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I love this scent! It has a pineapple undertone with lots of spice scents mixed in. It is unusual enough to create a different scent in a room without being overpowering or too much to handle. It melts well and evenly in the warmer and the throw (scent) lasts a good few times. I burned mine four times before the scent became less. This sort of scent can easily fill a room. As with most yankee products it provides excellent value for money and is a lovely addition to any collection or as a one off too. I recommend this smell as a kitchen smell, or a lovely autumn scent. It is not too sweet and yet not too spicy - the perfect mix to fill your house with. One thing I would say is be sure to use a good quality tea light in the bottom of your warmer, as if this product melts and cools several times in short succession it will mean the scent doesn't last as long.
I guess its not to common nowadays for a male to be talking about Yankee Candles? I discovered Yankee years ago and introduced them to my wife, who has now become a fan. However its always myself that ends up purchasing the candles.
This one, Paradise Spice, I have a tart. Gives about 8hrs burn time. Well it can keep on burning forever, however the scent disappears about 8hrs later.
Paradise Spice - Bananas, Creamy Vanilla with cinnamon and cloves.
There is always the worry that you get a fragrance and it says "spice" on it and, and you have a house smelling like a curry. However on this occasion, with the mixture of fruit, you do not get that at all. When you take it out the wrap, you get the smell of banana straight away (and if your lucky, it stays on your fingers). I then leave it out in the living room and after about an hour, the room is smelling of the tart before I have even lit it.
Its a great all year round smell and many people have loved the smell when they enter the house. You will not be disappointed with the tart or candle.
=Yankee Candle Paradise Spice=
This was another one of my set of Yankee tarts that I had for mothers day.
=Price and Availability=
My daughter brought this one from eBay and paid £1.50 for it, but you can purcashe Yankee candles from retailers such as Clintons, eBay, Amazon to name a few, and price, generally for a wax tart is between 99p and £1.50 depending on the location.
=The Wax Tart=
The tart comes on a see though wrapper, with a label on the front which tells us what it is, who made it and this is accompanied by a picture of slices of oranges, a banana and a star anise. On the sticker on the bottom this has details regarding burning the candle, and that it has a 8 hour burn time, contact details for Yankee and the weight of the tart, which is 22grams
The see through wrapper is not the easiest to remove, I usually use some sissors to cut through this.
The tart is a round shape and has a fluted edge.
The tart is cream in colour.
I break my tart into half so I get twice the use from one tart, pop the tart in the top of the oil burner, and light a tealight in the bottom. Once the heat of the tealight hits the tart it starts to melt into a pool of hot liquid wax. At this point the aroma really starts coming into it's own.
Yankee say that each tart gives 8 hours of burning, I usually light mine later in the evening, I call it my relax and down time. I usually burn the tart for 2 hours, bit even after I have blown the tealight out you can still smell the fragrance. I usually get 4 sets of 2 hour burning from half a tart.
I seem to have skirted around the subject of the fragrance until now, it is lovely. The mix of the fragrances just blend together, it is like having you own personal fruit bowl floating around in the air.
From the bananas, the sweetness of the oranges, the cinnamon from the star anise, I even smell tones of coconut and vanilla within this tart.
I really do find this long lasting, as in the morning there is still a faint smell of the tart that has been burnt.
=To Sum up=
If I had to sum this tart up in three words they would be "Refreshing, Invigorating, Tropical".
=Would I recommend it=
With my heart and soul I would recommend this tart, in fact I ordered myself another 5 of this fragrance, as I loved it so much.
refreshing and invigorating for me!
Wax Tarts - 22grams burn time of 8 hours around £1 to £1.50
Sampler Candle - 32 grams - burn time 12/15 hours £1.30 to £2.00
Small Glass Jar, - 3.7oz (140 grams) - burn time of 25/40 hours around £10
Medium Glass Jar - 14.5oz (411 grams) burn time of 65/90 hours around £15
Large Glass Jar - 22oz (630grams ) burn time of 110/150 hours - around £20
~~~ Paradise Spice Wax Tart ~~~
Almost 42 years ago a 17 year old boy melted his crayons, to make a candle to give to his Mother for Christmas, and so Yankee Candles was born. Since then, they have expanded into different types of home fragrancing, not just candles, and this review features a Tart Wax Melt, which is a fusion between the two.
~~~ The tart, and how to utilise it ~~~
A tart is a circular disc of highly fragranced wax, which is instantly recognisable by its fluted edges. Saying that though, you usually smell them before you can see them. The fragrances are usually intoxicating.
The Paradise Spice is my tartlet of choice at the moment. These have no wick to light, and instead are melted using a tart burner with a lit candle underneath. Although I prefer a candle lit burner in the winter, as it casts off a comforting glow, and makes for a warm and cosy feel to the room. There are electric burners available that you can leave running and not worry about it. I feel these are safer when you have children in your home
The wax tarts are usually single use, but to make mine stretch further I tend to break them in half, in order to get two uses. You could alternatively blow out your candle after your room is fragranced sufficiently. The wax would then solidify and you could melt it again another day. Once mine is lit in the morning, I tend to just let it run its course over the day, giving my home a wonderful welcoming scent.
~~~ Totally Tropical ~~~
Yankee are experts of going with a theme and changing it ever slightly; this way they keep things fresh, and their customers hooked. There are many fruity and tropical aromas available to choose from, and even scents which you would think of as being similar, are totally different. This is true of Paradise Spice. How Yankee manages to keep coming up with something fresh and new every time absolutely astounds me.
The sumptuous, sultry scent of this tart can even be detected while still in the plastic wrapping if the truth be told. After unwrapping, you will see the Yankee embossing on the top of the tart. This looks to add a premium touch, but it's not on every tart I buy, perhaps it's just on the newer fragrances to the range.
~~~ Fragrance ~~~
This tart doesn't take long to melt especially on my electrical burner, and the scent is released more or less from the off. This one doesn't fragrance instantly, it builds up in intensity, and the layers of fragrance bloom and grow.
The label depicts slices of banana and star anise and gives you a clue regarding what to expect. I think that although these are included, it feels much more tropical to me, like Pina Colada, there's something distinctly pineapple and coconut with a hint of spice to me, rather than banana, cinnamon and clove. I can just pick out the fruity banana notes but only when I close my eyes and concentrate on it. It's not a sweet, overripe banana, it's fresh, and just made the crossover from being green and inedible.
On the whole, this is a rather fruity fragrance, but the vanilla and spice inclusions give it a warm and full bodied aroma. This one reminds me of holidays and sunshine, and sophisticated cocktails on a Barbadian beach at sunset in particularly (not that I've ever been (sob)). I would have liked a like more spice coming through if the truth be told, BUT this would make it more of an 'Indian Summer' fragrance I expect, as it would be richer and have more depth.
This one may not be one of Yankee's strongest, more intense fragrances, but still the fragrance escapes from one room, and gently wafts into others. I can't say this one will emanate upstairs too as it's too gentle for that, and I certainly haven't noticed if it has. It's not subtle at all; it's fruity with a hint of spice, but it has a warming quality that's almost mouth-watering. I love it.
These tarts usually cost around £1.20 nowadays, so if you see them cheaper, snap them up, they're a bargain. They burn for usually give off scent for around eight hours, but I would say that I can get around nine or ten from this, although as always, towards the end the fragrance weakens a little. It becomes a little less dominant, but just as tantalising.
~~~ In Summary ~~~
Of all the varieties of Yankee products and I am passionate about them all, my all-time favourites are the tarts. This fragrance is fruity and spicy, yet well balanced between the two; it would be perfect for summer days but more so evenings. This one is recommended by me, and I do hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. However, I'm knocking off one star for the lack of overall intensity.
**Introduction and reason for purchase**
I became interested in the Yankee candle brand after reading so many positive reviews on sites such as this, and decided to take the plunge and start buying some to burn to fragrance my home. I've been a fan of scented candles and oils, and before this incense sticks, for many years, and what appealed to me about the Yankee candle company was their wax tarts as it sounded the perfect format for scenting my home.
I purchased a wax tart burner around 18 months ago and have since been buying wax tarts on a regular basis, normally every few weeks or so. I recently accrued enough points to exchange for a £5 amazon voucher from an online survey site so decided to stock up on a few more wax tarts as my stock needed replenishing, and so I opted for a mixed batch not knowing which ones would be sent. Among my order was this fairly new addition to the Yankee family - Paradise Spice - which I will now discuss in my review..
**What Yankee have to say about Paradise Spice**
"..An exotic island treasure...perfectly ripe banana and creamy vanilla, unexpectedly spiced with prized cinnamon and cloves.."
I purchased my wax tart as part of a mixed batch of 5 different wax tarts for £5 which I deemed to be very good value, considering that wax tarts generally tend to retail around the £1.25 mark (depending on where you shop). The only downside to buying a mixed batch is you have no idea which ones will be sent but luckily I was very pleased with all 5 choices, especially this one that I had been coveting for a while.
Yankee products can be purchased from card and gift shops, selected garden centres and department stores. Personally I buy bargain priced 'old stock' from a local discount card shop, and for more up to date products I buy from amazon though as Yankee has grown over the years the availability is far more diverse and products can be picked up from many places these days both online and off.
The 22g wax tart is sealed in a transparent plastic wrapper which allows the buyer to see the wax tart ensconced beneath. Paradise Spice is a soft creamy pale colour which is off white, and it's embossed logo and fluted edges give it an classy and elegant appearance. On the top of the wrapper is a circular sticker which depicts an image to suit the fragrance which in this case is of fruit and cloves. I always find it difficult to remove the wrapper without scraping the wax tart which is a bit frustrating no matter how careful I am so I do wish the packaging was a little bit easy to access.
**My experience of burning Paradise Spice**
I remember reading quite a few reviews about this particular fragrance and to me it appealed immensely and so decided it would be one that I would definitely purchase. When my batch of 5 mixed wax tarts arrived I was really pleased to find that this one was included and wasted no time in burning.
The fragrance of Paradise Spice is very evident even when it's still ensconced snugly in it's wrapper and I could definitely make out a tropical fruity aroma which was very pleasant indeed.
After removing from the wrapper and placing the whole of the wax tart in to my burner (sometimes I break into two or three pieces and use sparingly but decided against doing this with this one) I could smell the tropical aroma which was far more intense and I did wonder just how strong it would be once it began to melt.
My question was answered within minutes literally as the wax tart began to melt and pool into a clear liquid after around 15 minutes and by this time the fragrance was extremely strong and to be honest slightly overpowering. The first thing I noticed was the strong clove scent which seemed to dominate though it did combine nicely with the banana which is a scent I'm not normally fond of, yet strangely it worked well here.
The cinnamon added a nice spicy hint but was overpowered by the clove, which for me was slightly disappointing as I am a fan of cinnamon in both foods and fragrances though for people who are not fans it may appeal as it's quite subtle and more in the background.
After around 45 minutes of burning I found the scent just too overpowering and had to extinguish the tea light at this point. I actually really like the fragrance of Paradise Spice but as I live in a small cottage which is all on one floor I felt it slightly suffocated each room with it's overpowering presence just that little bit too much.
Despite this being an overpowering scent it's one that I really do like and it's balance of fruit and spice is just right. I was initially disappointed that the cinnamon for me barely showed itself but the combination of the clove and banana really worked and I found it to be an interesting scent. Once the tea light had been blown out I noticed that Paradise Spice continued to scent my kitchen (where my burner is based) for at least 30 minutes after and then the subtle aroma lingered for another hour after this which slowly filtered into my other rooms.
The fragrance of Paradise Spice offers a fruity/ spicy fusion and though quite intense when actually burning it becomes smoother and almost comforting once the tea light is extinguished. I've found that burning for around 45 minutes to the one hour mark seems sufficient to fragrance my small home and is perfect for the Summer evenings as it leaves behind a soft and creamy scented vanilla undertone which is just beautiful.
Yankee state that this will give approximately 8 hours of burning and I would agree with this as it is strong for the first few hours but does wane after around the 4 hour mark. As I only burned mine in small intervals I found it lasted for over a week so it's an economical purchase if the scent suits, which it may not be to everyones taste.
Personally I adore Paradise Spice, especially now I've found the right degree of burning time and it's one I will definitely be purchasing again as for me its simply stunning.
This maybe isn't everyones cup of tea, but for me it gets top marks of 5/5.
After the success of "A Child's Wish," by Yankee Candle, I thought I would venture onto the next scent I had bought, namely "Paradise Spice," and for all it looks in colour to Yankee Candle's short lived (but much admired) "Napa Sun Valley" creamy orange scented candle, I was intrigued by the scent that I could find drifting up to my nose in terms of ripe banana, milky vanilla and a hint of cinnamon coming off the candle when I tried one of the jars in the shop. I must say that with my flu on tow, "Paradise Spice," by the cinnamon scent contained within was all I could smell until my flu began to get better and I could smell the sweet vanilla cream amidst all the tones as the days got stronger.
By wax tart alone, Yankee Candle products aren't that expensive. The beauty of the wax tart format is that it is a solid oil based wax tart, round and deeply fluted given the name and requires a hot oil or potpourri oil burner supported by a tealight candle to get it steaming into a fragrant and pervading scented oil designed to travel all through the home with freshness. It is a far easier way of obtaining fresher scent than relying on aerosol air fresheners, even though the whole concept isn't as safe and Yankee Candle wax tarts are not for inquisitive pets or children. "Paradise Spice," comes from a new five-tier range of scents for the new year and for the start of 2013. There are four other scents out of five from this range such as:
* Waikiki Melon.
* Black Coconut
* A Child's Wish
* Turquoise Sky.
When handling wax tarts, you need to be very careful when handling the hot oil/potpourri oil burner as it can get very hot in use. Once the candle has cooled down however, it is possible to get about a week or two weeks worth of scent out of one wax tart but it very much depends on how many tealight candles you go through as well as many hours per day. Statistically Yankee Candle wax tarts have an 8 hour burn duration before the scent dies out and "Paradise Spice," is exactly the same as all the others - the scent can last up to 8 hours but it very much depends on the time factor you allow the candle to burn. Always place a heat proof coaster under the hot oil burner when the wax tart is burning to ensure the work top or surface doesn't get burnt in use.
Afterwards, removing the candle is easy by allowing the tealight candle and potpourri burner to cool down and then put into a fridge or freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes. By which after that time, by turing the burner over, the wax tart should have solidified and easily slip out. All Yankee Candle wax is water soluble but the freezing idea works best and ensures that the wax tart disc can be disposed of safely.
What Does It Smell Of?
The first tone that comes off this candle is that of heavy sweetened vanilla cream. Not just an obvious one by smelling through the wrapper, this candle is golden creamy beige to the eye. It is the kind of vanilla that Yankee Candle have forever produced in a lot of their sweet laden candles and it's the ice-cream like "French Vanilla," that is most apparent here.
The second tone of banana is very apparent and soon starts to rise through the creamy vanilla. The third tone of cinnamon and cloves as the base tone is most unexpected though, almost as if Yankee Candle are dabbling with a Chai Tea candle concept without the tea and replacing it with a banana cream twist. To my mind, the concept doesn't work very well, despite the banana additive and although slightly unique, this isn't the first time that Yankee Candle has produced a Caribbean inspired candle and it probably won't be the last, either!
The kind of smell I wasn't expecting is one of stale paint! This seems to be more apparent when I go to the actual burner and smell the hot clear oil as opposed to leaving the oil to pervade the home. It isn't what I expected at all but there's a slight familiarity to this candle - it has been done before with only one extra additive and none of the spice.
Strength, Delivery & Downsides
One aspect that is very apparent with this candle is that it isn't headache inducing but it can become off putting because of the strong vanilla content. Although this wax tart isn't able to travel all through the rooms in my home, it is strong enough to conk out any heavy smells should you require placing it near strong odours. I however feel that it is too overly complicated with too many additives in it that destroy what should be a ripened banana milkshake smell, but combining the cloves and strong cinnamon with it kind of destroys the idea of "paradise" in my mind and smells like a concoction gone too far!
Yankee Candle's scent from July 2011 paves the way for "Paradise Spice," and this scent is very similar to "Nature's Paintbrush," without the perfumery of dark musk that lifts the older scent to 2013's new Caribbean inspired beaches. But whereas "Nature's Paintbrush," smells lively and fragrant, "Paradise Spice," has shades of other vanilla tinged Yankee Candles that have gone before it.
One early downside is that it certainly lasts for 8 hours before dying out. Although fragrant the next day, the scent of bananas were still apparent from this candle but it had turned into a stale paint odour, that I didn't really like.
The following prices are upon average although Yankee Candle UK don't appear to be selling the tealight candles of this scent as yet or the Car Tab hanging Housewarmer cardboard tab for cars. However, I always find the wax tarts are far better value even if you need to use a hot oil/potpourri burner in tandem as the wax discs lack a wick.
* Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p to £1-25 each).
* Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2).
* Small Housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £5-99 to £7-99).
* Medium Housewarmer jar candle (12.5 oz 65-90 hours, £15-49 to £16-99.
* Medium 2-wick tumbler (12.5 oz 45-50 hours duration, £12-99).
* Large Housewarmer jar candle (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £17-99).
* Large 2-wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £16-99).
* Lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99).
* Car tab Housewarmer cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99/£2-99).
* Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99 to £6-99).
I'm not entirely sure if Yankee Candle has pulled off the recipe well enough for the intended "Paradise Spice." Sweet, creamy and indulgent it is indeed apt for anyone who loves sweetly scented Yankee Candles in their home and apart from the vanilla acting too sweet, the spices sit at odds with something that should smell like Malibu with ice cream and not banana with paint because of the spice additives contained within. Sadly I won't be buying it again; its a step too far and for those thinking it will be a dreamy escape to sandy beaches and warm tones, think again! However, for strength alone, this candle is worth four stars as there have been Yankee Candle tarts that haven't been strong enough in the past. The strength of the scent just about rescues "Paradise Spice." Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2013.
I love Yankee Candle products and whenever I see one I haven't seen or smelt before I feel compelled to buy it! This one I spotted in my local Homebase store and it cost me £1.20 for the wax tart which is the usual format I buy my stuff in however it is also available in different sized candles too however I am more than happy watching mine burning in pretty oil burners and more than happy with the over 8 hours burn time I get from one and think that the wax tarts offer real value for money.
The Wax Tart:
Wax tarts come in a see though plastic wrapper with a label on the front of it telling us what it is and who it is by and there's a picture showing us slices of oranges and banana and some star anise then on the bottom of the tart we are told do's and dont's in the form of diagrams being shown, we are told to expect around 8 hours burn time ad that the tart weighs 32g and contact details for Yankee are given. Easy to tear off and dispose of packaging this is.
The tart itself is round in shape and cream in colour, quite thick and with no wick but Yankee is engraved into the top of it and it has fluted edges, you can snap one of these into bits to burn less or mix it or burn it on its own....which is what I prefer to so as I'm a bit of a purist!
All you do with this tart is pop it into the top of an oil burner and burn a tealight under it. The smell of this one is really apparent even before it starts to burn so its quite pungent this one and when heated it of course melts into a hot pool of liquid, you can burn this for as long or as little as you like and if you extinguish the tealight the remaining wax goes back to its solid state.
This tart is truly yummy and delicious and I have to admit I love this one and will definitely search it out to buy again. Yes its a tropical and fruity fragrance in the main this one and very refreshing and invigorating for me!
This has a lovely, rich blend of bananas, a slight citrus note and an undertone of vanilla and the top notes seem to be of cinnamon star anise and there is even a refreshing coconut hint as well. Its so well blended and at times I think all I can smell is vanilla, other times banana and sometimes its just blended and I happily got over 8 hours of burn time with this one (more like just over 9 hours in actual fact) and so rich was the scent that this wafted through all my large flat and lingered for about an hour and half after I'd stopped using it.
Tropical and juicy is the best description I can give it and I really do love the quality and longevity of this one and it gets a huge, no in fact MASSIVE thumbs up from me!
Available from all good stockists such as Clinton Cards, Homebase, Amazon and direct from the Yankeecandle.com, though Google and keep your eyes peeled if you want it!
I have a real passion for scented candles and over the years I have tried and tested a considerable number of brands. The candles that I repeatedly purchase are those sold by Yankee Candles and Shearers with the majority of my rather ridiculous hoard belonging to Yankee Candles. I always alternate the candles that I burn where I opt for something with an element of musk and/or spice for the cold winter months with a fruity or floral fragrance for the warmer weather. A couple of months ago I made a few purchases of the 22g Yankee Candle wax tarts with this review discussing Paradise Spice.
The majority of the fragrances that I purchase are made either by reading a positive online review or by lifting one of the circular tarts to my nose with the latter being the case in relation to Paradise Spice. It was the name of the fragrance that initially captured my attention in addition to the colourful image contained on the label, which is situated on the upper section of the tart. The aroma initially seemed very enticing although my sense of smell was no doubt rather confused, as I had probably sniffed half a dozen other fragrances prior to choosing this one.
It was only when I attempted to burn the pure white wax tart some weeks later that I realised that it contained both banana and vanilla, which are two fragrances that I cannot bear. However, it was the addition of cinnamon and cloves, which enticed me, particularly as I adore both fragrances, as I associate them with relaxation and cosiness. As I removed the wax tart from the transparent cellophane wrapper and effortlessly snapped it into two pieces, a fruity sweetness wafted into the air, which I presumed to be the banana. Whilst I adore eating bananas, I find its aroma to be overpowering although I cannot admit to finding the aroma that emitted from the wax to be unbearable.
The tart quickly melted due to the burning tea light situated below, which is when I was able to witness the delicate cinnamon spice although I would have preferred it to be considerably stronger. It was the creaminess of the vanilla combined with the sweetness of the banana that took the forefront in Paradise Spice and I cannot quite understand their association with Paradise. Unfortunately, I was unable to detect the aroma of cloves, which was a real shame, as I was looking forward to witnessing its presence, particularly as it reminds me of the festive season.
I found the overall fragrance to be considerably intense and it quickly filled my living room. I burned the tart for around an hour in the hope that the cloves would become evident, but sadly this was not the case and due to the overpowering and rather sickly aroma of banana, I had no option but to distinguish the tea light. I found that the scent lingered for what seemed a lifetime, particularly as I was able to detect it for the majority of the following day. I am not dismissing Paradise Spice especially as I would imagine it to be very appealing to those consumers who like the aroma of both vanilla and banana. However, it is not for me and whilst my sense of smell is normally extremely powerful, I was unable to detect either aroma through the plastic packaging.
As I only burned the tart for an hour I cannot speak of the overall longevity of the wax. However, after well over ten years of burning Yankee Candles I would quite safely estimate that it would well achieve its eight hours of fragrance, particularly as it's a fairly strong scent. Unfortunately, due to the reasons discussed above, I can only award one star and I will not be making a further purchase.
Whilst Yankee Candle fragrances are available in a variety of formats, such as various sizes of glass jars, I would recommend you initially try out one of the candle tarts, which cost in the region of £1.25. As a result, you haven't spent too much cash if you don't like the fragrance.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
When I was in town having a look around Debenhams a couple of weeks back I noticed they had a promotion offering 20% off in the various departments. I knew they stocked Yankee candles and decided to take advantage of this offer and stock up on some wax tarts.
The offer meant that most wax tarts were only £1.00 each after the discount was applied. The usual price is £1.20 - £1.30 per tart and whilst it was not the greatest bargain, it was still better than paying full price. I do try to stock up on wax tarts whenever I see them reduced anywhere.
After choosing a few, I discovered when I went to pay that some were actually reduced to 75p although it did not say this on the shelves. If I had noticed this I might have bought a couple more, but didn't have time to go back.
Paradise Spice is one of the new releases by Yankee and so this was one I had not already tried. Described by Yankee as "An exotic island treasure ... perfectly ripe banana and creamy vanilla, unexpectedly spiced with prized cinnamon and cloves", I looked forward to trying this one. In fact, as soon as I spotted it on the shelf with the word "spice" in its name I picked it up to have a sniff of the scent whilst still in its packaging, as I do love the spicy fragrances. Indeed my favourite Yankee scents to date have all been woody and spicy scents along with a few fruity ones.
As I held Paradise Spice up to my nose I could immediately smell the cinnamon and cloves. I must admit there has actually been one or two Yankee scents which have been very strongly scented with cloves, so much so that they were too much for me, but with this one they seem to have got the balance just right. I could detect a faint vanilla scent too, but can't say I could detect any banana at this point. The wax was a creamy colour with a picture of the spices on the label.
Overall, it appeared to be a very appealing fragrance and I looked forward to using it. I also thought that being so strongly fragranced it would provide me with great longevity too.
When I came to melt my tart one evening, I placed it in the well of my burner and placed a tealight underneath. As the tart began to melt, I could immediately detect the spicy fragrance appearing and then a minute or two later, I could detect the scent of vanilla slowly filtering through.
Just as in the shop, I can't say I noticed any banana scent, although there was definitely another scent evident, blending with the cloves, cinnamon and vanilla, but I couldn't say what it was. Maybe it was the banana, but I couldn't detect an actual banana scent at any point. It was however, a really nice fragrance coming from my burner and one which filled the room and wafted out into the hallway and up the stairs. It was quite a strong fragrance too and instead of letting the tealight burn out, I actually extinguished it after around 90 minutes and the fragrance hung in the air the rest of the evening.
I could actually still smell the scent hanging in the air the next morning too and when arriving home from work later in the day, I could still smell the scent faintly as I came through the door.
I had thought in the shop that Paradise Spice was going to be a strong Yankee fragrance which gave good longevity and I was not disappointed. Yankee state you can expect to achieve 8 hours of fragrance from one of their wax tarts and I actually find that most of the time, my wax tarts exceed these 8 hours and I can eke out a few more hours of fragrance, before it disappears altogether.
This is exactly what happened with Paradise Spice, as I achieved around 11 hours of fragrance before it began to weaken. I eked out another couple of hours of weakened fragrance after this too, as although the scent was nowhere near as strong, it was still enough to create a nice aroma in the room.
I will definitely be buying Paradise Spice again and if you like strong and spicy fragrance then this is one you must try. It is one of the best fragrances Yankee have released for a while in my opinion.
As mentioned earlier, I purchased my wax tart from Debenhams, but you can also find Yankee candles in branches of Clintons and Collectables as well as other department stores. You can also purchase online from Yankee stockists such as www.yankee.co.uk and Amazon.
Another brand new fragrance release from Yankee for the 1st quarter of 2013, Paradise Spice caught my eye when I saw it advertised online. I like to try out the new fragrances that Yankee bring out, generally in the wax tart format, as they give me the opportunity to see if I like them and if so I'll look at rebuying the fragrance later on but in a more expensive format. As ever with a wax tart from Yankee this one looks exactly the same as all the others, it's a flat, fluted piece of solid wax which has essential oils and fragrance infused within and once melted by means of a lit tea light on a tart burner it releases the fragrance it contains.
Paradise Spice is described by Yankee as being "An exotic island treasure.... perfectly ripe banana and creamy vanilla, unexpectedly spiced with prized cinnamon and cloves" which read like an interesting combination to me as banana is a underused fragrance normally and doesn't feature in many of Yankee's other fragrance releases. This wax tart is creamy white in colour and has an eyecatching sticker on the cellophane wrapper and once allowed to melt a little while it begins to reveal its secrets.
Vanilla features heavily in a lot of Yankee fragrances and here combined with the spices and cinammon I was half expecting another mouth-watering 'home baking' aroma, instead the banana inclusion makes this more akin to a spicy fruit cocktail that you might find on a Caribbean island. The dominant first note is that of vanilla which has a creamy edge to it which kind of makes it sickly-sweet but this soon loses its dominance to allow the ripe banana to come through. The spices and cinnamon are definitely needed to tone down the whole fragrance otherwise it could have the tendency to completely overpower and be too sweet to be enjoyable but it's still an unique combination that I'm not quite sure absolutely works all that well together. It is unlike any other fragrance I've tried from Yankee before and because I already had an idea in my mind how this was going to smell it came as a surprise when I had mine melting, I didn't not like it but then again I can't say that I loved it either so overall I'm in two minds about this one and think that it probably deserves a second chance and another try.
It is a strong fragrance with the creamy Vanilla mixed with banana being the thing you notice the most but at times the spicy undertones come through and the cloves make an unexpected appearance, admittedly I'm not a great fan of cloves and I think it's this aspect of the fragrance that I'm not too sure of as I think it adds a little confusion to the mix and doesn't make it as cohesive as it perhaps should be. Cloves are quite bitter I find and combining them with the overly sweet vanilla and banana combination doesn't really work for me but others will disagree and for the right person I do think that this could well become a new, exotic favourite.
There's no denying the intensity and longevity of Paradise Spice, wax tarts usually have around 8 hours of fragrance in them and this one easily exceeded that when I had mine melting. I do find that the really strong fragrances seem to last that bit longer than the weaker ones so value for money wise I'd have very few complaints with this it's just a shame that I didn't like it as much as I was anticipating. As mentioned though I do think that Paradise Spice deserves a second chance now that I know what it smells of and whilst I wouldn't be in a rush to buy it again any time soon it is one that I think would suit the warmer months of the year so a repeat purchase in July or August will probably be on the cards.
I do think it's a Summer's day fragrance that is more suited to a living room/dining room rather than a kitchen or bedroom and even in a hallway it would certainly make it's presence known as it has the strength to travel well. For the £1.20 mine cost to buy I do think it was worth the money and even though I have my own reservations about it I would still recommend Paradise Spice to others as I do think it's a unique fragrance that should appeal to many. As far as my rating goes I'm awarding 4 dooyoo stars as it's not quite a 5-star fragrance for me and wouldn't be a newly found favourite but I would buy it again just to see how it fares second time around.
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Earlier in the week I tried out the Paradise Spice Yankee Candle tart. This is one of the newest fragrances from Yankee Candle and was purchased for me by my husband. I had been meaning to burn this one for a while as it smelled so lovely in the wrapper, but have only just got round to it this week as I had a cold until recently and my sense of smell wasn't great!
Firstly for those not familiar with the Yankee brand I will explain what a wax tart is. Basically, it is a round disc of wax which should be melted in a burner, so not like a traditional candle with a wick. The burners tend to cost from £5 upwards and are similar to oil burners although usually have a bigger bowl to accommodate the melted wax. If this doesn't sound like your thing you can still buy tealights, votives and glass jar candles in this same fragrance and I will list the burn times and prices for each at the bottom of this review.
The Paradise Spice wax tart is a nice neutral cream colour. The label is not too clear to me but appears to show oranges, star anise and banana slices.
The official description of this fragrance is 'An exotic island treasure...perfectly ripe banana and creamy vanilla, unexpectedly spiced with prized cinnamon and cloves'.
I would never have chosen this if I had just read the name because I don't like spicy fragrances as a rule. It has to be said however that this candle has so much more to it, scent-wise. Rather than smelling spicy, the first aroma I can detect is a fruity one. I'd describe it as quite tropical smelling (presumably that's where the Paradise part of the name comes from). I think the banana smell comes out and at times I think this has a bit of a coconutty edge, but the spice is there too - just lingering gently in the background, which is great as I generally find cloves too strong for my tastes. I think this is a perfect scent for spring and summer - for the colder months I'd suggest something with a warmer tone. It smells so good I could almost eat it!
When I placed this into my burner I could smell it quite strongly in the room without the tea light even being lit. This did worry me somewhat that this may be a very strong and overpowering fragrance, however I found that this wasn't the case. When the tart was burning, I could smell the fragrance in the room very clearly, but it never felt overpowering or sickly, it was just there as a background fragrance. I burned this in the living area and it filled the whole room and filtered out into the hallway too.
Each tart is designed to give eight hours of fragrance. This does not have to be eight hours straight though, you can burn for a few hours, let it solidify and re-melt if you wish. I actually feel I got more than the full eight hours from this one, it certainly felt longer anyway!
I think my husband got this from yankeecandle.co.uk but you can find these on the high street in Clinton's stores and sometimes John Lewis and House of Fraser. The big Boots store near me was even stocking them at Valentine's. Prices below are approximate as are the burn times....
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.25
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.80
Tea Lights (pack of 12) - Burn time 4-6 hours each -£6.75
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £8.39
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £16.99
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £19.99
Small tumbler - Burn time 35-40 hours - £9.95
Medium tumbler (two wick) - Burn time 45-50 hours -£15.49
To sum up, I think Paradise Spice is a beautiful fragrance and one I would happily purchase again. The intensity is perfect and the scent summery and uplifting. I feel it is more than worthy of a full five star rating and would recommend it.
'An exotic island treasure..perfectly ripe banana and creamy vanilla, unexpectedly spiced with prized cinnamon and cloves'.
Paradise Spice is a new addition to the Yankee Candle range and is part of a collection of scents which relate to faraway shores. This particular scent can be experienced in different formats depending on your preference and budget. The housewarmer jars are longer lasting but carry a high price tag. If you simply want to try out the scent before spending a lot of money, I would recommend the votive sampler or wax tart. I will be reviewing the latter.
A wax tart is a disc of solid wax which has been infused with natural extracts of scent. Paradise Spice is a pale, creamy yellow coloured tart. It is presented in a tight, clear wrapper and the label on the front illustrates bananas and spices. The tart should be melted in an appropriate tart burner with a tealight underneath. It can be reused and should offer at least 8 hours of scent.
~Price and Availability~
Expect to pay around £1.25 for a 22g wax tart. As this is a new release, it is likely available from your local Yankee stockist. It can also be purchased online from the official Yankee website, Amazon and www.yankeescents4.com.
I love trying new Yankee scents and recently restocked my Yankee box with a load of new wax tarts. As well as buying some of my favourite scents, I also bought all of the newly released scents and this review discusses my use of Paradise Spice.
Given the description of this scent, I was really looking forward to trying this one. I love melting wax tarts as a way of fragrancing my home. I currently have two tart burners - a regular burner and an electric burner. I opted to melt this wax tart in my livingroom so made use of my regular tart burner on this occasion.
Unwrapping this wax tart, I was immediately impressed with the gorgeous scent I could detect. This tart smells like no other in the Yankee range which makes it quite unique in my opinion. The tart started to melt quickly forming a pool of delicious smelling wax. Paradise Spice has a pleasant strength. The uplifting scent from my tart burner filtered up and around my livingroom and was also noticeable in the kitchen, hallway and in a lighter way in our bedroom. The scent isn't overpowering but does overtake homely odours in our flat.
Paradise Spice is a very mixed scent and it will be one that you either like or don't like in my opinion. I am personally a fan of all the different scents within this scent and they actually blend together to offer a really unique scent. As the tart melts, the ripe banana and vanilla blend comes through and is quite fresh, light and sweet. After a short while, the scent changes and the cinnamon and cloves become stronger. The scent changes from a light scent to a much warmer, homely scent. The spicy notes add depth to the scent and the entire combination reminds me of spicy banana bread. It is a very foody, moreish scent and is very addictive. It fills my home with a fresh baked, sweet and rich aroma which is absolutely amazing.
Personally I find Paradise Spice to be most suited to a cold Winters evening as it has the power to warm up any room. I loved the way the different notes came through and mixed together. If sitting very close to the tart burner, I notice the clove aroma is strongest and quite medicinal. I found it useful to do this when I had a sniffly cold as it greatly helped.
I think it is fair to say that I absolutely love this scent. It is a pleasure to have melting in the background whilst relaxing on a cold evening. I chose to melt this for a few hours at a time over the course of four days and experienced around 10hours of noticeable scent from this tart. The spiciness of this scent lingers for an hour or so after the tealight has gone out and I have found this wax tart to be excellent value for money all round.
Highly recommended :)