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~~~~~~~~~~ Risky business ~~~~~~~~~~ I order my Yankee tarts in bulk online and I took a real risk when I bought this as I really had no idea what it would smell like. As with all Yankee tarts, it's available for about £1.25-£1.50 and comes shrink wrapped. Take off the wrapper, pop it into a tart or oil burner, light a tealight underneath and enjoy the fragrance! This tart has a darkish golden brown colouring, and my one did crumble quite a bit when I took off the shrink wrap - although this may just have been the tart I had! According to Yankee, this tart has "a supremely satisfyingly rich and spicy recipe of ginger, cinnamon and vanilla". ~~~~~~~~~~~ Sauna scented? ~~~~~~~~~~~ It is very hard to put my finger on this scent - although my husband made the interesting point that it reminded him of the smell you get in a sauna. And it does have a sweet, woody smell, and the smell of cinnamon is definitely quite prominent too. Strangely I don't really get vanilla from this - although there is a sweet smell to this but I wouldn't instantly identify it as vanilla. This was a pretty unusual choice for me but I wanted to try something different - and this is definitely different! I actually like this smell and the woodiness makes it a good one for chilly autumn evenings. Interestingly I have found that the smell lingers hours after it has been put out, and the scent that lingers takes on a real sweetness and this is when the vanilla is a bit more prominent - although it almost takes on a caramel-like edge. And the smell lingers for hours after this has been put out - I can smell it very clearly in the morning after I have blown it out at night. ~~~~~~~~ In summary ~~~~~~~~ I really do like this tart and it is certainly unlike any others I've tried. It is sweet and spicy, and does seem to work for autumn evenings - the combination seems fitting somehow! It also lingers for an impressively long time after the tealight has been extinguished. It probably doesn't rank as my favourite Yankee tart but it is up there as one I really like, and I would buy it again for a change.
~Vanilla Chai~ 'A supremely satisfyingly rich and spicy recipe of ginger, cinnamon and vanilla' - www.yankeescents4u.com. Yankee Candle release a number of seasonal fragrances each year. Today, I will be discussing a 2013 release known as Vanilla Chai. As with the majority of Yankee fragrances, Vanilla Chai can be purchased in the form of a housewarmer jar, tea lights, sampler votive and a wax tart. For the purpose of this review, I will be discussing the Vanilla Chai wax tart. This wax tart is a deep red colour. The solid disc of wax is enclosed within a tight, clear wrapper with a label illustrating a vanilla chai drink. The tart should be unwrapped and placed in a tart burner bowl. As the tart melts, the fragrance will be released and the tart can be re-used until all of the fragrance is gone. Each 22g tart is said to offer around 8 hours of scent. ~Where To Buy~ Wax tarts retail at around £1.25 and can be purchased from all good Yankee Candle stockists. This particular tart is currently priced at £1.15 on www.yankeescents4u.com. ~My Thoughts~ I had a bit of a Yankee tart splurge recently and selected a few old favourites as well as a few new additions. Vanilla Chai was highly appealing as I personally love the smell of vanilla. I was even more impressed when I discovered that two of my other favourite scents (cinnamon and ginger) played a role in this fragrance. Whilst some of the tarts offer a weak smell through the wrapper, Vanilla Chai is quite strong thanks to the gorgeous spices within it. I paid £1.25 for this wax tart from a local stockist. Vanilla Chai, in my opinion, is best suited to melting in the evening and whilst it is more of an Autumn or Winter fragrance, I couldn't resist melting it over the course of a few warm evenings recently and I haven't been disappointed. Vanilla Chai melted quickly in my tart burner bowl and formed a pool of rich, red wax. I find that the darker a wax tart is, the more intense a fragrance is released and this one is no exception. A gorgeous aroma starts to fill my living room within 10 minutes of the tart being melted and within 25 minutes or so, the fragrance is evident in most rooms of our one level flat. The fragrance is strong enough to eliminate other household odours. It is fair to say that I have had a very positive experience with Vanilla Chai. The strength delivered is excellent and the fragrance filters well and hangs in the air perfectly. It is a very homely, welcoming fragrance which smells very moreish and foody. Any visitors I have had whilst melting this wax tart have commented on how lovely my home smells and this pleases me as I always try my best to keep my home looking and smelling good. The rich, spicy aroma evident in solid form is every bit as appealing when melted. I have tried a number of cinnamon infused fragrances offered by Yankee Candle and would say that Vanilla Chai is one of my favourites. The cinnamon comes through quite strongly at first and you really have to appreciate cinnamon to like this fragrance. It is heady, warm and full of flavour. The ginger is there but is quite mild in comparrison to the cinnamon. The sweetness of the vanilla tones the cinnamon down a little and adds a creamy, comforting touch to the scent. Overall, a well balanced, delicious smelling aroma which provides the perfect background aroma for a relaxing, cosy evening in front of a roaring fire. ~Conclusion~ Overall, I have been very impressed by the quality, delivery and fragrance of Vanilla Chai. It is definitely one for those who like spicy sweet aromas. I chose to melt this for a few hours at a time and after my tart burner had been turned off, the fragrance lingered for quite some time. You get a lot for your money with this tart. I have melted it for around 13 hours in total and the fragrance is only just started to weaken slightly. I can highly recommend Vanilla Chai but try the wax tart before commiting to an expensive jar as this won't appeal to all. I will be buying again. Thanks for reading :)