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This was my first venture into the world of Yankee tarts when I was given this wax melt as a gift. Unfortunately, I didn't have a burner then so I had to wait to use it. When I had the burner I did use it and I was pleasantly surprised. I then 'got' the whole scented candle thing.
I did like it enough to purchase more of this particular tart.
Now that I have used many Yankee candles and tarts, I believe that I can judge this one much better.
It is one of the more subtle scents, in my opinion, from Yankee candles. I find that the aroma is a 'pretty' and delicate one and really did made the downstairs rooms of my home smell nice. It wasn't strong enough to pervade its scent over the while house. However, it was a treat.
Now, I tend to buy two or more of a particular scent and burn them in different rooms of the house.
I last used Pink Sands a few weeks ago. On the last occasion I broke one melt and burned one half in the downstairs hallway and the other half in my living room. I find this works well especially with the lighter scents.
Pink Sands is a summery fragrance. To me it is very slightly fruity in aroma and just lightly spicy. In my opinion it is more on the floral side, although the floral perfume is mixed with vanilla. I wouldn't say any scent overpowers.
I suppose, judging by the name of "Pink Sands" it is supposed to be reminiscent of far away beautiful beaches. Well, I cannot say that I was exactly transported outside of my own home but I will say that it did manage to make my home smell nice.
I would say to any would be buyers that I don't find the aroma lingers for long. I sometimes burn the two halves with an hour or so time gap and then the smell does linger for longer.
The first thing that draws you to this candle is the colour! It's a soft pink and really does fit in any room in the house. The smell when you open the jar is lovely, It reminds you of springtime. It's quite fruity with a hint of vanilla.
However when burning Pink Sands the scent is really light and I can barely smell it in a room. This is unlike most other Yankee candles I've used. I usually find the smells are very heavy which personally I like, but this candle would be great for those who like lighter, less obvious scents.
The large jar burns for about 120 hours and costs about £15.00. When you blow the candle out I find that the light scent you did get disappears almost instantly. So in my opinion not really worth buying or burning. My partner however prefers the lighter scents and loves Pink Sands.
I wouldn't buy this candle for someone who hasn't used Yankee before. From this candle I would think that Yankee are over priced and fragrance less when burning.
I've wanted a Yankee Candle for quite a while now, but couldn't quite justify spending £20 on just a candle. This year I was lucky enough to be brought one of these from my boyfriend for Christmas. Seems my constant hints did not go unnoticed.
As just mentioned these candles are normally around the £20 mark for a large jar, which is what I received. This current scent in the large jar is available with a 25% discount so is just £14.99 at the moment directly from the Yankee Candle website. (www.yankee.co.uk) I believe this is a great saving so if like my your interested in buying one of these then I would suggest you take advantage of this offer.
This scent comes in many different size varieties, these of which incur a difference in price.
The following prices are taken from the Yankee website, true at the time of published review. Jan 2014.
Wax Tart- £1.20
Tea Lights -£6.49
Small Tumbler- £9.49
Small Jar -£7.99
Medium Jar- £16.49
Large Jar- £14.99 (25%discount)
Pack of 10 Tarts- £9.60
As you can see these come in many different varieties so whether you want something small or big, there is a candle for you.
'It's an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla.'
(Taken directly from the Yankee website)
As soon as you open the lid you can immediately smell the fragrance coming from the jar. I think the explanation above describes the scent well. Each fragrance compliments each other, and this is a very refreshing smell. Not sickly or overpowering and gives the room a very sweet aroma.
BURNING TIME AND CANDLE CARE
With all the different varieties of candle the burning time will be different. However as I was brought the large jar this is predominantly what my review is about. The large jar will give you a burning time of 110-150 hours. I have not finished my candle yet but I have used around 1/3, and have used it almost consistently since I first lit it. This was around 5 days ago so it has lasted a long time so far, and as I still have 2/3's left I have plenty more hours left too.
The candle contains 2 wicks I believe, this allows the candle to burn equally all the way down. I have had similar jars to this which burned straight down the middle leaving a lot of excess wax either side. From the amount I have burned so far it has all burned equally like advertised. This is a great positive to this candle as you can use the entire product, with no wasted wax.
From reading many reviews before having one of my own, I was aware that the wick had to be trimmed according to the size. The wick is supposed to be 1/8 inches long; this will reduce any unwanted smoke that is produced by the excess wick.
I do find that I am constantly trimming the wick in my candle, and the top looks almost like a mushroom sometimes. This on some occasions has produced quite a lot of black smoke, which has covered the sides of my jar, leaving black residue. This will cover your hands if touched. This is the only downside I have found to this candle but they do mention this, I guess I'm just not very good on the upkeep.
The Yankee company do sell their own wick trimmer; this is available from many outlets for normally around £4.99. I myself haven't purchased one of these as I find a pair of scissors does the same job. But for any one that is interested there is such a product available for you wick cutting needs.
I leave this candle in my bedroom, which is where I spend quite a lot of my spare time. My room is about average size, not too big, not too small. I find this fragrance fills the whole room, and I'm always pleasantly surprised at how effective it is. Every time I re enter my room I can immediately smell this. I did read somewhere that this is most effective when burned in 3 hour periods. I tend to do this because I think left alight any longer and you are just wasting it because the fragrance has already filled the room, and this smell lasts for quite a while.
I do find that due to constant use I have begun to not notice the smell as strongly as when first lit. This is however nothing to do with the candle itself, more that you nose gets used to familiar smells. I think I will purchase a different scent and swap and change so that the fragrance stays fresh and appealing to me.
The jar does heat up whilst the candle is burning. It gets warm but not hot, so it will not burn too touch, which I was afraid of. I don't leave this anywhere accessible to children but it's always good to know that no one would get burned if they picked up the actual jar or touched it for some reason.
I was very happy with this present, and I think I've now turned into a bit of a candle geek. I can't wait to purchase another one, so any suggestions for my next one will be greatly appreciated. They burn long and more efficiently than any other candle I've previously tried. The scent is very appealing and makes my room smell heavenly. I would recommend this scent as it's nice and floral with a hint of vanilla; it's not too overpowering or sickly. Great for keeping your room smelling fresh. I was dubious about the high price tag before trying one out, but now I believe they're worth every penny. A great long lasting product.
'It's an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla'.
Yankee Candle offer an extensive range of scented candles. Pink Sands is available in different formats to suit all budgets but for the purpose of this review, I will be discussing the large tumbler version of this candle.
The tumbler itself is made of high quality, clear glass with a silver lid. It is worth mentioning that you do NOT pick this tumbler up by the lid as you are likely to drop the tumbler! The label adorning the front of the tumbler illustrates gorgeous pink sands in the middle of the ocean - very idylic. Pink Sands is part of the 'fresh' range of scents offered by Yankee Candle. This tumbler features two wicks which allow the wax to burn down evenly. The solid wax contains 'pure and natural extracts' and the large jar has a burn time of between 70 and 90 hours.
~Where To Buy~
You can purchase the large tumbler online and some local Yankee shops may stock it.
*www.yankeescents4u.com - £17.99
*Amazon UK - £19.06
This tumbler weighs 623g.
Anyone who knows me will know my love of scented candles. I was given this large tumbler as an unexpected but very generous gift from a friend around 6 weeks ago and it has been burned nearly every day for a short spell since I received it. I have owned housewarmer jars before but this is the first Yankee tumbler that I have owned and I really like it even though it works out a bit more expensive than the housewarmer jars.
During the day, through the Summer, I favour the fresh or fruity scents that Yankee Candle offer so prefer to melt them as a way of complimenting and enhancing the fresh and clean feel of my home. Pinks Sands fits the bill perfectly in my opinion. The tumbler looks pretty as the wax is a baby pink colour. It looks Summery which is even better! The wick should be cut to a length of 0.5cm and I have done this prior to lighting the candle each day as it stops the wick from producing too much smoke or causing black marks around the tumbler. I have found the wick very easy to light and I personally use a long candle lighter. The flame flicks gently inside the tumbler and with both wicks lit, there is an impressive amount of light offered. Care should obviously be taken when having lit candles in your home. I don't tend to light them when my son is here or awake.
The wax melts neatly around both wicks and I have found that this candle has burned down evenly so not wastage from tunneling. The wax has quite a strong smell even when it isn't being used. I sometimes leave it sitting with the lid off as the smell is quite fragrant. Within a short while, a pool of wax forms around the wicks and the fragrant aroma of Pink Sands starts to fill my house at quite a quick pace. If I had it sitting in my alcove in the living room, the scent would rapidly be spilling out in to my hallway and the bedrooms. It is definitely a powerful scent which would suit being burned in an open plan house.
I have no idea what 'pink sands' are supposed to smell like but I do like the scent of this candle. It is definitely a fresh scent which quickly eliminates cleaning or cooking odours and replaces them with a gorgeous aroma. I would say that the main aroma is floral and my nose can detect a sweet, authentic rose. I can't say that I am a massive fan of overly floral scents but the rose is balanced out a little with a trace of sweet vanilla. There is quite a lot of sweetness going on in the scent and at times, it does become a little heavy. I love sweet scents but I do wish that the citrussy notes played a bigger role in this scent. It isn't as exotic as its name would have you believe.
I really like how the scent of Pink Sands parades around my home as it is a lovely, 'feel good' Summery scent which reminds me of the way my Grans garden used to smell when I was a child as opposed to a sunny beach somewhere. I do find myself having to blow the wicks out after 1.5-2 hours or so as the scent becomes a little too strong for me personally especially if I am sitting close by where it is burning. Once the wicks have been blown out, the scent begins to fade gradually but a light sweetness seems to grasp the air for an additional hour or so.
Pink Sands is a pleasant, bright scent which has a lot going for it. I do like it but only for short periods of time. It is ideal for burning during the day and does create a welcoming ambience within my home. I do wish the citrus and spice notes had came through a little stronger but the scent is really lovely the way it is. I haven't counted the exact burning time but I still have a decent amount of wax remaining despite regular use over the past 6 weeks so it does last well and burns down evenly. I have experienced this same scent in wax tart format and find that due to the wide opening and dual wick of the tumbler, the scent is much heavier and quicker to filter. I would recommend sampling the wax tart before commiting to such an expensive purchase as this scent won't be for everyone. I plan on using the empty jar for holding my tealights.
Thanks for reading :)
I have been a Dooyoo member for nearly a year now and over this time I have read some wonderful reviews on all kinds of products, many of which have helped me decide on products to buy, try and avoid! Of course one of the best things about Dooyoo is getting paid to write reviews and after saving up my miles I decided to cash them in for some Amazon vouchers. We have just moved house (again) so I was eager to buy lots of nice things for our new home. I'd been considering trying some Yankee Candles, admittedly I'd never heard of them before becoming a Dooyoo member, but I've read so many wonderful reviews of Yankee candles I decided it only appropriate to spend some of my hard earned Dooyoo money on trying this product for myself. I treated myself to a Yankee tart burner along with a mixture on ten Yankee Tarts. Amazon did not state what fragrances would be sent, the bundle of tarts cost £10.25 (plus postage).
My Amazon parcel arrived a few days later and inside I found a bubble wrap envelope with my bundle of Yankee tarts inside, (My Yankee burner had arrived a few days earlier). I was happy to discover I was sent ten different fragrances to experienced, as initially I had been a little worried they would send a few duplicates. It was really difficult to decide which tart would be my first, they all looked so tempting. In the end "pink sands" won, as in my opinion it looked the prettiest. The title gives no indication as to what type of fragrance this would be so I was a little unsure what to expect, still the name "pink sands" seemed rather suitable for a sunny saturday morning and I set about unwrapping my tart.
Yankee "Pink Sands" tart come shrink wrapped in clear plastic, the pink tart can be seen inside. A circular sticker on the front gives the brand and product name along with a stunning photo of a beautiful beach with pink sand and a deep blue sea. Another sticker on the back gives general information including warnings. I found it easy enough to remove the tart from its packaging with a pair of scissors. I was a little surprised by how soft the tart felt, other Dooyoo members had advised breaking the tart up, but since this was my first tart I decided to use the whole thing. I placed the tart into my Yankee burner and placed a tea light underneath and got on with my Saturday morning (which on this particular morning involved playing Mario Kart on the Wii with my daughters).
Within five minutes of lighting the tea light I began to smell the "pink sands" fragrance and it didn't take long for the aroma to fill my whole house. I was a little surprised by this, even with the patio doors wide open the fragrance still made its way around the house, and could even be detected upstairs in the bedroom. Still, I didn't find this to be a overly strong fragrance, it was incredibly light and subtle. Honestly I don't think I could get sick of this smell, its incredibly fresh, soft and gentle, I found it the perfect aroma for such a hot sunny morning. The fragrance is rather fruity and sweet, I could certainly detect a citrus aroma along with a subtle warming hint of vanilla. I burned the tart most of the morning. After blowing out the tea light I could still detect whiffs of the tart throughout the day, particularly in the sitting room where it had been burning. By late afternoon the aroma was gone, so I lit another tea light underneath, but blew it out an hour or so later as I felt the aroma was not as fitting for the warm muggy evening.
Yankee state that this tarts give approx 8 hours of fragrance and although I didn't time its longevity I think this is a pretty good estimate of how long the tart lasted.
Removal of the used tart from the burner was extremely easy, I simply tipped the "plate" upside down and it slid out of place, no after after residue was left behind and my burner was ready for its next tart.
So, my first Yankee tart experience went well, I thoroughly enjoyed "pink sands", it had a beautiful fragrance which I enjoyed, its subtle aroma was relaxing and comforting and perfectly complimented the beautiful sunny Saturday morning.
Nine more tarts to try, I think I'm going to enjoy this!
=Yankee Candle Pink Sands=
One of my mothers day gifts.
Yankee candles come in 2 main forms, the first the wax tart for putting on the oil burner, the 2nd the candles.
This was brought from eBay, you can purchase these from many retailers both online such as Amazon and direct from Yankee candles, through to stores from gift shops, Clintons, The Works, even B+Q have now got in on the act.
I have to say that Wax tarts are my favourite, not just for the price, but if I have not tried one before then this way if I don't like the fragrance, I haven't wasted a fortune.
This was the Pink Sands Wax tart, this weighs 22 grams. The tart is sealed in plastic coating, with a sticker on the top, telling us the brand, the name, and a picture, this is like a beach scene, and the reverse sticker has the contact details, and instructions on how to use.
=The Wax Tart=
To use, you need to take the plastic off, I usually use scissors as I find this easier to remove the covering. The tart is rounded in shape and has a fluted edge.
I cheat, and only put half the tart onto the burner, light a tealight and once the heat from the tealight hits the wax, it starts melting and releasing the fragrance.
The flavour of Pink sands is describes as 'an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla' a mix of fragrances I was really looking forward to trying.
=30 Minutes later=
I thought I had better go and check in case the tealight had gone out as I could not smell anything, only when I got the oil burner,I did I get a mild smell, I could not really identify any particular element of the mix, I really had to strain to get any sense of a smell from this particular tart, although the colour looked lovely a pale pink hot wax.
=2 hours later=
I always try to burn the tart for 2 hours to in theory build up a good fragrance for the room, so that when I blow the tealight out, I can still smell the aroma, absolutely nothing.
My first thought was, I've only burnt half the wax, but I have done that from the 2nd time I used Yankee candles about 18 months ago, so I knew it couldn't be that. Only know I had a faint smell of Vanilla, I looked around to make sure there was no vanilla coming from any other sources. It had to be the candle, but it was one sniff and it had gone.
Worrying I was losing my smell, I lit the wax when Mr Thrifty was about, and he also commented as well about the lack of scent, so phew it wasn't me.
=Rest of the Tart=
I did not even bother wasting a tealight on it. I felt awful as my daughter had brought it me, but I just told her it was lovely.
=Would I repurchase=
Although I love Yankee candles, and the experience of trying new fragrances, I am sorry but this one is just not for me. With the title being Pink Sands, and the picture being a beach and ocean, I was not expecting a strong fragrance, as to me the name and picture prompted a relaxing feel, so I would guess it would be midler, but for me there is mild and virtually not there.
I did feel a bit let down by this tart, but hey, it meant I got to try the next one quicker.
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
Since becoming a member of review sites, I have bought many items that I have read reviews on, yankee candles being one example. Its hard to believe now that I didn't even know they existed a couple of years ago.
My husband has cottoned on to my liking of this brand, and he bought me a lovely set of three candles in jars for my birthday in April. All had a beach theme. One I had tried before, but the other two were new to me.
I don't normally tend to buy candles for myself in jar format as they have a long burn time and if I don't like the candle or its a bit of a dud, then I think its a bit of a waste. The small jar I have (104g) would cost around £8 to buy, and provide around 25-40 hours of scent while burning. I usually opt for votive candle format which seem to have a bit more strength and only burn for around 8 hours, but are usually only around the £2 mark so its a cheap way to work out what I like.
As well as the candles, my husband bought me a gorgeous shade which sits on the top of the jar directing the light through the coloured glass and feeling really quite homely when you are burning your candle. The first time I burnt Pink Sands I did use this lampshade, but I only used it for about half an hour as I could barely detect any scent at all from the candle, and I was not impressed.
Pink Sands is a gorgeous looking candle - it is a baby pink colour, and the wax looks very warm when it melts and has a pink glow to it. The picture on the jar puts in your mind exotic beaches with pink sand and blue sea in evidence on the graphics.
It's described as 'an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla.' I was expecting this to have a lovely smell, but if I am honest, I can barely pick out any scents at all from the mix. If there are any other smells in the vicinity, then I cannot smell anything at all. Tonight my husband made some popcorn as I lit this candle to refresh my memory before writing the review, and it took me about an hour of burning before I can smell anything at all. My best chance of smelling much with this one is to go out the room for a little while and then come back in, then I can smell a sweet smell from the vanilla and it is a very delicate mix of florals, but there is no hint at all of citrus in the scent to me unless I stand with my nose over the burning wick. The scent was more apparent the first couple of times I burnt this candle but I've now burned this on several occasions for at least an hour each time, and around ten hours in total. To me, this one is far too subtle to appreciate. Rather than being a pleasant background scent, I find myself purposefully sniffing to see if I can pick out this scent over other scents in the home.
The scent is rather pleasant when I can detect it, I just wish it was more evident and forceful within the room rather than only being able to detect it when I go within a few feet of the burning candle. I find it nice though that it contains vanilla without this overpowering anything else within the scent. Sometimes it can be too cloying and overpowering for my taste.
I am not sure whether I would repurchase this one or not. I am not experienced enough with candles in jar format to know if you should expect a lower level of scent or not. If anything, I would buy it in votive format to see if that were stronger.
Like all the Yankee Candles I have owned, this one is a premium product. It is made from a good quality wax that burns cleanly without smoking. I only notice smoke if I let the wick burn too long or don't extinguish properly. I have noticed a little uneven burning, but I didn't trim the wick when it got too long, so I think that one was my own fault.
I quite like the jar format as you can be sure that the candle has extinguished when you put the lid back on, so it does feel a bit safer burning it while my kids are around. The jar gets a little warm when I am burning the candle, but only near the top where the flame is. I make sure I stand this on a heat resistant mat when burning and keep the lid close in case I need to extinguish it quickly. Even when the scent has disappeared quite quickly, the wax has retained a good level of the colour after burning.
I'm not sure whether to recommend this or not. The scent is nice enough but far too delicate for my taste. I think others would enjoy it, but if you like lots of scent like me, it might not be the best one to go for.
When I ordered this Pink Sands offering from Yankee Candles I wasn't sure what scent to expect really. I got it from ebay and if I remember correctly the seller didn't have a description of the scent. This review relates to the wax tart of this fragrance which has an estimated burn time of approximately 8 hours but the scent is also popular in other areas of the range including the large jar candles. I think I paid somewhere around £1.20 for this tart.
I chose this tart because I thought that due to the pale pink colour it may have a floral scent but with a touch of freshness that you would experience on a beach first thing in the morning.
To use the tart you will need an oil/wax tart burner and a tealight. Within 15 minutes of me placing the tart above the tealight I already had a rich luxurious pool of melted wax forming. I was quite surprised to see that the colour of the melted wax was a much richer pink and quite a bit brighter than the very pale solid wax. I preferred this brighter colour as it looked a lot more cosy and warm.
Looking on the Yankee website now it tells me that the scent is based on an exotic island escape using citrus, florals and vanilla. When melting the tart I immediately noticed that the scent was somewhat more subtle than the other tarts I have used. Even when it had been burning for 2 hours the fragrance was very subtle however, after extinguishing the tealight I noticed that as the wax hardened the scent was slightly more noticeable but still quite subtle.
The predominant aroma I got coming through was a delicate floral scent. I also thought that this had a hint of musk to it which is probably due to the vanilla. I can detect the citrus but this is minimal and there is definitely no strong, sharp kick to the scent. Half an hour after extinguishing the tealight the aroma had pretty much disappeared which I found quite disappointing as lots of the other scents are detectable hours and hours after use.
I did like the scent but I would have preferred it to be quite a bit stronger and I think this would have been easily achieved by reducing the vanilla and increasing the citrus used.
I burned the tart for approximately 2 hours, possibly 2 and a half. After the wax set I could see that the vast majority of the tart was left so I would say that this will probably last longer than the 8 hours it is advertised as providing, possibly 10 hours.
I found this scent to be one of Yankee's more subtle scents. It had a nice aroma which would be nice for a dinner party or something where you don't want an overpowering fragrance. However, for me I would have preferred a bit of a kick so I'm afraid I can only give it 3 stars despite it burning well and having a nice scent - it was just too subtle for me.
*~*Introduction and reason for purchase*~*
I first became aware of the delights of Yankee wax tarts just before Christmas time last year. I've always been a fan of scented candles but hadn't yet tried this brand, though after reading so many positive reviews about the wax tart format in particular I was extremely tempted and knew I *needed* to try them out for myself. After purchasing a wax tart burner around November time last year I've since been testing out the many varieties on a more or less weekly basis and stocking up when on sale, or if I have any money in my paypal account I peruse what's on offer in the Ebay shops. When I spotted a mixed bundle of 10 wax tarts for £8 (inc p&p) I decided to place an order and see what surprise fragrances I would be sent and in amongst my bundle was this - 'Pink Sands' which my review will now focus on.
*~*What Yankee have to say about it*~*
Pink Sands is described by Yankee as "..an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla.."
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
Pink Sands is available in candle form as both a large jar and small sample size (or votives as they are also called) however I have no experience of using any other format of this fragrance other than the wax tart variety so cannot compare how it fares though I find wax tarts tend to offer a more intense fragrance than candles.
As mentioned I purchased this in a mixed bundle online but it is available singularly from around 90p upwards for a 22g wax disc. As with all of the wax tarts they come packaged in a tight plastic sealed wrapper which is transparent and this is no exception. Because of the clear wrapper it's easy to see that the wax tart has a warm pink hue to it and on the front is a sticker which depicts a (pink) sandy beach..it's certainly alluring in the looks department and if I saw it in store I would be drawn to it.
Yankee wax tarts can be purchased from a number of places including card shops and online and Ebay offer a wide range of stockists at reasonable prices. There is a local Hallmark Factory Card Shop near to my home which regularly sells wax tarts from as little as 60p each upwards as they are classed as old stock so it's always worth checking these types of shops out if there is one nearby as the RRP is normally £1.20.
*~*My experience of burning Pink Sands*~*
I'd kept seeing the name Pink Sands pop up time and time again in Yankee candle reviews and I was intrigued as to know what it would actually smell like as 'pink sands' doesn't really give too much away does it? When I spotted this in and amongst my mixed bundle I was really pleased as at least I would get to know what the elusive pink sands would finally be like and wasted no time in burning it first on the day of it's arrival.
On unwrapping Pink Sands I was really drawn in by the bewitching fragrance which was simply beautiful and I was really looking forward to burning this.
After placing my wax tart in the pot of my burner and lighting a tea light underneath, I found it took literally minutes for the aroma to start gently wafting through and fragrance the room my burner was placed in. As I have mentioned in similar reviews previously, I tend to move my burner into different rooms but more often than not I find if it is positioned in my kitchen it is the most central of the rooms in my small cottage and therefore equally scents each room equally.
The first thing I noticed before actually burning the tart was a beautiful rose and vanilla fragrance and as I love both of these scents I was really pleased having initially had no idea what Pink Sands was supposed to smell like. Once it started to melt I found the wax tart released a more subdued and gentler scent though it was consistent for several hours without once fading.
I burned Pink Sands on the first occasion for just over 5 hours and found the fragrance evenly wafted through the rooms of my cottage though was obviously stronger in my kitchen where the burner was based, though not overpoweringly so. On the second occasion of using this the fragrance lasted for about 2 more hours before becoming undetectable so all in all it still offered around 7 hours making it's longevity quite impressive compared to other wax tart fragrances I have tried so far.
*~*Would I recommend this?*~*
I have found that candles and wax tarts containing vanilla seem to be the ones I go for the most as they offer a warmth and vanilla to me is a very welcoming scent that I like to fragrance my home with. I am not particularly a floral fan, whether it be perfumes or candles, but there is something about the scent of roses that I am drawn to and feel compelled to buy so to have both vanilla and rose together is for me a perfect combination. Though the description mentions a 'bright citrus' scent I couldn't personally detect anything apart from rose and vanilla as these two scents seemed to domineer so if there was citrus used then I couldn't tell at all.
Pink Sands is quite a romantic scent and because of the warmth of the vanilla I feel it would probably suit the darker nights and colder weather as it offers a comforting aroma, though that said I recently burned it when the weather was quite warm and humid and it didn't smell 'out of place' if that makes sense.
I have been really impressed with Pink Sands and will most definitely be buying it again in the future as it smells simply beautiful and isn't too overpowering. I have used some wax tarts that once they are burning end up giving me a headache though I am pleased to say this hasn't been the case here at all.
For a gentle, warm and quite relaxing aroma to fragrance your home you could do far worse than trying this.
Top marks from me.
I have recently enjoyed experimenting with some of the candles from the well known "Yankee Candle" range which seems to be getting more popular every year. There is a wide range of fragranced candles to purchase in the range - I believe there are actually over 175 fragrances and scents to choose from, so there is bound to be something in the range to suit most peoples own tastes.
The candles can be purchased from a variety of retailers, both in-store and online, and I tend to purchase mine either in branches of Clinton Cards, or online at www.ebay.co.uk or at www.amazon.co.uk. I usually prefer to peruse the display of candles in my local branch of Clintons before deciding which one to buy, as I like to smell the assorted fragrances beforehand when possible.
Most of the fragranced Yankee Candles come in a variety of formats and sizes so you can choose the one which suits your needs best. There are "Wax Tarts" available (the same as the one shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here), which are small 'cake' shaped blocks of wax which, in my experience, seem to have a slightly stronger fragrance than some of the larger candles. The Wax tarts do not contain a wick in the way that other candles do, and they need to be placed in a burner with a tea light underneath them to allow the wax tart to melt and the fragrance contained within can then escape. Wax tarts generally cost around £1.20 - £2, depending on where you buy them, and their burn time is around 8 hours, making them an ideal way to 'sample' the assorted fragrances in the Yankee range without spending a larger sum on a glass jar.
The other formats that I have tried out are all candles, which come in a variety of sizes:
* Small "Sampler" Candles - Burn time up to 15 hours
* Small Glass Jar - Burn time up to 25 - 40 hours (Prices around £7 - £8)
* Medium Glass Jar - Burn time up to 65 - 90 hours (Prices around £15 - £17)
* Large Glass Jar - Burn time up to 110 - 150 hours (Prices around £18 - £20)
* (Info courtesy of www.yankee.co.uk, correct as @ June 2012) *
I purchased a small selection of assorted Wax Tarts whilst shopping in a local (independent) gift shop recently, one of which was the "Pink Sands" fragrance which I had not tried before. Most of the Tarts that I purchased on this occasion were reduced in price, and I ended up paying only about 80p for the Pink Sands Tart, a bit of a bargain in my book!
The Tart was presented in the usual way, being shrink wrapped with a sticker on the front which usually has a pretty image on. In the case of the Pink Sands Tart, this picture shows a sort of idyllic ocean scene in shades of pink and blue. The Yankee candles and Tarts are usually colour-coordinated to match their respective fragrances and the Pink Sands Tart is no exception to this, being a pretty shade of pale pink with a slightly 'frosted' look to it. It is true to say that the initial impression given by the product's image is that it is a fairly feminine product, and the image tied in with the product name perfectly.
The smell of the Tart is quite evident before it has even been removed from the wrapping. The initial scent was quite fruity and slightly citrus, but with a sort of 'soap-like' quality to it too. I was keen to light the Tart and discover what fragrances were contained within.
The tart is described as being "an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla." (Courtesy of www.yankeedirect.com) and this description intrigued me slightly, although I was slightly cautious of the addition of vanilla in the product's scent, as it is something that I can find rather sickly at times.
The first time that the Wax Tart was used, I placed it in the bowl of my burner as I usually would and lit a tea light candle underneath. After only a few minutes, I was able to detect the strong fruity aroma which hung in the room as the fragrance was allowed to develop. After ten minutes or so, I could see the tart begin to melt and a pinky-coloured fluid that looked similar to oil was escaping from the solid tart. As this oily essence was allowed to escape from the enclosed tart, the aroma really felt as though it was taking hold and it developed further, taking on a richly-scented citrus quality that allowed it to become stronger as a result.
After another ten minutes or so the wax had all but disappeared, leaving an oily liquid in its wake. The scent by this point still seemed very citrus-like which I thought was slightly refreshing, certainly more so than the more 'floral' scents I have been burning of late. To be fair there was a sort of floral whisper to be found somewhere in the Tart's overall fragrance, but I thought that this was much more subdued than the other scents that felt much more robust.
The fruity scent of the Pink Sands Tart seemed to be quite reminiscent of watermelon perhaps, with something stronger like maybe grapefruit or peach being mixed in too. An overall 'fruitiness' was evident and it felt like a very summery scent to me, being perfectly suited to this time of year. There's not much that would prevent me from burning it all year round however, which is not a quality that I have found in every other Tart I have tried before.
The only real thing that let the Tart down in my opinion was that I found the scent became quite 'heady' after it had been burning for several hours. I actually found myself reaching to extinguish the tea light in the burner when I realised it had just gone out by itself. This is quite an unusual occurrence for me and I will usually let the Tarts burn for hours and hours on end. The Pink Sands in comparison felt as though it had taken on a slightly 'sickly' edge after it had been burning for several hours, and I can't say that I liked it much at this stage. I did wonder whether the vanilla I had been cautious of at first had come to the forefront of the product's fragrance but I can't say for sure whether this was the main culprit. I did find the sweetness in the Tart's scent became slightly too much for my own tastes, but it probably wouldn't prevent me from repurchasing the tart in the future. I have to admit I would be mindful about how long it was left to burn for however.
In terms of longevity, I thought the Pink Sands tart performed well, with the scent being evident for several hours after use, and the last traces of the scent even being detected in the room the following day.
The Pink Sands fragrance struck me as being ideal for a gift for a loved one. I think there is something within the fragrance to appeal to most tastes, as the fruity scents felt balanced with a slightly floral edge which I think made the scent quite versatile, certainly more so than some of the other scents I have tried before. I would say that my initial impressions were correct however, and this scent felt quite feminine whilst I was burning it. I'm not sure it is as 'unisex' as some of the other fragrances that I have used before, but this is of course down to personal choice and opinion.
All in all, I would recommend the Pink Sands fragrance from Yankee Candle and I did quite enjoy burning my Wax Tart... but only in smallish doses! The fruity scent contained within is surprisingly strong and whilst this is not necessarily a negative point, it did prove to be too strong for my own tastes with prolonged use. I would buy it again, and although it is not my favourite scent I thought it would make a lovely gift.
~ Yankee Candle - Pink Sands ~
Having purchased this fragrance over a month ago now I can honestly say that it is my utter most favourite fragrance ever!
I started off with the Yankee Candle tarts in this scent which were set as Fragrance of the Month in Clintons and this is how I came to buy it. At just 90p a tart I couldn't refuse and I bought two of these along with another two of different fragrances which I haven't got around to using yet.
A Yankee Candle tart is simply a tart shaped piece of fragranced wax, they are about the same size as a Jaffa cake although a bit thicker. They come wrapped in a stiff plastic wrapper which has a sticker on the top. This is quite easy to get into, I simply pierce it with the sharp point of a knife then it tears open very easily, once the wrapper is off you will see Yankee Candle Co stamped into the top of the tart.
The tarts will burn and give off scent for approximately 8 hours.
Today I went into Clintons to buy a few more of these tarts however they had sold out so I just simply had to make do with a medium sized jar instead! ;) (Not that I am complaining!!)
The jars are very traditional looking, they are of course glass and have a nice jar shape to them (if you know what I mean??), they have a heavy glass lid which fits the jar perfectly and this bears the Yankee Candle logo on the top. The jars are quite heavy as you may imagine with them being filled with wax, but they are also very pretty.
The Pink Sands jar is filled with a gorgeous pink wax and it looks very pretty.
On the front of the jar is a label detailing the brand, the fragrance and also a lovely picture, this one being of a blue water with a pink coloured sand in the middle.
There is a sticker underneath telling me what not to do and what to do and also that this should burn for 65 - 90 hours, which I think is more than a reasonable amount of time.
I have to admit I don't really get the name ' Pink Sands ' as it's not a scent I would associate with sand/beaches but it is a beautiful, gorgeous scent all the same.
So looking online I have found this ~
About the fragrance.
It's an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla.
When I first smelt this candle my immediate reaction was ' Watermelon and sweets ' I don't really know how to descibe it other than gorgeous. It's lovely and sweet and also rather exotic, now I am not usually one for anything that mentions vanilla as I don't like vanilla scents but I have to say that whilst I can't actually detect any hint of vanilla it has a smooth fragrance that I put down to the spicy vanilla being in there. It definately a more fruity scent rather than floral.
I adore this scent (if you haven't already guessed). It's not as strong as some of the others I have tried and whilst this will fill the room with the lovely scent I do also burn it in the bathroom in an oil burner so that the scent travels around the house nicely.
The scent of this is very clean and fresh and whenever I am burning this people always ask what the fab smell is. I had a rather lengthly discussion with my window cleaner just last week about it! And my Avon lady loves it!
It's a nice, gentle scent which whilst being mellow fills my house quite quickly.
Having now burnt both tarts and a candle I have to say that the tarts will allow the scent to be noticed more quickly but when the candle gets going it smells just as good.
With these you don't get any chemical like scent that I find sometimes with can airfresheners, it's just a beautiful natural scent.
The blend of scents in this particular fragrance work extremely well together.
By simply doing a quick Google search I have this fragrance available at ~
* House of Fraser
* Plus many more.
I have taken the prices from www.yankee.co.uk, this lists their prices plus the RRP. ~
* Large Jar - RRP £19.99 Yankee price £14.25
* Medium Jar - RRP £16.99 Yankee price £11.99
* Small Jar - RRP £8.39 Yankee price £5.99
* Large Tumbler - RRP £19.15 Yankee price £13.69
* Medium Tumbler - RRP £15.49 Yankee price £11.07
* Small Tumbler - RRP £9.95 Yankee price £7.09
* Sampler - RRP£1.80 Yankee price £1.32
* Tart - RRP£1.25 Yankee price £0.90
* Tea Lights - RRP £6.75 Yankee price £4.84
* Potpourri - RRP £9.25 Yankee price £8.99
* Reed Diffuser - RRP £10.99 Yankee price £8.25
The prices stated on Yankee.co.uk are very similar to how many other retailers have priced them.
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I love candles and have a full drawer dedicated to the passion. I had always looked longingly at Yankee but never actually purchased any until I was introduced to a sale where they were selling wax tarts and votive candles for silly cheap prices and I bought this "Pink Sands" wax tart for just 80p along with a range of other scents however as I have this burning at the moment I thought I'd review it.
*~* Cost And Availibilty *~*
I found this particular scent both instore and online in a variety of forms:
Wax Tart (8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 each)
Votive candle (15 hour duration, average price £1.75)
Lidded glass tumbler (35-45 hours duration, £8.99)
Small housewarmer jar candle (25-40 hours duration, £7.99)
Medium housewarmer jar candle (60-75 hours duration, £13.99)
Large housewarmer jar candle (100-150 hours duration, £17.99)
These prices are standard but during sales these can be found much cheaper. I paid just 60p for my votive candle. There are also a couple of websites you can purchase from, both www.yankee.co.uk and also www.yankeedoodle.co.uk have them available. As well as various stores, I personally have seen them in Clintons Cards so plenty of options.
*~* Packaging *~*
The wax tarts come almost like a cupcake case with the fluted edge and the narrow bottom fanning out to the wider top although the depth is around half a centimetre thick. The whole tart is wrapped in shrink wrapped plastic that is easy enough to remove with a sticker on the top detailing the name of the product and a sticker on the bottom detailing safety information while burning.
*~* The Tart Itself *~*
This has a very plain, pale, clean look to it with a pale pink colour. Once the film is removed there really isn't anything to distinguish it from the other white tarts Yankee offer. As this is a tart it does not have a wick but is a plain disk of wax which requires being placed within a tart burner and a tealight placed underneath to melt the was and release the fragrance.
The thing I like about the tarts is that they can be blended together with other fragrances to make your own aroma which is definitely a positive.
It is easy enough to break off just a section of the wax tart, I have 2 burners one holds the full tart but the other I found wax dripped all down the sides and into the underneath section which holds the tealight and generally created a big mess so when using this burner I use just half of the tart. I found it easy enough to break off and the only stipulation I found by doing this was that the scent wasn't as strong as when I used the full tart which is to be expected. I always find that I get much more than the recommended 8 hours of burn time. I only just got rid of one of the other tarts which had around 16 hours of burn time. I did find that the scent was a little less powerful than it had been to start with and it didn't travel as much but it was definitely detectable so these are incredible value for money.
*~* The Smell *~*
I found that even just having a sniff of the tart there was a strong scent delivered much more so once unwrapped. When walking past the unit where I keep my burner without burning I could still smell this tart albeit faintly but still there. This has notes of citrus, spicy vanilla and sweet florals. I can definitely detect the florals and the citrus notes with the spicy vanilla slightly in the background. Altogether they blend to make a very exotic scent that does have a spice to it. It's definitely a spring/summer fragrance that is a bit feminine I find.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this fragranced my home very well and rather strongly. It is not sweet or sickly more very fresh and summery feeling. I feel that this would be perfect in the winter when you crave the outdoors but it is just not possible to get out there in the sunshine.
I definitely noticed that the smell lasted a decent amount of time even after the tart was no longer burning which again is a plus. I would recommend this to people who enjoy fresh spring and summery scents. I'm not entirely sure why it's called "Pink Sands" but then again none of the names seem to make much sense.
*~* My Overall Opinion *~*
I love this tart, it is very summery and floral perfect for burning on summers evenings or in the winter when you want that feeling of the outdoors. I don't think it creates that 'exotic destination' scent it aims to, more a country British garden but however. It has a long burn time and really is pretty cheap. It is a well known brand that I know personally I can trust. These are widely available and the best thing about this is that when you purchase from Yankee online you earn decent loyalty points to spend on items of your choice!
The Pink Sands wax tart from Yankee Candle was a recent purchase I made when it was offered at a reduced price in my local Yankee stockist. Promoted as a 'fragrance of the month' and with a 25% reduction I paid just 90p for mine instead of the usual £1.20 that the wax tarts usually sell for and whilst I wasn't particularly taken by the name or design of this one I remembered it from a review I'd read and was willing to take a chance on it as it had a bright, fruity aroma emanating from the cellophane wrapper and I thought it might appeal.
Yankee describe the fragrance of Pink Sands as being an "exotic island escape with a beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet floral's and spicy vanilla" and having melted mine a few days ago I would pretty much agree with that description. It's a pleasing fragrance, quite subtle to begin with but builds a little in intensity at its peak and does provide just enough aroma to be noticeable, the vanilla seems to support the lighter floral middle notes and there are bright highlights of citrusy lemon and orange which gives it a breezy air. It's not a particularly strong scent I don't think and lacks the room-filling properties of some others in Yankee's range of wax tarts but it's pleasant enough if not terribly exciting. It certainly wasn't a favourite of mine I must admit, I found it a little too subtle for me really as I prefer the stronger scents that Yankee offer. Fruity floral fragrances aren't generally my 'thing' as I prefer the sweeter, fruity scents that really fill a room with a delicious fragrance, Pink Sands is rather understated really and would probably suit those who like subtle fragrances that linger gently in the background rather than dominate or draw too much attention. This is the second 'sand' fragrance that I haven't been taken with, Sea and Sand, another Yankee fragrance was a bit too dry for me and whilst I can see where Yankee are coming from with these fragrances as they want to evoke a feeling of summertime and holidays away they're a little too lacklustre for me and don't offer me enough fragrance. Saying that, there's nothing wrong with Pink Sands and for many it would hold great appeal but it wouldn't be one that I buy again in any of the more-expensive formats and probably wouldn't buy it again as a wax tart either.
The longevity of my wax tart was quite poor too which I found disappointing, wax tarts should last for around 8 hours before they lose their fragrance whereas Pink Sands had all but lost its scent whilst a second tea light was melting the wax, this meant that I got around 5 hours worth of fragrance from mine which is poor compared to others from Yankee and another reason why I wouldn't buy this one again.
All in all Pink Sands is nice but nothing special, it lacks the intensity of some others even in wax tart format so I can't imagine it would be stronger as a house warmer candle and definitely wouldn't be as a votive sampler. It's a Spring/Summer fragrance I think probably best suited to daytime use rather than on a night time and would probably suit all rooms in a home as it's unlikely to be too overpowering or induce a negative reaction. It was a bit too flat for me and lacked the interest of others so I wouldn't buy this one again although anyone who likes subtle floral fragrances highlighted by citrusy overtones may like this one more than I did.
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I am sure that a majority of people reading my review will of bought a Yankee candle at least once due to their popularity, but for those who have never heard of Yankee candles, they are simply a range of candles with a wide variety of both basic and unusual fragrances. The candles are made y Yankee, an american company and can be purchased in a varity of forms - samplers, votives, tealights, jars and wax tarts.
Yankee candles are hugely popular due to the high quality, burn time and unusual fragrances, most of which smell extremly realistic and they also smell strongly - every single Yankee candle I have tried so far since discovering the brand around one and a half years ago has been long lasting, good quality and worth the price, which in many cases is quite expensive, however I like that the candles come in wax tart form as these are cheap as chips and I usually buy them in bulk to try out new, different fragrances.
What is a wax tart?
A wax tart is a round disc of scented wax which very vaguely resembles a pastry tart, due to the scalloped edges. The wax tarts come in a wide range of scents and each fragrance has a different colour which reflects the scent - for example the mango scented one is orange, the cherry scented one is red and so on. The tarts do not have a wick, which may confuse a lot of people at first.
To burn the tart you will need a tart burner, any will do but it is worth noting that Yankee do sell their own branded burners. You need to place the wax tart in your tart burner and then place an unscented tea light directly underneath. The wax will start melting as the burner heats up. The tarts heat up very quickly, and the fragrance soon fills up the whole room.
Price and availability
Wax tarts are all priced at a very similar price, despite the scent - although there are a few 'popular' or 'rare' fragrances that retail at a slightly more expensive price. The average retail price of a wax tart is between around 90 pence and £1.20, so wax tarts are definietly a very inexpensive way of trying out a wide range of fragrances.
Yankee tarts are widely available and can be purchased in-store from shops such as card and gift shops (eg clintons and hallmark), homewear stores and so on. They are also widely available on the internet either via the official Yankee website or from sites such as Amazon, eBay and various other online retailers.
This fragrance is described by Yankee as 'an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla.'
I love Yankee Candles and get through them at a ridiculous pace! I have four dogs and cook most meals from scratch, so am very concious of any unpleasant 'wet dog' or 'old food' odours, and as a result I almost always have a candle burning - mainly in the evenings when I and my boyfriend are snuggled up watching a film or chatting. In the year and a half since I discovered Yankee candles, I have tried loads and have established what I like and what I don't.
This fragrance is one that I kept seeing in my local Clintons, but I kept avoiding it - it didn't really appeal to me at first, mainly because I was unaware of what it would actually smell like just from reading the label. After a read on the official Yankee candle website's description of it though I decided it was worth a try, and as it was priced at just 90 pence per tart, I ended up getting five in case it became a favourite of mine - if not, I planned to give them to my mum or a few friends.
The pink sands wax tart is a pleasant baby pink shade, which is a really feminine, summery pastel shade. The tart, like all of the wax tarts, came wrapped in a clear plastic wrapper and a label stating the branding and fragrance was included. This label also featured a small, basic picture of a beach with the tide coming in.
Once I had unwrapped the tart I placed it into my tart burner and placed a tealight underneath. A lot of people seem to cut their tarts into chunks, however I place mine into the burner whole. After around three-four minutes of lighting the tealight, the fresh, fruity scent became noticeable and it had soon filled the room. The scent is suprisingly foody and it's almost mouth wattering! It has a very natural fruity scent with no nasty chemical undertones.
The most prominant smell is lemon, with undertones of other citrus fruit - orange is easily distinguishable and I think that there's a faint undertone of grapefruit. The strawberry scent is noticeable but faint, and I think the smell of the grapefruit prevents the scent from been overlly sweet/sickly. The delicate floral undertone is lovely and really adds something to the scent, however I was unable to smell the vanilla.
This is a very feel-good, refreshing scent and I would say it's best for the warmer weather, as I personally prefer richer, comforting scents in the colder months. The fragrance lasts for ages. I burned my first tart for around three hours a night and even once the tealight was blown out, the fragrance would linger for a few hours. Each wax tart has an average burn time for eight hours, which I think is reasonable, considering how cheap they are. Overall, I really reccomend this tart due to the fun, refreshing, mouthwateringly fruity scent. 5/5 from me!
I have now become a little obsessed with Yankee Candles and have found I can spend at least half an hour in the shops just smelling these and deciding which one to buy.
My mum went shopping last week and a little independent shop had their fragrance of the week offer on which meant she was able to buy a tart for Pink Sands for around 80p.
*How to use*:
All you need to do is remove all the wrapping and place on to the top of an oil burner (in the bit where you would normally put the oil), light a tea light in the bottom as normal.
The tart then starts to melt which is when you start to smell the product.
Once the tea light has been extinguished, the tart hardens ready to be used again.
*Price and availability*:
The tarts are widely available for around £1.20, you can also buy them from EBay for this price with free postage.
Also in the same fragrance, Yankee also sell the tarts in multipacks and also sell sets of tea lights, tester candles, reed diffusers, large glass jar candles etc. Prices can range up to around £16 depending upon which product you buy.
I would say, this seems to be a little more subtle than the other fragrances I have purchased, however I sill would say it is quite noticeable and within 5 minutes of the tart starting to melt, I could smell.
Yankee say that It's an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla. I was la little concerned when I read this as I don't really like floral smells but to me, it doesn't smell very floral at all. The vanilla is quite dominant, which was great for me as I absolutely love vanilla, and there was also a fruity smell but I couldn't really put my finger on what exact fruit it was.
Although I probably would not have brought this myself, I am quite pleased with it and think I might purchase some more.
I would only give it 4 out of 5 stars as not quite strong enough for me.
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