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I was lucky enough to receive a Yankee Tart Burner and some wax tarts to use with it for my birthday. One of the tarts I got was Plumeria, I had never tried this one before so eager to use it. Yankee wax tarts are small discs of scented oily wax about the size of a mince pie. They have no wick and are designed to be melted in a tart or oil burner. I always think they have a slightly oily feel to them, different to regular candle wax. Yankee sell their tarts for approximately £1.00 give or take a few pence depending on were you get them from and sometimes how many you buy. They are sold wrapped tightly in a clear polythene which enables you to smell them before you buy. Obviously you don't get the full fragrance but you can usually smell enough to get a rough idea on what the tart will be like. All the tarts have a label on the front picturing the fragrance, in the case of this one it's a Plumeria flower. This particular tart is pink in colour. As I said to use a wax tart you need a burner, the tart needs to be placed in the dish or bowl on the burner, you then light a tea light to melt it and sit back and wait for your room to fill with fragrance. Yankee wax tarts melt quite quickly and in about 10miuets the fragrance will start to fill the room. The Plumeria tart was no exception, as the wax started to melt the room filled a beautiful floral scent. It has a tropical feel to it as you would expect with Plumeria flowers coming Hawaii. This particular tart also contains jasmine, tuberose and had a citrus element as well. I did think with the jasmine this one might be slightly heady but it isn't, its just a beautiful tropical floral fragrance that will give your home a lovely warm relaxed atmosphere. Having an open plan house means smells creep round the whole house, this isn't so good when its cooking smells but with something like this its lovely to smell it throughout the house. Each tart is said to give 8 hours worth of fragrance, I would, on the whole agree with this although I have never actually tried to have one on the go for 8 hours straight. When the tea light goes out or you blow it out the wax will solidify and you can either leave it in the burner ready for next time or take it out and store in a container if you like to use different ones each time. I will definitely buy this tart again, it was light and summery. I always recommend Yankee products particularly their wax tarts, they give 8 hours of lovely fragrance to your home. You can mix tarts together to create your own smell, I have personally never done this as I feel they don't need to be mixed but that's just my opinion. I also keep wax tarts in my linen cupboard. You get a nice waft of fragrance every time you open the door. If you like your home to smell nice then give Yankee Wax Tarts a try.
I'm a little bit obsessed with Yankee Candles! I have tried loads of different fragrances now and I can't resist buying more...it's like I have no self control when it comes to these candles! One fragrance I really wanted to try was the Plumeria, which I think was only released around a year ago. I remember when I bought it I was finding it hard to choose between this and the Dune Grass but eventually opted for the Dune Grass. It was only recently that I finally got round to buying the Plumeria, although I only bought it in the form of a wax tart rather than splashing the cash on one of the large jars. Yankee Candle are an American company which I think you could probably have guessed from the name! I first heard of them on QVC, but it wasn't until I actually got to smell them in a shop that I realised just how lovely they were and have been buying them ever since. There candles come in many forms, the most popular and recognisable being the jars, which can cost between £7 and £18 depending on which size you choose. Although I've had quite a few of the jars obviously they can be quite costly and I prefer to try lots of different scents than stick to the same one all the time. This is where the tarts are perfect. I should explain the concept of a Yankee Candle tart before I go further. What you get is a round disc of fragranced wax with a fluted edge which makes it look a bit like a jam tart (although I'd assume it's not quite so tasty!). It doesn't have a wick as it's not actually a candle. To use it you need to put it in a tart burner. This is something similar to a oil burner. Yankee sell a wide range of them with varying prices depending on the design. I have a relatively plain one and it only cost £5 or £6 so they can be picked up very cheaply. You place your tart in the top, then light a tea light candle underneath which will melt the wax and fill your room with fragrance in the same way a scented candle would. The tarts are sometimes known as wax pot pourri which I think is a pretty good way of describing them. The plumeria tart is a baby pink colour and the label features plumeria flowers, which are perhaps better known as frangipani flowers. I must admit that this was not a scent I really knew before buying this tart, so I can't really comment on how authentic or true to life the fragrance is, but I will say that I have found pretty much every single other Yankee Candle to smell pretty true to the scent it is representing, so I've no reason to think this is any different. The Plumeria tart has quite a strong floral fragrance. To me it smells a bit like jasmine in that it's a little bit heady (and I can see similarities to the Yankee Midnight Jasmine fragrance) but it's a bit sweeter and a bit more flowery if that makes sense. In fact I also think that in a way there seems to be a very faint rose smell to it too. It's a really nice scent, but as it's so floral it's very feminine and probably one that the girls would enjoy more than the boys. I found the scent of this started to filter around the room after only around 10 minutes and the scent was strong but not overly intense or heady. I have found a couple of the scents have been sickly and too strong, and given that this was quite intense before it was melted I was worried this would be the same, but thankfully it was fine. One advantage of buying the tarts over the candles is that the wax only melts it doesn't have a wick to burn so you get a cleaner scent. I found the scent of this filled the entire room, and even when the tealight underneath had gone out and the wax tart solidified, I could still smell it lingering in the air. The tarts weigh 22g and you will get around 8 hours of fragrance from each one. Even if you only use them for a couple of hours you can remove them from the tart burner and re-melt at a later date. You can even 'cocktail' them by breaking into pieces and mixing with other wax tarts to create your own customised fragrance. My tip for removing them from the tart burner is to wait until the wax has cooled, pop in the freezer for 10 min and they will slide out easily. These Yankee tarts cost just £1 each from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk. Yankee candles are available in some high street stores but not many. I've seen the bigger ones in Debenhams and House of Fraser, but I get my tarts from Collectables which is a shop that sells ornaments and I think is only based in the North East. Overall, I really liked this particular fragrance and I would use it again. It's strong and fragranced the whole room without being too heavy or sickly smelling. It's a lovely floral scent and I'd highly recommend it.