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When it comes to brands Yankee is one of my top ones. I love burning Yankee tarts as they only cost me about £1.25 a tart, last me about 8 hours burn time and are great quality and at the price they cost me they allow me a little treat where I can experiment with all the various scents available though of course if I really like a scent I can get them in candles in various sizes and home fragrances etc.
The tarts come in a see-through plastic packaging and on the front of it we are shown a picture of lilac coloured flowers and told that it is indeed Yankee Candle Sweet Violet and on the back of the packaging there is another label and diagramns are shown as to using using the tart, the size is stated and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
Well this is a large lump of fattish wax, fluted to the edges and a dark lilac in colour. The idea with a tart is to pop it in an oil burner with a tealight under it and the wax melts to a transparent liquid and hardens back when not in use to be used again. The scent of this is floral and slightly sweet and I guess like violets really however this is a subtle scent and not all that strong and certainly not as strong as I'd like.
Usually with a Yankee tart I find these to really be stronger in fragrance and that they fragrance my whole flat however this didn't and certainly didn't linger once I put it out for long at all.
This is pleasant enough though for me scent wise just isn't that great really and I prefer others from the range.
Available from a variety of places including Clinton Cards, Amazon and independent stores.....I got this one on Weston Super Mare Pier!
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I had my Sweet Violet sampler candle hidden at the back of one of my kitchen cupboards for a few months before I used it as it was included in a mega-pack deal I bought from the Yankeedoodle website late last year and I only got round to using it when I had burned and melted my way through every thing else included in my order and was waiting for another batch of candles to come through. I reluctantly unwrapped it from its plastic confines and hoped for the best when I lit the wick, I don't like floral fragrances as I have previously mentioned in past Yankee reviews so hoped that Sweet Violet would be something subtle rather than being an overpoweringly pungent bouquet and to my amazement I ended up rather liking this one from Yankee although I still wouldn't say that it managed to completely convert me to actively seek out many more in the floral range of fragrances.
The Sweet Violet sampler is as shown in the picture, it's actually a slightly lighter purple colour in real life but is unmistakably 'feminine' in its design with a pretty sticker depicting the flower it's supposed to represent. As ever with the sampler candles from Yankee this is weighs the standard 49 grams and has a single wick which runs through the centre of the wax and is attached to a small metal disc that is left behind once the wax has melted and evaporated away. Samplers can burn up to 15 hours although I find that 12 hours is closer to the mark and whilst fragrances and essential oils go into their wax composition it's very rare to find a sampler candle that gives off more than 4 or 5 hours worth of fragrance.
Yankee describes Sweet Violet as being "From a secret garden, an enchanting floral bouquet with hints of sweet fruit, musk and sandalwood" and after being allowed to burn for around 20-30 minutes its fragrance begins to be noticeable. The first flourish of aroma actually starts off being quite heavy, the Sandalwood and Musk form a base for the fragrance to develop and my initial reaction wasn't too favourable as I thought that this one was going to end up being too deep and musky for me and as I'm prone to getting headaches from anything too powdery or cloying I didn't think that this was going to appeal at all. Thankfully the initial heaviness soon dissipates to reveal the heart of the fragrance and as the Musk and Sandalwood dampens down the fragrance becomes a lot lighter and far more subtle, it is a gentle floral fragrance underpinned by some depth and whilst it could potentially be a room-filling fragrance I found that it was rather underplayed and didn't have the strength that I first feared.
Usually I'd complain about sampler candles being rather weak in my reviews for them but for a change I think its subtleness worked in this fragrances favour as it could easily developed into a stench rather than a gentle aroma and fair play to Yankee for pitching this one just about right. I couldn't detect any fruity notes from my sampler as the floral seemed to dominate the overall fragrance of this but it's not flat and it does have some breezy highlights and a deeper edge that add some depth. It's probably best suited to the female market in all honesty and as much as I didn't mind this one fragrancing my home it's not something that I would rush to buy again, I only got mine as it was included in an order and waited until I had nothing else to burn before actually using it and I do think that in a stronger format (the wax tart especially) it could potentially be a fragrance that would be too overpowering. It's certainly not awful though as far as the samplers go and it was one of the better floral fragrances that I've used from Yankee although they'd never be my favourites and I don't really think they suit my home environment. It was hard placed to find a suitable place to have mine burning in my home as it's not a living room or kitchen fragrance I don't think so I ended up having mine in my hallway where it had more chance to gently work its way round my home.
It does travel well, the deeper scents usually do I find and I probably got around 5 hours of noticeable fragrance from mine before it ended up being decorative only. It would suit a ladies or a couples bedroom I think more than a living room environment as it could be used as a 'romantic' fragrance for creating a nice atmosphere and ambience. You do have to be afan of floral fragrances to fully appreciate this one I think and though it wouldn't be one that I buy again separately it did make a change for me to have a floral scent in my home rather than a sweet or fruity one. Overall there's little really to complain about with Sweet Violet and for the right person I do think it would hold great appeal. I can't be too enthusiastic about it as it's not really my taste but 3 stars as a rating seems fair to me.b
Available from Yankee stockists across all the wax formats the sampler candle specifically usually retails for around £1.80 although can be found cheaper at times as it's one that's been round a while. Sort-of recommended by me but only for the right person who would appreciate an obviously floral fragrance. Thanks for reading my review.
I love Yankee Candles and Wax tart, or wax potpourri as they are sometimes known, I also love floral scents, they are my favourite, so I was pleased to recently find a small local independent shop selling Yankee wax tarts with 50% off. Yankee wax tarts usually sell for approximately £1.00 each and at just 50p per tart I stocked up. One of the tarts I bought was Sweet Violets. It sounded right up my street and I was looking forward to trying it.
I burn wax tarts or candles most nights, they create a warm atmosphere particularly in the winter months. I also like to use them at the weekend in the daytime when I've been cleaning. Sweet Violet, I decided, was going o be one of my daytime fragrances.
The wax tart is the same as all the Yankee tarts, a little disc of oily wax wrapped in cellophane with a picture on the front depicting the fragrance you have bought. In this case obviously its a picture of violets, although to be honest they look ore like pansies to me. You can get a good idea of the fragrance through the cellophane. The tarts are about the size of a jam tart and have fluted edges.
You need an oil /tart burner to use a wax tart, just unwrap the tart, pop it in the dish and light an unscented tea light underneath it. Yankee state their tarts will provide fragrance for approximately 8 hours and on the whole I have found this to be the case. You can also use them to scent drawers and cupboards.
Sweet Violet is described as a "floral bouquet with hints of sweet fruits, musk and sandalwood. As I mentioned I planned to use this as a day time wax tart and after my usual Saturday blitz on the house I popped it into a burner on my kitchen windowsill and lit a tea light underneath it. I have an open plan home and smells, good or bad, always filter right through the rooms so I was looking forward to a nice flowery smell everywhere.
It doesn't take long for the wax to melt and start to give of its scent. With Sweet Violet its sweet and floral, not obviously violet in my opinion but still very nice. However I was a little disappointed because the fragrance, although very pleasant, wasn't very strong at all. I could smell it in my kitchen but as for it filtering through the lounge and up the stairs which most Yankee products do, this one didn't!
Normally I melt my wax tarts for 2 or 3 hours and then blow out the tea light, I find the smell normally lingers for a long while, obviously this didn't happen with this particular tart although it still gave approximately 8 hours of fragrance, albeit very faint. I wouldn't say the smell of sweet violet isn't very nice because it is, it just needs to be much stronger.
Yankee use real extracts in all of their wax products and Sweet Violet can also be bought in tea lights, jars and votives.
If you like a very subtle fragrance in your home and are using this wax tart in a very small room this may well be for you, personally I was disappointed and wont be buying this one again. I will give it 2 stars and that's being generous.
It feels like a long time since I've written a Yankee Candle review, I don't know why but over the last few weeks I haven't really felt like burning any of them. There have been a few new fragrances released however, that I really like, so I have decided to get my current stash used up, so I have an excuse to buy them!
I opted to use Sweet Violet this time, for no particular reason other than it was one of the first I came too. I bought this one a while ago online when I was replenishing my collection, and thought the fragrance sounded nice and like it wouldn't be too heavy. Although like all Yankee Candles it comes in the form of Jars, tumblers, tealights and samplers amongst other things, I chose to buy it in wax tart form as I find them good value for money.
~What's a wax tart?~
I thought I'd start with explaining the concept of Yankee tarts as I know some people are confused by them and get surprised when they open the tart to find there is no wick!
A wax tart is simply a small disc of wax, and is referred to as a tart as it has fluted edges, making it look like a pastry tart. You need to buy a tart burner to use it with - these are similar to oil burners and Yankee Candle sell a range of them starting at around £5 for a basic one.
The tart should be placed in the top of the tart burner, and a plain unscented tea light underneath. When the tea light is lit the heat from the flame will melt the wax tart, releasing the fragrance into your room.
OK, before I write anything else about the scent, I have a confession to make...I don't know what violets smell like! Well I have a vague idea, but whilst there are some flowers such as rose, jasmine or lily that I can identify easily, I'm not 100% sure what violets actually smell like. So bearing this in mind I cannot tell you how accurate (or not) the scent of this product is, but at the same time I have always found Yankee Candle scents to be very true to life in the past, so have no reason to think this is the exception.
The tart has a floral scent to it which of course I would have expected, and it is sweet and light. I find some florals to be quite intense, and whilst this was strong, I didn't find it to be overpowering. I actually think it's quite a fresh scent. It's probably most suited to spring/summer months and warmer weather as I'd expect most people would like a heavier, spicier scent for winter time.
The tart is purple in colour, which I guess you would expect! When I opened it I found that it did crumble slightly, which I find happens now and again with the wax tarts. I would recommend opening them over a hard surface, as I imagine if you got little crumbs of wax in your carpet they'd be difficult to get out! I'm not too bothered about it being crumbly though, as at the end of the day it is just going to be melted down.
I lit the tea light and waited for the tart to melt. I usually find that with Yankee Candles, they start to fill the room with fragrance within around 10 minutes of lighting them. With this one I was a little disappointed to find that even though I was sitting rather close to where the tart was burning, the smell was barely noticeable even after it had been burning for around half an hour.
The majority of the Yankee Candles I have tried have rather strong fragrances, so the fact that this one was so subtle (to non-existant!) was a disappointment for me. It's true that your nostrils get used to a scent after a while and so you stop noticing it, and I did find that if I left the room and came back in I could smell a faint floral smell. This at least gave me some confidence that visitors to my home would smell the same thing as they entered the room.
The Yankee Candle tarts should give up to 8 hours of fragrance. If you don't want to burn yours for eight continuous hours you can re-use them. If you want to take them out of the tart burner and re-use them, a tip for getting them out is to put the burner in the freezer, and this will make the wax shrink enough for it to just pop out easily.
I would say in total that yes, perhaps this did last me about 8 hours. Despite the fact I couldn't really smell it very well, I did continue to burn it as I don't like things going to waste!
~Price and Availability~
I've probably been buying Yankee Candle for two or three years now and when I first started buying them they were difficult to find on the high street, with only my local collectables stocking them. Now I have found they are much more widely available and Clinton Cards do a wide stock of them. I tend to buy most of mine online now though from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk
A wax tart will set you back between 99p and £1.15 depending on where you shop. If you want to go for one of the larger jar candles expect to pay between £8 and £18, so the tarts are good value in my opinion.
Sweet violet is not a Yankee fragrance I will be purchasing again. The smell was so faint I could barely tell it was there, which is not what I have come to expect from the Yankee brand. If you are looking to try one of the floral scented Yankee Candles I would recommend trying another fragrance, and if your heart is set on trying Sweet Violet, I would at least suggest buying the tart first to see if you like it rather than splashing out on a full sized candle.
*Also posted on Ciao