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The Yankee Candle idea began in 1969 when a young Mike Kittredge melted down some crayons to make his mother a Christmas Candle. The Candle was so impressive a neighbour asked to buy the candle, so Mike Kittredge agreed and made another. From then on the Yankee Candle has become synonymous in the fragrance candle market and now has over 150 fragrances to its name.
The Yankee Candle range can be quite expensive when you first look at them. They have 4 main candle types:-
(They also create car fresheners and aromatherapy scents).
The most well know range is the Jars, which come in several sizes and styles:-
Large, Medium and Small Jars
Large, Medium and Regular Tumblers
Presentation, Packaging and Price
I purchased my Sparkling Snow candle last Christmas as a tart and loved it so much I got the large jar afterwards. The tart was £1.50 from Amazon and provides 8 hours of fragrance, which isn’t bad going for a small wax tart.
The tart is small and circular and can be popped into a wax burner to release the fragrance. The Sparking Snow is a blend of pine and fresh tones and does seem quote Christmassy with the wafts of pine coming through. When you warm the tart is slowly melts and as it does so release bouquets of fragrance. For something so small it packs a punch and the fragrance easily fills your room.
If you fancy trying a new Yankee Candle these wax tarts are ideal to trial first before shelling out on a jar. The Sparkling Snow is definitely one ill be trying again!
SPARKLING SNOW is one of Yankee Candles ''Festive Collection'' fragrances and is officially described as "the crisp, naturally fresh scent of gleaming, snow-covered pines with hints of patchouli and fruit". I''d describe it as fresh mint and pine, with a undertone of patchouli, for a earthy bite. I''m not sure what the fruit is - sometimes I get a light breeze of what I think is cherry, but it is so faint that I can''t be sure.
I do enjoy the fragrance as it is fresh/clean, and the pine is very festive. I usually prefer Yankee''s sweet/spicy mixes for Christmas, but this is an exception. As with all Yankee candles, the entirety of the wax is perfumed; I''ve used some candles where the fragrance burns up before the candle does, but that is not the case here.
I''ve found that the tarts and tea lights throw off a stronger scent than the candles, so I think that they are the better buys. I personally prefer to use the tealights; as well as having a stronger fragrance, there''s the fact that for the price of a box of 12 scented tealights you get a total of 48 to 72 hours burn-time, so they offer the most value for money. The tealight costs less then 12 tarts or samplers would, so as well as being cheaper - and offering a similar burn time - then either the small jars and tumblers, and over half of the price less then the medium jars or tumblers.
The tealights come in individual clear plastic cups, so you don''t have to bother with a tealight holder if you don''t have one; just sit the cup on a saucer. Yankee do many special ranges of tealight holders all through the year - many of the decorate models are under 10.00, and their basic tealight holder can be found online for only 1.00, so it won''t cost as much as buying a tart burner.
**** RRP ****
Tart [A tart is a wickless wax patty, so you''ll need to buy a tart burner to be able to use it] 6 - 8 hour burn time - 1.25 GBP
Sampler votive 15 - 20 hour burn time - 1-2 GBP
Small jar 25 - 40 hour burn time - 8-9 GBP
Medium jar 65 - 90 hour burn time - 15-17 GBP
Large jar 110 -150 hour burn time 20-22 GBP
Tea lights [12 per pack] 4 - 6 hour burn time per candle - 7 GBP
**Introduction and reason for purchase**
I had read so many positive things about the yankee brand on several consumer sites and in particular the wax tart format appealed the most to me. Having purchased a burner around 18 months ago now I've been regularly buying wax tarts and after I'd found I was down to my last one I headed out to replenish my stock.
One such wax tart I bought, and have just finished melting, is this rather festive sounding 'Sparkling Snow' which my review will now focus on..
**What Yankee have to say about this**
"..the crisp, naturally fresh scent of gleaming, snow-covered pines.."
**Price, packaging & availability**
As a rule I tend to order wax tarts from online stores on eBay or from amazon, but on this occasion a friend had mentioned that a nearby card factory shop was selling several different fragranced tarts and votive samplers from as little as 50p as they were 'old stock'. The shop in question is around 30 minutes walk from my home and whilst I have been before they only have a small selection of Yankee items which is why I order them from online normally, however a bargain is a bargain so I went one day when my husband was at work and my boys were in school to have a good look in peace.
The majority of the reduced wax tarts were Christmas themed ones and whilst there wasn't a huge selection I did manage to pick up about 6 different fragrances and this Sparkling Snow is the one I've been burning recently.
Packaging wise, Sparkling Snow is presented in a sealed transparent wrapper in an identical manner to the other Yankee wax tarts and whilst there is a large circular sticker on the top of the wax tart it's patterned fluted edges can still be clearly seen through the wrapper. The sticker normally depicts an image relating to the fragrance with Sparkling Snow showing a green background with white snowflakes cascading down - all in all it has a very festive theme.
Prices can really range and though I paid next to nothing for this at just 50p, Yankee wax tarts can range from £1.25 upwards and it really depends on where you shop. Availability wise they can be bought from a plethora of online stores, card shops, gift shops and garden shops to name but a few especially now the 'Yankee phenomena' seems to be encompassing the population.
**My thoughts on Sparkling Snow**
On unwrapping the plastic wrapper, which I always find difficult and resort to cutting with a knife/ scissors and hacking unintentionally into said tart, I was greeted with a soft but quite pretty aroma. I wasn't exactly sure what Sparkling Snow was supposed to smell of, but I was pleased with what it had to offer which was a soft pine scented with an overlapping sweet essence.
On some occasions I break my wax tarts in half to burn the other at a later date, but my initial thought would be that Sparkling Snow was going to be a gentle aroma and to so decided to burn the whole amount to give it it's maximum aroma.
On placing the whole wax tart into the bowl area of my burner I found the solid white wax started to pool into a clear liquid after around 10 minutes of a lit tea light being placed beneath. Once fully melted the wax tart gave off a soft and gentle aroma which was around the strength I expected - not exactly insipid but far from overpowering.
The wax tart starts off with a sweet aroma but then it seemed to change direction after around 30 minutes and emitted a very clean aroma which at the time reminded me of the 'Clean Cotton' wax tart. I found the fragrance to be quite soothing and continued to burn this for several hours on the first occasion as it's strength remained pretty much the same for at least hours without waning.
Sparkling Snow has impressed me as I presumed it would just be very 'Christmassy' and whilst it *does* have a festive feel especially with the faint pine aroma that lingered throughout, I didn't think it seemed particularly out of place when I melted this recently in early June. The wax tart has impressive longevity and the longer I burned it the deeper the scent became with a noticeable musky aroma after a while which complimented the overall fragrance.
Yankee wax tarts give approximately 8 hours worth of burning and I would say this gave around 9 to 10 hours before the scent was too weak to properly notice. I keep my wax burner in my kitchen which is the most central room of my one floor cottage and even though the fragrance was never overly strong it did filter in to each room leaving my home pleasantly scented.
I've been very impressed with this but then again there aren't many Yankee Wax Tarts that I've found disappointing so far and this is one I will definitely buy again in the future.
This is a lovely light scent with a subtle musky aroma that leaves it's mark for at least an hour after the tea light has been extinguished. Not too 'headache inducing' heavy like some wax tarts, just light and airy and in my opinion perfect for any time of the year.
This month has a been a month of firsts for me. I've read a chick lit book, walked past a Lush shop without rupturing a lung in a sneezing fit and, most profoundly, have succumbed to hundreds of influential reviews on here about Yankee candles and have tried melting a tart. She didn't seem to mind. (Groan, tumble weed etc). The chosen tart was Sparkling Snow - I bought it off Amazon as I liked the price, had heard how good they are reputed to be and was feeling rather festive what with us now being in December. Here's what I think about it.
The Product / Opinion
For those that either don't know, or, like me, have resisted having a bit of Yankee out of pure bloody minded neophobia (does anybody else still call a Snickers a Marathon?), the Yankee Candle company are based in America and their main two strengths are the intensity of their scented candles, votives and wax tarts and also the range of scents. This review is about the wax tart, but Yankee also make candles in glass kilner jars in varying sizes, reed diffusers, tea-light / votives and small shell shaped dollops of wax with no wick - the tarts.
The tart is a bit smaller than a mince pie, and is intended to be placed in the bowl of a tart melter with a lighted tea light underneath to provide the heat which melts the wax and releases the smell. The tart is supposed to last for eight hours - ours has well passed this mark. Yankee make their own tart burners which start from around five pounds for a basic version, and go up to about twenty quid plus for their seasonal, decorated ones. We use an oil burner, so in turn don't ever put the full tart in as it would melt and run over the sides. Instead we break pieces of the tart off with a nail file and use it piecemeal. Top tip - I have read other reviews where tart users have complained that the wrapping is difficult to remove - we use the same nail file to slice open the wrapping.
The smell reminds me of a very strong "sea breeze" air freshener - that ozone crispness associated with the sea. I wasn't aware that snow smelt of anything, so presume the ozone likeness is to represent the weather. When I compare it to a sea breeze air freshener, I don't mean that it smells of fried doughnuts and fish! Add to this crisp freshness a large dollop of sweetness and the end result is a very tasty smelling scent. It takes about twenty minutes for the wax to have melted and the smell to kick out into the room, but when it does it is like an air freshener on steroids - very strong and effective. I wouldn't say that it is overpowering, but it is strong so is ideal for scenting the air in our front room the morning after we've had cabbage for tea.
Amazon are currently selling the tarts for £2.94 from Yankee Candles themselves with no more to pay for postage and packaging, or they also sell the same tart through a company called Kingdom Party at £1.25 but with a £2.20 postage fee.
This Sparkling Snow wax tart has been my first experience with the phenomenon that is Yankee, it won't be my last. After having used the tart, I now see what all the fuss is about in all those Dooyoo reviews I've read. I've since added just about every Christmas related scent Yankee make to my Amazon wish list, and have bought the Christmas Eve tart which my wife and I plan to burn on Christmas Eve once the kids are in bed and we are downstairs with a mince pie wrapping presents on the rug. Thank you fellow dooyooers for introducing me to these amazing smelling wax tarts!
Lovely smelling candle from Yankee
I have recently been inspired to buy Yankee candles after reading the great reviews on dooyoo and ciao. There are so many different scents to choose from that I didn't know where to start so I decided to just order a selection of different samplers so that I could sample the fragrances cheaply and then decide which ones that I liked before buying the bigger more expensive candles.
The Yankee samplers are just smaller versions of the bigger candles and cost around £1.65. For the money you get a little candle that promises to burn for up to 15 hours at a time. In my experience though they generally only last for about 12 hours before they burn away too much to continue burning but for £1.65 they are really good value.
Sparkling snow was a sampler that I bought in January and was actually discounted to only 95 pence on a sale. I really liked the name and was intrigued to know what it would actually smell like.
Sparkling snow is supposed to capture the essence of snow covered pines on a crisp winter morning and are fragranced with patchouli and berries.
I'm not so sure it smells like snow covered pine on a crisp winter morning but it does have a lovely fresh clean smell that really captures the colder crisp months perfectly.
The smell of pine is quite subtle and not too overpowering and the fruity berries and patchouli add a nice sweetness to the pine smell.
This sampler was one of the better ones when it came to projecting the scent around the room and it completely filled my living room and right in to my hallway. It isn't a heavy or cloying smell but it did linger long after I had blown the candle out.
I found that I only had to burn this sampler for an hour or so at a time for it to completely release the fragrance around the room so it did end up lasting me quite a long time. It also lasted me nearly a week and a half with burning it for an hour or so every day so I would estimate that I managed to get about the 12 hours of burning time that I find is common with the samplers.
Sparkling snow was one of the favourite samplers that I bought and one that I would buy again if it wasn't so hard to get now. It must be a winter limited edition because the site where I bought it from has sold out and so have all the other websites that I have checked. I am keeping an eye out though and will be buying another one as soon as it becomes available again.
I recently bought this in a sale as it is a candle that is now out of season since it is a Christmas themed product. I use Yankee candles very frequently as they generate very powerful and authentic fragrances that can help me control bad odours in my household. I also burn candles for purely atmospheric effect to create mood for instance when I do yoga I like to burn a candle. I had already bought a Christmas Yankee candle, the Christmas Cookie candle, in the same sale and discovered that it was perfectly acceptable to use any time of the year. This one is called the Sparkling Snow Yankee Votive/Sampler Candle.
The candle comes wrapped in a tight plastic wrapper which I always find rather difficult to remove as it's so thick and shrink wrapped to the skin of the candle. You need to stick something sharp into the wrapper and slice it open! The wrapper has a couple of labels on it - a safety information label on the bottom and an identification label showing the name of the candle and a representitive picture. This picture on the candle shows snowflakes hanging from a icy pine tree.
The candle is one from of Yankee's 'Votive range. These candles are about two inches tall and can be used in official Yankee candle holders as well as your own holders. You will need something to put it into when it burns though as the top of the candle is slightly cake shaped meaning the wax drips to the edges and pools.
The candle is a bright white colour and to touch it feels quite tacky compared to other Yankee candlesI've used. It has a long wick which is about two centimetres in length and which may need to be trimmed prior to use.
The candle has a very strong and distinctive fragrance. It has been described as containing elements of pine as well as patchouli and fruit. I can definitely smell pine wood and it is a very clean, exhilirating fragrance that reminds me of when I was in the Pacific Northwest. The pine fragrance is sharp and realistic and brings the wild outdoors into my house. Behind the pine scent I can smell a musty burned wood scent that is reminiscent of log fires and cold wintery nights. This lower note blends well with the dominant pine fragrance.
I have occasionally been dissapointed with Yankee candles that do not omit their fragrances well enough as they burn but I needn't have worried about this particular candle. It provides a brilliant mist of fragrance that fills the room without making you feel too smothered in strong scents. The fragrance cuts through smells like cooking and greasy takeaway smells brilliantly. It is also very good at making a pet lived-in home feel like it belongs to human beings again! It's a lively, invigorating kind of fragrance so not one I'd burn if I wanted to relax. It's a brilliant pre-guest candle as it can make a room feel and smell clean and refreshed.
As far as this being in the Christmas range I agree that the fragrance is one that is perfect for use during the winter months. However I can see no problem with it being used at any time of the year and would happily use this in the height of summer in any room of the house. I bought this for 74p which was the half price cost of the Votive/Sampler candle. I recommend looking for it now to use all year around or to save until next Christmas!
My daughter knows how much I love scented candles and often buys me a Yankee wax tart when she is out shopping in town, so I was delighted when she bought me a Yankee 'Sparkling Snow' wax tart recently.
She had spent some time smelling the different scents from the huge range available in a branch of Collectables and thought that 'Sparkling Snow' would be one I would like based upon the type of fragrance she knows I like.
Sparkling Snow is an attractively packaged wax tart, as the pure white wax compliments the festive green background on the label adorned with pretty snowflakes. Just looking at the packaging put me in mind of a forest pine fragrance and I wasn't wrong, as I held the wax tart to my nose I could detect a pine fragrance blended with a woody fragrance which I thought held a slight scent of patchouli too. I liked the scent instantly and having found many 'pine' fragrances smell like toilet cleaner, I am happy to report this is certainly not the case here!
Yankee state this particular fragrance captures the crisp naturally fresh scent of gleaming, snow-covered pines and indeed this is one of the occasions where I can say that they have named one of their candles appropriately and the name actually matches the fragrance.
I placed the tart into my burner and lit a tealight underneath. As soon as the wax began to melt the aroma from the wax began to fill the room with its woody fragrance. I loved how the pine fragrance isn't overpowering but is still detectable in a subtle way.
I could smell the scent from my wax tart in my downstairs rooms and it even wafted up the stairs a little too and I am pleased to report the fragrance hangs in the air for a long time after you extinguish the tealight or when it has burned out.
In terms of longevity I found the fragrance released from this wax tart exceeded the eight hours suggested by Yankee and I found I achieved around ten hours of fragrance from this wax tart before the fragrance began to fade, which is a bonus.
By buying these wax tarts or even the tealights or votives, it is a cheap way to sample the many fragrances Yankee offer. The fragrances are also available as a glass jar candle and these are considerably more expensive to buy, so I personally find buying these wax tarts which are priced between 99p - £1.20 each is an ideal way to find out if you like the fragrance before spending more on a glass jar candle.
I also find that these wax tarts make ideal drawer scenters too. If you leave them in their packaging and place them in a drawer they will provide long-lasting fragrance.
Overall, 'Sparkling Snow' is one I am happy to recommend and I shall certainly be wanting another one of these wax tarts as this fragrance is up there with my other favourite fragrances from Yankee, such as Soft Blanket and Evening Air. It is an ideal fragrance to burn over the festive period and dark winter nights.
Yankee wax tarts and other candles are available to buy at branches of Clinton cards, Debenhams and Collectables as well as other card and gift shops and can also be found online at many retailers including Amazon and YankeeDoodle.co.uk
Yankee Candle are an American company who offer a wide range of home fragrance products.
Sparkling Snow is one of the festive scents available from Yankee. It is described as being "the crisp, naturally fresh scent of gleaming, snow-covered pines with hints of patchouli and fruit".
My review discusses my use of the votive sampler which a mini candle which is individually wrapped. The votive should be placed into a candle holder and lit. Each votive claims to offer 15hours of consistent scent. This particular votive is a bright white colour and the outer wrapper offers a snow covered tree image. Each votive has essential oils packed in to it.
Sparkling Snow is available in various sized candle jars, tealights and also wax tart form so there is plenty of choice depending on your budget.
Sparkling Snow is currently available online for around £1.65 for a 49g votive. Due to this being a seasonal release, it is unlikely to be in local stores until later in the year. Current stockists include www.yankeedoodle.co.uk and www.scentedcandleshop.com.
My first order from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk was prompted by the sale they had on various scented votive candles. Whilst I now prefer the wax tarts to the votives, I hate to miss out on a bargain so I bought several votives (mainly festive scents). One scent I purchased in votive form, was the Sparkling Snow and at the time, I believe I paid around 60p.
I got around to burning this votive recently. It is simply packaged and doesn't offer much in the way of scent through the shrink wrap. I wasn't sure what to expect from the scent. Does snow have a scent? Anyway I love Winter and always look forward to the first snowfall of the season. I may be crazy but I'd have snow over sun any day! My votive was placed in my mosaic effect holder and looked very pretty as it flickered away in my alcove.
~Winter Is Upon Us~
Within 10minutes of lighting this votive, I began to detect the scent of Sparkling Snow. The scent is very refreshing and rather cold. It isn't one that I would wish to burn when guests were in or if I was hoping for a cosy night on the sofa as it simply gives home a cold feel. I found this ideal to burn throughout the day whilst doing my housework. It is a pleasantly light scent but is by no means subtle. It floats around my living room and lingers gently around my flat.
The scent smells really natural as it burns down. In amongst the fresh, cooling aroma, the smell of pine trees is evident. As a child, my aunt would often drive us to a garden centre in the country and the place was surrounded by gorgeous pine trees. Whilst the pine tree smell alone doesn't appeal to me, I used to adore the crisp, fresh aroma of a fresh snow fall and it always made the surrounding area smell lovely. Even more so when the pine trees or real Christmas trees were coated in the snow. The smell of this candle offers amazing memories for me as that garden centre had a train where you went around a track to see Santa - so magical and innocent.
There isn't much else to the scent of Sparkling Snow. The patchouli and fruit must be very subtle as I cannot detect it unless I get up close to the candle. Even then I am taken aback by the natural smell and can only detect a mild hint of muskiness. Sparkling Snow isn't an aroma which will blast out from your candle holder. It takes a back seat and simply lingers whilst smoothing away any homely odours.
Whilst not the strongest nor the most appealing festive scent from Yankee, Sparkling Snow offers memories for me and I'm sure many would appreciate its natural aroma. I would say the scent remained consistent throughout 3-4hours each time I burned it and overall, I managed around 14hours from the votive before it burned away. Each time I blew the candle out, the freshness lingered for around 30mins before slipping away.
I really enjoyed burning Sparking Snow as it brightened up my home and my mood. It isn't one I could burn all the time but I recommend it without a doubt.
Thanks for reading :) x
Yankee Candles are Amercias number 1 rated scented candles. I have used Yankee Candles for over 3 years and have tried a variety of scents the most recent being sparkling snow which one of the festive ranges.
The candle i have is the medium sized which is roughly 10cm x 9cm and costs £14.95 for this you get around 70 - 90 burning hours.
The scent of this candle is particularly fresh and you light it and get a real feel of snow covered pine with its natural and pure fruity extracts.
These candle look fabulous in design, very simple but the clear jar keep the wax contained and makes them look great on the mantel piece or on a shelf.
I have also found they burn flat and the wick never gets stuck like many cheaper candles.
The design look great but isn't very pratical, i have picked a number of candles up by the lid and they have slid out my hand and shattered across the floor, which when paying £14.95 you can imagine is very annoying, so please handle with care.
Yankee has brought out a number of products including a glass lamp shade which makes them look very effective.
I would 100% recommend these candles.
The product Im reviewing is the Yankee Housewarmer Jar not the Wax Tart as shown in the picture.
I always have a little stock of Yankee products all year round but just before Christmas I bought some of their festive fragrances, one being Sparkling Snow. I bought this in a small housewarmer jar from www.ScentedCandles.com . The housewarmer jars can be bought in three sizes:-
Small--Height 8.5cm's, Diameter 6cm's £7.49
Medium--Height 14cm's Diameter 9cm's £14.99
Large-- Height 18cm's Diameter 9cm's £17.99
The housewarmer jars are made from clear glass and have a nice little rounded lid that pulls on and off. It has a rubber seal around it so it fits quite tightly. They always remind me of little old fashioned sweetie jars.
There is a label on the front of the jar that says Yankee Candle and gives you the fragrance, in this case Sparkling Snow. Yankee candles always have a picture on them depicting the fragrance, in this case its snow flakes against a green background. There's also a little gold circle that tells the customer this is from their festive range. Some of the label is sparkly which is pretty.
The jar is filled 3/4 of the way up with the wax, in the case of Sparkling Snow its white in colour, as you would expect!
Yankee claim that Sparkling Snow "captures the fragrance of snow covered pines" it also contains hints of patchouli and fruit. When you smell the wax the fragrance is very fresh. There is a faint hint of pine, not enough to make it smell like a bathroom cleaner, but enough to give it a definite festive feel. The patchouli gives it a floral element and I cant really smell any fruit at all.
Once lit it doesn't take long for the fragrance to emerge and scent not only the whole room but all of downstairs! I placed my jar in the lounge with my Christmas tree and it certainly gave my home a lovely warm festive feel.
The pine is very subtle and in my opinion that's what gives it its fresh smell. The patchouli is more sweet and floral but compliments the pine perfectly.
Yankee say their small housewarmer jar will burn for approximately 30 hours, I would tend to agree with this give or take an hour or two. It certainly gives value for money as the smell lingers long after the candle has been extinguished.
I always find that with Yankee candles the wax burns down nice and evenly meaning it all gets used, this one was no exception.
In conclusion I would recommend the Sparkling Snow Housewarmer Jar. Its a subtle fresh fragrance that it perfect, not only for Christmas Time, but any time really. The housewarmer jar makes it a nice safe way to burn the candle, all the wax is contained and there's no chance of nasty blobs of wax on your furniture. If you fancy trying this one but don't want to spend too much Sparkling Snow is available in a small votive candle or a wax tart, in fact all of Yankee fragrances are availabilities in most of the things they do.
Yankee use natural products to fragrance their wax and the fragrance goes right through the wax rather than just a coating on the outside.
I personally love the Yankee housewarmer jars. Once the wax has all been used I always remove the label and wash the jar really well. These cute little jars can then be used again. I sometimes fill them with bath pearls, they look pretty in the bathroom or make nice little gifts. The larger jar looks nice with cotton wool balls in and the smaller ones are ideal for cotton buds. My mum has one with polished stones in( my Granddad did them). They are definitely too nice to just throw away!
Of course when burning candles you should always be careful. Always place your candle on a suitable surface away from draughts, and never leave un attended.
You know, I should have known Yankee Candle for producing a "bargain" scent around Christmas time. They have done it ever year and not just for Christmas, bringing out baskets or little carry boxes with a votive and a token quarter pinch of potpourri to hype up the price and pull in the buyers. Easter time for example didn't bring a special edition other than a few fruity scents with lots of Vanilla that I wasn't taken with. Whereas two medium jars should cost in the region of £26 on average, YC have brought out a burgundy sleeve cardboard box that acts as a holder "for whatever scent Yankee Candle have made a loss in" and accordingly tell the sellers what scented jars to put in. They did that already with the "three candle small jar house warmer" set last year that had the nose prickling "Balsam & Cedar," candle and "Pine Fir" included and I see they brought it out again with some Christmas affiliated cookie type scent included for £18. Frankly I don't care - I adore Yankee Candle premium scented candles, and if there's a bargain priced kit that has more than 3 poxy small jar candles going I'll consider every avenue! For 2010, the scents that haven't done as well as they should have been have been "Sparkling Cinnamon," and "Sparkling Snow," although to be honest I had never seen the Snow one until I bought my own "to-me-from-me" gift box containing the two medium jars. The price was £19-99 and I couldn't resist buying another one for a friend - the ideal gift given the box these jars come in and so much easier to wrap than wrapping a round jar!
"Sparkling Snow," has been available in the U.S for quite some time and for its release in the UK, there are only a few different formats available such as votive samplers (little wax cups with a wick that will need a secondary glass to burn it in as it usually burns up completely,) wax tarts (you'll need a potpourri oil burner for that one) car air freshener cardboard tabs and the house warmer trademark glass jar candles. As with all house warmer glass jars, Yankee Candle produce three types; small, medium and large. Out of the three, the medium and large jars are by far my favourites because they are by and large better value for money and if used once a day maybe for an hour, the medium jars last a month and a half with the larger ones taking longer. In all cases the jars are dishwasher safe, heat insulated on the bases and make excellent storage jars after use with their airtight sealing heavy thick glass lids. They also retain the scents even if the jar is kept for a year! The jars are not shatterproof at the top and don't keep cool when burning at the sides. The rim is not heat proof either, so you still have to have some common sense about you at all times when a candle is lit and the house warmer jars, no matter how practical they are by design, are no exception. Just remember when lighting the candle again after use, to constantly trim the wick as in use, the natural wicks curl up when burnt for a long time, and when lighting them again actually wastes the wax left over.
As a wax scent, Sparkling Snow is supposed to smell like patchouli, fruit and whatever other marketing hoof Yankee Candle would have you believe. Have you actually smelt snow? - And I don't mean the yellow variety that everyone avoids - because I have and it doesn't have a particular smell to it, thus I was intrigued as to how this scent would get on even if YC has jazzed up the winter scene peelable product label with a holographic sparkly frame and white snow like coloured wax. First things first - there is a strong pine scent that comes right off the top of this candle and obviously acts as the top scent. The middle scent of patchouli is certainly there but the base scent of "fruit" is harder to detect, promised by Yankee Candle. My own thoughts concerning the base is one of more grass, similar to the latest scent that YC have blessed UK buyers with known as "Garden Hideaway," that smells like a freshly cut lawn. Why anyone would want fresh cut grass scents in a candle is beyond me, but each to their own! To me, Sparkling Snow certainly sparkles - it shifts pongs like wet dog smells, tobacco, burnt bacon and anything else stronger like cooked fish is still no match for Sparkling Snow. It does however remind me of a product I last used in my student days when all the blended tones come together - cheap pine toilet cleaner and in house warmer jar form, the candle can take up to half an hour before the pine starts off and then it all rather becomes too synthetic and artificial. It is quite strong in terms of its delivery but it seems to bring the tones bit by bit rather than one big explosion and thus doesn't induce coughing or sneezing. For those who love visual delights, there's even a little sparkle within the wax when viewed closely, though try not burning your nose!
The formats of this scent are available as (and prices on average):
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p to £1-05 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, £13-99)
Large housewarmer jar candle (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £17-99)
Large 2 wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £17-50)
Standard lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99)
Car tab housewarmer jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99)
Car tab housewarmer jar cardboard bonus pack, 3 (£5-99)
Pressurized room spray (58g £5-49)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
Thus, Sparkling Snow isn't a product I can see myself buying ever again but that's not to say I wouldn't recommend it. Whilst it refreshes and continues with Yankee Candle's excellent product value and scent longevity, the smell puts me off when the candle is burnt for an hour or more and they are a lot of nicer products and fragrances that YC are about to bring out in the UK as well as their existing range. This one isn't a product that is a strong, natural and relaxing like Wedding Day, as refreshing and positive as Clean Cotton or spiritually light as Midnight Jasmine. Intended as a Christmas only-scent, Sparkling Snow may well light up someone's mind with reminders of Christmas, but the only reminder I have is one of cleaning the toilet! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2011
*Before I go any further, I'd just like to note, that I am writing about the Sparkling Snow votive and not the tart shown. I believe Dooyoo are eventually going to change the category names so it just specifies the Yankee fragrance and not what type of candle it is*
I don't know about you but with the recent weather, I've had enough of snow to last me a lifetime, so what I was thinking buying this 'sparkling snow' scented Yankee Candle I don't know. I have a huge amount of Yankee tarts and votives but I'm trying to get the more festive ones out of the way, so the latest I'm using is the sparkling snow.
Yankee Candles most recognisable format is their house warmer jars which look like big sweet jars full of wax. These tend to be quite expensive, so I usually purchase the wax tarts or in this case the votive (or 'sampler) candle, which is a mini candle that can be used to give an idea of the fragrance without having to splash the cash!
The candle is white in colour, which makes it neutral if you're wanting to give it as a gift. I know when I bought my sister a Yankee Candle I went for Strawberry Buttercream, one of the main reasons being that I couldn't remember what colour her sitting room was, and I knew that at least white wouldn't clash! The votive was wrapped in cellophane and adorned with a sticker depicting large snowflakes on pine branches. This same picture is shown on the large jar candles, but the backs are plain so if you want to turn it round so the label doesn't show you can.
When unwrapped I found the scent of the candle to be very strong. Obviously snow doesn't really have a smell, but I assume that this is supposed to give off a scent that evokes thoughts or memories of snowy winter days. The main scent I got from this candle was pine, and it was a rather sharp pine scent with what seemed to be a hint of citrus and unfortunately it reminded me of toilet cleaner! I asked my boyfriend what he thought, and his response was 'it's a bit like Harpic', so I wasn't alone in my thoughts.
When burning I found the scent of the candle stayed strong and it filled the room within around 15 minutes of burning. The scent is noticeable but not too overpowering or sickly in any way. Despite my initial reservations that the pine scent reminded me of toilet cleaner, I actually found myself liking the scent, it smelled very fresh and clean, and there was something oddly comforting about it.
The first day I burned the candle I had it lit for around 4 hours and then we went out to a birthday party. We left the house at around 6pm and returned at 1.30am (dirty stop outs that we are!) and the scent of the candle was still noticeable in the room, which I thought was pretty good going really for such a small candle.
The votive candles have an approximate burn time of 15 hours. The candle burns down evenly and slowly, indicating it's quality, and I do think we got somewhere between 13 and 15 hours from it. Given the small size I think that's excellent value.
I bought this from Collectables, but I also regularly get my Yankee Candles from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk which I can recommend as being a good website. For a votive candle like mine expect to pay around £1.60. As mentioned previously, you can also buy larger jar candles and these vary in price from around £7.99 - £17.99 depending on size.
On the whole, I really liked this candle and it is one I would be happy to buy again next winter, and if you're a fan of pine scents I'd recommend it.
Anyone reading my earlier reviews (please accept my thanks, I am really grateful for all reads, rates and comments!) will already know my thoughts on the Yankee Candle company - they are one of my favourite companies and I was lucky enough to get loads of new ones for Christmas so have been reviewing them a lot lately.
The Yankee Candle company sell the most amazingly fragranced candles and products to gently scent your home and car. They also last really well and continue to smell great right until the end, unlike some scented candles which only smell the first time that they are lit.
In case you are unsure what these wax tarts actually are, they are little tart shaped pieces of scented wax. They are then used with the specially designed wax tart burner which uses a tealight to melt the wax, releasing the delicious fragrance into your home. They are very easy to use and despite being small, they really pack a punch.
These wax tarts cost around £1.05 so are much cheaper than the big glass candle jars, meaning that this can be a good way to try different scents without spending a lot. Unfortunately, Yankee Candles do tend to be a little more expensive than some brands, but because they last so long and smell so great, I do believe that they are worth the extra money.
If you are new to the company then the wax tarts or their scented tealights are a great way to try the scents and find your favourites. They are available to buy in loads of different places and you can also shop online.
The Yankee Candle company describe this fragrance in the following way;
"The crisp, naturally fresh scent of gleaming, snow-covered pines with hints of patchouli and fruit"
Now for me, these were a let down and I am unfortunately a little bit disappointed with the aroma. I didn't like the Yankee Candle pine fragrance and felt that this one was too similar. The fragrance is a little artificial and the nasty synthetic pine scent overpowers the patchouli and fruit scents. The smell is a little like pine scented cleaning products or those cheap air fresheners that you get for the car, it isn't a fragrance that I enjoyed having through my home and I wouldn't buy them again.
In my opinion, there are heaps of amazing fragrances to choose from in the Yankee Candle company catalogue and so I would recommend passing this one by for something more exciting.
Now that winter is finally turning into spring and the early dark nights are abating a little we have been recently burning off the remainder of our wax tarts that were included in the sample pack I bought my wife last Christmas. Although not really a 'spring' scent the last of our wax tarts that we have been using up has been this 'Sparkling Snow' variety. Pure white in colour and the standard 6x3cm this has been a firm favourite in our home and one that we definitely be buying again later in the year.
As usual with the wax tarts from Yankee candle the idea is to melt these over a tea light in a tart burner, and after a few minutes the scented wax begins to give off an aroma that gently fragrances your surroundings. "Sparkling Snow" is described as being the "crisp, naturally fresh scent of gleaming, snow-covered pines with hints of patchouli and fruit" and I have to say that this is pretty much an accurate description.
It has a very 'clean' smell to it which is refreshing and light but does have deeper, muskier notes that come through after being melted for a while. Unlike the 'Mountain Pine' variety this doesn't remind me of toilet cleaner as the pine fragrance isn't overpowering, however the hint of pine does add the freshness to the scent which helps the lightness of this. This is an ideal fragrance for winter which does match the season well and would be a great scent to have in your home around Christmas time. The patchouli gives richness to the scent which adds extra depth and allows the aroma to linger for longer and we easily obtained a good 7-8 hours' worth of scent from this one little tart which we have had fragrancing our home for the past couple of days.
Prices for the Yankee Candle wax tarts vary from place to place but can be found online from around 95p which is incredible value for money when you consider the amount of fragrance one releases. They are a sure fire winner in our home and rather than eliminate any cooking or 'doggy' smells with air freshener we prefer to have a scented candle burning or a wax tart melting as they smell more authentic and less artificial.
The wax tarts are an ideal introduction to the Yankee Candle range which gives you the chance to sample the fragrance before investing in a higher priced, longer burning candle. 'Sparkling Snow' is an ideal choice for anyone looking for a light, bright fragrance that isn't overly strong but is noticeable. It has been a definite favourite with us and one that we would buy again probably in the candle variety which would be ideal for the festive season later on in the year.
5/5 dooyoo stars from me for this. Highly recommended and another winner from the Yankee Candle company.
Thanks for reading my review.