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I have been waiting for a lovely warm day to burn my Sandalwood Vanilla Yankee Tart and yesterday was the perfect day. Yankee "Sandalwood Vanilla" tart comes wrapped in clear plastic packaging, the creamy tart can clearly be seen inside. A circular sticker on the front gives the brand and product name along with a photo of some shells and flowers on a beautiful beach. Another sticker on the back gives general information including warnings. Although I am relatively new to Yankee Tarts, I am already beginning to see a trend in their obscure names such as "Natures Paintbrush" and "River Valley" I have found it is sometimes a little difficult to know what the tart will actually smell like. No such problems here, with the name "sandalwood Vanilla" I knew exactly what to expect and so approached the burning of this tart with much excitement and anticipation, as these are two of my favourite fragrances. It was easy enough to remove the tart from its packaging with a pair of scissors and on doing so I was met with a light airy fragrance, the sandalwood was immediately apparent with a hint of vanilla too. I snapped the tart in two and placed half into my Yankee burner with a tea light ready and waiting underneath. It didn't take long for the tart to melt into a clear fragrant pool and soon my sitting room was filled with the beautiful aroma. Unlike the other tarts I have so far tried, Sandalwood and Vanilla did not manage to fill the surrounding rooms, it lingered in the sitting room where I was burning it. I think this is simply due to the fact that this is a rather subtle light fragrance. I burned the first half of the tart for most of the morning and its delicate aroma could still be detected hours after the tea light had been extinguished. By Late afternoon the fragrance began to fade and so I couldn't resist burning the last half well into the evening. I found Sandalwood Vanilla tart to be perfect for such a sunny morning, yet it worked just as well as the evening turned muggy. It kept the house feeling fresh and airy with its sweet Luxurious fragrance. This is a beautiful tart to burn on a lazy summers day to give a inviting, warming cosy feeling to the home, I found it incredibly relaxing. 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. I was pretty sad when the fragrance disappeared altogether but I really feel I got my moneys worth out of this one. Removal of the used tart from the burner was extremely easy, I simply tipped the "plate" upside down and it slid out of place, a quick wipe over and my Yankee burner was ready for its next tart. Clearly I loved Yankee"Sandalwood Vanilla" and will definitely be buying it again. I received this Yankee Tart as part of a bundle I ordered from Amazon, which contained a total of ten Yankee Tarts costing £10.25 (plus postage). "Sandalwood Vanilla" can be purchased separately for approximately £1.20 from various retailers (including Amazon) and from Yankee.co.uk.
*~*Introduction and reason for purchase*~* I've mentioned in previous reviews of a similar nature that I enjoy making my home smell fragrant with scented candles. I've always been a fan of such items from the likes of Glade etc but last year I discovered the wonderful world of Yankee candles through reading such glowing reviews. Although I've always favoured the candle form, since buying my first wax tart I haven't looked back since. For anyone that has been living under a rock for the past few years and isn't aware what a wax tart is it's basically a wick less candle in a circular disc shape which is melted to give off it's aroma, which tends to be more intensified than that of a candle. A few weeks ago I bought a mixed batch of wax tarts from an Ebay store and amongst them was this fragrance - Sandalwood Vanilla. Having recently burned this, my review will now focus on this particular fragranced wax tart.. *~*How Yankee describe this*~* "...Yankee Candle Sandalwood Vanilla Wax Tart- Pure indulgence the luxurious warmth of fine aromatic sandalwood and rich, comforting vanilla..." *~*Price, packaging & availability*~* Yankee products such as wax tarts and candles can be found in certain card and gift shops though it's best to check if they stock them before making a visit. I have found a stockist quite close to my home which is a Hallmark card factory shop and though it doesn't always have Yankee products in stock around 70% of the time it does as they sell off 'old stock' at reasonable prices (sometimes as low as 60p each). I tend to purchase in bulk though from Ebay when I have funds sitting in my paypal account and find the average RRP per wax tart is around the £1.20 mark though if bought in bundles often you get 1 or 2 thrown in for free. The wax tarts are 22g in weight and give an average of 8 hours burning time. The wax tart, like the majority of other Yankee wax tarts, comes presented in a sealed plastic wrapper. The wrapper is transparent so the colour of the tart is always visible, and on the front is normally a circular sticker depicting an image associated with which ever fragrance has been picked. The Sandalwood Vanilla shows what appears to be sea shells and a lily on some kind of twisted reads - if I didn't know what the fragrance already was due to the logo I'm afraid the picture alone wouldn't give much indication as to what it was supposed to be in this instance. *~*My experience and thoughts*~* As this was part of a 'mystery' mixed bundle of wax tarts I had no idea which fragrances I would receive. I've ordered mixed bundles from the same Ebay store in the past and have always been satisfied with the choices, and in this particular batch I received several fragrances that I'd been wanting to try for a while but simply not gotten around to purchasing. I saw this in amongst the other wax tarts and decided to save it until last as the faint hint of aroma it gave off whilst still encased within it's wrapper was very alluring so kept it until a few days ago as it seemed to give off such a delicious aroma. On opening the (quite difficult) cellophane style wrapper I was greeted with the same fragrance but it was really intensified and to be honest quite potent. I decided to cut it in half and melt a small amount as it had such a strong aroma and I thought it may be too overpowering to burn all in one go. I've found that using just half gives the same strength anyway but makes the wax tart last far longer as the other half can be burned on another separate occasion. On placing the cream coloured wax disc into the centre of my burner I found that the scent once again grew far stronger as soon as it started to melt. The wax started to pool inside the centre of the disc within a few minutes of the heat activating it and this is when I noticed the overpowering musky aroma. At first I found the sandalwood amalgamated perfectly giving a musky undertone with a sweet top note from the vanilla and though strong it was really quite captivating. I found that around the 10 minute mark though the sandalwood took over completely, drowning out any remaining hint of vanilla, and became quite nauseating to the point it induced an immediate headache and I had extinguish the flame of the tea light there and then. *~*Results and recommendations*~* I found that despite only burning this fragranced wax tart for 10 minutes in total on the first occasion the aroma till remained for at least one hour after the candle being blown out. As mentioned before in similar reviews I tend to keep my burner on the window sill in my kitchen as a) it's the safest place in the house as it's out of reach from my children/ not likely to get knocked over and b) the kitchen is the most central room in my small cottage meaning any aromas filter through to the rest of my rooms equally. I wasn't overly fond of this Sandalwood Vanilla fragrance once it was being burned as it's simply too strong - for my tastes anyway. It's not that it gives off a horrible aroma as it doesn't, it's a rich and creamy scent that is really quite opulent, it's simply far too overpowering even in small doses. I've since used the remainder of the wax tart up and found it did start to wane in strength after the 2 1/2/ 3 hour mark but even so I had to burn for periods of no longer than 1 hour at a time as it's strength was just too much. The scent lingered in each room for up to 3/4 of an hour after using and was stronger in my kitchen where it was based and did help to eliminate any nasty odours caused by cooking. I prefer much 'cleaner' crisper scents if used for this reason but I can't deny it did help to freshen up my kitchen area after cooking some cabbage on one occasion (bubble and squeak seemed a good idea at the time). The overall fragrance this leaves is a warm and comforting one which suits the darker evenings and cooler weather but I found myself only liking the aroma once the wax tart had nearly come to an end. I would say it gave at least 5 to 6 hours worth of burning time in my home (that's both pieces) and whilst the scent it left in it's wake was warming in a seductive manner the initial blast of strength I had to endure each time to get it to that point leaves me with a decision of would I therefor recommend it? I would say if you are a fan of strong musky type aromas then by all means give it a try. I found it just too strong unfortunately and I don't think it's worth enduring a headache each time when I can simply buy a softer version in another fragrance. Middle of the road score of 3/5.
I recently brought a 22oz sandal vanilla candle on-line, i ill'advisedly brought it online so i didnt smell it before it arrived. i love Yankee candles anyway so i expected a lot from it because of my previous experiences with them. the label at the bottom predicts it will take 110 hours to 150 hours to burn half way down , fair value . Its a fairly weak smell, it couldn't fill the whole room. The vanilla would suggest a light smell but the little i could smell was a bit striking, like vanilla essence i guess. i didn't like the smell much, differs from person to person though. It gets into the back of my throat as well which isnt great. Also i needed it for my bedroom which has dark walls, the smell and look of the candle didn't suit it at all, im not great at interior design so probably some fault there but the picture on the front of beads and sea shells looked out of place and a bit off. Not all that pretty! The best advice would be to go to a store and brose so you know the smells, even if your planning on buying online. I wouldn't buy this candle over others.
I bought the Yankee Candle Sandalwood Vanilla wax tart in the sale. I will admit I couldn't really smell this much through the wrapper, but I really like the smell of sandalwood so was keen to give it a try anyway. ==Scent== The smell of this candle is lovely. Sandalwood is often used as a base note in perfumes, so I was confident that it would blend well with the vanilla, which it did. The sandalwood gives an earthy, woody tone, but the vanilla sweetens the scent up, making it softer and taking the masculine edge of it. ==Using it== The Sandalwood Vanilla scent is available in several formats. As well as the wax tart I purchased, you can also buy a votive candle, a housewarmer jar, tumbler or scented tea lights. I'll be honest, I went for the wax tart because they are the cheapest option and using them gives me an affordable way of trying out a range of scents. For those unfamiliar with the concept of a wax tart, they are just discs of wickless wax which should be melted in a tart burner. The tart burners cost from £5 upwards and are similar to an oil burner with space for a tea light in the base and a bowl on top in which to place your tart. Burning it releases the scent into the room and each one gives up to eight hours of fragrance. If you don't want to use it all at once, you can burn for a few hours and re-melt at a later date. I'd had the Sandalwood Vanilla fragrance melting on the table beside me for around 15 minutes before I could smell the scent of it in the air. I've found a few of the Yankee Candles can be very strong and 'in your face' but this one, in contrast, was very subtle. The scent was only really apparent within the immediate area that the candle was burning - it didn't really seem to fill the room and it certainly didn't travel to neighbouring rooms. The smell when burning was similar to how it smelled when in solid form. I really liked the fragrance, I felt the sweetness of the vanilla contrasted well with the woody tones of the sandalwood and it was a pleasant scent, well suited to home fragrances. Of course, the only problem was that it was a little too weak and I couldn't smell it very well. ==Price/Burn Times== I did find that the candle gave the recommended eight hours of fragrance, so in that respect I do feel the wax tart was of good quality, especially as I only paid around 80p for it in the sale. I realise not everyone will be a fan of the wax tarts and may wish to purchase other formats, so I have included a list of approximate prices and burn times below. Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10 Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60 Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45 Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45 Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45 I buy mine from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk online or Collectables and Clinton's Cards on the high street. ==Conclusion== I did like Sandalwood Vanilla despite the fact the fragrance wasn't as strong as I was expecting. If you do want a strong fragrance, or are planning on burning this in a large room, then perhaps it's not the scent for you. If you're looking for a subtle and pleasant fragrance that will linger gently in the background, then yes, I would recommend you give this a try.
History Yankee candles were created by Mike Kittredge in in 1969 when he melted down some crayons to make his mother a candle as he couldn't afford a present for her, after selling the candle he had made he bought more wax and made more candles thus creating the Yankee Candle. The Range There are over 100 varieties of Yankee Candle at any time with new ones frequently being released and aimed at events such as Christmas. There are numerous different sizes you can buy in Yankee Candles (information from yankee.co.uk) Wax Tartlets - £1.20 - 8 hours burning time Tea Lights - £6.45 for 12 - 4-6 hours burning time Sampler - £1.75 - 15 hours burning time Small Jars - £7.99 - 25-40 hours burning time Medium Jars - £15.99 - 65-90 hours burning time Large Jars - £18.99 - 110-150 hours burning time Small Tumbler - £9.45 - 35-45 hours burning time Medium Tumbler - £14.75 - 45-50 hours burning time Large Tumbler - £18.25 - 70-90 hours burning time I like the fact that the range provides for any price range so that everyone is able to join in the craze of Yankee Candles and personally like to have a lot of variety so buy the wax tartlets. My Latest Buy I buy my Yankee Candles from a little shop in our village which sells allsorts of pretty looking and smelling items, surprisingly for a little shop she doesn't mark the prices up and I can get a wax tartlet for £1.15 so slightly under the RRP and she often has sales on too. On my last trip I picked up three new tartlets to try one of which being Sandalwood Vanilla, I was attracted by the sweet smell of vanilla which smells more natural than other oils and candles do. The description From the website I found that this candle is part of the fresh collection and is described as being a rich sweet perfume of Sandalwood with Vanilla. The Look The wax tartlet is white in colour and the white has a pearly look to it which I found attractive and reminded me of glistening snow. The tart itself is about 2 inches in diameter of solid wax without a wick and has fluted edges just like a jam tart would have with the base having a slightly less diameter than the top. The tart is wrapped in plastic sealed at both ends and there is a little rectangular sticker on the front with the name Yankee Candle on it along with the name of the fragrance and a picture of wooden beads, a flower and some shells. I like the fact that with shiny gold accents around the picture it makes you feel this is not a cheap product but one of high quality. On the rear of the Tartlet there is a circular white sticker which has some warnings on it but rather than in words there are 8 little pictures on the sticker the ones of which I can work out are not to use in a frying pan (that makes me laugh), don't use with a plug in burner, don't leave a naked flame, don't use near a window, keep candles 10cms apart and keep away from pets and children. Using the Tartlet When I first bought this Tartlet I had placed it on the windowsill and forgot it was there for a while and then a sweet smell started drifting around the room which had me confused for a while until I realised that while myself and my eleven month old had been playing she had knocked the tartlet onto the radiator and when I had boosted the heating the smell had started dispersing even though it was still wrapped. It was lovely getting the scent from the product without actually melting it although I think it may have started melting soon after if I hadn't noticed. To use the Tartlet properly you simply place in an oil burner or similar and place a lit tealight underneath (unscented one of course) and within around ten minutes you will find a pool of wax and the smell drifts gently around whilst getting stronger over time. The pool of wax looks less pearly than it did when it was set, once the tea light was blown out the wax will again set but in the shape of the oil burner rather than it's original shape. My opinion I love Yankee Candles and have only found one fragrance that I wasn't so keen on (may be my next review) I like this fragrance and find that although it is sweet it isn't to a sickly point. I personally can only really smell Vanilla rather than the Sandalwood but maybe it's the mix of the two that make the smell more muted than other Vanilla fragrances I have encountered. The Tartlets do live up to the promise and easily last 8 hours if not more with some of the stronger fragrances and I love coming downstairs the morning after burning them the night before and still being able to smell the fragrance rather than the usual dog smell that greets me on a morning. I feel that these are great value and I think I will stick with buying this option as I think I would get bored of the same fragrance all the time if I bought one of the larger candles. I would recommend this fragrance and it is one that I will buy again once I have managed to try the rest of the range (may take a while).
Yankee Sandalwood Vanilla Tart I am a recent convert to the Yankee candle fad and as such I am going mad buying any I see. This one is my favourite to date. I bought this from the Yankee candle shop in the Westfield centre in Derby as I was walking passed it called me in with its wonderful Yankee candle display. They were not especially cheap but as they were so very lovely looking and smelled wonderful I bought myself two at the price of £1.10 per tart. Over the years I have had a number of scented candles as I do like the wonderful scents that fill my rooms but I can't ever remember buying one of these tarts before the last couple of months when Ii have gone crazy for them. Having read so many reviews on Ciao and Dooyoo about the tarts I was well aware that they had no wick and gave off their scent by being melted in a burner with a tea light candle underneath. Yankee Candles the company originated in the USA. But have quickly become a household name over here . They offer a huge range of home fragrance products from sprays, reed diffusers through to all kinds of shapes and sizes of scented candles. They are often found in garden centres and gift shops so it is a case of keeping your eyes open. We do actually have a big Yankee Candle shop in the Westfield Centre in Derby and despite the fact that I rarely go in there as I find them very expensive I did buy this one from there. It is also worth noting that www.yankeedoodle.co.uk often has them at discounted prices if you want to order a few. I had to cut the very tightly sealed plastic wrap from the outside then as I took the tart out I had a good sniff. It smelled quite wonderfully evocative of Indian temples with the gorgeous sandalwood scent within. The vanilla creaminess blended so beautifully that I would happily wear this as a scent on me. This little tart is one of the plain white ones so not so exciting to look at and on the front is a picture of sandalwood necklaces, a vanilla flower and some shells. An exotic photo evocative of India and islands in the India Ocean. I popped the tart onto my brand new burner and I put a lighted tea light underneath and waited. The tart began to melt quite quickly and then the scent began to fill the room. As the tart melted the scent became stronger and now there was definitely a wonderfully Indian smell reminiscent of shops selling sandalwood souvenirs, sandalwood joss sticks and it just took me right back to our Honeymoon in India. It is a warm, cosy comforting scent as the vanilla adds a creaminess to the woody sandalwood scent. As I said this is my second or third tart experience and so far I am impressed. I put this one in the room we sit in next to the kitchen on the windowsill as ours is a tiled sill so there is no danger of the heat burning anything through the burner. Even though tea lights have the wax safely within their aluminium foils they can still create a massive amount of heat that will damage furniture as I discovered to my cost when I got scorch marks on a wooden table. I now put my burners either on the tiled surfaces or on a couple of drink mats that are heat proof just in case. Another thing to be wary of is that you should NOT ever move a burner with melted wax as they are very hot and melted wax can cause nasty burns on skin or melted wax spilling can also cause wax stain damage or burns on carpets and other furnishings. Always put any burners out of the reach of children and never leave them in rooms unattended as candles can obviously cause fires. Someone I know put a tea light on their TV and left it, it melted the TV top and fell into the inside and set their room on fire so please be VERY careful they are to be treated as mini fires. Having given all the dire warnings I am a big fan of candles and especially the scented ones as they give off lovely fragrances and also add atmosphere to a room with gentle flames flickering in their containers. They are a lovely addition to a room's ambience but just need to be treated with good sense. I am absolutely delighted with this fragrance it is my sort of scent. I can sit in the room and close my eyes and imagine I am in an Indian temple or wearing my sandal wood beads as they keep their scent for years. The scent does not knock you out with its strength but it was plenty strong enough to fill the room with its aroma. Thank you Yankee candles for this lovely scented tart, I will certainly be buying this one again as it smells so wonderfully warm and exotic. This will be one that I will buy over and over again as it is just perfect in my view. Yankee has this fragrance in a variety of forms but not as many as some other fragrances Wax Tart - lasts 8 hour duration costs 90p to £1-05 each. Votive or sampler candle lasts 15 hour duration costs £1-75 to £2 Small house warmer jar candle lasts about 25-40 hours costs about £7-99 Medium house warmer jar candle lasts about 60-75 hours and costs about £13-99 Large house warmer jar candle which lasts about 100-150 hours and costs about £17-99 Sometimes different scents are offered in other formats as well so if you are really interested in this scent then go onto the Yankee candle website and see the many different possibilities you can choose from The prices do vary from store to store so it does pay to look around if you are lucky enough to have more than one shop that sells them or try on line. Personally I think the little tarts give you a great trial of the scent, if you really like it then you may choose to get a candle which last longer. The only thing I find is that once the candle has burned down a bit it doesn't really look as nice as the wax is up the edges and it just looks tatty. With these little tarts once they have done their job you just remove the wax from the burner. A tip I have learned from Nar on here to put them in the freezer then the wax pops out easily - so thanks Nar for that it is a really handy tip. Then you just throw the wax away. If you were really into crafty stuff you could melt them and make your own candles if you saved them up and bought some wicks from a craft shop. I might even give that a try and let you know how they work! Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name. ©Catsholiday
Launched in the UK a couple of months ago for 2010, the premium scented candle company, Yankee Candle brought out yet another scented candle to complement the long standing and often thought provoking "Sandalwood," that smells strongly of the wood as well as a strong reminder of Cussons' "Imperial Leather" soap. The company however have been savvy in offering something slightly different which is a general aspect of Yankee Candle, but as usual when I was shopping for more "Wedding Day," wax tarts for stocking filler gifts, I mistakenly picked up the same white coloured disc and realised what the scent was when I got it home! It was certainly not "Wedding Day," even though the white coloured disc is similar to the latter candle and the label on the front was something I completely failed to look at despite a marked difference between lilies sitting on a table compared to shards of what looks like sandalwood shavings sitting on a cloud of vanilla pod twisted reeds (or perhaps it is vanilla shards on a bed of sandalwood!) all the while the only recognisable similarity is the gold lettering of the company's name sitting on top of the label with the name of the scent at the bottom of the picture. As with all Yankee Candle wax tarts, you won't ever find a wick in this candle even though it isn't a candle per se that sits in a scented candle cabinet or range. For the purpose of burning you'll need a deep set potpourri oil burner that also uses a tealight candle, or if you're lucky enough already and a fan of burning oils, an electric burner with a removable plate on top. The clear wrapper is fairly easy to get into if you use the back of a dinner knife (I have a default one that is pretty blunt) with a thin edge to get behind the back of the candle where the base wrapper is. Sliding the knife under this usually pierces the base of the wrapper and thanks to the wax tart's fluted edges means the wrapper is fairly easy to rip off without making the candle crumble. If the candle has been ordered online then sometimes due to the packaging or transit, the wax tart will crumble. Best to unwrap it over the oil burner so that you don't waste any of the hard wax before it melts down into a hot scented and steaming oil. If you smell the base of the candle before you put it into the hot oil burner, then you can usually find out what the candle will smell of when burning. However when I tried this, all I could smell was a sweet caramel or toffee base tone, which, more or less tells the story behind spicy and refreshing sandalwood mixed with sweet vanilla. The story isn't different when the candle starts to pervade the home. At first for example the top tone that comes off this candle is strong, peppery sandalwood. It is just the same scent strength that besets the problem with the headache- inducing beige original Sandalwood candle that Yankee Candle also sell that comes across as heady, strong and overpowering. The slight difference here is that it is slightly ever so more refreshing due to a secretive menthol edge that acts as the middle tone and sweet vanilla oils that give the candle a triple freshening aspect. The problem is that whilst the scent is quite masculine in its approach despite the use or promise of sweet vanilla, the additive used here is less of the awfully strong "French Vanilla," scented candle but more of the same vanilla that can be found in many of Yankee Candle's Christmas scents where applicable. However the "secret" menthol doesn't stay along for long. The menthol aspect seems to be a very small hint at the start of the candle that only comes across bit by bit if the candle burns for a few hours making it far more effective at clearing out kitchen pongs of burnt food, tobacco and strong odours that stick around in rooms. Refreshing is more of an aspect for this candle rather than one to relax to as a result, even if sandalwood by trade often has a relaxing attribute when used as an essential oil. In heated rooms and left when doors are closed over for example, I find that Sandalwood Vanilla is too strong and often brings on a mild headache because of its strong body. This is because there appears to be too much vanilla added which seems to thrive more when used in heated rooms with closed doors whilst the menthol comes alive in colder areas. It is indeed an overpowering candle but seems to work better with a little more respite in colder rooms or with a window open. Even when halving another tart of this scent in another room makes for a very heavy scented experience unless the room gets a chance to air, thus wasting the candle's potential to scent a room unaided by fresh air! As with most Yankee Candles, this scent is available in a myriad of different formats and the cheapest being the wax tart scented forms at an average pricing of 90p to £1-20. Other formats exist such as: Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p each.) Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2) Small housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £7-99) Medium housewarmer jar candle (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £13-99) Medium 2 wick tumbler (12.5 oz 45-50 hours duration, £12-99) Large housewarmer jar candle (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £17-99) Large 2 wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £16-99) Lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99) Car tab housewarmer jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99) Car air vent gel pack (4-6 weeks duration £2-85, 3 pack additional at £5-98) Car Pump 'n' Go clip on air vent freshener (4-6 weeks, £7-20) Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99) On-The-Go Travel scented air freshener pen (limited edition) (£5-99, 65 sprays duration, contains odour eliminator additive.) Plug In Scent (£5-99 4-6 weeks duration, 2 capsules per box, also fits old Air Wick plugs.) Plug In Plug and "free" scent starter (£14-99, 4-6 weeks duration, also fits old Air Wick plugs.) Reed Diffuser (limited edition) (£11-99/£13-99 8fl. oz, 12 reeds 4-6 weeks duration.) Although the scented wax tarts have a short burning duration, the beauty of these types is that you can simply stop using the scented oil by waiting for the burner to cool down and then placing it into the fridge for half an hour or a minimum of 15 minutes in the freezer. Then tipping the oil burner over, the scented wax disc easily falls out (or may need a slight jiffy with a knife to get it out) before either changing it (by smelling the base if it is still has scent, then there's still life in it) or disposing of it if the scent is either not to your liking or it has already been used up. I've managed with some scents to get almost a month's fragrance out of them and in this scent's case, the scent dies out after a two week duration if burnt every day for a couple of hours. No surprise then that whilst it is heavy laden with triple oils: it isn't as long lasting as other Yankee Candles wax tarts I've bought. Thus, the problem with Sandalwood Vanilla is that it is too strong for its own good but if you can stomach wood, sweetness and a hint of mint, then this scent may well be appropriate for you. The strength of Sandalwood combined with the vanilla sometimes comes across effective but at other times both are two strong for each other leaving whatever menthol is contained in the oil behind to do very little. With its changing ability to either become too potent in different temperature regulated rooms and an instable quality that can induce headaches because of its strength, this isn't a candle that I will envisage ever buying again and if purchasing again, will take heed to actually look at the label rather than being a typical man and going only for the colour, assuming it's a scent that I actually wanted! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2010 www.yankeecandle.co.uk