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As some of you already know I recently purchased a lot of wax tarts to go with my new burner and Vanilla Lime is one of the wax tarts I purchased. I have never smelt this scent before so I wasn't really sure what to expect from this one. The thing I like about wax tarts is that you don't have to fiddle about trying to light the wicks in the jar candles which can be hard when the wax has melted down a little. I also think that you tend to get more of a scent from the wax tarts as well. The Vanilla Lime wax tart has a creamy richness of vanilla with sweet cane sugar and a zesty lime twist. The wax tart, although round has a scalloped edge to it and is a light green colour. The wax tart is wrapped in clear plastic and on the top of the tart is a square picture and the name of the scent. The picture on this wax tart looks like a vanilla glass of milkshake or something and it has a lime wedge on the top. On the bottom of the wax tart there is a label which shows pictures how you should and shouldn't use the wax tart. As this is a Yankee product they suggest using the wax tart with a Yankee burner. I used some scissors to carefully snip the plastic wrapper off the wax tart. This can sometimes be a little messy so I always do this over a bin. The wax tart certainly has a zesty lime scent to it but I couldn't really smell the creamy vanilla much. Each wax tart has approximately 8hrs burning time.
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I purchased the wax tart from the Yankee Direct website (www.yankeedirect.com) for £1.20, although you can currently get 10 tarts for the price of 8. There are lots of other products available in this scent including:
* Large Jar - £19.49
* Medium Jar - £12.74 (Best Seller)
* Small Jar - £6.29
* Large Perfect Pillar Candle - £17.49
* Medium Perfect Pillar Candle - £13.99
* Small Perfect Pillar Candle - £7.46
* Reed Diffuser - £13.45
* Tea Lights (x12) - £5.06
* Room Spray - £5.49
* Electric Refill - £4.69
* Car Freshener Jar - £1.69
* Sampler Candle - £1.75
You can also purchase Yankee products from various other places on the internet and also from some shops and garden centres. Clinton Cards sell a large range of Yankee products as well.
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Using the Wax Tart
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I placed the whole wax tart into the burner and placed a tea light at the bottom of the burner. You can break the wax tart in half if you don't want to use all of it and you can also mix it with another tart to create your own scents. I found that this wax tart took slightly longer to realise any kind of scent that some of the other wax tarts. Although the wax tart started melting quite quickly, I found that no actual scent was released until at least 3 quarters of the wax tart had melted. The scent from the wax tart was obvious as it started to release a zesty lime scent. I have to admit that scents such as lemon or lime are no my favourite scents so I wasn't sure whether I was actually going to like this scent or not. Within approximately 10mins the scent from the wax tart was now obvious. The most obvious scent was the lime which smelt zesty and fruity but I also got hints of creamy vanilla amongst the lime which smelt really nice. I wasn't sure these two scents would go together very well but I was actually impressed at how nice the scent was. I did find that with this tart the scent isn't too strong and overpowering, it's just right. The scent from the wax tart did fill my room and you could smell a lovely zesty lime smell when entering the room. I found the scent refreshing and I actually ended up liking it a lot more than what I thought I would. I did have the tea light underneath lit for a good few hours so I did get a really good scent from the wax tart. When blowing the tea light out I found that the creamy vanilla scent lingers in the air a little with a very slight hint of the zesty lime.
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Although I wasn't too sure about this wax tart as I am not a fan of zesty scents such as lemon or lime I actually liked this wax tart. I like that the zesty lime fragrance isn't too strong, but you can still smell the creamy scent from the vanilla. These scents went really well together creating a fresh and delicious scent that reminded me of lime pie or something similar. The scent isn't as strong as some of the Yankee scents but it's not overpowering either which is good. I think the scent from this wax tart is just about right. Despite the scent not being as strong it still filled my room with a fresh, pleasant fragrance. This is obviously one of the older and more popular scents form the Yankee range as they do a lot of products with this particular scent. I found that with this wax tart it took slightly longer to melt before I was able to smell the fragrance from it. In terms of value I think the wax tart is good value. I would purchase this scent again as it's fresh, fruity but also slightly creamy as well. I probably wouldn't purchase the jar candles or other products in this scent but I would purchase the wax tart again. I would definitely recommend this scent to others, especially if you like zesty lime scents
(review will also appear on ciao)
I love Yankee candles, unfortunately my budget really doesn't allow me to buy them too often, but luckily friends and family know how much I love them, and I often get couple as birthday and christmas gifts - as was the case on my birthday this year, when my dad gave me a set of three small jar candles, one of which was this Vanilla Lime scent.
These small glass jar candles currently cost £6.29 each on the Clintons website, though I can't currently see this scent on there, perhaps it is seasonal.This small jar has a burn time of 25-40 hours.
The glass jar itself is attractive, made from thick clear glass, with a lid that seals up tightly, but is still easy to remove, and which has the Yankee Candle logo in raised letters over the top. The small label on the front tells me that the flavour is Vanilla Lime, containing pure, natural fruit extracts.The label peels off easily if you wanted to remove it, but I think it looks nice on the jar with it's smart gold border being very classy. The bottom of the jar bears another label covered in various symbols, most of which mean nothing to me as my eyesight is awful and the symbols are pretty small. The ones I can make out appear to be common sense warnings, such as not leaving candles burning unattended, or lighting them near curtains.
You can see the candle through the jar, and it's a lovely fresh green colour, very much like one of those chocolate lime sweets you can get. The small of the unlit candle is almost entirely a fresh lime fragrance, I can't really pick out the vanilla at all, at least until I light the candle (taking care to put it on a candle plate). It takes around 5 minutes for the candle to spread scent all around the room, and within 10 minutes the scent is all over the house. The vanilla notes really come out when the candle is lit - a comforting soothing sort of smell, prevented from being too sweet with the tangy lime notes cutting through. It's a very fresh 'lively' sort of scent, and I always find that citrus based scents make me feel more energetic.
The candle burns cleanly - there is no smoking, sputtering, or crackling, and the flame is a nice bright orange. I'm really pleased with Yankee candles as (unlike cheaper scented varieties) they don't smoke up the inside of the jar, and they have a nicely placed wick which helps them burn down at a gentle even pace. I also don't find that only the centre burns down, leaving a hollowed out candle - though this is perhaps because I do usually use the small jars, so the heat spreads through the jar fairly evenly.
I only tend to burn my candle for 10-15 minutes at a time - by that time it's scented the whole house, and the scent lingers for a good few hours, keeping my home fresh and fragrant. I still have around half my candle left, and I know I've already had a good 15 hours of burn time from it, so I fully expect that by the time it finally dies, I'll have gotten at least a good 25-30 hours, which is excellent value.
Overall, I really like this candle - a fresh tangy lime scent, with the addition of sweet and warming vanilla - absolutely lovely! 5 stars!
=Yankee Vanilla Lime=
I love Yankee candles and I always buy the wax tarts, as I think they are great value for money, it is a bit of a sad confession but I have an address book with all the names of the fragrances that I have used and a note as to whether they are a yes or no.
=Price and Availability=
I pay around £1 to £1.50 for my wax tarts, and they are available from most retailers, so in theory you are never far away from a stockist.
Although I am melting the wax, I like the colour of this as it is a pale green colour.
The tart is a disc shape and has a fluted edge, it is wrapped in a clear shrink wrap, with stickers on the front that tell us it is a Yankee candle and the fragrance, Vanilla Lime a picture of a thick drink with slices of lime and mint leaves on top. On the reverse the sticker has the burning instructions and contact details.
As soon as the wax starts to melt, the aroma hits the air, it's beautiful, it is a sweet fragrance, not too strong, but has a citrus kick back to it, as though it is bringing the level of sweetness down.
I usually break my tart in half to get double the benefit, and on average burn it for a couple of hours in the evening, so it is chill out time.
=Time of year=
I find that some scents are seasonal smell, and for me I would say this is a Spring summer time, as its fruity, uplifting, and reminds me of a fresh start of the seasons.
I find that I get 8 hours of burning time from the tart, plus after I have blown the tart out I can smell the aroma for a couple of hours afterwards, although this is milder than when burning, this is a long lasting scent.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this fragrance, its zesty, citrus, and a good mix of flavours, although.
I find the Vanilla to be lacking in coming forward, but that is the only little niggle and not enough to knock a star off so a perfect 5/5
I feel like a bit of a latecomer to Yankee Candles, only starting to purchase them in late 2011 after reading many wonderful reviews about this brand. Since then, I have got myself quite a collection of the sampler candles and I have been experimenting to see where my preferences lie.
I tend to prefer the scents that give out a lot of fragrance, and the more herbal cooking type smells usually suit me best, rather than anything too heavily floral or sweet.
Purchasing this was rather impulsive for me. I was browsing birthday cards in WH Smiths, and there was an end of aisle display with a few types of these samplers. I picked up two, one being this vanilla lime one. Previously I have purchased online and chosen because of the name so it was novel basing my choice on my senses. The colour grabbed me first. I have purchased green candles before, but they have been a dark less appealing green. This is a very pale green, of which I can't think of anything I can compare it too, a little minty looking, not as dark as a lime skin, but perhaps more like the inner part of it.
The smell was apparent through the clear plastic that was presvering my candle, and there was a lovely picture of a thick drink with slices of lime and mint leaves on top of it. It just reminded me of summer days, drinking cool drinks in the garden, and relaxing.
On lighting the candle, I found that it was very quick to release its scent. Even if I am doing something else like cooking, the scent is strong enough to fill the downstairs of my house with the scent, and this happens really quickly. I really like this feature as I always feel you have best value when a short burn time scents the home for a long time. I find that I can burn this candle for about an hour before the scent becomes a bit too sweet and overpowering for me. Once the flame is extinguished, I find the scent from this one is detectable for a few hours after use before it starts fading away.
The scent is quite a bit sweeter than I thought although most of the vanilla ones I have tried are so I don't know why I didn't expect it. Although citrussy, it is an artificial rather than natural scent, and to me it was a bit like smelling a glass of fizzy pop or sweets rather than actual lime juice. My children and husband thought it smelled of lemon rather than lime.
While this is not on my list of favourite yankee scents, I do find it rather nice and would happily buy it again. This sampler candle cost me £1.80 ish, and I think that it is very good value for the delightful scent that is released from it. I feel this one is perhaps more suited to late spring/summer burning. Autumn/Winter for me is a time to start bringing out some of the more Christmas themed candles.
The advantage of buying this format for me is that you can get a good length trial of each scent without spending too much money, and I prefer burning candles rather than tarts that you can buy from this range. I find that it is easy to light candles from this brand, the candles burn evenly in a holder, and when I extinguish them, the wax solidifies again quickly and is ready to put away safely till the next time I use it. I am happy to buy from this brand as I know the quality is always excellent, and although some scents are not for me, there have been none that have been awful, and I get a pleasant smelling home and relaxing atmosphere.
I love Yankee Candles, and around christmas I ALWAYS splash out on one of the big jar versions that retail for around £17 - and I am never disappointed. However, last christmas I got a multipack of lots of different festive fragrances in this small tester size, and I have to say I was very disapointed. Not with the selection of fragrances, as they all smelled lovely - until you lit the candle. I found with all the tester sized ones - this one in particular - there was just no scent when it was lit. For those of you who dont know, Yankee candles usually fill up your entire room with a lovely scent whilst they are burning, but I found that these smaller versions do not.
So, for anyone who hasnt heard of the Yankee Candle or doesnt know anything about them, I will provide a little bit of information...Around in some form or another since 1969, the Yankee Candle has become the most recognised and best loved name in candle production business. Their website has quite a sweet story about how Yankee Candle was created:
'Christmas 1969. Seventeen-year-old Mike Kittredge, too broke to buy his mother a present, melted some crayons to make her a candle. A neighbor saw it and convinced Mike to sell the candle to her. With that small stake, he bought enough wax to make two candles - one for his mom, and another to sell. That was the birth of Yankee Candle.'
Vanilla is one of my all time favourite fragrances, I absolutely love the scent of it and have so many vanilla scented or flavoured things. I also love limes and lime juice - I thought the two paired together sounded a bit strange, but it is actually a really good combination! The sweet scent of vanilla mixes well with the zesty and citrius-sy scent of the lime. This size candle comes shrink wrapped but you can really smell it through the plastic so I was really looking forward to lighting it and filling my living room with the sweet refreshing scent!
Unfortunately, I found with this size candle (no matter which scent I lit) it just didnt have the same effect as the larger sized ones that come in a glass jar. The smell didnt fill my room and I could barely smell anything to be honest, although it did burn for a long time considering its size. This was a massive disappointment, especially since the box set of the tester sized ones was probably quite expensive. But atleast I know now not to buy the cheaper smaller ones in the future.
So I think Yankee Candles are amazing and their scents are incredible, and the bigger more expensive ones are definitely worth their money. However I recommend you avoid the temptation to buy these smaller tester sized ones, as you will be disappointed and possibly put off buying Yankee Candles in the future!
A waxy swag bag
My decision to buy a whole load of Yankee Candles just before Christmas was 100% the fault of this very website! I am always reading reviews of this brand of candles on here and after many, many months of interest I decided to take the plunge and make a purchase! As well as various festive scented candles, I also decided to buy a few other items that caught my eye.
A bit of Yankee background
For those of you who aren't very familiar with the brand I will try and give some details...
Yankee Candles was born in the US in 1969 when the company's founder, Michael Kittredge, then 16, realised he didn't have a Christmas present for his mother, so he hastily made her a candle from melted crayons - which he then sold to a neighbour who admired his handiwork! And from here the company grew and grew. Why do things like this not happen to me!?
What makes the products special is that the candles have all different scents, from fruity to floral and everything in-between!
The first time I investigated Yankee candles, I was quite surprised at how expensive some of the products are. There are three size of candle jars and the smallest of these (105g) is around the £8 mark. Prices for large jars go up to around the £20 mark! Now however nice these candles may be, this is a bit on the pricey side for me.
However I soon realised there are other options available, and below I have listed some of the prices of products available.
*** All prices I have listed here are from the website www.yankeedoodle.co.uk which is where I bought my stash, and seems to have the cheapest Yankee candles I have seen online. ***
* 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 opted to buy a range of tarts and samplers, and my first review will be for the Vanilla Lime sampler.
Vanilla and lime - perfect!
I bought this one as I love vanilla scented things, as well as anything fruity - so this could have been made for me! The website says the scent is smooth and refreshing, [combining] the creamy richness of vanilla with sweet cane sugar and a zesty lime twist.
As with all the Yankee samplers it comes shrink-wrapped in plastic, and you can smell the scent through the wrapping. The samplers are quite a small size and have a cylindrical shape - I would say this measures a few inches high and an inch or so wide. This particular sampler is a slightly murky shade of green - not as bright as you may expect from something containing lime but I guess it's quite a natural shade of green.
I was really pleased with the smell of this straight away. Instantly you can smell the vanilla, but it's a nice, mellow vanilla rather than being overly sweet or sickly. And the lime zing is there too - again not at all overpowering, but you can certainly tell that the vanilla scent is complemented by a little citrussy something! Overall its a great scent and is right up my street!
Burn baby burn
It is best to burn samplers in special glass holders which can also be bought on the website I mentioned before. However it may be that you have another glass candle or tealight holder that will do the job - I actually did buy a few of the sample holders online but in all honesty I could have done without them!
You then just light this as normal and away we go!
So, so far so good. But.... as I type, I have had this candle lit for about five hours, and I have just left the room and come back in and I can't smell anything AT ALL! I have got the occasional whiff over the past few hours but generally I can't honestly smell a thing.
I should mention that I have this lit in quite a large through lounge/dining room and people have been coming in and out for the past few hours, so the door has been opened and closed a lot. However, I would expect to be able to smell something and naturally I am really disappointed.
A major disappointment
Overall I can't really recommend this product as it doesn't really work for me at all. However I love the scent (when I can smell it, that is) so I may actually buy the wax tart and give that a go in the hope that it delivers better than the sampler!
Despite my negative experience with this sampler, it strangely hasn't put me off Yankee candles. Which is a good thing of course, as I have a load of other candles to try out! But I am definitely going to reserve judgement until I try the others out as I am hoping this one is a bit of a dud but the others live up to my expectations! So watch this space for more reviews!