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We've been trying to get through our stash of Yankee tarts at the moment in the hope that we'll get some more for this Christmas - big hint for my family there if you haven't decided what to buy my wife and I yet! We've got two burners at home, one in the kitchen where we try to only melt food scented tarts and one in the front room where we melt and release the scent of more homely or floral smells. I think that this tart works equally as well in both rooms as it has an exotic fruitiness but also the sweet floral scent from the Jasmine essential oils that are also in the mix.
The actual scents contained in this tart, according to Yankee, are sunny sweet fresh picked mangoes and bananas (foody) with an irresistible touch of jasmine (homely / floral). There's a big dose of fruity mango in there which added to the banana scent does conjure up the illusion of breathing in the smells of the tropics and a subtle but just enough to make a difference amount of jasmine which adds a whole new dimension to the overall effect. I'd say that when being melted the overall effect is wonderfully rich like an expensive perfume (that'll be the jasmine), tasty, sweet and more-ish - if a smell can be described in such a way.
Like most Yankee tarts, the Tropical Fruits tart still gives off a scent for a bit longer than the eight hours which Yankee suggests - the mango was still screaming "eat me" for about double the amount of melting time that Yankee suggest.
It may seem odd to some to be savouring the exotic scents of a warmer climate than ours in mid November, but I don't think it's out of place in our front room. Think of it as an indulgent air freshener, and why not be reminded of the taste of summer in the month before Christmas - our home will soon smell of cinnamon, mulled wine and pine trees when Christmas raises its tinselled head.
The votive sampler sized candles of this scent are currently selling on Amazon for £1.80, but at the time of writing this review the wax tarts were not available on Amazon - as far as I can work out from looking at the Yankee Candle UK website, these were discounted in Spring this year (2013). However, there is always EBay and I have seen this scent available in other formats than the votive candles available on Amazon such as tea lights and multi-wicked candles. Five stars from me, another wonderful Yankee scent.
I was very lucky last week to come across 10 Yankee Tarts for £6.50 including postage. That works out at £0.65p per tart. You can pick these up for approximately £1 in Asda, Debenhams etc
A history of tarts:
These work simply by placing in a plate, then underneath you light a tea light. This warms the plate and the tart then burns into a liquid which in turns produces a fragrance. When the tea light burns out, the tart reforms back to a solid tart. The fragrance will last for approximately 8hrs.
People seem to have a love hate relationship with Yankee I have found. Whilst they might be abit more expensive than candles from Ikea etc. I do believe that you get value for money. With burn time for tarts of 8hrs and large candles upto 150hrs, they do last a very long time. Choose the right candle and you room will fill with a pleasant smelling scent. There is a candle for everyone.
Part of my 10 tarts, was this Tropical Fruit. I did not pick it, I had no choice. But I have to say that I am glad I was sent it. A red looking tart, with a picture on the front of a mixture of different fruits. But what is tropical fruit? Its a mixture of mango and bananas with a hint of jasmine. When unwrapping, you can smell the bananas more than anything. After allowing the tart to burn for a good 10 minutes, the fragrance then becomes evident and fills the room. A proper mix of the mangos and bananas. The smell is not over powering but a really nice fruity fragrance.
My wife loves the smell. It was put in our bedroom, left for a couple of hours. When we went to bed, the room smelt lovely.
I put half a tart in which will give about 4hrs fragrance. So far its been burning for nearly 5hours and I can still smell it. So we are well on course for beating the 8hrs fragrance time.
I would consider the candle version, however it would appear that looking at UK online yankee stores, I am unable to find it for sale.
If you find it, then take a plunge. Ok its not really a winter fragrance, but if your having a party and just want to fill the air with something fresh and fruity, then get this one.
=Yankee Candle Tropical Fruit=
I love Yankee Candles, and the fact that you can purchase a wax tart or a Sampler Candle, at entry level price through to the large glass jars, so there is something for everyone's budget.
Most of my Yankee purchases are the Wax tarts as I like that I can break a tart in half and get twice the use and value from a tart.
A wax tart has about 8 hours of burning time from one tart.
The tart comes wrapped in a plastic shrink wrap, and has a fluted edge, there is a sticker on the front which tells is that it is a Yankee Candle and what the fragrance is as well as a picture relating to the candle, and on the reverse there is a smaller sticker, which has the to use instructions, care instructions and contact details for Yankee.
Although this tart is a tropical fruit fragrance, it is a deep red in colour and looks lovely.
Once this has started to melt, this had the most amazing aroma, of tropical fruits, from berries to mango and pineapple, close your eyes and you would think you were surrounded by tropical fruits.
I usually have the oil burner on for 2 hours, but I found with this one that the fragrance stayed in the room, with me for a couple of hours.
=Would I recommend=
If you can find these at a descent price, i would highly recommend them, this is gorgeous.
Wax Tarts - 22grams 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
Afew years ago I purchased a a pack of candles from QVC. I have bought these candles before on a trip to New York from a Yankee candle outlet at some fantasic prices, so I was aware how good their candles were and had no qualms on buying the pack, containing a medium sized jar Tropical Fruit candle.
Who is Yankee Candles?
Yankee Candle is an American company who specialise in home and car fragrances. It started when a young gentleman named Mike Kittredge made his mother a candle as a gift from broken up crayons. When a neighbour saw what he made Mike was convinced by the neighbour to sell the candle them and with that profit he managed to make his mother another one and a spare one to sell. And so it all began...
The company has over 150 different fragrances in products for the home and car such as wax tarts, different sized candles ranging from tumbler candles, small, medium and large glass jars, tealights, plug ins, reed defusers, car air freshners. The list goes on and on.
What does the candle look like?
Im going by a medium sized candle in my description, but whether its a small or large jar, it will look the same. Only difference you will have on look is if its a different product eg wax tart, tumbler.
The candle is in a well made, durable and good quality glass jar. It has a slightly smaller rim compared to the the size of the rest of the jar, and this is where the lid sits on top.The glass lid fits into the jar perfectly.Its easy to hold, slightly rounded with the word ' Yankee Candle ' etched into it. Overall the feel of the candle is weighty and very much high quality.The label is simple, on the front with teh relevant picture on it depicting what the scent is. So with this Tropical Fruit fragrance, the label has various fruits on it such as lime,mango, lemons etc.Bright and vibrant, but simple.A good tip is you dont have to have the label on it, it can peel away. Good feature if you wanted to reuse the jar once the candle has finished, for something else.
How do you use their candles and how long does the fragrance/candle last?
The candle itself is a pillar box red colour with a slight marbled effect in the wax itself.
How do you use the candle?
If this candle is a wax tart ( like in the above picture ), take off the plastic wrapping. You can put the whole tart into the dish area of a lit tart/oil burner. O you can break up, or crumble it into it, which ensures the fragrance is realised quicker because it melt quicker. When the tart has lost it fragrance, you can remove it once cooled down, but not completely set just alittle soft and dispose. Or if its cooled down completely and hard, and the warmer has a removable top on it, that the tart sit in then place it in the frezzer and leave for awhile. It will pop out with ease.
If its an actual candle you will use-Trim wick to around 3mm.This stops the flame from giving off black smoke. When burning for the first time,allow the wax to completely melt from one side of the candle to another, so the effect of tunnelling doesnt occur This is when the wax stays solid around the edges, but the middle burns down, creating a hole, crater effect. So depending on the size of the candle you may need to burn for afew hours. Once lit, enjoy the beautiful aromas......
Here is an idea on how long the candles will burn/give off fragrance and cost:
The small sized candle between 25-40 hours of fragrance. Around £7-9.00
The medium sized candle between 65-90 hours of fragrance. Around £15-17.00
The large sized candle between 110-150 hours of fragrance. Around £20.00
The votives lasts up to 15 hours of fragrance. Around £1.50/1.80
The wax tarts up to 8 hours of fragrance. Around £1.00/1.30
The small glass tumblers between 35-45 hours of fragrance ( 2 wicks ) Around £10.00
The large glass tumblers up to 85 hours of fragrance ( 2 wicks ) Around £18-20.00
What does Tropical Fruit smell like?
Just as it suggests. It reminds me fruit flavoured sweets, chews. Theres a hint of berries, mango but still has a slight freshness to it.I dont find it sickly sweet and its not clawring or overpowering. Smells good enough to eat! The fragrance floats and sits in the gently. Its quite long lasting, and even with the lid on I can get a gorgeous whiff!
Would I buy again?
Most definetly. Yankees products are amazing quality. Just make sure you get them at a good price. They are alot more readily available now in stores and online, unlike afew years ago where you had to really dig about for them. What I would say inn regards to this fragrance is, if you like sweet, fresh, fruit and deep aromas, this is for you.If not, why not try another fragrance such as:
Honey & Spice
Too many to list!
My Yankee Candle's Tropical Fruit sampler was included in an old mega-pack order I bought earlier in the year from the YankeeDoodle website, I've had it stored with the rest of my Yankee stash in a tin and only recently got round to burning it as I often find that the sampler candles lack the intensity of fragrance that other products from Yankee give so I wasn't in any particular rush to see what this one was like. Sampler candles are a cheap way to get an idea of the different fragrances that Yankee has to offer and unlike the wax tarts which need a burner and tea light these are independent little candles with their own wicks, they only need standing in a votive or sampler holder and once lit tend to give around 12-15 hours worth of burn time.
Samplers are fragranced candles but generally they're not very strong and the fragrance they hold don't last anywhere near the overall burning time the candle stays lit for but they make for nice ambience-creating objects perfect for the darker nights of the year when the seasons change. Tropical Fruit must be quite an old fragrance now, I can't say that I've seen it available instore at Yankee/Candle stockists but it is widely available online in all the different formats that Yankee produce. At around £1.80 the sampler candles represent reasonable value for money I think although I rarely buy them individually as I prefer wax tarts as a way of getting to know a fragrance.
Tropical Fruit is red in colour and features a brightly illustrated sticker that depicts a bundle of different fruits, it takes around 15-20 minutes for its fragrance to become noticeable and my initial reaction to this one was favourable. It has a bright, sweet start packed with fruity highlights and although I couldn't detect any individual fruits that make up its composition it immediately reminded me of a later fragrance "Fruit Fusion". Tropical Fruit is a daytime fragrance I think, probably better suited to the Summer months or on a cool, Spring or Autumn afternoon when the sun is out and overall it is a juicy fragrance that demands attention. I had mine burning in my kitchen and for the first couple of hours I found that it lingered and dispersed well, it travelled into my living room and was noticeable in my hallway but quickly dampened down after a couple of hours to become purely ornamental. This is the problem I find with Samplers on the whole, they lack the longevity of wax tarts and quickly lose all their fragrance and is the main reason I tend to avoid them when making my Yankee purchases.
There's nothing wrong with Tropical Fruit at all as a fragrance, it's very reminiscent of a lot of other similar ones from Yankee and would definitely appeal to those who do like the sweeter fragrances available to buy. I wouldn't say it was terribly complex as a scent, there are no individual highlights to it and it does become a little too syrupy sweet but it's certainly pleasant enough and does do a good job at eliminating any cooking odours or dodgy smells. Because it is quite an old release now I wouldn't necessarily suggest anyone to actively seek this one out over the other fruity fragrances in Yankee's vast collection, "Fruit Fusion" is pretty much the same as this one and is more widely available offline. That said, I would recommend Tropical Fruit to others if you happen to come across it although probably not in the sampler format.
All in all a decent fragrance from Yankee and one that I would recommend hence my 3 star rating. Thanks for reading my review.
The Yankee candle wax tart is is a cake shaped piece of wax filled with fragrance so when it is heated up and melted it fills the full room with a beautiful aroma. Yankee have lots of different scents ranging from spiced fruits, normal fruits to cake flavors and 'fluffy towel' scents, there is a wide variety in scents so it will be easy to find one that's suited to you. I have bought my mum 5 of these wax tarts including this one but once they arrived and I could smell them I wanted my own so much so I went out and bought 'Tropical fruit' along with a few others for myself.
Yankee candle have a variety of items ranging from large candles, small candles to wax tarts, the tarts are considerably more cheaper than the candles so I can see why a lot of people buy these more, although I never under stood how to use them at first, you get an oil burner and put the tart on top until it melts, this well then start to evaporate with the heat filling your room with a most delicious scent, these have a burn time of around 8 hours so if you light one in the morning you will be able to smell it all day.
'Tropical fruit' to me sounds wonderful just hearing it, I love tropical fruit flavored things it leaves that tingly warm feeling in your mouth, so when I got this, it is a middle red colour sort of the colour red nail varnish most red people wear, it is a little lighter than the picture that goes with this review. The smell of this is very strong and you can smell it through the packet which made me want to get it melted straight away.
Yankee say 'tropical fruit' is "a mix of fresh picked mangoes and bananas with an irresistible hint of jasmine" Now this does sound a strange combination but of course tropical non the less. I can mainly smell the Mango in this which is mouth watering with an undertone of Banana which makes the scent sweeter and less over powering, I have to say I cannot smell the Jasmine at all, perhaps they should of put more than a hint of it in, but this doesn't bother me as just with the Mango and Banana it smells delicious.
I found some of the wax tarts scent disappeared when not in the solid form however this isn't the case with "tropical fruit" The scent is just as strong when melting however when you are nearing the end of course the smell close up does die down a bit but the scent has filled the air still so you don't actually notice, the smell when burning reminds me of mango body butter when you walk into the bathroom after some has just used some, it is really lovely and zesty which is great to have in your bedroom.
A few weeks ago now my other half took me to Boundary Mill for a mooch around and one of the things I specifically wanted was a Yankee Candle tart in the 'Fruit Salad' fragrance, which is one I really love. Unfortunately when we got there, they didn't have Fruit Salad, but I did happen upon this one, Tropical Fruit, which I adored the smell of in the wrapper, so I decided to try that one instead.
For those not familiar with the Yankee brand, I will quickly explain the concept of a wax tart. Rather than a candle with a wick, a wax tart is a small disc of fragranced wax which needs to be melted in a tart burner (similar to an oil burner and also available from Yankee). If you don't fancy trying a wax tart then all scents are available in a range of formats, including small votive candles, glass tumblers and glass jars.
Tropical Fruit is a rust red sort of a colour, which to me is more suited to spicy candles than a fruit based one. I think an orange, yellow or even a green colour would have perhaps suited the fragrance much better.
The scent of this candle is described by Yankee as being 'a mix of fresh picked mangoes and bananas with an irresistible hint of jasmine.' On paper that sounds plain weird to me - after all who would think of mixing bananas with jasmine? I have to say though, that this candle does in fact smell absolutely delicious. The mango fragrance really comes out, but the banana adds a soft sweetness and the overall combination is lovely and fresh smelling. I personally can't smell jasmine in here at all. I think on the whole I actually prefer this scent to the Fruit Salad one I love so much and the two are very different - the fruit salad has a much sharper, zesty scent to it than this one. I really can't describe how beautiful the Tropical Fruit scent is and if you like fruit scented products I couldn't recommend it more.
I've found with some Yankee Candles that they can smell very vibrant when solid but the moment I light them I simply can't smell them. I was therefore very pleased when I lit this, to find that the scent filled the room really quickly and was very noticeable. The scent when burning was exactly the same as the scent when in the wrapper.
Yankee tarts are designed to give 8 hours of scent. The tea-light candles I am currently using last around the 4 hour mark, so I usually use two tea-lights per wax tart. Although the scent of this was fairly intense when I first started burning it, by the time the first tea-light had gone out I couldn't really smell it any more. I can only assume that my nose must have gotten used to the scent, as when I lit the second tea-light the next morning, I could smell the candle again within around 10 minutes. I would say, unfortunately that around the six-seven hour mark, the scent seemed to get a lot more gentle and it probably only gave around seven hours of fragrance, rather than eight.
Prices and burn times can be found below but are all approximate and will differ depending on where you shop.
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
I bought mine from Boundary Mill, the candles can also be found in Clinton's Cards on the High Street or online at www.scentedcandleshop.co.uk or www.yankeedoodle.co.uk
Aside from the slight issue with the strength of the candle fading a bit quicker than I would have expected, I could not recommend this enough. I think it has overtaken every other Yankee Candle scent I have tried (and trust me, that's a lot) as my favourite ever scent. In fact, just this morning, I have ordered a box of tea-lights in the same fragrance and I plan to buy a jar or tumbler in this scent next time we go to Boundary Mill. A fabulous buy from Yankee!!