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As part of a recent order for Yankee candles, in order to get free postage, I needed to find an item for £1. Wax Tarts do the job. I wanted something completely different, moving away from Spice fragrance and onto fruit. Strawberry Buttercream just sounded something that was too good to be true.
The great thing about the fragrance is that you know what your getting. When you burn it, both the Strawberry and the buttercream smells are strong and work very well together. Its just like having a cupcake flavour. It fills up the room nice. I lit last night in the bedroom and this morning I can still smell it within the air.
Burn time is excellent. I normally split the tart which should give me 4hrs of fragrance. I get more than this, I would be getting close to 6hours. So in total 12hours.
It only takes 10minutes before the wax is burnt to an oil.
* Excellent burn time with consistent smelling oil
* Strong smelling Strawberry and Buttercream
* Fills any room with the fragrance and stays in the air for hours after
This fragrance now features in my top 3 fragrances of all time. I will now invest in the large yankee jar version.
The tarts retail for approximately £1 and once burning, will last for between 6-10 hours, depending on the type of fragrance you have. They burn into an oil which gives off the fragrance. You simply burn them by putting them into a wax tart holder (available from Yankee or on ebay), place a tea light candle underneath which then in turn melts the wax down. Simple.
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The product I am reviewing is a Strawberry Buttercream Wax Tart by Yankee Candle. I have only recently got into using wax tarts after treating myself to a Yankee wax burner. I ended up buying lots of different wax tarts to see what they were like as I tend to like fruity and also some floral scents as well as some sweet scents as well. I like the wax tarts as I find that they give off more of a scent than some of the scented candles do. The Strawberry Buttercream wax tart has a luscious treat of plump, sweet strawberries buried in a rich whipped cream. The wax tart is round but has a scalloped edge to it making it look rather pretty. Yankee wax tarts come individually wrapped in clear plastic and on the top of the wax tart is a small picture which represents the scent of the wax tart. In this case the picture is of a delicious stack of cream with strawberries on the top. I was hoping that the wax tart smells as delicious as the picture on the front. I normally cut a small hole in the plastic and then un-wrap the tart before placing it into the wax burner. This wax tart is a bright white colour and smells quite sweet but not too sickly. I love the creamy scent of the wax tart and wondered how different it was going to smell once it had started to melt. Each wax tart has a burning time of approximately 8hrs. You can melt the wax tart on its own or you can break it in half and melt it along with another scent to combine different scents.
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I purchased the wax tart from Yankee Direct (www.yankeedirect.com) for £1.20, although the wax tarts are currently 10 for the price of 8. Other products in this scent include:
* Large Jar - £19.49
* Medium Jar - £16.49
* Small Jar - £7.99
* Small Perfect Pillar - £9.49
* Tea Lights (Set of 12) - £6.49
* Sampler - £1.75
You can also purchase these from various other websites and possibly some garden centres as well. Prices may vary depending on where you purchase the product from.
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I placed the unwrapped tart onto the top of the wax burner and then placed a lit tea light into the bottom of the burner. As with all of the wax tarts it took a good few minutes before it started to melt and the scent from the wax tart started to release. As the wax tart started to melt a gorgeous creamy scent started to fill the room. Being a creamy scent you would expect it to smell quite sweet; how-ever it wasn't so sweet that it was sickly. Amongst the creamy scent is a very slight hint of strawberries which gives the creamy scent a nice hint of fruit. It didn't take long before the scent from the wax tart filled my room and even drifted out of my room a little and onto the landing outside my door. I had the tea light in the bottom of the burner going for at least 3-4hrs and during this time I didn't find the scent too overpowering or sweet at any time. The scent is very noticeable when walking out of the room and then walking back in after a few minutes. After blowing out the tea light the scent from the wax tart does linger a little before completely disappearing and then there is no trace of the gorgeous strawberry buttercream scent until you place another lit tea light in the wax burner again.
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I love the scent of strawberries anyway so was a little excited about trying this scent, especially as it's called 'Strawberry Buttercream', which I think are two of the most delicious scents you can get. This wax tart sounds as though that it could be quite sweet which isn't good in some cases as some scents can become a little sickly after a while. When placing a lit tea light in the burner it only took a few minutes for the wax tart to start melting releasing the gorgeous sweet scents. I would say that the main scent to this wax tart is a creamy scent which smells delicious. There is of course a hint of strawberry in with this creamy scent, but it's not very strong. The scent from the wax tart filled my room, making it smell delicious. The smell did drift out of my room onto the landing a little but not as much as other scents have done in the past. I guess you could possibly mix this scent with the 'Sweet Strawberry' wax tart to give it a slightly fruitier scent. Despite having the wax tart burning for at least 2-3hrs I didn't find the scent overpowering or too sickly. The scent doesn't linger for long after blowing out the tea light which is a shame as it's the type of smell I would have liked to have lingered for a bit longer. In terms of value I think the wax tart is very reasonably priced and is good if you purchase it on offer. I would definitely purchase this scent again and I'm actually going to add it to my favourites list.
(review will also appear on ciao)
Strawberry buttercream is an absolutely delicious fragrance and it is definitely one of my favourite yankee candle scents! I first came across this a while ago and I have since been buying it in the form of wax tarts whenever I place an order of yankee candles.
It is also available in jar form as well as tumbler, votive and tea light form but in my opinion the wax tarts are the most affordable at just £1.25 each and each tart provides on a edges eight hours of fragrance. The wax tarts don't have wicks but they are very easy to burn, you basically melt them by putting them into a tart burner then placing a lit tea light underneath.
First you need to remove the packaging though which is basically some clear cellophane and it also has a paper label which has a yummy looking picture of strawberries and cream and it also says the fragrance name in bold writing. Yankee candle describe this fragrance as 'an absolutely luscious treat of plump, sweet strawberries buried in rich whipped cream.' And I agree one hundred percent with this description.
This is quite a strong, creamy, sweet smelling fragrance which I do think many people will find a little sickly but personally I absolutely love it and it just smells so sweet and girly, it makes my home smell like a candy shop! The fragrance fills the room really quickly and it doesn't take that long at all to fill the whole of my house. I love that it smells very foody and it makes it smell almost like I have been baking and this makes my home smell welcoming and cosey.
The smell of strawberries is really noticeable and the creamy scent works really well with it, the overall scent is sweet but well balanced and personally I don't find it too sweet but I do really like sweet fragrances so as I said before some people may find it a little sickly. The smell lingers for ages and keeps my home smelling warm as well as clean, as it masks any smells from cooking which is handy if I have cooked something strong smelling like fish.
I highly recommend this delicious fragrance and I give it a well deserved give out of five stars.
Although I have always been a fan of candles, I have never really understood the hype around Yankee Candles, that was until my mum brought is a couple for Christmas. Since then, I love going to my local stock list or B&Q to have a good 'sniff' and buy new fragrances. I tend to prefer sweet smells rather than floral and when I saw there was one called Strawberry Buttercream, I knew this would be one for me!
All you need to do is remove all the wrapping and place on to the top of an oil burner (in the bit where you would normally put the oil); light a tea light in the bottom as normal. The tart then starts to melt which is when you start to smell the product. Once the tea light has been extinguished, the tart hardens ready to be used again. Yankee say that the fragrance last for around 8 hours, I find this is pretty accurate, they actually last for longer but just not as strong.
The tarts are widely available for around £1.20; you can also buy them from EBay for this price with free postage.
Also in the same fragrance, Yankee also sell the tarts in multi-packs and also sell sets of tea lights, tester candles, reed diffusers, large glass jar candles etc. Prices can range up to around £16 depending upon which product you buy.
I was right; this was absolutely a fragrance for me. As soon as the wax started to melt, the room was filled with a lovely sweet buttery smell. Although the strawberry hint was only faint, it was still present enough to identify.
I found this tart really strong, within 20 minutes, I could smell it all around the house, and although it was really, it had a genuine smell to it and didn't feel synthetic at all.
The house smelt like I had been baking beautiful cakes and my partner even made a comment when he walked in (it was actually more like a joke because I cannot cook!). Once extinguished, the fragrance lasted a couple of hours however it was only faint by this time.
Yankee says "Yum ... an absolutely luscious treat of plump, sweet strawberries buried in rich whipped cream" And I completely agree. Although it did make me crave sweet foods!
I will definitely by purchasing some more wax tarts in this fragrance and would recommend 100%, 5 out of 5 stars from me!
Thanks for reading.
They say everyone deserves a second chance. So, after a previously happy relationship, I have decided to try to forget Yankee trying to scent-blast the back of my throat with the appalling Apple & Pine Needle wax tart and Mr Rarr and I have updated our collection of tarts.
One amongst our new batch - to keep the house smelling welcoming we always try to keep some wax tarts in stock - was Strawberry & Buttercream. This little fluted tart comes in a plain white wax and smells gently sweet and charming through the cellophane, and is currently having its first outing in our home as I type this.
***WHAT'S IT LIKE?***
Mr Rarr just unwrapped this new addition to our lives and instantly noticed how sweet the scent is when truly unleashed from its plastic prison. Creamy to a degree and with a hint of berry freshness but the overriding scent was a sweet, cloying one. Still, Yankee know they're in the last-chance saloon with me so let's give it some time to melt and see how we get on.
I shall update this review later...this is breaking news reviewing, people.
***INSERT SUBTITLE HERE.....A LITTLE WHILE LATER...***
I'm surprised. We are about an hour in and both Mr Rarr and I have been pottering about online doing "online errands" - emails, photos etc. Me trying not to fall asleep on the sofa after commuting to London earlier. Then suddenly I walk back into the living room and realise how nice it smells, as Mr Rarr says "I like this one!".
Strawberry & Buttercream has redeemed the Yankee standing in this house. It is sweet, yes, but balanced with a gentle, full-bodied, slightly creamy but not overbearing base note. There is a hint of fruitiness which helps cut through the creaminess, and whilst this is very, very relaxing - just what I need - as well as welcoming, mellow and subtle.
When I have that "oh, yeah" moment and remember I put a scent on, I do notice the strawberry. It is quite natural and subtle so whilst it counters the creaminess, it doesn't blow you away like it might when added to some "invigorating" shower products - to me this is a really nice balance.
I can imagine this suiting a lot of people - it is completely inoffensive, not overly sweet or creamy or fruity. It is pleasant and would suit young females, families, entertaining, pretty much the range. I of course do not count the "bloke sector" who would like Yankee to crack the elusive "Steak & Ale Pie" fragrance, but if they ever do that then I'll be in line before any guy...
***SO THAT'S DAY ONE...***
Day two of burning this, and as we are both off work again this has been on for some time. I would say this does become slightly more subtle but is still very noticeable and definitely lives up the standard approximate eight hours that Yankee tarts are meant to provide you with.
Overall, I love this tart and would definitely put it on the list of favourites that I will buy again. Whilst in summer I would go for a zesty, purely fruity scent, this is a great one for winter and even early spring when there is freshness in the air, which I think would be lovely when you can leave the windows open and get fresh air going through the house for the first time after a cold winter, with this for comforting, slightly zesty and gentle scent.
A really nice scent from Yankee, not an absolute favourite that I can't live without but really relaxing and enjoyable.
Thanks to all the many reviews of Yankee candles on this very website, I have become a bit of a fan myself! A while back I bought a set of ten wax tarts on ebay for a good price, and have been gradually working my way through them. This review is for the strawberry buttercream wax tart. Sounds good enough to eat, doesn't it?
About Yankee candles
For those of you who aren't very familiar with Yankee candles, here is a little background. The company was founded in the US in 1969 when 16 year old Michael Kittredge realised he didn't have a Christmas present for his mother, so he hastily made her a candle from melted crayons - which he then sold to a neighbour who admired his handiwork! And from here Yankee Candles was born. What makes the candles so popular is the delicious range of fragrances available, and the range is always changing and expanding, with new scents released for different seasons.
Using the tarts
Candles are available in different sizes, and some come in jars, but the ones I like are the wax tarts, which are actually wickless lumps of scented wax. What you do is pop them into a tart burner, light the tealight underneath, and wait for the scent to be released.
As I am a fan of fruity scents, the tarts I purchased had mainly fruit fragrances, and this was one I was very keen to try out.
All wax tarts come shrink wrapped, and I actually unwrapped this and popped it into my oil burner about 24 hours before I actually lit the tealight underneath. And even though it wasn't lit, I smelt it every time I walked in the room. It is a very sweet fragrance, as you would expect and strawberry is certainly the fragrance I could detect the most before I had lit the burner.
Once it was lit it didn't take long at all for the fruity scent to fill the room. Strawberry is definitely the strongest fragrance here, and it is a lovely sweet scent. And alongside the strawberry scent, I could detect a more mellow vanilla fragrance which complemented the strawberry very nicely. This helps take the edge off the sweet, fruity fragrance of the candle and makes it suitable for those who may not want something overpoweringly sweet or fruity.
I love the fragrance of this candle - it has a lovely smell that's right up my street! What also really impressed me was the fact that I went in the garden while this was lit, and could smell it a good 20 feet away. It is a strong yet pleasant scent, and ranks as one of my favourite Yankee smells - so far at least!
In summary ...
Overall I highly recommend this wax tart. I got many hours use from it (around 7 hours I think) and the fragrance filled my dining room - and beyond - very nicely. If you are a fan of fruity scents then I would definitely suggest picking this one up.
One of my favourite smells is strawberry so when I spotted this in a wax tart format in my local Clinton Cards reduced from £1.25 a tart to a mere 50p I bagged what I thought was a bargain at the time. I love wax tarts as they are a cheap little treat for me and my home and allow me to experiment with the Yankee scents without committing myself to paying out what can be a lot of money on the candles.
Like all of Yankee wax tarts this comes in a see-through wrapper and on the front of it there is a picture shown of strawberries and cream and we are clearly told what it is and who it by and then on back/base of the wrapper we are told do's and don'ts concernng using the tart, we are told to expect about 8 hours of burn time from one, the weight is stated which is 22g and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The wrapper is easy enough to remove and informative enough.
The Tart Itself:
White in colour, round and with fluted edges you can easily snap this in half to fit a small oil burner or do as I do and place the whole thing in a large sized oil burner and light a tealight underneath it and what happens is that the wax tarts melts to transparent liquid when hot and of course when you extinguish the tealight any wax hardens back up.
This has a really weird sort of scent to me and I found it very disappointing in its fragrance as well as weak. This to me smelt nothing like strawberries and just smelt sweet really and it took a good few minutes to detect any fragrance from it at all.
Usually with a Yankee product I can say that this smells fantastic and enthuse but this one really is a weak tart and nothing like you expect it to be. I usually get my whole flat smelling gorgeous burning something Yankee but this didn't do that at all and once I put out the tealight after burning the tart for a couple of hours before going to bed, I got up the next morning and couldn't detect any lingering fragrance at all.
There are many berry and strawberry scents in lots of Yankee things and my advice is give this one a miss!
Available from Yankee and places such as Amazon and Clinton Cards etc and in candle format too.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I absolutely love Yankee candles but because they are so expensive to buy in the housewarming jars I usually experiment with the tarts and save the more expensive jars for those fragrances that I really love.
I tend to end up buying a lot of my tarts on sales and in packs where they just select a few different fragrances. I find this the best way to discover new scents and usually the majority of the fragrances have been ones that I have really enjoyed.
Of course there are always going to be smells that aren't to everyone's taste but normally the ones that I don't like are inoffensive and I can still use them and just make a note not to buy them again. There have only ever been a couple that I have really disliked with strawberry buttercream being one of them.
I thought from the description that I would like this one as although I'm not really in to the fruity scents from Yankee and prefer the fresh ones I really like the smell of strawberry in general and use it a lot in my beauty products.
Unfortunately I found this to have almost no discernible smell of strawberry in it and instead was just a sickly sweet sugary smell which I really didn't like. Luckily for me it was also one of the weakest tarts I have ever had from Yankee so I didn't have to contend with the sickly sweet smell permeating the whole room.
I couldn't recommend this particular Yankee fragrance to anyone as for people who are expecting a nice strawberry smell are going to be disappointed and for those who actually like the fragrance they are also going to be disappointed as the scent is so weak and doesn't fill a room. There are plenty of other strawberry scented candles in the Yankee range so I would save your money and just buy one of those instead.
WHAT IS IT?
A wax tart from Yankee Candle for burning in a tart burner.
Strawberry Buttercream smells to be like strawberry shortbread because there's a strong vanilla fragrance that mixes with the fruity strawberry. It does have a creamy fragrance but this isn't very strong and I don't think it makes the tart smell like buttercream very much. This is one of Yankee Candle's very sweet fragrances and it was a nice one to burn in the summer, I like that the strawberry isn't too strong and has been mixed with other fragrances because strawberry can be quite overpowering. When the tart melts the smell in the air is like a cake because the sweet and fruity fragrances mix together to create the smell of fresh baked strawberry shortbread.
WHAT I THINK
This isn't a favourite but I do like it. The fragrance is quite weak in the air compared to the spicy wax tarts that I usually buy but it is light and good as a summer fragrance when you don't want your home smelling too heavy. The sweet smell stays in the air for a long time after the tealight has gone out but I only notice this when I go out of the house and come back in again. I like the way the strawberry fragrance is used as a background fragrance because it allows the sweetness of the vanilla and sugar to mix together and create this lovely shortbread smell.
The Strawberry Buttercream tart only lasted for about six hours and that's not very good because most Yankee Candle tarts last for at least eight hours and sometimes more. It started to fragrance my lounge very quickly after I lit the tealight though and as I have already said the fragrance lasts for a long time after burning so I can forgive the tart losing it's fragrance so quickly. I love that when I keep it in the burner the air around the burner smells like vanilla even if I haven't lit the tealight, a lot of the tarts have this effect but it seems better with this one because the fragrance is so pretty that it's nice to smell it as I walk past the unlit burner.
The Strawberry Buttercream tart costs about £1.10 and you can buy it from Yankee Candle directly or from Ebay where you'll sometimes be able to find it in a mixed set with other food fragrances.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
In the grand scheme of things I am relatively new to the world of Yankee Candles, I came across then by reading a number of review on here and then finding one in my Grandmas car, as she had no idea where it had come from or whose it was she said I could have it and I have loved them since. In August last year when myself and my family were on holiday I had bought a couple of new tarts in a shopping centre we visited as I didn't realise at the time there was anywhere local to me that sold them, since then I have been bought a great variety for Christmas and most recently my birthday and have even added to them myself.
Yankee Candles were created in 1969 when Mike Kittredge melted down some crayons trying to make his mother a gift, after someone saw what he had done they bought it off him and he then bought my wax to make some more and Yankee Candles were born.
There are a great range of different Yankee Candles and a great difference in price and burning time to boot,
Wax Tartlets - £1.20 - 8 hours burning time
Tea Lights - £6.45 for 12 - 4-6 hours burning time
Sampler - £1.75 - 15 hours burning time
Small Jars - £7.99 - 25-40 hours burning time
Medium Jars - £15.99 - 65-90 hours burning time
Large Jars - £18.99 - 110-150 hours burning time
Small Tumbler - £9.45 - 35-45 hours burning time
Medium Tumbler - £14.75 - 45-50 hours burning time
Large Tumbler - £18.25 - 70-90 hours burning time
There are over 100 different fragrance options and I like the fact that they bring out new fragrances for the different occasions through the year and that no matter what your budget you can enjoy the range.
The tartlets come in a simple plastic wrapper which is wrapped tightly around the tart, the tart is like a pastry case narrower at the bottom than the top but not by much and has fluted edges. This particular tart a lovely crisp white in colour and on the top of it there is a picture of a pile of buttercream on the top of a cake with little strawberries dotted around it, it looks really inviting and sort of makes me want to eat cake!
On the underneath of the tart there is a small sticker which has some small pictures on it of warnings to do with the tart, there is,
a sign to say it will burn for more than 8 hours although some lose their smell before the 8 hours is up.
Do not use with electric
Do not leave unattended
Do not use near curtains
Keep 10cm between candles
Keep away from children
Do not use in a frying pan
Do not add water
The tart was only burning for around 10 minutes when the smell began to become apparent in the room, in the packaging the tart smelt sweet and quite sickly but nothing like strawberries. Once the tart was burning it still smelt sweet but not at all sickly but also not in the slightest like any strawberry I have ever smelt.
The tart burnt over a week or so and every night the smell was just as strong and I would say we had about 9 hours of fragrance from this tart so it made it even better value which was great. The smell from this tart lasts for hours and can still be smelt the morning after it has been burnt which is great and I actually think burning Yankee Candles is actually better than most air fresheners as it really helps get rid of nasty smells and lasts for ages.
I really liked the scent of this one but it could have had a little more strawberry scent to it, it is one that I would happily buy again and would recommend.
My Yankee obsession is relatively young. I will give you all one guess why I decided I must try this brand.....yes that's right, reviews from all of you! I had seen Yankee products before and thought that they looked nice with some interesting scents but they were quite pricey. However, through the powers of dooyoo and ciao I soon learned that the Yankee brand can be bought in a number of forms including wax tarts and tealights.
I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a wax tart holder and some tarts a few months ago. One variety I knew that I had to try was the strawberry buttercream version. I love strawberries and I love buttercream. I especially love baking with the two so this sounded like the perfect scent for me to try.
I ordered my tarts from ebay where I paid around £1.20 per tart if I remember rightly but they can be found in a number of places including specialised Yankee websites, card shops and gift shops. The scent is also available in a range of sizes including the tart and larger jar candles. As I have the tart this review is going to be focused on the tart variety.
To burn the tart you will need a special burner which you can pick up for as little as £5. I bought a genuine yankee petal design one for something like £6 so they can be picked up at bargain prices.
The tart comes wrapped in clear shrink wrap. You can see the tart inside and it is a pale cream colour. The label tells me that the scent is Strawberry Buttercream and there is a picture of a cupcake. You can detect a slight aroma of the tart through the wrapping.
Using the tart is very simple. Just take off the wrapping, pop it into the top of the burner, place an unscented tea light underneath and you are ready to go. It is important that the tealight is unscented to ensure that you get the full scent from the tart.
Once the tealight has been burning for around five minutes or so you begin to get a pool of melted wax forming in the centre of the tart. The aroma really begins to kick in then and the air is full of the sweet aroma of strawberry and buttercream.
The scent is lovely. It is sweet yet the cream really helps to balance it out and its a very comforting and homely smell. You can definitely detect some vanilla coming through and the strawberry scent is quite subtle and there is sort of a hint of it rather than the initial scent being that of strawberry. I wouldn't say it was too much of a feminine scent because my partner commented that the house smelled nice so its not too frilly and fancy for men!
Each wax tart is supposed to have a burn time of around 8 hours. However, I have burned mine for around 2 hours a few weeks ago and now I have had it burning for around 4 hours this evening and I would estimate that there was at least half of the tart left.
To stop the tart burning you simply extinguish the tealight and within ten minutes or so the liquid wax will solidify back into a tart. If desired you can then take this out of the burner with a bit of a wiggle and then you are free to burn a new fragrance.
The aroma of the tart lingers for a good few hours after burning. If I burn it in the evening I can still detect a very subtle hint of the aroma in the morning but the scent has usually gone within 12 hours.
I really like this fragrance and think it will be a fab one for winter as I think it provides a really cosy and homely scent. It has a subtle aroma and is bound to appeal to most. Definitely one to try if you haven't previously.
Yankee Candle Strawberry Buttercream Tart
Having tried many of the Yankee scents I just love trying new ones so I go mad buying any I see. The most recent purchase is this Strawberry Buttercream tart. I popped into a shop and was instantly drawn to the Yankee candle display. They were not especially cheap but as they were so very lovely looking and smelled wonderful I bought myself four at the price of £1.10 per tart. I know you can buy these from Ebay in bulk lots for less but this just caught my eye.
I have had a number of scented candles over the years and do like the wonderful scents that fill my rooms Using the tarts is a bit different from candles as they had no wick and gave off their scent by being melted in a burner with a tea light candle underneath.
Yankee Candles the company originated in the USA. But have quickly become a household name over here . They offer a huge range of home fragrance products from sprays, reed diffusers through to all kinds of shapes and sizes of scented candles. They are often found in garden centres and gift shops so it is a case of keeping your eyes open. We do actually have a big Yankee Candle shop in the Westfield Centre in Derby but I rarely go in there as I find them very expensive so tend to see if I can get bargains elsewhere. It is also worth noting that www.yankeedoodle.co.uk often has them at discounted prices if you want to order a few.
I had to cut the very tightly sealed plastic wrap from the outside then as I took the tart out I had a good sniff. It smelled quite powerfully sweet and creamy but with a hint of strawberry. It was a pure white colour .On the front there is a picture of a yummy looking bowl of strawberries and cream. Yankee describes this as "an absolutely luscious treat of plump, sweet strawberries buried in rich whipped cream".
I popped half the tart onto my brand new burner that I'd recently acquired from Wilkinsons. I popped a lighted tea light underneath and waited. The tart began to melt quite quickly and then I decided to write this review so I rushed to take a photo mid melt and a few others came later. When I first opened the little pack I was not overwhelmed by the smell, it was sweet and creamy and there was a hint of strawberries but it wasn't a scent that bowled me over with its strength.
As the tart melted the scent became stronger and now there was definitely a wonderfully sweet and creamy sort of strawberry milkshake king of aroma, it isn't as knock you over strawberry crush as the sweet strawberry tart was but it is really lovely with its own distinctive smell. It smelled a bit like strawberry ice cream or butter icing with strawberry jam and not at all unnatural. It really smells good enough to eat and I immediately rushed out to buy fresh strawberries for our desert that night. Delicious!
Another great tart experience and again I am impressed. I put this one in the kitchen on the windowsill as ours is a tiled sill so there is no danger of the heat burning anything through the burner. Even though tea lights have the wax safely within their aluminium foils they can still create a massive amount of heat that will damage furniture as I discovered to my cost when I got scorch marks on a wooden table. I now put my burners either on the tiled surfaces or on a couple of drink mats that are heat proof just in case. Another thing to be wary of is that you should NOT ever move a burner with melted wax as they are very hot and melted wax can cause nasty burns on skin or melted wax spilling can also cause wax stain damage or burns on carpets and other furnishings. Always put any burners out of the reach of children and never leave them in rooms unattended as candles can obviously cause fires. Someone I know put a tea light on their TV and left it, it melted the TV top and fell into the inside and set their room on fire so please be VERY careful they are to be treated as mini fires.
Having given all the dire warnings I am a big fan of candles and especially the scented ones as they give off lovely fragrances and also add atmosphere to a room with gentle flames flickering in their containers. They are a lovely addition to a room's ambience but just need to be treated with good sense.
I was very pleased with my Strawberry Buttercream tart and love the smell. As it burns I get hunger pangs and cravings for strawberries and cream or a nice Victoia sandwich filled with fresh strawberries and buttercream. It is a very summery fragrance and quite evocative. The scent is not one of Yankee's strongest but it nicely fills my kitchen with the gorgeous creamy with a hint of strawberry smell.
Thank you Yankee candles for this lovely scented tart, I will certainly be buying this one again as it smells so natural and fresh. It will be a lovely reminder of summer when the days are not so warm and sunny.
Yankee Candles sell their different products in many variations and not all are in every variation but generally they sell in these variations.
Wax Tart - lasts 8 hour duration costs 90p to £1-05 each.
Tea light scented candles which last about 4-6 hours per candle, you get 12 in a box for about £5-99
Votive candle lasts 15 hour duration costs £1-75 to £2
Small house warmer jar candle lasts about 25-40 hours costs about £7-99
Standard lidded glass tumbler lasts about 35-45 hours and costs about £8-99
Medium house warmer jar candle lasts about 60-75 hours and costs about £13-99
Medium 2 wick tumbler lasts about 45-50 hours and costs about £13-99
Large 2 wick tumbler last about 70-90 hours and costs about £17-50
Large house warmer jar candle which lasts about 100-150 hours and costs about £17-99
Sometimes different scents are offered in other formats as well so if you are really interested in this scent then go onto the Yankee candle website and see the many different possibilities you can choose from.
The prices do vary from store to store so it does pay to look around if you are lucky enough to have more than one shop that sells them or try on line. Personally I think the little tarts give you a great trial of the scent, if you really like it then you may choose to get a candle which last longer. The only thing I find is that once the candle has burned down a bit it doesn't really look as nice as the wax is up the edges and it just looks tatty. With these little tarts once they have done their job you just remove the wax from the burner. A tip I have learned from Nar on here to put them in the freezer then the wax pops out easily - so thanks Nar for that it is a really handy tip. Then you just throw the wax away. If you were really into crafty stuff you could melt them and make your own candles if you saved them up and bought some wicks from a craft shop. I might even give that a try and let you know how they work!
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***THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE WAX TART***
---Why I Bought This---
I enjoy using wax tarts but had not tried this one. However I recently bought a sampler candle in this fragrance as part of a gift for someone and the smell was so lovely even through the cellophane wrapper that I decided to get the wax tart for myself.
I have two Yankee tart burners and I like to use these as a cheap way to fragrance and freshen my home - but there are so many different fragrance tarts I try to buy different ones each time.
Yankee candles are a well known USA brand which has been going since the late 1960s. Yankee are well known for selling large jar candles, small votive candles, tarts and also attractive jar shades, plates and candle holders. They also now do car air fresheners as well.
---What Are Tarts Anyway?---
Well I wondered that myself a while ago when browsing Ebay and finding hundreds of them!
Tarts are little discs of solid wax with serrated edges as if they had been moulded in a cake case.
These wax discs do not have any wicks and are meant to be melted in a burner over a candle for the aroma to be released.
Each tart costs just over £1 and the fragrance is said to last up to 8 hours. After that the wax should be disposed of.
There are literally hundreds of different tarts to choose from and they come in Fresh, Floral, Fruit, Food & Spice and Festive categories.
---Tarts V Candles---
I have also been lucky enough to be given one of the large jar candles that Yankee make.
However I would say that the tarts have advantages over the candles.
Large jar candles need to be burnt for 2-3 hours at a time to get the wax to melt in the correct way and not 'tunnel' down the centre.
Tarts can be used for however long or short a time as you wish - the fragrance is released after as little as 5 minutes and they can be extinguished whenever you wish.
Yankee.co.uk have a huge list of suggestions for blending two compatible fragrance tarts together to make a new aroma.
Disc of white wax wrapped in cellophane.
Called 'Strawberry Buttercream'- made with pure natural extracts.
Image of Strawberries and buttercream on the front.
The back has a round sticky label which details lots of basic safety advice on using candles etc - one telling you not to heat up in a frying pan!
To use you must first have either an oil burner or tart warmer and put a tea light on the base and light - the wax tart should be unwrapped from its cellophane wrapping and placed in the dish.
In about 5 minutes the smell begins being released as the wax melts.
Once all the aroma has been depleted and the wax has reset it is just a matter of popping it easily out of the dish and disposing.
You can also pop out the set wax before it is finished if you wish to use another aroma in the tart burner for a change.
£1.20 from Ebay - but wax tarts are around that price in most places.
Also available as votive candles and in the larger jars.
I do not like using synthetic air fresheners so I will often just light up a wax tart for 10 minutes to give a little waft of fragrance through the house. I usually snap these into halves or quarters as you do not need to melt the whole tart in one go - or I will divide it between two tart burners in different rooms.
This tart has a lovely creamy and rich smell - very appetizing - as I said I loved the smell of this one even before unwrapping so even in the tart burner before the candle is lit it gives off a lovely faint creamy smell.
Personally without knowing I would not say it smelt at all of strawberry but as the smell is so lovely and I did not buy it especially for the strawberry element I do not mind. This is a 'food' type of smell but not sickly or off-putting at all.
It is not masculine in any way but my husband. who does not really like candles and 'smelly' things has not complained about this at all - which is definitely a good sign.
It is the sort of smell you would get in a cake shop perhaps, with lots of sweet icing.
I find that using the tarts for just 10 minutes or so at a time these tarts seem to last for many weeks and are great value - I much prefer to use these than the large candles and they are more economical. Even the cellophane wrappers smell so nice it is a shame to throw them away.
---Would I Recommend?---
As you may see from a lot of older reviews I am a big fan of Yankee products and have tried quite a few of them. One of my favourite Yankee products is the wax tarts, these are cheap to buy, allow you to try new fragrances without spending a fortune and also make great air fresheners for your home. One of my newer fragrances I have recently brought is Strawberry Buttercream, I spotted this one on the Yankee website and thought the fragrance sounded lovely, I just had to try it.
My Strawberry Buttercream comes, as do all Yankee Wax Tarts, wrapped tightly in a clear plastic wrapper allowing you to see the colour of the wax tart inside. The wax tart has a small square label stuck to the top of it, this has the words "Yankee Candle" written at the top of the label in black and the fragrance of the tart, "Strawberry Buttercream" written at the bottom within a white box in black writing. Fitting in with the rest of the Yankee products, the rest of the label is take up with a picture which is designed to fit in with the fragrance of the Tart, in this case a picture of buttercreamwith strawberries set in it with a pale pink background. There is also a small plain label on the bottom of the wax tart which doesn't contain a huge amount of information, mainly how not to and how to use the wax tart, most of this is demonstrated with symbols rather than writing.
The appearance of the Wax Tart is exactly the same as all of the others in the range, a Yankee Wax Tart is basically a small round wax cake with fluted edges. The colour of the wax more often than not is designed again to reflect the fragrance of the tart, in this case it is made from a white coloured wax. Yankee Candle Wax Tarts look similar to a small round flat candle but without the wick to burn them with.
When I first purchased my Strawvberry Buttercream wax tart I imagined it had a light delicate fragrance to it and also one which was quite sweet so when my Yankee order arrived I was keen to try this one out as I felt that this was going to be a fragrance I particularly enjoyed. I used my strawberry Buttercream wax tart in the same way that I use all my others, I removed the packaging and placed the whole thing in the bowl part of my oil burner and then lit a tea light underneath it. After just a few minutes the wax tart began to melt and the fragrance gradually spread around the room. I was correct in that the fragrance was quite delicate, not the strong fragrance that some of the Yankee Wax Tarts have, however it was not too weak, the fragrance of this particular wax tart was quite sweet and it had a strong smell of strawberries as you would expect, the strawberry fragrance was not 100% true to fresh strawberries but neither is it an artificial smell, I would say that for this type of product the fragrance is pretty accurate. The fragrance of the Strawberry Buttercream Wax Tart made a lovely room freshener, living in a open plan house I find that the stronger fragrances often spread throughout the house, with this one it did tend to just linger in the downstairs of my house, however for the room that it was burning in the strength of the fragrance was ideal, even after I blew the tea light out and let the wax re-set I could still smell the sweet strawberry fragrance for some time afterwards, this particular wax tart left my rooms smelling lovely and fresh.
Yankee Candle Wax Tarts are widely available whether its from various gift shops or online, I purchased this particular one online as I have not seen it available in any local shops, I paid just 90p. I thought this was excellent value for money as I do with all of the Yankee Wax Tarts as they are usually priced around £1.00, sometimes a little more or less depending on where you buy from. I find that Yankee Wax Tarts are well worth the money, you get on average around 8 hours burn time from each tart before the fragrance starts to disappear, I haven't used my strawberry Buttercream for 8 hours yet, however I have used it several times and so far the fragrance is not fading so I am well on track to get 8 hours of burn time out of it.
I would certainly recommend the Strawberry Buttercream Yankee Candle Wax Tart, this has a lovely sweet fruity fragrance to it which really freshens up the room, the fragrance is delicate and not over powering but it makes a lovely summery room freshener as it is not too heavy at all. The fragrance generally is long lasting and does not have an artificial smell to it at all. In my opinion this is well worth the money, you get a lot of burn time from a Yankee Wax Tart and this one is no different and at under £1.00 for the tart it is a bargain. This is a lovely addition to anyone's Yankee Candle collection and I would certainly like to try some of the candles in this particular fragrance. This is one I would recommend and one I will be buying again in the future.
Yankee's Strawberry Buttercream wax tart was another of my bargain buys recently, when I spotted a few of Yankee Candle's products reduced to half-price in Clinton Cards. At just 55p for a wax tart, I couldn't leave the shop without buying a few.
This wax tart appealed to me right away as soon as I spotted it, as not only do I love strawberry scents but the photograph on the packaging on the front of the wax tart showed a mound of delicious looking cream with strawberries, making it look even more tempting.
The tart itself is white in colour and smells quite strongly of strawberries whilst still in its wrapping, which also means these wax tarts are great to pop in drawers to add fragrance, as well as melting them in a tart or oil burner of course.
Once I had unwrapped my wax tart I could also detect the subtle creamy fragrance added to the strawberries and thought for once, Yankee have actually given an appropriate name to one of their candles!
Recently I have bought a few of these tarts and with names such as 'Beach Towel' have wondered exactly how Yankee came up with the name. Also there are a few which have names that would suggest a certain fragrance, but you find that the actual scent, whilst pleasant enough, is nothing like you would perhaps imagine it to be!
With Strawberry Buttercream smelling so strongly before I had removed the wrapping I did think I would achieve the 8 hours burning time stated by Yankee and maybe perhaps a little more, as this often happens with some of the stronger smelling wax tarts.
After placing it in my burner and lighting a tealight underneath, it was only a couple of minutes before I detected the strawberry scent beginning to appear as the wax melted.
Quite a lot of the Yankee fragrances seem to be masculine, often reminding me of aftershaves, which I really don't mind. Indeed my favourite Yankee tart so far is one which reminds me of Joop aftershave. However, Strawberry Buttercream is definitely a feminine fragrance, so if you are not a fan of the masculine scented candles or wax tarts then this may be one for you. The strawberries and cream combination fusing together to produce a really lovely fruity fragrance with a twist or as Yankee say : 'An absolutely luscious treat of plump, sweet strawberries buried in rich whipped cream...'
It does actually smell good enough to eat!
The fragrance from my wax tart as it began to melt was really quite strong and I allowed the tealight burn out which was around 3 hours. During this time the fragrance wafted out into my hallway and up the stairs.
What I particularly liked with this one was the following morning, after having burned the tart for 3 hours the previous evening, the fragrance was still hanging in the air when I came downstairs and I could also still detect the fragrance when I came home from work later that day. Whilst it isn't the strongest fragrance I have experienced from Yankee, its longevity after extinguishing the tealight was impressive.
I also achieved the 8 hours of fragrance you can expect to achieve from burning a wax tart. In fact it was actually around 9 hours before the fragrance began to disappear, which again is good.
Strawberry Buttercream is definitely one I would buy again and whilst not my favourite (I actually prefer the more spicy, masculine scented candles) it is certainly one of the best I have came across so far in terms of the fragrance's 'throw' and its longevity.
By buying a wax tart or a votive from Yankee you are also getting the chance to sample the fragrance and see if you like it before buying the more expensive scented glass jars. The usual price of the wax tarts vary between 99p - £1.20 and they are available to buy online from Yankee outlets as well as Amazon and also from card and gift retailers.
As I mentioned at the beginning, I paid just 55p for my wax tart in a sale at Clinton Cards which made my purchase a great bargain.