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I love love LOVE this scent. It is easily my favourite of Yankee's releases in the last year or so. I love that it is a sweet smell, with a light almond undertone and smells just like freshly baked cake with sweet cream cheese buttercream. I burned this tart five times before the smell started to dissipate, which is great for a yankee melt. It looks lovely when it burns as it is such a lovely red colour, and is perfect for cosy winter nights in with a roaring fire. I burned this over Christmas and it made a perfect festive scent for my living room - although the smell was easily discernible from the kitchen and even upstairs. It burns well and evenly in the tart burner, although a good tea light helps with this. The only thing I would mention, however, is that this scent is VERY sweet, so if you do not enjoy sweet smells this one is not for you.
=Yankee Candle Red Velvet Tart=
This Yankee Tart was from the Autumn 2012 range from Yankee, there were other fragrances released at the same time, including the Chamomile Tea, Honey and Spice, Blissful Autumn.
=Red Velvet Tart=
I do love the Yankee tarts and most evenings your find one being melted away for my chill out time
The tarts are packaged in a shrink wrap, with the front sticker showing the product and the back sticker has the care information, how to use and contact instructions.
=Price and Availability=
These can be brought from online retailers such as Yankee, eBay, Amazon, and in store, from Clinton cards, B+Q, gift shops, a lot of retailers are now stocking the range. On average a tart is £1.25 to buy.
The colour of the tart is a very dramatic bright red, and it looks amazing. In America a Red velvet is a Devil's food cake that has had red food colouring,
A tart is estimated to give about 8 hours of burn time, I always break my tarts in half so I get double the pleasure (or pain in some flavours!)
As soon as the wax started to melt in the oil burner, I was in love, the scent was just beautiful, it reminds me of cake baking but more the chocolate and vanilla, but with tones of treacle and deep brown sugar, even an exotic hint of Rum just comes to mind.
This is a sweet smell, and almost more suited to a sweet tooth, but for me, I could have this smell on a regular basis, as it was not only the smell of cakes without the calories, but a great smell.
=My burning time=
I usually make half last 3 to 4 nights, as I like the fragrance to chill out to and relax.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this tart, as it is like having a cake baking in the oven but without all the hard word.
Tarts - 22grams burn time of 8 hours around £1 to £1.50
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
WHAT IS IT?
Red Velvet is a wax tart from Yankee Candle. It is a beautiful red colour and was made to capture the smell of Red Velvet cup cakes.
I ordered my Red Velvet wax tart from online because I could not find it anywhere in the shops. My favourite Yankee Candle fragrances are the creamy cake ones so I presumed I would like Red Velvet, it is very disappointing for me though because I do not think it smells very nice. It has got a strong vanilla fragrance but even though I like vanilla very much it smells very strange when I burn this wax tart. I do not like that it is very sweet and it makes the air feel sickly to breath, the fragrance is too heavy also and the strength and sweet smell makes me feel sick. It lasts for a long time after the small candle that I place in my burner and it never loses the high amount of sweetness, I have burned mine only for 3 hours and now I have put it to one side for my sister because I can not stand the smell.
WHAT I THINK
I do not like Red Velvet one little bit. It is too sickly and it does not have a pleasing fragrance. I like very sweet fragrances when I buy Yankee Candle wax tarts but this one is too strong and it does not smell like cakes, it is just very sweet and has got a horrible sweet spicy smell that lasts in the air for too long.
I think that if you like this fragrance then this is a very good wax tart because it is so strong that it can be smelled all over the home. I like the colour of the wax when it has melted because it is glossy and red but the smell is not one I like so I can not burn it for the entire 8 hours because it does make me feel sick. My sister likes it because she visited while it was burning and said that even though she did not think it smelled of cup cakes she still thinks it is delicious, I think she will be glad to receive my partially used wax tart because there is still a lot of fragrance in it.
The Red Velvet wax tart costs £1.20 but I would say only to buy it if you like very strong sweet fragrances. It does not smell the same when it is burning to how it does in the wrapper so you need to take a risk and try it to see if you like the smell.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
Keeping my home smelling nice is very important to me and my favourite way to do this is by using scented candles or wax tarts. I love the way the atmosphere can be changed depending on the fragrance of scented wax. It can create a bright fresh clean feel to a room or a warm cosy romantic atmosphere.
I have recently been trying some new fragrances from Yankee, one of which is Red Velvet, usually preferring floral scents this isn't the sort of fragrance I would usually go for but the name Red Velvet sounded so nice and smooth I decided to give it a go.
Wax Tarts are simple little discs of oily wax without a wick, they measure approximately 6cm's x 1.5cm's and cost round about £1.00 - £1.20 depending on where you buy them from. They have a fluted edge and do look just like a little tart. In my opinion Yankee make the best wax tarts and these are the ones I always use.
The tarts come wrapped tightly in clear cellophane allowing you to see the mottled rich red wax, the wax tart has a label stuck to the front which shows a small picture which always depicts the name of the tart. Red Velvet shows a delicious looking chocolate cupcake topped with white swirly frosting and red sprinkles.
You can usually get a good idea of what the wax tart is going to smell by just by smelling the wrapper, handy of you are in a shop and not too sure if you like the sound if it.
Yankees official description of this is:-
"A most decadent creation of creamy frosting atop moist cake and a touch of brown sugar. So very sweet".
To use a wax tart you do need an oil burner and an unscented tea light, its just a case of popping the unwrapped wax tart into the burner and lighting the tea light below it so it melts the wax tart. Once lit it doesn't take long before the oily wax is starting to melt and the fragrance filters around the room.
As soon as the fragrance of Red Velvet starts to develop its straight away very sweet, there are hints of chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar all mingled together, it smells delicious. I personally like stronger smells when it comes to scented wax as long as they are not too overpowering and Red Velvet certainly fits this category. I would most certainly use this in the daytime, its definitely not the sort of fragrance I would use for the evenings.
My home is open plan and after about an hour I can smell the wax tart all over my house, upstairs and down.
I always melt my wax tarts for a couple of hours at a time, I find the fragrance lingers for a long while after the wax has solidified and this in my opinion is the best way to get the best value from the tart, I could even still smell this faintly the next morning. Yankee state their wax tarts will give you up to 8 hours fragrance and I agree. I just leave the set wax in the burner dish ready to re melt the next day. Once the wax has run out of fragrance I leave it to set then remove the wax from the dish.
You can melt the wax tarts whole, break them in half or even mix them to create your own fragrances. Personally I don't mix mine I just melt the tart whole without mixing fragrances, in my opinion Yankee mix the fragrances perfectly well and I cant really think of any other wax tart I would want to mix with this one.
Yankee wax tarts can be found in many independent shops and also some major department stores as well as many online stores such as Amazon UK and Yankee Direct. They are great value for money and a lovely way to fragrance your home for a small amount of money.
I didn't dislike this wax tart, it was pleasant enough and if you like sweet sugary fragrances around your home then I would definitely recommend trying Red Velvet, if like me you prefer something more heady and floral then this probably wont be for you.
I bought this wax tarts months ago now, and finally lit it a few days ago. And I have to say .... I am totally undecided on it!
I bought this as part of a bulk order of wax tarts on ebay, so this cost me around £1. But this is widely available online for around £1.25, which I think is a good price for these wax tarts as you do tend to get a lot of burning time from them.
Yankee describes this wax tart as: "A most decadent creation of creamy frosting atop moist cake and touch of brown sugar. So very Sweet!" So I was hoping for something sweet, that would give the smell of baking around the house!
As with all tarts, this came shrink-wrapped and inside you could see the tart was a light red shade. Smelling this through the wrapper, I was a bit unsure of what to make of it. The scent was sweet, yet there was much more to it. It was this uncertainty that stopped me lighting this straight away!
But finally I got round to giving it a go. It didn't take long for the scent of this to start to fill the room once the tealight was lit underneath, and it is a fragrance I just can;t quite put my finger on. It has notes of vanilla and it definitely does remind me of baking, but there is a hint of spice to it too. And it is, all at the same time, very sweet indeed! This is probably one of the most intense Yankee tarts I have tried - it is hard to escape the scent of this once it is lit. And one minute I like it, but the next I am just not so sure!
Love and hate
Looking at other reviews, people seem to either love or hate this tart, but I have to say I am somewhere right in the middle. I definitely don't hate it - in fact I think the scent is quite nice and I like the sweet vanilla side of the fragrance. But I don't love it either - it is just a bit too odd and difficult to define, and a touch too full on for me! Incidentally, my husband (who I assumed would dislike this one) really likes it! So it is one that is always going to divide people I think. But I very much doubt I would buy it again, as there are so many tarts that I prefer to this one!
Strangely, just by seeing the picture of this, I can smell it in my mind - thankfully, this is a good thing!
The Red Velvet Yankee Candle Tart is stronger than some of the other fragrances, I like this. Some people may find it overpowering and may prefer some of their "fresh" fragrances.
One of my favourite things about all of Yankee Candles is that they last ages! They burn or melt for hours and continuously give out the fragrance throughout this time - other candles either do not burn for a long time or they will stop giving out much of a smell after the first ten minutes or so, Yankee does neither and you can enjoy the fragrance for hours and hours.
The tart comes in an air tight seal to prevent the scent escaping and to prevent any crumbs escaping before the sale - this way you can ensure that all tarts will be exactly the same each time. It doesn't matter if some pieces break off as you will be melting it on your burner anyway.
My main criticism of this Tart and the rest of the Yankee Candle range is the huge price tag their products have
Whenever I think of fragrancing my home I have a favourite way to do so! I don't buy aerosols and the likes very often and after reading so many positive reviews about Yankee I also climbed on the bandwagon many months ago now and got with it and started using stuff from the range.
Yankee give to us home fragrancing in the way of wax tarts to which you can burn in oil burners, candles in various sizes even car air fresheners...there really are many different ways to get into their fragrances plus absolutely loads of different scents to pick from, I never get bored anyway and usually never buy the same one twice!
My favourite way of using Yankee products is to buy the wax tarts. They give me between 8-10 hours worth of fragrance usually and cost around £1.25 a tart and I've bought them from Amazon.co.uk, at a garden centre, a couple from Asda and usually in a shop on Weston Super Mare Pier!
This one I spotted on the pier that stock quite a selection of Yankee wax tarts at £1.25 each and this was one of my choices as I hadn't tried it before and I uite simply loved the colour of it.
These come packaged simply and in a see-through plastic wrapper that is simple enough to peel off and on the front of it we are told what it is and who it is by and there is a picture of a lovely looking cupcake on there and on the back of it there are diagrams showing how to and how not to use it and contact details for Yankee are given and so on.
The tart is a lovely rich red colour and kind of mottled in that colour and to use one of these you can split it in half for smaller oil burners or use it whole and burn a tealight underneath and it releases the scent by melting the wax to which this one goes a transparent red colour when hot.
I hated the fragrance of this one though as its really foody and really terribly sweet. It has a fragrance of chocolate and vanilla to it in the main and is really syrupy with a burnt sort of brown sugar smell to it. Its rich, heady and is sickening and that fragrance was apparent almost from the moment I lit the tealight and as so strong I could smell it hours later even though I had burnt it only a short amount of time. Even my friends came home and asked was that awful smell was and I admit I never lit it again....I allowed the wax to harden and scraped it out the best I could because I hated it that much so I can't tell you how long this 22g of wax would have lasted me all I can tell you is that I don't like it sadly and its the first time with anything Yankee I have given up and refused to use it!
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Every few weeks I decide I must order some new Yankee tarts despite having a fair few sat in the cupboard under the TV unopened and a lot more partially burned! About a month or two ago the Yankee need struck and I ended up buying around 5 tarts from eBay. One I was keen to try was Red Velvet. I am a huge cupcake fan and I loved the dark deep red colour and I expected a sort of baking cake/fruity sort of smell.
When the tarts all arrived this was the first one I tried because I was rather excited! It is a dark red in colour but it is sort of speckly rather than a solid colour. It looks ok but in all honesty I wasn't overwhelmed by the beautiful colour like I am sometimes!
Taking it out of its shrink wrap I was greeted by a strong aroma. I find it really hard to describe the scent. It is a sort of musty, very heavy cakey sort of smell. I cannot detect any 'frosting' scent as is promised by Yankee. At this point I was quite determined I wasn't fond of the scent however I thought that it might either dull down a little once burning or I may become a bit more used to it and be able to appreciate the strong aromas.
I popped the tart in my burner, popped an unscented tea light underneath and waited for the tart to begin to melt. It began melting nicely as I've found with all Yankee tarts but the scent was not pleasant. It is such a heavy sort of cloudy scent and it is a very weird smell as it is not at all like a cupcake in my opinion which is usually a fresh light scent instead I suppose it could be described as a very heavy sort of burnt cake smell!
I burned the tart again a couple of evenings ago to see if I was just overreacting last time and again my living room was filled with a heavy foggy scent which really wasn't very nice. I think Red Velvet has the potential to be a nice scent but it needs to be so much lighter. It is a nice deep red colour when melted but it is just too heavy and strong for me. I did think this would be a nice smelling tart but I'm afraid its too overpowering for me and has no real 'red velvet' scent. Therefore, I wont be buying this one again unless the scent is lightened up a bit.
I want to rate it 2.5 stars but as I cant I will round it up to 3, otherwise I feel a bit harsh!
I recently placed an order for ten Yankee Candle wax tarts just to see what all the fuss was about and am currently working my way through them. I ordered mine from Ebay were the number of different scents was quite overwhelming and so I had ten picked for me randomly so I could sample a wide range of different scents. One of the tarts I received was this Red Velvet scented one which, after giving it a quick sniff through the plastic packaging, I was very excited about burning!
Red velvet comes in a number of different forms and the scent is available in a medium jar candle, medium tumbler candle, large tumbler candle, regular tumbler, small jar candle, large jar candle, tea lights and this wax tart which I shall be reviewing.
Yankee wax tarts are circular, 'flower' shaped chunks of wax which have no wick. To burn these you simply pop them in a tart or oil burner and light a tea light underneath, as the flame from the tea light melts the tart above a fragrance will be released. Wax tarts have a burn time of approx eight hours so you can burn them over more than one tea light.
The Red Velvet tart comes tightly packed in a plastic covering which contains a sticker on top. The sticker shows the Yankee Candle logo along with the scent name and a picture of a mouth watering cupcake with chocolate sponge and an ample amount of vanilla frosting. The tart is a lovely deep red colour.
Even through the packaging the sweetness of this tart is strong. Its rich sugary scent with a hint of vanilla does smell rather like cupcakes and is just lovely. When melting, however, it gets so much better.
It takes about ten minutes for the scent to start drifting through the room and when it does you're in for a real treat! The sweetness of the brown sugar is always the main scent to this one but the rich vanilla is always detectable too. After a while a slightly spicy cinnamon scent is let out and these three scents combined make a beautiful cake like fragrance which is perfect for those who have a sweet tooth like me!
The scent, I think, has the perfect strength to it too. Although I'm a big fan of these types of scents I do find them to sometimes be too strong and overpowering and even sometimes headache inducing. Yankee got this one just right though. The fragrance is always detectable and really hits you when you enter the room it is burned in and can even be detected from other rooms in my house too. But I can still sit in a room with this burning without thinking it's too strong. The sweetness never becomes sickly sweet and actually just makes me feel hungry! When the tea light has gone out this lovely fragrance lingers in the air of the room for a good five or six hours too.
This is a really nice winter scent in my opinion and is one of those which makes a house feel more like a home. I really love this and, although this is only the second fragrance I have tried in the Yankee Candle range I can tell it's going to take something pretty special to beat this one!
As a member of a number of online survey panels I am frequently asked how close I would feel to a brand if it came to life and whether I would get on with them. Well, in the case of the American Company Yankee Candles I love them and would consider them to be a very close friend. My passion for Yankee Candles began approximately twelve years ago after my sister introduced me to the Satsuma fragrance, which has long since been continued. However, my love of the brand has continued to grow where I have tried a huge selection of their range where I generally tend to opt for the 22g circular fluted wax tarts. Ever since I purchased my first home many years ago, I have been a fan of home fragrancing, particularly as scents can create the perfect ambience whether it is uplifting or comforting and relaxing. I have so many favourites, which I use on different occasions with this review discussing Red Velvet.
I must admit that I wasn't too keen on trying out this tart and it isn't a fragrance I would have purchased for myself, particularly as the scent permeating through the transparent plastic wrapper was very sweet. However, as I received it as a present for my birthday last month from a friend who is fully aware of my passion for Yankee Candles, I felt it rude not to, particularly as she was eager to know what I thought. The colourful image on the wrapper is very tempting with a mouth watering cupcake adorned with a creamy frosty topping. As the name would suggest, the candle wax is of a beautiful red and as with all of my tarts I snapped Red Velvet into a few pieces and placed one of them into the bowl of my oil burner and positioned a tea light below.
As the wax began to heat it melted into a pool and the aroma started to filter around my room where I was able to recognise the sweetness of chocolate. Whilst I adore eating chocolate I found its aroma in the form of a candle a little too sweet for me, particularly as it was very rich and I could also detect vanilla, which is an aroma that I cannot bear. I'm not a fan of food fragrances and whilst I will often bake cakes and enjoy the smell when they're cooking, I need to rapidly eradicate the aroma by using the freshness offered by a candle. I preserved with the candle tart for a short while longer, but I found the sweetness a little sickly, particular when the brown sugar swirled into recognition, which reminded of the familiar fairground sweet candyfloss aroma, which is another fragrance I cannot bear.
Despite the wax delivering a delicate hint of spice, which is something I favour, I found the overall scent overpowering and as a result, I blew out the tea light long before it would have naturally distinguished. As one would learn to expect from Yankee Candle, the aroma lasted for a good while afterwards and I felt that I could smell it the following morning, so if you favour the aroma of chocolate and vanilla, then this is definitely one for you. Unfortunately, this is not for me and as a result, I cannot make a recommendation.
Red Velvet is available in a variety of formats from all good Yankee Candle stockists with the wax tart, which I have reviewed, costing in the region of £1.20 - £1.30.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
~~~ Yankee Candle Co ~~~
The star of this review is a Tart, A circular disc of highly fragranced wax, which is instantly recognisable by its fluted edges and scent even when it's sealed. Upon opening the plastic coating you will notice that the words 'Yankee Candle Co' embossed into the flat top, denoting it's long heritage. This is not true to all tarts though, and I think it is more widely seen on the newer fragrances.
Red Velvet has been the tart of the day in my household (I have a vast collection). This comes from the Autumn 2012 range of Yankee Candle fragrances, along with Blissful Autumn, Chamomile Tea, and Honey and Spice. These have no wick to light, and instead are melted using a tart burner with a lit candle underneath. The heat from underneath makes them melt, and it's at this point that it releases its wonderful aroma's.
I am not loyal to any particular scent from Yankee, and tend to fluctuate between the delicate and the stronger scents that Yankee supply. My absolute favourites though are either Fruity or Foodie. The choice is vast and I can always find something that will suit my mood. Red Velvet is a type of cake, and as such falls into the latter category.
~~~ Red Velvet Cake ~~~
A Red Velvet cake is very dramatic looking, with its bright red colour that is usually offset by a creamy white frosting. There are many theories as to its origin, and most say that it originates from South America. We do know that it has been a favourite for decades in the States, and is quickly becoming one here too, hence the fact that Yankee brought this candle to our shores.
Red Velvet is really a Devil's Food Cake that has red food colouring added to give it its deep rich colour. John Mariani, the Author of "The Dictionary of American Food and Drink" tells us that the name 'Devil's Food Cake' is so called "because it is supposedly so rich and delicious that it must, to a moralist, be somewhat sinful.
~~~ The Tart ~~~
Red Velvet melts quickly and transforms into a transparent blood red liquid. The scent starts to waft and fill the room with a rich, deep, chocolatey scent. It isn't long before it wafts around and fills the house. I prefer these tarts as the 'throw' of the scent is so much quicker than that of a candle, and longer lasting too I feel. This is a much more natural scent than other brands of chocolate or vanilla candles, and as such is far less artificial and not headache inducing.
The fragrance is strong but not overpowering, it's rich and intoxicating. You can smell not only fresh chocolate and vanilla, but so too a warming hint of treacle and brown sugar, with a touch of spice. It's a deep scent and it almost envelopes you like a hug from an old friend. You might think that this could be a sickly sweet combination but no, they have captured the essence of the cake perfectly, and the scent of it cooking wafts around my home.
These tarts usually cost around the £1.20 mark and are widely available. I bought mine from the local garden centre in their gift department. Look around though, as you may see them cheaper; if you do, snap them up, they're a bargain.
~~~ Burning Times ~~~
Yankee tarts burn for around eight hours; and it's certainly true for this one. I may even be so bold as to say mine has lasted a little longer than that. Towards the end of its life it fades gently until its not recognisable anymore. You may at this point still be left with a little wax though.
I feel that the Red Velvet fragranced tart has been a huge success and one that will most definitely be top of my list to repurchase. Its long lasting fragrancing and depth of scent means that this is quite an economical tart to buy. Normally I would break my tart in half and use the remainder on separate occasion; but with this I feel I could easily get away with breaking it into three, though four might be stretching it somewhat. The tarts can be broken quite easily, as the tart is formed from compressed tiny beads of wax.
~~~ In Summary ~~~
I am passionate about all the varieties of Yankee Candle products, but my favourite are the tarts. Red Velvet has a wonderfully evocative aroma, perfect for crisp autumn evenings cuddled on the sofa with the curtains drawn. I highly recommend it, and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.
Many thanks for reading my review. I hope this has been of some use to you.
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Red Velvet is a new Autumn '12 fragrance from Yankee Candles and is currently available in all of the wax formats. As usual for me and my Yankee habit I tend to buy the wax tarts rather than the more expensive glass jarred candles as they're inexpensive at around £1.20 depending on where you buy them from and they give me the opportunity to experience a fragrance that is new to me without having to spend too much money.
Wax tarts generally have a life span of giving off an aroma for around 8 hours, this can vary though depending on the fragrance with some of the more subtle scents coming in under this whereas the stronger ones can often exceed that and last upwards of 10 or more hours. A wax tart is a solid piece of fragrance-infused wax which is designed to be melted on a tart burner by means of a lit tea light and can be an excellent introduction to Yankee Candles and the products and fragrances on offer.
Red Velvet is a current new release and when I first saw the selection available for the 3rd quarter of 2012 I was unimpressed as a lot of the fragrances seemed to be floral based rather than fruity or sweet ones. I often mention in my Yankee reviews that I tend to favour the sweet-smelling candles and wax tarts that Yankee produce and tend to steer clear of the florals as they don't really suit me or my own tastes. It was only on closer inspection of the wrapper that I realised that Red Velvet was in fact a sweet fragrance given the depiction of an indulgent-looking cake and deciding to take a chance on something new I bought one to try.
As shown in the supplied product image Red Velvet is dark, blood red in appearance and is described by Yankee as being "A most decadent creation of creamy frosting atop moist cake and a touch of brown sugar. So very sweet!" and as usual I would say that Yankee have pretty much got this one's description spot on. It takes around 10-15 minutes for the wax to start melting once it's in place on a tart burner and once it starts releasing its aroma it quickly builds in to being a room-filling freshly baked scent that is absolutely delicious.
Yankee produce a number of 'cake' and 'cookie' fragrances and I would say that Red Velvet is up amongst the best that they do. It's deliciously sweet with Sugary highlights that give the fragrance some depth and the brown sugar inclusion gives it an edge that reminded me of one of their old fragrances that they brought out in a limited edition (funnily enough, it was called "Brown Sugar" from the Spoonful of Sugar range). Unlike the old Brown Sugar fragrance that I found to be a bit flat and boring in Red Velvet it's supported by other layers of fragrance that makes it a lot more interesting, Vanilla is detectable which forms the basis of a lot of Yankee fragrances and there are definite Creamy elements that give the whole thing an all round richness and overall I'd say that Red Velvet is fast becoming another firm favourite of mine.
I got around 9 hours of fragrance from my single wax tart and had mine burning on an evening time for a few nights so would say that the £1.20 I spent on it made it exceptional value for money. This is one that will definitely appeal to those who like the sweet/baking fragrances that Yankee produce and as I'm already a fan of these types of fragrances this one definitely appealed to me. It is slightly reminiscent of Christmas Cookie and Cupcake but given how it's supposed to smell this is to be expected, unlike the festive-seasonally named ones that appear in the shops during the Winter months just in time for Christmas I'd say that Red Velvet has perhaps been marketed and produced to be available all year round and will become one that I buy on a regular basis.
Definitely recommended as far as I'm concerned and five stars as a rating.
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Yankee Candle originated in the USA. They specialise in offer gorgeous, scented candles and other treats for the home.
Red Velvet is an Autumn 2012 release from Yankee alongside Chamomile Tea, Blissful Autumn and Honey and Spice. Like other Yankee scents on offer, it is available in various formats including housewarmer jars, tumblers, wax tarts and samplers. For the purpose of this review, I will be discussing the wax tart.
The Red Velvet wax tart is a beautiful red colour and is shrink wrapped. The label adorning the packaging illustrates a delicious looking cupcake, piled high with creamy frosting. A wax tart, for those unfamiliar with Yankee Candle, is a disc of scented wax. It should be melted in an appropriate tart burner. A 22g tart is said to offer at least 8 hours of scent and a tart can be re-used until the scent disappears.
Yankee Candle describe Red Velvet as...
'A most decadent creation of creamy frosting atop moist cake and a touch of brown sugar. So very sweet!'
~Price and Availability~
With this being a new release, this tart is widely available from Yankee stockists. Expect to pay around £1.00-£1.25 per tart. Stockists include eBay, www.yankeescents4.com and www.yankeecandle.co.uk.
I recently replenished my stock box of Yankee wax tarts and purchased several including all 4 of the new Autumn scents. I adore Yankee Candle and the tarts are my preferred method of sampling the various scents they have to offer. I usually bulk buy and pick my own selection.
I was excited about trying out Red Velvet the most so when my delivery arrived, I decided that this would be my first conquest. I melt wax tarts most evenings and occasionally during the day. I chose to melt Red Velvet in the evening. I removed the tart from its wrapper and took a moment to indulge in the delicious, solid wax in my hand. I could tell that this would be a winner with myself - a sweet addict. Within 10 minutes of lighting the first tealight, the tart had melted to form a pool of festive looking red wax.
I absolutely adore sweet scents and Red Velvet was no exception. Yankee have tried to capture the delights of a red velvet cake (or cupcake) with this scent and I am pleased to confirm that they have done a fantastic job at creating this delicious, authentic scent! The initial scent of Red Velvet (before it starts to melt), reminds me of Vanilla Cupcake and Christmas Cookie that Yankee also offer. As it melts, it reveals its own characteristics which make it highly appealing.
Red Velvet is beautifully layered and has the perfect strength. The strength builds up for the first 30 minutes or so and gradually floats around my living room and out in to the hallway. My fiance could detect the scent, albeit in a subtler way, in our bedroom. The scent evens itself out and hangs in the air without being overpowering or sickly in any way. The scent remains consistent whilst in melted form and is noticeable for an hour or so after the tealight goes out.
If you love sweet scents around your home then this is definitely for you! I am currently on a diet so have to get my cupcake fix some how - Yankee to the rescue! Perfectly cakey and moist, Red Velvet offers a little bit of scent heaven. It brings that fresh baked, cupcake aroma to the living area and is tantalisingly fragrant without the calories. The overiding scent is the general cupcake aroma but it is joined with a whisper of cocoa powder and decandently topped with a rich, creamy vanilla frosting which is to die for.
The overall scent is in no way synthetic at all and is such a homely, flavoursome aroma which never fails to make me smile - it is a feelgood aroma but very cosy and inviting. If I sit near to my tart burner, I can detect the brown sugar and does add a generous depth to the scent. The brown sugar also sets Red Velvet apart from the other cakey scents that Yankee offer.
Overall, I witnessed around 12 hours of mouthwatering aroma from my wax tart. I was very impressed with the quality and general aroma of the scent. It does give my home a warm and inviting ambience which I appreciate and is well worth the cost. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the wax tart and I plan on purchasing the housewarmer jar soon.
Thanks for reading :)