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I have a slight obsession with Yankee Candles and have a selection in each room of my home. Last Christmas I received the apple cider candle as a present and in the winter months, especially around christmas it's perfect.
I have the large jar version which burns for hours. Yankee state these can be burned for up to 150 hours but I usually only light the candle for an hour every few days. The aroma from on hour of burning is enough to fully scent a large room for the rest of the afternoon. It's a great way to get rid of any unpleasant odours, I.E wet dog or farty husbands.
The ingredients of this candle are cinnamon, nutmeg and of course cider. Even when the candle is not lit you can experience the sweet spices scent.
Would make a fantastic present as it can really transform any room. The large tumblers cost close to £20 from House of Fraser and the medium jars around £15.00. You can get smaller jars but I don't generally bother with those. Although quite expensive for a candle once you have used one you won't regret the money you have spent and you will want more.
I love to make sure that my house smells nice and in a bid to do that, like to have lots of scented candles. I have been recently introduced to Yankee Candles and I am working my way through a gift set of different tarts my mum brought me.
If, like I was you are not aware of how to use a tart, they are really simple, all you need to do is remove all the wrapping and place on to the top of an oil burner (in the bit where you would normally put the oil), light a tea light in the bottom as normal.
The tart then starts to melt which is when you start to smell the product. Once the tea light has been extinguished, the tart hardens ready to be used again.
The tarts are widely available for around £1.20, you can also buy them from EBay for this price with free postage.
Also in the same fragrance, Yankee also sell the tarts in multipacks and also sell sets of tea lights, tester candles (votive), reed diffusers, large glass jar candles etc. Prices can range up to around £16 depending upon which product you buy.
The tart is a nice deep red colour and wrapped in cellophane. The picture on the front is of chopped apples and a cinnamon stick.
Yankee say this is a welcoming aroma of hot cider spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
I tend to like fruity fragrances so I was quite excited to get this one tried out. Within a couple of minutes of the wax melting, the room was filled with a smell, but it wasn't a smell of apples, it was mainly cinnamon and nutmeg.
Whilst this wasn't an unpleasant smell, it was not really what I thought I was buying so I was a little disappointed.
I would only give it 3 out of 5 stars as the apple fragrance is not very dominant, it is mainly the cinnamon. It does fill the room and house quite nicely.
If you like fragrances which smell of spices, then this is recommended, if you want a fresh apple fragrance, then don't buy this one.
Thanks for reading.
It's not often I purchase Yankee Candle jars, preferring to stick to the wax tarts which are not only cheaper but also enable me to swap and change my fragrance more easily than when I have a jar on the go. One exception however (well, there are three fragrances I'll buy in jar format and this is one of them) is this gorgeously spicy Apple Cider, a candle I received as a Christmas present and have just finished after nine months of burning it in fits and starts. Mine is (was) the Medium Jar which has an estimated burn time if 65 - 90 hours (huge variation there) and costs in the region of £15.
The jar has the traditional Yankee Candle shaping with attractive embossed glass lid, I love the wine-red colour of the wax as it's so warm and festive looking - as the wax melts it forms a glossy deep red pool which looks gorgeous as the flame dances across it. The label is nicely done, if a little 1970s in my opinion, with a glass of a reddish alcohol (apple cider?) and cinnamon sticks - it emphasises the Christmassy feel for me, which I suppose was Yankee Candles intention.
The wick, as ever, was ridiculously long when the candle was new, it took a few burnings before the wick shrunk down of it's own accord and I found myself having to trim it daily before it got to this point. This is a bit of a nuisance, but I was relieved that the overly long wicks didn't char and break up into the wax as happened with another jar candle I used this year. When the wick length regulated itself I noticed it burned beautifully for the lifetime of the candle, providing a large strong flame which had a beautiful glow and heated the wax to release the fragrance perfectly.
And the fragrance is, in my opinion, wonderful. First of all you need to get your brain away from the name - despite the Apple Cider moniker, this candle has no apple fragrance. It's a spicy candle, not a fruity one and gives my house a rich warming fragrance rather than the lighter notes you might be expecting when thinking of apple-y scents. It smells of mulled wine or other warm 'toddy', don't worry as it doesn't smell of hot cider (I'd rather cut my nose off than fill my house with that particularly foul smell) but there's definitely the hint of something alcoholic lurking under the spices. My only disappointment about this candle is the strength of the cinnamon, which is surprisingly vague considering it was the overriding scent when I sniffed the unlit candle. I can detect nutmeg to a point, but this is also much fainter than I'd like and doesn't come to the fore of the fragrance as it should - the cloves have no such issues and are highly apparent in the perfume of Apple Cider, giving it a slightly more bitter edge than if then had been excluded.
The spices do mingle nicely and this is great for a spice lover such as myself, bit it would be nice if the different spices were a bit more separate from one another for a bit of variety in the fragrance. It's quite 'flat' you see, I admit it's a stunning and wonderful tart to burn but there seems to be no sparkle to it as it smells exactly the same through it's burntime with nothing really pushing through to add any interesting developments. It's *there* as Apple Cider, and *there* it remains.
Yankee Candle recommend you burn their jar candles for at least three hours to minimise the chance of dry waxy deposits on the sides of the glass. This is actually a perfect burning period for Apple Cider as the fragrance comes through quickly after lighting and builds in the room for the duration of the burn, after blowing the candle out it lingers for a good hour before disappearing and even then leaves at least the downstairs of my house smelling fresh and mildly fragranced. Unfortunately the aroma doesn't drift well and despite the open plan layout of my house it can't seem to manage the job of floating up the stairs to the bedrooms - obviously if I want the fragrance upstairs I'll simply move the candle up there for an hour, but this always seems a bit of a chore when I consider the fact that I have small tarts which will fill the entire house yet this bigger candle struggles.
I think the main source of my disappointment (and it's mild disappointment - I reiterate, I love this fragrance) is the fact that I lost my Yankee Candle virginity with Pomegranate Cider, which is a stronger and headier version of this one. I went into the whole APPLE Cider experience expecting it to be identical to the Pomegranate one, mainly because the two smell so alike in their solid form. This one is like the younger sister, more feminine (in a spicy kinda way) and certainly not so 'look at meeeee'.
I couldn't tell you how many hours I got from the candle as I've been burning it semi-regularly since Boxing Day 2011. I'd guesstimate it lasts for longer than the lower figure (65 hours) but doubt it would have reached 90 hours either as based on three hour burning times I'm pretty sure I haven't lit it thirty times. I'm sure I'll buy it again at some point; I must admit it's not one I'll rush out to replace simply because there are other fragrances I like equally or more, but it's lovely enough to warrant an addition to my shopping basket next time I have a tart buying spree.
I have recently enjoyed experimenting with some of the candles from the well known "Yankee Candle" range which seems to be getting more popular every year. There is a wide range of fragranced candles to purchase in the range - I believe there are actually over 175 fragrances and scents to choose from, so there is bound to be something in the range to suit most peoples own tastes.
The candles can be purchased from a variety of retailers, both in-store and online, and I tend to purchase mine either in branches of Clinton Cards, or online at www.ebay.co.uk or at www.amazon.co.uk. I usually prefer to peruse the display of candles in my local branch of Clintons before deciding which one to buy, as I like to smell the assorted fragrances beforehand when possible.
Most of the fragranced Yankee Candles come in a variety of formats and sizes so you can choose the one which suits your needs best. There are "Wax Tarts" available which are small 'cake' shaped blocks of wax which, in my experience, seem to have a slightly stronger fragrance than some of the larger candles. The Wax tarts - which are the same as the ones shown in the picture at the top of the Dooyoo Page here - do not contain a wick in the way that other candles do, and they need to be placed in a burner with a tea light underneath them to allow the wax tart to melt and the fragrance contained within can then escape. Wax tarts generally cost around £1.20 - £2, depending on where you buy them, and their burn time is around 8 hours.
The other formats that I have tried out are all candles, which come in a variety of sizes:
Small "Sampler" Candles - Burn time up to 15 hours
Small Glass Jar - Burn time up to 25 - 40 hours (Prices around £7.50 - £8)
Medium Glass Jar - Burn time up to 65 - 90 hours (Prices around £15 - £17)
Large Glass Jar - Burn time up to 110 - 150 hours (Prices around £18 - £20)
(Info courtesy of www.yankee.co.uk, correct as @ April 2012).
I was delighted to notice a small selection of Yankee Candles in the 'Small Glass Jar' format were reduced in price when I was browsing in a local (independent) gift shop recently. Whilst the usual price for the Small Jars in this particular shop is £8, I noticed that the discounted candles were on offer for only £5.50, a price that I thought offered great value for money. I ended up buying four of the discounted glass jars, one of which was the "Apple Cider" fragrance.
This fragrance appealed to me instantly as I love strong, woody, spicy scents and have found many of the spiced candles in the Yankee range have become firm favourites in the past few months. I was delighted with my purchase, particularly as I could detect the strong aroma of cinnamon present in the candle's aroma as soon as I smelled it and I was quite sure it was going to be a scent I would really like once it was lit.
The "Small Glass Jar" is made of sturdy, thick glass which seems fairly robust, although I believe the slightly 'tapered' edges and rim of the glass at the top are not as thick as the rest of the jar and will shatter and break if the candle is dropped. The jar can of course become quite warm after your candle has been burning for a significant period of time, so care should be taken when extinguishing the flame. There is a sturdy lid on the top of the jar which has a sort of 'stopper' design, by way of a rubber seal and I find that this acts very well at holding the precious fragrances in my Yankee Candle Jars. I believe that some people use the upturned lid as an extinguisher 'tool' to put out the flame on the candle, but I have never done this myself as I believe it would make the glass turn black. The jars themselves, incidentally, never suffer from black staining as a result of the candles being burned within them.
There is usually an attractive-looking label attached to the front of the glass jar, and in the case of the Apple Cider candle, this depicts an image of two glasses of rich-looking cider, with some chopped apple appearing in the background. Yankee usually colour their candles to be co-ordinated with their respective fragrances, and in the case of the Apple Cider candle, the wax is a delicious-looking shade of deep red/burgundy, a colour which makes me wonder whether this candle and its spicy scent would be perfectly suited to the winter months.
Once lit, the candle begins to slowly release the spicy scents contained within, the main one being the unmistakable aroma of cinnamon. This is extremely pleasant and I was impressed in the richness of the scent which allowed it to be extremely full-bodied and strong without becoming sickly or at all over-powering. After the candle had burned for 30 minutes or so, I found that the cinnamon subsided a little and seemed to meet another scent somewhere in the core of the overall fragrance.
This second scent reminded me of another kitchen spice.. Perhaps nutmeg? It is most certainly a spice that is found at Christmas time, and I found the candle's overall fragrance was wonderfully reminiscent of the Festive season, making it an ideal gift to purchase for someone special at this time of year. This second spice was much more subdued than the main tones of cinnamon, to my mind at least, but the two mixed well and provided a steady fragrance that I enjoyed thoroughly.
The candle had actually been burning for around an hour when it suddenly occurred to me that the product's name is APPLE Cider... but I had yet to detect any sort of fruity essence within the candle's aroma, with the main spicy scents taking centre stage. When I started to seek the fruity apple out, I did eventually detect it, sitting quietly on the outskirts, but it's sweetness was far too subtle to stand a decent chance against the spicy tones.
Now I am in a predicament as to whether to recommend this candle or not. I do really enjoy burning it and think the gorgeous aroma is perfect for me, thanks to its rich and spicy aroma. However, given the product's name and image, I did feel slightly let down at the lack of apple in the overall aroma as I had been looking forward to experiencing this scent. For this reason, I will deduct one star from the overall product rating but I do have to confess that this candle is one that I would most definitely purchase again as I found it's aroma was just beautiful. Being perfectly suited to the winter months and cold, dark nights, I would definitely consider buying this scent for Christmas gifts for close friends - it's a pretty perfect gift to my mind!
Although I love Yankee Candles I have decided to stop buying them for a while as I have quite a stock of these and other scented candles waiting to be used up. Most of the ones I have are favourite fragrances which I have used time and time again, but I have recently tried one that was new to me, Apple Cider.
I bought this one a while ago and it was an online purchase, so I bought it without knowing what it smelled like. One of my favourite fragrances is actually the Pomegranate Cider, so I was hoping that this would be similar. Once it arrived however, I couldn't really smell the candle much through the wrapping, so it sat in a drawer unused for a while.
I bought this in the form of a wax tart. If you're not familiar with Yankee, a wax tart is just a small disc of fragranced wax which is melted in a tart burner (similar to an oil burner) under the flame of a tea light. I prefer this format as they are cheap and so it gives me the opportunity to sample lots of different scents. It is also available in a votive candle, tea lights or glass jars, so hopefully something to suit everyone.
Apple Cider is a deep red in colour and the label depicts two glasses of cider each with a cinnamon stick alongside a halved apple. When I unwrapped this, I was very surprised by the scent, as it was much stronger than I anticipated it to be, given that I could barely smell it in the plastic wrapping.
I was pleased to find that the scent is quite similar to the Pomegranate Cider one in some respects and I also think it bears a slight resemblance to Yankee's Home Sweet Home fragrance, so it may be worth keeping in mind if you're a fan of either of those. The scent is a fairly warm spicy fragrance, with cinnamon being evident in there. I'm not usually a huge fan of the spicier scents, however the spice in this scent is matched by a fruity tone of sweet macintosh apples. It's a beautiful, warming and homely scent in my opinion, although I would say more suited to the autumn/winter months in my opinion than the warmer spring/summer.
When burning, I thought the apple came out more strongly and the spice, although still noticeable, was more muted than when solid. The intensity of the fragrance was perfect - it could be clearly smelled in the room, but it wasn't too intense or 'in your face'. I also found that once the tea light had gone out, the apple-cinnamon smell lingered for around an hour or so. Each wax tart gives around eight hours of fragrance, which I think makes this excellent value for money.
I bought this wax tart from www.yankeedoodle.com however Yankee Candles are also available on the high street from Clintons Cards - and many independent gift shops also stock them. The following burn times and prices are average and may vary...
Wax Tarts - £1.10
Votives - £1.60
Small Jar - £7.45
Medium Jar - £15.45
Large Jar - £18.45
Tea Lights (pack of 12) - £5.99
Overall I have been very pleased with this scent. I love the apple/cinnamon mix of fragrances which is warming and homely and the scent is the perfect intensity whereby it is neither too weak nor too overpowering. I would definitely buy this fragrance again and it is one that I would recommend.
My experience of Yankee Candles has been a fairly short one. I treated myself to a selection of different fragrances to try last December as an early Christmas present to myself while purchasing presents for other members of the family. My choice was a selection of votives that appealed to me by name and description only as my purchase was made from Yankeedirect.com.
I made a selection of 10 votives (also known as sampler) candles because it was cheaper as there was a promotion where you got 10 candles for the price of 8. The price of one was £1.65, so I felt this was a good way of getting an idea of what scents I might like.
Votives are small candles that are about the diameter of a tea light candle, but a couple of inches tall. On purchasing, each votive is shrink wrapped in plastic to preserve freshness, and each 49g candle is supposed to burn for about 8 hours in total.
The apple cider cadle appealed as I like the scent of apple usually. The red colour appealed to me greatly along with the description on the web site of 'hot cider, spiced with cinammon, cloves and nutmeg.' I have only recently started to use this candle, and had forgotten about the spices, and it was a welcome surprise to open the shrink wrap and be met with such a pleasant aroma. I could smell the cinammon as soon as it was out of the packet. In some ways I was reminded of my favourite yankee candle, Cinammon sticks, but this is less overpowering and a little more subtle.
The picture on the wrapping shows glasses of hot cider, and chopped up apples. The candle initially looked bright red, which is what most of my samplers look like in the packet, but a fair bit of red remains on the plastic, and to me the actual candle looks a bit more orange/red.
On lighting the candle, a very delicious aroma started to waft around the room, eventually reaching my husband. He was a lot more appreciative of this one over cinammon sticks as he found it less overpowering, and the addition of the cloves and nutmeg have definitely toned down the overall smell. I can't really pick them out, but I can detect some apple, and it is mouth watering.
The scent is released consistently while the candle burns. The wax is of very high quality, so it burns evenly, and solidifies again really quickly after use. The scent of the candle remains in the atmosphere for a long time after use. Not days like cinammon sticks, but it has earned a place as one of my favourite candles as I prefer the ones that have more scent and actually make a long lasting difference to the atmosphere of my home. I feel it is a waste of time if the smell is only ok, and fades as soon as you blow out the candle.
This is definitely one I would repurchase.
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 Apple Cider 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 neighbor. 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 lovely deep rich red colour to me it also appears to have a slight sparkle to it. The tart is wrapped in plastic to protect it from crumbling and has a picture of a glass of hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it too stir the hot cider with and a few slices of apple to the side. When the tart is placed on top of a tart burner or oil burner then the tart is melted by a tea light underneath and it gradually starts to give off a gentle aroma. When you want to remove the wax from a tart burner it is recommend you place the tray section of the tart burner in the freezer for a few minutes and then gently easy this out. I can definitely vouch that this has always worked for me not only with this fragrance but with others too. Yankee candles claim that the scents from wax tarts last about 8 hours. What I actually do is generally half each tart to get more use out of them and I find there is still enough scent from a tart to fragrance a room this way.
Yankee candle describe this scent as an "A welcoming aroma of hot cider spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg." I choose this one from a local shop that sells Yankee Candles and in the shop it had passed my sniff test to be a nice winter's evening scent that was going to be very evocative of Christmas and winter scents as the warm cinnamon and nutmeg that reminded me of warm mulled wine. When we tried this one for the first time it wasn't a winter's night but a damp and dismal evening in early summer and we thought that this would lift our spirits. The wax melted in a nice constant way in our burner and became a lovely deep and rich red color that looked like good French claret. The scent that became noticeable straight away was the cinnamon and this lingered very well and in fact the cinnamon notes always seemed to be there. The next discernible scent for me was a hint of nutmeg quickly followed by the cloves. The clove scent actually drowns out I think the softer nutmeg and means your are only left with a cinnamon and clove smell. This scent reminds me very much of the mulled wine that you buy hot from Christmas markets. This wasn't a disappointment as the scent is lovely and one I like, but the cinnamon is very strong in this particular tart and the notes of apple that the tart refers to are just not noticeable at all to me in anyway. The scent I think should really be called something that makes reference to cinnamon and clove rather than apple cider. The scent of the wax tart has huge staying power and from two hours burning in the tart burner the fragrance scents the room all evening and into the next day. The cinnamon and clove smell I think is lovely and natural without any hint of chemically artificial scent at all. The scent as it is so strong is also very good at getting rid of odors such as strong food smells such as fish or curry. I will definitely be saving some of these tarts for Christmas to burn as we decorate our tree and wrap presents to capture the spirit of Christmas.
I would definitely recommend the Apple Cider in wax tart form as it gives a lovely warm Christmas type of smell that conjures up Christmas markets and mulled wine. The scent lingers well and the tart definitely lasts 8 hours if not longer in my experience. My only criticism really of the scent is the name really is not the most accurate at letting you know what to expect as I really can't get any apple scents from it all. I really think a name based on cinnamon and cloves would be more accurate for this one.
Other formats and where from
Wax Tart -99 pence
Medium Jar £14.99
Large Jar £17.99 all prices from www.yankee.co.uk on the 31st July 2011
Along with a recent purchase of Yankee Candle "Candied Apple," and to quell my disappointment of not being able to buy my favourite find so far in the Yankee Candle scented candle family, known as "Pomegranate Cider," I opted for another Cider sideline in the form of "Apple Cider," a candle that is similarly red in colour to most of Yankee Candle's triple/quadruple contained fragranced candles that have appeared on shelves/online in the last year or so. At the time of purchase, I was taken in by the golden hues of cinnamon that came off this candle scent when sniffing the back of the wax tart; an additive that I absolutely adore, if not able to consume cinnamon tainted foods whenever possible, but also having the scent around the home, which gives a wonderfully woody smell as well as being sweet. Cinnamon for me also gives a very clean and clinical smell without being too neutral. The fact that this candle contained apple fragrance not just by the promise of the title alone, made the purchase a lot smoother against all the other kinds of apple scented candles on display. There are six to seven other kinds of apple candles you can buy from Yankee Candle and already this year I've tried five of them so far.
Like the last purchase I wanted to see what formats work best from Yankee Candle, and having had a huge experience of this company (and at one time eight years ago found myself selling them in a gift shop alongside other candle companies including similarly American brand, Colonial) I tend to stick to wax tarts or glass jars - because by and large they seem to offer the best spread of scent that is longer lasting - and have two price scales - cheap and expensive according to burning time and quantity. Whereas the tarts have a general burning time of around 8 hours by statistic, I've often found that Yankee Candle wax tarts can extend their fragrance time by double depending on the amount of time I burn a tart in one sitting regardless of the amount of tealight candles I go through to support the wax tart's change into hot oil with the additional use of a potpourri burner. These kinds of accessories are also available to purchase by Yankee Candle and on their own offer a limited edition purchase that you can resell later online at places like EBay. Outwith that you have the opposite ends of purchasing scales in the form of the glass jars in small, medium and large versions with prices starting at £5-99 on average, £13-99 and £17-99 respectively for the bigger sizes. Although the lidded tumbler jars can appear expensive, your home gets a bigger blast of longer lasting scent and you don't need any other accessory to get the candle going. Yankee Candle however aren't as expensive as other brands I've bought in the past - that prize goes to Molton Brown where most of their candelas are way overpriced and offer very little scent value.
"Apple Cider" is a bit of a misnomer in terms of what this candle smells like. In wax tart form, it only takes around an hour for the oil to fully invigorate me, giving me shades of Christmas time with the cinnamon waves that come across rather instantly against the promise of Halloween inspired alcoholic based apple. The middle tone is one of surprise - nutmeg - and tons of it - that gives this candle a most distinctive herby and often dry edge that I wasn't expecting. Put simply the candle smells more of a pie without the yeast added and it wouldn't be the first time Yankee Candle have renamed a candle (they used to have American Apple Pie for a few years for example, replaced by shortened tittles or something similar along the pie like names) that has pulled the wool over my nose! The base tone however smells nothing like cider - or anything close to home prepared cider - but plenty of cloves. For a moment you'd think "Mulled Wine," but Yankee Candle already have that one licked with their likewise named seasonal candle that has been out since 2005.
Now in terms of staying power and strength, the findings have been very surprising! Initially when I bought "Candied Apple," I purchased it in glass jar AND wax tart form, but with "Apple Cider," I bought a couple of the wax tarts and later in the month bought the medium jar intended as a birthday gift. Of course when the receiver of the candle told me they were allergic to the smell of herby nutmeg and cinnamon, the candle never got to the person concerned and has become another glass candle jar suitable for use in the home. However, it has not been a bed of roses with the medium jar format and I have found through daily and weekly use that the wax tarts give a lot more strength than the medium glass jar candle - it is usually the other way around!
What "Apple Cider" is good at, and when it burns properly despite the confusing array of scents on offer, is being able to offer a home an extremely subtle wave of scent that constantly builds up, rather than puts out all natural additives immediately. In medium glass jar form, the fragrance is too ultra smooth, taking around four to five hours until the scent fully congeals together and what comes out is something you'll find pungent enough if sat next to rather than rely on strong legs to run around the whole of your home. This sounds like a good aspect for some Yankee Candle fans until I realized that all I could smell was the relentless smell of nutmeg with the tinniest hint of apple and more cinnamon. Pity that the wax tarts don't change the additives in terms of content, even if the smell of apple is stronger - it still seems to be taken over by the herbs. Don't get me wrong - I adore cinnamon, but certainly not to the point that the scent that comes out of this candle is cold, dry and spicy - with little promise of apple. I firmly believe here that the herbs alone drown the combination of apples and the promise of sweetness out.
As with most Yankee Candle products, it does go without saying that any candle product must be used with caution. Here's the info you skip if you're already a Yankee Candle fan! If the small, medium or large glass jars are purchased, the bases are heat insulated but the rest of the glass is not. The jars are however dishwasher safe and have airtight seals on them making them the most practical of storage jars afterwards. The wicks are no longer paraffin coated so there are no choking after tones and the wicks must be trimmed to avoid bunching up and not being able to burn uniformly. The glass jars must also be allowed to sit on a flat level surface - otherwise the wick won't burn properly and the wax gets wasted. If the wax tarts are used, a potpourri oil burner must be used at all times and one with a deep concave to accommodate all of the wax tart in one go. If the concave is shallow, one half of the tart must be used to avoid hot oil from spilling over. Supported by a tealight candle, wax tarts can double their known 8 hour burning time dependent on the strength outwith the number of tealight candles you go through and where Apple Cider is concerned, I find one wax tart can last up to a week and a half before it shortens out. The potpourri oil burner will remain constantly hot until the tealight candle is extinguished and when left to cool down, the hard wax tart can be removed simply by placing the entire burner into a freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes. Turn the burner over once removing it and the wax tart should fall out, without the need to use knives, which can scar or scrape the potpourri oil burner.
Other versions are of course available but a downside is that not all formats are available like their excellent "Travel-On-The-Go," odour pens or scented reeds. Prices are given on average:
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 each.)
Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2)
Small housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £7-99)
Medium housewarmer jar candle (14.05oz 60-75 hours duration, £13-99)
Medium 2 wick tumbler (12.5 oz 45-50 hours duration, £12-99)
Large housewarmer jar candle (22 oz 100-150 hours duration, £17-99)
Large 2 wick tumbler (22.7 oz 70-90 hours duration, £16-99)
Lidded glass tumbler (7oz 35-45 hours duration, £8-99)
Car tab housewarmer jar cardboard freshener (6-8 weeks duration, £1-99)
Car air vent gel pack (4-6 weeks duration £2-85, 3 pack additional at £5-98)
Car Pump 'n' Go clip on air vent freshener (4-6 weeks, £7-20)
Tea light scented candles (240 grams, 4-6 hours per candle, 12 in a box £5-99)
Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99)
Sadly in wax form, Apple Cider isn't half as strong as the wax tarts even if you get a longer burning time by jar format. What is actually worse is that the scent can't manage to eradicate bad odours because of its smoothness and inability to freshen a whole home - compared to a lot better scents made by Yankee Candle. Where the scent fairs better is in the room sprays - the pressurized air sprays mimic the kind of Impulse deodorant cans to the eye, but have a wonderfully brushed gold covering and matching gold pull of top which justifies the price. I've purchased the spray format along with the "Candied Apple," spray and both are very strong and long lasting for general room fragrance and give out a far fresher appeal with better staying power. The spray format for example has a lovely thick and fresh Mackintosh layer of sweet apple matched by the nutmeg and cinnamon - something I'm sure the candle wax is supposed to emulate - but ultimately fails at. Five stars for the spray, three for the wax candle formats - what a pity, Yankee Candle! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2011