Product Type: Yankee Candle household products
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Not the zesty scent I was expecting
Yankee Candle Vanilla Lime
Member Name: ms_123
Yankee Candle Vanilla Lime
Advantages: initial vanilla scent is quite nice
Disadvantages: bitter peppery smell
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.
Summary: I think I'm allergic to this one!
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