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I love trying out Yankee wax tarts, and there is such a range on offer that I am sure there is something for everyone! Although Yankee candles come in a range of formats, it is these tarts I really like. Simply pop one into the top of an oil or tart burner, light a tealight underneath and wait for the wax to melt - and the fragrance to be released! Tarts cost around the £1.20 mark (although you can get them for about £1 each if you buy in bulk as I tend to), and will give you around 8 hours of fragrance.
A bit of a change
This was a real departure for me from my usual Yankee tarts, as I tend to go for fruity scents, and I had never tried a "spicy" one out before. I definitely wasn't sure what to expect. The fragrance is described as being akin to "crisp, slightly tart apple slices sprinkled with freshly ground cinnamon".
The tart itself is a dark red shade, and it definitely smells of cinnamon, but sweet too, even before it is unwrapped. I wasn't really sure if the cinnamon may be too overpowering, but once this got going in the burner, I was pleasantly surprised...
Fruit and spice
You can definitely smell the cinnamon spice, and I think this is the first thing you smell from this tart once it has melted. However, there is a lot more to it than that as it has a lovely fresh sweetness. The cinnamon is at just the right level for me - it can be detected easily, but it isn't too strong or overpowering. And the sweetness helps to keep it from being too spicy. I think the balance of sweetness and spice is just right. Even my husband commented on how much he liked the fragrance!
I really like this wax tart and I may well buy it again - although in all honesty I am always going to prefer the fruity ones! I think the balance of the scents is perfect and it is a nice, autumnal scent. I would recommend this to anyone who likes something a little different!
Macintosh Spice is a Yankee fragrance I wasn't sure I would like, due to it having cinnamon included in its fragrance and my past experiences with the Yankee fragrances which include cinnamon, clove or pine have not always been too favourable.
So Macintosh Spice was a wax tart I avoided when looking through the vast amount available in my local branch of Collectables. Aware of its existence, I never bothered to pick one up and smell the fragrance.
On a recent trip into town however, I made a conscious effort to have a look through the fragrances I had not yet tried instead of going for my favourites and this decision led to me picking up a Macintosh Spice wax tart for the first time.
Not expecting to like this one at all, I was pleasantly surprised when on holding it up to my nose I actually quite liked its scent. Whilst the cinnamon fragrance was evident, it was not as strong as I feared it would be and instead it was the scent of apples mixed with a subtle cinnamon scent which I could smell and I found it very appealing. I love the fruity Yankee scents and suitably impressed with this one I decided I would purchase the wax tart.
Macintosh Spice is an attractively packaged wax tart, as the orange-red wax compliments the apples and cinnamon on the label. An autumnal or festive fragrance springs to mind as you smell Macintosh Spice and it conjures up images of cosy dark evenings in front of a fire with this spicy apple fragrance melting in a burner.
Yankee describe this particular fragrance as simply delicious... crisp, slightly tart apple slices sprinkled with freshly ground cinnamon and indeed this is one of the occasions where I can say that Yankee have named one of their candles appropriately as the name and packaging matches the fragrance perfectly.
I placed the tart into my burner and lit a tealight underneath. As soon as the wax began to melt the aroma from the wax began to fill the room with a spicy fragrance. The cinnamon was evident right away and I hoped it wasn't going to be too overpowering, but then the apple scent began to filter through and together they blended to provide a strong fruity apple scent with subtle hints of cinnamon.
I could smell the scent from my wax tart in my downstairs rooms and it also wafted up the stairs a little too. The fragrance also hangs in the air for a long time after you extinguish the tealight or when it has burned out.
In terms of longevity, I found the fragrance released from this wax tart exceeded the eight hours suggested by Yankee and I found I actually achieved around ten hours of fragrance from this wax tart before the fragrance began to fade. It is definitely a great value for money fragrance.
By buying these wax tarts or the tealights or votive sampler candles from Yankee, it is an inexpensive way to sample the many fragrances Yankee offer, before splashing out on the more expensive glass jar candles and tumblers. I personally prefer buying the wax tarts to the glass jars as I think they represent great value for money.
I also find that these wax tarts make ideal drawer scenters too. If you leave them in their packaging and place them in a drawer they will provide long-lasting fragrance.
Overall, 'Macintosh Spice' is a fragrance I am happy to recommend and I shall certainly be buying this one again. I wish I had actually tried it sooner instead of thinking I wouldn't like it. It just shows how wrong you can be.
Yankee wax tarts and other candles are available to buy at branches of Clinton cards and Collectables as well as other card and gift shops and department stores. They can also be found online at many retailers including www.yankeedirect.com and Amazon.
Yankee Candle is an American brand who produce a wide range of fragrance products for your home.
This particular scent is available in various sized jars, votives, tealights and also wax tart form. I will be discussing the wax tart which is a small, tart shaped piece of wax to be placed in a tart burner. A tealight should be lit underneath and as the tart melts, the chosen scent will be lifted into the air. Each tart is said to contain 8 hours of essential oil scent.
Macintosh Spice is a deep red tart. It is shrink wrapped and labelled with a picture of fresh red apples and cinnamon sticks. Yankee describe the scents as :
"Simply Delicious..Crisp, slightly tart apple slices sprinkled with freshly ground cinnamon"
Macintosh Spice wax tart can be bought on Amazon, www.yankeedoodle.co.uk and from local shops. It is available for around £1.00. Jars are priced from around £7.00.
I have sampled various spicy scents from the Yankee Candle range and this is one I have tried recently. I bought mine for 60p during a sale in Clintons which is an absolute bargain. I enjoy creating a cosy atmosphere in my home and love it to smell welcoming - Yankee tarts allow me to do this and I am rarely disappointed with them.
Macintosh Spice appealed to me as I adore apple scents and cinnamon is a true favourite of mine so what better scent to experience than a combination of both? A quick sniff of the wrapped tart and I was hooked as it was very tempting and powerfully scented. I popped the full tart in my burner but you could split the tart and use only a small amount depending on your tastes and the size of your home. I have a large living room and long hallway so like the spicy scents to travel through our flat and fill the whole house.
*All Things Spicy....*
After lighting my tealight, the tart melted quickly and I was able to experience a growing scent within a few moments. The scent intensified and became really overpowering at first. As it filtered around my home, the scent settled to a beautiful level and any other homely scents were abolished. The deep red/purple wax within the burner gives this tart a festive appearance.
The scent of Macintosh Spice is simply divine and Yankee have blended the scents well to offer a full bodied scent. The scent combined with the flicker of the tealight, creates a welcoming, cosy ambience within my home and I was pleased to be treated to this scent whilst relaxing in the front of the television. It may be too powerful for some but it was just right for my own tastes.
I would say that the cinnamon is the most prominent fragrance and adds the warmth and depth to the overall scent. It is very spicy and filters around my home filling every corner with a tempting aroma. What I appreciated about this scent is that the scent alternated. Whilst the cinnamon lingered, the apple added a sweet undertone. After a few moments, the apple would take over offering a vibrant, crisp and sweet aroma. At this point, the cinnamon would slip in and add a warm, spicy undertone. Very natural and at times, rather mouthwatering.
The changing scents meant that Macintosh Spice never lost its vibrancy and never became boring. My nose would pick up one scent and before it had a chance to get too used to it, the scent would change. This really appealed to me and I loved both combinations for different reasons. I do feel that with the apple alternating with the cinnamon, it stopped the scent from becoming too heavy or overpowering.
I was very impressed with this tart. As always I burned it for a few hours on different occasions and the scent remained consistent each time. As the wax turned solid, the spicy scent hung in the air for a good hour or so. I would say I received around 12hours of consistent, flat-filling scent from this particular tart which leads me to say that it is of a high quality and well worth even the £1.00 cost.
I got a bargain and I will be heading back to stock up. This one could be burned in the kitchen to give an alternating food smell as it does smell like real apples and cinnamon - simply delicious and homely.
Recommended - 5 stars
Thanks for reading x
I have used both the Yankee Candle Macintosh and the Yankee Candle Macintosh Peach fragrances in the past with differing results. The Macintosh fragrance was nice enough, but I couldn't smell it when burning and the Macintosh Peach smelled amazing and was strong and vibrant. When I spotted Macintosh Spice, I was intrigued and wanted to know how it measured up.
I bought this fragrance in the form of a wax tart. For those uneducated in the ways of Yankee Candle, I should explain that this is a wickless disc of scented wax which should be placed in a 'tart burner' (think oil burner but with a deeper cavity) and melted under the flame of a tea light. If this doesn't sound like it's for you, you can also purchase a votive candle, a glass wax filled jar (3 sizes are available), tea lights or glass tumblers, all carrying the same fragrance.
The colour of the Macintosh Spice candle is beautiful. It's a very deep and intense red and it immediately makes me think of Christmas. The label on the front of the candle tells me that this is from the 'Food and Spice' range and it depicts juicy red apples alongside cinnamon sticks.
When I first took a sniff of this candle I was impressed. It does just smell like apple and cinnamon and I feel that I can smell both of these things in equal measure. Somehow Yankee has yet again managed to capture the smell of Macintosh apples - not just any old apple scent, but specifically Macintosh apples. Despite the spiciness of the cinnamon, I don't feel it overpowers the apple at all, and the two scents compliment each other well. The overall scent, like the colour, reminds me of Christmas and I do think this is a perfect warming scent to use over the winter months.
When I lit the tea light, I found that the scent of the candle took a while to come out. After around fifteen minutes of it burning I realised that I could smell it. The intensity of fragrance was perfect - I could clearly smell it, but it wasn't sickly or overpowering. The smell when burning was the same as when solid. The scent did travel quite a bit and even though I was burning it in my living room, I could smell it in the neighbouring kitchen and hallway. The tarts are designed to give approximately eight hours of fragrance and I found that to be an accurate estimate in the case of this one.
The wax tarts have an RRP of £1.10, but can be found slightly cheaper if you look around. For those who would like to try the fragrance but do not like the idea of a wac tart, I have included a list of approximate prices and burn times below.
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 definitely recommend Macintosh Spice. It is a beautifully fragranced candle and the apple and cinnamon combination makes it perfect for Christmas.
I burn scented wax tarts all year round but somehow they always seem that bit more special at Christmas time. One of my favourite fragrances this year has been Yankees Macintosh Spice. I should just say that I'm actually reviewing the Wax Tart in the Mackintosh Spice fragrance.
I bought my wax tarts from Yankee Direct on line. They have large selection of Yankee products on there. The wax tarts are 99p each which is pretty much the going rate. Wax tarts are also known as wax potpourri.
Wax tarts are round flattish discs of wax with a fluted edge, a bit like a mince pie. Each one comes wrapped tightly in cellophane but you can still smell the fragrance through the wrapper. Handy if you are buying them from a high street store. The tarts have a small picture on the front of the wrapping depicting the fragrance within. My Macintosh Spice tart has a picture of lovely red apples along with cinnamon sticks. The fragrance is also written underneath the picture.
The wax is a lovely dark red colour and smells exactly as its supposed to, apple and cinnamon. Gorgeous! I would say the cinnamon is the dominant smell but the fresh fruity apples can still be smelt.
All Yankee wax is made with real ingredients so there's no artificial smell to their candles and tarts.
To use a wax tart you need an oil burner. Yankee do their own but any oil burner can be used. You simply unwrap the tart pop it in your oil burner as it is, never add water, and light a tea light underneath it.
It doesn't take long for the wax to melt and the smell to filter round the room. The Macintosh Spice is a nice warming homely fragrance. Not too overpowering but still strong enough fort the smell to creep round my whole house, upstairs and down.
Yankee claim their tarts will fragrance your home for 8 hours. I cannot say if this is accurate because I never burn mine for that long at any one time. I tend to let the wax melt and once the smell has crept around my home I blow the burner out. I find the smell lingers well after the burner has been out, but I would imagine 8 hours would be correct. Of course you can melt and re melt the wax several times before the smell fades.
I use wax tarts in drawers and cupboards too, wrapped of course. Its lovely to open a cupboard or your wardrobe and have a waft of fragrance puff out. In my opinion wax tarts are a great way to fragrance your home anytime of year. They are not too pricey and they do give a good long lasting fragrance.
The Macintosh Spice is a particularly nice one for the Festive Period, it creates a lovely warm cosy atmosphere, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it any time of year.
Yankee Candle is a famous American company dealing in scented candles and fragrant accessories for the home. I've been a fan of Yankee Candle since 2004 when I had just stopped working in a summer time job at a coffee shop that more or less took over my life for a three year hiatus between becoming a teacher and doing other jobs in my skilled career. However much I loved coffee, one of the greater aspects of the job was caring for and selling candles from companies like Yankee Candle and Colonial. The first scent that I ever bought was Mackintosh scented candles and at the time Yankee Candle had two strong apple scents on the market under the latter name and also "Granny Smith," which were green in colour as opposed to red and had that "La Crunch" smell of green apples. Mackintosh on the other hand has a deep red baked apple smell and it paved the way for my own senses later that year when I discovered their cinnamon candles.
This time however and perhaps for the new season just coming out of Summer and into Autumn, Yankee Candle have a new twist on a old formula. It is called Mackintosh Spice and like the name it has spices mixed with the deep red Mackintosh classic scent, thus the original colour of bright red changes to a deep red with orange tints. However the spice isn't just of brown sugar, but as you've guessed it being American in origin, it's back to being Cinnamon yet again!
In all variants I've tried from the plug in plugs (average £5-95) to air fresheners (average £1-95/£3-95 for triple packs) and reed diffusers (average £11-95) the best formats of this candle fragrance lie in the wax tarts and medium/large jar house warmer jars. The tea lights as shown here on Dooyoo aren't worth the usual price of £5-95 to £8-95 as they don't seem strong enough on their own (most of YC scented tea lights rarely are) and I have never liked them as they are always contained in see through clear acrylic caps that are rather too hot to the touch compared to metal caps that hold usual unscented tea light candles. For the purpose of strong scent, both the wax tarts and the medium/large jars are worth it on price alone and for longevity of strength as well as longer burning times, either a couple of wax tarts at the time of purchase or one glass house warmer jar will suffice. Although the tarts for example have a burning time of 8 hours on average (90p to £1-20), the 14.05oz medium jar has an average burning time of 65 to 90 hours and costs on average £12-95 to £14-95 whilst 22 oz large jars have an average burning time of 110 oto 150 hours and on average costs between £17-99 and £21 although currently there is a seller online I've dealt with in the past who are fast on delivery and have this current scent on offer at £13-50 for the large jar.
Generally prices for all the Yankee Candle scents are usually the same save for very special scents such as Pumpkin Pie / Pumpkin Patch or Witches Brew for Halloween - but it does pay to shop around! This is why I made a saving and got the large house warmer jar of Mackintosh Spice.
The scent of Mackintosh Spice isn't as unique as YC would like to think it is, because Apple Cider has also come onto the market from YC and the two scents are fairly similar even though Apple Cider is quite strong by its very name and does have a few overtones of cinnamon just like this one. The difference is though, Mackintosh Spice emulates the same style as "Home Sweet Home"; it has a beckoning spirit to relax or wade in the aroma of warm baked apples to, with a sweet cherry lining that hovers and the base notes of cinnamon coming through at the end. The cinnamon additive reminds me much of YC's other new scent, "Sparkling Cinnamon," because the spice that has been added here isn't as peppery or creamy like "Home Sweet Home" and not as earthy as the original "Cinnamon Stick," fragrance. Here, Yankee Candle have been wise here to level out both the spice and apple extracts but with an added dimension of colour no doubt due to the sweet cherry undertones. It isn't intoxicating but it does serve up a scent that is cosy, warm to the heart and almost romantic IF you enjoy spicy apple scents. Once the candle is blown out, there is no after tone of paraffin which is another welcomed aspect, but be sure to trim the wick once the candle has cooled down as it will allow the candle to burn more evenly when you use it the next time as well as being easier to light.
Similar to Mountain Lodge and Home Sweet Home, Mackintosh Spice is quite a strong candle but that's where the similarities lie. Compared to the latter, Mackintosh Spice takes a fair bit of time for its triple oils to take effect, bringing a rainbow effect of scent after an hour has passed whereas the tarts take a lot shorter to pervade rooms. It isn't as strong as "Home Sweet Home,' however because the candle scent doesn't overtake the entire house like "Home Sweet Home," can and this is a good aspect for those who may feel the latter scent is too strong. The glass candle jar format provides a better (and safer) look when it is being used since you don't need anything else to get the scent going unlike wax tarts and associated oil burners with tea lights or electricity. For safety reasons the glass jar's rubber sealed country style lid seals the jar effectively once the candle is extinguished and when always lit I find it better to have a coaster to hand to place under the jar. Although YC jars are usually heat insulated at the base, the glass perimeter gets extremely hot in use, so it's always better to be safe than sorry!
A downside to the jar type is that once the candle starts to get low, it gets extremely difficult to light. This is where long stemmed matches come into their own and there are three tips here that I use when my little lighters don't go far enough into the wide mouths of the jars. Firstly, if you have household kitchen matches, these are okay until one quarter of the candle wax at the bottom is left and you may well find it difficult to get the flame going. Get a cotton bud and light the bud making sure that it is extinguished immediately after you have lit the flint. Another option is The White Company, as they sell long stemmed matches at around £1-99 and they're worthwhile to keep around. The other option is long stemmed butane gas filled lighters that can usually be found in the BBQ sections of supermarkets or hard ware stores. Pound shops also sell them and these are worthwhile (and the safest way) to light the candle once the flint and wax starts to lessen.
After the candle has completely finished, the jar is so handy to use as a storage jar thanks to its air tight seal. Line the jar with lukewarm or hot water and the wax at the side should lift off and pour out. I tend to put mine in the dishwasher to get the jars pristine looking before used for storage and they make excellent storage jars for unscented tea light candles!
One of the optional considerations of the house warmer jars be them medium or large in sizes is the added advantage of using Yankee Candle patterned shades which gives the jar a lantern look or an old fashioned desk top lamp look. I have a black metal shade which I've used for quite a few years now and seems to be a well sought after limited edition shade that originally cost me £10 complete with a metal base plate. Sometimes I don't even need to switch on my desk lamp when I'm busy writing reviews as the light that the medium and large jars put out through the shade is effective and bright enough for illumination. The shades also create a cosy ambiance even if the jars themselves, when lit also create similar feelings.
In all, Mackintosh Spice is a perfect candle for apple and cinnamon fans. The scent that the candle produces is not sneeze inducing and neither does it produce coughing fits. It can mask pongs fairly well although it is a scent I don't often use because I love lighting it to relax to rather than rely on it to clear a room after friends have visited. However, this is an immediate upside to most Yankee Candle scented candles on the market and they really are worth checking out, be it in wax tart form or the stronger and longer lasting house warmer jars. Just avoid the small jars as these are normally far too expensive and don't have as much burning times. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010