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I am reviewing yet another wax tart from Yankee Candle. This scent is called Vanilla Caramel and I purchased it along with some other scents that are no longer available in the UK. Whether this scent was originally available here in the UK or not I can't be sure. I recently went a little mad on buying wax tarts so have lots to get through, so apologies for all the wax tart reviews I will be posting all over the next few months. This wax tart has the delectable aroma of creamy vanilla ice cream laced with swirls of sugary caramel. To me this wax tart sounded divine; although I was hoping that it wasn't going to be too sweet and overpowering. I love the Salted Caramel scent from Yankee, so I suspected I would probably like this scent as well. As with all Yankee wax tarts, each tart is individually wrapped in clear plastic and has a picture and the name of the scent on the top.
The picture on this wax tart is of ice cream that looks as though it has caramel sauce in it. The picture looks as good as the tart sound. On the bottom of the tart, rather than picture it tells you show to and not to use the wax tart. Yankee suggests using this in one of their wax burners but you could probably use it in a different wax burner if you have one suitable. The plastic wrapper comes off the wax tart easily by snipping a small hole in it and peeling it off. I sometimes find the wax tarts can be a little crumbly so I tend to take off the plastic over the top of a bin so not to make too much of a mess. I was hoping I was going to get the full burn time of the wax tart which is 8 hours. I sometimes find that some of the Yankee wax tarts are used up before the full 8hrs is over. The wax tart has a nice light caramel smell to it and I could also smell traces of the vanilla in it as well. I placed the wax tart into the top or the burner and then an unscented tea light and placed it in the bottom of the burner.
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I purchased the wax tart from a website called Yankee Scents 4 U (www.yankeescents4u.com) for £1.75 which I thought was reasonable. I didn't see any other products such as any of the jar candles or votive in this scent so it must only be available to purchase in the wax tart.
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Using the Wax Tart
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I find that Yankee wax tarts need at least 3-4mins to start melting before you can smell any kind of scent from them. Although the wax tart hadn't melted fully I was able to smell a caramel scent from the wax tart once it was at least half melted. This smelt slightly different to the scent I smelt from the wax tart before placing it into the burner to melt. The caramel scent was slightly stronger and smelt quite sweet. Once the scent became slightly stronger I then got hints of the vanilla amongst the caramel scents, which was I thought was quite nice. The good thing about this scent is that it didn't become too strong at any point during the night and I had it burning for at least an hour if not longer. The colour in the top of the burner isn't very pleasant as it's a light brown colour so doesn't look as pretty as some of the colours of other wax tarts.
Although I didn't find the scent to the wax tart horrible, I couldn't actually decide whether I liked it or not. I thought I liked it but then I would change my mind again. This is quite a hard scent to describe as although it smells of caramel it doesn't smell as nice as I expected it to be. When buying a box of caramel chocolates it smells gorgeous, but the wax tart didn't really smell like this. I'm not sure if the wax tart would have smelt better without the vanilla or not. The vanilla certainly takes away some of the caramel smell which may not be a bad thing. This wax tart doesn't smell anything like the salted caramel candle that Yankee do. I suppose the smell does remind me a little of vanilla ice cream with caramel, only the wax tart smells slightly stronger which may be why I am not too sure about it. As with most of Yankee wax tarts the scent from this one filled my room, but didn't really go any further than my door. I didn't find the scent overpowering or sickly, but I was still undecided about it. When blowing the tea light out the caramel scent didn't last very long before disappearing. I thought the scent actually disappeared a lot quicker than what some of the other Yankee scents do.
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I was really looking forwards to using this wax tart, especially as I like the Salted Caramel Jar scent from Yankee. The wax tart took around the same time it normally would to melt and when it was half way through melting that's when I could start to smell the scent of the product. Although the wax tart did have a definite scent of caramel it also had hints of vanilla in it which was nice as it broke the scent up a little. I thought the scent was quite nice and light at first but once the wax tart had melted totally and the scent became slightly stronger I wasn't too sure about the scent and couldn't decide whether I liked it or not. It's not that the scent was too sweet or was overpowering as I found it was neither of these things, I just couldn't make up my mind whether I really liked it. I had the tea light in the burner going for around an hour or slightly longer and despite having a constant scent from the wax tart I was a still a little unsure about it. The scent from this wax tart disappeared very quickly after blowing out the tea light but because I wasn't sure whether I liked the scent or not this didn't really bother me that much anyway. In terms of value I think the wax tart is reasonable despite being slightly more expensive than some of the UK wax tarts that are available. If you don't like the salted caramel wax tart then you probably won't like this. I'm still not 100% sure about this wax tart and because of that I probably wouldn't purchase it again; although I am glad I got to try it.
(review also on ciao)
'The delectable aroma of creamy vanilla ice cream laced with swirls of sugary caramel'
Vanilla Caramel is a USA exclusive scent offered by Yankee Candle. The wax tart version of this scent is available in the UK.
A wax tart is a disc of solid wax which has been infused with natural extracts. A wax tart can be melted in a regular or an electric tart burner and can be reused until the scent is gone. Yankee Candle state that this tart should offer at least 8 hours of scent. This particular wax tart is neatly wrapped in clear plastic. The label illustrates bowls of ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce - yum!
~Price and Availability~
Within the UK, this 22g wax tart is quite rare. It is available from www.yankeescents4.com and eBay UK for between £1.65 and £1.75 per tart.
I think I am addicted to Yankee Candles - I admit it! I love melting wax tarts as they provide my home with a gorgeous fragrance. As well as having many favourites from the range that Yankee released in the UK, I am also a fan of some of the USA exclusive scents. I am very happy that I can purchase these scents over here and whilst they are often around 50p more than a UK tart, the price is justified in my opinion. During my last eBay splurge, I ordered a few USA exclusive tarts that I had yet to try.
I love sweet scents so was immediately attracted to Vanilla Caramel. I had previously sample Creamy Caramel but with the promise of an ice cream scent, Vanilla Caramel had more appeal so I couldn't resist buying it. The tart looked like solid caramel and very edible but I resisted the temptation to have a nibble. Unwrapping the tart, the smell was to die for. It reminded me of old fashioned penny caramels. Very nostalgic.
I chose to melt this wax tart in my electric burner. It melted quickly and evenly. The first time I melted this tart, I had the burner in the kitchen whilst I was cooking. I found that the scent was strong enough to eliminate the left over cooking smell and was a treat to witness as I cooked the dinner. The strength of this scent is just right given how sweet it is. Any stronger then it may be a bit sickly smelling. The scent flows beautifully and filters around my kitchen and livingroom but no where else in my home.
I absolutely love the smell of Vanilla Caramel. Not only does the melted wax resemble a pool of melted caramel, it smells exactly like it too. The vanilla ice cream scent is very evident. It smells like a luxurious, creamy and natural vanilla ice cream rather than a cheap, plain ice cream. The caramel adds a warm touch to the scent and is sticky, sweet and flavoursome. It is a true gourmand treat and is absolutely heavenly. There is a pleasant balance between the vanilla and caramel notes. Both are of a high quality and smell exactly as they would if mixing them in a bowl to create a posh dessert.
I thoroughly enjoyed trying out Vanilla Caramel. I favoured melting this in the evening as it is a warm, inviting and comforting scent which leaves my home smelling beautiful. At no point does the scent become overbearing or sickly. I chose to melt this for a few hours at a time and after blowing the tealight out, I found that the scent remained in the air for a short while before whispering away. I witnessed around 9-10 hours of fairly strong scent from this tart before it became a bit weaker. I would say that you do need to be a fan of sweet scents in general to appreciate all this tart has to offer.
I would happily buy this again and can recommend it.
Thanks for reading :)