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Yankee Candle Sparkling Lemon
Member Name: redhead78
Yankee Candle Sparkling Lemon
Date: 11/10/12, updated on 11/10/12 (155 review reads)
Advantages: Smells gorgeous, helps mask kitchen smells, long lasting, economical
Disadvantages: None for me
I have been a fan of Yankee Candles for many years and used to work in a shop which sold them. As a result I've had the opportunity to try out most of their different products and fragrances. Over the years I came to the conclusion that the products that suit me best are the wax tarts, the large housewarmer jars and the fragranced reed sets and that the fragrances I like best are the ones from their "fresh" group. The one exception to this being the Sparkling Lemon. For the past couple of years this has been a constant in the burner in my kitchen but rather than it being a berry fruity fragrance or an appley/peary type of fruit fragrance I tend to think of it as being in the fresh category too as it is so citrussy and zingy.
Most people by now know about Yankee Candles so I won't go on about them too much but they originally started when the founder of the company, as a teenager, forgot to buy his mum a birthday present and ended up melting lots of wax crayons into an old milk carton to make her a candle. A friend saw it and asked him to make her one too and the rest, as they say, is history. The lucky man now spends most of his time on his humungous yacht moored somewhere in the Caribbean!
Yankee Candles are available from a variety of outlets including many garden centres, Clinton Cards and independent retailers. There are also various websites selling them, although obviously many of these have to charge quite large delivery costs, particularly if you buy the large jars as there is a weight issue with many of them.
YC are always bringing out new products and fragrances and tend to release at least 4 news ones every season. You can not only fragrance your home with their items, but also your car and they often do toiletry items too. Their products range from actual "regular" pillar candles right through to electric plug ins and there are many different forms of wax that you can burn/melt to provide you with fragrance.
As I said, I prefer to use the large jar candles in my living room, the wax tarts in my kitchen and living room and the reed diffusers upstairs, meaning I can get constant fragrance upstairs without having to light candles. Whilst I would really rather have the same fragrance throughout the entire house I have now started using different ones in the living area to the kitchen as there is a door between the kitchen and the rest of the house to keep the fragrances separate and I find the citrussy fragrances help tackle kitchen and cooking odours more naturally than the other fragrances from the 'fresh' family.
Since I first tried the Sparkling Lemon fragrance I have had it in my kitchen burner almost contsantly. For those of you who don't know what a wax tart is, it's a small round disc of wax that doesn't contain a wick. To release it's fragrance you simply place it in the dish of an oil burner or tart burner and light a tealight candle underneath. The heat from the tealight melts the tart and so releases the fragrance to diffuse around your room. I find these tarts very easy to use, there's no risk of them burning dry like there is when you use oil and water and they're also easy to change over if you want a different fragrance.
The information provided by Yankee Candle states that you get around 8 hours burning from a wax tart but I usually find that I can use mine for at least a week, if not more, before the fragrance has gone. Obviously the longer it has been burning the weaker the fragrance gets, but I tend to burn a tealight until the wax has melted completely and then blow the tealight out. The fragrance is still really noticeable for a couple of hours afterwards but it means I can preserve my tart for longer. Once the fragrance has worn off I simply wait until the wax has hardened again and then slide the tip of a sharp knife under the edge of it and it pops out in one big lump, ready for my to replace it with the next tart.
Offical YC advice is to use their own tart burners and unscented tealights when melting tarts, but obviously in an attempt to get you to buy more of their stuff, they would say this! Over the, at least 7, years I've been using the tarts I have never once used either a YC branded burner or tealights and have never had any adverse effects from doing this.
This Sparkling Lemon fragrance is, to me, absolutely perfect for a kitchen. It has a really strong, zingy, citrus fragrance and actually smells fizzy. I don't know how they've made it do that, but it really does! When burning it loses some of the fizziness, but still releases great wafts of uplifting, vibrant lemon. According to the YC website it contains "effervescent sweet mayer lemon with notes of energetic citrus lime and bergamot orange". My nose isn't finely tuned enough to pick out each individual citrus note, but the overall effect is really very citrussy indeed. I'm glad to see the work effervescent in their description too, as it means I'm not going crazy thinking that it smells fizzy!
Melting this tart in my kitchen helps me to mask any cooking smells quickly and easily and leaves the area smelling fresh and clean. One thing I like about the tarts is that the fragrance disffuses really well through the air and manages to work it's way in the rear of the house and into both my utility room and downstairs loo so whenever you go through that part of the house you get a nice waft of refreshing lemon. When the tart is brand new you can even get a slight hint of it whenever you walk into the kitchen regardless of whether it's lit or not. Obviously this isn't as strong as when it is actually lit, but it's nice to get a little glimpse of it in your nostrils every now and then.
Economically speaking, after much trial and error with my staff discount, I believe the best way to sample the YC fragrances is by using tarts. As they cost anywhere between £1 and £1.50 it's a cheap way of sampling a fragrance before investing in a large jar. I find they also release stronger and more easily diffused fragrances than the sampler candles or the tealights (unless you have several of these burning at once). Another crafty way of making your tarts last longer is to simply snap them in half before using and use one half at a time. Many oil burners don't have a dish large enough to fit an entire tart in anyway and so by using it in this way you're effectively getting double the amount of hours for the same price.
Overall I would highly recommend the Sparkling Lemon YC fragrance if you like citrus smells. It's strong, lemony, uplifting and refreshing and is perfect for a kitchen. The wax tart is also a good way of burning it as it's clean, doesn't run the risk of burning dry and is easy to change afterwards when finished. So I would have no hesitation in giving this fragrance and tart a good 5 stars.
Summary: A fresh, uplifting, citrus fragrance in the easy to use tart form