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Yankee Candle is an American candle company. Their scented candles are presented in different formats which carry different price tags. They offer various sized housewarmer candle jars and tumblers, votive samplers, tea lights and also wax tarts. ~Storm Watch~ A wax tart is a small piece of scent infused wax. It should be placed in a tart burner with a tea light lit underneath. The wax will melt and your chosen Yankee scent will be released into the air. A tart should be melted for a few hours at a time and left to turn solid after use. Each tart is said to offer 8 hours of fragrance. Storm Watch is a USA exclusive scent which is similiar to 'Rainbows End'. This particular wax tart is a pale blue colour and is shrink wrapped. The label on this tart shows a lightening storm scene. Yankee describe the scent of this tart as.. 'Like a moist warning breeze before a storm, naturally airy and refreshingly different' ~Price and Availability~ The tart can be purchased from eBay priced at £1.50. The Storm Watch housewarmer jars can be bought from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk from £7.15. ~My Thoughts~ My recent splurge on eBay let me to purchasing loads of USA exclusive wax tarts. I mainly stuck to foody scets but bought a few others which I thought may be unusual scents and worth buying. I was attracted to Storm Watch as it sounded different to the usual Yankee scents and paid £1.50 for my tart. This is a bit more than UK available tarts and it is good to see that the housewarmer jars are priced averagely for this particular scent. As you all know, my Yankee burner is put through its paces on a daily basis. I like to burn fresh tarts during the day time whilst doing housework and prefer warm, sweet and comforting scents for the evening when I wish to relax and chill out. Storm Watch is definitely a day time scent in my opinion. As I unwrapped the tart, I could detect a lovely fresh scent which was fairly subtle and understated. The tart took a short while to melt and created a pool of light blue liquid. ~The Calm Before The Storm...~ The scent of Storm Watch took a while to reach a noticeable level of strength. After 20 minutes or so, I started to detect a strong aroma seeping out from my burner and filling up my living room. Storm Watch doesn't have a distinctive aroma unlike many Yankee scents. It offers a strong, fresh smell which reminds me the cool breeze whilst walking along the beach in Majorca in the evening - a light breeze hitting off the warm sea and creating an airy, fresh sea sort of scent. The freshness of this scent gave my home a real boost and every room felt clean and airy which I liked. The scent was strong enough to out-do the scent of my cleaning products and left my home smelling lovely and refreshed like I had just done a Spring clean. Up close, the scent was a little different and reminded me of moist greenery which offered an edge to a predominately fresh scent. I would say the overall scent did remind me of the ocean air before a storm arrived but moreso abroad. Having witnessed a few thunder and lightening storms in Majorca, the scent of Storm Watch offers quite a realistic resemblence. That moment where there is a moist feeling in the air and you know a storm is approaching. It is a special scent but it is very upbeat and a little intense. There is something a bit different about this scent which sets it apart from other Yankee scents in the same league. It doesn't just smell like fresh air! One thing I did appreciate about Storm Watch was the effect it had on me as well as my home. I have had a lot on my mind recently and found that I could concentrate on things a bit better whilst burning this tart. It sounds a bit weird but it offered a mind cleansing experience for me so has an extra benefit which may not be considered at the time of purchase. ~Conclusion~ Whilst not an amazing scent, I do quite like Storm Watch. I found it beneficial to melt this tart for 2 hours or so at a time and the freshness lingered in my home for a while after the tea light had been blown out. The freshness remained prominent each time I burned the tart but the greenery type scent came through in short bursts to keep the scent alive. My tart gave me around 8 hours of scent before it started to lose intensity and fade away. Overall, a pleasant day time scent which clears the air of any home! Thanks for reading x Originally written for ciao January 2012. Prices have been updated for dooyoo.
~~~~~~~~~ A tarty treat ~~~~~~~~~ It was this very website that introduced me to Yankee Candles, and I think it was around a year ago that I made my first order. I was instantly hooked, especially to the wax tarts. Technically, wax tarts aren't really candles as they have no wick. Instead you pop them into a burner - you can get ones specifically designed for wax tarts or you can just use an oil burner, which is what I do. Then you light the tealight underneath, wait for the wax to melt and enjoy the lovely aroma! Wax tarts are designed to burn for around eight hours in total but you don't need to burn them all in one go. In fact, I usually find an hour is enough to fill my room with the lovely scent, and best of all some of tarts have scents that linger for a while after blowing the tealight out. Since making my first Yankee purchase, I have discovered that the best way to buy tarts is on ebay. I tend to buy ten at a time which means they work out cheaper. From some retailers these cost around £1.50 each, but I now get mine for around £1. You can also buy Yankee products from various shops including Clinton Cards. ~~~~~~~~~ Tricky to find ~~~~~~~~~ However the Storm Watch range may be harder to come by, as I do not think you will find this in any shops. It is one of the "retired" wax tarts and I only discovered it when reading a US website which included Yankee reviews. I added it to my Yankee wishlist and luckily discovered that it was available on ebay from various sellers. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A warning breeze... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The reason I wanted to try this out is that it sounded so different. I usually go for fruity tarts when I make my orders but I do like to try something different now and then and this one sounded intriguing. It I described as a "moist warning breeze before a storm". To be honest, I really wasn't sure what to expect. As with all Yankee wax tarts, this light blue tart came shrink wrapped and, through the wrapper, the smell was definitely interesting! It is, overall, a fresh fragrance yet there is more to it as it had a slightly masculine edge to it too. This went straight into by burner, and it took a little while to get going - longer perhaps than other tarts I have tried. But once it started to melt the scent really filled my living room rapidly. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Something a bit different ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It is certainly an interesting and unusual fragrance and unlike any other tart I have tried. Although at first it has a clean and fresh smell, the longer I left the tart burning the more other scents came through. There is a hint of men's aftershave here, but it also has a slight 'outdoors' smell to it too - it is a little grassy I think. This isn't usually a scent I would like I don't think but here it comes across as fresh and light. This has a nice relaxing fragrance and although it fills the room it isn't too strong or overpowering. I have tried other tarts which get too much for me before long and I have to extinguish the tealight. But I can leave this one for a few hours without it getting too sickly or cloying. It is more of a background scent than other tarts I have tried. ~~~~~~~~ In summary ~~~~~~~~ In all honesty I can't say this reminds me of stormy days or anything like that! But it is a scent I am keen on and I like that it is a bit different for me and a definite change from the fruity tarts I usually opt for! It gives me room a fresh and clean fragrance with a bit of a twist. All in all I do like this one. It isn't one of my absolute favourites but for a change I would recommend it. You may not find it from the usual retailers but it seems widely available online.