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***THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE WAX TART***
---Why I Bought This---
Well I was lucky enough to be given two tart burners with some tarts for two consecutive Christmases. I never kept note of which aroma tarts I had and just used them up.
However now they have gone I am starting to look around and buy fragrances that take my fancy.
I bought this honeysuckle tart as it is one of my favourite hedgerow flowers and in past years I have also bought honeysuckle perfume.
Yankee candles are a well known USA brand which has been going since the late 1960s. Yankee are well known for selling large jar candles, small votive candles, tarts and also attractive jar shades, plates and candle holders. They also now do car air fresheners as well.
---What Are Tarts Anyway?---
Well I wondered that myself a while ago when browsing Ebay and finding hundreds of them!
Tarts are little discs of solid wax with serrated edges as if they had been moulded in a cake case.
These wax discs do not have any wicks and are meant to be melted in a burner over a candle for the aroma to be released.
Each tart costs just over £1 and the fragrance is said to last up to 8 hours. After that the was should be disposed of.
There are literally hundreds of different tarts to choose from and they come in Fresh, Floral, Fruit, Food & Spice and Festive categories.
---Tarts V Candles---
I have also been lucky enough to be given one of the large jar candles that Yankee make.
However I would say that the tarts have advantages over the candles.
Large jar candles need to be burnt for 2-3 hours at a time to get the wax to melt in the correct way and not 'tunnel' down the centre.
Tarts can be used for however long or short a time as you wish - the fragrance is released after as little as 5 minutes and they can be extinguished whenever you wish.
Yankee.co.uk have a huge list of suggestions for blending two compatible fragrance tarts together to make a new aroma.
Disc of pale yellow wax wrapped in cellophane.
Sweet Honeysuckle - with pure natural floral extracts.
Image of honeysuckle on front.
The back has a round sticky label which details lots of basic safety advice on using candles etc - one telling you not to heat up in a frying pan!
To use you must first have either an oil burner or tart warmer and put a tea light on the base and light - the wax tart should be unwrapped from its cellophane wrapping and placed in the dish.
In about 5 minutes the smell begins being released as the wax melts.
Once all the aroma has been depleted and the wax has reset it is just a matter of popping it easily out of the dish and disposing.
You can also pop out the set wax before it is finished if you wish to use another aroma for a change.
£1.20 from Ebay - but wax tarts are around that price in most places.
Also available as votive candles and in the larger jars.
I think this is a delightful fragrance -and especially appropriate for this time of year.
It had a lovely aroma almost before the wrapper was removed.
I snapped the tart in two so as to use only half at a time.
It is a nice light yellow colour.
The wax melts quickly once the tea light is lit underneath and soon fills the room with a strong honeysuckle fragrance. I personally do not leave then melting for hours, once it has been going for about 10-15 minutes I blow out the candle - the smell still remains in the room for quite a while.
I would not say the smell was identical to what I get from our wild honeysuckle - which I like to pick in our lane and which always fills the house with fragrance in the evening.
However it did not have a synthetic fake smell either and will definitely be one I would buy again. It reminds me of something and is probably of a 1970s Avon perfume I think. It is light and fresh and I have actually used it under a vase of flowers I got for Mother's Day - which are beautiful but had not smell.
I am sure this will give me way more than 8 hours of fragrance so for just over £1 I believe it to be great value.
---Would I Recommend?---
A few weekends ago I went to Boundary Mill with my boyfriend as we were bored and they had a sale on. They have a Yankee Candle section just near the entrance, so despite the fact I wasn't planning on buying any more I had a mooch around, which was when I spotted this one, Sweet Honeysuckle. I don't normally go for the floral scents as much as I do the fruity ones, however I picked it up and to my surprise, I loved it, so in the basket it went.
Sweet Honeysuckle is, it seems, one of the older fragrances which has been around for a while, but this was the first time I had come across it. I will say immediately that I do not think that this is a scent that will appeal to everyone, although at the same time, whilst I don't think I would have gone for this from reading a description on paper, I loved it 'in real life', so perhaps you shouldn't automatically dismiss it. Sweet Honeysuckle is a very strong floral and immediately reminded me of another Yankee scent, Midnight Jasmine, in both its strength and fragrance. If you love Midnight Jasmine, I would definitely recommend you give this one a go. At first I actually thought that I didn't know what honeysuckle smelled like, but sniffing this candle brought back memories of my Nanna's garden and on doing a Google image search, I realised that this was what she had planted all those years ago, so I can confirm, that in my experience at least, the scent of this is very true to life. It's quite a strong, yet sweet floral and although I do find it a tad old fashioned, I still really like it.
I should explain that I bought this product in the form of a wax tart and since I sometimes forget that not everyone is a Yankee Candle fanatic, I should explain the concept of a wax tart for those who don't know. Basically, what you have is a small disc of wax with a fluted edge, pale yellow in this case, and this should be placed in a special burner and melted with the use of a tea light candle. This releases the fragrance into the room, giving the same effect as a scented candle. Of course if you don't want to go down the wax tart route, you can also buy this in the form of a mini votive candle or wax-filled jar candle too.
Being such an intense fragrance to begin with, it doesn't take too long for the scent of this to start filtering around the room. I had a slight reservation about this fragrance and couldn't help wondering if it would smell sickly, given the intensity of it. Thankfully I didn't find it overpowering or sickly at all, it just gave my home a very strong floral scent. I said earlier in the review that this wouldn't be to everyone's taste - my boyfriend thought it was too flowery, and so I found myself only using it while he was out of the house. I suppose the 'flowery-ness' of it does make it quite a feminine fragrance.
The tarts are supposed to give 8 hours of fragrance but I would say I probably got closer to 10 from this tart, after which time it seemed to lose its scent completely. The prices of these tarts vary - I got this for just 77p from Boundary Mill, but in most cases you will pay closer to £1 for one of these, please see details below, but note that all times/prices are approximate...
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45
Overall I have been very pleased with this particular scent. It is quite intense, but if you love floral scents I think you will like this one and I would recommend giving it a go.
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