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Another Strange Named Candle That Doesn't Bring The Sun To Mind!
Yankee Candle Sun & Sand
Member Name: Nar2
Yankee Candle Sun & Sand
Date: 04/07/11, updated on 05/07/11 (154 review reads)
Advantages: Freshens, can be warm to relax with.
Disadvantages: In tart form, scent doesn't last long, in jar form, too lemony and not much else.
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! İNar2 2011
Summary: A confusing candle that doesn't know what it is supposed to smell of.