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I got a mountain lodge tart as part of a pack of Yankee tarts that I bought on eBay. The pack contained a good mix of fragrances most of which I had never tried before including the mountain lodge one.
The tart wasn't the most appealing one that came in the pack probably because it is a dark brown colour instead of the more eye catching colours of the others. But it isn't the colour that is the important thing and I liked the smell that was coming from the tart even before I had peeled the wrapping off it.
I put it in my burner and waited for the tart to melt. And waited and then waited some more. Perhaps I had a dodgy tart but I have never had one that took as long as this one did to actually melt. Usually they start melting really quickly but this one just sort of stayed in a lump for ages before it stated to melt even a little and release some of the fragrance.
Unfortunately when it did finally melt I was left feeling a little disappointed with the fragrance. Where it had offered so much promise in the wrapping it failed to deliver on it when it was burning. It is a gorgeous smell and one that is really different from the Yankee fragrances I normally like. It isn't fruity, spicy or fresh but is instead more rustic and woody smelling. I definitely got an impression of mountain lodges from this one and it really did smell like a summer day in the forest.
Although the smell itself was gorgeous it was just so weak and not very impressive. Even after burning it for a few hours the smell was hardly noticeable more than a few feet away from the burner. Close up it was lovely and surprisingly really relaxing but it just really didn't manage to scent the whole room never mind linger in to the rest of the house.
I would buy this if I was having a relaxing evening at home and had the burner next to me while reading a book or just relaxing with a glass of wine but I wouldn't buy it as a tart to fragrance as it just wasn't strong enough to be able to do this properly. It's a shame as I did really like it and had it been more intense I would definitely have been recommending it and probably buying it as a housewarmer.
The small Mountain Lodge Housewarmer jar from Yankee Candles was available in store at Clinton Cards for a reduced price not so long ago, at just £3.49 it seemed a great price and I snapped one up without giving much thought to the matter. Usually the glass jarred candles from Yankee can cost in excess of £7.00 even for the smallest variety so I was rather chuffed with myself with this apparent bargain and figured it would be a nice fragrance to have burning in my home. The small jars that Yankee produce have a burn time of up to 40 hours and as usual it's a combination of fragranced wax and essential oils that make up its composition. Yankee evocatively claim that Mountain Lodge is " A luxurious retreat in front of a cosy hearth, warm with the aroma of cedar wood and sage." and as I tend to like the deeper, woody fragrances that Yankee produce as well as fruity and sweet ones I was eager to see how this matched up to its description.
The small jar is made from thick glass and has a chunky stopper which fits snugly over the wax, a single wick runs through the brown mottled wax and once lit and allowed to melt for a while the fragrances usually become apparent and generally they make for a room-filling fragrance that create a nice atmosphere and environment to live in. I say "generally" because this time with Mountain Lodge I ended up feeling quite disappointed with both the fragrance it had to offer and its intensity and rather than experiencing something warm and woody I was disappointed to discover that it failed to deliver the usual quality results that I've come to expect from Yankee.
Simply put the fragrance in this one is weak, it's not deep and it's certainly not woody, the Cedar wood inclusion is lacklustre and I couldn't detect any sage whatsoever during any of the times I've had mine burning for and rather than fill a room with a strong recognisable scent this one seemed to linger faintly in the background. It's actually quite difficult to describe the fragrance of Mountain Lodge as to my nose it seems to be a rather fresh scent which isn't what I would expect a 'warm' fragrance to be and I think had this one been called 'Mountain Air' rather than 'Lodge' then it would more accurately named and my expectations would have been different.
Contradicting the description Yankee give for this one I would say it's much lighter than described and it isn't a warm or cosy fragrance, it's bright and airy with a slightly woody-bordering-on-nutty base which is rather Spring-like and would suit this time of the year had it been just a little bit stronger. It's far too subtle for my tastes though and certainly lacks the intensity I would normally go for although I would imagine that anyone who favours the lighter, subtle Yankee fragrances could find this one to be suited to them.
There's nothing terribly wrong with it in all honesty but it's not what I was expecting and thought it was far too weak for me and even though I expect to get plenty of burn time from my candle it's not one that I have on the go for many hours at a time and I've ended up putting mine in my bathroom now and have it burning for a couple of hours during the daytime just to freshen the air up in there. It's not a living room scent I don't think, others may disagree of course but for me I would say it's probably best suited to smaller rooms as it's more noticeable in a smaller space.
It could also be the format that lets this one down though and maybe Mountain Lodge would be a better choice in wax tart form as they tend to be a little stronger than the housewarmer jars but I don't think I'd bother rebuying it again in any other format as it just doesn't provoke much of a reaction from me. I've had my candle burning next to me on my desk whilst typing this review to see if I could pinpoint the different notes that are usually noticeable but in the hour or so it's been burning it hasn't released anything other than a light, breezy fragrance that has a slight woody edge to it but nothing more.
To conclude, I have to admit to being very disappointed with Mountain Lodge, it's not a fragrance I'd buy again and I'm relieved that I managed to get this for half price as I would have been gutted if I'd spent the £7.00 it should have cost. I can't recommend it to other people and my 2 star rating here is more for the burn time and quality of the glass jar rather than the actual fragrance itself, it's flickering flame is the best part of this candle for me but overall I'm not very impressed with this one at all.
Thanks for reading my review.
Yankee Candle's Mountain Lodge wax tart was one I received from my daughter at Christmas. Knowing how much I love Yankee's wax tarts, she had bought me a few different ones and placed them in a lovely box for me and I have been slowly working my way through them. My daughter knows which fragrances appeal to me and carefully chose the wax tarts she thought I would like. Indeed when I sniffed the aroma coming from this Mountain Lodge wax tart before I even removed it from its packaging, I knew this would be a scent I would enjoy.
Yankee describe their Mountain Lodge candles as ' A luxurious retreat in front of a cosy hearth, warm with the aroma of cedarwood and sage.'
I love woody and spicy scents and I instantly liked this one. I could detect a strong woody fragrance with a hint of sage seeping through the packaging and the reddish brown coloured wax and photo of mountain scenery taken from a wooden lodge on the packaging, all complemented the fragrance perfectly I thought. This is another fragrance from Yankee which does actually match its name and description and I was very much looking forward to burning it.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the strength of fragrance from wax tarts and I had high hopes for this one. I was confident that this would definitely throw off a strong fragrance and felt pretty sure it would become a favourite of mine.
After placing the wax tart in my burner and lighting a tealight underneath, I sat back and waited for the fragrance to be released. After a few minutes as the wax began to melt in the well of my burner, I began to smell the first woody notes appearing. The fragrance became stronger and the hint of sage was also evident after a few minutes as it slowly filled the room with its masculine woody scent.
I really liked this fragrance, as did my family and I thought again that this would be a favourite of mine for sure.
However, the let down for me came in terms of how long the fragrance actually lasted. Yankee state that a wax tart will provide up to 8 hours worth of fragrance and in most cases based on my experiences with these wax tarts this has been true. Indeed I have experienced over 8 hours of fragrance in some cases and so I was slightly disappointed to find that Mountain Lodge fell short of this, as after 5 hours I noticed the fragrance rapidly beginning to disappear and after 6 hours I could hardly detect any fragrance at all.
I also noticed that the fragrance did not hang in the air very long after extinguishing the tealight either. I have had some lovely experiences with Yankee wax tarts where I have still been able to smell the fragrance in the air the next day for instance, but sadly after an hour of burning Mountain Lodge and extinguishing the tealight, I couldn't detect the fragrance in my room at all an hour or so later, which disappointed me.
Of course by buying Yankee's wax tarts and other 'samplers' such as votives and tealights it gives you an inexpensive opportunity to try the fragrances before spending money on the more expensive glass jars in the range. Whilst I liked the fragrance of Mountain Lodge very much, its longevity I found disappointing when compared to many of the other fragrances available and because of this I can't really say it is a favourite of mine. I would buy this wax tart again, but only if it were in a sale or reduced. Whilst the full price of between 99p - £1.20 may not seem a lot to pay, if you are looking for value for money, there are much better wax tarts available from Yankee than Mountain Lodge in terms of longevity.
Mountain Lodge is a fragrance of Yankee Candle I purchased online, so I didn't know what it smelled like before purchase. To be honest, the name 'Mountain Lodge' didn't really appeal to me very much, but my fiancé seemed very keen to try this, so I agreed to buy a wax tart for us to try out.
==About Mountain Lodge==
The official description of the Mountain Lodge candle is 'A luxurious retreat in front of a cozy hearth, warm with the aroma of cedarwood and sage.' Now I quite like the scent of cedarwood and I quite like the scent of sage, but neither are favourites and from simply reading this description my feelings were that I could take it or leave it.
When my wax tart arrived it was a dark reddish brown colour - almost burgundy - and featured a picture of lakes, mountains and fir trees, which looked like it had been taken by someone sitting in a log cabin. First appearances were not overly positive either to be honest, I would have preferred perhaps a deep green colour and I did think the tart looked quite manly.
==What's a wax tart?==
Although Mountain Lodge is available in a variety of formats (which I'll come to in a moment), I bought this in the form of a wax tart. For those not familiar with wax tarts, they are small discs of scented wax which are melted in a tart burner to release the fragrance of the candle. Tart burners are a similar concept to oil burners, but tend to have a deeper cavity to accommodate the melted wax. They are available from Yankee and prices start at £5. I like the tarts because they are affordable so I can afford to try a range of fragrances and you can also break them up to create your own fragrance should you wish.
If you don't think a wax tart is for you, then the Mountain Lodge fragrance does come in other formats. You can buy a votive or 'sampler' candle which is a small candle around 2 inches high. You can also buy glass tumbers filled with wax or a box of 12 scented tea lights. The most famous format of Yankee Candles are the housewarmer jars. They are available in three different sizes and are heavy glass jars which look a bit like old fashioned sweet jars. They're quite pricey so I like to try a fragrance out as a tart first before deciding if I want to shell out for a jar.
For me, the scent is the most important thing and again, first impressions, not good. Mountain Lodge has a very deep scent and I thought it smelled too strong and overpowering at first. The cedarwood comes out very strongly, but there is also something very strong and medicinal about it, which reminded me of eucalyptus. I was really quite apprehensive about lighting this one as I just felt it would be too strong and OTT.
==My Experience of burning Mountain Lodge==
It didn't take very long for the scent to start filling the room when I began to burn Mountain Lodge. The smell was, as feared, very strong, although I didn't find it overpowering or headache inducing - just strong.
The scent really travelled - I only live in a one bedroom flat, but most of the time when I burn Yankee Candles I can only smell them in the room where they are burning. With Mountain Lodge I could smell this in every room of the house and not just faintly either, really strong and really clearly. On the day I burned this we had been painting the hallway and the scent completely covered up the smell of the paint.
The scent of the candle was clear and true to how it had been when solid. It wasn't the worse scent ever, but the best I could describe it would be 'OK'. If the scent was less intense I think I would like it better, but as it is it's too strong and the strength ends up being the stand out feature of the candle rather than the fragrance itself.
==Price and Availability==
On the high street these can be bought from Clinton Cards and Collectables. Online, try www.yankeedoodle.com or www.yankee.co.uk. The following prices and burn times are approximate although I did find that the eight hour estimate for the wax tarts was accurate in the case of Mountain Lodge.
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
Mountain Lodge is not a scent I would buy again. As I said the scent can be described as 'OK' at best and it is way, way too strong for my liking. If you do want a very strong candle capable of covering up other scents then possibly try it, but this scent was definitely not for me.
I have wanted to try Yankee Candles for a long time as I've read a lot of rave reviews about them and according to a lot of people they are the best candles you can buy. I recently made a candle holder and needed a special sized candle to fit it and remembered seeing these little Yankee Candle 'sampler' or votive candles in a local shop, so I went to buy one. The cheapest Yankee candles you can buy are either the little flat 'tartlet's which look like a jammy dodger biscuit (as shown in the Dooyoo picture) or these 'sampler' candles which are 2 inches tall. The prices for anything bigger are quite high though.
There was a range of sampler candles in store and they were all wrapped tightly in a thick celophane paper. They have their scent printed on their labels but if you hold the candle to your nose you can smell the fragrance through the wrap on most candles. The only candle I couldn't actually smell at all was this one, the Mountain Lodge candle. I bought the candle on the romance of it's name because I've always had this dream of living in a log cabin in the woods! I hoped this candle would create that effect for me - I imagined the aroma of pine trees and an open fire.
The candle is coloured a burgundy brown colour and it stands 2 inches high and is just over 1 1/2 inches wide at it's tallest point. It is 49 grams in weight. It has a long wick which is initially coated in wax to help it burn. At the bottom of the candle you can see that there is a metal platelet in the bottom which is encased in the wax which the wick is attached to.
The candle needs to be cut out of it's plastic wrapper as it is bound very tight. The label on the front shows a lovely illustration what inspired the 'Mountain Lodge' scent. It shows the view from the porch of a log cabin which sits on the side of a mountain lake surrounded by pines. It reminds me of the Cascades in Washington State, USA or Lake Tahoe, places of immense natural beauty. Under the picture there is a statement reading: "with pure, natural extracts". There is also a little sticker on the bottom of the candle. This shows warnings in picture form which instruct you not to light the candle near curtains, windows, pets or children. You should also leave 2cm between each burning candle.
After removing the candle from it's wrap I could smell it immediately. It has a very strong smell which you can smell on entering a room even if the candle is not lit. To my nose it smells like cut pine wood, fire, warm woodland breezes and cinnamon. I had to visit the official Yankee Candle website to find out more about what goes into this candle to produce the scent. Here's what they say on the website, that the candle recreates "a luxurious retreat in front of a cozy hearth, warm with the aroma of cedarwood and sage." I actually love the fragrance and it was exactly what I was hoping for. In my mind, although I've never actually experienced living in a mountain lodge in a pine wood mountain retreat, this candle is exactly how I'd imagine the environment to smell!
When the candle is alight the wick stands nice and straight and the flame is about 2 cm high. The candle burns quite quickly and causes the area around the wick to melt away. Where the wax melts the colour and appearance of the candle changes. The area looks like a reddish black and the candle surface seems to blister with spots of grease. When the candle burns it releases this Mountain Lodge fragrance into the room. When the wax is hot and wet it releases much more of a smoky, log-cabin open fire type of smell. This may sound horrible to some people - the smell of a burning log fire in a candle - but it's not a thick, choking fragrance. The firey, smokey elements seem more like hints of a scent, like as if you were outdoors and could smell a distant bonfire.
I have the candle in my bedroom but I think this particular scent is probably better suited to a living room as the scent is quite 'homely'. The fragrance is quite masculine too so it won't offend any men in the household! I think in terms of seasonal scents this also feels a bit more wintery to me than it does any other season. It smells a lot like those Cinnamon and Nutmeg scented Glade candles they bring out around Christmas time. It feels like a warm atmosphere, like you've just come home to a warm house where a big fire is in the hearth. However, if you want to recreate the Mountain Lodge fantasy, as I do, then burning this anytime, anywhere is also an option!
I'm very happy with my Yankee candle and I intend to buy more as they have an amazingly large range of scents and I was torn between buying a few of them last time I shopped! I love lighting my candle in the evening and just relaxing with the fragrance. I'll be enjoying this for a while as these Sampler Votive candles burn for up to fifteen hours.
The candle I bought cost me £1.60 but prices may vary according to retailers. I reccomend trying them.
Mountain Lodge is one of Yankee Candle's latest scents even though it may have been out in Yankee Candle's home country of the USA in 2009, it has appeared seasonally in the UK and is one of the best all round fragrance wax candle scents I've come to appreciate. Like most of the wax potpourri scented tart candles by Yankee Candle, this tart measures approximately 5.5cm diameter by 1.5cm width and a weight of 22 oz with 8 hours burning time. Priced each at a cost 90p to £1-20 this is a fairly expensive candle on its own because you'll need an oil or potpourri type burner to get it going into a hot liquid scented oil before it can be truly appreciated. Each wax tart comes pre-wrapped in cellophane which is easy to get into although I'd suggest using a blunt knife on the back of the candle to gently easy the wrapping off. It is a pity that YC don't have perforated edges like some other wax tarts I have been given from the U.S that are not sold in the U.K because some Yankee Candle tarts in transit can be crumbly and fall apart the moment they are taken out of their all encased packaging. Once the candle is out of the wrapper, it has to be put on a tea light candle fitted oil burner or an electric oil burner.
Mountain Lodge is a mixture of Cedarwood and sage even though it is clear from the top notes of this candle that there are strong accents of pine and a deep base note of the earthy wood. In the middle, the candle seems to exude a luxurious sensual aftershave smell, similar to Abercrombie & Fitch, which a lot of my male friends have already identified with! Not only that but there is also an underlying blackcurrant tone that sweetens the air once the wax tart has diminished. Despite the hints of male cologne, I actually found that this scent is probably something my aunt would like and bought two varieties of Mountain Lodge in the form of wax tarts for my own use and a medium house warmer candle for her. As my mum noted whilst snooping around her sister's home one day, this is a candle that is suitable for both male and female buyers because of the rainbow effect of scents on offer and I'd largely agree with this. Not too feminine and not too masculine, it freshens rooms easily but I feel with its deep and warm rootedness, it is very much a scent that fits well in early and late evenings rather than during the day.
Just like other YC tarts, Mountain Lodge is no different when it comes to burning and then removing after use or when the scent diminishes. There are several alternatives like the traditional oil burner with a tea light candle insert on the base and a plate at the top, permanently fixed, or even better if you have one with a removable plate. Then there are the electric burner type products that are far safer that have the same removable top plate. In both cases, the oil burner should have a heat insulated base and a deep dish or top to ensure the whole tart can be burnt. If the solid tart sits inside the top of the oil burner, this is a good indication that it will not spill over. If the top is shallow, the wax tart must be cut in two parts with one half used to prevent oil from spilling over.
Removing the candle tart is incredibly easy to action. If you get fed up with the scent or want to change it, take out the tea light candle and wait for the burner to cool. Once the wax has solidified, put the entire oil burner in the freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes. Once it is taken out, reverse the oil burner over and the candle should drop out. If you don't have a freezer, place it in the fridge. If it doesn't pop out, it only needs a blunt knife to edge the wax out. Smell the base of the wax tart to check that all the scent is gone. If it is not you can keep the candle for another day and use another different scented tart if you have one to hand. Once the scent goes from the base, it's time to dispose of the wax tart. Likewise with wax oil spillages, if the oil burner is removed from the freezer, wax bits are easier to flake off rather than wash off with hot cloths.
Compared to classic scents like "Clean Cotton," or "Home Sweet Home," Mountain Lodge is quite strong to begin with and keeps pervading my room easily with its thick scent. It doesn't induce coughing or sneezing in any of the family, which is a good immediate aspect. However it loses its strength fairly early on, say after two tea lights have been used and if the candle has been lit for an hour each day, it doesn't seem strong enough until you extinguish the tea light candle and then realize that the room has undergone charcoal wood burning scents coupled with an undertone of the Sage and fruit hanging about in the air. I noticed this aspect straight away after the first week I bought the wax tart and although it's not a huge downside, it isn't as strong or wavering as some of the classic scents. This isn't a bad issue though because the scent is strong enough to last two rooms and its difference of quality is welcomed against classic scents that last longer on duration and have a much more powerful scent. It is good to have a contrast! Mountain Lodge also handles pongs in the air fairly well but it can't mask tobacco as well as Home Sweet Home.
Where value for money is concerned though, the scented tarts are far more economical than the £6 to £8 small jars. Medium jars between £10 and £15 are better value if you just want the more traditional candle. I've already got a Mountain Lodge medium house warmer jar but it isn't as quick to fragrance a room like the more versatile tart! The Mountain Lodge range is also available in various forms such as the small, medium and large jars although, with it being a seasonal scent, it has yet to be released in extra "other" varieties such as car air freshener or plug ins.
Mountain Lodge is a very suitable candle scent for the turn of Autumn not just highlighted by its deep red colouring and aligned scents that smell as if they have been taken straight from the hills. For the most part the scent is subtle after a couple of days' duration when the cologne tones have died down but more so pleasing to the senses with a relaxing intent and calming quality of the sage and Cedarwood that just keeps going. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010