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I always buy my Yankee wax tarts in bulk, which not only saves me money but also gives me a chance to try out new tarts and get out of my comfort zone of fruity options!
Yankee is famous for its fragranced candles, and you will find lots of reviews on this very site! The candles come in a range of formats from tealights to votives and jars, but the ones I like are the wax tarts. These are individually wrapped discs of scented wax that you pop into an oil or tart burner. When you light a tealight underneath, the wax melts, releasing a unique and sometimes lovely fragrance!
Smelling this through the wrapper it instantly reminded me of men's aftershave - and certainly totally different to any other wax tarts I've tried. It was only after lighting this that I actually looked up the description of the tart.
The scent is described as a "unique blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne. This energizing masculine fragrance creates a stylish interior perfect for relaxing or entertaining."
So I was right with the aftershave! And although this tart takes a while to get going, this is definitely the prominent fragrance for me. But it is quite a light fragrance and isn't as heavy as you may expect from the description - and in fact my husband said it reminded him of clean laundry! Although I didn't necessarily agree on this, it does have a clean and fresh edge to it despite the aftershave qualities. Also I am familiar with the smell of both patchouli and sage and I have to say I can detect neither of these smells in this tart.
Manly but not very strong
One important thing I must say about this tart is the smell isn't as strong as with others, and while some tarts fill many rooms with their scent, this doesn't and I find the scent to be confined to my living room where I light the tart burner. The smell also doesn't linger for very long after I have blown out the tealight either - whereas a tart I used recently still kept its fragrance hours and hours after extinguishing the tealight.
I don't mind the scent of this tart but it doesn't blow me away either. While the cologne element is pleasant enough, it isn't necessarily a fragrance I want to smell in my living room while eating my dinner or chilling out with a book in the evening! However it may appeal to those who don't really like feminine scents so much. But it isn't one I'd buy again.
I've seen and smelled a fair share of Yankee Candles gracing my home over the years. I mean its nice coming home to a house smelling of roses or cupcakes and the like, but its all a bit "girly" isn't it? I know, I know, candles are girly anyway but there are a fair few gentleman out there who like them as well...
Cue "Midsummer's Night". Yankee Candle have developed a fragrance that is really well suited for us guys (I'm sure women will enjoy it too). The candle looks moody and has a very attractive deep blue/purple wax. The smell is out of this world, a really calming musky scent that doesn't overpower.
It must have taken me a matter of weeks before I burned out a large jar, I just couldn't get enough. It is perfect for late evening burning and many a night I've fired it up whilst watching a movie on the sofa.
If you're a guy who likes scented candles (its ok to admit it) then grab one of these! It's the kind of candle James Bond would have.
For my birthday I was lucky enough to be given a gift set of Yankee Candle wax tarts that a friend had complied for me, filled with some of my favorites, and some that I had never tried before. I was excited to try all of the scents that I had never tried before, and to see how they compared to my favorites.
I had seen this scent for sale in a variety of shops but I had always shied away from it as the dark black color is so different from all of the other candles. Upon smelling the tart, the distinct masculine fragrance was immediately noticeable. My first thought was that it smells very similar to the Lynx body sprays. Although it is not unpleasant, it was not what I was expecting.
I removed the wax tart from the packaging and placed in on the top of the wax burner. I lit a regular unscented tea light underneath and settled down to watch a DVD. After around 10 minutes, I began to smell the fragrance of the wax tart. It was not as obvious as it had been in the packaging, and had an obvious masculine scent that was not at all unpleasant.
The wax tart is a deep blue/black and stands out in contrast to all other Yankee Candles. There is no mistaking this one. Whilst it certainly catches your eye amid all of the other brightly colored candles, it is also a stand out fragrance. My wax burner is clear so the wax can be seen whilst I am using it, and it did catch my eye a few times, but it was not off putting enough to stop me from using it again.
The wax tarts, as well as being very affordable, also have the added ability to be mixed with other wax tarts to create fragrances that cannot be bought in stores. I have not tried to mix this one with any yet, but I think that it could work great with one of the 'fresh' scents like clean cotton. The small size of them also means that they can be easily stored. The jars look great on display, but the wax tarts do not look as good.
I was able to get around 8 hours of fragrance from this wax tart, which is the time stated on the packaging, so I am pleased with that. The fragrance lingered a little too, which was very pleasant as I moved in and out of the room.
The Yankee Candle price range is from £1.20 to £19.99, and the wax tarts are the cheapest. There are many retailers however, that do special offers on certain fragrances where you can get 25% off the 'fragrance of the month' and they change each month. Many websites have this or a similar offer, and I know that on the high street, Clintons also has this offer. It is great to stock up when you see that your favorite scent is 25% off as it really does make them super affordable.
Overall I am really impressed with this fragrance. It was a big change from the fruity scents that I usually burn and made a nice change. I think that this scent would most appeal to people who are not a fan of floral candles and who want a change from the usual fruity ones that they usually burn. It would also be great to introduce a man to Yankee Candles as many men think of bright colors and flowery scents when they think of candles, so this one might win them round.
When I first started working in a shop which sold Yankee Candles I sniffed my way along the shelves to get acquainted with all the different fragrances they sold. The one that immediately stood out to me, and that I've been buying ever since, was the Midsummer's Night fragrance. Not only does it stand out on the shelf, generally being a much darker colour than any of the other fragrances, but as soon as I lifted the lid on the jar candle it immediately made me think of my dad.
Yankee Candles are available from many different outlets nowadays; independent retailers, garden centres, card shops, online shops and QVC to name a few. They come in a wide range of formats from small sampler sized votives, through the tarts and onto the jar candles. Yankee certainly seem to have thought of all the demographics of their target market and cater to all tastes and budgets. The sampler candles and tarts are an ideal way of experimenting with a fragrance first to see if you like it when it's actually burning as the prices of these range from £1.75-£2.00 each for the samplers and £1.25 upwards for the tarts depending on where you buy them. The large jars however, come with an RRP of £18.99 and a burn time of 110-150 hours, which is quite an investment of both money and time if you end up not really liking it!
I tend to burn either the tarts or the large jars as I find these give the best value for my money and a large jar when burnt for 2 or 3 hours every day will still last for two months. As I alternte with tarts I tend to get around 4 or 5 months out of each large jar so I think that makes them well worth the money.
One large jar that I ALWAYS have in my home is the Midsummer's Night fragrance. It sounds stupid but I get put off a lot of the fragrances in the jar format because of their colour as not very many of them would blend in with my living room colour scheme. This doesn't matter so much with the tarts as you can't really see them when they're melting in the dish of a burner, but the jar candles also double up as an almost ornament, so I do like them to compliment my decor! The Midsummer's Night is very dark - I've never been able to decide if it's a very dark navy blue or black, but when comparing it with their black Halloween candle I've come to the conclusion that it's a very very dark blue! - so I find it to be quite a neutral colour like white or cream which, whilst it might not match my colours, doesn't stand out too much either.
If you ask nicely at a Yankee Candle outlet they may give you a Burning Tips leaflet which will help you get the most out of your candle. These include trimming the wick to 0.5cm before each time you light it, don't stand your candle in drafts and burning it for a minimum of three to four hours on the first time of lighting. The reason behind this is that if you only burn it for a short time the first time you light it (mostly applicable to the large and medium jar candles or any other candle with a large surface of wax) there is a risk that it will end up just tunnelling down the middle. So as bizarre as it may sound, burning it for longer on the first use will ensure you get a much longer overall burn time from it.
One of the things I like about the jar candles is that when you burn them properly, they do use all the wax inside the jar and don't leave any clinging to the edges. For safety's sake you're recommended to stop burning it when only a centimetre of wax remains, but apart from that disc in the very bottom of the jar there is very little wastage in these candles. Personally, I don't even let that disc go to waste, I dig it out and use what's left in my tart burner usually!
The Midsummer's Night fragrance appealed to me personally because, as I said, it reminds me of my dad. It has a very masculine smell to it, and between that and the colour I can only deduce that it was designed to try and get more men buying their candles! The mains scents contained in this fragrance are musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany which, when combined, create an almost aftershave-y smell. As part of the fresh fragrance family it fits in perfectly as it is a really clean, fresh and uplifting fragrance and it really does smell just like a clean, freshly showered man!
On lighting the candle (after trimming the wick of course!) it takes around ten minutes for me to be able to detect the fragrance coming through but once it does I find this one to be very strong without being overpowering and it really freshens up my living room. If I leave the door to the hallway open the fragrance also makes it's way upstairs too and whilst it's not as strong up there as down nearer to the candle it is still enough to make me have a good inhale of it every time I walk upstairs! I tend to leave the candle lit for 2 or 3 hours on an evening, mainly for the effect of the flame in the jar, but also to give it a good enough length of time to really fragrance the downstairs of my house. Even after the flame has been extinguised the scent lingers for a long time and when I go downstairs the next morning I can still smell it faintly.
One day when I was working in the shop a woman came in with her little daughter and when the girl smelt the Midsummer's Night she said "that smells just like daddy"! So it's not just me that thinks that! Overall I would highly recommend this fragrance from Yankee Candle, especially if you like their fresh family and more especially if you like the smell of a clean man! It smells really fresh and clean and I haven't had a single visitor to my home yet that hasn't liked it. Whilst I personally absolutely love this one and would probably declare it to be my favourite of their fragrances (especially since they discontinued my other two favourites -insert sad face here), I think it is quite a neutral fragrance that would appeal to most people.
I am not obsessed with Yankee candles like the majority of people seem to be but I do have a few. As I am a smoker I do like to have some scented candles around to try and take away the smell of smoke from the house as it can cling to curtains, furniture etc. I find that if I burn a candle when I am smoking it does help to neutralise the smoke and the fragrance from the candle also helps to keep the house smelling fresh and stop my house smelling like an opium den.
Midsummer Night is a candle that I bought on a whim when I was shopping in town because I liked the smell and the colour of the candle also appealed to me. The candle is a black colour and looks a lot more masculine than some of the other Yankee candles. The fragrance is also one of the more masculine ones in the range and isn't fruity or too flowery smelling.
I'm not really sure what midsummer smells like but to be honest I doubt that it smells like this. The candle doesn't smell summery to me at all and it contains musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany. These combine to give the candle a somewhat masculine aftershave smell to it. For me this is something that I like but I doubt very much it would appeal to everyone. It is very musky with a slight sweetness to it which does take away from the strong muskiness.
The strength of the candle is also really good and it completely fills a room with its fragrance. There is nothing insipid about it and when it is burning you can definitely tell. For me this is exactly what I wanted and it does the job of both disguising the smell of smoke and also helping to neutralise it and after this has been burning it is the dominant smell in my living room and I find it difficult to even smell the smoke afterwards.
I bought this as a housewarmer jar and it cost me £15.99. I do find that this is expensive for a candle but it is really good quality and it burns for absolutely ages. Yankee say that the jar should burn for approximately 90 hours and although I didn't count it I know it lasted me for weeks. As it was strong and fragrant I also didn't need to burn the candle for hours at a time and half an hour or so at a time was more than enough for it to permeate the room and leave it scented and fragranced.
I would definitely recommend this candle to people who are wanting something that is going to fragrance their rooms but not leave them smelling of fruit, food or ladies perfume. It is a good candle for men as it doesn't leave the house smelling feminine and of perfume and instead just leaves behind a strong masculine scent which is really nice and one that I actually like to smell.
WHAT IS IT?
A wax tart from Yankee Candle called Midsummers Night. It is black in colour and has a masculine fragrance.
Midsummers Night has got a smell that is like aftershave, it is musky and woody and smells more like perfume that a home fragrance. It is very strong and lingers in my home, the smell makes my baby daughter sneeze but my husband likes it because it is not at all feminine like the other Yankee Candle tarts I use.
WHAT I THINK
I think this is a very good wax tart because it has a very strong smell that fills my home completely. It definitely smells of aftershave and I can imagine a man wearing something like this when he goes out on a special occasion because it's a fresh and highly scented fragrance. When the tealight goes out the smell is around for hours and it takes a long time for it to fade.
It's not my favourite fragrance from Yankee Candle but that is only because I like the fruity and flowery fragrances better and think this is too masculine for my tastes. I burn it in the evening when my husband comes home because he appreciates it more than I do.
Midsummers Night is a good wax tart for mixing with other fragrances because it adds a real perfume fragrance and that makes them all smell more grown up. I only use a quarter of a Midsummers Night tart and melt it with a whole tart of something else, it works best with flowery tarts and stops smelling of aftershave then and smells of ladies perfume instead.
This fragrance would not be to everyone's liking because of it being so very masculine but if you like it then it is a good one to buy because of the strength and how well it fragrances my home.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I'm a huge fan of Yankee Candles, they are by far the best scented candles on the market. The scents are always true to their descriptions and not at all chemically. If it says it's lemon by god it will smell of fresh real lemons. The scent goes through the whole candle too unlike some cheap scented candles so you will smell the same strong scent right up until the very end. You just can't beat Yankee Candles.
Midsummer's Night is one of my favorite scents and I keep buying it again and again. I've had this one in both the large 22oz full size jar and the small wax tarts. I buy my Yankee candles online because not many places where I live sell it and the few that do have a very limited range. Online for the full size 22oz jar I paid £17 and for the wax tart I paid 99p per tart. That's the usual price for Yankee in my experience but you can get some fantastic offers and mega packs at www.yankeedoodle.co.uk.
Midsummer's Night is described by Yankee as having an intoxicating and provocative fragrance with a masculine blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne to create an lush and inviting atmosphere. This sums up the fragrance that this candle produces perfectly. It smells exactly like aftershave which I love! It's one of their stronger fragrances and when lit the house is filled with the lovely aftershave scent. I like to put mine on in the evening with the lights off and a few candles going. It's quite a nigh time romantic heady scent. If you like men's aftershave you'll love this.
If you buy the tart you'll need a tart burner to burn this because they have no wick. The tarts are placed in the top of the tart burner and a tea light is lit underneath which then heats the tart and melts it into a pool of highly scented liquid. I usually get about 3 burns from a tart before it loses it's fragrance. I pop the tea light on and leave the tart on until the tea light burns out which is usually about an hour and a half. The scent still lingers in the air for hours afterwards as well. Once the tea light burns out the liquid cools down and solidifies. After 3 burns you'll notice the scent fades so it's time to switch it for a fresh tart. To get the wax out there's not need to chip away at it or anything. Just let the wax harden then pop the whole burner into the freezer for about 20 minutes and when you take it out the wax just slides out in one solid piece.
If you go for a jar candle trim the wick with a pair of scissors before each burn. This helps the candle burn longer and more evenly. Unlike cheap jar candles that burn down the middle leaving loads of unused wax round the sides these burn evenly all round so there's no waste.
I do like my house to smell nice and as I have a dog I am more conscious of this fact that perhaps I would be if I didn't have a dog. As such when I read lots of positive reviews on yankee candle products I decided to buy a tart burner so I could sample lots of fragrances relatively inexpensively. One of the latest tarts I have tried is the midsummer's night fragrance.
A wax tart is basically a wickless piece of wax which is designed to be melted in a tart burner using the heat from a tea light candle. The tarts come in various colours and fragrances and so I think it is safe to say that there would be certainly at least one that would suit you. As a rule I do like the floral and fruity scents but there was something about the midsummer's night candle which drew me in I have to say. The tart comes wrapped in a clear plastic wrap which will no doubt require hacking at with scissors or a knife to get in to and on the front of this particular wax tarts packaging there is a sticker depicting a dark night with a large and prominent moon. The picture I think is what drew me in to this particular tart and I was looking forward to trying it out.
In terms of colour this is certainly the darkest tart I have used to date as it is a deep black. Before I placed it in to my tart burner I had a smell of it and it was a very strong fragrance indeed and one which I would liken to aftershave if I am honest really. The fragrance contains musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne and so I think it is quite a masculine smelling fragrance really. As the wax tart melted in the bowl the fragrance it released was very strong and as filled the house as it could be smelt both downstairs where the burner was and up the stairs as well. The fragrance was just as masculine when burning and did remind me very much of an aftershave but this was by no means a bad thing as it is a very pleasant scent and I did like how strong it smelled when burning as sometimes the scent can be barely noticeable.
I burned the wax tart for around twelve hours over the period of around a week and it was only towards the end of that period that the fragrance was less noticeable when it was burning and so I think this proved excellent really as you can usually expect around eight hours fragrance from a wax tart. When you consider that a wax tart costs around £1 to £1.20 I think this is good value really and this is a fragrance I would certainly purchase again despite being very different from the ones in which I would normally opt to purchase for myself.
You can buy wax tarts from many small gift shops and I am also aware you can buy them from Clintons cards or from online retailers and I have to say this is one which I would recommend. I do think it is a masculine fragrance and it is quite strong which potentially some people may find over bearing but I personally find it refreshing and pleasant.
Thank you for reading my review!
My review is about the Midsummer Night sampler candle not the wax tart as shown in the picture
I am a fan of the Yankee products and have tried a lot of the different fragrances in the form of the wax tarts, however I do not just buy the wax tarts from Yankee and often buy the small sampler candle, these like the wax tarts are reasonably cheap and a good way to try out new fragrances. One particular sampler candle I purchased recently was the Midsummer's Night sampler. I'm not really sure what drew me to this one, however I decided to give it a go and see if it was as good as the other Yankee fragrances I had tried.
The Midsummer's Night sampler comes tightly wrapped in a clear plastic allowing you to see the colour of the candle inside. There is a small label stuck on the front of the candle, this has the words "Yankee Candle" written at the top and the fragrance of the candle "Midsummer's Night" written at the bottom in a gold rectangle. The rest of the label is taken up with a picture designed to reflect the fragrance of the candle, in this case the picture is of a nights sky with the tops of the trees, stars and a large moon. The only other information on the packaging is a small label stuck on the bottom of the candle, to be honest I cannot remember what this had on it as this was thrown away a while ago. The packaging is very simple and basic but it does tell you what you need to know.
A Yankee Sampler candle is basically a small version of the larger Yankee Candles but without the fancy jars, the samplers are designed to allow you to try out the different fragrances without spending a fortune on the larger candles. The Midsummer's Night Yankee Sampler Candle is a very dark blue colour designed to reflect the nights sky, the samplers measure just a couple of inches high and around an inch across, the top of the candle is very slightly wider than the bottom. I had in my mind that the Yankee Midsummer's Night Candle was going to have quite a strong fragrance to it and when I first tried it I was right. I had read about this fragrance before I purchased it and it was described as a masculine fragrance, however this didn't put me off, but I think I have to agree the fragrance does definitely have a masculine smell to it.
The fragrance is actually a blend of Musk, Patchouli, Sage and Mahogany Cologne, when I read this I had no idea what Mahogany Cologne was so didn't really know what I was expecting with this particular fragrance, however when I first smelt the candle I was definitely able to detect the Musk, this was in my opinion definitely the dominant fragrance with the others blended in in the background.
I hadn't had this candle lit long before the fragrance had spread throughout the whole of my lounge, as the fragrance was strong I found that it spread throughout most of the house which I find often happens living in an open plan house. I cannot really make up my mind whether this is a summers fragrance or not, sometimes I think it does have quite a fresh summery smell to it and other times I feel the strong Musk fragrance is more suited to a cold night in, however despite this I do quite like this fragrance even though it is quite masculine, I could imagine this is the sort of fragrance a man would have if he was into that sort of thing.
Although the Yankee Midsummer Nights Sampler candle is quite small you do get around 15 hours of burn time with them. As the samplers come without a jar you do need a heatproof plate or jar to place it on. I found that the candle was quite slow in melting which in my opinion is ideal as it meant that you are not just left with a dark blue puddle of wax. I have used my Midsummer's Night Yankee Sampler several time, no where near 15 hours, however the candle despite being small is proving to be long lasting and I would say I am well on track for the 15 hours. There are no real warnings that come with this product other than the usual you receive with candles which includes never leave candles unattended especially around pets and children.
I purchased my Yankee Midsummer's Night from a local gift shop that sells a lot of Yankee products and it cost £1.00, I feel that this is excellent value for money, it allowed me to try a new fragrance with a candle that has a long burn time without spending a fortune. You can buy Yankee candles in a variety of gift shops as well as online, on the Yankee website this same candle is available for £1.60 which is quite a bit more expensive that what I paid, however I would still be prepared to pay this as it is still a reasonable price. I would definitely say that the Yankee sampler is well worth the money I paid for it.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Yankee Midsummer's Night Sampler candle, it has a lovely fragrance which despite being quite strong is still pleasant, this may not be a fragrance for everyone as it is quite a masculine smell, personally I like the strong musky fragrance this candle has and would definitely consider purchasing this in the future.
The sampler candles are very reasonably priced so it is worth trying, even if you do not like the fragrance you have not wasted a lot of money. I wouldn't say this particular candle had an overly summery fragrance as expected however I did like it and would use it again, the strong fragrance makes it an ideal room freshener, especially if for you example you have been cooking something with a rather strong smell, by lighting the Midsummer's Night candle the strong fragrance will soon mask the cooking smells in you room. This is certainly a sampler candle I would recommend trying from Yankee.
I am quite a fan of these wax tarts from Yankee Candles, as I believe they offer good value for money priced at between 99p - £1.20 each and I enjoy sampling the different scents from the large range available. They are the ideal way to sample a particular Yankee scent without paying a lot of money to do so. The larger glass jar candles may look pretty but they are expensive and if you paid out that money and discovered you didn't like the scent, then you'd be left thinking you had wasted your money. Therefore buying these wax tarts or votive candles are in my opinion the better option.
My daughter bought me this Midsummer's Night wax tart recently as part of my birthday presents from her. She knew it was one which I had yet to try and thought it would be one which would appeal to me. And she was right, as I liked everything about it upon receiving it... the black coloured wax, the masculine scent and the picture of a dark night sky and full moon on the label. To look at, it certainly ticked all the right boxes with me, but the real verdict can only come after you have used the waxt tart, as I have found that the strength of fragrance and longevity of these wax tarts varies from candle to candle.
Yankee state you can expect to achieve up to 8 hours of fragrance from a wax tart and I have found that often this is true and at times I have experienced over 8 hours which is a bonus. Sadly however, there have been one or two scented wax tarts I have been disappointed with and have found the scent wasn't very strong or it only lasted around 3 hours. I did think on sniffing my Midsummer's Night wax tart through its wrapping that this would be one which would last well, as it has a woody, masculine fragrance which reminds you of a man's aftershave and bearing in mind that so far my experience of these types of scented wax tarts have all been good, I had high hopes for this one.
Unfortunately, I am sorry to report that I am left feeling disappointed by Midsummer's Night. Its initial appeal quickly vanished when I came to use it.
I placed the tart in the well of my burner after unwrapping it and lit a tealight to place underneath. Now usually within four or five minutes you can begin to detect the scent from the tart as it begins to melt, but it was more or less double this time before I began to detect the fragrance being released.
I was then disappointed by the strength of the fragrance and its longevity. Whilst it is fair to say I could smell the scent in the room, it was considerably weaker than many of the other wax tarts I have sampled.
The fragrance didn't hang in the air after the tealight had burned out either, it just disappeared immediately.
I also found that I experienced only 3-4 hours of fragrance from this wax tart and then I could no longer smell any fragrance coming from it whatsoever. Very disappointing when you consider there are other wax tarts available such as Soft Blanket, Evening Air or Drift Away for example, which have exceeded the 8 hours burn time and have long-lasting fragrance which hangs in the air for ages after use and also fills your home with their scent.
Overall despite Midsummer's Night being very attractive to look at, it failed to live up to the standard I expect from Yankee. I wouldn't purchase this one again as there are far better scented wax tarts available.
I have been a huge fan of Yankee Candles for several years now ever since we used some of them to fragrance and light up the room at our wedding. After reading so many reviews on wax tarts by Yankee Candles I have been converted to using them. This review on the Midsummer's Night fragrance relates to my use of a wax tart version of this fragrance.
In case you're unaware Yankee Candles in a USA based company that has been making candles since 1969 when the company founder Mike Kittredge melted some crayons to make a candle for his mum and sold one to a neighbour. Over 40 years later they are one of the most-recognized names in the candle business with over 150 fragrances scents. The majority of these are manufactured by master chandlers (candle makers) in Massachusetts USA.
What is a tart?
If you don't know what Yankee Candle wax tarts are the easiest way I can describe them is they are in miniature form the same shape as a traditional edible tarts with a fluted edge. The tart is made of the same wax used in the all the Yankee Candle candles minus a wick. This tart measures approximately 6cm in diameter and 2cm in height and is a very dark blue almost black color. Yankee describe the scent as "An intoxicating and masculine blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne" The tart's packaging shows a full moon with the silhouette of trees making it look very eerie I think and in a lot of ways it gets me thinking about Halloween. This is one of the tarts I bought on line so I was pretty much seduced by the deep color and the promise of fairy magic of A Midsummer's night dream.
I tend to burn half a tart at a time as I find this produces enough waxy delights to give me enough fragrance to scent my living room. On un-wrapping the tart the first thing that I notice is the overwhelming scent of what I would call cheap aftershave. It reminds me a lot of some of the Gillette shaving gel scents. However as I was hoping for some notes of patchouli and sage I decided to burn this one and to see if the melting of the tart unlocked these fragrances.
After about 10 minutes of burning the tart in my tart burner the wax has completely melted. The scent of masculine cologne and aftershave started to become very strong and at first I noticed no notes at all of the patchouli or sage in the fragrance. However these deeper notes I found came later after about 30 minutes they were quite faint but still noticeable against the back drop of the aftershave smell. The scent whilst initially strong on the nose is not one of the scents that I have noticed to linger in the room much longer than 30minutes to and hour after burning and the scent does seem to evaporate into the wind. I was a little disappointed that the patchouli and sage were not strong in this mix as this was what attached me to the tart alongside the packing on the Internet. However these notes are just too faint to be smelt fully and do seem to be over powered I found by the aftershave smell. This wouldn't be a probably if I found the aftershave sexy and appealing but it isn't a scent I would want my husband to adopt to make him seem more attractive. In a lot of ways it just reminds me of the shaving process which isn't a sexy scent or image in my opinion. I have decided I am going to try to blend the reminder of this tart with a softer scent to see if I can get less of the mahogany cologne scent and more of the patchouli and sage which I do like.
This has been one of the few disappointing scents that I have had from Yankee candle I had hopes for the patchouli and sage to conjure up images of warm summer nights and the magic of Titania and Oberon but it wasn't too be. Instead I got a shaving gel scent more reminiscent of a barber's shop that fortunately on this occasion for me doesn't linger. Only 2 stars from me.
Available from many stockiest of Yankee candle products
A selection of formats and prices from www.yankee.co.uk
Medium jar £11.99
Small jar £5.99
Yankee Candle Midsummer Night wax Tart
Now that I am a Yankee candle convert I read all reviews with interest looking out for scents that I might like. I also look out for when people tip you off about deals and discounts as I do love a bargain. Someone had said that one of the card shops were doing a deal on a different scent each month and that would be half price so I had to go and investigate that deal. This particular tart was a full price purchase so I paid full whack of £1.10 as this was bought prior to discovering the deals around.
I am often tempted by the aroma at the Yankee candle displays and it is tricky to choose at times as the tarts are pretty well sealed up. Sometimes I am naughty and get the house jars candles of the same scent and give them a sniff in order to get an idea of the scent I am buying. This is naughty but not totally awful as I am not breaking any seals or anything. I think the name of this one was what attracted me to this scent. This lovely little tart was a really dark blue, almost black and had a really lovely moonlight picture on the front.
I have had a number of scented candles over the years and do like the wonderful scents that fill my rooms. In the Yankee range my daughter has bought me the votives when she has been up to visit and I have had a couple of the smaller jars as presents 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. They are called tarts as them look a bit like mini tarts with a fluted edge. They are not big and fit easily in your hand and probably weigh only 22grams.
Yankee Candles the company originated in the USA. But have quickly become a household name over here in the UK.. 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. According to some other people are these sites BN Stores also have a sale of Yankee products so it is worth looking around.
The sticker on the reverse has a small 'handle' or tab and if you pull that then this peels off allowing easier access to peeling off the shrink wrapped plastic from the tart. !. As I undid the little dark blue tart from the plastic I sniffed and could I could smell a quite strong sweet scent a bit like a man's aftershave. I am not sure what Midsummer Night does smell like but I wasn't expecting that.
It is strong, slightly masculine with a hint of fruitiness and once again I am not really that fussed on this one. I find the scent hard to describe it had a fruity and floral aroma which was quite strong but not that natural in my view. According to Yankeedoodle.co.uk
"Many have fallen under the spell of this mysteriously charming, provocatively masculine scent". I agree that it is slightly masculine but not sure why but 'provocative' I can't see at all
I popped half the tart onto one of my many little burners and slid a lighted tea light underneath and waited. The tart began to melt quite quickly as this time I had a burner with a smaller dish I had only put half of the tart in there. At each stage of course I had to take a photo.
As the tart melted the scent became stronger and in fact I was not that keen as I found it rather unnatural and a little over powering so I blew out the tea light. I think it has a rather overwhelming stale aftershave sort of aroma and while it is not unpleasant I am not sure I want that scent in the room I am actually sitting in. I read on the site that this scent is actually a combination of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne. Now I love patchouli and sage so it must be the mahogany cologne that I am not so keen on.
I now have used this in rooms where I am not sitting. Our bedroom during the day or the rooms we are not using before people come to view the house or before we have visitors as it does a great job of giving a pleasant aroma and making the room smell nice but I don't want to sit in the room where it is burning.
This is about my third tart experience and so far I am less impressed with this scent but I can't understand why as I really love patchouli and sage. It must just be the combination that doesn't madly appeal to me.
A little safety lecture now. 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 have been very pleased with the tart experience generally but would not rush to buy this particular scent again. I have now burned this one to its finish and found that it was much more pleasant to burn in a room we might be going in to later rather than the one we are sitting in at the time of burn.
I think I would be happy to use this in most rooms and I think I will be using it mainly in the rooms we do not use as a general air freshener rather than those we do use. This is not a scent I want to be sitting and enjoying the ambience of unfortunately
Thanks to all the wonderful reviewers on these sites for introducing me to these, I have a few hundred more to explore now. I think I have six in my little store cupboard at the present time so I will review these as I get to experience them. I have also been advised that you can of course mix your own combination of scents by using a bit from two or even three different tarts. So maybe ii will have to think of another scent that will make this one more attractive to me. If you have a very mild smelling one you could up its scent by using a scent to complement it and bring it out a bit more.
These tarts are one of many scented options that Yankee do and they also sell reed diffusers which I have tried several of and find them excellent. They also sell candles in old fashioned glass jars and votives, car freshners and many other products. This flavor is available in these options:
Wax Tart - lasts 8 hour duration costs 90p to £1-05 each.
Tea light scented candles which last about 4-6 hours per candle, you get 12 in a box for about £5-99
Votive candle lasts 15 hour duration costs £1-75 to £2
Small house warmer jar candle lasts about 25-40 hours costs about £7-99
Standard lidded glass tumbler lasts about 35-45 hours and costs about £8-99
Medium house warmer jar candle lasts about 60-75 hours and costs about £13-99
Medium 2 wick tumbler lasts about 45-50 hours and costs about £13-99
Large 2 wick tumbler last about 70-90 hours and costs about £17-50
Large house warmer jar candle which lasts about 100-150 hours and costs about £17-99
This is available in other formats as well so if you are realy interested in this scent then go onto the Yankee candle website and see the many different possibilities you can choose from
The prices do vary from store to store so it does pay to look around if you are lucky enough to have more than one shop that sells them or try on line. Personally I think the little tarts give you a great trial of the scent, if you really like it then you may choose to get a candle which last longer. The only thing I find is that once the candle has burned down a bit it doesn't really look as nice as the wax is up the edges and it just looks tatty. With these little tarts once they have done their job you just remove the wax from the burner. A tip I have learned from Nar on here to put them in the freezer then the wax pops out easily - so thanks Nar for that it is a really handy tip. Then you just throw the wax away. If you were really into crafty stuff you could melt them and make your own candles if you saved them up and bought some wicks from a craft shop. I might even give that a try and let you know how they work!
So thank you Yankee candles but this is a little too strangely scented for me and if left burning for too long I would get a headache I feel. This is one that is pleasant but not really one for me and I won't be rushing to burn this again nor will I be buying it again.
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I was given three of the wax tarts for this scent from Yankee Candles and you can also get it in a number of other forms as well such as candles and a spray. If you go with the wax tart then you will need a burner. They cost just over a £1 each and my friend reckoned that she did not like the smell from this tart. Having used two of them over the past ten days I must say I'm a little surprised as I have found it to be a pleasant and quite appealing combinations of "herby" floral and fruity tones that is very nice around the house, or at least in the living room where the tart has been. These tarts are black in colour with a moon detail on the packaging.
It is supposed to be a more masculine aroma although I'm not quite sure I agree with that, certainly it has a slightly harder smell to it probably because it contains sage and mahogany which I suppose lend themselves to more manly smells in after shave rather than perfume. For me there is still quite a feminine feel to the product, it is a nice enough smell, quite fresh and lively initially and when it settles down you do get quite a strong musk smell that comes through.
It is not an over powering smell and it lasts for about six to eight hours in total which is about average for a tart. I cannot say that this is a scent I will go back to however it is not all bad. It is just that there are better Yankee fragrances out there that I prefer. This one while pleasant enough lacks anything special and I will not be replacing it once I have burned the last of the three.
Yankee Candle specialise in various scented goodies for your home.
Midsummers Night is one of scents available from Yankee Candle. This scent is infused into various sized candle jars, tealights, a room spray and votive candle. The cheapest way to experience the scent, is through a wax tart. A wax tart is a little tart shaped piece of wax which has been infused with essential oils. It should be placed in an oil burner with a tealight underneath and as it melts, the scent will be released into the air. Each tart claims to offer 8 hours of scent.
Midsummers Night is different from many of the fruity/floral scents that Yankee offer. It is classed as a "masculine" scent thanks to a blend of sage, mahogany, patchouli and musk. The tart comes individually wrapped and can be split to use a small amount at any one time. The actual tart is a deep black colour and the packaging shows a large Moon image complimenting the fragrance name.
Wax tarts can be purchased online or in local stores. Amazon currently offer this one at £1.05 though you can pick it up in local stores for around £1.10.
Although I still had a few wax tarts in my special box, my sister recently treated me to 5 new ones in a local shop. There wasn't a massive choice compared to the online stores but I quickly snapped up a few that looked appealing. The Midsummers Night one sort of jumped out at me due to its dark colour so I chose this one. I had a quick sniff but couldn't really detect much through the packaging.
To be honest, I didn't have a clue what this was going to smell like. The name of the scent doesn't give much away and if I had known before hand it was a masculine scent, I probably wouldn't have picked it as I'm quite a girly girl that likes my home to smell fresh and sweet as opposed to musky! On unwrapping this little tart, I found the scent to be quite powerful and opted to slice half of it and put it in my burner whilst wrapping the leftover piece for a further burning.
Today I burned the remainder of the tart. The tart crumbled quite a bit and moreso than others I have used but this did help the melting process by speeding up! As the tart melted, a deep, dark pool of melted wax formed and the scent began to lift from my burner. On first use, I became aware of its masculine nature and wasn't really sure what to think of the scent as it is different!
This evening when burning the rest of the tart, my fiance entered our living room and asked if I had been spraying his deodorant again! Before I discovered the delights of Yankee Candle, I was forever spraying Lynx around the house. I don't know why but I feel it may be down to the fact I hate being home alone at night and having that lingering man smell around makes me feel less freaked out!
Whilst not the strongest of scents, Midsummers Night does linger and fill my living room. It quickly sweeps away any other scents or smells that linger and replaces them with a musky base. I find it to be quite a comforting yet unusual scent to fragrance my home with. Whilst I feel the muskiness is the most prominent scent pushing forward, the other scents used blend together to create a slightly soapy infusion.
The overall scent scent of Midsummers Night makes me think of my fiance when he is just out the shower, dried and sprays on his Lynx. That intoxicating and highly appealing (to me anyway) scent of the steam from the shower and the Lynx blending together and lingering in the bathroom. It isn't one that I can burn for long as it does get a little nauseating after a short while. I found burning it for an hour at a time before blowing out was sufficient and the musky scent lingered for a short while afterwards before the tart solidified.
~One For The Men...~
Whilst I believe many of the Yankee scents could be burned by anyone at anytime, I do feel this one serves a purpose. Some guys rooms can get rather smelly and if expecting a girl over, burn this tart for an hour before she arrives and it will get rid of sweaty sock, damp or other icky smells and leave the trace of manly deodorant behind. Perfect!
I am glad I tried Midsummers Night as I do want to try all of the Yankee scents. Whilst I found the deodorant inspired nature of the scent appealing, I don't think it will be a scent which I would want to burn on a regular basis. I found I received around 8hours of intense scent from this tart with a further 3hours or so of diluted scent.
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ps this review was originally written last week on ciao and the tart was burned last week thanks
I am a fan of Yankee Candle and their extensive range of wonderful smelling candles, and just before christmas I was in Clintons and saw they had a huge range of candles from Yankee Candle, ranging from their tart sized to large jars. I decided to by a Votive sized candle, and after much deliberation I bought a Midsummers Night candle for £1.60. I thought this price was a bargain, as Yankee Candles can be quite expensive.
I could not smell the scent of the candle in the store, as all the candles were sealed, and there was no jars left of this particular scent. I thought it sounded like a lovely scent, and I have never had any problems with a Yankee Candle before. I took my little candle home, and I was quite excited about getting to light it.
I put my candle in a candle holder, after a fight to open it. The packaging is vacuum sealed and is very hard to open when you have acrylic nails on lol. The candle is a lovely dark blue colour, almost black. There is a very long wick, which I found easy to light and it burnt down to a sensible length quite quickly. It took a minute or two for the scent to be released once the wax started to melt.
I was a little bit disappointed with the scent, it was not a horrible scent, but it was not a great one either. It actually reminds me of a mens toiletries range, but which one I can not think of! My partner agrees with me about the scent, but neither of us can think of the name of the toiletrie range (if you know it please message me, it is bugging me!)
I do not think this scent at all reminds me of a Midsummers Night and being from Yankee Candle, I was expecting something a lot better. I was expecting more summery and floral scents from this candle, yet it just smelled like a freshly showered bloke! I never finished burning the candle, and chances are I won't be finishing it off.
I do not recommemd the Yankee Candle Midsummers Night, as it is not really a nice scent and there is much better scented candles from Yankee Candle that I would recommend. 2 out of 5 from me.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*