Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Not my favourite Frutti candle
Yankee Candle Tutti Frutti
Member Name: pink_glitter
Yankee Candle Tutti Frutti
Advantages: long lasting, smells nice
Disadvantages: not all that strong
I usually prefer to buy my Yankee Candles in the form of wax tarts, as I find that they are a good way of trying out a scent and much cheaper than buying a jar only to find that you don't like it. I actually got this Tutti Frutti Yankee Candle as a freebie online, as there was a buy two get the third free offer, and I was buying two jars anyway as gifts for my sisters.
I'm not sure why I chose to purchase the Tutti Frutti fragrance as my jar candle. I'd never tried this fragrance before and the red colour doesn't match anything in my house! Still, as a fragrance, the name and picture of a brightly coloured lollipop really appealed to me and I looked forward to trying it.
The jar candles come in three different sizes - the small, which is 3.7oz and gives 25-40 hours of fragrance, the medium which is 14.5oz and gives 60-90 hours of fragrance and then the large 22oz jar which gives 110-150 hours of fragrance. I have the medium size. The design of the jar is similar to an old fashioned sweet jar - with a heavy lid.
The jars are rather iconic of the Yankee brand, however because of their chunky design, they will not necessarily suit every home. To be honest, I find them a little old fashioned looking for my own home and often struggle to find somewhere where they look 'right'. If a jar is not your thing, you may be interested to know that a more modern looking tumbler is also available.
Want to try a Yankee Candle but apprehensive about the cost? Well you can buy a 'sampler' which is a small votive candle, about 2 inches high, for a fraction of the price of a full sized candle. You can also buy a box of 12 tea lights or a wax tart. The idea of a wax tart is that it is a disc of fragranced wax which is melted in a burner (also available from Yankee at £5 and upwards) to release the fragrance into the room.
This was an online order and I had never smelled the fragrance before purchasing it. Of course though, from the picture I was expecting something very fruity and very sweet and that is definitely what I got.
When removing the lid from the jar, I don't even need to put my nose close to be able to smell the yummy aroma. It really does smell like one of the lollipops depicted on the label - the multi-coloured whirly ones that tend to be found at the seaside. In fact, smelling this candle brought back memories of the time we were in the car coming home from the beach and my sister somehow stuck one of these lollipops to the inside roof of my dads car. It left a lovely red stain on the felt and thanks to her we were never allowed those types of big lollipop again!
So, yes, a very fruity candy fragrance - in fact my fiancé insists on me mentioning that it smells like 'when you put all the different colour skittles in your mouth at the same time.' It's a nice fragrance and I do like it, although I don't think it's necessarily the nicest fragrance from the fruit range. It's quite a sugary scent and dare I say just a tad synthetic. The cleaner, crisper fruit scents such as Orchard Pear or Tropical Fruit.
==Burning the Candle==
When lit I find that it takes a little while for the scent to really come out and fill the room. The lady from Yankee Candle who does the QVC shows recommends that the medium and large jars are burned for a minimum of three hours at a time. I believe this is because anything less and the whole surface of the wax may not fully melt. This means you will be left with a ring of wax on the outside of your jar, rather than an even burn all the way down.
Once the scent has started to come out, I find that it is strong enough to fill my sitting room with a subtle, fruity aroma, but the scent does not seem to be intense enough to travel room to room like some of the other Yankee Candle varieties.
If I am totally honest, then I would have to say that I find the scent disappointingly subtle. Whilst I don't necessarily want a candle that will hit me with fragrance or be overpowering or sickly, I would have liked if this fragrance had been a little stronger.
I find if I've been burning this for a few hours, I can't really smell it any more. It could just be my nose getting accustomed to the scent, especially as I tend to detect the fragrance if I have left the room for a while and come back in.
As I have the medium jar, the estimated burn time is 60-90 hours. Unfortunately I'm not so dedicated to have actually counted how long I have burned it for, but I'd say that I've used just over a third and feel I must have used it for at least 20 hours, considering we had it lit for almost the whole day last week. This would bring the estimate of 60-90 hours bang on target for the lower estimate.
Although I am specifically reviewing the medium housewarmer jar, I have included prices for the different formats below. The prices are approximate and will vary on where you shop.
Wax Tarts - £1.10
Votives - £1.60
Small Jar - £7.45
Medium Jar - £15.45
Large Jar - £18.45
Tea Lights (pack of 12) - £5.99
I buy mine from Collectables or Clinton Cards on the High Street, but you can also buy from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk or www.yankee.co.uk online
To sum up, Tutti Frutti is a nice fragrance and it evoked happy memories for me (although if my dad was to smell it, I'm sure the memories of trying to clean lollipop off the car roof would not be welcome!). It is a good quality candle with a long burn time as I have come to expect from Yankee, however if I have to be honest, I would like the fragrance to be stronger and not only that, but I don't think the scent is as special or 'stand out' as some of the others in the Yankee range, so unfortunately I feel I can only award it a rather average three star rating.
Summary: A lovely scent - just not as good as others