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I wanted to treat myself to a few new scented candles and although I like the jar candle, I prefer to purchase a sampler candle to see what the scent is like first and then if I like the scent I may purchase a glass tumbler at a later stage. The Samplers are small candles which simply come wrapped in plastic, which dies mean you need a plate or something to put the sampler in. I actually purchase a glass votive holder from Yankee Direct which holds the samplers nicely. My favourite scent is vanilla, and I tend to choose vanilla scented products a lot due to me liking the smell too much. Although I do like the scent of vanilla I don't like it too strong or overpowering. This fragrance has a smooth blend of rich vanilla, romantic flowers and sensuous sandalwood, so I presumed the scent of vanilla wasn't going to be too strong. Each sampler has a total of 15hours burn time. The sampler comes individually wrapped in plastic which has a label on the front. This states the name of the product and also has a picture which refers to the scent of the sampler. The picture on this sampler is satin looking flowers on a white bed. On the bottom of the candle is a round label which gives you some diagrams on how to use the sampler and where it should/shouldn't be placed. Obviously don't place the sampler near a draft or any electrical items. I have a small table in my bedroom so I place the sampler in the votive holder on the table.
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I purchased the Sampler from www.yankeedirect.com. A lot of the samplers currently come under their offer which is 10 for the price of 8. They have lots of other items in this range including the following:
* Large Jar - £19.49
* Large Tumbler - £18.65
* Medium Jar - £15.49
* Medium Tumbler - £14.99
* Regular Tumbler - £9.49
* Small Jar - £7.99
* Sampler Candle - £1.75
* Car Freshener Jar - £1.99
* Room Spray - £5.49
* Reed Diffuser - £13.45
* Tea Lights - £6.49
* Wax Tart - £1.20
Prices taken from the Yankee direct website. Please note that prices may change and you can also purchase these items from various other websites and garden centres.
Using the Product
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Before lighting the sampler I smelt it to see what the smell of it was like. Although there was a nice hint of vanilla I could smell a lovely light floral scent and a slight smell of sandalwood. I was hoping that this would smell as good when lit. I lit the candle and placed it in a Votive holder which I also purchased from the Yankee Direct website. I then placed the holder on a table in my room away from any draughts or electrical items. The sampler had been lit for at least 10 minutes and there wasn't as strong as smell as I expected. I could smell a very light floral smell but this wasn't that strong and was in fact very weak considering the sampler had been lit for a good 10 minutes. The sampler had now been list for approximately 45mins and I could now smell more of the vanilla smell mixed in with the floral smell. When leaving the room and coming back in, the scent of vanilla was quite obvious. I also got occasional whiffs of the floral scent which was very pleasant. The smell of the sampler didn't really go anywhere else beyond my bedroom. I blew the sampler out after approximately 2 hours of it burning. The scent of the sampler lingered for a while but this gradually weakened and by the morning there was no scent of the sampler left at all.
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I loved the sound of this sampler and being a fan of vanilla scents I couldn't wait to try it. I loved the fact that the scent of the sampler smelt floral as well as vanilla. The vanilla scent was quite light but complimented the light scent of the floral tones in it. It took a while for the smell to become quite strong, how-ever when the scent did become stronger it smelt lovely and filled most of the room with a very refreshing and pleasant fragrance. In terms of value I think the sampler is very reasonable. I only purchased the sampler so I could see what it was like before purchasing a larger sized candle of this particular product. As they do a lot of products in this range this must be a popular scent and one that I would purchase again. I would also consider purchasing the room spray or reed diffuser as I think the scent of this is very refreshing and light. The smell isn't too overpowering and doesn't get right up your nose like others. Although it takes a while for the smell to properly come out and the smell doesn't linger once the candle has been blown out I would recommend this one to others.
(review may also appear on ciao)
WHAT IS IT?
A wax tart from Yankee Candle that is called Vanilla Satin. You need to own a wax tart burner to use it and it releases fragrance when you put a tealight beneath the tart to allow it to melt the wax.
The smell of Vanilla Satin is mainly vanilla but this is mixed with rose and sandalwood. The first fragrance you will notice is the vanilla and that is quite quick to get into the air when the wax starts to melt. After that the vanilla mixes with the rose and a more flowery fragrance starts to push through, the sandalwood is very light and gives the vanilla a bit of a spicy and woody fragrance. That's good because it takes a bit of the sweetness away but I think it interferes with the vanilla a bit too much.
WHAT I THINK
I like vanilla but was not very happy with Vanilla Satin because it is not very strong and I don't like the way the sandalwood has been added. The fragrance only stays in the room where my tart burner is and when the tealight goes out the smell fades very quickly so that after much less than an hour there's no indication that I have used a Yankee Candle fragrance.
The vanilla part is very pretty because it is sweet and natural instead of being the fake sort of vanilla that is usually in scented candles. It is quite rich to start with but then when the flowery fragrance mixes with the vanilla the whole fragrance dies down. When I am sitting in the lounge I can smell Vanilla Satin better if I am sitting close to the wax tart burner.
As soon as the tealight goes out the smell starts to fade quickly and after about 20 minutes there's nothing there at all apart from a fresh smell. This vanilla fragrance is very beautiful but it needs to be stronger to be able to compete with other vanilla Yankee Candles like Christmas Cupcake.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
Yankee candle is a brand of candles that come in all shapes, sizes and fragrances, ranging from the big glass jar ones which can cost you around £20, to the testers and tartlets which only cost £1-2. This particular review is for the wax tart version.
The vanilla satin one comes wrapped in clear celophane which you have to peel off before use. I can only guess that this must be to keep all the fragrance fresh for when you first unwrap it. They are flat and measure around 2 inches across. The idea behind a wax tart is that you burn it in a wax tart burner or an oil burner, basically sitting a tea light underneath to melt the wax tart which then gives off its fragrance.
The wax tarts generally have a burning time of around 8 hours and can be re-used again and again, over time the scent begins to fade however - thats when it is time to replace it with a new one. I prefer the wax tarts to any other form of yankee candle for their value for money - they are a hell of a lot cheaper than buying the ones in the glass jars, and they really do give off a rich and strong fragrance when in use. I find with some I only have to burn them for 20 minutes or so to fill my flat with their rich aroma.
The Vanilla Satin one is definitely one of my favourites, I love the smell of vanilla anyway but this one is just perfect. It isnt too sweet and sickly like some other vanilla fragrances or other scented tartlets such as the strawberry one, and it isnt too strong so you dont choke on the scent as it fills your house. It smells of lovely vanillary scents but it is quite light and not sickly at all, which is exactly what I want. I recommend to use the wax tartlets with the Yankee Candle tulip/flower burner which I have also previously written a review on, it only costs around £5, comes in various different colours and is the perfect size for the tartlets. I tend to keep my tartlets in my sock drawer/wardrobe as well to keep my clothes smelling lovely (before unwrapping them obviously, so I dont get wax all over my clothes).
Overall I would definitely recommend this tartlet to anyone who loves the smell of vanilla, or other sweet similar fragrances - and for 8 hours burning time it works out at a bargain. I tend to burn mine for about half an hour so I get plenty of uses out of it!
*** This review is for the tart version of this candle ***
Yankee is a company that is based in the US and produces a wide range of scented candles that come in a range of sizes and fragrances. The one I am reviewing here is a wax tart which can't technically be described as a candle as it has no wick!
Instead, you pop the tart into a special tart burner - or you can just use a normal oil burner as I do - and light a tealight underneath to melt the wax and release the fragrance. You can generally get up to ten hours use out of the tarts as you can re-use them.
Wax tarts tend to cost between £1-1.50, and it is well worth shopping around online as places often have special offers, and it is also cheaper if you buy tarts in bulk as I tend to.
The Vanilla Satin fragrance is described as "a sophisticated and classic fragrance with a smooth blend of rich vanilla, romantic flowers and sensuous sandalwood".
As with all Yankee tarts this comes shrink-wrapped in plastic, which you will need a knife or scissors to remove. Usually you can smell the fragrance of these wax tarts quite strongly through any packaging - however this one didn't smell that strong to me. Even once unwrapped it didn't seem to have an especially strong scent to it, although I could definitely detect vanilla as the main fragrance.
Unlike some other wax tarts, I felt this took a while for the fragrance to kick in once I had the tealight lit under the tart. Before long, though, the smell filled the room. Despite the other fragrances this is supposed to contain, it is definitely vanilla that is the most prominent, although it definitely has a slightly floral ring to it too. It is a nice smell and certainly a good one for vanilla fans.
However despite finding the smell weak to begin with, it soon gets strong - and I think a little cloying. I actually had to blow out the tealight after around 30 minutes as I found the smell got just a bit too sickly for me - which is unusual for me as I tend to like the fragrances of these wax tarts wafting around. But this one was just a bit much for me, and I definitely prefer to use this one for small amounts of time! However, what really redeems this tart is that the scent seems to linger for ages after use. So I can light this for a short amount of time, blow it out when it gets too strong - and then the scent lingers at a just-right level for a good few hours after.
Overall this is another lovely wax tart from Yankee. Although it is just a touch too strong for me, and I can't let it burn for too long, it does linger really nicely after I blow it out. So this isn't really is bad thing as it of course means I get more use out of it! I would certainly recommend this one for vanilla fans.
Additional Yankee info....
The average prices of Yankee candles are as follows...
Tea lights - £6 for a pack of 12 (each burns for 4-6 hours)
Wrapped samplers - £1.50 each (burns for around 15 hours in a proper sampler jar)
Wax tarts - £1-1.20 each (these are wickless candles that burn in an oil or tart burner (with a tea light underneath) for around 8 hours)
Small jar candles - £7.75 (105g - burn for 25-40 hours)
Medium jar candles - £16 (411g - burn for around 65-90 hours)
Large jar candles - £18.45 (625g burn for 110-160 hours)
I started using Yankee Candles last year but had only tried a few from the wide range and so for Christmas I asked for a selection from the brand, my Mam bought me a number of tarts and a couple of the samplers.
We have a small shop in our village that sells lots of decorative items and she carries some of the range and I was surprised to find these in our Local Asda Living store, my Mam sent away for a selection for me from the Yankee shop but there are a huge number of online retailers the only drawback of course being that you cannot have a smell of them before your purchase although if you know what it is you want you can buy them cheaper if you are prepared to buy a few, I personally do prefer to smell them and enjoy smelling all the different fragrances and making my selection. I do often find however that once I have smelt a few my nose gives in so have made the mistake of thinking I like one in the past and actually finding I'm not that keen.
In 1969 Mike Kittredge was trying to make his mother a gift and so he tried to melt down some crayons, somebody saw what he had made his mother and requested they buy the item from him, he allowed them to buy it and made more from supplies bought with the money and the Yankee Candle was born.
Yankee candles come in many different shapes and sizes which all carry relevant price tags, there are over 100 different fragrances and new ones are released throughout the year for different occasions, Halloween, Christmas, Easter, valentines the list is endless
Wax Tartlets - £1.20 - 8 hours burning time
Tea Lights - £6.45 for 12 - 4-6 hours burning time
Sampler - £1.75 - 15 hours burning time
Small Jars - £7.99 - 25-40 hours burning time
Medium Jars - £15.99 - 65-90 hours burning time
Large Jars - £18.99 - 110-150 hours burning time
Small Tumbler - £9.45 - 35-45 hours burning time
Medium Tumbler - £14.75 - 45-50 hours burning time
Large Tumbler - £18.25 - 70-90 hours burning time
I like to stick to the wax tartlets (although I have been given a couple of jars as presents) as it allows me to change my fragrance frequently.
Not all fragrances come in all of the different size options I think it depends how popular a fragrance is.
Description from Yankee Candle " Sophisticated. Classic. A smooth blend of rich vanilla, romantic flowers and sensuous sandalwood"
The sampler is a small candle which is narrower at the bottom than at the top and has rounded edges at the top, it has a wick unlike the tarts so you don't need a burner to put it in. The sampler is a pale cream in colour and on the front of the it is a picture of a satin band which looks like the kind which would be tied around a wedding cake, it is tied in such a way that there are a number of flowers in the satin.
You can smell the scent of the candle through the wrapper and so if you are buying any of them in person you do have a good idea what the candle is going to smell like once it is burning.
When the sampler was in it's packaging I could smell a creamy light and floral scent, once I had lit the burner and the smell began to slowly drift around the room I could smell more of a sandalwood but it still had a scent of flowers too, the fragrance is light and lifts the room nicely. I find that after a while you don't really notice this scent but then if you leave the room and return you can smell it again but of course this is just because your sense of smell gets used to it. I really like this one and will buy it again as it is light enough not to be over powering but string enough to hide the smells of dogs, cats and children which is always in my house and is good enough to mask kitchen smells too. I think all the tarts are fantastic value but this is the first sampler I had tried but yet again this too is fantastic value, it costs about double a tart but lasts nearly double the time with the added bonus of not needing a burner and tea light, well recommended.
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 has a big fan following here on Dooyoo, and I am a relatively new recruit to the Yankee Candle fan club. I purchased a sampler set of votive candles in all sorts of different fragrances to get a good overview of the brand, and the one I've tried most recently is the Vanilla Satin candle.
Product description: "Sophisticated. Classic. A smooth blend of rich vanilla, romantic flowers and sensuous sandalwood."
The RRP for Yankee Candle sampler votives is around £1.75. I purchased my sampler set from yankeedoodle.co.uk, and the individual candles can also be found at many different high street retailers. 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 Satin is a simple, elegant looking picture of satin roses in pale creamy tones to match the candle. The candle itself is made of a pale cream coloured wax which fits in with the fragrance and theme of the candle.
I couldn't detect much of the fragrance while the candle was still in its wrapper, so I had imagined that it may be a little weaker than some of the other candles I have tried before that have a strong level of fragrance that manages to work its way through the packaging. Upon lighting the candle it took a short while for the wax to start melting and release the fragrance into the room. It is a sensual and slightly subtle fragrance that still provides a powerful effect when left to fill up a room. I adore food scented products and this candle has a different take on the vanilla theme. The fragrance is primarily a strong, creamy vanilla which has a rich, warm tone to it. The fragrance comes across as being more mature with musky undertones to balance out the sweetness of the vanilla. The description claims that the Vanilla Satin fragrance includes florals and sandalwood, although I could not pick out these scents individually, but they blend together beautifully to give a indulgent, inviting fragrance that is both sophisticated and relaxing.The candle gives off a good level of fragrance and I find that after around an hour or so of being lit it has scented the whole room.
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.
This is a lovely vanilla fragrance with effective undertones that give off a well rounded and developed scent. I would happily recommend this to other fans of vanilla scents, or even to people that find standard straight sweet vanilla scents too sickly, as this one has an edge that provides a more sophisticated, mature fragrance.
As well as purchasing my first tart burner with my first Amazon gift voucher I recieved recently, I also bought a 5 pack of various Yankee Candle tarts. One of those five tarts was the Vanilla Satin one. Even though I didn't get a say in which scents I recieved I was very pleased with this as I love vanilla smells and I would of likely chosen this myself at some point in the future.
The tarts are wrapped in transparant plastic which can easily be opened using your finger nails or snipping with a pair of scissors.
About the tart
The tart is cream in colour, it is made from wax and is round with ridged edges like all the tarts in the Yankee range. The Yankee Candle Co logo is also stamped into the tart.
The front label states the tart is from the Yankee Candle range, in the background it then has the image of creamy coloured roses. It then advises you that the tart is made from pure natural plant extracts.
The back label then gives you your usual warning symbols for what not to do with this product ie . keep out of reach of children ect.
The label also confirms the tart weight is 22g and total burning time is 8 hours.
How to use
You literally pop the tart on the top of your burner, light your candle and put underneith and it starts to melt within 5 minutes and you get the first wafts of scent from the tart. Within 20 minutes it is melted completly and the smell fills the room.
As well as melting a tart on its own, I have read you can mix tart scents to create more unique smells - you simply break off smaller bits of tart and melt together. More information on mixing and ideas can be found on the Yankee website.
You can smell Vanilla off this tart before the packaging is even opened and when the plastic is removed the smell is stronger. It doesnt smell artificial or overpowering it is very relaxing and calming.
This is the third tart I have tested and out of the three this is definetly the one that the smell lingers in the air the longest - I can still smell 5 hours after blowing out the candle! I had this melting in my living room and words cannot decribe how fitting and relaxing it has been in this room tonight! I would recommend this scent to everyone!
Price & Availability
You can buy this tart in Clintons outlets, Amazon or Yankee candle stockists. You can also buy different sized candles if you like a particular tart. The following are sizes, burn times and guide prices:
Wax Tarts - 8 hours - £1.20
Votives - 15 hours - £1.60
Small Jar - 40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - 60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - 150 hours - £18.45
Vanilla Satin Wax Tart
Vanilla forms the basis of a lot of fragrances that Yankee Candles produce and this variation, the Vanilla Satin is a brand new 2011 release that I picked up recently. I prefer the sweeter or fruity scents in Yankees range rather than anything too floral or flowery and being fond of 'ice cream' fragrances I knew that this one would be one that appealed to me. As ever the wax tart variant is the standard size and weight measuring around 2 inches in diameter and 22 grams and is a flat piece of fragrance infused wax with fluted edges. The idea behind wax tarts is that they are melted in a burner by a tea light which sits underneath and the fragrance and essential oils that are infused into the wax is released into the air surrounding the burner. Wax tarts generally have around 8 hours worth of fragrance infused into them but depending on which one you buy determines the amount of fragrance you are likely to get with some being a lot stronger than others.
The Vanilla Satin wax tart is cream in colour and is packaged in a cellophane wrapper and features an illustrative sticker. Once the packaging has been removed there is a noticeable, sweet aroma which is evident on the wax tart and even before I began to melt it I knew that this one was going to be one of the stronger fragrances that Yankee produce. Tea light lit and allowing a few minutes for the wax to begin to melt and my first impressions of this one were positive, the Vanilla is smooth and sweet in fragrance and filled the air around my burner in no time at all. Whilst Vanilla is an often used ingredient in Yankee's range some of the variants are mixed with other ingredients and therefore can be quite subtle, in Vanilla Satin it is the dominant fragrance which is definitely true to life and authentic in this format.
As far as longevity goes Vanilla Satin is one of the longer lasting fragrances I've had from Yankee in quite a while and I found that my wax tart withstood being melted quite a few times before it lost its aroma. I easily got around 10 hours worth of fragrance from mine and melted it for a 2-3 hours on a night time across the course of 5 days, when you consider that this only cost me £1.10 I think it represents fantastic value for money and this is one of the reasons why I'm such a fan of Yankee's products. Because I don't like generic air fresheners as I find them to be too cloying and dissipate too quickly I prefer to use scented candles and wax tarts to keep a pleasant aroma circulating around my home and this one certainly provided me with plenty of scent.
I do think that this is a fragrance which suits a bedroom or living room area, it's perfect for melting on a night time when you want to get settled down to some television and I found it to be quite a relaxing and reassuring scent. It's a very smooth fragrance whilst being sweet and sugary and reminded me of white chocolate at times and overall I found this to be one of the nicest wax tarts I've had from Yankee in quite some time. You know what you're going to get with Vanilla Satin, it's name is enough to give a good idea as to how its going to smell and unlike some of the more obscurely-named releases that Yankee have brought out recently this is a back-to-basics fragrance which definitely appealed to me and I would buy this one again in the future.
Vanilla Satin is a new release for this year so will be widely available from Yankee stockists both online and on the high street, I bought mine from a local garden centre where I paid £1.10 and looking online for the purpose of this review I noticed that both amazon and yankee.co.uk both have this in stock in all formats. I'd always recommend the wax tart format before buying anything too expensive as these are a great way to get an introduction to the scent on offer, at around a pound you're not spending too much to discover the fragrance on offer and should it be one that appeals then there are more expensive formats available to buy including Housewarmer glass-jarred candles which can retail for upto £18.00.
Overall then Vanilla Satin is a back to basics fragrance from Yankee and should appeal to anyone who likes the sweeter fragrances they produce. It's a light, reassuring fragrance that filled my home with delicious sweetness and I would definitely recommend this one to other people. Five stars from me, it's longevity was long and it's fragrance was lovely so I have no reasons to deduct any stars from my rating, thanks for reading my review.
==Yankee Candle Vanilla Satin Wax Tart==
Yet another Yankee Candle tart has been melted recently in my burner and of course I have put it to the test for you guys. This scent is one of the newest scents that I have comes across and it was first available in July of this year so I was really keen to snap it up and give it a try. Of course I have kept this well hidden from Himself who is continually moaning that I am now spending far too much money on them and the tarts are affecting his allergies! Phah!
==Price and Availability==
My local shop where I do most of my Yankee Candle purchases sell their tarts at a very competitive price of 90 pence each but the tarts have a RRP of £1.10p and as with most thing that prices do vary depending on where you buy them from.
This tart doesn't' seem to be stocked in a lot of places yet as it seems the other stores I look in on who stock the range don't keep getting the latest ones until they have sold a good deal of the ones they have. I am guessing this is the case but also because this has only just come on to the market it may take a good while to get in popular circulation. It can however be found fairy easily on line.
==Look and Design==
The tart has a really nice look to it and not only does it look classy but also very classic as the creamy colour of the tart drew me in first as I did feel in the mood for a softer and perhaps richer scent which I found myself thinking this would be purely because of the way it looked.
The picture on the front of the tart gives into this theory of mine as this shows a cluster of satin material roses which are the same creamy coffee type colour of the tart and have the classy and classic look I mentioned earlier. The whole look of the tart is really appealing to me although I am sure that to some it may not.
On taking a little sniff of the tart through the plastic cellophane wrapper I got an adequate amount of scent from the wax disc and this was enough to make my mind up that I would be buying it. The scent was very much what you would expect with regards to the vanilla fragrance which is given away in the name but the aroma was a little muskier than I fist thought it would be and it did seem to have a fair bit of depth too. I couldn't wait to try it and I didn't actually wait that long.
After getting home and taking off my coat the first thing I did was to cut a small amount of the wax disc off the tart and let the crumbled wax melt within my burner. This didn't take long as per usual and I did note that as soon as I had removed the tart from the cellophane I got the scent I had smelt whilst it was wrapped a lot stronger and I really liked it.
The scent of the tart was quick to fill the room and then on to float around the whole flat and I found the aroma strong enough to carry and to be very noticeable which is always a good thing. The vanilla scent is of course the main fragrance which is not too sickly sweet like a lot of other brands of vanilla scents I have tried but I also think that this is the sandalwood aromas working together with the vanilla to give it that depth and richness that takes the entirety of the sweetness from the vanilla.
The musky type of oils that are used in the making of this tart are really what seems to linger around the flat and this is quite a nice scent although perhaps not one of my favourite. It does smell strangely rich and luxurious and I quiet like it for a change.
==My Overall Opinion==
The scent is really quite nice and it must be said that the natural way the tart omits the fragrance from the wax is really nice and far better than using an air fresher (which I am actually using less and less). It has a few different layers to the fragrance and I like the mix of sweet vanilla and the musky tones of sandalwood. It doesn't have a whole mix of different scents but the ones that are used do work well together.
On the whole I don't think this is a scent that I will be rushing out to buy again just because of my own personal preferences. It is however a nice smell which is deep and strong and I can't complain about the strength or longevity of the tart itself. Because I have only used a small slither of the tart I will have plenty of it left to be able to mix it up with a lot of my other half used tarts and I will be doing this from time to time to so that I don't get bored with my favourite citrus filled tarts.
I think I will only mark the tart down by one star and give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I like it but I don't love it.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Vanilla Satin is a brand new fragrance from Yankee Candle, released on the 1st of July 2011 as part of the autumn collection. My boyfriend bought me this in the form of a wax tart, and I was really keen to try it out. The name Vanilla Satin really appealed to me, as I tend to like vanilla fragrances and I also felt that it sounded like quite a feminine fragrance.
For those who have not come across these before, I should explain that a wax tart is a disc of wax infused with fragrance. Rather than having a wick, you place this in a burner, light a tea light beneath and it releases the fragrance into the room. If that's not your thing, you can buy small sampler candles, or large jar candles.
The wax tart is a cream colour and the sticker on the front shows creamy coloured satin gathered into roses...all very girly! It actually looks quite weddingy (is that a word?), and reminds me of the sort of detailing you might see on a wedding or bridesmaid dress.
When in the cellophane I couldn't really smell the wax tart which led me to believe it would be quite a subtle fragrance. When I unwrapped it however, I found that it was actually quite intense. It has a beautiful creamy vanilla scent to it, and what smells to me like a soft floral undertone, yet at the same time smells like a very 'clean' scent. It actually smells a bit like an expensive perfume - and I remember thinking that it was possibly one of the most luxuriously scented Yankee Candles I had ever smelled.
When burning, the smell started to filter around the room very quickly. In fact I could quite clearly smell it before the entire tart had even melted. I've found in the past that some of the candles can smell different when burning to how they do when dry. This one was fairly similar to how it had been before melting, but I felt that it lost some of its 'perfume-y' fragrance and instead became more like a creamy vanilla. It reminded me a little of white chocolate actually. It was disappointing that it lost the perfume scent, as I felt that was what made it so luxurious in the first place.
I'd been melting this for about an hour, and been enjoying the fragrance when my boyfriend started pleading with me to blow the tea light out, saying that the fragrance was so intense it was making him feel sick. I've had that experience with some of the other Yankee scents (the lemon lavender tart and the vanilla cupcake), but to me this was a nice intensity of fragrance. I personally didn't think it was strong at all, especially not to a sickly level, but each to their own I guess. From then on I had to use it when the drama queen was out of the room!
The tarts are supposed to provide eight hours of fragrance, and I believe that is probably true. I didn't sit there with a stop watch, but I burned for a couple of hours a day over 4 days before the tart seemed to lose its fragrance.
The prices below show comparisons between the different prices/burn time of each Yankee format. All are approximate and prices, of course, depend on where you shop.
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45
To sum up, if you're a fan of the sweeter scented candles then I think this would be for you. If you like a deeper, spicier scent, then this will probably not be your thing. The vanilla is incredibly sweet, and quite feminine, but I did feel that it smelled slightly nicer before use than it did when burning. On the whole I think I would have to give this four stars out of five as it's a fragrance I have enjoyed using and one which I will be happy to use again in the future.
*Also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne