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I used to use Yankee candles quite a lot but I stopped shopping where they sold them locally and bought other brands instead. I was shopping in my local garden centre recently though and saw that they had a winter fragrance collection which caught my eye. I found this 'Sugared Apple' scented candle and thought it sounded lovely. I also could smell it through the wrapper and I thought it would be a lovely addition to my Christmas decorations. Yankee candles are sold in a few different sizes and styles but I always buy their 'votive' (also called Samplers) candles. These are small candles made to fit into glass or ceramic candle holders and they measure about 2 inches high and which thin out slightly towards their base. The candles come individually wrapped in a thick plastic sheet. I always do an in-shop test to see how powerful a candle scent is going to be. If I can't smell the fragrance through the plastic wrap I don't buy the candle as I know the scent is going to be a weak one. Printed on these wrappers each candle has a few details about the variety. This white coloured Sugared Apple variety shows a picture on the wrapper of a ripe red apple affixed to a Christmas tree. There is a dusting of snow over the fruit's shiny skin. A stencilled pattern in the snow shows some seasonal stars. It looks very festive but after using this candle I can attest that this candle could be used at any time of the year. The fragrance is designed to be warming and to bring to mind seasonal treats but I would quite happily burn this candle in the middle of summer. It's sweet scent is probably best suited to a bedroom in warmer months but it's a lovely fixture in the living room over winter. I would describe the fragrance as being like burnt sugar or dark rich toffee combined with a hint of spiced apple pudding. The brand state that the formula contains "pure, natural extracts" to enhance the naturalness of the fragrance. It's one of those fragrances that manage to be ultra sweet like vanilla essence but dark, smoky and musky at the same time. Hints of fresh sliced apple and sparkling cider dance in the air as you burn the candle whilst the intoxicating musk hangs like a warm mist. The combination of fragrance notes is charming and burning the candle during these cold rainy nights makes the house feel warmer and more welcoming. It sort of authenticates Christmas! The Yankee Votive candles are supposed to burn for up to 15 hours but I never quite get this long. However I have been advised to shorten the wick by cutting it which apparently lengthens the burn time. I find these Votive candles are an ideal size to fit into all of my candle holders although you can buy specially made to fit Yankee candle holders if you require. I am really pleased with the performance of the candle. I have dogs and also cook a lot so I'm often looking to mask bad smells with that of a lovely candle. This Sugared Apple Yankee certainly achieves that and really makes the room feel atmospheric and cosy. I would buy this variety again and would recommend it to anyone who likes layered sweet and musky fragrances. The candle cost me £1.19 although prices vary and may be up to £1.80 at official vendors. You can visit the website to see the Christmas candle range at: http://www.yankeecandle.co.uk
I have just done my annual Yankee Candle bulk buy! 24 different scents in total, and I will be looking to review as many as possible over the coming weeks. I have been a collector of Yankee Candles for 3 years now, and have probably spent a good few hundred of my well-earned pounds on Yankee products. But, as any true Yankee Addict will tell you - one can never have enough candles! Behind The Brand In 1969, Mike Kittridge melted down some wax crayons, to make a candle, as he couldn't afford a gift for his mother. A neighbour saw the candle, and asked Mike to sell it to her. From there, a business was born. Since then Yankee Candle have been offering distinctive products, affordable luxuries, and unique gifts, earning a reputation for superior, long-lasting fragrance, and high quality candles. Burning Times & RRP (as of Oct 2013) Wax Tart - Up to 8 hours - £1.25 each Tea light - 4-6 hours - £6.95 for 12 Votive / Sampler - Approx 15 hours - £1.80 each Small Jar (3.7 oz) - 25-40 hours - £8.40 each Medium Jar (14.5 oz) - 65-90 hours - 16.99 each Large Jar (22 oz) - 110-150 hours - £19.99 each Sugared Apple This is one of Yankee's 2012 Christmas collection scents. The beautiful "glistening" picture of a snow dusted apple, along with the crisp white colour of the candle, makes this one look very appealing, suitable for autumnal and winter dark and cold evenings! The label promises "A deliciously sweet apple treat... a perfect recipe of juicy apples sprinkled with sugar and vanilla", and through the packaging, you can defiantly smell the sweet, crisp scent of fresh apples. Upon lighting, the first scent to hit is that of the vanilla, however, it is soon mixed with an "apple" scent, making it sweet, but not sickly so. The apple scent is a little underwhelming, and actually smells rather flowery. However, you also get undertones of sweet orange, and possibly pear? and after the initial burn and introduction of the scents, you are soon left with a rather pleasant, crisp, yet sweet scent of fresh apples. Whilst not one of my favourite Yankee scents, the scent does indeed travel throughout the room, within an hour or so of lighting, you will be surrounded by the scent. However, because it is a rather familiar, and subtle scent, I think it makes a perfect choice for those new to Yankee, and a wonderful "mood setter" for a cold winters day! I purchased this scent in votive/sample size. I had a total burning time of 16 hours, before the wick became to short to light! The scent lasted right until the very end, and was as strong on the last light, as it was on the first.
Keeping my home smelling nice is very important to me, and my favourite way to do this is by using scented candles or wax tarts. I love the way the atmosphere can be changed depending on the fragrance of scented wax. It can create a bright fresh clean feel to a room or a warm cosy romantic atmosphere. I recently bought some cheap Yankee Wax Tarts from a local department store, they were selling some Christmas fragrances for just 50p so I picked a couple up one of which was Sugared Apple. Not my normal choice as I prefer flowery smells but it sounded nice and the price as good so I gave it a try. Wax Tarts are simple little discs of oily wax without a wick, I always think they feel slightly oily rather than waxy, they measure approximately 6cm's x 1.5cm's and cost round about £1.00 - £1.20 depending on where you buy them from. They have a fluted edge and do look just like a little tart. In my opinion Yankee make the best wax tarts and these are the ones I always use. The tart comes wrapped tightly in clear cellophane allowing you to see the white wax, the wax tart has a label stuck to the front which shows a small picture that usually depicts the fragrance of the wax, Sugared Apple shows a picture of an apple covered with what could be sparkling sugar or snow, there are little stars pictured on the apple too, the whole thing has a real wintry /Christmas look. You can usually get a good idea of what the wax tart is going to smell by just by smelling the wrapper, handy of you are in a shop and not too sure if you like the sound if it. Yankees official description of this is:- " A deliciously sweet apple treat, a perfect recipe of juicy apples sprinkled with sugar and vanilla" To use a wax tart you do need an oil burner and an unscented tea light, its just a case of popping the unwrapped wax tart into the burner and lighting the tea light below it so it melts the wax tart. Once lit it doesn't take long before the oily wax is starting to melt and the fragrance filters around the room. Once the white wax of Sugared Apple melted I could smell a very sweet aroma filtering around my lounge, it had a hint of apple too but the main smell was just sweet. After a few minuets the fragrance began to get stronger and start to resemble burnt sugar it wasn't very nice. I always melt my wax tarts for a couple of hours at a time, I find the fragrance lingers for a long while after the wax has solidified and this in my opinion is the best way to get the best value from the tart, however with Sugared Apple we could smell this after the burner had gone out and the whole downstairs of my home smelt like burnt toffee apples. Yankee state their wax tarts will give you up to 8 hours fragrance and I agree. I just leave the set wax in the burner dish ready to re melt the next day however with this one I gave up using it after just one go. Once the wax has run out of fragrance I leave it to set then remove the wax from the dish You can melt the wax tarts whole, break them in half or even mix them to create your own fragrances. Personally I don't mix mine I just melt the tart whole without mixing fragrances, in my opinion Yankee mostly mix the fragrances perfectly well. Yankee use only natural ingredients in their scented wax and most of their fragrances do really smell genuine. Yankee wax tarts can be found in many independent shops and also some major department stores as well as many online stores such as Amazon UK and Yankee Direct. They are great value for money and a lovely way to fragrance your home for a small amount of money, also a good way to try different fragrances before you spend more on a larger candle. I have tried a lot of Yankee Wax Tarts and have really liked the majority of them but this one was horrible.
=Yankee Candle Sugared Apple= Yankee candles really need no introduction, but the one I am reviewing is the Sugared Apple Tart, not a fragrance I would have thought of buying for myself, but a friend knows I love the tartlets, and she gave me this one. =Price= Generally wax tartlets are from £1.00 to £1.50 each. =Why The Tartlet= I feel that the tartlets are good value for money, as I break my tartlets in half, and use just one half at the time and it allows me to get double the experience from it. =Packaging= The packaging of the tart is simple yet elegant, it comes in a see through plastic wrapper, and on the top there is a label and this has a picture of winter scene of apples, and some writing, telling us it is a Yankee Candle and the fragrance. On the bottom sticker, is some instructions and the weight which is 32g, it also tells us that we should get 8 hours of home fragrance. =The Tart= The tart is round, but with a fluted edge, and I was surprised that it was white in colour, I know the inside of the apple s white, but I was expecting it to be red or green after the skin of the apple. =Using the Tart= I snap mine in half, and then pop on to the oil burner with a tea light in the bottom. The tart melts quickly within about 10 minutes, it goes to a pool of liquid, and the aroma of crisp apples soon fills the room, it has a hint of musk and vanilla, but I feel that these are back tones to the apple. The Vanilla brings a sweet smell to the aroma, and along with the apple is a really pleasant smell. The aroma soon travels if you leave any doors open, and it is quite a strong smell but a natural small. =Burn Time= I was surprised that the aroma lasted so long and the burning time, I used the tart over about 3 nights, yet the next day in the front room where I had the burner, I could smell the apple next morning. =Winter= To me I find this to be a winter smell, it is quite deep with the musk and the apple, but with the vanilla bringing a sweet element, is a warm winter environment, it feels like you should be sat by an open fire. =Would I recommend= I would recommend it is a nice crisp yet sweet smell.
After catching the Yankee bug, I went along to a stockist looking for a candle with a wintery fragrance. I found this candle on a winter candle display in my local store and from one sniff I knew I had to have it. I purchased a small jar of Sugared Apple, for around £7. The image, in my opinion depicts a wintery scene of sugared apples on winter greenery - simple and understated. Lifting the lid on the jar presents me with a warm and caramelised aroma, apple does not spring time mind on first sniff. It is a very sweet fragrance and I seem to think of a musky male aftershave when I smell this candle. The candle burns well once lit, and I find that in under 30 minutes the fragrance fills the room. Once burning, an undertone of an apple fragrance is slightly more noticeable, but still not obvious. The main fragrance appears to be a musky spiced vanilla. This is not an overpowering fragranced candle, it is quite a subtle scent which fills the room nicely. I really like this fragrance, despite not really smelling like a sugared apple! This candle is sold around the Christmas period as a winter scent, but I would not necessarily say this candle is exclusively a winter candle. I am happy to use this all year round due to warm musky scent. This is a lovely understated candle, I recommend giving it a sniff as it could be easily overlooked.
I love Yankee Candle products so I was really pleased when I was recently in my local Homebase store and spotted this one reduced to 50p per tart instead of the usual price tag of £1.20 per tart and the reason for this as far as I am aware is because this is a festive fragrance so they may have been trying to get rid of them at the time and I do like a Yankee tart to purchase the best because I find them such good quality and value for money The packaging of a wax tart is simple and they come in a see through plastic wrapper and on the front of of it on a label we are clearly told what it is and who it is made by and there is a wintery picture of apples shown then on the back/bottom of the label we are shown in diagrams do's and don't regarding using the tart, that it weighs 32g in total, should given us 8 hours of home fragrance and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. The Tart Itself: The tart is a round, fluted and white in colour and is a piece of wax with the word Yankee inscribed into the top of it. You can snap it into pieces and burn it that way or mix it with other Yankee fragrances or just burn the whole thing which is what I always do as I'm a bit or a purist! This melts quickly into a hot pool of liquid and lets off scent quickly and the aroma of this is simply lovely. It really does smell of juicy and crisp apples with a base note that is musky in its aroma to me and with a hint of vanilla that sort of hovers over the top of the apple scent. This is sweet scent and very potent indeed and the aroma of this really does fill my home up with the scent and that scent lingers around a couple of hours after I've put it out and in total this let off fragrance for more like 10 hours of burn time than 8! I liked this fresh, fruity and very sweet scent though I do think it make be a bit heavy and syrupy for some nasal passages but I feel this scent is warm as well as being fresh and that I rather like it and think its great to burn of a cold evening anywhere in my home and wish now I'd bought more of them whilst I had the chance as I haven't see these since! Available in all good stores including Amazon. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Sometimes when I read a review about Yankee Candles that other consumers have purchased and reviewed, I don't naturally go out of my way to buy the same scent - particularly sweet scented candles from the info in their review. When I read Angelboouk's review about "Sugared Apple," Yankee Candle wax tarts that she had purchased, I wasn't really taken with the idea of the actual scent promise, but I was more impressed with her information on the idea of a crisp scent in her home. At the time of purchase I was already making plans to buy Christmas gifts early, not just for my friends or I but also for my home and wanted to get prepared early before all my other favourite scents for Christmas would be sold out. With well loved scents like "Red Berry Cedar," to the cinnamon laced types and more apple recipes along the way, "Sugared Apple," was a new release scent from Yankee Candle to mark the end of 2012. One of my favourite timeless scents is that of the "White Christmas," a pine and mint concoction that gives my home a minty, fresh and crisp appeal - hence the reason to try "Sugared Apple," as an alternative. What Does It Smell Of? Through the wrapper, it is possible to smell a small hint of apple, but in the shop where I bought this candle from initially, I tried a small jar to get the best scent possible before purchase and was quite taken with what I realised has been done before. Although there is apple present in the wax mix, there's a very strange concoction of sugary sweet vanilla with an almost washing powder like apple scent that isn't the kind I'd associate the smell of real apples with. It is almost like Yankee Candle have taken their fabric conditioner "testers" and combined a flowery washing powder promise within the confines of fruity apple and pear, a tiny hint of orange and then adding vanilla to the sweet mix that intensifies its crisp and fragrant flavour. But there's a little surprise to this scent when it comes to actually burning it in my home. The first or top tone that comes off this candle to my mind is that of dry pear and vanilla with crisp apple as the middle tone. I say this because in my mind, "Sugared Apple," reminds me so much of "Napa Sun Valley," a well loved flavour in my home and one of the best scents that Yankee Candle have released this year, even though in some corners of the Internet, there are rumours that this fruity, creamy scent is about to retire. If that is the case, then regardless of the sugary sweet promise, this is a great candle that could pass as a fruitful accompaniment to "Napa Sun Valley," itself full of orange, lemons and creamy vanilla. Here Yankee Candle have replaced the lemons with dry pear and added fruits to the base tone with the burnt sugar to create, not so much a mouth-watering concoction, but rather a fragrant and romantic tinged scent that could often pass itself off for many other scented candles such as "Wedding Day," without the intense flowers, as well as plenty of other classic scents. As such, "Sugared Apple," isn't as unique as Yankee Candle would like to think and at times twinned with the vanilla scented oil here, the sugar additive sits at odds with the rest of the mix. it is not until later that I realised there's a valid reason to why the sugar additive is apparent! This isn't just a scented candle with Yankee Candle's trademark "triple layered," scented oils, but far more additives are apparent here and the apple content mixed with the sugar is very understated right until the end when the final product starts to take on a different character similar to male aftershave, musky with a hint of sweet apple about it. No wonder this scent appeals to me - with my adoration for the Body Shop White Musk for men fragrances on tow, no wonder this is the kind of candle I'd reserve for my bedroom because of its musky undercurrents. Strength & Longevity With my electric burner, I seldom find I need to change fresh wax tarts unless I really get fed up of them and always try and keep the wax scent going until it is truly time to dispose of. Well, I've been pleasantly surprised - this scent seems to go on and on, lasting between 5 to 7 days when left to burn for a couple of hours a day, making it extremely long lasting and prolonging its value not just by the cost price of these individual wax candles alone! Strong, potent and quite fragrant, "Sugared Apple," is also fairly reliable; each day I switched on my burner, I'd be reminded with the romantic scent. As times goes on, the sweetness seems to die down bit by bit replaced by light apple and musk, giving a rather romantic and indulgent experience. Safety & Other Maintenance When purchasing Yankee Candles in wax tart formats, you'll need an additional burner to use because the wax tarts are effectively solidified scented oil tabs without wicks, making it impossible to light without an additional burner to melt it down. As such the body of the burner will become boiling hot to the touch whenever tealight candles are left to melt the wax, and additionally safety must be given at all times with any lit candle. Wax tarts & burners aren't for inquisitive children or pets. You will have to maintain safety and logic at all times - and you may find that the oil burner gets hot on the base as well as the top making it unsuitable to be moved around - and to avoid surfaces being burnt, always use a heat proof coaster to keep the burner balanced and heat insulated. Removing the candle is easy though - once the hot oil burner has cooled down, take out the tealight candle and insert the whole burner into a freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes or 30 minutes in a fridge. Afterwards tip the burner over and with a slight tap to the top, the wax tart should fall out easily. This is a much better procedure than pouring hot oil down a drain since it can block drains, or into a kitchen towel which can burn through and spoil work surfaces etc. Always sniff the base of the candle though when it falls out - if you can still smell scent - then the candle still has life in it to burn the next time around when you choose to burn the candle. This aspect is another bonus and proof to why wax tarts can be economical to buy instead of votives not just by cost price alone. Downsides & Other Formats Apart from the scent not being for all, there are plenty of other formats of this candle scent by Yankee Candle - but being a new scent for 2012 means some formats that are available in all their other established scents may not yet be available for "Sugared Apple." Prices and formats are given on average before 25% discounts if the scent is "season of the month," and usually the discounts are only available at local shops like Clinton Cards, Debenhams and House of Frasers, although it is always best to check with the seller concerned - I tend to shop for my candles locally or source online for the best prices: * Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p to £1-20 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, £5-99 to £7-99). * Medium 2-wick tumbler (12.5 oz 45-50 hours duration, £12-99). * Large Housewarmer jar candle (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £17-99). * Large 2-wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £16-99). * Lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99). * Car tab Housewarmer jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99). * Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99). Final Thoughts Certainly, if I hadn't had read Angelboouk's review on Ciao UK regarding this candle scent, I would have allowed "Sugared Apple," to pass me by. Overly sweet yet fragrantly indulgent that soon dies into a rosy champagne musk quality surrounded by that understated vanilla extract, Yankee Candle Sugared Apple is fast becoming a favourite to a lot of the other scents I have bought this year. It isn't going to be for anyone who thinks that it just carries the smell of a burnt apple however, and for that reason alone, although the candle scent appeals to me, it loses one star for such a misleading name! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2012.
I was having a day out in LLandudno, there's a gift shop on the corner of the High street that was selling off their Yankee Candle christmas range. The Tarts retail price was £1.20 but were being sold off for 60p each so I bought a few different ones to try out. I couldn't wait to try them out and am onto my final tart which is Sugared Apple. The small 22g tart is white, round and fluted around the edge. The candle wax is tightly packed making it necessary to use the scissors. Having read reviews regarding tart use, I cut them in half to use on separate occasions to prolong their life. After placing the tart in a shallow oil burner and lighting a tea light underneath, it doesn't take long for it to melt down in form a clear liquid- probably 10 mins. The fragrance wafts around the downstairs almost straight away. It's a very strong scent, not unpleasant but I do need to blow the candle out every so often as it can become overpowering. On the plus side it has made the wax tartlet long lasting, and on every relight the scent becomes less and less making it more pleasant. It's a hard scent to describe really, when first lit it had a very sweet, sickly familiar fragrance that I can't put my finger on, although it's not a spice. There's a definite vanilla edge going on, with a vague appleness- but it's more floral I suppose. The closest thing I can liken it to is a sweet apple pie with custard but mingled with vanilla and floral perfume (I know that covers a lot doesn't it?). This is a long lasting tart, it's been going for longer than 8 hours in all and still has some fragrance. I'm giving it 4 stars because it's good quality and has lasted ages, the fact I wasn't keen on it being initially too strong is personal preference.
On a recent shopping trip at the Metro Centre in Gateshead, I spotted a sale notice in the window of a branch of Collectables and as I know they stock a large range of Yankee candles, I went inside to see if any wax tarts were reduced in price. The usual price of a wax tart is around £1.20-£1.30, which isn't a lot of money but when you are a Yankee addict as I am, then the cost can mount up and so I always try to stock up when I see any reduced in price. I was in luck as Collectables were selling off the Christmas range of Yankee candles, including the wax tarts. Most were half price or less, with many only 50p each. I stocked up on a few different scented tarts including Sparkling Snow, Christmas Cookie and Christmas Cupcake which I have purchased in the past, but I also purchased a couple of Sugared Apple wax tarts, a scent I had not tried before. Sugared Apple was one of Yankee's newer Christmas scents released. Yankee describe Sugared Apple as "A deliciously sweet apple treat... a perfect recipe of juicy apples sprinkled with sugar and vanilla." I must admit the white sparkly wax with an image of apples dusted in sugar on the label, made this wax tart look very inviting along with the scent of apples as you would expect and then mixed with vanilla. Now I am not normally much of a fan of vanilla fragranced products, but the vanilla fragrance here appeared quite subtle as I held the tart to my nose and because it was blended with the apples, it made for a sweet but not sickly fragrance and I looked forward to trying it. I placed the tart into my burner and lit a tealight underneath. As soon as the wax began to melt the scent began to fill the room with a sweet and fruity fragrance. The vanilla seemed to be the first scent I noticed and I worried a little thinking it was going to become overpowering, but thankfully it didn't. The fragrance of the apples quickly filtered through and formed a sweet fragrance which was quite pleasant. I could smell the scent from my wax tart in my downstairs rooms and it also wafted up the stairs a little too. The fragrance also hung in the air for quite some time after I extinguished the tealight or when the tealight had burned out. In terms of longevity, I am pleased to report that the fragrance released from this wax tart exceeded the eight hours suggested by Yankee, which is often the case. I actually achieved around 10-11 hours of fragrance from this wax tart before the fragrance began to fade, making my wax tart great value for money. By buying these wax tarts or the tealights or votive sampler candles from Yankee, it is an inexpensive way to sample the many fragrances Yankee offer, before splashing out on the more expensive glass jar candles and tumblers. I personally prefer buying the wax tarts to the glass jars as I think they represent great value for money. 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. I often leave mine in my underwear drawer until I am ready to use them. Sugared Apple is not a fragrance that I would describe as a festive fragrance only, indeed I personally believe this is a fragrance for anytime of year, although the packaging is very festive of course. Although it is not my favourite Yankee fragrance (there are so many to choose from!) it is one I enjoyed and will definitely purchase this one again. Yankee wax tarts and other candles are available to buy at branches of Clinton cards and Collectables as well as other card and gift shops and department stores. They can also be found online at many retailers including www.yankeecandle.co.uk and Amazon.
Yankee Candle originated in the USA. They offer a huge collection of scented products for your home. ~Sugared Apple~ Yankee Candle have released four new scents for the Christmas 2012 season : Apple and Pine Needle, Snow In Love, Cranberry Ice and Sugared Apple. Sugared Apple is available in different formats (jar, tumblers, tealights, tarts and votives)which can be chosen based on your budget. The purse friendly way to experience this particular scent, is by purchasing a wax tart. For those unfamiliar with the Yankee range, a wax tart is a fluted disc of wax which is infused with natural, scent extracts. A full or half wax tart should be placed in a tart burner bowl with a tealight underneath. Each 22g tart is said to offer at least 8 hours of scent. Sugared Apple is a white coloured tart and is presented in a shrink wrapped. The label on the front illustrates a delicious looking red apple sprinkled with icing sugar. The official Yankee description of Sugared Apple is 'a delicious sweet apple treat..a perfect recipe of juicy apples sprinkled with sugar and vanilla'. ~Price and Availability~ Sugared Apple is currently available to purchase online and will be available from your local Yankee stockist (House of Fraser, local stores) when the Christmas collection is released soon. Online stockists include www.yankeescents4.com, and eBay. Expect to pay between £1.00 and £1.20 per tart. www.yankee.co.uk also stock this tart. ~My Thoughts~ As an avid Yankee Candle fan, you can imagine my excitement when I realised that the 2012 festive scents had been released! Having just finished my stash of Autumn fragrances, I was delighted at the early release of these wax tarts! I loved the sound of each of the four tarts so bought them all. I do like the way Yankee present the festive tarts - they are all green, white or red coloured. I am, without a doubt, addicted to all things Christmassy and am more than happy to watch Fred Claus, eating a turkey dinner and having a Yankee festive tart melting away in my alcove. As soon as my tarts arrived, I couldn't wait to try them out and Sugared Apple was my first conquest as it looked so fresh and had a pretty label. The weather isn't particularly warm at the moment so my tarts have been put to good use in the evenings when I wish to relax with a film (usually Christmas related). I buy the tarts as a way of sampling the different scents before commiting to a large and expensive housewarmer jar. Sugared Apple will definitely appeal more to those who adore sweet scents (like myself). A strong sweetness can be detected through the wrapper and this, as you can imagine, increases when the tart is naked (ohhh err). I always pop the full tart into my tart burner and Sugared Apple took very little time to descend into a cloudy pool of hot, scented liquid. Sugared Apple is a highly scented and quickly fills my living room with a strong fragrance before filtering around our flat. My fiance could detect it in our bedroom. It takes over any other homely scents including cooking aromas from the adjoining kitchen and at first, can be a little overpowering. Having sampled lots of other apple based scents that Yankee offer, I can confirm that this one is quite different indeed. It has been spruced up and whilst I don't personally think of apples at Christmas, this does seem to be the perfect cold evening sort of scent. It is uplifting yet warm and inviting which I like. Sugared Apple will not be to everyones tastes but I personally love it. After the first 10 minutes or so, the scent settles to a pleasant strength which hangs in the air beautifully. Sugared Apple is a very sweet and at times, rather sickly. The apple element, whilst noticeable, lingers in the background of the overall scent and gives off a refreshing, juicy undertone - very natural and crisp. The main focus is on the sugar and vanilla which is surprising as those 'ingredients' are said to be 'sprinkled' on, not poured on! Anyway, I am still a fan! The sugary sweetness is very evident and gives a layered feel to the scent. If it were a cake, it would have a slightly gritty texture so it works best in tart format! The vanilla addition is welcomed and adds a subtle hint of 'flavour' to the sugary scent without becoming too much to handle. Those who aren't keen on vanilla could still appreciate this scent. ~Conclusion~ The overall apple/sugar/vanilla combination is mouthwatering in small doses. I found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed by the strength of this tart after an hour and a half. Even us sweet addicts can't handle too much sweetness! I like to leave my tealight burning for an hour at a time and notice the scent lingers for a short while afterwards. The liquid turns into a solid block of wax and easily melts again when the another tealight is lit. I have received 8 hours from Sugared Apple so far and there is still plenty of scent left in my tart so it will exceed the 8 hour time. I can highly recommend Sugared Apple. My only critisism, if I had to be picky, would be that the apple isn't as prominent as it could have been. The overall scent could have evened out a little better if more apple scent had been added to counteract the sugary sweetness a little. After finding the scent a little too strong in the living room, I moved my tart burner into the kitchen when using afterwards and allowed the scent to filter through from there which was much more enjoyable as the scent wasn't as sickly sweet. The wax tart represents excellent value for money and I expect that this fragrance will be popular when it hits the shops. It is definitely on my 'to buy in jar format' list. Thanks for reading :) Originally written for ciao Sept 2012.