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The product I am reviewing is unscented tea lights by Yankee Candle. I purchased these tea lights for use in my wax burner when using wax tarts. These are obviously unscented to not interfere with the scent of the wax tarts that you are trying to use. The tea lights come in a plastic bag which clearly states what the product is and that it's by Yankee. There are a total of 25 tea lights in a bag, each is white in colour and sits in a silver metal holder. The candle is approximately 1cm in height or just over so they are slightly bigger than other tea lights that you may be able to purchase elsewhere. The bag of candles is easy to open simply by cutting it or ripping a hole in the bag which will enable you to get the candles out easily. As the candles are in a bag it means they can be stored easily in a drawer or cupboard. Although I have previously purchased Sainsbury's basic tea lights, I wanted to see what the ones from Yankee were like as I expected them to be of slightly better quality, especially for the price. I purchased the candles from Yankee Direct (www.yankeedirect.com) for £4.99, but you can also purchase them from various other websites as well. Each candle has a burning time of approximately 4-6hrs.
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Using the Candles
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The first thing I noticed about the tea lights is that the wick is quite short in comparison to the Sainsbury's basic candles I purchased previously. Despite this the wick was still easy to light using a lighter or a match and after lighting it I placed it into the wax burner. The tea lights do burn for a good 4-6hrs, although I did notice that once the candle has stopped burning there is still a good amount of wax left in the bottom of the tray which holds the candle. A few times I have blown the candle out and gone to use it the next day and the wick just burns and crumbles away leaving quite a bit of wax in the tray. I was really disappointed by this and also a little surprised. I thought that maybe this would just happen as a one off with one of the candles, and I didn't really expect it to happen to any of the others. I have now used at least 5-6 of the tea lights and the same thing has happened with the others. I was really disappointed by this as I didn't expect this from a Yankee product.
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When buying these candles I thought they were going to be worth the money as I thought they were going to be good quality, especially as they are a Yankee product. As much as I thought the tea lights were going to be good quality I was very disappointed. The wick is too short on the candles, they don't burn right down and they are way too pricey for the quality and the fact that you only get 25 tea lights. I will finish using the tea lights to go in my wax burner but I won't be buying them again. I found that the Sainsbury's basic candles are much better and a lot cheaper than these. I will not be recommending these tea lights to anyone and would advise buying basic candles from your local supermarket rather than buying these as they are a waste of money.
(review may also appear on ciao)
Having only recently discovered the Yankee Candle range by buying my wife a selection of products at Christmas last year we have recently been trying some of the different products that came in her bumper pack of goodies. One of the items included was a tart burner along with a selection of tarts and of course to melt the wax to release the aroma a tea light is required.
Up until this week we have been making do with any old tea light purchased in multi packs from places such as Dunelm Mill and Tesco, however as we were in a specialist candle shop last week who carried the range of Yankee products my wife decided that she would like to try the Yankee unscented tea lights and bought a pack of 25 for £4.99.
Pricewise £4.99 is a lot when you consider that a pack of 100 tea lights can cost as little as £2.99 depending where you shop, however the claims that these from Yankee themselves last up to 6 hours compared to the 1.5 to 2 hours you can expect to get out of a cheaper version we weighed up the pros and cons and decided to give them a try.
The tea lights themselves are nothing special to look at and indeed have the same appearance as any other tea light. Contained in their own silver foil base the tea lights themselves are approximately 4cm in diameter and 2cm in height. The wax itself has a colourless appearance and in the middle stands a white wick which peeks through ready to be lit.
Odourless as the name suggests these are the ideal size to put in a tart burner to melt the wax which sits above and after only a few minutes the heat generated starts the melting process. The claims that the tea lights last up to 6 hours are indeed correct (I timed one yesterday - sad? Yep! lol) so bearing in mind that other tea lights generally only last for a couple of hours these are indeed excellent quality.
Coming down the nitty-gritty I'm in two minds overall with these tea lights. Yes, they last longer than other tea lights, but at 20p each when bought in a 25 pack they *are* expensive and do exactly the same job as the cheaper variety albeit for longer. This is where I have a problem with them, as stated earlier we can buy a bag of 100 for £2.99 making them just 3p each and even considering that we would have to burn 3 of the cheaper ones to equal the burning time of 1 Yankee candle tea light this still only works out to be 9p rather than 20p so half the price overall.
All things considered even though both of us are very impressed with the other products from Yankee Candle I do consider these to be an expensive luxury item that is overpriced for what it actually is. I wouldn't buy them again I have to say and therefore wouldn't recommend them over the cheaper tea lights that are so widely available. You are paying for the name with these and judging by the other reviews on these that seems to be the general consensus.
Only 2/5 dooyoo stars from me, they do burn longer than their cheaper counterparts but at twice the price the cost lets these down for me.
Thanks for reading my review.
Yankee Candle Unscented Tea Lights
As anyone who has read my earlier reviews will know, I am a huge fan of the Yankee Candle company and often buy their products to scent my home.
Recently, Mr Siamese bought me some treats from the company, and part of the package was a set of unscented tealights. 25 tealights cost him £5 which is quite a bit more expensive than some other unscented tealights. They come in a plastic bag as opposed to the cardboard box that their scented tealights are packaged in.
The reason that I am such a fan of the scented candles is because they fragrance my home so well. The scent is amazing and also lasts for hours after the candle has been extinguished. They are a bit more expensive that other brands but I don't mind paying the extra because they are so good.
So, I must confess to being a little disappointed by the unscented tealights! They didn't seem any better or worse than any other tealight, which of course means that you can't help realising that you can get better value for money by buying a cheaper pack.
If I was considering buying unscented tealights again then I certainly wouldn't pay £5 for these, simply because of the cost. As far as tealights go, these are fine, but nothing special so not worth the extra money in my opinion. They gave me an average burn time of 4.5 hours which is pretty average too.
Having said that, if I was buying tealights again, I would probably go for the scented ones as they are fabulous. So my recommendation is that you give these a miss and buy the scented candles or tealights instead - you will be glad that you did!
I've heard loads of good stuff about Yankee Candles but the price has always put me off, I decided to treat myself to some of these lovely candles when I got my last Dooyoo Amazon voucher thinking that even though they're mega expensive at least I wasn't going to be paying cash for them.
I ordered some scented ones and then remembered that I needed some tealights for my oil burner, they had to be the unscented kind because I didn't want the stronger smelling candles to spoil the scent of the oil.
Even though they were dearer than I'd usually pay for unscented tealights I ordered a box thinking there must be SOMETHING that would make these better or more efficient than other tealights.
I paid £5.00 for 25 tealights, they came in a plastic bag not a box like the other tealights I ordered at the same time. That didn't bother me much but the bag is more untidy to store than the boxes which stack on top of each other in the cupboard.
The tealights are good but I don't think they're ANY better than the ones I buy in the pound shop which come in boxes of 50. You get a strong flame off them and that's good because the oil in my burner started scenting the room very quickly. I reckon each tealight lasted for about 5 hours before the flame started dying and that's a bit longer than the ones from the pound shop, I burned one of them last night to compare the candles and that lasted for just over 4 hours which is still acceptable I think.
The tealights come in plastic holders instead of the foil ones that the pound shop candles have, that made no difference to me because the candle holder is hidden in my oil burner but some people might prefer the plastic holders because they are more attractive. The bag says that the candles will float, I haven't tried it but I can't see why it wouldn't be true because they feel light enough to float and the plastic holder would help this too.
I have fallen in love with Yankee Candles over the last month but think these unscented tealights are a bit of a rip off. When you think I can buy double the amount for £1.00 it's stupid to get these for a fiver, losing an hours burning time doesn't bother me because I don't very often leave my burner going that long anyway. Even losing the hour per candle doesn't mean my candles last a shorter time because I usually only light one a day and that's just to freshen the room in the evening, so my pound shop tealights will still last me for 50 days.
In a bid to supplement the buying power that Yankee Candle command as a company known for their premium and thickly scented candles, it seems it is never good enough to just pluck and use any tealight candle from any other company but Yankee Candle. This is a marketing ploy that all companies use just to let the consumer stay faithful to the company as well as splashing out more money. Following on from my experience of the poorly scented tea lights from this company, I was at two minds whether to buy the 12 pack of unscented tea lights simply for the use in my Yankee Candle wax tart burner one day when I had noticed my stack of candles were going low. However I was not near any major shop where I usually buy my unscented tea light candles from and being only located near a shop that sells Yankee Candle I was reduced to buying the 12 pack for the price of £5-99.
The retail price of this box of candles should fall between £4-98 and £6 so it's no surprise that per box the candles have a claimed burning time of between 4 to 6 hours which can be good just for that extra hour of fragrance in your home depending on what scent you are buying to burn in your tart warmer. For this price and amount, is this product worth purchasing?
Unlike Yankee Candle's scented versions, these just look like default basic tea lights; there are 12 in a box and are reasonably compact in their thick acrylic packaging making the storing of them ideal for areas in the home such as under the sink or where you'd usually store candles that aren't likely to get messy. That box really has a good design to it though despite it just being a default of premium American candles! And this is where the problems begin; a premium company such as Yankee Candle selling a mere 12 candles in a box at a price where other companies such as IKEA or John Lewis sell a lot more with the same claimed burning time - and similar pricing - suddenly makes these candles look expensive. Yankee Candle can sing, fling and make bling on their customers as much as they want to - but I've been largely surprised by these candles by their very design and burning claim.
The first issue I have with these candles is the design. Located at the tip there is a slight raised section of wax that allows the candle nib to be lit if you have restricted access and gives me the impression that there is more wax per tub. Whilst it is handy to have this raised section of wax, it also prevents a problem when the nib isn't standing straight and upwards when in use. Light up the candle at an angle and the nib starts to fall against the raised wax thus extinguishing the flame and takes a bit of effort to loosen the nib from the wax concave; finger touch the nib to go straight upwards and the nib stands straight from the start of burning. Used at the moment in an exclusive tart burner by Yankee Candle I was under the impression initially that I had bought a set of quality wax tea lights under the YC label even though none of the candles or their tubs/shells have the YC name on them. Thankfully they don't suffer from the awful clear acrylic holders the scented tea lights are made in so there is never a worry of anything else that is burning apart from the candle/flame itself. Instead the metal is light to the touch and not heat proof just like the same tea lights you can buy anywhere including Ikea's famous 100 in a pack. But there is another downside;
After I had burned one candle I found that the tea light hadn't lasted for a full 6 hours. At best the candles will burn in a sufficiently closed ventilated room for around 5 hours and when the wax tea light gets to the base there is a section of wax that never gets burned. Whilst this is never a good sign it also makes sense to use these candles in the tart burners supplied by Yankee Candle but also to ensure just as I did, that the tea lights were on a level surface to ensure an equal balance of burning time as well as levelling the candle on itself whilst lit.
Given that my usual purchase of quality tea lights come from John Lewis at the quantities of either 40 for £2-50 or 100 for £5-00 with a burning time of 5 hours and burn right down to the base, Yankee Candle need to look at these tea lights again. Otherwise without the joy of Dooyoo and online reviews regarding their products, the general consumer will be none the wiser and will happily burn a hole in their pocket with this unwise purchase. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008