After reading many complimentary reviews about Yankee candles on here I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Yankee candles come in a variety of formats including large candles, tealights, samplers and wax tarts. Wax tarts are priced between £1 and £1.20 and to me seem like a reasonable way of trying out the huge array of fragrances available in the Yankee range without breaking the bank or committing to something I didn't end up liking.
For Yankee novices I should point out here that tarts are basically small, circular blocks of wax, with fluted edges, rather like a tart that you'd bake in an oven. I remember initially being puzzled as to how these tarts burn, as unlike a conventional candle they contain no wick. After a little online research I learnt that tarts require a tart burner to release the fragrance. This is basically a small ceramic/glass pot in which a tart is placed and a tealight is lit beneath it to allow the wax to melt and release the fragrance.
On a recent shopping trip to B&Q I spotted that they too stocked the Yankee candle range although the scents on offer differ from those widely available in other stores. B&Q stock candles from the "Simply Home" Yankee range and although these can be bought online I have not seen these in any other shops. One of the fragrances I decided to pop in my basket was the "Bartlett pear" tart which was priced at just 99p.
The Bartlett pear wax tart is lime green in colour and comes packaged in a cellophane wrap. Taking a sniff through the cellophane does not give much away nor is there a particularly strong scent once the packaging is removed. Having placed this in a tart burner it took around 15 minutes for the wax to melt and for the fragrance to start to waft around the room.
The scent is one that I would describe as fruity but it is not particularly sweet. This is ideal for me as I don't like overly sweet smells and often find fruit scented candles a bit too sweet and sickly. The scent is really crisp and tangy with a hint of sweetness. Rather than a pear this scent reminds me of a granny smith apple and I find the scent really quite mouthwatering. The scent is refreshing and in my opinion is one that is suited to a late summers day.
I tend to burn my tarts for around an hour at a time. This gives enough time for the wax to melt and the aroma to spread around the room. A typical wax tart releases around 8 hours of fragrance. I've done quite well with mine - it's burnt for just over that amount of time and although the scent has started to fade there is still a decent amount of fragrance released.
Overall I really did like this scent - it's crisp and refreshing and ideal for burning at this time of year. I will be sure to add this to my basket again next time I visit B&Q. Recommended!
On the day of my great discovery of "Simply Home" U.S only sub-brand of scented candles from America's premium candle company, Yankee Candle, I was like a child in a sweet shop. I couldn't decide on just one scent of candle and although came away with around £30 of products, my money was well spent in terms of different varieties like wax tarts and medium glass jars. The "Simply Home," range is however not available to buy on the high street unless you happen to across to come upon a stockist independently outside the realm of usual Yankee Candle products that are normally available. The Simply Home range has loads to offer in terms of different fragrances and although I've been let down recently by "White Linen & Lace," I was very attracted to a pear candle simply known as "Bartlett Pear." Yankee Candle already makes another candle with pear scents but this one is slightly different.
Unknown to me, the "Bartlett Pear," is the pear that is commonly purchased and consumed in America and Canada. The smell of the pear tart is woody, fruity, sweet like cherry and very loud similar to the "Orchard Pear," Yankee Candle without coming across too dry and I was really excited to try it out as soon as my other wax tarts had finished up. Unlike the standard UK prices however, the "Simply Home" range isn't that far off from general and average pricing with the wax tarts costing £1-05 to £1-25 and the 12 oz. medium jars at £12-57 (75 hours max duration) with 19 oz. large jars (135 hours max duration) at £14-97, either one or a couple of pounds more or less than they usually cost.
When you buy any scented wax tart by Yankee Candle, you don't get a wick in them. They are effectively a mixture of natural oils, scented extracts and sold in solidified wax and oil tart shapes, deeply round like a pastry tart and fluted to give it the name. You'll have to use or buy a potpourri burner/hot oil burner with a deep concave to accept all of the tarts and in wax tart form, "Bartlett Pear," is the same size as normal Yankee Candle tarts where you'll still get 8 hours of fragrance by statistic. After unwrapping the plastic wrap from the wax tart and disposing it, ensure the potpourri burner that you have has a deep concave. By placing the tart on the top, if it doesn't fit it will have to be sliced in half as this ensures the oil will not steam over when in use. You'll also need a tealight candle to get the whole thing melting and whilst it is very relaxing to have all this in a home, it isn't a procedure I'd advise if you have inquisitive pets or children. After the candle has finished, or if you get fed up of the scent and want to change onto the next candle (if you have bought them since they are only around a £1 each) the tealight candle must be taken out, wait for the burner to cool and place in a freezer for 15 minutes. After which when the burner is taken out and tapped lightly on the top, the solid wax tart should fall out easily. If you sniff the base however and it still smells of fragrance, then the wax tart should be kept instead of disposed. It is the only indication you'll get that the candle still has scent in it before it has been fully used up. Logic is always needed whatever Yankee Candle type you have, even if the jar candles are more complete by having cotton wicks, which does ensure a bonus of no coughing attacks due to the lack of paraffin built into the wicks.
Having purchased three of these fragrances all in wax tart form, I was really looking forward to burning the tarts but I was extremely disappointed to find that none of them have yielded any of the strength of scent in hot oil form/in use compared to when they were still in the wrapper. Short of walking up to the burner, you can just about smell fruity pear hitting the air - the fragrance is ultra smooth, very understated and ends up smelling like hot oil with a hint of vanilla to it, rather than the woody, cedar tainted fruity pear that the product promises by name alone. One tart seems to last two days when burnt for four hours, which is fair given the duration burning time, but there's no pervading strength here that travels to other rooms in the home, nothing to relax with, very little to sniff the air and forget any fragrance to come off the candles after the burner is extinguished that stays around. No hope in hell of masking any odours either, which is a great pity and not at all what I expected from a non-UK sub-brand that has just "landed" at B&Q. On the third day I tried burning two tarts at one time (luckily I have an electric burner with a deep concave dish that can take up to two tarts at a time) to see if the scents were stronger, but alas nothing changed compared to just using one tart at a time.
Unlike the larger U.K ranges, different versions of this scent under the "Simply Home" branding are far more limited, but are available with average prices of:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 each.)
Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2)
Small jar tumbler (1 wick, 7 oz.) average cost price £8-99 to £9.
Medium jar tumbler (2 wick 12 oz.) average cost price £10 to £12
Medium "Victorian" jar candle (12.oz 60-75 hours duration, £12-58)
Large "Victorian" jar candle (19 oz. 100 to 135 hours duration £14-97)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99)
In hindsight I can see I should have considered the "Aerosol" Room spray to get some degree of fruity pear. In wax format, the candle simply isn't worth burning in the home - or anywhere indoors infact - unless you just like the green colouring of the wax. Struggling to offer the same kind of scent you'd find before you burn the candle, it's not the same when it is lit and Yankee Candle can do so much better than this! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2011