“ Brand: Yankee Candle / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
I'm reviewing the PINK LADY SLIPPER fragranced candle from YANKEE CANDLES.
This is available in several formats .
Wax Tarts - 8 hours -approx £1.20
Votives - 15 hours - approx £1.50
Small Jar - 40 hours -approx £7-£8
Medium Jar - 60 hours -approx £15-£16
Large Jar - 150 hours - approx £18-£20
I bought this candle last month because the beautiful sweet pink colour immediately drew my attention & when I sniffed it in the shop it smelled of roses, so I thought it would be a nice change from the more musky fragrances I tend to favour for the living areas.
And yes,it really does smell of roses ,so initially I was rather pleased with it,but I found that after an hour or so it became rather cloying and although still quite pleasant it felt just a bit too much, so I extinguished it. The aroma lingered well for some time afterwards & I thought the after smell rather more pleasant than when the candle was actually burning.
I think I might be a tad biased because as I said previously,I do prefer the muskier aromas,but this seems a bit TOO floral for my personal taste. Other family members had mixed reactions and my husband in particular found it not too his taste and described it as "too girly".Which, thinking on it ,is a good description. It smells of roses AND there is a slight hint of violets......like a bouquet comprising mainly of roses but with other aromatic flower smells slipping in as well.
I use it in the bathroom now & it fits well there, combined with the smells of bath salts etc for long relaxing girlie baths.
So basically a rather feminine fragrance which, to be fair, the girly pink colour & girly name does indicate. So YANKEE are not under any illusions as to who it will appeal to.
Definitely not a waste of money (YANKEE candles rarely are),but just don't expect the male of the species to appreciate it.
I am holding back from 5 stars simply due to it veering strongly toward female appeal rather than appealing to all the family members. But other than that it is a another YANKEE winner I think.
Thank you for reading.
WHAT IS IT?
A wax tart from Yankee Candle called Pink Lady Slipper. It is pale pink and has got a floral fragrance.
I think the fragrance is very beautiful and I like how slight it is because even though it is quite a weak fragrance it is so attractive that it would be spoilt by being stronger. I cannot smell it through my home but I do not mind because I use this wax tart when I have sat down in the lounge in the evening and then it is nice to fill the room with a light flowery fragrance.
WHAT I THINK
I like Pink Lady Slipper very much and I have used it a lot. The candles are stronger but I like the wax tarts because I like the fragrance level in the tart. I like the way this smells like old fashioned candies and even though it's not very sweet I think it is a bit sugery when it has been burning for over an hour. It is very feminine and my husband does not like this fragrance as much as he likes the others.
The smell comes into my room very quickly and it does not change much as it is burning. Sometimes a different flowery smell will get stronger but then it goes back to the beautiful fragrance that it started with. I like it when I leave the room because the smell gets more intensive when I walk back in. I like it very much.
I have been timing the wax tart of Pink Lady Slipper that I am burning now and it has lasted for 9 and a half hours. It lost its fragrance all of a sudden roughly 10 minutes ago but I am going to put another Pink Lady Slipper wax tart into the burner because I want my home to continue to smell beautiful. I do not like that when my small candle goes out the fragrance is lost very quickly.
A Pink Lady Slipper wax tart costs about £1.20.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
**Please note that it is the wax tart format I am reviewing**
I'm a member of several online survey sites and as rewards I tend to opt for payment in the form of Amazon vouchers.. These 99% of the time then get spent on my children but having received a £5 voucher recently I blew caution to the wind and decided to spend it on myself for once. I'm a relatively new convert to the Yankee brand despite always being a fan of scented candles in general, but since discovering the delights of their wax tarts I have found myself buying different fragrances every month and it's become a bit of an obsession.
When I'd completely run out recently I decided to use my amazon voucher to order a couple of wax tarts and found a mixed lot of 5 for £5.35. It stated that the selection would be mixed and feature several different fragranced wax tarts so I clicked order and awaited my parcel.
When my parcel arrived I was pleased to see that it contained 5 fragrances that I'd not yet come across, so was eager to test them out and the first one I picked up was this - Pink Lady Slipper - which my review will now discuss my use of.
What Yankee have to say about this:
"..A wonderfully soft and sweet spring bouquet, reminiscent of lovely rose petals, jasmine and violets..."
Presented in a sealed plastic wrapper the wax tart is clear to see and in this case is a very pretty pale shade of pink. The tart has the usual logo embossed into it's centre and it's fluted edge design which is common with Yankee wax tarts making them attractive to look at though knowing full well they will end up a pool of liquid as soon as they are in contact with heat which is a shame. Yankee wax tarts have a sticker on the front which depicts an image which normally relates to the name of the fragrance and Pink Lady Slipper has a picture of a very attractive tropical pink flower giving the indication that this is going to be floral scented.
On opening the cover on the 22g wax tart I was instantly met with a very beautiful aroma with a very prominent rose scent - which pleased me no end as I adore the scent of rose products whether it be beauty item related or a household product.
Once placed inside my burner, which I keep situated on my kitchen window sill as a) living in a small one level cottage the kitchen is the most central of all of my rooms, and b) it is probably the safest place in my home knowing I can light a tea light and 'leave it' in the sense that it wont get knocked over etc. I generally like to break my wax tarts into two halves to make them last longer but on this occasion I just popped the whole of the disc into the pot of my burner before placing a lit tea light underneath.
On unwrapping the tart I could smell quite a strong floral scent so I did wonder if this was going to be one of those fragrances that gets too overpowering when burning to the point of being almost headache inducing..but luckily I was very wrong thankfully.
After around ten minutes of the tart starting to melt gently and pooling in the centre forming a pale pink liquid, the fragrance became stronger, though not overpoweringly so, but remained at this strength for the duration of the first few hours of burning it. I often find that the wax tarts start to lose their strength after around 4 or 5 hours before gently decreasing in strength but I found that Pink Lady Slipper surpassed my expectations and gave at least 12 hours worth of fragrance at relatively the same strength though over the course of a few days worth of consecutive usage.
The main scent for me is rose and it does stand out the most prominently, though isn't sickly sweet or overbearing, more gentle and subtle if anything. I could really pick out the use of violets which I noticed the most after around 1 hour of burning and it mixed gently with rose giving off the most beautiful floral aroma that if I closed my eyes I would swear blind that I was smelling a fresh bouquet of flowers. I'd be lying if I said I noticed jasmine as I didn't even get a hint but for me Pink Lady Slipper had already won me over the second I noticed the rose scent so the lack of jasmine wasn't a problem at all though would have been nice.
Would I recommend this?
Definitely, though that is only if you are a fan of floral fragrances and in particular the scent of roses. This has a clean, fresh floral scent that isn't overpowering or cloying and exceeds it's 8 hour approx burning time that Yankee claim it offers. The aroma it leaves is one of fresh flowers which for me filtered into each room of my home within around twenty minutes leaving a beautiful fragrance which created a welcoming ambience and was noted straight away by a friend who called round not long after I first started burning it.
I found that 3 hours worth of burning per evening was sufficient enough as once the tea light was extinguished the aroma continued to infuse the air so this was money well spent as I had just short of 5 nights worth of use from it meaning I will definitely purchase this particular wax tart again in the near future.
Although mine was part of a mixed batch from Amazon as mentioned, it can be bought singularly costing from around £1.20 upwards from various outlets (card shops in particular are a good source as is eBay if buying online) and this is one I highly recommend.
I was sent a small glass jar of this Yankee candle scent as a free gift when I made a large order from yankeedirect last Autumn. I normally buy candles in sampler format to see if I like them first, but when you are getting a freebie, it would be rude to complain. If I had bought this jar, it would have cost me £7.99.
Personally, I am not that knowledgable about flowers. I like to look at them and that is about it. A quick search on google tells me that this plant, commonly known as Pink Lady's Slipper is an endangered wild orchid.
The candle itself is very visually appealing to me in the jar. I love the baby pink colour of the wax, and it is a subtle look compared to the vivid reds, oranges and greens of most of the other scents I own. The sticker on the jar shows me what this rare orchid looks like, and tells me this is a floral scent.
Yankee Direct describe this one as 'A wonderfully soft and sweet spring bouquet, reminiscent of lovely rose petals, jasmine and violets.'
Usually I can smell the scent of sampler candles before I use them through the packaging. This was impossible through the glass jar. Opening the lid however, there is a generous amount of scent impregnated in the wax. I find that florals are unfortunately not my favourite scent in the yankee range.
This one is mostly a rose scent for me, with undertones of powderiness for me. I found that when this was lit the scent was strong enough to scent quite a large area around the jar, but not the whole room. The scent lasted a good few hours after use too, so would be a good one for freshening the home if you have been doing something else like cooking. This scent was not over-sweet and sickly like some, but it was just not something that I would rave about as being a wonderful fragrance. I will burn the candle when I fancy it, but it will take me a while as there are so many more wonderful scents I would turn to first.
It was quite a relaxing scent, and is something that would be ok at pretty much any time of year for me. The candle itself was the usual high quality I have come to expect from yankee. I really did like the glass jar format. It felt a much safer way of using my candle than a candle holder due to putting the lid back on when finished. I knew the flame was not going to relight. It also means that all the scent is then trapped in the jar and I don't get overwhelmed with scent when I come to pick which candle to use next. I will definitely purchase some of my favourite scents in this format when I come to repurchase.
So overall, it is a decent strength of candle for those of you who like the floral scents. I found it ok, but I think I prefer the scent of freshly cut flours or the spicier scented candles. I will use the rest of it, but it is not even close to being added to my favourite scent list for repurchase. I feel this one is very feminine and would probably appeal to the older lady more.
I had recently picked up a Yankee tart in my local Clintons called Pink Lady Slipper at just 80p - reduced from the regular price of £1.20. I didn't give the actual tart much of a look as I was more interested in testing out new tarts at low prices.
Now that I have had the tart sitting in a little box for a few weeks and I have had a good look at it its probably not something I would go for due to how floral it is.
The tarts are wrapped in transparant plastic which can easily be opened using your finger nails or snipping with a pair of scissors.
About the tart
The tart colour is light pink to be in keeping with the flower type. It is made from wax and is round with ridged edges like all the tarts in the Yankee range. The Yankee Candle Co logo is also stamped into the tart.
The front label states the tart is from the Yankee Candle range, in the background you have the image of a pink Lady Slipper flower. It then advises you that the tart is made from pure natural plant extracts.
The back label then gives you your usual warning symbols for what not to do with this product ie . keep out of reach of children ect.
The label also confirms the tart weight is 22g and total burning time is 8 hours.
How to use
You literally pop the tart on the top of your burner, light your candle and put underneith and it starts to melt within 5 minutes and you get the first wafts of scent from the tart. Within 20 minutes it is melted completly and the smell fills the room.
As well as melting a tart on its own, I have read you can mix tart scents to create more unique smells - you simply break off smaller bits of tart and melt together. More information on mixing and ideas can be found on the Yankee website.
First sniff of the tart and you do get a faint sweet floral smell. When the tart is completly melted within 20 minutes the floral scent does get stronger but is quite light and not overpowering. To me it almost smells like a plug in air freshener.
Its a good one to freshen the scent in your home but in my opinion its too floral - I prefer sweet or fruity scents.
Price & Availability
You can buy this tart in Clintons outlets, Amazon or Yankee candle stockists. You can also buy different sized candles if you like a particular tart. The following are sizes, burn times and guide prices:
Wax Tarts - 8 hours - £1.20
Votives - 15 hours - £1.60
Small Jar - 40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - 60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - 150 hours - £18.45
Yankee Candle is a brand of candles and related products that I got in to after seeing on a review website a couple of years ago. Since then I have become a fan of these and Partylite products too. The prices can sometimes be considerably more expensive than other brands but I feel that this quality almost always shines through for me and so it makes the extra price no problem for me.
Wax tarts were actually the first Yankee Candle item that I used and over the past two years or so I have developed something of an obsession with them. Mostly I love the scents, they last a long time, the scents last for hours, the price is reasonable and they fill my home with lovely scent. My favourite wax tart is possibly 'Wedding Day' and I picked up a ton at a bargain price recently but I have had this Pink Lady Slipper lying around unwrapped on my kitchen windowsill for several months now. It was in three pieces too where someone kindly stood on it at my house after they knocked it on the floor!
To use a wax tart is very simple. I have a Yankee Candle wax burner. I place my wax tart in to this and then place a tea light in the special space. I then light the tea light and after about 10+ minutes it will have melted the wax in to liquid and the flavour will really be going around my home by then.
This wax tart is a lovely colour and like all other wax tarts it comes in a plastic wrapper that is wrapped quite tight. The wax tart itself is a light pink colour and it looks nice and girlie. It is described as being a soft and sweet spring bouquet of lovely rose petals, jasmine and violets. This is really nice as a description and one that I feel is really quite apt!
You can find these wax tarts in Clinton Cards (providing they have not now closed down of course), online in numerous stockists and I have also been able to pick them up for £1.00 from a local market stall in my home town on a Monday. They are widely available online and you can often pick up variety packets made up by sellers on eBay and this is a fantastic way to try a wide variety of flavours without breaking the bank.
Unlike most wax tarts the scent through the wrapper was not particularly strong. This is a shame really as I like to smell them before I open them but it is not a huge downfall. The wax tart is well presented and eye catching too.
When burning this wax tart it has been taking around 25-30 minutes for the fragrance to come through. The scent is quiet strong without being heavy or overpowering from this wax tart and the fragrance is one that is very delightful. The fragrance from this wax tart reminds me of flowers and the main scents that initially come through for me are the roses and violets. This is a beautiful combination of scents and there is the addition of jasmine too but I am not so quick to detect that scent and feel that this doesn't kick in until this wax tart has been burning for a good hour plus. This works very well actually as it brings a change to the scent once I have become used to it and it works very well with the roses and violets.
I would say that I have received around 9 hours scent from this wax tart as I burnt it for 3-4 hours on 3 occasions and I did notice the scent start to reduce and then stop being produced. This is around average for a Yankee Candle wax tart and I feel this is a good length of time for the scent to last for.
Overall I have really enjoyed using this wax tart. I love having a home that smells great, particularly when I have guests coming over and I felt that the very floral scents of this wax tart worked very well. I would have no hesitation using this again if I can find it for a bargain price and I would firmly recommend it to Yankee Candle fans who love flowers.
Whenever I am in town I pay a visit to Clintons card and gift shop as they often have Yankee Candles reduced in price. Indeed since Christmas, I have been able to pick up various wax tarts, votive samplers and tealights from the Yankee range at up to half price.
Selected fragrances, from the most expensive glass jars down to the wax tarts have been reduced in price and I have found that sometimes there is a big selection, other times just one or two, however I have never came out of the shop empty handed and so it is always worth paying a visit in my opinion.
It was shortly after Christmas that I purchased this Pink Lady Slipper fragrance in the wax tart format. Whilst floral fragrances are not my favourite scents, there were only a couple of fragrances reduced on this particular occasion and therefore my choice was limited. I did purchase a couple of full-priced wax tarts but I still couldn't resist buying a couple of these as they were just 59p each and the fragrance was pleasant enough.
Another thing which was perhaps putting me off slightly was the pink coloured wax, which may sound silly but I really am not fond of anything pink.
The floral print on the front of the packaging perfectly matches the floral fragrance, which as I said is pleasant enough, I just personally prefer musky, spicier and generally more masculine fragrances from the Yankee range. Indeed a couple of my favourites so far remind me of certain men's aftershaves. One in particular which I purchase a lot is named Soft Blanket, yet smells like Joop aftershave to me, which also indicates that Yankee don't always seem to be able to match the fragrance to the name. With Pink Lady Slipper however, everything about it is floral and pink and so this time Yankee have it spot on.
Pink Lady Slipper is described as "A wonderfully soft and sweet spring bouquet, reminiscent of lovely rose petals, jasmine and violets." I think this sums up the fragrance pretty well and the fact that it includes jasmine is probably why I found the fragrance quite pleasant as I do like jasmine.
After placing the wax tart in my burner and lighting a tealight underneath, it took a few minutes as the wax began to melt in the well of my burner, before I began to smell the fragrance slowly being released. I thought the strongest scent evident was that of roses but there was a subtle jasmine scent slowly filtering through which I thought was nice. Overall this is definitely a very feminine scent as you would expect.
Pink Lady Slipper is not one of the strongest Yankee fragrances around but it still filled the room with its floral notes. However, I also noticed that the fragrance did not hang in the air very long after extinguishing the tealight which is something I have experienced when burning a number of wax tarts. In one or two instances I have also been able to smell the fragrance in the air the next day for instance, but sadly after an hour of burning Pink Lady Slipper, I couldn't detect the fragrance in my room at all half an hour or so later, which disappointed me.
Another disappointment for me came in terms of how long the fragrance actually lasted whilst in use. 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 indeed been true. I have experienced over 8 hours of fragrance in some cases and so I was slightly disappointed to find that Pink Lady Slipper fell short of this, as after 6 hours the fragrance rapidly disappeared.
I generally find that a good indication of longevity is how strong the fragrance is whilst still in its packaging, with the strongest smelling ones lasting the longest. Therefore if you pick a wax tart up in the shop and the fragrance seems quite weak, then don't expect it to last 8 hours. Whilst I did say this wasn't the strongest smelling wax tart I have used, it certainly wasn't one of the weakest either and I still hoped to achieve 8 hours of fragrance. For 59p however, it was still worth the money I paid.
The only way I would purchase Pink Lady Slipper again is if it were reduced. I wouldn't pay full price for this one simply because there are better fragrances with greater longevity than this in my opinion. If your preference is for floral fragrances however, or all things pink and you can overlook the fact it doesn't perform as well as some of the others, you may well enjoy this one more than I did.
Yankee candles are available from branches of Clintons, Collectables, department stores and other card and gift shops, as well as online from Yankee stockists such as www.yankee.co.uk and Amazon.
Yankee Candle offer various home fragrance products and specialise in scented candles. Many of the scents are available within jars, tealights, votive samplers and also wax tarts.
~Pink Lady Slipper~
A wax tart is a little tart shaped piece of wax which has been infused with 8hrs worth of fragrance. The idea is to place the tart in an oil burner with a tealight underneath. The heat will melt the wax releasing the fragrance into the air. This review discusses the Pink Lady Slipper Wax Tart. This scent is also available in various sized candle jars.
Pink Lady Slipper is a beautiful, baby pink shade and comes shrink wrapped. A small label on the front showing various flowers, gives a rough idea of what type of scent to expect from this tart. Its official description advises that we will experience "a soft and sweet Spring bouquet, reminiscent of lovely rose petals. jasmine and violets".
~Where To Buy~
Wax tarts can be purchased online through www.yankeedoodle.co.uk, www.yankeecandle.com and also Amazon. They are priced at around £1.10. Alternatively, you can check local shops as they may stock this scent.
I became addicted to Yankee Candles earlier this year and mainly used the votive samplers or small housewarmer jars. After reading various reviews, I decided to purchase an oil burner with the intention of adding wax tarts to my growing collection of Yankee products. I purchased a few online and also received a few from a fellow Ciaoer/Dooyooer. One I received was the Pink Lady Slipper.
This is a beautifully presented tart and being pink, I was immediately impressed. Through the packaging, it doesn't offer much scent but don't judge on the first sniff! As I said in my previous tart review, I have been placing the tart in the burner whole and lighting a tealight for a short while. I am aware that you can break them up and use smaller amounts at a time, but with this one I opted to use the whole tart. Once placed in my burner, the tart started to melt and within 30mins, a poor of rich pink oil was present.
~A Slipper For A Lady?~
The scent rising from my burner was bright and engaging. Although I am not too keen on floral scents, Pink Lady Slipper was fresh and light as opposed to heavy and heady. The rose oil made itself known as the tart melted and release a delicate floral bouquet into the air. It filtered generously around my living room though I do feel it could freshen up any room.
As the tart fully melted, the scent deepened with the jasmine offering a sensual but still light kick and it mingled with the rose gently. The jasmine and rose took a back seat as the scent developed. Once I had blown out the candle, the infusion of oils steadily lingered around my living room and the violet took over. I began to think perhaps a little purple shade could have been more appropriate as the overall scent was similar to Parma Violets just slightly less sweet.
The liquid remained in the burner for quite a while after the tealight had burned out. The scent remained even as the liquid began to solidify. It finally became solid in the shape of my burner and on the next use, I only had to light the tealight for the scent to melt and come alive again. No scent was lost and I did get at least 8hours from this little tart.
Pink Lady Slipper was actually my first tart experience and whilst I found it delicate and fresh enough for Spring time burning, I was just a tad too floral for my personal tastes. I am glad I tried it though and feel many would appreciate how beautiful it is, I just prefer sweet and fruity scents.
The quality of this little tart is outstanding and for the price, it is an absolute bargain and definently a little treat for your home. I do recommend it but only if you are keen on the overall floral nature of the scent.
Thanks for reading :)
For those of you who regularly read my reviews it will come as no surprise that I love the yankee candle wax tarts! Since I bought my tart burner a few months before Christmas last year I have tried lots of different wax tarts and I am enjoying trying to find the perfect fragrances for me. One of my most recent buys was the pink lady slipper variety.
For those of you who are not aware of the yankee candle products a wax tart is basically a wickless candle which is designed to be melted in a tart burner using the heat from a tea light candle. Wax tarts cost around £1.05 and so they make a relatively inexpensive option to try out new fragrances. Yankee candles also offer their fragrances in small, medium and large glad jar forms but with the large costing around £17.99 I am sticking with the wax tarts for now!
This particular wax tart is a pale pink in colour and comes wrapped tightly in a clear plastic wrapper. On the front of the wrapper there is a sticker with the yankee candle name, the pink lady slipper name and a picture of the pink lady slipper flower.
I always have to cut off the plastic wrapper using some scissors as they are so tightly packed but as soon as I managed to get the tart out of the wrapper I could smell a beautiful sweet floral scent. I am not usually a fan of anything too floral but to me this one just smelt gorgeous. I have never actually smelt the pink lady flower to know if the candle is truly representative of it but if it is I wish I could have some growing in my garden!
I put the tart in to my burner and lit the tea light underneath it and then set about doing a few jobs around the house. Within half an hour my house was full of the gorgeous floral smell which was just as lovely once melted as it was in solid wax form. I left the tea light burning for a couple of hours before blowing it out and I am pleased to say that the scent lingered for a good few hours afterwards.
The wax tarts claim to give around eight hours of fragrance but my tart has been burned for longer than this and is still producing plenty of fragrance. I have to say that although I haven't bought any of the glass jar candles as yet I am very tempted to break my jar virginity and invest in some of this fragrance as it just smells so inviting and summery in my opinion.
I would say that if you are a fan of floral fragrances you would be likely to really like this product and at just £1.05 from many card shops and online it doesn't cost all that much to try it out.
Thank you for reading my review!
2011 looks like it may well be a busy year for Yankee Candle, not just happy to release "Cherry Blossom," with a pink edge, then "Pink Sands," with another pink colour, the latest scent to hit UK shelves in yet the same pink colour is a candle my mother has been buying "on the quiet." It's called "Pink Lady Slipper," and used over the period of the impending Royal Wedding, was a scent that was used in the home to perfume the air - unlike the "old woman" Yankee Candle "Royal Wedding," that both her and I didn't really take to.
Once yet again Yankee Candle have dreamt have a super mix of flowers here, very much a mix that I'd associate Spring with rather than Summer. Violets, roses and jasmine give three degrees of long lasting strength but when put altogether there's a fizzy champagne like quality to the way the scent pervades and isn't that far off from the powdery like content of "Island Spa." This isn't a candle for a man unless perhaps you are a Florist and adore the smell of roses around you. Unashamed in its pink colouring, "Pink Lady Slipper," is a full on burst of fresh flowery fragrance that is potent and appealing, without being too full of cherry like "Fresh Cut Roses," a Yankee Candle scent that always seems to make me sneeze.
By now if you have read any of my Yankee Candle reviews you'll know that I either prefer wax tart forms (8 hour duration, average price £1-05) or the glass jars (average £7-99, £13-99 to £17-99)- either end of the price scale where wax tarts are cheaper to buy (but you'll need a hot oil/potpourri burner and tealight candle to melt it down) to the expensive medium or large glass jars which hold candle wax that can be strong enough to light up one corner of a room, whilst offering a more practical storage jar solution after the wax is taken out thanks to its airtight glass lid and storage "country style" design. However, surprised as I was to find my mother's home full of this rosy smell, I was intrigued to find where it was coming from when I first smelt it and found three votive candles lit in her bedroom where the scent was gently wafting out into the hall way. On average one votive candles costs £1-75 and each one has a duration burn time of 15 hours. My mother informs me that she found these at a recent trip to House o Fraser, whereupon research reveals House of Frasers, Clinton Card and Debenhams stores have started selling Yankee Candle. Most votives are light on scent, but as I found out, in some cases this is a greater aspect when three are combined together and lit at the same time. I was sent on an errand a week later to seek out the wax tarts from our more local supplier.
In wax tart form however, the potency of flavours on offer is really stronger and much more powerful and when lit for the first time, only takes less than a minute for the first scent to come through. The first tone that comes through is that of fresh cut red roses; full of cherryness but lacking the sweet and peppery after tone that has the stand alone scent by its name making me reach for a tissue. Next up, sweet violets bring a powerful release of lily like freshness, no doubt reserved for the soothing quality of Jasmine as the base tone when the two mix together, the Jasmine's stronger note takes over the sweetness of the violets giving the three combinations of natural additives a chance here to combine a fruity rosy scent that isn't sneeze or cough inducing. Infact when all three come together, there's a beautiful warmth to this scent that I wouldn't say is very apparent from a lot of other Yankee Candle scent's I've tried. Compared to "Fresh Cut Roses," this scent in wax tart form also seems to be better at staying fresh and alive longer than the votives, even if the known burn time of 8 hours is far shorter for each wax tart.
Briefly if you are a fan of scented candles in general then you'll know you have to be utterly safe with a good deal of common sense. All of the jar candles are dishwasher safe (or swirling hot water loosens the last of the wax when the candle is nearly done and same applies if you need to remove a votive candle in a votive holder), made of thick glass and have heat insulative bases and airtight glass lids to keep the scent in. Therefore if you keep this kind of candle sitting around for months with the top sealed back in, there's never a fear of the scent dying out unless it has been put on view in strong bright light - and only then does the scent die away. Unlike a lot of other brands though, Yankee Candle products now have cotton wicks and lack a paraffin base that can induce coughing or sneezing attacks. The sides and top of the glass jars however get hot whenever the candle is lit and the wick constantly needs trimming to avoid bunching up or black like burning smoke if you burn the candle for more than four hours. In wax tart form you'll need a potpourri burner with a sufficiently deep concave to accept all of the tart and if it isn't wide enough for the tart to sit in before unwrapping, this is a great indication to tell you that you'll need to slice the tart in two -otherwise hot oil will overflow over the sides and can damage surfaces. If you need to change the tart, simply take out the tealight candle, wait for the burner to cool and place in a freezer for minimum of 15 minutes. When taking out and turned over the wax tart falls out easily, solid like it was before and can be disposed of. However if you sniff the base and you can still smell scent - the wax tart can be used again for another time.
Unlike "Island Spa," "Pink Lady Slipper," is a cosy looking named candle that mimics the flower family pretty well. Full on rather than building up scent bit by bit, it is a candle that is pretty much more versatile and can be used in any room in the house with equal versatility when clearing up after strong odours like pets or even tobacco. Keep the doors open and you may find one wax tart burnt over an hour can sufficiently freshen up three rooms at once. However, don't ever open the windows, as this is a flowery candle and means good news for visiting bees and wasps. Yet again another triumph for Yankee Candle where natural extracts added is very much apparent. Lacking that chemical after tone and offering flowery freshness instead, the only downside is a limited range of other versions for the moment and if you don't happen to like flowery candles. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
Other formats and prices are given on average:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 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 (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £13-99)
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 jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99)