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I absolutely love Yankee products and one of my very favourite things to buy are the Yankee Candle Wax Tarts which cost me about £1.25 a tart usually and I get them from my local Clinton Card shop or from a shop on Weston Super Mare Pier, both of which stock loads of different fragrances in not only the tarts but also in the candles too. This one is one I am actually burning in my living room now and it was actually on offer in Clintons for only 50p when I bought it which I thought was a lovely little bargain. The Wax Tart: It is a light beighy coloured lump of round wax with fluted edges to it and it comes tightly wrapped in see-through plastic and on the top of which there is a sunset scene and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by then on the base of the tart another label is shown and on that we are told a few do's and dont's, the size is stated and contact details for Yankee are given. The Tart: All you do with a wax tart is pop it in an oil burner and light a tealight under it. A wax tart usually gives about 8 hours of home fragrance and it goes to a transparent liquid when it gets hot thus releasing the scent then when the tealight burns out or you put it out the wax hardens back up to be used again in the future till its all gone. The scent of this is earthy and quite strong and that of Sandalwood really with a slight floral scent to it. It isn't a harsh fragrance to which I was expecting it to be however it is really fragrant and fragrances my whole flat with a warm tone and I find it a really relaxing scent. When I put the tealight out or it burns out the fragrance lingers in my home a good few hours which is a nice benefit to it! Although I like it I do personally prefer slightly sweeter fragrances and this for me is a little to earthy really but if you like the scent of this when you smell it in the wrapper you'll more than likely like it on! Available from a variety pf places including Yankee directly, Google if interested too. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
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 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. Another clever way to try out some of the fragrances is to purchase a small 'sampler' candle, such as the one shown in the Dooyoo picture above. 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 £7.50 - £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 @ April 2012) * I was delighted to notice a small selection of Yankee Candles in the 'Small Glass Jar' format were reduced in price when I was browsing in a local (independent) gift shop recently. Whilst the usual price for the Small Jars in this particular shop is £8, I noticed that the discounted candles were on offer for only £5.50, a price that I thought offered great value for money. I ended up buying four of the discounted glass jars, one of which was the "Sandalwood" fragrance. The "Small Glass Jar" is made of sturdy, thick glass which seems fairly robust, although I believe the slightly 'tapered' edges and rim of the glass at the top are not as thick as the rest of the jar and will shatter and break if the candle is dropped. The jar can of course become quite warm after your candle has been burning for a significant period of time, so care should be taken when extinguishing the flame. There is a sturdy lid on the top of the jar which has a sort of 'stopper' design, by way of a rubber seal and I find that this acts very well at holding the precious fragrances in my Yankee Candle Jars. I believe that some people use the upturned lid as an extinguisher 'tool' to put out the flame on the candle, but I have never done this myself as I believe it would make the glass turn black. The jars themselves, incidentally, never suffer from black staining as a result of the candles being burned within them. The Yankee Candles always have an attractive-looking label attached to the outside of the glass jar, or onto the cellophane wrapper and in the case of the Sandalwood Jar, this image depicts a sort of 'beach island' scene, complete with cloudy sunset. Also, the Yankee candles are usually colour-coordinated to match their respective fragrances, and the Sandalwood candle is a very attractive colour which reminds me of golden sand, although it is fair to say there is a sort of gold tone evident too. I thought that the candle smelled very pleasant before it was lit, reminding me of a sort of soapy fragrance but with a kind of floral tone within it. It occurred to me too that the fragrance smelled very feminine, and I was eager to light it and discover the scents contained within. I found that this particular offering from the Yankee range was not nearly as 'robust' as some of the others that I am more familiar with. In actual fact, I found that it really took a little time for the fragrance to get going, and after a good half hour I was only able to catch a very faint whiff of aroma, which I thought was a bit disappointing. After an hour or so however, I found that the fragrance took a better grip and it seemed to develop a rather 'earthy' undertone, a delicious foundation for the woody and slight spice to rest upon. The combination of these scents seemed to melt together in a luxurious scent, to my mind at least. The product's aroma really felt to me as if it was something of a luxury product, and I found the scent was quite a calming one, making it ideal for burning before bedtime. I thought there was a definite sort of 'relaxing' quality to this candle's scent and I found it very pleasant to smell in my sitting room. Whilst the 'woody' and slightly earthy fragrance of the candle did seem to remind me of soap or something similar, it didn't strike me as being overly feminine, which is what I had first anticipated. The scent seemed to be quite understated too, which is what I had expected given the time taken for the fragrance to develop, so this meant that I found the fragrance was contained to the room in which the candle had been burned. The ability for the scent to travel into another room, or even out into the hallway was just not an option with this particular candle, such was its subtleness. This isn't necessarily a negative point for me however, as the stronger scents can prove to be too much for my own tastes on occasion. In terms of the longevity of the fragrance, I did find that it was evident for several hours after the candle had been extinguished, but it seemed to 'fade' during this time until it became so dull that it could hardly be detected. Neither was there any trace of the fragrant aroma the following day. Overall, I thought the Sandalwood Yankee Candle jar offered a pleasant enough fragrance, but the scent is not one that had become a firm favourite, and I am therefore unsure if I would purchase it again. I have not been left overly disappointed with the product however, and think it is deserving of four stars in the product rating, with one being removed to reflect the lack of 'depth' in the candle's fragrance that I have come to expect with the Yankee range.
===What is it?=== Yankee Candle's Sandalwood votive (or sampler as they are commonly known as) is a short, squat candle that has fragrance infused into its wax, generally a votive has a burning time of around 15 hours and Yankee is a renowned company famous for its authentic true-to-life aromas. Votives are an inexpensive way of fragrancing a home and Yankee have a huge range of products available with plenty of choices to suit both your mood and wallet. I generally buy the wax tart variants of Yankee products as I find that they act as a good introduction to the fragrance on offer and at around a pound each they're not expensive however this Sandalwood votive was included in a recent multi-buy purchase I made and whilst I did enjoy the scent it provided it wouldn't be a product I recommend, not in this format anyway. ===Sandalwood Votive=== I had an idea that I would like the smell of this Sandalwood sampler even before I lit it, many of the aftershaves and fragrances I own have base notes of Sandalwood and I tend to be drawn to heavy and woody scents. In it's wrapper there is no discernible smell to this votive, its rather muted mottled beigey/brown colouring didn't give much away and the illustrated sticker depicting a foreign seascape and sunset, whilst pretty, didn't really give me any clues as to what it was going to smell like. I hoped for something rich and heavy in terms of its aroma and I imagined that this was going to provide a fragrance which would have filled my room with a exotic and heady mix of scents. Placing the votive into a votive holder and lighting the wick allowed the candle to start burning and after a few minutes there was a subtle yet spicy aroma emanating from the molten wax which caught my attention. My first impressions were good, I could detect vanilla which I always think is a nice, sweet smell and mixed into it were warm, spicy notes which added a real depth of fragrance. The woodiness of Sandalwood wasn't that apparent at first but as the votive began to release more of its fragrance I could detect an 'earthiness' which seemed to compliment the sweetness of the vanilla and the warmth of the spices. Together the fragrances mixed well and provided a deep and heady combination which I did like and the scent did permeate around my room nicely. As a fragrance I enjoyed 'Sandalwood' as I expected I would, however what let this particular purchase down for me was the fact that longevity wise the votive had very little life and whilst Yankee do claim that votives burn for 15 hours this does not mean that they provide 15 hours worth of fragrance. Disappointingly I only managed to get around 5 hours worth of fragrance from my single votive and I was definitely left wanting more. As a candle it's very pretty and does what you would expect a candle to do however its fragrance infusion is rather poor and nowhere near the intensity of what you could expect to receive if you bought a wax tart. This has been a recent realisation to me, I thought the votives would offer better value for money but in all honesty they are disappointing if you buy them specifically for their fragrance, which is the main reason I buy Yankee products in the first place as I prefer using them to proprietary air fresheners or other artificial products . In wax tart format I imagine that Sandalwood would be a fragrance that has great staying power and will be a variation I try in the future, as far as the votive version of this one is concerned I really wouldn't bother unless you are buying it specifically for the fact it's a candle and are using it to create a nice atmosphere in your home. I do think that any of the Sandalwood variants (wax tart, Housewarmer candle etc) are perhaps better suited to the Autumnal months as it is quite a rich and heavy scent although if it was burned on a warm Summers evening it would create a welcoming and evocative mood and would be one to settle down to and enjoy. ===Conclusion=== Votives tend to retail for around £1.60 each but are often available in multi-buy offers on various websites on the internet. I bought mine in a BOGOF offer along with a few other YC products and on the whole have been disappointed with every votive I have tried. Offline these along with a wide range of other Yankee Candles are available instore at places such as B&Q and Clinton Cards and tend to feature in larger garden centres too. Personally I wouldn't recommend the Sandalwood votive to anyone who is looking for something that has any great longevity, try it but in wax tart format would be advice as they offer far better value for money and last a heck of a lot longer. 3 stars from me, lovely scent but once again let down by its format. Thanks for reading my review. Please note that this also appears on ciao under my username.