in the air. I think the smell of these candles is perfect for late summer days and autumn when you want the smell of something nice and crisp to lift your mood when it is drizzling with rain and miserable outside. The Macintosh Votive has a burning time of up to 15 hours I tend to find that this generally about right as I tend to get about 5 nights worth of candle time out of most of the votive that I have used and that is about 2-3 hours a night. One quick point about votives though you might be tempted to let them burn by them selves I really wouldn't recommend this as they tend to just melt on you and disintegrated. I tend to have several glass holders that I have built up over the years and I find these hold the votives very well and allow them to keep their shape. As with all my candle I do tend to trim the wick if it starts to get long to about half a centimeter as this I find allow the votive to burn better as any longer than this then it doesn't burn as well and can result in some smoking. I have recently discovered www.yankeedirect.com for my Yankee Candle fix and I can recommend them for their service and selection as I have found their delivery to be very prompt. They sell these votives on there for £1.60 each. Given how long they last and the quality of these candles I would definitely recommend them.
I love scented candles and wax tarts, and the best ones in my opinion are made by Yankee Candles. At the moment I'm using one of their wax tarts called Macintosh. It has the most gorgeous smell of fresh apple. The wax tart is a disc of wax about the size of a jam tart. It has a fluted edge and the Macintosh one is red. The wax tarts always feel quite oily to me, more so than a candle. It is done up in cellophane but the fragrance can be easily smelt through the wrapping so you know exactly the sort of smell you are getting. There is a small label on the front with the fragrance written on it and a small picture of apples. On the back there is a small sticker with a few warnings on, such as don't leave candles unattended and keep away from draughts etc. Just common sense really. The wax tarts are sometimes known as "wax potpourri" To use a wax tart you will need a burner and some tealights, just cheap ones will be fine. You simply place a tealight in the burner and put the wax tart in the dish above it. The heat will melt the wax and the air becomes filled with a lovely fragrance. The wax doesn't take long to melt so you soon smell the lovely fragrance creeping round your home. The Macintosh tart that I'm using fills my house with a lovely apple aroma. It smells of real fresh apples. Its not overpowering but strong enough to smell all over my home, upstairs and down and it lingers for ages after the tea light has gone out and the wax has set. Macintosh is a fragrance I would use in the day time. It really adds a touch of out doors to my home. The tarts can be used several times, I simply leave the wax to set in the burner and when I want to use it again I just light another tealight underneath it. You can do this about four times and then the fragrance really has faded. But considering the Yankee Wax Tarts are roughly about £1.00 each I think this is good value for money. Wax tarts can be found made by other companies but in my experience Yankee are far superior, their fragrances all smell so "real". The Yankee company do many different fragrances in both wax tarts and candles, they can be found at www.yankeedoodle.co.uk.
I was shopping in my local Boundary Mill store a few days ago, when I couldn't walk past the HUGE Yankee Candle display without buying something. I am only a recent convert to these things, having "discovered" them a year ago on holiday, and I have been hooked ever since. Yankee candle make candles in every scent imaginable, and have various sizes available, from the large jars, which cost several pounds, to the small samplers, called votives, that cost just over £1 for a chunky little candle that will burn between 8-15 hours. I bought 2 candles that day, one called Cherry Blossom, which I haven't opened yet, and one called Macintosh, which is a bright red candle with a picture of red apples on the label. The candle had a lovely sweet apple smell, which reminded me of apple pie without the cinnamon, although there was a slightly spicy aroma too. The candle smelled delicious and I couldn't wait to get it home. The candles come tightly wrapped in plastic, which is always tricky to get off without a pair of scissors. The white wick on the candle is a good length. I have a special glass jar designed for small candles, so i put the candle in the jar and lit it. The wax soon started to melt on the top of the candle and release it's aroma. I must admit, I was slightly disappointed with this candle, as the ones I have used in the past literally fill the room with scent, and this one wasn't particularly strong. It only scented the immediate area, rather than the whole room, although the smell was absolutely gorgeous and delicious. I would have really liked the scent to be stronger on this candle. It seemed rather weak, for what could have been something really fantastic. This candle would be no good at masking odours in a room, or creating much of an ambience, as it simply is not strong enough. It would be better in a smaller room, but you would need to burn it for a couple of hours to get any effect. The candle melted down into a pool of wax after about 3 hours burning, but still has lots of "go" left in it yet until the wick runs all the way down. It seems a shame when i have these and can't use them again once the wick has burned away, as the scented candle is usually still intact and I'm sure there must be a way of using them again. I am still a Yankee addict, and will post a review on my other candle when I have tried it, although I will not be buying Macintosh again, as it simply isn't strong enough for me, and leaves you wanting so much more, although if you have a very small bedroom, this might suit you.
I bought a big mixed pack of Yankee Candle products a couple of months ago, and one of the products included was the Macintosh wax tart. I was particularly pleased to receive one of these since this is a fragrance I had seriously considered when buying my last jar candle, so I knew it was one I liked. I should explain what a wax tart is before I go any further. These are sometimes also known as wax potpourri, and are basically a fluted disc of wax which unlike a candle doesn't have a wick, meaning that you get a cleaner fragrance as nothing is actually burning. To use them, you melt them in a tart burner which is similar to an oil burner - in simple turns a bowl on a stand which you light a tea light underneath. Yankee Candle sell a range of these starting at about £5. The Macintosh fragrance as you can probably guess is an apple scent. Yankee are very clever with their fragrances, and you will often find that they are very specific with the names of their scents, like this one. It's named Macintosh rather than just 'Apple' because it specifically smells like a Macintosh apple, and you will also find Yankee make a Granny Smith fragrance. Being Macintosh fragranced, it has a very sweet, gentle apple scent, but at the same time it's quite fresh. It's a perfect spring/summer scent, and really light compared to many scents in the Yankee range. The disc of wax is red in colour and I found it took between 10-15 minutes to melt. The scent is beautiful - it's fairly subtle at first and seems to take a while to fill the room, but once it does it's gorgeous. The scent is so light and fresh, and I find it to be one of the most uplifting scents I've found from Yankee Candle. I think the apple scent is also quite unusual too - off the top of my head I can't really recall many other apple-scented home fragrancing products, and when you do find something apple-scented they always tend to be mixed with another fragrance such as cinnamon. I melted this one in my living room, but I think perhaps it would also be a nice scent to use in the kitchen during the day. I'm lucky in a way that being in a small flat the scent travels, so I can get away with one scent for the whole place! Yankee Candles are quite pricey generally, so using a wax tart is a cheap way to try out the fragrance. They tend to cost between 99p and £1.10, whereas a full sized candle would be £7.99-£17.99, so if you're not 100% sure about a scent, then wax tarts are the way to go! Each tart has an approximate burn time of 8 hours and they can be melted more than once if you don't want to use it all in one go. Another thing you can do is to 'cocktail' two scents together by breaking the tart in two and putting it in the burner together with another scent of your choice. These are not widely available on the high street although House of Fraser have started stocking some scents. If you want to buy online try www.just-candles.net Overall, I have been really pleased with this product and the fragrance. The fragrance is strong enough to fill a room, but not overpowering or sickly. It's really fresh and sweet, and the scent is true to a real Macintosh apple. I would definitely recommend giving this a try and I would definitely buy this in candle form.