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I have heard so much about these candles that I just had to give them a try as I was afraid I was missing something!
I bought the candle online, when it was delivered it didn't look particularly exciting. It came wrapped in plastic with a sticker on it.
I opened it straight away because I was excited to try it! As soon as I opened the wrapping I could smell it and it did smell gorgeous. It was a kind of tropical scent it reminded me very much of holidays. The candle was a beige color.
I lit the candle straight away, it smelt gorgeous and reminded me of been sat on a beach somewhere relaxing. I did find that the candle did burn quite quickly which was a bit disappointing. Overall I would say that the candle lasted about 5 hours when lit.
The great thing about the candle which im sure is why they are so popular is because they literally do fill the entire room with a great scent and the scent really lasts well even after the candle is no longer burning. Even when you are cooking the smell still manages to overpower the cooking smell which I was surprised by. The candles also look lovely when lit I have used them for the centre of the table when I have made a romantic meal for my husband and it created a nice atmospheric glow.
I would definitely recommend these candles to everyone and im excited to try the other candles and all the different scents. The shape of the candle is unusual aswell so they look good in the home.
In 1969 a young boy was trying to make his Mother a present for Christmas, he melted down his crayons and little did he know he had made the first Yankee Candles. A couple of people saw the present and placed orders for him to make more candles and from there the Yankee Candle grew.
I was beginning to run out of Yankee Candle Tarts and when I noticed my local Yankee Candle shop had moved premises and had the tarts on offer I decided I would buy myself a few new ones to try.
Yankee candles come in many different fragrances and aswell as the candles there are also car fragrances. The Yankee Candle comes in many different formats with different burning times and of course different prices to boot. In the range there are,
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
I tend to stick to the tarts as I think they are really good value and they allow me to change my fragrance often. I should point out mind a tip I read for if you want to change your fragrance before your tart is finished is to place foil underneath the tart in your burner and then when it is cooled you can remove it from the burner but allowing you to return it to the burner at a later date.
The sun and sand tart is cream in colour and like the rest looks like a pastry case of a jam tart which I presume is where the name comes from. The description from one of the Yankee sites is "A tropical beach breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk" The tart is wrapped in plastic and has a little picture on the front of a beach with the sand and sea and a hammock, on the back of the tart you have another little sticker with some further information in picture format, 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
On opening the tart you can smell a sweet smell but nothing really distinctive, when the tart begins to burn it takes about 10-15 minutes before the smell starts to drift around the room but then we do have a large through living room so it takes longer to smell the tarts than if you were using them in a smaller room. The tart is quite a light smelling one and due to this it is probably not one that I would buy again simply because with having a large living room I find the stronger smelling tarts are better. Once the smell develops you can smell citrus fruits and there is definitely the smell of oranges in it, the smell tends to get a little bit musky when it lingers after you have blown out the tea light and I think I prefer the fruity part of the scent rather than the musk. The tarts are meant to last for around 8 hours and I would say that this one gives about 7 hours of decent scent and then the last hour is a little less fragranced but you can still smell it slightly. I would rate this 4 stars from 5 as I prefer other scents in the range but the tarts is still nice and very good value.
~Sun and Sand~
'A tropical beach breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk'.
Sun and Sand is one of many Yankee Candle scents. It is widely available in different formats including housewarmer jars, tealights, votive samplers, tumblers and wax tarts. A wax tart is the cheapest way to experience the delights of Yankee Candle. A wax tart is a disc of solid wax which contains pure, natural extracts. The tart should be melted in a tart burner and should offer at least 8 hours of scent.
The Sun and Sand wax tart has a natural, sandy colour. The tart is neatly packaged within a tight, clear wrapper and there are some safety diagrams on the base of the tart. The label on the wrapper illustrates a hammock, a sandy beach and a beautiful blue sea.
~Price and Availability~
A 22g wax tart can be bought online or from your local Yankee stockist for around £1.25. Current stockists include www.yankeescents4.com, www.yankeecandle.co.uk and Amazon.
A true friend knows of my love for Yankee Candles and recently treated me to a lovely, mixed selection of wax tarts. One of these tarts is 'Sun and Sand'. As the weather hasn't been too great recently, I have been melting my Summery wax tarts through the day and my warmer, Wintery wax tarts in the evening. I would highly recommend sampling a wax tart before commiting to buying an expensive candle jar. I favour wax tarts as a way of fragrancing my home.
I always pop a whole wax tart into my burner bowl. In solid form, this tart doesn't carry a very strong smell but I can detect a hint of musky sweetness. As the tart melts, a fresh aroma starts to flow from the tart bowl and filters around my livingroom and adjoining kitchen at a steady pace. Sun and Sand isn't a very strong scent. It doesn't fill our entire flat with scent but I do find that it leaves the air smelling fresh and is ultimately ideal for melting whilst doing my cleaning chores.
Scent-wise, Sun and Sand is very pleasant. It is a light, refreshing scent which leaves my home smelling fresh and clean. It isn't as tropical as other scents in the Yankee Candle range but it is definitely more 'Majorca' than 'Blackpool' if that makes sense! The citrussy notes are the most prominent and enhance the fresh feeling of the scent. A pleasant mix of natural and sweet smelling lemon and orange is noticeable and I find this blend to be beautiful.
After a short while, the citrussy notes are balanced out by light floral notes. I can't say that the lavender is very strong but there is a relaxing tone to the fresh and fruity notes and a simply generic floral feel. The floral notes do not last long at all and soon make way for a powdery, musky aroma. The sweetness from the citrus notes remain noticeable in different strengths whilst this tart is melting and overall, I would say that this is a nice, bright scent to have lingering in my home.
Sun and Sand does have a beach feel to it but not to the extent of others Yankee Scents such as 'Bahama Breeze' or 'Pineapple Palm'. It is a lovely scent though and is perfect for melting during the day. I like melting this whilst doing my Spring cleaning as it enhances the just clean feeling of my home. It is a very natural smelling tart and the description provided by Yankee Candle is very apt given the scent that was released from this tart.
I was able to experience around 8 or 9 hours of scent from this tart which is average for a wax tart. It is worth the rrp cost and is well worth trying. It isn't too feminine smelling so is unlikely to be offensive to male noses!
Thanks for reading :)
With my parents coming to visit me soon for a few days I have gone cleaning mental and been preparing for their arrival. This meant I went to a shop on Weston Super Mare Pier where I know that they sell Yankee products and had a little stock up as I love the fragrance my home with Yankee products and I find their products help to make my home feel clean too lol.
One of the cheapest ways to use Yankee is to buy the wax tarts in my opinion. I find the candles to be rather expensive from the range at over £18.00 for a large one and I find that the wax tarts allow me to experiment more without commiting and being tied to one scent. I bought several on my last trip to the the pier at £1.25 each and this was one of them of course.
As with all wax tarts this creamy coloured lump of wax is wrapped in see through plastic which is easy enough to remove and on the fronf of it there is a picture of sea and sand basically and we are told of course that it is Yankee candle Sun & Sand then on the back of the wrapping we are shown diagramns of do's and don'ts, told to expect 8 hours of burn time from it and given contact details for the manufacturer.
The Wax Tart:
Round in shape and as I have already mentioned a creamy colour, it is fluted to the edges and all you do with a wax tart is to pop it in an oil burner and light a tea light under. This melts the wax fast which hardens back up when not lit and that liquid when hot goes to transparent oil and of course releases it scent.
The scent of this one is rather nice and very unusual and of course excellent quality as usual from this brand. The main smell of this to me is of clean and sutble lavender with a hint of musk and a very gentle hint of a citrus to it and I have to be honest this sort of overall floral scent wasn't one I was expecting from this tart due to its name but once I got my head around that I found it to be really nice, it fragranced my large flat really well and I did get over 8 hours of burn time from this one and what was nice was that once I extinguished the tealight this scent lingered in my home for a around an hour too.
I like this one and I would buy it again and its available from Clintons, Amazon and of course from the Yankee website and other good stockists!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have used this scent in my Car a few times and have only got round to buying the actual Tart of it. I go through phases when I don't use candles or Oil burners in the house and then times when I use them every night. It is nice to get a gentle scent fragrancing the house.
I tend to buy my scents online through a store that just sells Yankee Candle products. They give free delivery over £10 so I always just spend a bit more than that to save on the £2.95 postage. You can also pick up Yankee Candle products from some Card shops, there is a department store near where I am that sells them and e-bay can be good as well. For 1 Tart you can pay 90p-£1.50 depending on where you buy them.
This comes just like the picture on here shows. Just a simple cellophane wrapper around the Waxy block. There is a simple label stuck on the front of this.
Just unwrap the block and put this into an Oil Burner. The Wax will melt and you will be left with a bowlful of Hot Wax. After the candle has went out on the Burner the Wax will solidify again and the Wax does reduce as it burns off. I do get a few days from 1 Tart.
The scent of this is lovely and it is definitely in my top 5 scents. The scent is delicate and gentle and although you can smell this well enough it just isn't all that strong which is fine for me.It is hard to sum up what this scent smells like but it is just a light warming scent. Yes, perhaps it is like a nicer version of smelling the sand down your local beach on a hot day.
All in all a simple lingering scent which brightens up my house.
The Sun & Sand Yankee Tart was the fourth for me to try out in the burner I bought myself a couple of weeks ago... I recieved it in a pack from Amazon and didn't get a choice in which scents I wanted which to me is ok, as I am beginning to find I am liking the scents I wouldn't otherwise normally pick.
Looking at this first glance it looks nice - image shows a beach and you get the impression it will be nice like a holiday! Doesn't quite live up to first impressions as I will explain further in this review...
The tarts are wrapped in transparant plastic which can easily be opened using your finger nails or snipping with a pair of scissors.
About the tart
The tart is beige in colour - to be in keeping with the scent theme? It is made from wax and is round with ridged edges like all the tarts in the Yankee range. The Yankee Candle Co logo is also stamped into the tart.
The front label states the tart is from the Yankee Candle range, in the background it then has the image of a nice looking beach, the sea and a hammock. It then advises you that the tart is made from pure natural plant extracts.
The back label then gives you your usual warning symbols for what not to do with this product ie . keep out of reach of children ect.
The label also confirms the tart weight is 22g and total burning time is 8 hours.
How to use
You literally pop the tart on the top of your burner, light your candle and put underneith and it starts to melt within 5 minutes and you get the first wafts of scent from the tart. Within 20 minutes it is melted completly and the smell fills the room.
As well as melting a tart on its own, I have read you can mix tart scents to create more unique smells - you simply break off smaller bits of tart and melt together. More information on mixing and ideas can be found on the Yankee website.
Before removing the plastic packaging you don't really smell much from the tart at all and when the plastic is off I have to admit smells quite horrific to me - the best way for me to describe would be like an old ladies perfume... Yucky... However this is quite misleading as about 20 minutes into melting the tart, if you get up close to the burner and inhale it actually smells very much like cough sweets - its very menthol-like... Which to be honest I love! When you step away from the burner and leave the room though, when it goes through the house it tends to fade out and is quite a relaxing sweet but not overpowering scent.
Don't let first impressions fool you with this tart - even though it smelled quite disgusting in the begginning this is one I would spend my money on in future - lovely lovely scent!
Price & Availability
You can buy this tart in Clintons outlets, Amazon or Yankee candle stockists. You can also buy different sized candles if you like a particular tart. The following are sizes, burn times and guide prices:
Wax Tarts - 8 hours - £1.20
Votives - 15 hours - £1.60
Small Jar - 40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - 60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - 150 hours - £18.45
My sister, mum and I all love scented candles, particularly Yankee Candles, and so when it was my birthday recently, my sister bought me one. I was really pleased to get one as they can be on the pricey side, and sadly my budget hasn't been able to stretch to more expensive brands like Yankee recently.
The scent that the candle my sister got me was Sun and Sand. This is one I had seen before myself, but never purchased because generally I only ever buy scents from the Fruit range such as Black Cherry and Sparkling Lemon. Therefore it was nice to receive something different that I had never burnt before.
ITEMS AVAILABLE IN THIS SCENT
Sun and Sand comes in:
- Small, medium and large housewarmer jars;
- Wax tarts;
- Votive samplers;
- Car jars;
- Room spray;
- Scented glass tumblers;
- Multi-wick tumblers;
- Small, medium and large lidded tumblers;
- Pillar candle;
- Reed diffuser;
- Car vent sticks (something I have never seen or heard of myself until now!)
Therefore Yankee Candle offer this scent in many different types of candle, sprays and scented items. However the version I have is the medium housewarmer jar.
I like the medium sized jars because the large jars take a long time to use and sometimes you can get bored with the smell by the time it actually burns down to the bottom. Medium jars have an average burning time of around 90 hours. As I am only at home in the evenings, medium jars tend to last me for longer than a month as I wouldn't tend to burn them every single night.
Housewarmer jars are my favourite way to enjoy Yankee Candles, as I feel they look the nicest; coming in a curvy, heavy glass jar with a rounded lid that you put back onto the candle when you want to extinguish it. I think they look very simple but stylish and somewhat homely.
The Sun and Sand range features a picture of a hammock against a backdrop of a turquoise sky and a tropical-looking beach. The wax itself is a mid-beige shade... similar to sand I suppose!
I had never read about what this scent actually was, so when my sister gave it to me and I saw the name of it, I immediately imagined that it would smell coconutty, or resemble sun tan lotion. That, to me, is what springs to mind when I read the words 'sun and sand'. However, that was not the case whatsoever.
Yankee describe Sun and Sand as 'tropical beach breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk'. Maybe I lack imagination, but I cannot pick up any of those scents aside from perhaps the musk. To me it just smells floral; like generic room air freshener. Don't get me wrong, it is a NICE smell - just not what I expected at all. I am glad that the lavender does not come through as I hate the smell of lavender, but I am disappointed the citrus doesn't come through.
I have found that this is quite a subtle scent once I start burning it, and it does take about half an hour before it begins to filter around the room. Once it gets going, you can smell it well, but with some of Yankee Candles scents, I have gone into my living room the following morning after burning a candle, and still been able to smell it. Not so with this Sun and Sand candle, unfortunately. It isn't strong enough for my tastes and I tend to burn it for longer than normal, which means I am using it up quicker.
As I said, I did not buy this, but medium housewarmer jars generally sell for around the £12.99 mark for a 14.5oz jar. Yankee Candles are expensive but there are plenty of websites which seem to do offers, and even if you do pay full price, you do get a high quality product.
WOULD I BUY THIS MYSELF?
I wouldn't buy this myself as the scent didn't blow me away, and as mentioned before, I normally buy fruitier scents. However, I would happily accept this as a gift again, as while the smell is not what I wanted or expected, it is still pleasant and keeps my home smelling fresh.
I would like to give this 3.5 stars as I feel 3 stars would be too low. Therefore I am awarding this 4 stars.
On a recent trip into town, I noticed that Clintons were having a sale and amongst the reduced items were a selection of Yankee candles.
There were a few different fragrances to choose from in the sale section and I picked out a handful of wax tarts reduced from their usual price of £1.20 to just 59p each.
This Sun & Sand wax tart is one I had not previously tried and on sniffing the wax through the shrink-wrapping I immediately liked the musky scent and so I purchased three of these along with some other fragrances.
I have a preference for musky, spicy fragrances and my favourite Yankee scents are what you would describe as the more masculine varieties and very often these particular fragrances remind me of aftershave. Whilst Sun & Sand is definitely more of a masculine scent, it isn't the most masculine wax tart I have tried and this is because of the slightly fruity tones this scent also holds.
The wax tart itself is the colour of sand and has a photograph of a sun-kissed tropical beach on the packaging. After unwrapping the wax tart and placing it in my burner, I lit a tealight and placed it underneath the well holding the tart and waited as the wax began to melt for the fragrance to appear.
I didn't have to wait long and after a couple of minutes I began to detect the scent beginning to appear. My first thoughts were that the fragrance was familiar and I quickly realised the scent reminded me of sun lotion, but with a slight fruity twist. Yankee state that Sun & Sand is a tropical beach breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk, but I would certainly say think sun lotion with a fruity tinge and this describes Sun & Sand perfectly in my opinion.
Sun & Sand is a fragrance I really liked immediately. Its fragrances filled the room and wafted out into the hallway and also hung in the air for a while after the tealight was extinguished. My family also said it reminded them of sun lotion and that its name, wax colour and scent fit perfectly together, which is not always the case with Yankee candles as many have names which do not describe or fit the fragrance. Here however, Sun & Sand I am pleased to say, is aptly named.
The other thing which varies from one Yankee wax tart to another is the strength and longevity of the fragrance. Yankee state you can expect to achieve up to 8 hours of fragrance from a wax tart and indeed I find 8 hours is the average amount of fragrance I generally experience when burning these, but sometimes I have had over 8 hours of fragrance and on the odd occasion sometimes less.
With Sun & Sand I experienced around 9 hours of fragrance before I noticed it beginning to fade.
I am pleased I purchased more than one of these wax tarts as Sun & Sand is one of the better fragrances I have tried and I definitely will purchase this again when I have used up my wax tarts. Burning this wax tart makes me look forward to summer, which is just the thing to give me a lift on the cold, dark never-ending winter evenings.
Sun & Sand is available in various formats apart from this wax tart such as a votive sampler and glass jar. I personally find that buying the wax tarts and votives are an ideal way to sample the various Yankee fragrances from the huge range available, before splashing out on the more expensive glass jars.
I bought mine in a sale in Clintons and noticed today that they still have Yankee candles available at reduced prices and I purchased some more.
Yankee candles are also available in branches of Collectables and Debenhams as well as other card and gift retailers or you can purchase online from www.yankee.co.uk as well as various other online stores such as Amazon.
I love to keep my home smelling nice and fresh and I always burn scented candles and oils. Now I'm not normally brand loyal but when it comes to scented candles I love Yankee. They really do have some of the best scented candles and wax tarts on he market, well in my opinion anyway. I recently bought several wax tarts half price from a little local independent store and the one I am burning at the moment is called Sun and Sand, not very seasonal but I guess that's why it was reduced.
I'm sure most people know what a wax tart is but I will quickly explain. A wax tart is basically a small disc of scented oily wax with no wick. They are approximately 5cm's across and 1 cm deep and the edge is fluted just like a little tart. Each one comes wrapped tightly in clear cellophane with a picture on the front that reflects the fragrance. In the case of Sun and Sand its a tropical beach scene with blue sky, sand and a hammock. Despite being tightly wrapped you can still smell the fragrance of the wax through it which is enough to give you a good idea of what its going to smell like. The wax is as you might expect a sandy colour.
To use a wax tart you will need an oil burner to melt it in although some of the stronger smelling tarts can be unwrapped as just placed in drawers and cupboards as fresheners. I do personally do this with mine before I melt them.
The wax doesn't take too long to melt when heated in a burner and the fragrance soon fills the air.
Yankee describe sun and sand as a " tropical beach breeze of orange flower, lemony citrus, powdery musk and lavender" so I was expecting a lovely fresh floral fragrance and to be honest I wasn't disappointed
The fragrance of sun and sand is certainly summery with the floral scents coming through however the lemon/citrus gives this wax tart quite an unusual floral smell. Its very fresh despite the orange flower and lavender. My home is open plan and the fragrance filters around most of it! This is the sort of wax tart I would burn in the daytime rather than the evenings. It gives my home a clean fresh atmosphere rather than a warm heady relaxing one.
I'm pleased I tried sun and sand and will certainly buy it again. It was very good value for money at just 50p, most Yankee Wax Tarts sell for round about £1.00 and for that you will get approximately 8 hours of lovely fragrance. The tart doesn't have to be used for a full 8 hours at once it can be left to set and re melted until all the lovely scent had gone.
Yankee use only natural products in their wax and sun and sand can be bought as candles too. I would recommend this wax tart if you want a nice refreshing fragrance. Its not as strong as others I have tried but does provide a nice long lasting freshness for your home.
Yankee products can be found in some department stores, a few independant shops and lots of online shops such as www.yankeedirect.com
As you will know if you read my reviews, I have recently become a heavy user of Yankee Candles. I know that may sound odd but I really have had a baptism of fire with these and now am daily burning one or another of my collection!
When I initially purchased this Yankee Candle Tart it was part of a pick and mix selection I bought from ebay costing £8.95 for 10 which made each tart work out at 89p each which I thought was very reasonable. As i scrolled through the huge amount of scented tarts available this one jumped out at me as I love that holiday feeling (especially as I haven't had a holiday for 2 years due to a baby and being pregnant preventing this!) and thought this would be an excellent way to revist some of those lovely sunny holiday memories. And the bonus of making th house smell nice too totally sold me on it! One click and Yankee Candle 'sun and sand' tart was winging it's way to me.
When I came to use this tart this week I was quite looking forward to it. The packing on the front ie the sticker looked exotic and tropical and perfect with the name. As with all Yankee Candle tarts they come wrapped in plastic which does need to be removed with scissors. As I did this I was a bit put out to realise I didn't get an instant wave of scent as I removed the packaging. However when I leant to smell the tart was quite pleased to say it smelt lovely! Just like a mix of sun cream and various tropical flavoured scents. The colour of the tart was also quite pleasing, a very cute sandly colour.
Once I placed the tart in the burner it quickly melted, in fact I noted it melted quicker than any of the previous tarts I had burnt. Not so good though was the colour it goes when melted, to put it nicely-it looks like someone has urinated in the burner! That is exactly what it looks like so it's quite off putting. Although my partner thought this made it hilarious and then went on to take the mickey out of me for a few days asking if this was a new 'celeb crazy' to burn your own urine!
Back to the tart! The scent at first was lovely, sweet, tropical and very much the smell you imagine when you close your eyes and think about being on a nice beach somewhere hot. It's strength wasn't over powering, which I do like my candles to be but none the less at this point my thoughts were that it wasn't an offensive smell and was quite easy to be around. As the smell filled the room, quite suddenly the smell changed and became very lemon orientated. It was a very quick change and is noticeable immediately. The addition that this makes to the overall scent is very disappointing. Too much lemon in anything tropical based just makes it smell like a toilet cleaner, and this is exactly what I was left with-a house that smelt faintly like a posh toilet! What had started out as a sweet, summery scent had turned in to something I would have loved in the downstairs loo but not all over the house. Luckily though the smell was faint as this doesn't appear to be the strongest of Yankee scents so within a short while after putting the burning flame out, the smell had all but dispersed again.
Yankee Candle say that their tarts have approximately 8 hours worth of scent in burning time. This tends to be quite hit and miss-I've had some which burn for longer and some which are shorter. This particular tart seems to last little more than 4 hours of accepted scent levels. Thats how long I burnt it for the first time I used it and have tried again a few times since but the smell had already gone. So although it was only 89p for only 4 hours it was a little disappointing.
Overall I would give this tart two and a half stars. The price as per all Yankee Tarts is great for me to be able to indulge in buying lots of different ones but the durability of scent in this one was poor. The smell itself which is the main thing wasn't horrible but wasn't top of my list. I would love to only burn this in the toilets in our house, but for the whole house it's not so good!
When I visited my local shop recently who sell Yankee Candles, I couldn't help but look at the "season of the month" discounts on three different scents: "Sparkling Lemon," "Sun and Sand," and another candle scent that I can't really remember! In the back of my mind whilst having reasonable success with "Sparkling Lemon," I wanted something different and chose "Sun and Sand," as well as one of my all time favourites "Sweet Strawberry," to clear the house of freshly painted walls.
By now if you have read any of my Yankee Candle reviews, you'll know that I'm a real fan and having tried many formats, it is usually the glass house warmer style jars I buy when I'm feeling flush or the wax tart candles, which have no wick but need an additional deep concave hot potpourri oil burner supported by an additional tealight candle, or if like me, a serious fan prefer the electric types with removable dishes. I don't get put off by dud candles usually but I want to share with you an interesting tip before I even go into the "Sun and Sand," analysis. Following a lot of my reviews regarding Yankee Candle now appearing elsewhere like Ciao, a few members have messaged me regarding the freshness of scents. If you buy the £1-05 priced wax tarts, look out for a loose film to the touch on the wrapper. If the wrapper is loose to the edges then this gives you a better idea of how fresh the wax tarts are. Those that are solid in the wrapper tend to be left out for a long time, and of late; a few members have been disappointed by certain scents that I've personally recommended.
"Sun and Sand," however has been a slight surprise. It mirrors the colour of sand, in a beige, non-eventful kind of a way and even has a picture of sand with a glint of sunshine to match the name. Yankee Candle has dreamt up some unusual names in their ranges, and "Sun and Sand," is no different. If, like me you are brought up in a seaside town and surrounded by sun and sand, then the closest thing to "heaven" isn't the smell of rotten fish or sewage, but rather a neutral smell of dry sea water as it dries out on stones and pebbles. Quite why Yankee Candle went to the bother of naming this candle is beyond me - despite my choice at the time to get away from "Sparkling Lemon," "Sun and Sand," is strangely very similar, but in a more comfortable, warmer approach with lemons being strongly reminiscent above all else. Yankee Candle claim that this scented candle has "sweet orange, lemony citrus, lavender and powdery musk," which is a bit too much to all include in a candle wax tart, particularly when all of the oils Yankee Candle produce are natural additives against chemicals from other brands.
The first tone that comes off the candle is one of strong lemon. It is pretty similar to the lemon scent that comes off the disappointing "Early Sunrise," I last reviewed, and a little different to "Beach Walk," again another candle that knocks on the door of having fun at the beach with an orange slice in one ear and a lemon on the other! Yet again, Yankee Candle has messed about with a formula that "Beach Walk," is very similar to this scent. The second tone that is evident amidst the lemon is a flowery tone, perhaps agreeing to the Yankee Candle claim that "lavender" is added, but whilst lavender candles have always made me fall asleep like they are supposed to, "Sun and Sand," fails to freshen properly because of the base tone and yes whilst the scent made me feel relaxed, it didn't get the eye lids falling. Forget the powdery musk though as there's nothing like it in this scented candle, not one that I could pick up. No, instead the aspect that makes this candle long-lasting in terms of scent is that of honey. The honey drowns out the lavender before long and the whole room smells of honey and lemon with the slightest flowery tone that hovers. If it was the other way around, then yes, perhaps "Sun and Sand," could be relied upon for instant freshness and masking odours. But, the problem is, this candle isn't strong enough for that aspect; with doors open, I found that the candle barely made it through to two rooms; even though it was evident the smell of oranges and lemon was in the air.
In this regard, "Ocean Blossom," and "Beach Walk," are far more obtainable and have a much stronger impact. YC wax tarts have a general burn duration of 8 hours, but when used for 2 hours per day, the candles can actually last longer. I found that "Sun and Sand," lasted for about four days before dying off which isn't usually average in my experience as a lot of them can last five days to a fortnight.
Like the whole product range by Yankee Candle, there are other formats of the candle you can buy, not just by wax tart alone - incase you have any inquisitive pets or children around who may be curious to see the hot oil as it steams - this isn't the kind of product I'd advise for either group. Once the candle is done or if you get fed up of it, extinguish the tealight candle and wait for the burner to cool. After which, placing it in a freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes lets the oil solidify and by which time after it has been taken out and tipped over, the solid disc should slide out. This minimises any other dangerous ways of getting rid of the wax, especially down the drain or in a kitchen towel. If there's still scent on the base of the disc, then the candle can be reused with another tealight candle - making it good value for money on scent alone. Common sense with any kind of candle should tell you to be logic and approach caution at all times.
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/£1.05 each.)
Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2) - Avoid - too weak.
Small housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £5-99 to £7-99)
Medium housewarmer jar candle (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £13-99)
Medium 2 wick tumbler (12.5 oz 45-50 hours duration, £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)
Car air vent gel pack (4-6 weeks duration £2-85, 3 pack additional at £5-98)
Car Pump 'n' Go clip on air vent freshener (4-6 weeks, £7-20) - Avoid - it's too weak.
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99 to £7-99) - Avoid - too weak.
Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99)
On-The-Go Travel scented air freshener pen (limited edition) (£5-99, 65 sprays duration, contains odour eliminator additive.)
"Sun and Sand," isn't a candle I can see myself buying again. There are too many lemon scented candles that Yankee Candle sell, and unless you know what you are looking for, you could come away with a fragrance name you really don't want. It is a pity that whilst "Sun and Sand," looks enticing as a candle and as relaxing as it is, it doesn't quite sum up the kind of oceanic water smell I was looking forward to. Relaxing and cosy it is, but in wax tart format, it doesn't last very long and it doesn't offer a great deal of freshness that other fragrances in the Yankee Candle range can do better in. Thankfully it doesn't smell of rotten seaweed, which is at least one good aspect! Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
== Yankee Candle Sun and Sand==
When doing my last shop down my local town I went a bit crazy with all the different scents of the wax tarts from Yankee Candles and got quite a vast selection of all different scents and smells. For the most part I have been really pleased with all the ones that I purchased right up until I tried this one.
The Yankee Sun and Sand Wax Tart looks really quite appealing and the sandy coloured flower shapes disc did entice me enough to pop it in my basket without hesitation. The picture on the front of the tart looks lovely as it shows a netted hammock hanging on golden sandy beach with the clear turquoise coloured sea in the background and it makes you want to be in that hammock!
The tart cost me a good price of 90 p but I do know that the same tart would cost £1.10 p if I had bought it from B&Q or the like. I would strongly recommend sourcing out a cheaper supplier than the likes of B&Q and stock up as being 20 p more expensive than other will soon amount to an extra wax tart or two that could be bought!
This tart works not different from any other wax tart you would buy from this range and they are not to be mistaken for floating candles (like I first did). You use these tarts by putting them in the dish of an oil burner and letting them melt down to liquid form. Once they begin to melt the essential oils and natural extracts that are infused within the wax begin to be released and fill the home.
The tart, again like any other, weights 22 grams and this weight should mean that you get an average burnt time of 8 hours per tart. I always use less than a whole tart so that I can swap the different fragrances over more often and get a bit more variety. The tarts are easy to cut and will often crumble into tiny beads of the wax which melt easily and quickly.
Okay so on to the main aspect of the tart, the smell of the thing. The first time I got a good whiff of the tart in the shop is smelt very fresh and with a good deal of vanilla and fruitiness which although didn't seem strong I was guessing would get stronger once the plastic packaging was removed and the tart beginning to melt. So when I got it out of my stash box to use the first smell I got on the tart melting was strong and aromatic and did surprisingly remind me of the beach. However this seemed to disappear somewhat when the wax tart was fully melted and burning away.
I hadn't thought about what the tart would look like in the dish before but the sandy colour of the solid tart seemed to turn to a transparent colour and can only be described as looking like a bowl full of urine! So the look of it melting as you can imagine wasn't overly appealing at all!
The smell was quite strong but didn't seem enough to penetrate through to the entire flat and just seemed to stick in the one room that it was lit in. I can't say that I liked the smell that much as it had too much of a muskiness to it that seemed to overpower the initial scents of citrus fruits and freshness. I do think this is probably a scent more suitable for a man because of the muskiness but of course others who prefer a more deeper bodied scent would also probably be pleased by it.
All in all I really won't be buying this particular scent again and because I just didn't' like it I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone. That said though I am able to put up with it to continue burning the bit that is left in the bowl but thankfully I had cut the tart in half and will probably pass the other half on to someone else who might want to try it.
As I really don't like the scent I can only award a 2 out of 5 stars. The 2 marks are just because you are still getting a good quality tart and a reasonable price too.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Please note that this review is for the Wax Tart variation of "Sun and Sand" from Yankee Candle. Dooyoo only have one entry in their catalogue per fragrance, not the various options it is available to buy in.
If you have read my reviews before you will know that ever since we discovered the range of Yankee Candles both myself and my wife have become big fans of the real-life, authentic fragrances which are available to buy. We tend to buy the wax tarts from Yankee for a couple of main reasons, one because they're cheap at around a pound each and act as an introduction to the fragrance they are supposed to represent and the other reason is that if we happen to chose a wax tart that we particularly like we will re-buy it in one of the more expensive glass-jarred options which can cost anything up to around £18.00
Whilst not exactly the weather for "Sun and Sand" at the time of writing this review (January 2011) we ended up buying this wax tart simply because it was on sale in Clinton Cards for just 52p. Normally Wax Tarts are twice the price so unable to pass up such a good offer we ended up buying a few of these in even though we had had no previous knowledge or experience of how it actually smelled. Our past Yankee candles purchases had almost always lived up to our expectations and although the name "Sun and Sand" actually gave us no idea what we could expect from this purchase we were still confident that this would be another winner from the Yankee range.
If you are unfamiliar with what a wax tart actually is I will briefly explain that unlike a traditional wax candle these come without a wick and are not burned in the usual way. Instead a wax tart is a solid, fluted piece of circularly shaped wax which measures around 2 inches in diameter and approximately half an inch in thickness and are designed to be placed into the well of a tart burner and gently heated and melted from below by the means of a tea light. Tart burners are available to buy from just a few pounds and tea lights themselves usually cost a few pennies each, complete wax tart, burner and tea-light sets are available to buy on-line should you be brand new to the concept and once you own a burner its just a case of scooping out the wax once the fragrance has depleted and replacing the tea-light as and when needed. Wax tarts from Yankee Candles have their fragrance impregnated into the wax and once melted allows the aroma to be released into the air around you, depending on which wax tart you chose will determine how long the aroma is evident but you can usually get around 6-8 hours worth of fragrance from a single tart.
So, "Sun and Sand". An ambiguous name I'm sure you will agree, the illustration on the wrapper of the wax tart brings to mind an idyliic sandy beach complete with a hammock and a vista of blue skies and warm, inviting seas. Once removed the wax tart itself is, well, 'sandy' in colour being a slightly darker butter-shade of yellow, sometimes the essential oils which go into the mix are evident before actually being melted but raising this one to my nose I couldn't really detect what went into its creation. Placing the tart into the burner and gently melting from below slowly begins to reveal the fragrance and my first impression was that this was one of the more subtle fragrances available with an opening of citrus flavours, orange in particular being immediately detectable. After around 15 minutes the citrusy flavours were joined by a more flowery, floral aroma which counteracted the sweetness of the orange and the together seemed to be a balanced mix. According to Yankee themselves "Sun and Sand" is a creation of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk which I have to say is pretty accurate, the musk and lavender do bring a little depth to the aroma but in no way do they dominate it which is good for me as I don't actually like the smell of lavender myself.
I can't say I was transported to foreign climes whist this was melting to be honest, the fragrance was certainly pleasant enough and not too cloying to be overly strong but in all honesty this was a bit weak for me personally as I tend to prefer the stronger-smelling fragrances which are available to buy. "Sun and Sand" was a bit wishy-washy for me personally although I do concur that it actually was appropriately named, it's a gentle mix of subtle flavours which do work well together and maybe if this was melted in the summer months when the weather is nicer it would be more suited. For a winter fragrance though it does lack 'oomph', perhaps this is why it was available so cheaply from Clinton Cards? an out of season Sale offer on old stock is my impression of this one and whilst there's nothing 'wrong' with how it smells I can't say that this would be a new favourite that I would re-buy in a different format.
Another down-side to this one is its longevity, we didn't get anywhere near 8 hours worth of fragrance from the wax tart, in fact after only a few hours its aroma seemed to lessen and after 5 hours was completely gone. All in all rather disappointing and not quite the winner we were expecting but at least I didn't have to spend too much money to find this out for myself.
Wax Tarts from Yankee Candles can be found both on-line and on the high street usually from specialist candle shops although their presence is now becoming more noticeable in the likes of Clinton Cards and even B&Q. Expect to pay around a pound for a wax tart though be aware that each month Yankee release a selection of new 'flavours of the month' and have these usually with 20% off their RRP. For what you get for your money in terms of how much aroma is released I still think they represent terrific value for money although in the case of "Sun and Sand" I was disappointed with its longevity, the Wax Tarts in general are an inexpensive way for you to introduce yourself to the range on offer from Yankee Candles and are definitely recommended by me.
As far as my rating goes, "Sun and Sand" gets a disappointing 3 out of 5 stars from me for all the reasons stated in this review, it does smell 'nice' but is forgettable and not strong enough in flavour or has enough longevity to be one that I would buy again.
Thanks for reading my review.
Yankee Candle Sun and Sand Housewarmer jar
Description; Candles; A tropical beach breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk scented candle with lid to preserve the fragrance.
If anyone has read some of my earlier reviews then they will already know that I am a massive fan of Yankee Candles and cannot recommend them highly enough. On that basis, I was delighted to get some new ones for Christmas this year (thanks to Mr Siamese and my lovely sister!), one of which was the Sun and Sand fragrance which I haven't tried before.
Yankee Candles are not the cheapest products on the market, (a large jar will cost you around £18 but will give you a burning time of 110 to 150 hours) but they do last for absolutely ages which makes them really good value for money. They also retain their scent right until the end, unlike some scented candles which only work the first time that they are lit.
I also find that the smell of the Yankee Candles remains in the room for hours after the candle has been extinguished, so they are a much better option than air fresheners too.
I wasn't sure about what the scent of this one would actually be like, but it is light and delicious. It has a great citrusy scent which is really natural and genuinely does remind you of the beach. It isn't at all overpowering but instead, has a very fresh and summery fragrance which makes your room smell gorgeous.
If you have never tried these candles, then I highly recommend that you do because they are fab. yes they are not cheap, but they provide excellent value for money and the scents are so good that they are worth every penny.
If you are unsure of where to find these candles (they are sold in loads of different places) then you can also purchase online so it is worth checking out their website. There are various sizes of candle available and also some other home fragrance ideas that are sure to appeal to everyone.
I love Yankee Candles, and I can't resist buying loads of them - they're an addictive little habit! If you've not come across them before, they are a range of high quality candles, which come in a huge array of scents, some of which are absolutely out of this world! It's very rare that I will find a Yankee Candle with a scent that I don't absolutely love, they're all so yummy, and the scents are very accurate and true to life - not as synthetic smelling as some of the cheaper ones!
One of my favourite Yankee Candles for this time of year is Sun & Sand, a fragrance which is available in the form of a house warmer jar, tumbler, tea lights, pot pourri, reed diffuser and car jar. Not all of the scents come in so many different forms, and the fact that this one does, shows how popular it must be.
I have the house warmer jar, and I think the house warmers are probably the most recognisable form that Yankee Candles come in, as well as being the most widely available. House warmers are basically just a glass jar with removable lid which contain the candle. They have a sort of old fashioned, slightly rustic look to them, and although I do really quite like the jars, I must admit in all honesty, they don't really match the interior of my flat too well as it's quite modern.
The reason I love Sun & Sand, is that the fragrance immediately takes me (in my mind anyway!) to the beach in the summer. You wouldn't think it was possible to capture the scent of sun and sand, however somehow Yankee Candle have managed it! According to the website this candle contains a blend of sweet orange flower, 'lemony citrus', fresh lavender and powdery musk. Personally I cannot really pick out any of those scents individually in the candle - to me it just smells like the beach! In fact with its sandy yellow colour, it even looks a bit like the beach!
It really is a wonderful fragrance and captures the scent of summer perfectly, with its very fresh, yet slightly warm fragrance, and captures perfectly the scent of a summers day. Yankee Candles have longer burn times than other candles on the market, and the fragrance of this really fills the room, even when it has only been burning for a short while.
The house warmer jars come in three different sizes, each varying in price and burn time...
Small 3.7oz jar - £7.49 - burn time 24-40 hours
Medium 14.5oz jar -£14.99 - burn time 60-90 hours
Large 22oz jar- £17.99 - burn time 110-150 hours
As you can see these are quite expensive for candles, but for me I see them as a treat and only purchase one every now and then, but if I could afford to I think I'd buy every single one they make! I buy mine from a shop called Collectables, which I always thought was a national chain, but seems it's actually just found in the North East. These are widely available online however from sites such as YankeeDoodle.co.uk as well as Ebay and Amazon.
If you're looking for a candle that will have a long burn time, fill your room with fragrance and invoke memories of a summer holiday, Yankee's Sun & Sand is definitely one to go for!!
A tropical beach breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk scented candle with lid to preserve the fragrance.