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~~~Cranberry Chutney Yankee Candle Wax Tart ~~~
Having written many reviews over the years about Yankee Candle products, I think that you can probably tell that I tend to favour the tarts over the candles. The reason for this being that as the melt, they instantly 'throw' their scent into the room. There is no waiting around for hours before I can blow the candle out (this prevents the dreaded tunnel down the centre of the candle), and no sooty deposits are left on wallpaper and furniture.
The subject of this review is Yankee's Cranberry Chutney wax tart which I purchased for the princely sum of 69p. Wax tarts usually retail for around £1.10 each so the saving on this good, and noting there were only a limited number on the shelf, I grabbed them all and promptly paid. These are a beautifully scented tart as this review shall discuss further.
Visually, these have the same fluted edge, shrink-wrapped covering and the same stickered label denoting pictorially what the fragrance should smell like. As with all Yankee products, you tend to smell them before you see them, and that is how I found these, loitering unseen at the back of the bargain shelf.
The label tells me these are Cranberry Chutney scented, and the picture depicts cranberry fruit and the herb rosemary. Sniffing this through the sealed packaging alerts me to its sweet fruitiness and it smells delicious.
On burning this tart, I broke it in two as usual. This means that I can make it last twice as long and give me double fragrancing time. The tart is easily broken to either burn on separate occasions as I do, or you could mix and blend different scents to make your own personalised fragrance; Yankee call this 'Mixology'.
On melting this tart, it quickly becomes a deep, dark liquid and the fragrances evolve. The fruitiness of the cranberry initially hits you, and you get a rich fruity scent, not unlike another Yankee variety called Black Cherry. Its likeness is quite uncanny. The aroma develops and you begin to detect further tones of orange and spice. The addition of the rosemary tempers down all the sweetness of the fruits, and adds a nice depth to the whole ambience.
For me, this tart has absolutely exceeded my expectations. The name chutney to me, conjures up visions of old ladies preserving their harvests, and the vinegary scent that goes with the whole chutney making process (I know, I've made it, but shall never again - the stench is unbearable). This wasn't that pungent aroma at all. It was fruity, and alive; not as strong as Black Cherry in intensity but sweet, warm and inviting nonetheless.
Looking at the Yankee site, I see they describe this as 'A delicious reminder of Thanksgiving dinner...tangy fresh cranberries with orange zest and raisins'. This is absolutely spot on. That was the word I was thinking of - tangy. It has a Christmassy vibe to it, and is quite refreshing but quietly unassuming too.
I burn these tarts every day and I have huge collection, I can't seem to stop buying. They mask my pet and household odours, and make my home smell cosy and inviting. Rarely though, do my family comment on a scent, as they are so used to always having a different fragrance on the go. Yesterday, absolutely everyone commented on the fruity sweetness of this tart, and this morning, a good 12 hours after I burned it last night, the sweet tanginess can still be detected. This is not an overwhelming scent by any means; it's not cloying in its sweetness either, as the herbs take the edge off.
I would say this in the whole spectrum of Yankee fragrances, as black cherry and fruit fusion being very intense at one end of the range, and the more gently scented baby powder and clean cotton at the other, Cranberry Chutney would sit nicely just over the midway point, but erring on the side of the more dominant end.
~~~ In conclusion ~~~
Fragrance can create an atmosphere and an ambiance around your home and Cranberry Chutney lends itself perfectly to this time of year; it's warming and inviting without being overpowering or too dominate. This fragrance for me, denotes that Christmas is coming shortly, and gets me in the holiday spirit (not that I need any help there; I LOVE Christmas). My home feels cosy and warm, even though the autumn chills are biting, and I will most certainly be replenishing my stocks of this particular tart when they run low. Who knows if it will be around next year? Yankee are always bringing out new and exciting releases. I'd best stock up quick. :)
I highly recommend this fragrance to you, and hope that you enjoy it as much as my family and I do.
I recently invested in some more 'wintery' scents when making my regular Yankee Candle purchase. With Christmas and it being so cold I quite fancied some nice, comforting scents around my home. One of the scents that I bought was this Cranberry Chutney tart.
I always order my tarts online as I've found ebay to be the best place to get them from. The choice is pretty much unlimited and the price is the cheapest I've found. I pay 89p for each Yankee Candle tart when I buy a pick and mix selection of ten. This works out much cheaper than high street retailers who charge between £1.05 and £1.40 for a single tart. I've also found high street stores have a very poor range.
When this tart arrived I quite liked the look of it, the label was wintery and it's colour was a deep red/brown. Although I couldn't smell anything coming through the packaging I didn't hold this against it as I've learnt that this is never an indication of the strength of scent when burning.
All Yankee Candle tarts comes packaged in a thick plastic cover which needs to be removed with scissors. I recommend you do this over the sink or bin because the tarts tend to shed flakes of wax when the plastic is removed and it's a pain to get off work tops or tables. Much easier to do it over the sink!
When I removed the plastic I was very pleased to notice that the tart was beautifully scented. It was sweet and homely without being sickly. I was quite looking forward to burning it!
Once in the burner the tart took approximately half an hour to melt. Within this time I couldn't really smell a great deal of anything unless I got close to it. After an hour or so though I could smell the scent distinctively in the kitchen where it was burning. As before the scent itself was lovely and sweet, not at all like cranberry but very welcoming and pleasant to be around. It wasn't tangy or potent but subtle and gradly increased in strength as it continued to burn.
Normal tea lights give around four hours worth of burning time and Yankee Candle say that their wax tarts give approximately 8 hours of scent time when burnt. I have found this to be very approximate though as some I've tried have doubled this and some have not quite even reached eight hours. I was a little disappointed to find that the Cranberry Chutney tart didn't quite make eight hours. It burnt nicely and scented evenly through the first tea light but by mid way through the second tea light I couodn't notice too much of it's lovely scent.
I was also a little disappointed to find that it's lovely scent wasn't strong enough to scent more than my kitchen while it burnt. Usually the whole of the downstairs of my house, if not my whole house can be scented from one tart but only the room it was burning in was scented. I must say that the lovely sweet smell was evenly scenting the room though and it was consistant in that way.
Due to my experience with this tart I can't give it more than four stars. I absolutely loved the scen itself it was sweet without being spicy and very nice to be around. It's the sort of scent I would love my whole house to smell of which is why I was disappointed it wasn't more powerful. Perhaps I had a 'dud' tart, I did buy two of this particular scent so I will deffinately try the other one again. However due to it's weak strength I can't yet rate it higher than four stars.
Yankee Candle Tart Wax Potpourri Cranberry Chutney
Those who have read a few of my earlier reviews will probably know by now that I am a massive fan of Yankee Candles and like to buy them quite regularly to fragrance my home.
I usually buy the jar candles, but was recently bought a couple of these ones by Mr Siamese as a gift. He also bought me a little wax tart burner to use with them.
In case you are unsure what these are, they are little tart shaped of scented wax. They are then used with the wax tart burner which uses a tealight to melt the wax, releasing the delicious fragrance into your home.
These wax tarts cost around £1.05 so are much cheaper than the big glass candle jars, meaning that this can be a good way to try different scents without spending a lot. Unfortunately, Yankee Candles do tend to be a little more expensive than some brands, but because they last so long and smell so great, I do believe that they are worth the extra money.
The thing that I liked most about these is that they smell exactly the same as the Cranberry Chutney candles, which happens to be one of my favourite scent. The smell is sweet and tangy and lingers for ages, even after the tealight has been extinguished. I have found that these little wax tarts last around 7 hours.
The wax tart burner is easy to use and if you want to, you can also buy electric burners. The burners also come in loads of different styles and designs so you should have no problem finding one that suits your decor. Remember to use unscented tealights though and never add water to your burner!
I love these, they are easy to use and leave my room smelling delicious for hours. They can also be popped into drawers and cupboards before use where they will gently fragrance the area, leaving a gorgeous cranberry scent which is subtle and fresh.
If you are a Yankee Candle fan or just thinking about trying them out then I definitely recommend that you do, there is a huge range of scents to choose from so you can have something different in every room. Unlike other fragranced candles, I have found that these ones really work, and continue to scent a room right until they are finished, so despite costing a little more, you do get decent value for money.