“ Brand: Yankee Candle / Type: Scented Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
I think my Yankee bubble has burst. I've found a Yankee scent that I can't wax lyrical (excuse the pun!) about. I want to like it, I want to love it, but after scorching lots of nostril hairs whilst stood over the thing sniffing like a drug addict extra from an episode of The Bill, I can't say that there is much smell to this scent from Yankee. There are a few positives though, and I'll try to expand on these below.
For those that don't know, Yankee make candles, tarts and reed diffusers all with scents made from natural ingredients. This particular review is about the tart version of Siberian Silver Fir. A tart is a wax block which melts and releases its scent when placed in a tart burner - a bit like an oil burner but with a deeper well to contain the melted wax. When all the scent has gone, you will be left with a wax disc - these can just be thrown away when there's no more smell emitting from them.
This particular scent has hints of pine tree and a fresh outdoors smell - lots of fresh air and a touch of ozone which reminded me of the Sparkling Snow Yankee scent. The pine also brought to mind clean wooden floors - I do like a shiny piece of laminate! It's a very refreshing smell, don't be tricked into thinking it might be like some of their other wintry / christmas scents that are full of heavy warm spices. It certainly woke me up when sniffed just out of the wrapper. The only problem is, it's not very strong when melted and doesn't fill the room like all of the other scents I have tried to date have. It would make a good sock drawer scenter, but to be honest a sprig of lavender picked from the garden would do the same job for free.
Also, I've got issues with the 8hr claim from Yankee - normally their tarts still give off a noticeable scent long after the 8hrs that they say they will, but with this one I couldn't tell after about an hour on entering the room that the tart was being melted. If you get up very close to it you can detect it, but it's weaker than Reading FC's defence - a big shame as I do like the scent, it's just not strong at all.
In defence of the scent, it is possible that the tart we had was old and therefore may have lost its scent - I have looked on the Yankee website and this scent is no longer sold so that could be a possible explanation. It is available as a small candle on a website called Yankeescents4u.com and also as a tart on ebay - expect to pay around £7.50 for the candle and about a pound for a tart off ebay.
For its lack of strength, I can't give the full five stars and instead award a very average 3 stars.
When I first heard the name Siberian Silver Fir, I thought it was a breed of dog! Of course though its fir, not fur and the name refers to a species of tree and also my latest Yankee Candle wax tart. I bought this one online, knowing nothing about it really, but being tempted by the fact that it had been reduced in price.
When my little wax tart arrived, I was greeted by plain white wax decorated with a label featuring a snowy looking forest of, you've guessed it, Siberian silver fir trees. It all looked very wintery, but what I didn't realise at the time, was that this particular candle is actually from Yankee Candle's Christmas collection. Still, I personally don't think the scent is one that is only suitable for the Christmas period, although in all honesty it would probably have been more suited to the winter months, rather than August which is when I burned mine.
The scent of the candle in the wrapper seemed pleasant - it smelled a bit like pine mixed with perfume. Probably not the best description, but like I say, I felt it smelled pleasant. When I actually unwrapped it and had a proper sniff, I wasn't quite so sure. Again, I could still smell a pine scent, but it had a lemony/citrus edge to it. Normally I like anything lemon scented, but mixed with pine it seemed very much like a cleaning product. My fiancé actually described it as smelling like one of those little freshener block things that they put in urinals!
I should, for those not familiar, describe the concept of a wax tart. Rather than being a candle as such, a wax tart is a disc of fragranced wax. It doesn't have a wick though, and should be melted in a special 'tart burner' (a bit like an oil burner) which can also be purchased from Yankee Candle.
When I lit the tea light in my burner, I remember wondering if the scent of this candle would be too strong, as it certainly seemed quite potent when unwrapped. After around 15 minutes or so however, when the tart had fully melted, only then could I smell it and it was actually quite subtle.
The fragrance which filled the room was a delicate pine-citrus combo, not dissimilar from how it had smelled when it was solid. The wax tart managed to fill my sitting room with scent, however I noticed that it didn't seem to travel to neighbouring rooms. I actually thought the scent was OK, but my fiancé was not so keen. I will admit that there is nothing 'Wow' about the scent and there is certainly that air of cleaning product about it.
Each tart is supposed to supply approximately eight hours of fragrance and although I did not count, I think in this case that estimate was about right.
I bought this online from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk. If you're shopping on the high street, Collectables and Clinton Cards also sell these. Of course if you don't fancy a wax tart, then other formats are available. See below for approx burn times and prices:
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 think on the whole I was left feeling quite disappointed by the Siberian Silver Fir fragrance. It was just too generic and nothing special at all. I would not buy this again, and I don't think I could recommend it as there are so many other Yankee scents available which are actually nice, so it's a thumbs down from me!
*Also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne