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=Yankee Candle Tart Lilac Blossom=
I received this as a wax tart from my daughter for Mothers day, she had got me a selection of tarts.
=Price and Availability=
This was purchased on eBay, and she paid about £1.50 for it, it also available from Amazon and Yankee candle website, you can also buy them in card shops such as Clintons, as well as gift shops, The Works and B+Q. Generally wax tarts sell for about £1.25 ball park figure.
The wax tart is a pale lilac in colour, is a round tart, with a fluted edged pattern. Each of the tarts are wrapped in shrink wrap, then have a top sticker, which tells you it is a Yankee candle, the fragrance is Lilac blossom and a picture, which in this case was some lilac blossom. The sticker at the bottom has contact details for Yankee and how to use the tart.
The average burning time for the tart is hours. I always break mine in half, so I get double the pleasure of the tart.
As soon as I opened the wrapper I was able to smell the fragrance of lavender and lilac, after looking at the Yankee website, it says the candle is "an alluring grove of lavender, white and deep purple lilacs".
I popped the half on the burner, and as soon as the wax started to melt I found that the Lavender became the strongest of the fragrances, with the lilacs in the background.
To me, I don't really like lavender, as it reminds me of my nuns house when I was a child, every draw had lavender in little sachets, every coat hanger, even though I was only a kid, the memory just stays. It was a fresh lavender smell, I can't fault Yankee on the smell, it is just not one for me.
=Used it for 3 nights=
The rest of the family liked the smell from the candle, as next morning there was a faint smell of the lavender in the front room, and they said it was a refreshing smell.
=Not as strong=
This was quite a mild to medium fragrance, and to me I would say it is a all year round tart, as the lavender is suited for all seasons.
I have knocked one star off as I felt that it wasn't clear enough that the tart had lavender in it.
=Would I buy it / Recommend it?
-Buy- I won't buy this again, unless anyone else particularly wanted it, but I would recommend it based on the mild to moderate aroma, but I would say it is strong on the lavender.
Tarts - 22 grams burn time of 8 hours around £1 to £1.50
Sampler Candle - 32 grams - burn time 12/15 hours £1.30 to £2.00
Small Glass Jar, - 3.7oz (140 grams) - burn time of 25/40 hours around £10
Medium Glass Jar - 14.5oz (411 grams) burn time of 65/90 hours around £15
Large Glass Jar - 22oz (630grams ) burn time of 110/150 hours - around £20
A couple of weeks back me and my fiancé went away for the day to a seaside resort. Whilst he and my little boy messed about on the beach I felt a little like exploring the surroundings rather than just sitting watching them for hours, so I decided to wonder over to a large gift shop opposite the promenade which had caught my eye.
They sold some really beautiful items like shabby chic wall plaques and quirky bits and bobs but what excited me the most was the fact that they had a huge amount of Yankee candles and wax tarts, with the wax tarts being priced at just £1 each. Okay, so this isn't a massive saving seeing as the retail price is usually around the £1.25 mark but it is still a bit of saving and I stocked up!
One of the fragrances that I bought was lilac blossom. Now I don't particularly like the fragrance of lilac (or lavender, which is one of the main fragrances) but I was able to smell the candle through the wrapper and it smelt really nice, plus I really liked the girly lilac shade of the wax.
Once I got home from a busy day with my boys and it was time to relax a little before bed I thought that this fragrance out of all of the others would be the most relaxing and nicest to wind down to due to the lavender, so I unwrapped it, popped it into my tart burner and placed a tea light underneath.
Yankee candle describe the fragrance on their website as 'an alluring grove of lavender, white and deep purple lilacs'. Doesn't sound particularly exciting really does it so I was expecting it to be very subtle and relaxing. As I said before I don't usually like the smell of lavender as it can sometimes smell too perfumey and artificial but the smell of this candle is just like fresh lavender which is very natural smelling and refreshing and relaxing. It does not have that 'granny-like' smell to it and it is more fresh and light.
The fragrance is subtle but it fills the room with the scent of fresh lavender mixed with light floral notes and it is a really fresh smell which makes my home smell clean. It is not quite as strong as many of the other yankee candle fragrances I have tried but I don't mind this and it still covers up any cooking smells. I like that it doesn't smell like air freshener or washing powder like some lavender/floral scents can do and I really like it.
Five out of five stars.
I have always loved scented candles, I love the warmth you feel when the aroma started drifting around your home and I love coming downstairs the morning after burning and finding I can still smell a soft lingering scent from them. Of course some scented candles are better than others and in my opinion by far the best is the Yankee Candle which my Mam bought me a selection of last Christmas.
You can buy Yankee Candles in a wide variety of places, we have an Asda Living store on a shopping park near us which sell them and until this week we did have a little village shop to buy them from but now that has closed down the internet may be a place I use a little more for buying them.
Mike Kittredge founded Yankee candles in 1969, he wanted to make a present for his mother so he melted down some wax crayon that he had and from that the Yankee Candle was born. It is said that some people saw the gift he had made for his Mother and requested that they could buy it off him so with their money he bought more wax and made his Mother another gift and it went from there.
Yankee candles come in many different shapes and sizes which all carry relevant price tags, there are over 100 different fragrances and new ones are released throughout the year for different occasions, Halloween, Christmas, Easter, valentines the list is endless. The tarts are in my opinion the best value and allow you to have a wide variety of fragrances to try without too much of an outlay. The range carries,
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
Not all fragrances come in all of the different size options I think it depends how popular a fragrance is. I personally like to stick to the tarts as I like to be able to change my fragrances regularly although I have found that if you line your burner with foil you are able to lift them of (when set of course) and change your fragrance as often as you choose.
The tart is a lovely circle shape of wax which is like a pastry case from a jam tart, it is a lovely lilac in colour and shows a picture of on the front of lovely purple flowers. On the underneath there is a sticker which shows some warnings for you to be aware of,
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
The description of this tart on the Yankee site is "the beautiful fragrance of a shady woodland glade, carpeted in deep purple lilacs. Light it for blissful and complete relaxation." I found that the tart took a little while to start to drift around the living room where I burn my tarts and when it did begin to drift I wasn't too keen on the smell. This reminds me of lavender but very sweet and like a very strong floral bouquet whereas I prefer the gentler scents. I was quite surprised how strong this scent got when it had taken so long to begin to drift around but it is simply too strong for me and for that reason I will not buy this one again. I will only rate this 3 stars from 5 as some people obviously will like the scent and it is still a really good value and easy to use product.
I absolutely love scented candles and Yankee candles are by far the best scented candles I have ever come across. The large jars can be expensive and if you aren't sure of the scent I find it's always best to try either a sampler size candle or a wax "tart". Not many shops near where I lie sell Yankee so I usually buy mine online and I can only go by the description of the smell and reviews and after buying a 22oz full size jar for £17 in their Clean Cotton scent and hating it I now like to by tarts for 99p to try new scents out and any I really like I'll buy in their full sized jars.
A wax tart is basically just a round piece of wax with scalloped edges, it has no wick and is burned by placing it in the top of a tart burner and lighting a tea light underneath to melt the tart which releases it's fragrance. You can use a normal oil burner but I prefer to use a proper tart burner made by Yankee. I did once burn a tart in a glass oil burner I had and because the tart takes a little bit to heat up and melt the heat from the candle underneath actually cracked the glass burner! Each tart comes individually wrapped in plastic which can be a little difficult to remove as it's so tightly wrapped so I just take some scissors to it to cut it off. Like I said all you do is simply place the tart in the top of the burner and light an unscented underneath. After a little while the tart starts to melt from the heat of the tea light and turns into a pool of liquid which is highly scented and the smell wafts around the room and depending on the scent in some cases you can smell it through the whole house! I do find the tarts are more scented than their jar candles in the same scents.
I bought a load of Christmas scented tarts on eBay last December and the seller threw Lilac Blossoms in free with my order. I keep loads of tarts in a box and like to pick out a different one every 3 days or so. It was just the other night when I decided to burn Lilac Blossoms. It's described by Yankee as capturing "the beautiful fragrance of a shady woodland glade, carpeted in deep purple lilacs. Light it for blissful and complete relaxation." It was the evening and I turned off the lights and popped this into my burner and lit the tea light. The tart started to warm up and melt and release a very strong smell of most headache inducing scent I've ever smelt. I don't mean to offend but it's like a really old lady's perfume. I had a good think about how else to describe it and to me it smells like strong pollen and set honey. Two smells I hate! I blew the tea light out before the tart had even finished melting and took the burner to scrape it out into the bin. My other half asked what I was doing as I'd been upstairs as I lit it in the bedroom and I asked him to smell it and tell me what he thought. His first words were "oh that smells like a charity shop!" It may suit an older persons taste but definitely is not for me.
Yankee Candle Wax Tarts are available priced 99p per tart. I mainly buy mine online on eBay or www.yankeedoodle.co.uk because I don't see them in many shops where I live. They do sell a limited range in Homebase.
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