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Thanks to Dooyoo I've grown rather fond of regularly burning a Yankee Candle Wax Tart. I always buy mixed, randomly selected tarts from either Ebay or Amazon so I get to try out a variety of scents - some which I wouldn't normally pick myself.
One such tart I received in my last pack was this Orchid Pear scent. This is a scent I probably would have picked myself eventually but there are plenty of other's I'd have gone for before it so I was relatively pleased with receiving this one.
This scent, like all Yankee Candle scents, comes in a variety products and Orchid Pear can be purchased in small, medium and large tumblers and jar candles, tealights, sampler candles and wax tarts, the latter of which is the focus of this review.
The wax tart is a circular chunk of scented wax with pleated edges. Wax tarts do not contain a wick and are instead burnt in a tart or oil burner above a tea light which melts the wax and realises the scent. These wax tarts tend to cost around £1-£1.20 depending on where you purchase them and are available from the likes of Asda, Clintons, Amazon, Ebay, Yankee's website and House of Frasier.
The tart comes shrink wrapped in clear plastic wrapper with just a little square sticker on tip displaying the Yankee Candle logo, scent name and a picture of four, freshly picked, perfectly ripe looking pears sitting on a table. This one doesn't release much of a scent through its packaging although a scent is detectable once the wrapper is removed. Upon removing the wrapper, however, the scent of this tart doesn't smell too wonderful. Whilst there is a fruity pear smell there it also smells quite spicy with a underlying soapy scent in there too. I didn't let this put me off though as I know these scents can change rather dramatically once being burnt.
I always snap my tarts in half as I find I get can get a longer burn time from them when I do. A Yankee Candle Tart has a burn time of eight hours and, more often than not, I find this is true of most scents. Snapping it in half still usually gives me that eight hour burn time but that applies to both pieces so really I get more like sixteen hours out of it.
Once in my oil burner with a tea light burning away underneath it I find around ten minutes is long enough to start detecting the scent in the air around me. Some of the scents tend to be really obvious and quite strong once burning but this one is much more subtle. You just suddenly get a whiff of it every now and again. Even when leaving the room and returning the scent remains quite subtle but still detectable which is much more to my tastes than something that ends up giving you a headache and leaving it's smell up your nose two weeks later!
The smell this releases does, thankfully, change once burning. That soapy smell is nowhere to be smelled and instead we get a clear, juicy pear scent gently travelling around my room. It still has a slight spice scent to it which prevents the scent from becoming overly sweet and fruity but I quite like this. Despite being a weaker, more subtle aroma I still find the scent travels well although it isn't one you can smell outside of the room it is being burnt like some. Still though, this isn't a major issue for me.
I find the burn time of eight hours is accurate of this scent which is pleasing offering better value for money although the scent doesn't really stick around once the tart has finished releasing its scent. Some of these tarts leave traces of their scent in the room it has been burnt for hours afterwards but this one sort of vanishes after about half an hour. Orchid Pear also remains consistently with its scent throughout its burning life. Others I have tried have changed scents or had elements become weaker or stronger at different stages of its burning but this one smells the same constantly. I was quite pleased with this though. I was worried the spice scent may become stronger and subsequently overpowering as is so easily done with a spice scent, but it didn't.
All in all I enjoyed burning this scent although I don't think I'd purchase again. I'd happily receive another one in a mixed, random bundle but don't think I'd go out of way to buy it. It was a pleasant scent but not one which blew me away personally.
Yankee Candles don't just make candles, they also make reed diffusers, sprays, pot pourri and wax tarts. For those that don't know, a wax tart is a petal shaped disc of scented wax which when melted by the heat of a tea light candle underneath it in a tart burner releases its scent. This review is about the tart version of Orchard Pear, made with all natural ingredients.
For those of you familiar with Yankee products, it won't be a surprise to read that the smell of the tart is exactly as the title suggests - and it's almost good enough to eat. The scent has the light sweetness of pear juice and the heavier warmth of soft, juicy pear flesh. The colour of the tart is a caramel brown which looks almost golden when melted. I love the way Yankee tarts are a feast for the eyes and the nose - it's amazing how something so small can release a scent that is so strong and long lasting - the scents are so realistic enough to make you hungry or at the very least make your mouth water.
I tend to use the food scented tarts only in my kitchen - a bit like an air freshener to mask unpleasant scents like when I'm boiling up a chicken carcass to make stock. The more floral scents go in the front room, however, with this scent I think its fruity sweetness lends itself to both the kitchen and the front room.
Also, like nearly all Yankee tarts, the scent lasts a lot longer than the 8 hours that Yankee suggest on the label, mine was still belching out noticeably smelly fumes like an ICI factory chimney for more like 12 hours. This scent is currently available on Amazon for the following prices:
Medium jar - £9.99
12 Tea lights - £7.71
Regular tumbler - £9.49
Sampler candle - £1.75
Small jar - £7.99
Wax Tart - £1.25
For its strength and how good it smells, I think I can only award the full five stars. I'd suggest trying mixing half of a tart with another scent to come up with your own flavour - I'm going to try mixing it with the sugared apple scent. Thanks for reading.
One of the Yankee Tarts I bought recently from Clinton Cards when I spotted it on offer at only 50p a tart opposed to its usual price of about £1.25 was this pear scented one. I'm not normally one for fruity scents however at only 50p a tart I simply had to try it out at that price as I do love a bargain after all.
All of the packaging for the Yankee Tarts is very simply and this is like the rest with a see through plastic covering and a picture on the front of it of pears and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by on the front of it and then on the back of it do's and don't concerning the usuage of the tart are shown, the weight is stated which is 22g and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The packaging is easy enough to tear off and your ready to go!
The tart is round and with fluted edges and its a large lump of caramel coloured wax. You can easily snap this in half by hand to use in small oil burners or do as I do in my large one and burn the whole thing and to burn it you simply place a tealight lit under it and it melts to transparent liquid, course it hardens back up if you have any left and its not in use to use next time.
This I didn't think I would appreciate all that much buts its just a really nice fragrance this one, warming and really fruity and of rich and sweet natural smelling pears with a hint of floral which is Jasmine and an undertone of cognac which grounds the scent somewhat and makes it seem warmer.
This is a beautiful, well rounded scent that releases its scent almost from the moment it is lit and fragrances my whole home with ease and even when the tealight is put out or gone out it continues to fragrance for a good hour or so.
This to me is one of my favourites now. I love the depth and richness of this one and wouldn't hesitate to buy this one again, in fact I'd happily buy this scent in a more expensive candle format next time!
Available from Clinton Cards, Amazon and of course from Yankee themselves, even my local Asda store is selling these tarts at the moment at only a pound each per tart in many different fragrances.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
** Please note, apparently, according to another review I read, Dooyoo only add 1 category per 'flavour' and that this is the correct place in which to put my review **
Tea lights are a really nice way of lighting up your home and decorating your house without it being too expensive. They also make a really nice atmosphere when they are all lit and fill your home with a wonderful smell too. My favourite tea lights are those than you can buy from Yankee Candle, a lovely candle company that produce lots of lovely different candles in all sorts of colours and smells.
For those of you who do not know what a tea light is, its basically a little mini candles, about the size of a mini Babybel cheese and they fit nicely in the palm of your hand. The tea lights come in a nice box of 12 but are each individually in their own plastic holder to burn them in which means you can place them around your home without the need for holders if you are very careful and don't put them on a surface that is likely to be damaged by heat or naked flames. You can't get the tea light out of the plastic holder so would be unable to use these little candles in a fragrance burner or anything like that. Each tea light weighs 9.8g and will burn for approximately 4-6 hours. What's great is that they burn themselves out really easily when they get to the end of the wax so although you should still be careful as they are a naked flame they just sort of puff out as they burn down and just leave a little metal disc that the wick was on. The nice thing is you can if you want get lots of nice little tea light holders too so you can place these around the home and really decorate with them.
This fragrance is very sumptuous and lovely and fruity smelling and one of my favourite fragrances at the moment, perfect for the spring and summer time to have my house filled with the lovely smell of ripe pears. The flavour is described by Yankee Candle as, "Ripe, succulent pears, fresh from the tree, warmed with notes of jasmine and cognac." The scent is lovely and fruity but not sickly or sweet and overly fruity as you get this lovely warmth coming through from the cognac which I think stops it from being overly scented like a pear. I can really smell these even when I have not burnt them, I can just smell them around the house where I have put them in different rooms. The smell is definitely stronger the closer you get to the candle though and once you have lit them, if you walk away and then come back in tot he room you can really tell that it has fragranced the whole room.
The candles themselves are actually quite a light peach colour so they tend to blend in well with our surroundings in our house and are a nice way of fragrancing our home. I Bought a box of 12 from my local garden centre and it cost me £5.99 and I would definitely recommend this fragrance for a lovely spring smell.
**Yankee Candle Orchard Pear Wax Tart**
(please note that this review is for the Wax Tart variation, Dooyoo have informed me that they now only add 1 category per 'flavour' and that this is the correct place in which to put my review)
Ever since we discovered the range of Yankee Candles late last year you could say that the Rooster household have become ever so slightly addicted to the fragrances and choices available from this American Candle manufacturer. I bought my wife some of the smaller candles as a stocking filler present last Christmas and ever since then we have tried many of the varieties on offer and on the way have discovered fragrances that have appealed to us and some that haven't. In case you are unfamiliar with the Yankee brand they are a manufacturer and producer of candles and scented accessories for your home and offer their selection in a number of formats:
'Homewarmer' Candles housed in Glass Jars which vary in size from small (3.7oz) up to large (22oz) and usually retail from £7.50 to £18.00 each depending on which option you chose. The smaller candles release around 25-40 hours of fragrance whereas the larger ones can release up to 150 hours worth.
Sampler or 'Votive' candles which are a small plastic wrapped candle complete with wick which retail for around £1.50 - £1.75 each, these can release up to 15 hours of fragrance.
Scented Tea Lights which usually come in boxes of 12 and retail for around £6.00 with each tea-light releasing 4-6 hours of fragrance.
Wax Tarts - small, fluted pieces of wax which are designed to be melted in a Tart Burner. Normally retailing for around £1.00 each although can be found cheaper. These tend to release around 8-10 hours' worth of fragrance and are the option we generally choose.
**Wax tarts from Yankee Candles**
We tend to buy the Wax Tarts in the Yankee range as these are not only the cheapest option available but are the perfect way to 'try' out a scented candle to see if it is one that we like the smell of. If it is then we know that we would not be wasting up to £18.00 on one of the larger candles should we want to re-buy it again in a larger format and if it isn't a scent that appealed then we have only have spent a pound finding out.
Generally the wax tarts measure 2 inches in diameter and around half an inch in thickness. They are fluted around the edges and feature the Yankee Candle name in the middle of the tart itself and come packaged in a plastic wrapper. By placing an unwrapped tart into the well of a tart burner and placing a lit tea light underneath it the wax begins to melt and the aroma of the wax slowly starts to become apparent. Depending on what you chose will determine the amount of fragrance is released as some of the tarts are stronger than others but generally you can get a good 8 hours worth of fragrance from a single tart.
**Orchard Pear - My opinion**
The Orchard Pear variety was our latest purchase from the Yankee range and is a new, autumn release. Perfectly timed for this time of year the tart itself comes in its usual packaging and is colour can be best described as 'peach-like' in appearance and looks like a small slab of butterscotch. Even in its packaging it gives off a gentle Pear scent and once placed in a burner and allowed to melt a little it begins to release the full power of its fragrance.
Definitely Pear-like in smell this gives off an authentic aroma which is sweet and fruity and within 10 minutes the smell of fresh pears filled the room in which we have our burner. It is deliciously crisp and clean and has a slight musky undertone to it which I later discovered was the addition of Jasmine and Cognac, Pear is the dominant 'flavour' though and is most recognisable and if you are a fan of fruity smells then this should be one which should certainly appeal to you.
This has been one of the longer-lasting wax tarts we have melted as the fragrance lingered for well over 8 hours, we allowed this one to melt and solidify over the course of 3 days and even on the third day there was still a subtle hint of Pear emanating from the liquid wax itself. This is an ideal tart to melt alongside something else as the good thing about Yankee candles is that you can mix and match the fragrances and blend them into one unique smell. For me this would be perfect along with one of the 'Apple' tarts as the two smells would complement one another really nicely and we have bought some additional tarts just to try this out with.
In my experience with Yankee Candle wax tarts none of them have even been so overpowering that they make me sneeze and the fragrances never seem to get caught in the back of my throat. It would appear that Yankee has managed to get the balance just right and whilst some are stronger than others they are never too over the top that they become unpleasant. Orchard Pear is a fine example of this; the scent is strong but not overpoweringly so and has fast become one of our favourites and one which we have made a repeat purchase of.
**Cost and Availability**
All wax tarts from Yankee candles seem to retail for around £1.05 each although they often feature with a discount off in places such as garden centres or online. I paid 95p each for mine which represents fantastic value for money when you consider that a single tart gives off over 8 hours worth of fragrance. They can often be found on the High Street in specialist candle shops or can be found online from the likes of Amazon or yankeedoodle.co.uk and overall Orchard Pear has been a superb buy for us.
I'm happy to award a full, five star rating for the Orchard Pear Wax Tart from Yankee Candles and this comes highly recommended by me. Thanks for reading my review.
Please note that this review also appears on ciao under my username
Yankee Candle is a brand I absolutely adore, it would probably be safe to say I have fallen head over heels in love! Yankee make the most beautiful scents and it's very rare that I come across one I don't like.
I have lots of Yankee fragrances that I love, but I think my absolute favourite has to be the Orchard Pear variety. Even when I'm not burning this one, I sometimes can be found just taking the lid off and breathing in the scent! Sad, yes maybe, but there's something so uplifting about this I can't resist.
Yankee candles come in a few different forms - they do tealights, votives, fragrance reeds etc.. but the one I have is the house warmer jar. As I'm sure you can see from the picture, the jar is clear glass with a rather chunky lid which is embossed with the Yankee Candle logo. There is a label which not surprisingly features a picture of some pears and you can see the yellowy-orange wax through the jar. Appearance wise I think I think they can look a little old fashioned, however they are very recognisable as being Yankee Candle, and I have even seen a few shops making imitations of the jars - well they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
Whereas some candles are simply dipped in fragrance or even sometimes dipped in colour, Yankee Candle mix the colour and fragrance throughout the wax, so even when your candle has burned down considerably it will still be the same vibrant colour and the fragrance should still be just as strong.
The main selling point of Yankee Candles has got to be the fragrances. This one has the most beautiful pear fragrance to it - I don't think there are words to describe how authentic it smells. It's an absolutely perfect scent, so fresh, so fruity, so exactly like a pear! There is a tiny hint of a spicy undertone which works surprisingly well and I wasn't completely surprised to read that this scent is 'warmed' with notes of jasmine and cognac. I know that probably sounds bizarre, but seriously it is beautiful and it works amazingly. Do I sound a bit gushy? Well that's because I am, this candle to me is happiness in a jar! I can't really explain but it's just one of those scents that makes you go 'wow' and perks up my day when I smell it. It's also very summery so good for this time of year too.
When it's burning I find the yellowy-orange colour of the candle gives it a lovely warm glow and I think it does look prettier than when some of the darker coloured candles burn.
The scent of the candle fills the room and isn't too overpowering, although one thing I have noticed is that the medium and large jars seem to fragrance the room better than the smaller ones. I bought the small jar in this scent due to limited funds at the time, and I find that whilst I can smell the larger sizes in other rooms (bear in mind I live in a fairly small flat) when I burn this one I can only really smell it in the room where it is burning.
I suppose the main downside to Yankee Candles is that they can be quite expensive. The first reaction is usually 'How much?! For a candle?!' and I will admit when I first heard of the Yankee brand (on QVC) I thought exactly the same. That was until I came across a shop selling them and I realised how absolutely amazing the scents are - you really have to smell these to believe them!
As you will see below the jars have fairly long burn times. My small jar has been lit on several occasions and is lasting really well, although I admit I haven't gone as far as timing how long it has been burning for!
The house warmer jars cost as follows:
Small Jar - 3.7oz - Burn Time 25-40 hours - £7.49
Medium Jar - 14.5oz - Burn Time 65-90 hours - £14.50
Large Jar - 22oz - Burn Time - 110-150 hours - £17.49
Prices are taken from www.yankeedoodle.com and you will find they are pretty much the average prices for Yankee Candles wherever you look. They can be difficult to find on the high street but I believe House of Fraser has recently started stocking them. Still, they are not cheap, but you can buy what Yankee call 'samplers' or votive candles for around the £1.60 mark or wax tarts for about £1 (although you'll also need to buy a tart burner) which give you a chance to try before you splash out on a bigger size.
By far Orchard Pear is my favourite Yankee Candle. If you like fruity scents, I would definitely say it's worth checking this out. It smells amazingly fresh and summery, as I said there's something uplifting about it that makes me feel happy, and I just adore it. I've always found Yankee Candles to be fantastic quality and this is no exception. I would thoroughly recommend it, a well deserved 5 stars - although I'd give it 10 if I could!