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WHAT IS IT?
A tangerine fragranced wax tart from Yankee Candle.
This wax tart has only got one fragrance that I can smell and that is the tangerine of the name. It is a very sweet tangerine and I do not think it is very natural and smells more like orange sweets when I am burning the wax tart instead of fruit. It is a weak fragrance and doesn't not travel around my home very well, I am sorry for that because I love the clean smell of oranges very much and wish it was stronger.
WHAT I THINK
I like the smell of this tangerine wax tart but I wish it was more lifelike because the smell of real oranges is preferred by me and my family. I do not like the powdery smell that comes in with the fragrance either and think that makes the tart smell a bit strange and sickly sometimes. It is a very easy smell to describe to you because I cannot smell anything except for this sweet orange.
I am disappointed that I can only smell the fragrance in the room where I am burning my wax tart and not at all in any of the other rooms. Yankee Candle wax tarts are supposed to last for 8 hours but I got a bit longer out of this one and that surprised me because of how weak the fragrance is. When the candle underneath the wax tart goes out the fragrance disappears straightaway but it leaves a fresh feel in the air so that is good I think.
I had 2 tangerine wax tarts and I burned them one after another because I did not think the fragrance was good enough for me to save the other one. I did notice after the 2nd one was finished that they had stained my tart burner and that upset me because it was a new burner and the light orange colour should not have stained so quickly.
The Tangerine wax tart from Yankee Candle costs about £1.20 and it comes in a jar and a sampler candle as well.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
I adore Yankee Candle, preferring the wax tarts to the jars simply because I like plenty of variety in my life and the tarts are the very best way to experience new fragrances. A good friend in the US sent me this Tangerine tart, a fragrance I hadn't come across before during my hours of searching online for different tarts - I knew I was going to love it as soon as the envelope popped through the door as I could smell the most delicious orange scent even before I realised who my lovely parcel was from!
For those of you not in the know, a wax tart is basically a wickless candle which you melt over a tealight in a specially designed tart burner. As the heat from the tealight melts the wax the scent is released into the air, there are a plethora of fragrances to choose from - this one, as the name would suggest, being from their US (apparently exclusive, although I can't confirm this) fruity collection.
I started burning it from almost the instant it arrived, and loved it instantly. The tart itself is a beautiful burnished orange colour, it almost seemed a shame to melt it as it was so pretty to look at! Within a few short minutes a subtle fresh orange fragrance was making its way around my living room, I was actually a little surprised at how delicate the initial scent was as the pre-melted tart was literally bursting with fragrance! I was just about to start muttering to myself about how rubbish this Tangerine tart was when suddenly I realised the scent had intensified rapidly to create the most stunning citrus aroma, it's not exactly like opening a tangerine and preparing to eat but the fragrance really isn't far off at all!
It's rich and zesty, but with a sweetness that just screams 'tangerine' rather than plain 'orange'. It's surprisingly natural smelling and creates an extremely fresh atmosphere inside my home - as my house is very open plan I was impressed by how well the fragrance travelled the length and breadth of both upstairs and downstairs. There are very few wax tarts which can be smelled in every room of my house, but this one permeates the air to such a degree that you'll be smelling tangerines just about everywhere - and impressively for well over an hour after the tealight has extinguished. Yankee Candle suggested I'd get around eight hours of fragrance from one Tangerine tart, but it's exceeded expectations and I'm now on (roughly) my tenth hour and there's no sign of the rich fragrance diminishing.
I am highly impressed with this particular Yankee Candle tart, it creates a delicious atmosphere in my home and is a fragrance that we (unusually!) all agree is absolutely beautiful. I dislike using spray air fresheners as I think they lie very heavily in the air and create a cloying ambience, I walked into a discount store in Birmingham recently and had to walk straight back out again as their attempts at freshening the air with a spray had made the whole place reek of hiding dirty smells rather than actually cleaning the store. Burning a wax tart will actually scent a room, rather than just masking any irritating bad smells that are lingering - and who doesn't want to eradicate a bad smell?! To be fair the only smell in my home is baby-related (without going into too much 'nappy detail') as we have no pets to create a stink, but I find the best way to look on Yankee Candle in general is that it will make your home as welcoming as possible - in the last couple of days we've sold our house (touch wood!) and the guy who bought it mentioned how wonderful the house smelled, I was burning Tangerine at the time so result!
Yankee Candle's Tangerine scented sampler was one of a few that I recently ordered from Yankeedoodle.co.uk during a clearance sale, usually the sampler candles cost around £1.60 but I managed to grab a couple of these and a few others at half price presumably because they were old stock and not as popular as some of the others available. Judging by the sticker on mine Tangerine is an early release from Yankee as this features the companies old logo and a design which changed a couple of years ago so I didn't have high hopes for this one when I took it out of its wrapper as I presumed it had been sat on the shelves for too long to have kept much of its fragrance.
Other than the sticker design the Tangerine sampler candle is the same as all the others that Yankee produce, it weighs 49 grams and has a single wick which runs through the centre of the wax. Sampler candles (or votives as they're also known) have a burn time of around 12-15 hours and although they're made up of fragranced wax and essential oils it's very rare to ever get that amount of fragrance from one as are they are quite weak when compared to the other wax products in Yankee's range, usually you can expect to get around 6 hours worth of fragrance from one but in my experience with them the burn time far exceeds the fragrance they release so they end up being decorative rather than something that can freshen up or add a little interest to a room.
Out of its wrapper the Tangerine sampler has a mild orange aroma which is pleasing to the nose and after being allowed to burn for a few minutes it starts to release some of the fragrance that has been added to the wax mixture. It is, as you would expect, an Orange fragranced candle but definitely wasn't as strong as I thought it was going to be when I saw it offered for sale online. Whether this is down to the fact that this is one of Yankee's older fragrances or just because it's a sampler and they're never usually strong it's hard to say for certain as I've been disappointed with newer fragrances in this format before and tend to only ever buy samplers when they're on sale.
Unlike later releases which are blends of different fragrances Tangerine is simply a "one-note-wonder" and is just an Orange fragranced candle which is rather flat in aroma, it doesn't feature any highlights or bottom notes and is rather boring in comparison to the more complex scents that Yankee produce as it doesn't have anything else added to it to inject a bit of extra interest. That said there's nothing horrible about it, the Tangerine fragrance is bright and airy but lacks the juiciness or zestiness you might expect a citrus-inspired fragrance to have but it does release a noticeable amount of aroma that does add a little interest to the air although it by no means fills a room with its fragrance. It's a nice fragrance for a kitchen I think and defintely suits this time of the year, it's not strong enough to eliminate any cooking odours though, you wouldn't be able to use this one to get rid of any nasty smells that might be in your home and I don't really think it's a living room fragrance either as it lacks the depth or strength needed to make an impact.
Simply put Tangerine is a mildly Orange-y fragrance from Yankee Candles that is probably past its best now as other scents have come along which have more interest and a lot more impact, it's definitely an early fragrance as it has none of the complexity that later releases have but it's a cheap option to go for if you fancy something different which does have an impressive burn time. I easily got the full 12 hours burning time from my single votive and whilst it did lose all of its fragrance after only a few hours I let it burn itself out over the course of a few days, I like the flickering flame of a candle anyway as mentioned in past Yankee reviews so for me this was a nicely decorative item for my home that I had burning in my kitchen at night just to add a little bit of light and interest, the fact that I did get some fragrance from it meant that it was just about worth the 80p I paid for mine although it's not one that I would buy again.
All in all there are far better choices available from Yankee and Tangerine isn't really one that I would recommend. It's definitely an early release from Yankee so availability will be limited on the high street now although it is still available online from Yankee stockists and is priced at around £1.60, I certainly wouldn't suggest anyone paying that sort of money for it though as it's not worth it but if you can find it on sale and you want to stock up on your supply then it's probably worth taking a chance on but only just.
3 stars as a rating seems fair, the fragrance was "nice" and the sampler candle did have a good burning time but it's not one of Yankee's best and I wouldn't buy this one again. Thanks for reading my review.