Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Outdoes The Actual Fruit!
Yankee Candle Pink Dragon Fruit
Member Name: missrarr
Yankee Candle Pink Dragon Fruit
Advantages: Lovely scent, slightly sharper than more traditional summer tones
Disadvantages: Slightly less longevity about the scent than other wax tarts from the brand
I have read SO many reviews on dooyoo about Yankee candles and virtually all of them have been massively complimentary about their products - in fact I'm sure I can only recall reading one person who wasn't pleased with their purchase. However, for what were in effect just scented candles I found the costs to be startlingly high so, on a budget, I resigned myself to the fact that it would be some time before I found out myself if they were any good.
One thing that intrigued me about these reviews was that the company produced "wax tarts", wickless lumps of the wax that the candles in their ranges were made of, a great way of increasing their profit margins and keeping their scrap disposal costs low I don't doubt! They did strike me as a great way to get a taste for the candles though, as everyone spoke highly of the longevity of their scents whilst I couldn't bring myself to pay over the odds for a pack of the scented tealights which just wouldn't give me the durability of scent that I'd like in my house.
So, when I stumbled across an old oil burner in my many boxes yet to be unpacked from when I moved into my house (er, that'll be three years ago then!!), I remembered the tarts and...I don't know, got distracted, saw something shiny or something, promptly forgot about them again!
Then Mr Rarr came into my life and we do enjoy indulging in what we jokingly call our "middle aged tendencies" - although given that we recently saw a social study that suggested modern middle agedness actually kicks in at 55, we've since renamed it to "sophisticated and homely young people" or similar, depending on what we want to convince ourselves of! But in short this lovely man has come into my life and, whilst at the moment we can only spend weekends together, when we do get that time we often enjoy being homely and visiting garden centres or improving my house, which is now our home.
It was on one such garden centre jaunt one weekend, jovially winding each other up about how we ended up like this (we met at school!), that we realised the centre was selling Yankee candles. His mother has always raved about them apparently, so, me remembering the burner at home, we decided that we were intrigued by what we could smell through the wrappers and we took home a small assortment of brightly coloured wax tarts to try for ourselves. For me these were by far the most affordable way to try these products, and I had to admit that the scents I had found amongst those available seemed to be very enticing indeed.
Okay, I will review a lot of these in the future and as I have recently noted on reviewing books by the same author, there is no point in my wasting either of our time on repeating myself on background facts. But, as this is my first Yankee review, I'd like to put some basic facts down as much for my education as anyone else's.
Yankee Candles is an American firm selling scented candles for the home. The UK website? Well quite simply, it's yankeecandle.co.uk! There's not much by way of gmmicks here people, we are quite simply dealing with scented candles - just very nice ones, as it turns out!
Their products come in various mediums for each scent range, and the variety of scents they offer is staggeringly comprehensive - from "Fluffy Towels" to "Beach Walk" via every spicey or fruity or flowery scent you could want, there's something for everyone.
The mediums start with Wax Tarts - small, round fluted-edged discs of scented wax, with no wick but used by placing in the top of a oil burner or Yankee's deliberately designed burners (which have a bigger bowl, typically) with a tealight underneath them. These retail at roughly £1.20.
The range also includes votives that you need to put in a holder to burn - these don't have their own jars. You can buy small packs of tealights, which cost about £7 for 12. Then you move on to the jar versions, which come in lovely clear jars with lids that push and pull open securely. The sizes - and prices - of these vary, from less than £9 to around £20.
***PINK DRAGON FRUIT?***
Right, first of all, I have tried Dragon Fruit itself, and I was entirely nonplussed by it. Of course, as with British Strawberries and home-grown veg, I'm sure it tastes far better when naturally grown in it's normal environment, but to me this exotic, imported fruit was bland, it's taste in no way matching it's impressive, spiky appearance.
However, when I picked up this cellophane-wrapped Yankee tart and smelt the scent of the wax, I loved it. Fruity, sweet, punchy but not cloying or overbearing. I picked this one up towards the end of summer when I still wanted my house to smell fresh and zesty, and thought this scent, complimented by the tart's vibrant, fresh pink colour, would be perfect. Other tarts I bought that day were based on Mango and Passion Fruit, so you can see where I was going with my purchasing that day. I wanted to capture the lingering sunshine we had just before autumn really hit recently; whilst both Mr Rarr and I love autumnal, full-bodied spicy scents (I personally think that Yankee should bring out a pie-based scent range!), we thought the temperatures outside weren't yet low enough to marry with richer spice notes, even though the air was decided more brisk than it had been a month before.
So, Pink Dragon Fruit came home with us.
***WHAT'S IT LIKE?***
In our enjoyment of trying the high-quality of these scented products (this was not the first we had tried), I hadn't realised that my other half had pre-empted me and taken out our previous tart and put it to one side, and popped this fresh one in the burner one day. That is, until a beautiful, zesty, fruity scent flooded the room. As the wax had melted, and the scent started to disperse, I suddenly realised that the room was being flooded with a gorgeous summery fruit scent. Initially I wondered if we had picked up a strawberry-based tart, not being sure which one Mr Rarr had started off, but considered this to be sharper and more zesty than a strawberry, although similar. It smelt natural, not at all chemically fabricated, and soon had the entire living space smelling fresh and inviting and summery, whilst also comforting and warm and cosy against the slight chill of a summer evening. I checked the packaging and realised this was the Dragon Fruit tart, and I have to say I love the scent.
I remember that when we bought this tart I tried smelling a strawberry-based tart and found it far too cloyingly sweet to take it home, hence why I wondered initially if I had picked up the wrong one. However, this scent is much zestier than a strawberry one so I would say it is ideal if you want something a little less sweet than a strawberry tart. I personally loved this Yankee scent and would definitely, definitely revisit it should I be able to find the same one again come spring time.
The only remote negative I have for this tart is that I think the longevity of it is slightly shorter than some we have used - Mango Salsa and Bahama Breeze were particularly good in this respect. A wax tart will be typically producing a - albeit slightly less strong - scent after 6-8 hours of burning, and this one I think was definitely closer to 6 than 8. However, for around £1.20 that's still six hours of a beautifully refreshing, summery scent that left my house feeling not only welcoming and enticing but also fresh and well-aired. I highly recommend the scent Yankee have produced here and really enjoyed using this product. I would knock half a star off if I could because of the longevity being slightly lower than other mixtures, but it will have to be four out of five as I can't!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A gorgeous scent to use in the home, welcoming but fresh and fruity