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For a while now I've been wanting to try Yankee Candles, partially because all of the positive reviews on dooyoo and partly because my stepmum has them and their house always smells lovely. I'm a sucker for Christmas candles and I had some Amazon voucher credit left over after buying my Christmas presents, so I decided to treat myself to a Christmas Cookie Yankee Candle and votive (votive review coming soon!) I bought the candle from Yankee Direct on Amazon in the sample size, which cost me £1.35. This burns for around 8 hours so not a bad price.
When the item was received it was really well packaged, I opened it and gave it a sniff. The smell was much more buttery than I was expecting, and the candle was a creamy off-white. We all had a sniff at work, and then I bought it home to give it a go. Unsurprisingly, the candle fits perfectly in the votive and it's good to know that it's safe and secure and isn't going to melt all over the place.
My partner wasn't too keen on the smell, saying it was too creamy and not his sort of thing, so I've been burning it upstairs in the bedroom as I tend to go to upstairs earlier than him and read in bed. I found the candle a bit difficult to remove from the cellophane wrapping and had to get my teeth involved, but minor issues. The wick was huge which was great, I hate small wicks on candles!
I lit the candle and could smell it immediately. The smell is very creamy and biscuity with a whiff of vanilla. I find the scent is quite subtle - based on reviews of Yankee Candles I have read I was expecting it to be very strong but I find this smell isn't overpowering at all. As with any candle I find that if I leave the room and come back in I can smell the fragrance more strongly, I wouldn't advice leaving the candle unattended but popping to the toilet for a couple of minutes is fine thanks to my trusty votive.
I've lit this candle the past few nights and it's a lovely warming scent which is subtle and pretty. I don't feel that it's particularly Christmassy, but I think I tend to associate Christmas with more spicy smells. So it's probably more down to me than the actual smell. Also, now it's burning my partner says he does actually like it so that's a bonus.
I'm impressed by my first Yankee experience and I'll definitely be buying more in the future. The candles burn well, the scent is lovely but not overpowering and my home feels lovely and cosy. I can see why these are so popular and I'm pleased to be part of the club!
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The product I am reviewing is a Votive Candle by Yankee Candle is a lovely seasonal scent called 'Christmas Cookie'. This scent can be available to purchase all year round on various websites, how-ever it was a scent originally intended for Christmas. This votive has a lovely rich, buttery scent with the slight hint of vanilla and holiday sugar. Votive candles can be used as singles or they can be used with other votives to create an array and mixture of different scents. These candles are also great for arranging with different holders to enhance the atmosphere of any room. The candle is purchase individually and comes wrapped in plastic wrapping with a label on the front stating what the name of the scent is. Due the name of this scent I expected a nice sweet scent to this votive. The small label on the front of the votive is a picture of decorated Christmas cookies on a plate. There is also a small label on the bottom of the votive with pictures telling you where you should/shouldn't place the candle. For obvious reasons it shouldn't be placed near electrical items or somewhere drafty. I always place this in a votive holder on a table in my room away from anything else and when I leave the room I ensure that I blow the candle out so it's not left unattended. The total burning time for this candle is 15hrs.
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I purchased the candle from my local Clinton Cards store where they have a large range of Yankee products available including the jars, wax tarts, votive holders and gift sets. I paid £1.80 for the candle which I think is very reasonable. You can also purchase the candle from various places online. Prices may vary how-ever I often find that the Yankee Direct website (www.yankeedirect.com) have the best offers on products. You can buy this candle as well as others for £1.75 and you can also get 10 votives for the price of 8.
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Using the Product
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I had to use a pair of scissors to make a small hole in the plastic wrapping which then peeled off easily to reveal the candle. I could already smell a lovely buttery vanilla smell which smelt sweet but wasn't too overpowering. The candle is an off white colour and has a smooth finish to it. The wick is a nice length to enable you to light it easily. I placed the candle into a votive holder and lit the candle carefully using a lighter. I then worked on my laptop which is a short distance from the candle. The candle had only been burning for around 3mins when I started to smell a delicious sugary vanilla scent. This scent was lovely and really did smell like cookies and in particular Betty Crocker Cookies which come in the packs in supermarkets that you can make yourself. After the candle had been burning for at least 6-8mins the smell of the candle was really noticeable. The main scent in the candle was a buttery vanilla scent but I could also smell hints of sugar as well every now and again which was nice as this didn't come across as smelling too sweet and sickly to me. When leaving my room for a few minutes (nature calls) it was then that I realised how strong the scent of the candle was. The scent could be smelt outside my room and on the landing which surprised me as I didn't find the scent overpowering at all in the bedroom. As I walked back into my room the scent of course did become stronger again and much stronger than it was outside my room. Despite blowing the candle out, 5mins later I could still smell the light scent of the product in my room which again smells like a buttery vanilla smell with a very slight hint of sugar. The scent wasn't as strong as it was when the candle was burning but it was definitely still noticeable. I was quite impressed with this as quite often after blowing a scented candle out the scent tends to disappears straight away.
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I purchased this votive because I saw them on display in my local Clinton Cards store with other Yankee Christmas products. I have never tried any of the Christmas scents so decided to purchase a few. This was one of the first Christmas scents that I tried and I really liked it. I was a little worried that this may be too sweet and be a little sickly once it started burning; how-ever it wasn't as sweet as I thought. I love that you can smell a gorgeous buttery vanilla smell which I would say is the main scent. You occasionally get sweeter wafts of the buttery vanilla with sugar which makes the scent smell very sweet, although not sickly. Once the candle had been lit it didn't take long for me to smell the scent and for the scent to spread around the room and onto the landing outside my door. Although the scent is noticeably stronger when you walked into my room it was a very pleasant smell. The scent of the product definitely reminded me of cookies, but I wouldn't have said specifically Christmas Cookies. I love that the scent lingers in the room for a while despite blowing out the flame. Some people may find this too sweet; how-ever I thought it was lovely. Although this isn't a favourite scent of mine, I would purchase it again and would definitely purchase a jar candle in this scent.
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I was in LLandudno and called in a gift shop whilst I was there because I'd noticed Yankee Candles in their window on sale. The Yankee Christmas fragrances were all on sale at half price, the retail was around £1.20 but these were only 60p each so got a few different ones to try.
Yankee candle tarts are little fluted disks of wax that are melted in the dish of a burner as they have no wick. The wax tartlet is white and I could smell a vanilla scent through the wrapper, the wrapper isn't the easiest thing to open so I cut the whole tart in half using scissors then removed the wrapper off only one of the halves, so I could use the other half at a later date.
I chose to melt the Cranberry Ice first and am now onto Christmas Cookie. I placed the tart in an oil burner dish and lit a tea light underneath. After 10 mins or so the tart melted down to form a pool of clear yellowish liquid. It doesn't take long for the scent to develop and waft around the downstairs. I find this a medium strength fragrance, which does cover smells and freshens the place up.
Yankee Christmas Cookie doesn't smell like cookies really, nor is it festive. It has a white chocolate and vanilla ice cream scent about it, it's sweet but it has a sort of bathroom cleaner undertone- I do like it though. I find it pleasant and can leave it lit without needing a break from it. Once the tea light is out the Cookie Candle scent lingers faintly for a bit but not like an air freshener.
Having read reviews that suggest cutting the tart in half to get more use/fragrance out of it than the estimated 8 hour burning time, I did so and was surprised that with the Cranberry Ice tart this was the case, although after approx 10 hours of burning time it had hardly any scent left on it but loads of wax left in the dish which had to be then removed. The Christmas Cookie wax doesn't seem to have lasted longer, the tart has actually evaporated away leaving no residue behind after a lot less time. I did notice when I cut it it was easier to get through than the Cranberry Ice tart, and felt creamier so maybe not as dense.
Would I recommend?
Yes and no- yes because this candle smells nice and no because I've found it not to last very long, infact the half has already gone after a couple of hours. I am surprised at this though because other reviewers have had longevity with theirs so maybe I'll use the same oil burner that I used for the Cranberry Ice tart and see if it's shape makes a difference.
I'll give it 3 stars because although the scent's nice, the wax tart itself hasn't been long lasting- for me anyway.
* I put the second half into my more shallow dished oil burner (which I used with the Cranberry Ice tart) 5 hours ago and the Cookie wax is still burning away happily. There is still a fair amount of melted wax left but the scent is now starting to fade- it still hasn't lasted as long as Cranberry Ice did though. So I can conclude that the deep, narrow oil burner which I previously used mustn't be suitable- although I'm not sure why- maybe the wax tart burnt too hot making it evaporate quickly*
*I am now going to up the stars to 4*
Yankee Candle's Christmas Cookie wax tart was one of my bargain buys last month after I spotted a lot of the Christmas range from Yankee reduced in price in a branch of Collectables. Reduced to just 50p each, which is less than half the usual price of £1.20 - £1.30 per wax tart, I took the opportunity to stock up and bought quite a few.
You can smell the fragrance of Yankee's wax tarts through their clear cellophane wrapping and this one had a lovely sweet scent, which Yankee describe as buttery rich, vanilla scented, holiday sugar cookies.
I could definitely smell the vanilla which is actually a fragrance I am not so keen on, but here it certainly has a 'buttery' scent which does indeed remind me of home baking.
I have also generally found that the strength of fragrance from a wax tart whilst it is still in its wrapping is a good indicator of how strong the throw from it will be when you are burning it. Usually if the fragrance seems weak, then it doesn't last as long or give off as strong a fragrance when burning, as the stronger scented ones. For good longevity I prefer the stronger smelling wax tarts and Christmas Cookie certainly has a strong but very appealing scent.
Longevity varies with these wax tarts,with some lasting longer than the approx 8 hours burn time and I thought that this one would be one of those which provide excellent longevity.
These wax tarts can also be used to fragrance drawers and cupboards as an alternative to burning them.
I always burn mine, but l do often place them in one of my drawers prior to burning and use them as drawer scenters.
After placing the tart in the deep well of my oil burner and lighting a tealight underneath, it took around five minutes for the wax to melt and as it did, the scent was slowly released and began to fill the room.
It was fairly strong at first and its sweet aroma wafted throughout the downstairs rooms in my house as it manages to replicate the smell of baking cookies and biscuits, with its buttery notes containing subtle hints of vanilla.
Whilst Christmas Cookie is packaged as part of Yankee's Christmas range, it is actually a fragrance which is suitable for any time of year. I wouldn't describe it as 'festive' as baking cookies isn't just a festive thing.
Yankee state you can expect to achieve up to eight hours burn time from a wax tart before the fragrance is lost and in my experience I have usually found that the eight hours is often exceeded. Going back to what I said before, the strength of the scent whilst still in its packaging is generally a good indicator of the longevity and strength of fragrance you will achieve when melting and having used many wax tarts, I stand by this.
My Christmas Cookie tart exceeded the eight hours, just as I had expected. Indeed I found I had around ten hours of fragrance from this wax tart before the fragrance began to disappear. During this time not only did it fill the downstairs of my house with its fragrance, I could also smell it upstairs too as the scent wafted up the stairs. I also found the fragrance lingered in the air for some time after exinguishing the tealight underneath. When burning this wax tart on an evening then going to bed, I found I could still smell the fragrance lingering on the next morning which was nice.
Overall, I really enjoyed the fragrance of Christmas Cookie. I had purchased Christmas Cupcake in the past and enjoyed that one too and this one is fairly similar with its 'home baking' scent. I will definitely be purchasing this one again. In terms of fragrance and longevity it certainly is value for money.
Yankee wax tarts are available to buy from branches of Clinton Cards and Collectables as well as department stores and other card and gift shops, or you can purchase from online Yankee stockists including Amazon, Yankeedirect.com and Yankee.co.uk.
===Why I Bought This===
I love Yankee candles and their lovely fragrances and find that the wax tarts are much cheaper to buy than the candles and therefore give better value.
Yankee candles are a well known USA brand which has been going since the late 1960s.
===What Are Tarts?===
These wax tarts are unlike candles as they do not have any wicks.
They cannot be lit but must be melted in a 'tart burner' where the wax tart is put in a special dish above a lit tea light which then melts the tart and releases the fragrance.
There are hundreds of different fragrances to choose from and they come in the following categories: Fresh, Floral, Fruit, Food, Spice and Festive.
Disc of cream wax shrink wrapped in cellophane.
Called 'Christmas Cookie'.
Made with authentic Yankee fragrance.
Image of a plate of Christmas biscuits such as trees and candy canes on the label.
The back has a round sticky label which details basic safety advice.
£1.20 from Ebay - but I managed to get this half price from Clinton's Cards. However Yankee Tarts are available from many high street shops and also many websites online.
The Yankee website say this Christmas Cookie smells: 'Buttery rich, vanilla scented, holiday sugar cookies'.
I have tried quite a few different Yankee Tarts and so when there were some for sale on the Clinton Cards website I decided to buy a few that were new to me.
Buying online means you do not get a chance to give the tart a sniff before you buy so it is hit or miss as to whether you like them or not.
I thought I should like this Christmas Cookie tart as my favourite so far is definitely the Vanilla Cupcake one - so I figured that any cake or cookie tart would be one I should like.
The smell in the packet is quite creamy with a sort of minty or burnt tinge.
These tarts are supposed to give about 8 hours of fragrance and I find that if you use half at a time you can extend the amount of fragrance time to about 10 hours before the wax is finished.
The wax melts quickly over the tealight and it immediately gives out a creamy aroma - not too dissimilar to my favourite Vanilla Cupcake but with a little more of a biscuity, burnt and buttery aroma. However I did not really find it very vanillary and it also had a slight burnt tinge to the smell - a bit like the 'Vanilla Frosting' one I tried a while ago.
This fragrance soon filled the kitchen and is it a pleasant homely smell - although it is called 'Christmas' Cookie is does not smell 'seasonal' so could be used any time of the year.
I would be happy to use this one again and I sometimes use this fragrance in the living room as well. I seem to like the 'food' versions of the tarts quite a lot but although this one is nice it is not as creamy and smooth as Vanilla Cupcake which is still my favourite.
The burnt tinge to the smell means I knock one star off my rating.
4 Stars - a bit of a burnt aroma to me.
===Would I Recommend?===
I have loved the Yankee candle since my first ever purchase at the start of the year and have been trying a steady flow of them so there's a fair few reviews stocking up back here! But as Christmas is just around the corner i thought I would try one of the festive fragrances. My first choice was the Christmas Cookie and I chose a 1 wick regular tumbler as I liked the scent so much in the shop.
The presentation of then in jars and tumblers also appealed as our lounge, dining room and bedroom are all muted pale tones with silver and glass ornaments etc, so the Yankee Candles fitted in with the décor beautifully. They look so simple and elegant in the tumblers and jars and looked great in our rooms. Also for the price of them and how long they last they are well worth the money.
The Yankee Candle idea began in 1969 when a young Mike Kittredge melted down some crayons to make his mother a Christmas Candle. The Candle was so impressive a neighbour asked to buy the candle, so Mike Kittredge agreed and made another. From then on the Yankee Candle has become synonymous in the fragrance candle market and now has over 150 fragrances to its name.
The Yankee Candle range can be quite expensive when you first look at them. They have 4 main candle types:-
The most well know range is the Jars, which come in several sizes and styles:-
Large, Medium and Small Jars
Large, Medium and Regular Tumblers
Presentation, Packaging and Price
The Yankee Candle I bought was a Regular size costing £9.99 in a sale at Birthdays. The Regular Tumblers are a good sized candle presented in a glass jar with a brushed metal lid. On the front there is an image of a selection of colourful Christmas Cookies and biscuits. The Glass Jar is very classy and can be used again if so wished. It is a strong glass and the design is simple but gorgeous. On the lid the 'Yankee Candle' name is embossed on the top. The whole design is very simple but still looks stylish and luxurious.
The Candle fills the glass jar about 3/4 of the way up the jar. The Christmas Cookie Candle is a silky cream colour and I likened this to the look of buttercream, and the smell cookies and shortbread instantly fills your senses when you remove the lid. As the glass jar is clear you can see the cream colour of the candle all the way to the bottom which is a nice touch and means you could colour coordinate the candles to your home decor. The regular tumblers are said to have a burning time of 35-45 hours which when you put in perspective of the price means the pricing it more reasonable than you may first think.
When lit the fragrance seems to fill your room quite slowly unlike some other Yankee Candles i have tried which emit a huge burst of fragrance. With the Christmas Cookie the fragrance is more gradual and lighter but no less yummy! The candle really embodies the smell of Christmas baking and you can pick up on the buttery, sugary tones of cookie and shortbread with icing. It is a sweet and homely smell, and not sickly as you may worry from a cookie scented candle! Only problem i had was that being pregnant i don't need much encouragement to eat and this candle burning what smelt like cookies all evening made me ravenous!
Another Yankee Candle I will be buying again!
Summary: A festive fragrance you are sure to love!
I'm a fan of Yankee candles and this is one of my favourite fragrances. As the title says it really does smell good enough to eat! I'd describe the fragrance as sweet vanilla with a hint of spice, basically it lives up to its name and makes my house smell like I've been baking delicious cookies, which is a very pleasant and welcoming scent.
I've had this fragrance in both a medium jar candle and a tart.
The medium jars cost around £16.99 - from my experience most retailers sell Yankee Candle products at the RRP with occasional sales on end of line/promotional fragrances, although Amazon carry some fragrances a punc or so cheaper. Medium jars burn for 65-90 hours according to the label, there's quite a difference between 65 and 90 but I've always found burning time to be closer to 90 hours. These candles produce a really good fragrace while they are burning, which us instantly apparent when entering the space. Remember to keep the wick trimmed to reduce excess smoking and maximise burning time.
I find the tarts to be really good value for money. They retail at around £1.15-£1.25 and last approximately 8hrs of burning (although some last way longer!). The tarts are a good way of trying different scents before committing to buying a big/expensive jar. The also allow you to change fragrances regularly.
I find when not lit the products don't smell strong enough to fragrance a room, but the cupboard in which my wrapped tarts are kept smells gorgeous!
One of the best things about Yankee Candles is shopping for them! There's loads of different fragrances and its amazing how amich some of them live up to their name! Its also interesting to see how different our tastes in fragrances are - some of my friends love all the same scents as me when we're smelling them, others hate what I love! So make sure you definitely know what the other person likes if you're buying one as a gift.
I love yankee candles & I recieved loads last Christmas as a lot of my family members are aware of my slight obsession with them! I recieved mainly votives and wax tarts which was handy as I was able to try out a range of different scents, however I also recieved two large jars, one of which was Christmas Cookie. I had never tried this scent before and was really impressed by the gorgeous, mouth waterring scent that hit me upon opening the jar, and I couldn't wait to try it! I loved it so much that I stocked up on a number of the tumblers in the January sales and I really wish i'd bought more as I have nearly ran out!
Christmas Cookie, like all of the fragrances of yankee candle is available either in votive, tea light, sampler, tumbler or jar form. There are small, medium and large jars. Large jars retail at a hefty £18.45 but prices vary a lot depending on where you buy them from. The wax tarts are the cheapest option and retail anywhere from 90p to £1.50 each. I was planning on re-purchasing the large jar, but as I couldn't see it on sale I decided against it; I really can not justify spending almost 20 pounds on a candle! I decided in the end to buy a few of the large tumblers which retail at around £18 normally but I managed to get mine for £9 each.
The tumbler jar that the candle comes in is described by Yankee as 'classic, versatile and reflects a warm, relaxed sense of style that's always at home. ' It is made of a thick, sturdy glass and is transparent meaning the white wax can be seen through it. It is large but not bulky and it is slightly rounded with a pull-off lid, the lid is silver which I found quite unusual and the jar that the candle comes in overall is very expensive looking and also due to the basic colour scheme it is versatile and does not clash with the decor in my bedroom or living room.
There is a label on the front of the tumbler jar with the usual yankee candle branding along with the fragrance written on the front. The label is Christmas themed so if you buy this after Christmas in a sale this might look a little silly but you can turn the jar the other way around so the label isn't showing if this is an issue! The candle is easy to light as it has two large wicks exposed from the top and I either light them with a match or lighter. I found it unusual that there are two wicks, but apparently this is to ensure maximum fragrance. Also, due to the shape of the jar it is a little awkward lighting the wicks once the wax is run down near the bottom and I usually have to tilt it into a certain position to light it which can be awkward.
Christmas Cookie's scent is described by Yankee as 'buttery rich, vanilla scented, holiday sugar cookies.' I love sweet, foody scents and after the initial whiff of this I couldn't wait to start burning it as it smelt amazing!! I lit it and put it on the fire place in the living room and the scent had filled the room within a few minutes. The scent is gorgeous, and it does smell like real cookies rather than it being fake smelling. It's a rich, creamy sweet smell with vanilla being the most prominant smell, and there's cinnamon type undertones which add to the sweetness yet tone it down a little at the same time due to the very subtle but noticeable hint of spice. I love the subtle spicey undertone, which isn't very strong at all but it adds a lot to the overall scent.
The smell creates that comforting, homely 'freshly baked cake/cookies' kind of smell which is foody but not overpowering or disgustingly over the top. In my opinion it really does smell like cookies and the scent is quite relaxing in my opinion. Despite how much the smell intensifies as the candle burns, I nor any of my family members felt that the scent was too strong. The scent smells natural and fresh, and there are no artificial undertones at all.
Yankee state that each large tumbler has a burn time of 70-90 hours. This is around four days of constant burning. I usually light my tumblers and other candles during an evening and they are usually burning for around four-five hours a day. Each of the tumblers has lasted for over 2 weeks and even once they're almost running out with an inch of wax in the bottom the scent still lingers. I have used my large jar and 2 of my tumblers and now have one tumbler left - which I really don't want to burn as I love the scent so much & I don't think I can wait until Christmas to get another - it's times like this that eBay comes in handy!! Overall reccomended.
Yankee Candle are an American company that specialise in high quality scented candles. I purchased a number of different fragrances just before Christmas in votive format, which is basically a small 49g candle that allows you to try out a scent before purchasing a larger jar version of the scent.
This is a good way to try out the range and work out what you like, as the votives I bought were only £1.65 each, and on an offer of but 10 get 2 free. As I made the purchase in December, a number of my purchases were Christmas inspired, and they are still going strong now as I tend to mainly burn my candles in an evening when my children are in bed for safety reasons.
Christmas cookies therefore might be an unusual choice for spring time burning, but to me, I would be happy to burn this scent at any time of the year as it doesn't give me very strong connotations of Christmas. It is just a pleasant sweet scent to me, and lovely to have burning as a background smell while I am relaxing in the evening.
The votive candle comes packaged in shrink-wrapped plastic, with a label on the plastic to advise me it is a Christmas Cookies candle. The picture on the label is a bit Americanised to me, showing a selection of iced biscuits on a plate, such as a bell, an angel, a candy cane and a bauble. These are presented on a plate alongside a note and a cup, just like you would leave out for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve.
Taking the packaging off the candle, I was pleased that the candle was the same colour I could see through the shrink wrap. This was a creamy colour, a bit like Magnolia in colour. The scent coming off the candle was sweet, creamy, and almost a bit coconutty to me.
The scent is described as 'buttery rich, vanilla scented holiday cookies.' A lot of these sweeter scented candles seem to be described as being vanilla. This one does have a hint of vanilla, but it is blended perfectly so you can also detect other scents in there. I am not sure why I get hints of coconut, as that is not in the description, but I definitely do and I like it.
Some sweeter scented candles I find can be a bit overpowering. If I leave them burning for a long time I can start to become nauseated with the aroma. However, this is a mild sweetness that is just right for me. Strong enough to be able to smell it, but not cloying.
This scent does spread around the room reasonably well in the area the candle is located. I also find if I burn it for about an hour I can still detect it later.
This is a really enjoyable scent that I would be hapoy to burn any time of the year. It is the sort of scent an estate agent would want you to use while showing people around your home, as it smells just like I have been baking cookies. There is just no high calorie treat at the end of it, but that is okay as it hasn't made me want to eat something sweet and has satisfied any sweet cravings I might be having.
As you may see from previous reviews I am very into my Yankee products especially wax tarts, personally I find the wax tarts firstly make excellent room fresheners and also allows you to try out new fragrances cheaply without spending a lot of money. One of the Yankee Wax Tarts I brought over Christmas was the Christmas Cookie Wax Tart, this was a fragrance I hadn't tried before and thought it would be an ideal time to try it.
As a lot of people will know the Yankee Wax tarts as basically a small wax tart with fluted edges. The Wax Tarts have the appearance of a small flat candle but without the wick and are made from a smooth plain wax. The wax tarts come tightly wrapped in a clear plastic wrapper which allows you to see the shape and colour of the tart inside. Each Tart has a small square sticker on top of it, in this case the Christmas Cookie Wax tart has a creamy colour label, the word Yankee Candle is written at the top with "Christmas Cookie" written at the bottom of the label. The labels on the Yankee Wax Tarts always have a small picture on them which is designed to fit with the name of the tart, the Christmas Cookies Tart has a picture of candy canes, stars and other Christmas items on it so this does fit in well with the name of the product. This particular wax tart is a plain creamy white colour which again I feel fits in with the name of the tart.
The Yankee Christmas Cookie Wax Tart appealed to me due to its rich vanilla fragrance, a description of it said the fragrance was of "holiday sugars" although I'm not too sure what this is supposed to smell like. To me the Christmas Cookie Wax Tart did have a rather sweet fragrance to it and one which reminded me of vanilla, it had quite a rich fragrance to it, personally I do not think it really smelt of actual cookies, to me a cookie fragrance should be a smell of fresh baking and maybe a chocolaty smell, this wax tart was nothing like this, it had a sort of buttery fragrance to it mixed with strong vanilla extracts. Although the fragrance of this particular wax tart wasn't what I was expecting I did really like it, I quite like the sweet smelling wax tarts, although some can be a bit over the top, this however was not, it had a warm comforting fragrance to it ideal for a cosy night in on a cold night. This to me is definitely one for the winter months, I would say it is a bit heavy for a summer fragrance, for me its more the sort of fragrance I would enjoy in the winter rather than summer, for me summer fragrances should be much lighter.
I used my Christmas Cookies Wax Tart in the usual way by placing it in the dish of my burner and lighting a tea light underneath and allowing the tart to melt into a pool of wax. As the wax tart started to melt, I gradually started to smell the fragrance spread around the room, to start with it was quite a delicate fragrance, however this developed as the wax heated up. The sweet vanilla smell soon filled the room, it was quite strong as I could detect it in several rooms throughout my house, however it was not what I would call over powering at all, the strength of the fragrance was just right in my opinion.
Each Yankee Wax Tart has 8 hours of burn time, I haven't had my Christmas Cookies Wax Tart burning for that long yet, but I have used it for several hours and the fragrance is still strong and has not faded, personally though I have found that the Yankee wax tarts do last for the average 8 hours as promised so I have no doubts that this one will be the same, however you do get to a point where the fragrance starts to fade and you have to replace the wax tart with a new one, but I think I have a good few hours left in this one before it need replacing.
Yankee Wax Tarts are quite cheap to buy, the Christmas Cookie Wax Tart cost be around £1.00 from a local gift shop, I happened to spot it whilst doing a bit of Christmas shopping, however it is also available in several other shops which sell Yankee products as well as online from the official Yankee website and other sites, the price does vary a little depending on where you buy it from, however they price is usually around £1.00.
Personally I find the wax tarts an ideal way to try out the different Yankee fragrances without spending a fortune as some of the larger candles can be quite expensive, if you buy a wax tart in a fragrance you are not keen on you haven't wasted too much money on it. I would definitely say that the Christmas Cookies Wax tart was worth the money, it has a long burn time meaning you really do get your moneys worth.
I would definitely recommend the Yankee Christmas Cookie Wax Tart, it has a lovely vanilla fragrance to it, it wasn't quite what I was expecting however I did really like this one. It is strong without being overpowering and really does freshen up your room. In my opinion it is a fragrance suited more to the colder months as it has quite a warm fragrance to it rather than a summer fragrance, I feel this would be a bit too heavy for the summer time. As with all of the Yankee Wax tarts this particular one was fairly priced and well worth the money. The Yankee Christmas Cookie Wax Tart is definitely one I would use again in the future and one I would recommend.
I recently went shopping for candles to burn in my house, for use in my the bedroom. When I was in the store I noticed that some of the Yankee Christmas range were on sale and decided I may as well buy them instead of a more expensive kind of candle. I opted to buy the Yankee Sampler or Votive candles which were priced at only 75p and were half price.
I first started using Yankee candles after hearing many positive comments about their fragrances. I have since tried several and had varied results. I use candles regularly both to mask pet smells in the downstairs areas and I also burn candles in my bedroom to create a pleasant atmosphere. I have no particular preference for any fragrance so am willing to try anything.
This candle is called Christmas Cookie and as I mentioned it's part of the Christmas range so I assume it's not widely available all year round. I have a small candle holder especially made for candles this size and if you buy these you should know that you will also need some kind of glass or ceramic holder to place the candle inside.
The Sampler/Votive candle comes wrapped in a plastic outer coating. This needs to be cut or peeled away. There is little information about the brand or the properties of the candle on the actual wrapper itself. You should check the Yankee candle website (I usually go to the American based www.yankeecandle.com) to find out more. The fragrance is represented by an image on the wrapper. In this case there is a photo of iced shortbread cookies in the shape of Christmas trees and other festive things. They look delicious!
The Votive candles are approximately 2 inches tall and are shaped so that the top of the candle is slightly wider than the base. They have a long wick which you should ensure is not too long prior to lighting it. You can trim it with scissors if necessary.
The Christmas Cookie candle is a creamy white colour and looks like it is formed with white chocolate as it has that slightly milky yellow tinge to it. I could smell this candle through the wrapper and after I bought it and was carrying it home in the car the whole car smelled of it! The fragrance is very strong and smells like sweet, raw cookie dough or cookie dough that is warming up in an oven. It's like when you walk past a Millie's Cookie outlet and that rich biscuity smell awakens your senses. It is a homely, warm fragrance that is fun and that is suitable not just at Christmas time but all year round.
The fragrance disperses well as the candle burns and makes the room smell like something has just been baked. It's a really nice smell and it makes me feel happy but slightly hungry! In my bedroom this really just peps up the air with a pleasant smell and is not really suitable for creating a meditative or relaxing type atmosphere or a sultry, sensual kind of mood. It is rather more a youthful, playful kind of scent. It would probably be a great candle to burn prior to a meal in your kitchen as it suggests you have been baking something really scrumptious!
I am definitely enjoying using this candle. It has a powerful and authentic aroma that is pleasing to smell and which I think makes my room smell lovely. I would certainly purchase this one again and would say that if you do find it on offer now buy it because it can be used during any season and in any part of the house.
Available online or in selected stores. I found mine at a local garden centre.
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Getting excited about Christmas approaching I really went to town on so much stuff to do with Christmas from decorations to Christmas mugs, I love this time of year and when I spotted these Christmas edition Yankee candles I simply had to get some for my home to get me into the Christmas spirit!
I bought the votive sampler candle of this fragrance which weighs 49g and I paid £1.75 for it which I though was excellent value for money on Weston Super Mare Pier of all places (near where I live lol). This scent though is available in other formats too such as a variety of different sized candles, room spray and even ones for cars!
Me though I like candles the best for the soft light and the feeling they give to my home and I actually now have some Yankee Candle holders and things as well and have gone a wee bit mad on the range lol.
Like all Yankee products the packaging is very simple indeed and very minimal. My candle came in a see through plastic wrapper with a picture of different shaped and brightly coloured cookies on it and I was told that it was indeed Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie 'With authentic Yankee fragrance' and then on the base of it other information listed included being showed do's and dont's in the way of simple diagrams, the size is stated and contact details for Yankee Candles are given. Nice enough, simple packaging this is.
The Candle Itself:
Cream in colour, this has a wonderful creamy sort of biscuity smell to it really with a very gentle blend of spice to it which really isn't overpowering at all. There is a hint of a vanilla aroma to it too and this is really a very light and unusual fragrance in my opinion and not too in your face or harsh.
My votive sampler lasted me the 15 hours of burn time that Yankee Candles suggest it should last for. The wick on it is a nice long one and burns evenly, I find these to be not a bit drippy or anything however I do use a small glass plate to protect my surfaces just in case or a Yankee burner which I love.
These are a brilliant way to sample the scents out and give a very respectable huge 15 hours of burn time and scent. This one isn't my favourite scent so far in the range but it is a nice enough and a good quality Christmas scent and really does give off a nice warm scent into the home.
Widely available but for a limited time only I assume!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie
As a rule I tend to allow myself to divulge into kitsch during the season of goodwill and I ponder what delights these festive offerings may have under their plastic sweet wrapper cellophane. Any other time of year I slip past the marketing machine without detection, unperturbed and immune to the marketing floozies trying to give me the flirty eye - saying 'buy me. I'm cheap today, but normally incredibly expensive'. Their art of marketing seduction dissolves in the wake of my soles fleeing from such inane temptations. Yet during the season of goodwill, I deliberate and pontificate matters that leads me to eventually succumbing to spending money on such frivolous tat - most recently a 'Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie'.
Truth to be told, I confess my hollow, rumbling stomach had a lot to do with the purchase - yes, I knew I couldn't pop it into my moist mouth and salivate on it, until it crumbles on your tongue as you would a conventional cookie; albeit, I still bought into the idea of sniffing home cooked cookies. More importantly 'Christmas Cookies'. Not that they'll waft about the room any differently than a standard cookie scent. The fact they have the word 'Christmas' on the packaging made a big impact on whether I made that purchasing decision. The packaging graphics sets the harmonic scene of a peaceful, traditional essence which complements the product in its entirety. Subconsciously I was brainwashed, duped, and definitely seduced by the 'Christmas' theme, it smiled at me like a youthful Doris Day, the nostalgia flooded my inner senses - how could I say no! I am human you know, especially at present.
'Yankee' is proud of their fragrance portfolio nevertheless - their labs delve into the most precarious of assortments when it comes to caressing the nasal passage. Their home cooked cookie scent is no exception; it gives the impression you're a baking extraordinaire, master of the cookie. The only problem is - I want to devour cookies thereafter. Yankee is far too good at duping the brain in thinking cookies are on the agenda, even though you know it's come from a candle - this brings another dimension to the phrase: 'Food For Thought'. What if bulbous Yanky tourists believe that I've been baking; and they come traipsing past the back window from urban obscurity, nose in the air, forming an orderly queue 'claiming they've come for heavenly cookies?' Not dissimilar to 'Cavendale Cows' on their advert 'milk matters'.
Those on diets, will go weak at their knees for cookies.
In the oblong box you're supplied with twelve tea lights. They're called tea lights but other terminology such as; flattened fairy cakes or failed miniature soufflés, share similar visual dispositions. A potent sweet vanilla aroma sweeps the room within a few minutes after the initial lighting ceremony, which consists of a decadent bowl of water and a few crystals, plus for an added sprinkle of glamour you can use glitter, or rose petals for extra decorative paraphernalia. Place the watery centre piece in the middle of a dining table; plop the tea lights into the bowl and strike a match - then light the floating candles. For added event impetus, dissolve the electric lights. The sight of the tea lights gliding gently, with the flame flickering amorously the chard light display it creates is mesmeric. As the heat of the flame licks the top of the 'floating crème brulees' the Yankee's laboratory created fragrance awakes, and starts dancing with our senses - baked cookies without the calorific content. Whilst transfixed amid the centre piece spectacle, a distant sound of familiar rumblings can be heard among the deep breathing. The ingredients that rested on my nasal hairs were undertones of butter, hints of lemon, strong surges of vanilla, and a smidgeon of toffee. The realistic smell of an Aga Cooker baking the cookies were not in the array of scents that Yankee had provided. Then again, after extinguishing the tea lights the overall cookie baking experience threw in the perfect parody, as smoke fills the room; and I smiled and thought it was truly 'Yanky Doodle Dandy' - James Cagney style.
Longevity determines on whether you want to play battleships. Normally, a tea light will offer you several hours of flickering flame before succumbing to the water. I recommend a trio of tea lights simultaneously otherwise our sanguine faces would truly burst with excitement and the vast heat and aromatic intoxication. Chards of light will similitude Argentine Tango's on ceilings and walls; in contrast the water seems thicker than mud. Not a bad buy from a heavily seasoned shop called 'Past Times' - the cost of this none calorific Christmas cookie product was a penny below eight pounds sterling.
Watch out for the cookie monster - they cling onto bellies and don't let go.
The only concern I have is 'Yankee does such a good job of imitation, I've now started to look longingly in Baker's windows, and I now make a subconscious bee-line towards the direction of 'Benny's Cookie' kiosk. I've got cookies on the brain, as well as fat insulation; all ready for a sharp cold snap. Well that's what I keep telling myself. What next 'Yankee' - 'aroma's from changing rooms?' The imitation scent of female/male pheromones will make us all go to the gym in the New Year; to work off all the consumed cookies over the festive season. Can't see that idea catching on! Merry Christmas.
Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Sampler
I have been buying quite a lot of yankee candle samplers over the past couple of weeks and I have bought in particular the christmas scents, as christmas is fast approaching and the christmas scents (the few that I have tried) have been really nice.
- About the product
The samplers are all 49g each and they come wrapped in clear plastic with an image sticker on the front. The sticker on the front is a visual representation of the scent and in this case the image was of cookies, decorated cookies, which looks really nice and homely. The candle itself is a creamy cookie like colour. I peal the sticker off the plastic and stick it to the sampler holder I have the candle in so that I know what the scent is.
- The scent
The scent of this candle is really nice, it is better than I expected it to be. I thought this scent would be a really sweet icing scent but it is a fantastic vanilla/cookie/baking scent - although when it is not burning it just smells like vanilla Potpourri which is not the best scent but when it is burning it smells like a vanilla cookies/muffins baking! The scent when burning is gorgeous in my opinion and I think it is a scent that a lot of people will like as it is a nice creamy, vanilla, cookie scent that is sweet but not overly sweet and the scent is quite strong too.
- Using the candle, burn time and scent dispersion
I light all of my candles and samplers with a normal cooking match, from Morrisons I think, and I find that with all of the samplers I have used they take a bit of time for the scent to actually become noticeable when I first burn them - this one is no different, it takes about 20 minutes or so for me to smell the candle. While the candle is burning it looks really nice, as all candles do in my opinion, as they make a room look really warm and cosy and they are perfect for this time of year when it is cold, snowy and really windy outside. The burn time for this candle is about 10-11 hours with this sampler, some burn a little bit fast than others and some burn a bit slower. The scent of this candle disperses really quite well, not as well as the napa valley sun candle, but it disperses through out the room within about 40 minutes or so. The scent is really nice when it is dispersed and people coming in and out of the house notice the scent and comment on how nice the scent is - and my sister said that it smells like cookies, so the scent is smells fairly realistic. Overall, the scent is gorgeous when it is burning (the scent is not too nice when it is not burning), the burn time is about ten to eleven hours and the scent disperses fairly quickly. The scent of this sampler is really quite strong, but not to strong as to become sickly, it is very noticeable and it is a really nice scent - not particularly christmasy though in my opinion as baking in my house goes on through out the year, not just at christmas.
- Price and availability
I bought this candle from amazon.co.uk for £2.60 (£1.60 for the actual sampler and then £1 for delivery as I bought this sampler individually). This sampler can be bought from ebay and a small jar of this scent can be bought from Yankeedoodle.co.uk for only £6 in the sale! (prices as of 8/12/2011). I love this scent and I bought a 12 pack of yankee candle christmas cookie scented tea lights from yankeedoodle.co.uk for only £2.50 yesterday!
*Burn time is about 10 - 11 hours
*Smells gorgeous when it is burning, although when it is not burning it smells like vanilla potpourri, which I don't like but it does not smell like that when it is burning
*Cute packaging and these samplers would make really nice little stocking fillers
*Not very expensive at all
*Fairly widely available
*Very noticeable scent but it is not overly strong so that it smells sickly
*None in my opinion - well this scent is only available at christmas so I am going to have to stock up in the after christmas sales!
Thank you for reading my review
Well, Christmas is here again and this weekend meant the Christmas decorations were taken out of the attic and put up around the house. One gift that I received last Christmas but only got a few days of use last year before everything went away was this 3.7 oz jar of Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie, which can cost £7 upwards. Since getting the decorations out again this weekend, I have had it burning in the evenings.
Everyone loves the foods associated with Christmas, and so a candle that is giving off the scent of Christmas Cookies is bound to smell delicious. This candle is yellow in colour, and this size of Yankee jar is supposed to burn for 25 - 40 hours before coming to an end. I have not had it burn anywhere close to that, but a good few hours over the evenings, have only made a little indent in the candle.
This candle, like all other Yankee candles that I have had in the past, is extremely easy to light although I am sure that as it gets lower and lower in the jar this may prove a little trickier.
If someone hadn't told me the scent off this candle was Christmas cookie, I am not entirely sure that I would have known that it was meant to represent the smell of this. However, the scent is very very sweet and it does resemble the smell of Christmas goodies. It does smell a little like the scent I get when I do take cookies out of the oven, but not overly. When the candle is burnt, the scent does linger in the air, and you can smell it when you come into the room. I also find that when I blow out the candle, there is a lingering scent for a short time afterwards in the room, which is always nice, and means the candle should last you a little longer, as you can blow it out earlier and still enjoy the lingering smell.
All in all, this is a really lovely smelling candle from the very well known brand of Yankee candles. Although it doesn't overly smell like cookies, it does have something that make you instantly think if Christmas goodies and sweets, as it is a sweet smelling scent. This candle, despite its small size, does burn for a good length of time, and leaves a nice smell even after blowing out. So a great Christmas candle from a great well respected company!