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I am reviewing a new product by Yankee which is a Jar Melt rather than a wax tart. The jar melts are very different looking compared to the wax tarts and apparently they are easier to remove from the burner after they have melted. This is the Vanilla Cupcake scent which I am sure most of you are very familiar with through reading reviews or having tried this specific scent yourselves. I love vanilla scented products so there was no doubt that I would like this particular scent from Yankee. The jar melt has approximately 8hr of burn time and is designed to fit all Yankee Burners.
PRICE/AVAILIBILITY: You can purchase this particular product on its own from Amazon for £1.75.
IN USE: I placed the jar melt into the top of my Yankee burner and then placed a lit tea-light underneath so that it started to melt the wax. Now on this particular day that I first tried out this jar melt so it did take me a little longer than normal before I was able to smell this product but my mum noticed the scent of the product within around 4-5mins. I find that it takes a little longer for this product to melt as it’s ever so slightly thicker than a wax tart and it also doesn’t cover as much of the surface of the burner in which you place the product.
Once the wax tart had melted which took a good 5-7mins for it to melt completely there was a pool or light yellow wax in the top of the burner. I was able to smell a lovely, sweet vanilla scent which I found very nice and pleasant. The scent did remind me of vanilla frosting that you might get on top of a vanilla flavoured cupcake. Although the scent was sweet, I didn’t find it too strong or overpowering. I personally couldn’t smell any hint of the lemon but there was a buttery scent to the product as well which I liked.
The scent isn’t as strong as some of the other Yankee scents but it was lovely and light. The scent filled my room, but it didn’t seem to drift out of my bedroom onto the landing like some of the other Yankee scents. Me and my mum could smell the vanilla scent of the product as soon as we walked into my room. I had the candle in the bottom of the burner lit for a good hour or so before blowing it out.
By this time the scent had built up a little more but I still didn’t find it too sickly and it wasn’t one of those scents that gave me a headache either which is was good. The vanilla scent from the melt disappeared quite quickly after blowing the tea-light out which was a bit disappointing.
OVERALL: A delicious scent from Yankee.
For anyone that hasn't tried a Yankee Candle you must. A bit more expensive than your average candle but the aromas they give off, the impressive burn time and the stylish jars make these well worth the money and a must have for your home.
The first candle I ever purchased was the vanilla cupcake. After probably an hour of smelling unlit candles in House of Fraser I decided I liked this the most and this has been a firm favourite ever since. With a price tag of around £20.00 for a large jar and burn time of about 150 hours it may seem quite expensive but as soon as you have lit one you will be addicted.
This candle has a single wick and has an aroma of vanilla, cakes and butter icing. It really does smell good enough to eat. One of the drawbacks of this candle is that it makes you want to eat cake. Not good for anyone dieting in 2014.
I think Yankee Candles make a perfect present for any occasion and instantly transform the smell of the room. An hour of burning this candle and you will have a sweet smelling room that lasts for the rest of the afternoon. Great for hiding unpleasant aromas and helping you relax.
5/5 from me!
I have never been a big lover of candles but when I was introduced to yankee candles and indeed yankee tart by a friend, I fell in love. Although a little more expensive than your average candle, you definitely get what you pay for! I tried a few and many were exquisite but for me the best was vanilla cupcake. Your whole house will smell of what I can only describe as heaven for the whole day afterwards. Vanilla cupcake smells quite literally, good enough to eat so don't get carried away!
I have a lot of little candle sampler holders that I have collected over the years and so when it comes to buying candles I usually buy these small samplers as its a nice way of bringing fragrance into your home without breaking the bank. I would love to furnish my home with Yankee Candle large jars all the time but I save these for when I really want to splash out as a bit one costs well over £15 so when it comes to Yankee Candle I buy the small samplers.
Everyone loves a vanilla cupcake and so what could be better than that lovely, creamy, cakey fragrance filling your home. Ok, it actually makes me crave cake but oh well, the smell is amazing.
Yankee Candle describe this fragrance as, "The rich, creamy aroma of vanilla cupcakes with hints of lemon and lots of buttery icing." THe candle is a nice creamy vanilla looking colour so if you like to also decorate with your candles as I do this is a nice one for quite neutral rooms and spaces. On the front of the candle is a nice picture of a very yummy cupcake to go with the theme. The one thing I don't like about these sampler votive candle though is that once you remove the plastic packaging from the candle the nice picture goes as well because this is printed on the candle so unlike the jars which show you the packaging on the front, this part has to come off. I've made the mistake of keeping the plastic on these type of candles before and I just got melted plastic in with my candle which was not very nice.
This candle is really easy to light though and what I like is that the wick stays in tact the whole way through the candle, even if you keep blowing it out and lighting it again. The candle will last for up to 15 hours which is quite a long time for a small candle that only costs £1.80. I think its good value for money and a lovely fragrance for the home.
Until I joined Dooyoo, I never owned a Yankee Candle, but now my house is fill of them and whenever I pass a shop that sells them, I have to go in and have a browse.
I am sure everyone knows how to use the tarts, but just in case, all you need to do is remove all the wrapping and place on to the top of an oil burner (in the bit where you would normally put the oil), light a tea light in the bottom as normal. The tart then starts to melt which is when you start to smell the product. Once the tea light has been extinguished, the tart hardens ready to be used again.
The tarts are widely available for around £1.20, you can also buy them from EBay for this price with free postage. Also in the same fragrance, Yankee also sell the tarts in multi-packs and also sell sets of tea lights, tester candles, reed diffusers, large glass jar candles etc. Prices can range up to around £25 depending upon which product you buy.
This one didn't let me down, within about 10 minutes of lighting, the warm smell of vanilla, and also an added bonus of a sweet buttery smell, a bit like freshly baked cakes started to spread around my living room. Within around 30 minutes, the fragrance had drifted around the house and upstairs. I let mine burn for a couple of hours initially before I went to bed one night, the next morning, I walked downstairs and there was still a hint of sweet vanilla in the air. I found that the fragrance was very strong; my other half commented it was too sweet for him but as it wasn't for me, I didn't blow out the tea light or move to another room for him.
Yankee say that the fragrance from the tarts last for around 8 hours, I found this to be pretty accurate, I would even say that the fragrance probably lasts longer that this however it is just not as strong.
The only downside for me is I have a sweet tooth and it always makes me want to rummage in the cupboards so no good when I am trying to diet!
If you like sweet or vanilla smells, that I would recommend this one and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
This review is of the Vanilla Cupcake wax tarts, but does refer to the other forms that the fragrance is available in.
For my birthday, several of my friends gave me Yankee Candles as presents. One friend made me a gift set of around 20 wax tarts, and Vanilla Cupcake was one of the scents in the set. I had never tried this fragrance, but I love trying new scents and mixing them to come up with my own combinations.
At first I was a little worried that the fragrance would be overpowering, as I could distinctly smell it before I had even opened the packaging. I removed the plastic wrapper, placed the tart on the burner and lit a tea light underneath. Although Yankee Candle recommend that you use their unscented tea lights, I have always just used cheaper ones and do not think that they would improve anything. Within a few minutes of lighting the tea light, the sweet, buttery vanilla scent began to drift through the room. It was not as overpowering as I worried it might be, but it certainly made my mouth water.
I was extremely impressed with this wax tart, both in terms of fragrance and longevity. I easily got more than the 8 hours of fragrance that is stated on the packet, and I would place it closer to 9 hours. The wax is a lovely buttery yellow, and matches the color of the icing on the cupcake on the packaging. As well as wax tarts, this fragrance can be purchased in the full range of sizes from tea lights and sampler candles all the way through to tumblers and jars. There have been new additions to the Yankee range, and they have also introduced the Vanilla Cupcake tumblers with a different label, that says 'Happy Birthday', making them perfect ot give as a gift.
The wax tarts usually cost about £1.20 each, but a wide variety of retailers often have a Fragrance of the Month deal where you can get a scent for 25% discount. The wax tarts are a cheap, affordable way to try a variety of fragrances, before you invest in a larger sized candle. The tarts also have the added benefit of mixology, which is when you break two or more tarts in half and add them to your wax burner to make your own unique scents.
I would highly recommend the Vanilla Cupcake range to all fans of sweet scents and cupcakes. They also make lovely gifts for anyone with a sweet tooth, or as a birthday gift for those trying to lose weight but still have that lovely freshly made cake fragrance. Overall, I am glad that I tried this even though I was skeptical at first. I am looking forward to mixing it with some fruit scents too.
*Please note that this review focuses on my experience of the mini housewarmer jar version though there will be references to the use of the wax tart as well*
I've been a fan of scented candles for as long as I can remember and ever since reading about the US company Yankee Candle Co on such review sites as this I've been buying their products almost exclusively. I purchased my first wax tart burner just a little over a year ago and since then have been solely buying wax tarts to fragrance my home as I prefer the format, think they are stronger than votives and also can be bought around the £1 mark making them excellent value for money and ideal to test out a new fragrance with. Because of my 'obsession' with just buying wax tarts I've overlooked fragranced candles and forgotten just how much I admire a flickering flame to accompany the aroma, so when I received one as a free gift a few weeks ago I wasted no time in burning it.
"...Yankee Candle Vanilla Cupcake Small Jar- The rich, creamy aroma of vanilla cupcakes with hints of lemon and lots of buttery icing..."
Vanilla Cupcake is available in various formats including wax tarts, votives and housewarming jars to name a few. I have owned and used all formats of this particular fragrance but for reviewing purposes it is the small housewarming jar version that I will be referring to as it's the one that I have just finished up burning in it's entirety so feel I can justify a review. As I mentioned above I tend to stick to buying wax tarts these days as I find they are cheap enough to purchase a few at a time as opposed to the glass jars which tend to be rather expensive but was I impressed enough by this format to be swayed in the future to buy them?
Price wise Yankee products can vary greatly depending on where you choose to buy them, though after perusing several sites online I see that the smallest jar which I own (104g/ 3.7 oz) seems to retail at anything between £7 and £9 so it's worth looking around.
The candle itself comes presented in a very attractive glass jar. The glass jar only looks thin but is far sturdier than it's appearance and is actually quite thick - something that always concerns me when using glass encased candles as I have visions of them cracking. As far as designs go this is basic but aesthetically pleasing all the same with the jar being of a 'stubby' shape and veering in at the neck where a large 'stopper' of a lid is offered. The jar is completely transparent so we can see the wax of the enclosed candle quite clearly, in this case the colouring is a warm and comforting beige/ yellow. As with all Yankee branded products there is usually an image on the packaging which depicts the fragrance and in this case a
rather delicious looking vanilla cupcake greets us making it very apt according to the fragrance.
I received the smallest of jars a few weeks ago when I placed an order with my catalogue Littlewoods. I didn't realise it at the time but they had just started stocking them and as an introduction to people unaware of the delights of the Yankee brand if you spent over a certain amount in one single order on anything (£25 I believe) they would send you a free mini glass jar. It didn't state which fragrance would be sent at the time of placing my order but nevertheless I was excited as I was ordering the Skylanders video game for my sons for Christmas, so knew that my order would take me over the required minimum spend to receive my free gift. When the Skylanders game arrived I was disappointed at first to see in the packaging no candle and no mention either, however a day later a small package arrived and on unwrapping I was extremely pleased to see the candle sent was one of my all time favourite Yankee scents - Vanilla Cupcake.
On removing the lid I was met with the most sumptuous vanilla aroma that literally made my mouth water and I couldn't wait to start burning it so eagerly placed it in my kitchen. As I've stated many times in similar reviews my kitchen is the most central room of my small one floor cottage so an aroma from wax tarts/ candles etc equally distributes to my other rooms. The safety feature of it also being on my window sill means it's less likely to get knocked or set fire to anything as it's out of reach of anything other than the glass window pane.
I found that the wick was very easy to light and whilst it does state to trim down I only needed to do this the once and by a small amount at that. Once the wick took alight it wasted no time in burning down fast enough to make the wax melt and this was within literally minutes. The wax created a liquid circular pool rapidly and the fragrance made itself very known by intensifying much more than when the wax was solid.
The aroma given off by the candle is simply divine and whilst vanilla plays a key part the overall fragrance is one that reminds me of oatmeal cookies more than anything. I've tried various different vanilla fragranced candles/ wax tarts recently and I have to say that this is my absolute favourite up to press. The vanilla is far more subtle than I expected but has enough depth to really make itself known and creates an instant welcoming ambience in the home the second the wick is lit.
Longevity wise I have been extremely impressed with this mini housewarmer jar as it has far outlived it's promised 25 to 40 hours worth of fragrance. I've lit this candle each day on my arrival home from the school run pick up at around 4pm and extinguished the flame at around 10pm each night since it's arrival and have had at least 50 hours worth of burning time making it extremely good value (if bought) and very economical in the long run as the fragrance never once waned.
Would I recommend this? I would highly recommend any format of vanilla cupcake as it's such a warm and welcoming scent that it's hard to find fault at all with it. It has a wholesome, 'family' scent to it that just gives off the most amazing aroma. I've found the mini housewarmer jar to smell just as strong as the wax tart format and will look into buying the larger jar in the near future as it has such a rich and homely scent to it and knowing how long the mini version has lasted has given me faith to buy a larger jar at some point.
I simply love the warm buttery aroma that is very much noticeable with this candle and think it is one of Yankee's finest as it has such an authentic fragrance and smells like the real mccoy making it an obvious choice for me when buying Yankee scented products in the future.
Highly recommended and if not a fan of vanilla don't be put off as the warm melt in the mouth buttery aroma dominates far more!
***THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE WAX TART***
---Why I Bought This---
I enjoy using wax tarts but had not tried this one. My way of buying new tarts is usually to go onto Ebay and just buy whichever is the cheapest. That way I can get a bargain and sample new aromas.
I have two Yankee tart burners and I like to use these as a cheap way to fragrance and freshen my home - but there are so many different fragrance tarts I try to buy different ones each time.
Yankee candles are a well known USA brand which has been going since the late 1960s. Yankee are well known for selling large jar candles, small votive candles, tarts and also attractive jar shades, plates and candle holders. They also now do car air fresheners as well.
---What Are Tarts Anyway?---
Well I wondered that myself a while ago when browsing Ebay and finding hundreds of them!
Tarts are little discs of solid wax with serrated edges as if they had been moulded in a cake case.
These wax discs do not have any wicks and are meant to be melted in a burner over a candle for the aroma to be released.
Each tart costs just over £1 and the fragrance is said to last up to 8 hours. After that the wax should be disposed of.
There are literally hundreds of different tarts to choose from and they come in Fresh, Floral, Fruit, Food & Spice and Festive categories.
---Tarts V Candles---
I have also been lucky enough to be given one of the large jar candles that Yankee make.
However I would say that the tarts have advantages over the candles.
Large jar candles need to be burnt for 2-3 hours at a time to get the wax to melt in the correct way and not 'tunnel' down the centre.
Tarts can be used for however long or short a time as you wish - the fragrance is released after as little as 5 minutes and they can be extinguished whenever you wish.
Yankee.co.uk have a huge list of suggestions for blending two compatible fragrance tarts together to make a new aroma.
Disc of cream wax wrapped in cellophane.
Called 'Vanilla Cupcake'- made with pure natural extracts.
Image of an iced cupcake covered in sprinkles on the front.
The back has a round sticky label which details lots of basic safety advice on using candles etc - one telling you not to heat up in a frying pan!
To use you must first have either an oil burner or tart warmer and put a tea light on the base and light - the wax tart should be unwrapped from its cellophane wrapping and placed in the dish.
In about 5 minutes the smell begins being released as the wax melts.
Once all the aroma has been depleted and the wax has reset it is just a matter of popping it easily out of the dish and disposing.
You can also pop out the set wax before it is finished if you wish to use another aroma in the tart burner for a change.
£1.20 from Ebay - but wax tarts are around that price in most places.
Also available as votive candles and in the larger jars.
I do not like using synthetic air fresheners so I will often just light up a wax tart for 10 minutes to give a little waft of fragrance through the house. I usually snap these into halves or quarters as you do not need to melt the whole tart in one go - or I will divide it between two tart burners in different rooms.
This tart has a lovely creamy and rich smell - very appetizing - I loved the smell of this one even before unwrapping so even in the tart burner before the candle is lit it gives off a lovely faint creamy smell.
Personally without knowing I would not say it smelt at all of vanilla but as the smell is so lovely and I did not buy it especially for the vanilla element I do not mind. This is a 'food' type of smell but not sickly or off-putting at all.
It is lovely and rich and creamy and soon fills the room with a glorious smell. I find this one almost identical to the Strawberry Buttercream I had a while ago - but it may even be more creamy and delicious.
It is not masculine in any way but my husband. who does not really like candles and 'smelly' things has not complained about this at all - which is definitely a good sign.
It is the sort of smell you would get in a cake shop perhaps, with lots of sweet icing.
Even when not lit I find the tart fragranced the room. I tend to leave the half I am not using on top of our TV for the warmth to release the aroma (keep it in its packet). I also find that just having the tart in the bedroom unlit does give a great background smell - I have some on my bedside table at the moment.
Using the tarts for just 10 minutes or so at a time these tarts seem to last for many weeks and are great value - I much prefer to use these than the large candles and they are more economical.
Even the cellophane wrappers smell so nice it is a shame to throw them away.
---Would I Recommend?---
If you've read any of my other Yankee Candle reviews you'll know I am a big big fan. They're my favorite brand of scented candles. When trying out new fragrances I like to buy the tarts first rather than paying out for a jar just in case I don't like it. Vanilla Cupcake is what I've bee using for the past two nights and I have to say I'm in love with this one.
So what is a tart? A tart is basically just a piece of wax shaped like a tart, it's round with scalloped edges and has no wick. It's designed to be used with Yankee's range of tart burners which look just like oil burners. You place the tart in the well at the top and light an unscented tea light underneath which then heats the wax tart and turns it to liquid which releases it's lovely aroma all around the room. Yankee's was tarts are designed to give 8 hours of fragrance.
I bought this tart on eBay as part of a lot of 10 different scented tarts. I like to keep a supply of a variety of different scents so I can burn one depending on my mood. Two nights ago I decided to use Vanilla Cupcake. Yankee say "the Vanilla Cupcake Wax Tart will bring all the scents of fresh baked desserts into your home. Mixing together the delicious, rich and creamy aroma of vanilla cupcakes, with hints of lemon, all smothered in buttery icing. This scented wax tart pot pourri gives your home a cozy, warm and inviting atmosphere." All of their tarts are tightly encased in plastic wrapping which I find easiest to remove by cutting it with a pair of scissors. vanilla Cupcake has a really inviting picture of cupcakes on the front and as soon as I opened it I could smell the vanilla. Once it started to melt the fragrance was quickly released and filled the room with the most warming comforting homely smell of vanilla and baking. It really does smell very strongly of the vanilla which I find is such a cosy and comforting smell. I lit mine in the evening but what I did notice was that when sat in the room the next day I could still smell the vanilla from the tart even though it had solidified! I've had two burns out of this tart so far and the fragrance is still lovely and strong. I'd say this is one of the more longer lasting stronger scents. Some are lighter and don't seem to last the 8 hours they say but this is lovely and long lasting.
I will most definitely be purchasing this again in either a tart or a larger jar candle.
Tarts generally cost 99p each and are available in card shops like Clintons, Homebase have a limited range. Ebay has a massive selection of the different scents as does Amazon. You can also buy them from dedicated sellers of Yankee Candles online such as www.yankeedoodle.co.uk which is my favorite because they always have great offers and megapacks.
I have to admit, I love the Yankee candle brand, and would pick it up without blinking over any other candle... if the price wasn't sky high. I have only myself ever purchased the Yankee candle wax tarts, which just squeeze in my budget (about £1 each!), so, you can imagine the look on my face when my boyfriend came home with a "surprise". A 623g vanilla cupcake Yankee candle!
The first thing I did, and always do was smell it, and just like it said on the tin, it smelt a lovely, sweet vanilla. The glass is bigger than expected and quite heavy, so it didn't surprise me when the back read that the candle can burn up to 150 hours.
Like all other Yankee candles the wax was in a clear glass, with a simple, yummy looking cupcake displayed on the front. This candle in particular is a lovely buttery yellow colour, which looks slightly orange when lit.
The candle (which I have burning beside me at this very moment) doesn't disappoint. You only have to light it for a mere 10 minutes and the whole room is fragranced with a lovely, sweet, but not overpowering smell. So far I have had no sooty horrible dust dirtying the glass, however, the wick does tend to drop off quite quickly, so that's something to watch out for.
Like all bad girlfriends do, I did check the price of this candle post to my boyfriend buying it for me, and it prices from around £16-£19, depending on where you buy it from, and if there are any promotional offers on. This is the only thing that does put me off, but then again, it's of a very high quality.
I would definitely buy this candle again (but maybe a smaller version), and it is ideal for a special friend. If they are like me, they will love you for eternity. A big thumbs up from me.
~~Yankee Candle Vanilla Cupcake~~
~~Previous Yankee Candle Purchases~~
The only Yankee Candle products I have previously purchased are two scents from the Christmas range and they were also the large jars. I fell in love with the product immediately; the product is definitely the best of its kind that I have come across as yet. I have a love for candles and smellies for the house, I have tried many products from candles to linen sprays and by far think that this is the most expensive product I have tried but definitely worth every penny.
~~The product range~~
The Vanilla Cupcake Yankee Candle comes in a range of sizes and different products, some of these are; large jar, medium jar, small jar, tumbler, tea lights, tarts and car jar (car air fresheners). The specific product I purchased was the large jar which has a burn time of approximately 110-150 hours burning time.
The product comes in a large glass jar with a well-sealed lid, the candle is of a good size and has a decent sized wick which is easy to light and relight when required. The colour of the candle is the colour of yellow sponge which is what you would expect from this product, it has a pleasant light yellow colouring. The front of the jar contains the label which has the product name and brand name alongside a picture of a vanilla cupcake with icing and hundred, thousands. The picture really does reflect the scent the candle gives off. The jar lid also contains the brand name which has been moulded into the lid.
The scent is Vanilla Cupcake and I can confirm that this is the scent which you get! My husband came home the day I purchased this candle and he was a tad bit disappointed when I told him there was no freshly baked cupcakes waiting for him but it was in fact the cupcake candle which was lit on the mantelpiece. Having two dogs I find that it can be quite hard to get rid of that doggy smell, especially living in a hot country when the dogs are constantly swimming at the local beach. I find that this candle when lit and blown out can keep the whole of my house smelling of freshly baked cupcakes with lemon frosting, I would go as far as to say it smells better than the cupcakes which come from my own kitchen! The scent lasts after the candle has been blown out which can't be said for many candles on today's market, however, the candle can make you feel hungry it smells that good, not like that's a bad thing!
I purchased this product from play.com, which is the place I have found this product the cheapest, at £14.99 with free delivery. Other supplies are as followed (prices accurate as of writing: 16/07/12, price includes delivery):
House of Frazer: £22.99
Yankee Planet £21.48
The price may be off putting to some as it can appear quite steep, however if you weigh out the price in comparison to the burning time then the product is definitely worth every penny, many cheaper products last only a fraction of the burning time that this product has and that is where the extra charge lies, also the scent is more appealing as the products do smell as the item they claim to be.
Review also on Ciao.
I love candles and have tons of holders scattered around my house so I can create the perfect romantic or haunting lighting effects. I particularly like fragranced candles as they create a lovely atmosphere, especially during the evenings when you want to feel all cosy. The Yankee Candle brand seems pretty popular here on Dooyoo and although I was a bit put off by the RRP of the full sized candles, I thought it would be worth trying a few samplers to test out the fragrances and see if Yankee Candles live up to their reputation.
Product description: "The rich, creamy aroma of vanilla cupcakes with hints of lemon and lots of buttery icing."
The RRP for Yankee Candle sampler votives is around £1.75 - £1.80. I received this sampler candle as a gift from a friend, and they can be found at many different high street retailers or online. Each fragrance is available in a variety of different forms: wax tart, sampler votive, tea lights, small jar, medium jar and large jar. The label design for Vanilla Cupcake is simple but cute with a tasty looking cupcake covered in frosting and colourful sprinkles. The candle itself is made of a pale cream coloured wax which fits in with the fragrance and theme of the candle.
Even before I started using this candle the fragrance came across as very strong when it was still inside the packaging. I had it sat on my dresser for a few days before I was ready to start using it, and every time I entered my bedroom and walked past the wrapped candle I would catch a waft of the fragrance and in a way it was acting like an air freshener and giving a hint of the lovely fragrance that would come out when it was burning. I adore food scented products and this candle has a delicious fragrance that suits my sweet tooth! As you would expect from the Vanilla Cupcake candle, the fragrance is primarily a strong vanilla which has a really rich, strong scent. It is very sweet but I couldn't really pick up on any other levels of fragrance as mentioned in the description. I didn't feel like it has a 'freshly baked' sort of aroma and I couldn't detect any lemon at all. The candle gives off a high level of fragrance and I find that after only around 40-60 minutes of being lit it has fully scented a whole room. I then like to move the candle to another room to spread the fragrance. I used it while having a nice candlelit bath and because I only have a teeny tiny bathroom the Vanilla Cupcake smell filled up the entire space and lasted for hours afterwards which was a lovely effect. It is warming, comforting and perfect for creating a relaxed atmosphere when I want to wind down and have a lazy day or evening at home.
I would strongly recommend purchasing a specific votive sized candle holder if you intend on using Yankee Candles' sampler sized candles. I have tried one previously in an ordinary, larger candle holder and the sampler completely lost its shape and puddled away into an un-useable mess. Having a votive holder means that the sampler candle slips in and sits close to the sides which helps it to maintain its structural integrity while burning.
The sampler votives are rather small and measure in at about 2" tall, but despite their size they still claim to give around 15-20 hours of burning time. When using this candle I kept it burning for about 3 hours at a time so that the wax melted evenly and I'm not left with wasted leftover bits that get stuck against the edges of the glass holder and won't melt down. I got around 14-15 hours of use from this candle which puts it at the lower end of the expected burn time, but this still a pretty good performance.
I am very fond of this sweet vanilla fragrance and would happily purchase it again. Perfect for fans of sweet foody scents, this candle has a high quality level of fragrance that lasts really well.
I first came across Yankee Candles around a year and a half ago now when my ex boyfriends parents bought me one of the large jars for Christmas. I was initially shocked at how expensive the candle was (I looked online out of interest) but I soon realised why Yankee candles are quite expensive - because they smell amazing, last for so long and are great quality. Over the past year and a half I have grown more and more fond of Yankee Candles and have found that the little wax tarts are the best way to try out the wide range of different scents, and in my opinion they are great value too. I placed a large order around a month ago now on Amazon which consisted of around thirty different tarts (I got a bit carried away lol).
Vanilla Cupcake is one of the fragrances that I decided to try and I purchased two of the Vanilla Cupcake wax tarts, which were priced at a reasonable £1.20 each. I decided to try this particular fragrance mainly because the word 'cupcake' appealed to me! I also love the smell of vanilla so this seemed ideal. After burning both of the tarts in the space of about a week, I decided that the scent was one of my new favourites and I decided to purchase the tumbler version, which has a much longer burn time. I bought the large tumbler, which weighs a generous 22.7 ounces.
There are also small and medium tumblers available and the fragrance is also available in tea light and jar form - prices do vary a lot so I would recommend visiting the official Yankee candle for accurate prices. I bought my large tumbler directly from the official Yankee candle site and paid £17.99 and the RRP is apparently £18.25. This is expensive for a candle, however due to the delicious scent and long lasting fragrance, in my opinion it is worth every penny.
The tumbler, aka glass jar that the candle comes in is described by Yankee as 'classic, versatile and reflects a warm, relaxed sense of style that's always at home. ' The glass jar is sturdy and transparent meaning that the light peachy shade of wax can be seen through it. The design is simplistic yet stylish and it doesn't look out of place perched on the window sill or fireplace as due to the basic design it does not clash with the decor, which sounds vain I know, lol. The glass jar is rounded and it has a square sticker on the front which is the usual Yankee candle label, it simply says the fragrance and it has the Yankee candle branding. There is also a simple picture of a yummy looking cupcake on the front.
The candle has two wicks which I found very unusual, but the purpose of this according to Yankee is to ensure maximum fragrance. Yankee describe Vanilla Cupcake as having a rich, creamy aroma of vanilla cupcakes with hints of lemon and lots of buttery icing. As soon as I pulled the lid off of the jar, the smell of vanilla hit me - it's a gorgeous, sweet scent which reminds me of buttercream. Lighting the candle is simple, the wicks are a good size and are easy to reach with a match - although as the wax starts to burn down it does get a little awkward to each the wicks with a lighter or average sized match.
Once the candle is lit, it takes around 15-20 minutes before the delicious scent has filled the whole living room, as well as the stairs and hallway. The most prominent scent is by no doubt vanilla, which is very sweet and creamy however the fragrance is rich which stops it from smelling sickly sweet and there are hints of sponge cake if that makes any sense; the candle really does smell like a real cupcake and it gives that warm, cosy 'freshly baked cakes' kind of scent, which I love. I personally could not smell the lemon at all. Although I personally don't think that the scent is too sweet, I am sure that a lot of people will - if you don't like sweet/foodie scents and prefer floral scents or fresh scents then this probably won't be for you.
Once the candle has been put out, the smell lingers for around two-three hours and slowly fades away, meaning you don't have to keep burning it for hours and hours to get the scent, and the candle therefor lasts a lot longer. I usually burn this candle a couple of days a week in the evenings and I have had it for three weeks now. The wax has run down a substantial amount but there's still over half left. The candle has a burn time of 70 - 90 hours. Overall, I love this scent. It smells delicious and creates a very warm, relaxing, cosy atmosphere, however it won't be for everyone due to the very sweet smell.
This is one of my favorite Yankee Candles! It smells incredible. It's nice and sweet and really does smell like a vanilla cupcake. It's not overpowering, yet you can smell it. Perfect! It smells so good I kind of want to eat it. This is in my opinion the purest, most straight vanilla scent to come from Yankee Candle. It's really light and super sweet. Great for the bedroom or anywhere in the house to be honest.
From when I first burned it I could immediately smell my room fill up with scent of vanilla cake batter as well as creamy vanilla frosting. I felt like I was in a cupcake shop. The smell is sweet but it doesn't get sickly the balance between the two is perfect. People say it's similar to 'Buttercream' but i personally prefer this one. It also last quite a long time considering I burn mine pretty much most days pf the week. A lot of people say these candle's are expensive and whilst I have to agree I still always think they're worth it even if it is just a candle. It's just makes my room feel so much more cosy and warm. I really couldn't live without this candle.
In the winter, I love nothing more than bringing out all my scented candles and firing them up after a long day at college and work, and walking into a cosy, warm home.
A BIT ABOUT YANKEE CANDLES
Yankee candle has been around since 1975 and has continued to amaze their customers for years. Their prices range from £1.00 to a staggering £20 for a candle. Although they can be expensive , the quality and the range of their candles is amazing! They range in size from the size of a tea light, right up to a size of a jam jar. There's something for everyone. You can use them as a decoration or as a regular candle - whatever you choose they look lovely and smell gorgeous.
WHERE I PURCHASED MY CANDLE/SERVICE
I purchased my Yankee candle from amazon. There are many people that sell Yankee Candles on there and the service is very quick. The seller provided lots of info about the candle such as size, smell, weight and how long it lasts.
For this Yankee Candle I paid a total of £6.98 , the candle was £3.99 and the postage price was £2.99. Seems pretty high for such a small candle but it was worth it! I paid a bit too much for it but again...it was worth it! It doesn't come with a holder or base so be careful - do not let it stand freely as it is not safe. I put mine in a little dish which helps a lot because the wax drips down the candle sometimes!
The smell of this candle is Vanilla Cupcake. Not sure where the cupcake smell comes into it - it smells of vanilla and honey in my opinion. It smells lovely , don't get me wrong but I think they should of named it something like Vanilla Honey as opposed to cupcake. It is very sweet smelling so if you aren't too keen of your house smelling like a sweet shop then don't buy this haha. I love the smell, and so does my dad because we both have a sweet tooth and this just fits us perfectly, however my mum doesn't like it because it's too sweet for her....she's more of a lavender person!
HOW LONG IT LASTS
I haven't finished the candle yet. I am about halfway through. The burning lasts for a few hours. You don't need to burn it for long as it took about 20 minutes to make my living room smell sweet. The candle itself would probably last a few months if not years depending on how long you burn it for and how often you use it. I would say if you used it once a week, for an hour it would last about a month or two. It's quite good! The only thing I will say is that I had to light it then blow it out a few times for the smell to get going. I think the bigger candles have a stronger smell than these little one's do. These are designed for decoration I think as opposed to smelling the entire house. I have a bigger one in lavender and it smells lovely - I burn that for an hour and it makes our whole house smell lovely. The wick is quite long so I had to cut it a bit to be able to light it safely.
I would definitely recommend these kind of Yankee candles. They are great for a gift or even as a treat for yourself. They are pricey I have to admit but I love them so much that I can't resist! You can purchase them from Amazon, Ebay and many more online stores. The price varies A LOT so make sure you look around for them first before purchasing. There are so many different smells that you would eventually find one you like - I suggest buying the vanilla cupcake one if you love sweet smelling things. The one I have is excellent quality and smells lovely!