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A few weeks ago I bought a mixed bundle of yankee candle wax tarts and vanilla lime is one of the fragrances that I received. The fragrance can also be purchased in other forms such as jars, votives, tumblers, tea lights etc and a wax tart usually retails at the £1.25 mark which is amazing value in my opinion.
The tart came in a clear cellophane wrapper which was pretty easy to take off and the tart itself is a round disc with pleated edges and it is green. The wrapper came with a label on it and this had the fragrance name written on it along with a picture of a drink with a slice of lime on the glass. In solid form, the tart smells really nice but it is not as strong as some of the other fragrances that I have tried.
It smells mainly of vanilla but I was also able to detect a whiff of lime, which was subtle but nice and zesty and fresh smelling. Melting the tart was a simple process and I just placed it into my tart burner and placed a lit tea light underneath. It soon began to melt and the fragrance gradually became noticeable. Yankee candle describe vanilla lime as a smooth and refreshing fragrance with notes of creamy, rich vanilla, sweet cane sugar and zesty lime.
At first, all I was able to smell was the vanilla which is lovely and subtle and not too sweet or overpowering, and it became a little sweeter over time but not sickly sweet. Unfortunately unless I stood very close to the burner I was unable to smell the lime, and the overall smell is just a very cosey, warm vanilla fragrance which although subtle gets rid of any nasty odours from cooking and it makes my house smell welcoming and clean.
The smell traveled throughout my house very quickly and even once the tea light had been distinguished the smell lingered slightly for a couple more hours. The only disadvantage is that the lime is not very detectable at all and also the tart doesn't provide eight hours of fragrance like most yankee candles do.
I noticed after three days of burning it for a couple of hours each time that there was barely any scent coming from it. I do recommend it though and I would definitely re-purchase this fragrance.
Four out of five stars.
Having been a bit late jumping on the Yankee Candle bandwagon, I am trying to make up for my late start by working my way through their vast range of fragrances! One of my latest favourites is the Vanilla Lime, which I chose because my husband loves anything citrus based when it comes to food or scents.
The only format of Yankee Candles I have tried so far, have been the wax tarts. These are an economical way of trying out lots of different scents, costing around £1.20 for a 22g tart. The tart is placed in an oil burner, with a lit tealight underneath to melt it and release the scent.
The vanilla lime tart is green in colour, and the shade of green does resemble what I consider to be a lime green, which is a good start. It also melts into a deep green shade, which although isn't really relevant because you don't usually see the colour unless you're sitting next to the burner, was a welcome change to the recent ones I've had which have tended to be the type which melt into transparency.
It only took about ten minutes before I got a good whiff of this scent. The lime hit me first, and was a lovely zesty citrus hit, reminding me very much of a bag of Pick and Mix. The vanilla softens it a little, however, but without making it overly sweet or sickly. I would say this fragrance is one for lime lovers rather than vanilla lovers. It's very lively and uplifting, and is one I like to use when doing housework as it gives me a bit more "get up and go". Of course, you could use this when relaxing watching TV, but personally I prefer more gentle fragrances for evening time.
The scent doesn't really change or develop throughout the evening, but as with most of these wax tarts, I become immune to them when I'm sitting in the room alongside them, and at this point I tend to extinguish the tealight and let the scent linger in the room for me to notice when I walk out and walk back in again. This one wasn't evident the following morning, which was disappointing as I can usually detect a faint whiff of the previous night's fragrance when I enter the room the following morning.
Overall, I would recommend this fragrance if you like citrus scents, as the vanilla is a welcome addition rather than making it smell sickly as I initially feared.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
After having read many glowing reviews for Yankee candles on both dooyoo and Ciao I decided earlier this year to take the plunge and see what all the fuss was about. Yankee candles come in a variety of formats including large candles, tealights, samplers and wax tarts. Wax tarts are priced between £1 and £1.20 and to me seem like a reasonable way of trying out the huge array of fragrances available in the Yankee range without breaking the bank or committing to something I didn't end up liking.
For those that aren't familiar with Yankee candles, wax tarts are basically small circular pieces of wax with a fluted edge, rather like a tart you'd bake in the oven. I was initially a little confused at how to burn these though as unlike a conventional candle they have no wick. After a little online research I learnt about tart burners and after buying one earlier this summer I have been busy sampling the wide array of scents that Yankee offer.
I bought the Vanilla Lime scent on a recent trip to Clinton cards where I spotted it on offer for just 80p. The fragrance caught my eye not only because of its cheap price but also because the combination sounded intriguing. I like vanilla scents but in small doses as for me they can become quite overpowering and a bit sickly. The addition of lime to cut through that sweetness sounded lovely and I am a big fan of citrusy scents so I decided to give this one a go.
The Vanilla lime wax tart is dark green in colour and comes packaged in cellophane wrap. I took a sniff through the cellophane wrap but this did not give much away but once the packaging is removed it is possible to smell the sweetness of the vanilla. I placed this in the tart burner, put a tea light under it and waited for it to melt. The wax melts into a dark green liquid and after about 15 minutes the fragrance started to waft around the room.
The initial scent that hit me was the sweet vanilla. It wasn't sickly sweet and actually smelled quite pleasant. I then waited in anticipation for the zestiness of the lime to kick in. I was therefore really disappointed when around 15 minutes later a bitter smell started to overtake the room. Nothing like the zesty, citrusy smell I was looking forward to. To me it smelled quite peppery and in fact did irritate my nose, causing me to sneeze repeatedly. I burnt this over the course of a few days for just over an hour at a time hoping each time that my experience would change but alas it was not the case. I don't like wastage but due to the pepperiness and sneezing fits I couldn't finish burning this. I did get around 5 hours use out of it and it was still going strong so I think you'd be able to get the suggested 8 hours burn time out of it. Unfortunately the scent lingered around the room for a while and I could still detect some fragrance the next morning.
Overall I was really quite disappointed with this offering from Yankee. The initial scent of the vanilla was actually quite nice but the bitter, peppery smell released afterwards was not at all to my liking and irritated my nose. Of course, this could be from a dodgy batch of candles but I will not be buying this again to find out and cannot recommend this to others.
One thing I really do like is nice smells in my home of course....like a lot of people. I have an oil burner so very often I buy Yankee Candle Wax Tarts and this one I bought recently as I liked the sound of it and more often than not I go for the wax tarts as they only cost about £1.25 each opposed to up £18.00 ish for the same scent in a large candle form and with about 8 hours of burn time I think that they offer excellent value for money for me and gives me a chance to try all the range out without breaking the bank!
The packaging of a Yankee Wax Tart is as ever so simple and easy to remove and dispose of. It's a fluted and fat lump of lime green coloured wax tightly wrapped in a see through plastic where we are told what it is on the front with a photograph of limes on there too then on the back of it do's and don'ts are shown in the form of diagrams and contact details for the Yankee company are given. Its easy to pull the wrapper off from the tart then engraved into it we are again told that it is indeed Yankee.
The Tart Itself:
All you do with the wax tart is to pop it into an oil burner and burn a candle underneath and it doesn't take very long for the scent to be released at all. The scent of this isn't harsh and is really well blended. The most scent I can detect from this is a soft and natural vanilla scent and then the lime gives it a slight zest and zing and uplifts the vanilla scent and makes the vanilla scent really pop!
I get about 7-8 hours burn time from one of these wax tarts which is why i think they work out such excellent value for money and not only does this scent throughout my whole home, the scent of this lingers for about an hour after burning too which is great.
I wasn't sure this sort of scent would be for me and that it may be a bit too harsh but its a lovely, fresh and rather unusual scent and I would happily buy this one time and time again in the future and I like this so much I may invest in a candle next time in this scent and splash out a bit!
Readily and widely available from places like Asda, Clinton cards and Amazon.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am a big fan of the website Yankee Doodle simply because I can pick up a variety of Yankee Candles without breaking the bank. Due to their samplers and wax tarts being at such reasonable prices means that I am constantly adding to my collection. I don't go for any particular types of candle and with the Yankee Candle selection there is certainly a wide variety to choose from, I generally just go with the name of it and if I happen to like the colour!
A few days ago I finished burning a Yankee Candle which I bought knowing I hated one of the ingredients! The candle in question is the Yankee Candle Vanilla Lime. I hate vanilla, in fact I cannot stand it and tend to keep away from the scent at all costs. But I love lime anything to do with lime is fine with me so I bought it a few months ago and I reluctantly tried it as I was coming to the end of my May candle collection (I buy new candles each month!) so it was put in my sample holder and it was lit.
What Yankee Candle say:
"Smooth and refreshing - the creamy richness of vanilla with sweet cane sugar and a zesty lime twist."
I opted for the sampler size like I do with most candles until I like it enough to buy a jar. The vanilla lime candle sampler size each come wrapped in clear plastic and are individually bought. The candle itself is a typical lime green colour which is one of the things that attracted me to the candle. On the label there is of course the usual Yankee Candle logo together with an image of what looks like a cream coloured cocktail complete with sprigs of mint and a few wedges of lime.
Sampler candles have a burn time of around 15 hours and I do generally burn my samplers for a few hours every night generally when my daughter has gone to bed and I can have time to relax and having a candle lit to me is actually quite relaxing. I do find on average that my samplers do last quite a considerable while and as I only paid about £1.50 for the Vanilla Lime candle I thought this would be quite good value.
I was initially a bit concerned about the fragrance of this candle, as I tore off the wrapper and smelt the candle itself (unlit of course!) and although I could clearly smell vanilla it wasn't an intense vanilla smell which I dislike. Instead it did have a creamy, richness to it without being overpowering or sickly. It did also have a very subtle notes of lime which were not as zingy as I was expecting and not as fresh but it was still perfectly pleasant and surprisingly teamed well with the vanilla.
I did have high hopes for this candle after smelling it initially I hoped that my lounge would be filled with a lovely fragrant aroma of vanilla teamed with the acidity of lime. However, I was unfortunately disappointed on the first night where I let it burn for about 4 hours. I have found that sometimes candles burn better and the aroma more fragrant when burned for a second, third time etc. Despite the 4 hours of burning the aroma was hardly noticeable unless I was stood/sat where the candle was burning.
Despite being burnt every day until there was nothing left and still the surprisingly lovely aroma I could smell when smelling the candle itself just wasn't strong enough to fill the room which was a real shame as although I had my initial vanilla concerns I really did like the fragrance but it just wasn't meant to be. All in all the candle did burn in around 15 hours and I was very tempted just to chuck it out considering it wouldn't give a strong enough aroma but persevered.
Overall, I really and surprisingly like the combination of the two main ingredients but for me my sampler just didn't manage to give the aroma to fill my lounge and was hardly even noticeable. Maybe I just had a duff candle but I wouldn't buy it again. 1 star from me.
~ Useless Information ~
Brand: Yankee Candle
Size: Variety large jars to samplers to wax tarts
Price: Sampler is £1.75 (Yankee Doodle)
I love burning candles in the home to help create a cosy and pleasant atmosphere but more importantly to help banish the smells of my three pet dogs. I have discovered through trial and error that Yankee candles seem to have a more superior scent and effect than any other scented candles. I also love the fact that there are so many different scents to choose from in the Yankee range. It's like any kind of aroma that exists in your imagination can be recreated by the Yankee brand! I tend to try and buy Yankees when they are on offer and I almost always buy their Votive or Sampler candles.
The Votive candle range are the second smallest Yankee candle you can get and stand at a couple of inches tall. Their weight is 49g and they are said to have a burn time of up to 15 hours although I've noticed this varies from candle to candle - I'm guessing it depends on the consistency of the wax.
The Vanilla Lime Votive/Sampler is a pale apple green/luminous yellow colour. I noticed in the store that many were discoloured and looked pale, almost white in colour though, so it probably depends on where the candle has been stored as to it's actual colour.
Votive candles come wrapped in a tight plastic packet which has a picture on the side of what the candle scent represents. In this case there is a picture of a delicious looking vanilla ice sorbet with slices of lime hanging off the lip of the cold glass and mint leaves placed decoratively in the top alongside a long straw with which to drink. The image makes me think of hot days on beaches where I'd have this kind of thirst quenching beverage in my hand!
The candle also has a warning sticker on the base should you need to remind yourself of the safety precautions when lighting this. It has a wick that doesn't need trimming but the candle should be kept at least 2cm away from any other candle.
You can not guage the scent of this candle properly until it's burning and the wax has started to melt into a lovely translucent liquid. The aroma is both zesty and sugary. It's a delicious combintation that smells like something you might want to eat or drink. It also has this really exquisite and sophisticated muskiness which is like an undertone and which is similar to an eau de parfum scent.
As for suitability in the home I'd say this candle was fine for placing in any room you want to burn it. It's currently in my living room but I'd love to put one in my bathroom or bedroom too as the scent has a quality to it that makes you feel relaxed and happy.
The scent of the burning candle is certainly strong enough to be able to cover up pet smells and also has a great effect on cooking smells and general bad odours. I feel confident when burning this that I'm helping to eliminate any horrible odours that I don't want guests to experience.
After trying this candle it's one from the Yankee range that I'd certainly choose to purchase again and I would highly recommend it.
I have recently enjoyed experimenting with some of the candles from the well known "Yankee Candle" range which seems to be getting more popular every year. There is a wide range of fragranced candles to purchase in the range - I believe there are actually over 175 fragrances and scents to choose from, so there is bound to be something in the range to suit most peoples own tastes.
The candles can be purchased from a variety of retailers, both in-store and online, and I tend to purchase mine either in branches of Clinton Cards, or online at www.ebay.co.uk or at www.amazon.co.uk. I usually prefer to peruse the display of candles in my local branch of Clintons before deciding which one to buy, as I like to smell the assorted fragrances beforehand when possible.
Most of the fragranced Yankee Candles come in a variety of formats and sizes so you can choose the one which suits your needs best. There are "Wax Tarts" available which are small 'cake' shaped blocks of wax which, in my experience, seem to have a slightly stronger fragrance than some of the larger candles. The Wax tarts - which are the same as the ones shown in the picture at the top of the Dooyoo Page here - do not contain a wick in the way that other candles do, and they need to be placed in a burner with a tea light underneath them to allow the wax tart to melt and the fragrance contained within can then escape. Wax tarts generally cost around £1.20 - £2, depending on where you buy them, and their burn time is around 8 hours.
The other formats that I have tried out are all candles, which come in a variety of sizes:
Small "Sampler" Candles - Burn time up to 15 hours
Small Glass Jar - Burn time up to 25 - 40 hours (Prices around £7.50 - £8)
Medium Glass Jar - Burn time up to 65 - 90 hours (Prices around £15 - £17)
Large Glass Jar - Burn time up to 110 - 150 hours (Prices around £18 - £20)
(Info courtesy of www.yankee.co.uk, correct as @ May 2012).
I was delighted to notice a small selection of Yankee Candles in the 'Small Glass Jar' format were reduced in price when I was browsing in a local (independent) gift shop recently. Whilst the usual price for the Small Jars in this particular shop is £8, I noticed that the discounted candles were on offer for only £5.50, a price that I thought offered great value for money. I ended up buying four of the discounted glass jars, one of which was the "Vanilla Lime" Fragrance.
I will admit to feeling slightly cautious when I purchased this scent, as I am not overly-fond of strong vanilla-type fragrances. When I sniffed the scented candle in the shop however, I was able to smell the strong citrus aroma of the lime in the ingredients, and it's robust nature led me to believe that the citrus elements were going to out-weight the vanilla in the scent. I decided to buy it on this basis.
The glass jar is made of sturdy, thick glass which seems fairly robust, although I believe the slightly 'tapered' edges and rim of the glass at the top are not as thick as the rest of the jar and will shatter and break if the candle is dropped. The jar can of course become quite warm after your candle has been burning for a significant period of time, so care should be taken when extinguishing the flame. There is a sturdy lid on the top of the jar which has a sort of 'stopper' design, by way of a rubber seal and I find that this acts very well at holding the precious fragrances in my Yankee Candle Jars. I believe that some people use the upturned lid as an extinguisher 'tool' to put out the flame on the candle, but I have never done this myself as I believe it would make the glass turn black. The jars themselves, incidentally, never suffer from black staining as a result of the candles being burned within them.
There is always an attractive-looking label attached to the front of the glass jar, and in the case of the Vanilla Lime candle, this depicts an image of what appears to be a vanilla milkshake or a beverage with crushed vanilla ice (or perhaps it is some sort of foam?) resting on top. There is a straw protruding from the top of the white substance, and some slices of lime sitting in the background. Yankee usually colour their candles to be co-ordinated with their respective fragrances, and in the case of the Vanilla Lime candle, the wax is a pretty shade of pale 'apple' green, with a sort of 'frosted' or 'pearly' look being evident throughout the green wax. The image of the candle overall is one that struck me as being perfectly suited to the springtime or summer months and I thought it would make a very appealing gift.
Once the candle was lit, it slowly began to release the enclosed scents within, with the first one being the unmistakable aroma of vanilla. Whilst this would normally be overly 'heady' for me, and would cause me to extinguish the candle, in the case of THIS particular offering from Yankee, I found the vanilla element was much more subdued than in others that I have used before. This led me to allow my caution to subside, and I let the aromas develop further.
After a short time, I could detect the 'tang' of fresh lime which instantly met with the vanilla scent and overtook them slightly, in my opinion. I was pleased about this, as I had been looking forward to experiencing the strong aroma of lime from the candle. I also felt that the citrus 'tang' of the lime scent offered a lovely balance to the sweet vanilla scent and it took a little of the 'edge' from the vanilla, which is something else I was pleased about as it is this sweet, often sickly 'edge' that I find can become quite 'heady' after a prolonged period of time.
In my opinion, the end result was a beautifully rich, lime-scented fragrance that was extremely citrus-based and it allowed the strong scent of lime to envelop the room. I thought that the vanilla scent could be detected quite easily, but it sat neatly behind the strong lime and wasn't so strong as to overtake the citrus 'base', nor did it overpower it or give the fragrance a sickly edge.
In terms of longevity, I thought the candle's aroma performed quite well, with the strong lime aroma being evident in the room for several hours after the candle had been extinguished. I could still detect a very faint whiff of vanilla after ten hours or so, although the lime scent had vanished by this time. I therefore thought that the Vanilla Lime candle's scent lasted well, and certainly gave better results than some of the other offerings I have tried from the range.
It struck me that my initial impression about the candle's aroma had been spot on, and I really think this is a fragrance that is perfectly suited to the spring and summer months. Whilst there is nothing particularly 'tart' about the citrus element of the candle's fragrance, I did find that it had a slightly more 'invigorating' quality than many of the other scents that I burn frequently. I thought too that the aroma was quite uplifting, with it having a sort of 'clean' and crisp kind of feel, offering a little variety to the more 'spicy' or 'powdery' scents that I will often favour these days.
In summary, I was really quite pleasantly surprised with the Vanilla Lime Yankee Candle and it is a scent that I would repurchase in the future, or buy as a gift for a loved one or friend. I think its scent would appeal to most people as it has such a wonderfully uplifting feel to it.
I always like to try out a new Yankee scent when I can and even more-so when I can find them available at a reduced price, I go through 3 or 4 different wax tarts a week at home and whilst I tend to stick to fragrances I know I like I'm always on the look out for a bargain. Recently Clinton cards have had a number of Yankee's wax tarts on offer at just 59p each, Vanilla Lime being one of them and never missing an opportunity to get hold of something new and at a reduced price I couldn't resist buying a couple to try.
I know that the majority of readers of this review will already know what a wax tart is so apologies if you've read all this before but I think it's important in a review to explain what one is as unlike traditional candles that you can buy a wax tart has no wick. They are designed to be be melted on a tart burner by means of a lit tea light that heats up and melts the wax from underneath, Yankee infuse fragrances and essential oils into their wax tarts and by melting one in a tart burner you get to experience the fragrances they hold. I buy and use these regularly as a means of keeping my home smelling fresh and I enjoy the varied products Yankee have to offer. All wax tarts share the same features, they're all a flat piece of wax with fluted edges and can give off up to 8 hours worth of fragrance from a single wax tart. They generally cost anything from a pound up to £1.35 depending where you buy them from and it's always worth looking round online as there are bargains to be found if you look at specific Yankee stockists. Vanilla Lime, the subject of this review, caught my eye simply for its price, the fact that I tend to like vanilla based fragrances was a bonus I thought and I imagined that the inclusion of Lime into the mix would make for a zingy and zesty fragrance. So what's it like in reality...
As shown in my accompanying picture this particular wax tart is attractively presented, light green in colour with an illustrative sticker adorning the packaging I had high expectations for this one as I placed it into the well of my tart burner. Tea light lit and allowing a few minutes to let the wax start melting my initial reaction to this one was a underwhelming feeling, usually I can detect the fragrances that are going to be given off from a wax tart when its in its solid form but with Vanilla Lime I could only make out a faint vanilla aroma with no hint of Lime whatsoever. Allowing 10 or 15 minutes to pass and still not really making out any discernable fragrance I wondered if I had picked up a faulty wax tart from Clinton's and figured that Yankee might have actually forgotten to add any fragrance to mine so I ventured over to my burner to see if I could smell anything from a closer proximity. Again, up close there wasn't really anything to smell with this, a very faint Vanilla aroma which was nice but nothing special and absolutely no hint of Lime at all and for the first time ever in my experience with Yankee Candles I felt really let down. In the past there have been plenty of fragrances that I haven't liked and I always put this down to individual tastes but at least I've always been able to smell them to be able to come to that conclusion. I rarely feel disappointed with Yankee's products but in the case of Vanilla Lime there was nothing for me to either like or dislike as it didn't smell of anything other than something remotely vanilla-y.
It could be that Clinton were selling off old stock and had my Vanilla Lime wax tart been something that was previously on display in a shop window then it might have been exposed to too much sunlight or artificial warmth/too cold temperatures. I can't believe that Yankee would produce something that has so little fragrance and I've never had this this problem before with any of the dozens of wax tarts that I've owned and burned in the past. Other reviewers of this fragrance have loved it, the high rates here show that this has been enjoyed by other people so I'll have to give Yankee the benefit of the doubt with this one and put my experience down to a fault with the product itself rather than a problem with this particular fragrance although I do have to say that I did melt my other Vanilla Lime and had exactly the same problem with that one too.
I can't recommend Vanilla Lime though, it offered me nothing in terms of fragrance or longevity and even at 59p mine was a waste of money. I wouldn't buy it again, I've tried it twice and had the same outcome on both occasions so it's time for me to try something else new now, my 2 star rating here might appear to be harsh but I can't rate it any higher as a wax tart should have plenty of aroma and mine didn't.
Overall, not what I've come to expect from Yankee.
Vanilla Lime can be purchased in wax tarts, reed diffusers and small, medium and large jar candles. I love the wax tarts in this scent as it is such a zesty scent the tart gives you an immediate and strong aroma. When you first open the wrapper from a wax tart or take the lid off the jars it smells like when you first open a big bag of chocolate limes!
I recently started using a new Vanilla Lime large jar candle and have found this to fill a large room with no problem, even when the candle is not lit I can still smell this amazing scent!
Vanilla Lime comes in different forms but the colour is always the same, it is a nice light green colour, nothing too strong so looks good in any room! The light green colour in the Large Housewarmer jar looks really good despite green not been my favourite colour in the world I think it looks really stylish.
....Vanilla Lime Tart....
This is probably my favourite way to burn Yankee Candles, the wax tart comes in a tight plastic wrapper with the Vanilla Lime picture on the front. As soon as you open the plastic wrapping the smell hits you strongly and is so refreshing. You place the wax tart in the top of a tart burner and a tea light candle underneath it, this melts the wax tart and I find it to be the way to get the strongest aroma.
....Price and Availability....
I love so many different scents of Yankee Candle and find that some scents are harder to get than others but Vanilla Lime is one which I can find fairly easily.
# Clintons- Small selection in store so may not always find Vanilla Lime
# Boundary Mills - I am not sure of the exact prices but I always find them cheaper and this is where I go to get my candles the majority of the time.
#Yankee Doodle - Large Jar £18.45
# Debenhams- Diffuser £13.45, Medium Jar £15.99 & Large Jar £18.99
#House of Fraser - Large Jar £18.99, Medium Jar £15.99 & Small Jar £7.99
With Yankee Candle there are so many different scents which I love so I am always buying different ones but Vanilla Lime is definitely one which I'll be buying again in the future and I would recommend it to anyone who loves refreshing and zesty scents!
After the hit of our very first Yankee candle tart I decided I would purchase a couple more, I bought them in a lovely little shop which sells all sorts of wonderful pretty things in the village where I live. In our local shop the tarts sell at £1.05 each which when you consider is for 8 hours of burning / melting time is certainly not a bad price in my opinion and they sell such an array of colours and fragrances I had difficulty choosing.
Yankee Candles come in various different options, tea light scented candles, Small housewarmer jar candle, Medium housewarmer jar candle, Large housewarmer jar candle, Votive candle, Medium 2 wick tumbler, Large 2 wick tumbler and the lidded top tumbler. The candles range greatly in price up to about £17.99 and the burning time ranges from 4 hours up to 150 hours so there really is something available for everyone.
One of my purchases was the lovely vanilla lime, the tart is a pale lime colour not as bright as you would expect a lime to be but probably because it is mixed with vanilla, the colour is really nice and reminds me of making peppermint creams in the brownies as they were this colour. The tart like the rest is a small circular piece of wax which is designed to melt when above heat and release it's lovely fragrance, I haven't got around to buying one of the actual holders yet and so I am using an old oil burner which does the job fine. The tart is fluted around the edges and does simply look like a tart case off a jam tart for example, the smell is evident as soon as you pick the tart up and the aroma of lime meets you before it is even released from the wrapper which is simply a little wrap of plastic. On the front top of the tart there is a picture which looks like some sort of smoothie of sundae in pale yellow and then a straw and piece of lime added for decoration.
The Yankee website describe this fragrance as "Smooth and refreshing - the creamy richness of vanilla with sweet cane sugar and a zesty lime twist" I personally think the lime is stronger than the vanilla in this fragrance and is nice to burn on a summery day, I don't think I would be quite so keen on the fragrance on a winters day. Every so often as this burns you do get a whiff of the vanilla and the tart manages to scent my whole downstairs which is quite big so I am really pleased with the power of it yet it isn't too overpowering if you are sat near to it.
I am really please I decided to try Yankee candles as so far I am impressed and I am certainly going to keep trying new ones and at the price it doesn't matter if I find one that I don't like.
Yankee Candle Vanilla Lime wax Tart
I was recently in a town I don't remember ever having visited previously despite the fact that it is in Derbyshire. The town was Swadlincote and I was there taking advantage of another Groupon deal for long term lash extensions. I do like a bargain and so as i was wandering around waiting for my appointment as I had hot there rather early I went into one shop and got tempted by the Yankee candle display. They were not especially cheap but as they were so very lovely looking and smelled wonderful I bought myself four at the price of £1.10 per tart.
I have had a number of scented candles over the years and do like the wonderful scents that filmy rooms but I can't ever remember buying one of these tarts before. Having read so many reviews on here and Dooyoo about the tarts I was well aware that they had no wick and gave off their scent by being melted in a burner with a tea light candle underneath.
Yankee Candles the company originated in the USA. But have quickly become a household name over here . They offer a huge range of home fragrance products from sprays, reed diffusers through to all kinds of shapes and sizes of scented candles. They are often found in garden centres and gift shops so it is a case of keeping your eyes open. We do actually have a big Yankee Candle shop in the Westfield Centre in Derby but I rarely go in there as I find them very expensive so tend to see if I can get bargains elsewhere. It is also worth noting that www.yankeedoodle.co.uk often has them at discounted prices if you want to order a few.
I had to cut the very tightly sealed plastic wrap from the outside then as I took the tart out I had a good sniff. There was definitely a strong lime smell but also the vanilla sweetness combined to be almost pina colada sweet. This was a good creamy lime scent, no sharpness in my view which you can get sometimes from lime scented things. This scent combines creamy vanilla and cane sugar with a lime infusion.
I popped the tart onto my brand new burner that I'd recently acquired from Wilkinsons. I popped a lighted tea light underneath and waited. The tart began to melt quite quickly and then I decided to write this review so I rushed to take a photo mid melt and a few others but of course it was too late for the whole tart wrapped so I took a photo of one of the others.
As the tart melted the scent became stronger and warmer if that makes sense. A bit like the smell of baking cakes is a warm smell. This was like a warm sweet lime pudding cooking in a pan. It really smells good enough to eat and although it is lime it has not got that sharpness just the gentle lime aroma mixing with the creamy vanilla. Delicious!
As I said this is my first tart experience and so far I am impressed. I put this one in the kitchen on the windowsill as ours is a tiled sill so there is no danger of the heat burning anything through the burner. Even though tea lights have the wax safely within their aluminium foils they can still create a massive amount of heat that will damage furniture as I discovered to my cost when I got scorch marks on a wooden table. I now put my burners either on the tiled surfaces or on a couple of drink mats that are heat proof just in case. Another thing to be wary of is that you should NOT ever move a burner with melted wax as they are very hot and melted wax can cause nasty burns on skin or melted wax spilling can also cause wax stain damage or burns on carpets and other furnishings. Always put any burners out of the reach of children and never leave them in rooms unattended as candles can obviously cause fires. Someone I know put a tea light on their TV and left it, it melted the TV top and fell into the inside and set their room on fire so please be VERY careful they are to be treated as mini fires.
Having given all the dire warnings I am a big fan of candles and especially the scented ones as they give off lovely fragrances and also add atmosphere to a room with gentle flames flickering in their containers. They are a lovely addition to a room's ambience but just need to be treated with good sense.
I was very pleased with my vanilla lime tart and love the smell, a bit like the old fashioned lime covered chocolate sweets, limey but sweet with a hint of creaminess too. I look forward to at least eight hours of creamy vanillary, liminess filling my kitchen and as i am now sitting in the room next to the kitchen leaving my husband in charge of the burner I can smell the fragrance floating through to join my in my little room too.
Thank you yankee candles for this lovely scented tart, creamy with a bit of zesty lime but it is making me crave a key lime pie for some reason! This scent is available from Yankee Candles in wax tart, votive and various sized candle jars but these are considerably more expensive so if you are not sure try the tarts or small votives first.
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==Yankee Candle Vanilla Lime==
The last few of my Yankee Candles have been pretty mediocre and I was on the look out for something that I had already heard a few good things about so I picked up the wax tart of this Vanilla Lime fragrance one.
I am lucky to have found a really rather cheap stockist of the wax tarts down my local town and they sell them for 90p each where as most places I know have them in the region of around £1.10p which is quite a saving on such a small item anyway so I always make sure I purchased them down town and also feel some pride that I am also helping my local shops rather than buying them at chain stores such as B&Q who are another stockist near me (but at 90p a time am hardly going to make my mark!)
The Vanilla Lime was tart is really just the same as any other tart. It resembles a floating candle in some respects but without the wick when it is purchased and the idea of use is that the moulded wax tart is placed in an oil burner with a large bowl (Yankee Candles do their own). A tea light is lit under the bowl of the burner and the tart begin to melt down and let out the wonderfully scented oils that are infused within the wax.
Each and every tart has an approximate burn time of around 8 hours which is a really long time and will last me many days because of the average amount of time they are being burnt for. The tart weighs in at 22 grams and is a wonderful green colour but does appear to have a few whitish flecks within this colour and I think this is just less coloured bits of wax. The tart is pretty quick to melt down once in the dish and even quicker if you only use half a tart which I often do. In terms of using only half of the tart I always cut mine with a knife and this is easy to do even whilst it is still in the plastic cellophane wrapper that it is purchased in.
As soon as the candle begins to melt the strong and aromatic scent fills the room and instantly I loved the smell. The citrus scents of the lime that are emitted from the tart fill the room but with that added sweetness of the vanilla brings the fragrance to another level of niceness. It has a really uplifting freshness about it that it seems to bring my flat alive by making it smell beautifully clean and very welcoming. The smell isn't especially strong or thick but a there is a lightness to it that seeps through to each room of the flat and lingers for a short while after the candle has gone out.
All in all I really rate this particular fragrance. It is sweet yet light and very zingy which all told makes for a really good scent. For the bargain price of 90p for an item that last such a long time it is well worth buying instead of a canned air freshener and much more appealing!
I think only a top score of 5 out of 5 stars for this item is only right and of course I am going to highly recommend it to one and all!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Yankee Candles originated in the USA. They offer a range of home fragrancing products including sprays, reed diffusers and lots of different scented candles.
The Vanilla Lime is one scent available from Yankee. It combines creamy vanilla and cane sugar with a lime infusion. It is available in wax tart, votive and various sized candle jars. This review discusses my use of the Votive Sampler which claims to offer 15hours worth of scent. The candles should be burned for a few hours at a time and in a proper candle holder.
The sampler is a votive, thick candle which is lime green and has a white wick running from the top down to the base where it seals with with a silver tab. It is wrapped in shrink plastic with writing and pictures confirming the scent name, size etc.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
Votive samplers can be purchased online or through various local shops. They weigh in at 49g and are priced around £1.60. www.yankeedoodle.co.uk currently offers this at 95p.
I love trying out new candles and my preferrence is Yankee Candles. I believe they offer some amazing scents and the quality of their candles is high. The jars are quite expensive especially if you don't end up liking the scent, so ordering either the wax tarts or votive samplers is the perfect way to decide on your favourite scents. I purchased my Vanilla Lime votive sampler in with a lot on ebay and paid around £1.50. I think this is a good, acceptable price to pay for 15hrs of scent.
*~*Open Me, Light Me, Indulge In Me*~*
I like to light my candles at night usually or when home alone during the day. The wick is easy to light and the candle is placed within my gorgeous Yankee Candle holder which has a stained glass effect. WIthin the confines of the wrapper, there isn't much scent but on unwrapping my candle, the scent becomes apparent and is highly favourable.
I chose the Vanilla Lime one on a whim to be honest. Whilst I adore the scent of vanilla, it can often be so artificial smelling that its not nice. Lime is a scent I find a hit and a miss so I suppose I was curious to see what the combination would produce. I am glad I took the plunge and purchased it though as I love it! This one is suitable for buring day or night time depending on when you fancy the scent!
*~*Hit By Vanilla, Rescued By The Lime*~*
Once lit, this candle takes little time to send its scent up into the air. The first night I lit this last week, I went to get my PJs on, and on leaving my bedroom, I caught a hint of the scent. This was with the candle burning in a corner of my livingroom so this shows how far the scent travels. The scent is quite even in the air..only gets a bit too strong if sitting very close to the burning candle.
The scent is very appealing especially if you are sweet natured and addicted like I am. The description of the candle scent is perfect as the vanilla is certainly the dominating scent. It isn't all that fresh but more sweet, indulgent and creamy. The vanilla is sugary sweet and quite crisp. Its not all that artificial but its not exactly pure and natural. It would have been smooth and sickly had it not been for the sweep of lime that is present.
The lime essense used is quite understated but the sweetness of the vanilla and the almost sharp, citrussiness of the lime works extremely well to produce quite an unusual, heavy sweet scent. I love it..I find it tantalising and its powerful nature is enough to sweep around our flat filling every room with its delectable aroma. Even when I blow the candle out after a few hours, the scent lingers in the air for a further few hours confirming its quality and uniqueness.
*~*Won't Burn A Hole In My Wax*~*
The candle burns down fairly evenly but this is more apparent when the wax solidifies again around the wick. I have burned this over the course of a few nights and there is still a small amount left though this makes lighting it with a normal lighter rather awkward. I have got my moneys worth from this one as the scent remained concentrated through every use.
If you love sweet scents then this is one for you. I didn't know what to expect but got more than I bargained for from this delightful sampler. Its gorgeous in scent, powerful, fairly pretty and lasts well.
I recommend the Vanilla Lime Votive Sampler :)
If you have read some of my other reviews you will know only too well how much I enjoy scented candles, my brand of choice being Yankee Candles. I always buy mine in tarts as they are cheap (around £1.10 each) and it allows me to sample each fragrance without spending a ton of money.
Vanilla Lime is a very fresh fragrance and isn't heavy or overly spiced, fruity or floral. It smells clean and you get the lovely tangy citrus scent with undertones of vanilla, I thought that perhaps the vanilla would be overpowering and sickly but it compliments the lime extremely well. This fragrance is light and refreshing so perfect for spring as we begin to move away from those heavy, mulled wine type scents of winter. The lime fragrance is zingy and I find that the vanilla comes through and adds a sweetness whilst slightly softening the citrus smell. The overall fragrance is tangy whilst having a slight warmth to it from the vanilla.
The fragrance is one that could be used all year round but to me I think it is ideally suited to the spring and summer months. The fragrance is unisex and unoffensive too, it is definately an everyday fragrance that will suit most households.
Yankee Candles can be bought in lots of shops now though I buy mine from Bratts. Each fragrance is usually available in a wide range of candle sizes to suit every budget and Yankee is always updating their range with new exciting fragrances to suit every season. When it comes to scented candles you should try yankee, their fragrances are long lasting as well as being of a superb quality. No fragrance smells synthetic and the variety of smells exceeds that of any other brand.
Yankee Candles are without a doubt my favourite candles on the market. They're probably one of my favourite things to buy too, and I can't walk past a Yankee Candle stand without having a good ol' sniff of every single one of them! I do have my favourites though, the ones that I always go back to no matter what, one of these favourites is Vanilla Lime and I just so happen to be reviewing that for you today!
Like I've mentioned in candle reviews before, I won't be giving you the life story of the company founder, or the history of company because I don't believe that those things have anything to do with the quality of the product I'll be reviewing. I do like to point out that Yankee Candle are the most trusted candle company in the world, and with that you can expect a fantastic product.
Vanilla Lime is a medium, bright green colour (very similar in colour to my previously reviewed Kiwi Berries) and comes in a variety of forms. You can pick this scent up in small, medium or large jars, small, medium or large tumblers, tester votives, tarts, tea lights, reed diffusers and car air fresheners. I usually stick to medium jars for my candles, but I've recently been gravitating towards votives as it makes me feel like I'm saving money (ha!). Each of these things all come with the Vanilla Lime Yankee Candle label on it, which shows an image of what looks like a mojito to me (but maybe that's just the cravings coming out of me!) and states that the candle contains pure, natural fruit extracts. All of the candles will come with a label on their underside that will tell you how far down you should trim the wick, and give you a rough estimate of how many hours burn time you will get with your candle. My votive gives up to 15 hours burn time, while my medium jar gives 65-90 hours.
The cold scent of the candle is actually very strong and I'm always very impressed when a candle produces a strong cold throw. I've actually had 3 of the votives sitting on my vanity table for the past 2 days and I can subtly smell them anytime I walk into my room, even without burning!
Vanilla Lime is definitely a scent that can go two ways, it could be a perfect blend of cosy vanilla with a slight kick from the lime, or it could be a complete clashing of scents that would give you a headache. I lucked out with this one as it is a perfect blend of the two scents. The vanilla scent is definitely the first thing you smell when you sniff the candle, but you can then detect the sweet yet tangy kick of lime, and they compliment each other perfectly!
This is all while the candle is still packaged up!
I popped my votive into a little votive holder, trimmed the wick down and set it alight. Within minutes the scent completely blew me away (in a good way!). The strength of the scent that this teeny little votive was giving off was incredible, and there was no drastic change to the scent blend either. I always fear that candles will have a drastic scent change when they are burning, as some companies fail to blend their oils in such a way that keeps the scent the same the whole way through, but that hasn't been a problem here.
Whilst burning my medium jar, I experienced an even stronger version of the scent and I was absolutely in my element! The wax burned evenly all the way down without any tunnelling or need to use the hat-trick (yes boys, us girls have our version of the 'hat-trick'!).
The candle hat-trick is when you make a little hat out of tin foil for your candle, leaving a small hole at the top for the scent and smoke to escape, this will keep the heat inside the candle which will let it burn evenly the whole way down instead of tunnelling.
As for my opinions on this scent, I think you can tell I like it. It really is the perfect blend of refreshing fruit and cosy vanilla, perfect for any time of year! My dad isn't so keen though, he even likened it to a cheap massage parlour - how he knows what one of those smells like is beyond me, but there you go!
Yankee Candles seem to be much easier to get hold of in the UK now than they were before, and you can find them in most chemists, garden centres and gift shops. I get mine from Dobbies, so the following prices will be based on those.
Votives - £1.75
Medium jars - £14.99
You may think that those are steep prices, but for the quality of candle you're getting, and the length of burn time, I really do think these are worth it.
I challenge you to burn this candle and not feel 100% relaxed. Seriously, you won't be able to do it.
Thank you for reading!