“ Manufacturer: Yankee Candle / Type: Home Fragrance „
This review is about the tart form of the Yankee Gingerbread scent - the difference between the tart and the tealight is that the tealight has a wick whereas the tart needs to be melted to release its scent - the smell of the tart is just the same as the tealight.
This tart is the same size, shape and weight (22g) as other Yankee tarts. The picture on the wrapper is of a christmassy gingerbread house, and the tart is a very strong ruby red in colour. Some of the Yankee tarts smell stronger than others through the wrapper - this one has a very strong scent and I would recommend keeping it away from anything you don't want to be tainted by it's strong smell, like food, other tarts / scented candles etc.
At first sniff, I didn't like what my nostrils were getting. It smelt like a burned curry - overly hot ginger and quite savoury. Once I'd overcome the urge to heat some chappatis and a naan bread, we lit the tart and waited. After about ten minutes, the warm wax started to release a scent that was different and far more appealing than burning curry - it becomes very sweet and cinnamon takes over the ginger. Phew, pass the Cobra beer please Mr Indian Restaraunt waiter. It's the scented wax equivalent of a main followed by a pudding.
It was fantastic to have melting away in the kitchen over christmas - it really complimented the smells of our christmas cooking and added to that festive feel. Funny how a smell can alter your mood - perhaps they should make television remotes that smell of dog poo to deter my kids going near it! As with other Yankee tarts, the 8hrs of fragrance time isn't true - ours was still making the kitchen smell like Mary Berry's apron for almost double this time.
This particular tart was given to us as part of an unwanted bundle from a friend. I've subsequently looked on Amazon, Yankee.co.uk and Ebay to find out how much this tart would cost. It isn't available on Amazon, the UK Yankee website doesn't stock them and it's classed on Ebay by a certain seller as "rare" (this scent of tart was being sold on Ebay by that seller for £1.04 plus 90p postage and packaging - although the colour of the tart on their photo is a gingerbread biscuit brown but the one I have is red) so I guess that this particular scent is no longer being made.
A quick check on the American Yankee website confirmed that this tart is only available through the US website, so I suppose in the UK it is actually rare. If you fancy getting this tart yourself, I'd suggest keeping an eye open for it on Ebay rather than buying it from the American website as it would get delivered to you a lot quicker in the post from a UK Ebay seller than it would if it was being sent from America, but it's up to you!
So, in summary, don't be put off by the meaty, savoury burning curry smell that the wax gives off prior to being melted - I promise you it becomes far more pleasant when melted in a tart burner. Five stars from me, thanks for reading.
*Please note that I am reviewing the votive candle which costs around £1.99 for a candle with an advertised burn time of around 15 hours instead of the tealight which is a smaller candle which has a burn time of only 4 to 6 hours, the only difference between the two candles is the size so it seemed silly adding a new category to the dooyoo database just to review an identical product in a different size.*
I'm a great fan of Yankee candles, I love scented candles in general and through experimenting with different brands have found that it is worth paying a little more for Yankee as the scents are so much nicer and stronger than other brands. The scents can be a bit hit and miss though and I've bought a couple of duds over the years. The christmas yankee candles caught my eye when they were lovingly displayed in the shop and after having a good sniff of the different scents I chose the gingerbread one.
The candle is a nice bright red christmassy colour so goes perfectly with my red candle holders, you do need some kind of holder for this candle, Yankee themselves sell lovely ones but any dish you have in the house will do. I can smell the gingerbread smell through the packaging and it made all the other shopping in my bag smell lovely too!
On opening the candle I was a bit disappointed, the candle seemed to have a very wierd oily film on it which had taken the sticker off the bottom of the packagaing and the smell was really strong. When I first lit the candle the smell was almost overpowering, it is really strange but maybe the essential oils have leaked to the surface making the smell uneven through the candle but it is something I have not noticed with other candles from the range.
The wick on the candle is good quality and a nice length so does not need trimming before use, the candle burns down nice and slowly giving a long burn time, I do not know if I will get the full 14 hours but I am happy I get a lot of burn time for my money. The smell is divine, a nice sweet and spicy christmassy smell, a bit like gingerbread baking in the oven. Yankee use real essential oils in their candles and you really can tell the quality of the smell apart from cheaper alternatives. Because the smell is so strong then even when not being burnt the candle gives off a nice background fragrance which gently scents your room.
If you are looking for a nice candle for a gift or to help your home smell more festive then this Yankee candle might be the one for you.
Yankee Candles Gingerbread Tealights
Description: Manufacturer: Yankee Candle / Type: Home Fragrance
You can buy Yankee Candles from a range of places but if you cannot find them locally, then you can also purchase online (see website for more details). A pack of 12 tealights is currently retailing for £5.99.
I love Yankee Candles and like to buy the huge ones in glass jars because they last for absolutely ages. If I am trying a new fragrance though, I always buy the tealights because they are cheaper and a fab way to test new scents and see which ones I prefer.
Yankee Candles are not cheap, but in my opinion, they are worth every penny. I have bought loads of types of scented candles and generally find that they don't smell nice for very long. Yankee Candles smell great right until the end, and you can smell the scent in the room for hours after the candle has been extinguished.
These tealights burn for around 5 hours or longer and the scent lasts right until they have finished. These have a spicy ginger scent, which isn't as sweet as I had expected. It smells more like fresh ginger than gingerbread in my opinion, so I was a little disappointed as I had expected it to be different.
These do still smell nice, and not at all sickly or overpowering, but I would have liked them to be a little sweeter. If I was given these as a gift, I would be pleased, but if I was buying them for myself, would probably select a different scent instead of these because there are so many which are nicer.
If you have never tried a Yankee Candle then you really should - yes they are expensive but they are such good value for money. They last much longer than some candles and the scent is there until the end. They are a lovely way to scent your room and make a great gift or stocking filler.
My personal favourite is Cranberry Chutnee but there are so many to choose from that you really do need to try them and find the one that you like best!
I brought a box of these Yankee Candles Gingerbread tealights, they were about £7.50 for 12 tealights and I brought them from Amazon.
They come in a nice Christmassy box like you can see above and the tealight is red and sits in a clear plastic holder, not a foil one like the cheap tealights you can buy in the shops.
As soon as you open the box a rich spicy smell comes out. I will tell you the truth, I'm not mad keen on the smell of these because they have got a bit of a bitter edge to them. I was expecting them to have a nice ginger smell but they haven't, I reckon there is a bit of a general gingerbread smell to the tealights but not much.
Each tealight burns for 4 - 6 hours, the 2 I've lit so far have both lasted for just under 6 hours so that's not bad. The flame is strong and as soon as I have lit a tealight the gingerbread smell (that isn't gingerbread! lol) comes into the room. I think the smell is strongest just after I've blown the candle out and it lingers in the air for ages.
Just because I don't like the smell that much I can't give it a lower star rating because that's a personal taste. I WILL knock a star off though for it not smelling much of either ginger or gingerbread because if this is the sort of fragrance you want then you're going to be disappointed.
Apart from that though I think the tealights are wicked. They last loads longer than the usual ones I buy in the pound shop and the flame is a lot stronger too, I've got another 2 boxes of different smelling Yankee Candles tealights and I think the smells are a lot more pleasant than these Gingerbread ones.