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We get through so many Yankee tarts in our house that our carbon footprint for burning tealights must be bigger than Heysham Power Station's. We received a large bundle of them for Christmas, some festive and some floral or food related. The latest tart to get melted in our front room was Midnight Jasmine so here's the review.
For those that don't know, Yankee are an American company that make a variety of scented candles, tarts, reed diffusers etc. A tart is a disc of wax that releases its scent when melted in a tart burner, a bit like a tealight powered oil burner but with a deeper well to retain the wax. This particular tart, midnight jasmine, contains 'water jasmine, sweet honeysuckle, neroli and mandarin blossom' accordning to the Yankee website. The only notifiable scent these nostrils can detect though is the jasmine - I think there's far too much in there and it smells like the sort of perfume my mum wears - eua d'old lady.
It's a very strong scent, which is a plus, but as I said above I don't really pick up on the other scents. If you like jasmine, you'll enjoy this. We used 3 tealights (about 11 hours of burning time) on this tart before it got binned - Yankee suggest that this tart will last for 8 hours so there's another plus point.
Not one of my favourites, I normally wax lyrical (bad pun, I know) about Yankee tarts but this is too mum and less flowershop. The RRP is £1.20 on the Yankee.co.uk site, but shop around as they pop up all over the internet for varying prices. As I feel a bit cheated by the lack of other discernable scents, I'll award this three stars - not bad but not amazing. Thanks for reading.
I recently bought my first purchase from the Yankee range of candles, I bought a few tarts to try and a couple of samplers. It was very hard to choose a fragrance because there are so many to choose from the vast range available. They all smell really nice in my opinion.
The sampler comes wrapped in a transparent plastic wrapper. The name clearly on the front. It is white in colour, looks fresh and clean inside the wrapper. The wick is a good length so it is very easy to light it without it being difficult and too short etc. I do find some candles from other brands tend to have far short length wicks but this one is a very good length.
Once lit, the fragrance I found it takes a while to be detectable in the air compared to the previous fragranced tart I had bought. This one I found took around at least 5 minutes or so before I could detect a reasonable amount of fragrance in my room. After 5 minutes or so, I could smell the fragrance was a lot stronger and the longer it was burning the stronger the scent was apparent. When I left the room and returned some time later, I could detect the scent and although it wasn't an over powering scent it was a really nice fragrance. I decided to move the candle to a smaller room and the fragrance I found was definitely a lot more apparent in the size of that room.
This one is I find much better used in a smaller room and is suitable for me to then use it in various smaller rooms around my home but it isn't one which is suitable to place in my large lounge because my lounge is quite a large one.
The fragrance in my opinion smells of Jasmine and it has a slight fruity smell to it but I can mostly detect the Jasmine fragrance which is really nice and a pleasant scent. I find this one is a very relaxing smell and I moved it to my bedroom before I went to bed to help relax me a little more because I don't always sleep that well sometimes. This fragrance just releases nice soft tones into the air to help me feel more relaxed and comfortable while in bed at night time before I go to sleep. Found it perfect burning in my bedroom for relaxation.
I like the way this sampler melts and keeps the shape of the sampler while it is burning and it doesn't make a mess of my holder. It is extremely important to use a good holder for safety precautions as we all know burning candles can be dangerous if they are not placed in the correct holders and also left unattended.
When I blew out the candle, I found the fragrance lasted in the room for quite some time. I was pleasantly surprised how long the scent actually did last after I blew out the sampler. I sniffed it before I lit it again and I could smell the mild scent, which shows the quality of this sampler in my opinion and it is an excellent quality candle.
I paid just £1.80 for this one and for this price it is designed to give up to 15 hours burning time. I think this is a lot of hours of burning for the price. I think it is excellent value for the money in my opinion.
Buying these samplers is a good way of testing and trying the fragrance before you may want to buy it in a larger jar if you love the fragrance. I am a newbie to this range of candles but I am pleased I bought this fragrance to try because it has given me the chance to sample it and I think the Yankee producers have worked hard to produce a sampler range for people just to test them before buying a larger product such as the jars. I am going to however buy the tart of this fragrance because I do love the scent and I think the tart would be suitable for my smaller rooms around my home. I would buy the sampler size again in the future.
Like I said earlier in my review this fragrance is more suitable for a smaller room for my home, so if you are wanting to burn this one in a larger room it is worth bearing in mind the scent may not be so strong a fragrance for your larger room but from my experience of burning this one, it isn't a strong enough scent for my larger rooms in my opinion. One day I may buy this fragrance in the jar sizes.
The price is very affordable and a cheap way of testing the fragrance to see if you like it or not. I do love the fragrance of this candle and am really pleased I bought it to give it a go for a nice scent in my rooms.
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I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I've been working my way through some new fragrances I picked up from the Yankee Candle shop at the end of last year. The wax tarts are a cheap way of trying out different fragrances, costing around £1.25 for a 22g tart. This one was a bit of a gamble because I couldn't really detect the smell through the wrapper particularly well, and this doesn't usually bode well for the fragrance being strong or long lasting once the tart has melted.
The tart came in the usual plastic wrapping, which requires a knife to slice open. I tend to break them into either two or three pieces to burn, as this is adequate to release the scent but doesn't take as long to melt. The tart itself is white, and thus melted into a transparent liquid.
I was initially disappointed with this tart, as it seemed to take a lot longer to release the scent than the other tarts I've tried. In fact, I spent an entire evening at the weekend with this one melted in the background and didn't really notice it, although admittedly I was feeling a little congested at the time. Tonight, however, I have noticed the scent, although I would still say it's very subtle, and is one of the few scents I can leave burning in the background without having to extinguish before it becomes overwhelming. For this reason, it's good to use as a replacement for air freshener, to freshen up the room rather than creating a particular fragrance or ambience.
The fragrance itself is reminiscent of drying laundry, providing a really subtle background fragrance which is more natural than air freshener and conjures up images of drying towels. Although it's faint, if I leave the room and re-enter it, I notice it smells really fresh and clean, so it's a good one to use for neutralising bad odours such as a cat's litter tray. I do become immune to the fragrance quite quickly, however, and it seems wasteful to burn it for long periods because I don't notice it after a while.
Equally disappointingly, is the fact that this tart can't be detected in the morning, as I notice that quite often I can smell the previous night's tart (that sounds really wrong!) when I enter the living room in the morning. I think the longevity and strength of this fragrance really lets it down, although it would be good for anyone who has a strong sense of smell and finds the usual Yankee fragrances to be too powerful.
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Yankee candles are a well known USA brand which has been going since the late 1960s.
'Delicious ingredients such as water jasmine, sweet honeysuckle, neroli and mandarin blossoms make up the gorgeous Midnight Jasmine Yankee Candles.'
Disc of white wax wrapped in clear cellophane.
Called 'Midnight Jasmine'.
Made with pure natural extracts.
Image of white jasmine flowers on a dark navy background on the label.
The back has a round sticky label which details lots of basic safety advice.
Product of USA.
£1.20 from Ebay - but wax tarts are around that price in most places.
Personally I do not know what jasmine flowers smell like so this wax tart was a complete surprise for me.
It was picked up quite cheaply from Ebay and I find that is a good way of sampling new fragrances.
For the autumn/winter this is probably not a typical fragrance to buy but I like all sorts of aromas and do not mind if they are seasonal or not.
I just quite liked the sound of this fragrance so was delighted when it arrived.
On sniffing the cellophane you could smell the tart inside and it emitted a lovely fresh floral smell - which actually reminded me of some solid perfume that I had bought from Avon way back in the 1970s - but it was a good memory and a lovely smell.
I only melt about a quarter or so of a tart at a time as I like making them last as long as possible.
This one smelt lovely and strong even before it began to melt and it was soon filling the whole room with a light fresh and slightly sweet smell. I then blow out the candle as I find there is no need to leave it burning for a long time as the smell is already in the room.
Although called 'Midnight Jasmine' it is not a heavy or sickly type of aroma.
Not a Christmassy aroma at all but I still burn it coming into December. Wintery smells are nice but so is a burst of floral smells to freshen up the house and atmosphere.
It is a clean and inoffensive smell and not one that a person would take a dislike to.
===Would I Recommend?===
When it comes to wax tarts from Yankee I have to admit I'm a wee bit obsessed withe them to be honest. At £1.25 a tart usually they are a nice little affordable treat for me and my home and there are just so many scents to choose from which means I never get bored of them.
This is one that at the time of writing this review I am actually burning whilst watching the Brit Classical Music Awards and its a very nice accompaniment really!
This comes in a see through plastic wrapper and on the top of it we are told what it is and who it is by and there is a picture shown of flowers on the fron tof it then on the back/bottom of it we are clearly shown do's and don't when using the tart, we are told to expect 8 hours of burn time from it and contact details for Yankee are given. Its easy to remove and dispose of the packaging.
The tart is white and round in shape with Yankee written on the top of it. Its a thick piece of wax with fluted edges and all you do with one of these is snap it easily in half and burn half of it at a time or pop the lot of it in the top of an oil burner and place and light a tealight under it.
This is a slow to release scent. It has a distinctly floral scent to it which isn't harsh but a warm slightly sweet fragrance and I do recognise it as soft jasmine fragrance but it is a clean smell.
Like I say this takes a while to release its fragrance and when it does its subtle and although I feel it could be a tad stronger it has so far lasted me over 8 hours of burn time with some wax left in my oil burner. It isn't one that leaves too much of its fragrance behind a while after its been put out but I do like it, it just happens to not be one of my favourites that I would ever go out of my way to buy again.
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All of these Yankee reviews really aren't helping my bank balance. The other day I decided I must buy the Fluffy Towels fragrance from an ebay seller so in order to save on postage costs (it would be rude not to) I found myself ending up with 4 different fragrances to try despite having about 7 part burned tarts and 3 or 4 still in their wrappers...One that I decided I must try was the Midnight Jasmine scent.
The wax tarts from Yankee are designed to be burned in a tart burner therefore meaning they have no wick. The wax tarts retail between £1 and £1.20 usually and you can pick up a burner for a bargain £5. However if you don't think the tarts are your thing you can also buy the Yankee range in other formats including tealights, samplers, housewarmer jars, tumblers and even reed diffusers.
Midnight Jasmine is a white tart with a gorgeous picture on the front of the wrapper showing a dark sky surrounding jasmine flowers. It looks attractive and contemporary.
To burn the tart you simply pop it in the top of your burner, place a lit tealight underneath and within 10 minutes or so your fragrance will be released into your room.
As the tart was first beginning to release its fragrance I was a bit skeptical as it seemed to have quite a soapy kind of smell. However, as I got a bit more used to the smell and it began to release its full scent I found that the aroma was much more enjoyable. The scent reminds me of having a hot bubble bath as it does have a fresh, clean and relaxing aroma. It is a floral scent and this isn't overpowering, instead it is one of the more subtle scents. Its a very fresh and new kind of smell and it reminds me of a cold spring morning with the dew on the ground.
The tart gives a scent which helps to fragrance my home and after using it my home has a fresh and clean smell with a slight floral hint. This is quite a subtle aroma and is certainly not intense. The fragrance does hang around for a few hours after extinguishing the tealight but its not one that you will be able to smell the next morning.
As always, this wax tart promises a burn time of 8 hours. I always find they last longer than this, sometimes up to 12 hours but after 8 hours the fragrance begins to fade.
I like this fragrance but I think it is more of a spring or summer fragrance than an autumn or winter one simply because it is such a light and floral fragrance. However, it does scent my home nicely and I am enjoying the fragrance it delivers. I have found that the aroma creates a very calming atmosphere and helps me to regain some calm and begin to unwind. I will finish off my tart within the next week or so definitely but I probably won't buy another straight away simply because I would like to try all of the more cosy, wintery or christmas fragrances that are all appearing on the market now. However, I am sure that Midnight Jasmine will feature in my burner again in the new year!
As a recent convert to Yankee Candles I was pleased to pick up a Midnight Jasmine tart at my local craft shop for 55p, as they were on sale. I looked on the Yankee Candle UK website and the tart was retailing at £1.25 (May 2012).
The tart is white, weighs 22g, and comes packaged in a very well sealed plastic wrapper, that is a little difficult to open, I found that some of the tart crumbled off whilst I was opening it.
On the top of the tart was a sticky paper label and a great picture of delicate white jasmine flowers set against a dark blue background. The tart does not have a wick and is made from natural extracts and is supposed to burn up to 8hours.
Once open you place the tart in a burner with a tea light candle underneath and wait for the tart to melt and release its aroma.
Within about 10 minutes the whole tart had melted and had turned into a almost clear liquid wax, the aroma of the candle was of water jasmine, sweet honeysuckle, neroli, and mandarin blossom.
The aroma filled the room very quickly and soon drifted around the downstairs of the house. The smell although one of my favourites was very strong so after about 35 minutes I blew out the candle, and the scent lingered for a good hour or so after. I have been using the same tart every other day for up to an hour at a time and found that it lasted me nearly two weeks, before the aroma started to become less noticeable, so all in all I was very pleased with my Midnight Jasmine Tart.
Overall I would recommend the Midnight Jasmine tart to others, it easy to use, smells great and is not messy, like some candles/tarts I have used in the past and because the scent was so strong the tart has lasted me a long time.
Midnight Jasmine Sampler Candle
Yankee Candle's Midnight Jasmine Sampler was included in a recent order I made online, I vaguely remembered the name having melted the wax tart variant some time ago but couldn't recall how it smelt so didn't really know what to expect from this one when I recently got round to burning it. White in colour and featuring an attractively designed sticker on the cellophane wrapper the sampler candle weighs the standard 49 grams and has a single wick which runs through the middle of the wax and is held in place by a silver disc at the base of the candle. Samplers have a burn time of around 15 hours but as I always mention in my Yankee sampler reviews, they don't give off anywhere near that amount of fragrance. Generally speaking a sampler candle will provide 5 or 6 hours of fragrance if you're lucky and are probably the weakest format you can experience a Yankee fragrance from, the wax is always of good quality though and you should find that any sampler from the Yankee range will burn evenly without waste.
Midnight Jasmine is quite a deep fragrance with a musky undertone that could be quite heavy if it wasn't for some bright floral notes to add some needed lightness, it's quite a sensual fragrance which I found surprising for a white candle as I expected something a little lighter and breezier when I had mine burning. It's an obvious floral aroma although not quite as cloying as some of the 'Flower' fragrances that Yankee produce and whilst there are Jasmine and Honeysuckle inclusions which give it it's floral scent for me it made for an interesting fragrance that was noticeable but not overpowering. Perhaps somewhat dampened by the format in which it is produced, the sampler variation of Midnight Jasmine is quite subtle even though it is a deep fragrance and for me this made it one of the better floral fragrances that I've tried from Yankee. I don't usually like anything that is artificially 'flowery' as they can often be quite powdery and hang too obviously in the air I find and as I'm prone to headaches from really strong perfumes I tend to avoid buying too many floral fragrances from Yankee as I prefer the sweeter or fruity fragrances that they produce. Midnight Jasmine made for a nice change though, probably more suitable for ladies and best suited to a bedroom rather than kitchen or bathroom, I would say that this could make a mood-setting ambience which would suit a couple's or ladies bedroom.
It's not a versatile fragrance I don't think and is probably best suited for burning at night time which is perhaps why Yankee give it the name they have, it wouldn't be one that I would want burning through the day as it is a little too deep but in the right setting for the right person then I think it would be one that many would enjoy. It isn't a favourite of mine I must admit, floral fragrances never are though and as this one was included in an order I made online I didn't select it for myself. I got around 5 hours worth of fragrance from my single sampler although after 3 or so hours it had all but faded into the background so would suggest that it's burned for a couple of hours at a time if you're really wanting to get the most out of it.
Midnight Jasmine wouldn't be a fragrance I'd be in a rush to buy again although I can see its appeal and I do think that it would suit anyone who likes the floral fragrances that Yankee produce. The sampler isn't really the best option to make should you be wanting to get a room-filling, strong fragrance though and personally I would recommend the wax tart over this one to anyone looking to get the most for their money as the £1.60 this costs to buy doesn't represent all that good value for money when you consider that wax tarts are cheaper and produce more fragrance. As far as the candle itself goes then this one was the same as all the other samplers I've had before, it burned evenly and left behind no residue wax and all I was left with was the silver disc at the bottom of my votive holder and a short piece of wick. The clean up time only takes me a few seconds to retrieve and dispose of the disc and anyone who buys candles for the flickering flame and atmosphere they create should find nothing to complain about with how this one performs.
Overall I'm happy to award a 3 star rating for the Midnight Jasmine sampler candle, the fragrance wasn't really suited to me but it made a nice change and wasn't too strong to be overpowering. It should appeal to those who like deeper, floral fragrances that Yankee are so good at replicating and for the right person this would be one that they would enjoy. It's still a current release with it being available in all formats across the Yankee range and is available to buy both online and from high street Yankee stockists. Thanks for reading my review.
I like to burn candles around the house and do so because I enjoy their scent as well as to reduce any bad odours. My favourite candle brand is unrivalled and is Yankee because they make so many different unique varieties inspired by authentic aromas from around the world. They also provide candles suitable for different areas of the home. On a recent trip to my local garden centre I picked up a couple of these Midnight Jasmine candles. They were reduced as they did not seem to be a popular choice but having now experienced them I can't think why anyone would bypass this one!
I always buy Yankee candles in their small Votive or Sampler size. You can get them in a variety of sizes though including ones in glass jars or pillar shaped and you can also get a tiny biscuit sized wax tart. I like the Votive candles because they are the perfect size to fit on my shelves. I also have many candle holders which accomodate these 2 inch tall candles. The base of the candle is about 3 1/2 centimetres in diameter. The top of the candle is about 4 1/2 centimetres in diameter. The Votive candles come wrapped in plastic which is printed with an illustration which represents the fragrance. On this candle there is a picture of purple and white flowers which I assume are Jasmine. They look slightly hazy as though seen by twilight. The only other information on the wrapper is a safety label on the bottom which gives basic picture instructions on how to use the candle.
The Midnight Jasmine candle is snow white in colour so it looks good with any colour decor. The wax becomes a little more translucent when melted. Yankee describe the scent of this candle as "seductively lush" with elements of "water jasmine, sweet honeysuckle, neroli, and mandarin blossom" coming into play. To me the candle is one of the most sensual and sexy that I've come across in the Yankee range. The scent is very heady, rich and tinged with darkness. There are nectar sweet undertones that seem to tease the senses whilst an overpowering calla lily poison burns away in the top notes. It's a fragrance from a secret Heavenly garden that can only be found by moonlight and I think the 'Midnight Jasmine' moniker is perfect. When I smell this candle I feel overwhelmed by feelings of spiritual joy and dreaminess. It's a beautiful, strong and daring fragrance that I would actually love to bottle and wear as a perfume!
Due to the exotic nature of the scent I prefer to burn this in the bedroom although it is also suitable for a living room especially if you want to cover up any nasty odours. The candle scent is far reaching and capable of masking bad smells across several rooms. It's a fragrance that is noticable when you walk into the room.
I absolutely love the fragrance of the Midnight Jasmine candle and love the fact that these little burners last for up to 15 hours. They provide a lovely atmosphere in my home by looking lovely but more importantly by smelling divine. I would certainly buy this variety again and recommend it to Yankee devotees and to new customers alike.
Prices vary depending on where you buy these but mine was £1.19 reduced from £1.59 and was well worth the money.
Yankee have a UK website where you can read about the brand, find information about the candle ranges and buy online:
I love candles and anything scented but until recently I had never used a Yankee Candle. After reading so many reviews on Yankee Candles I thought I should try them out. In the shop I had a sniff of the candles and decided that I really liked the scent of the Midnight Jasmine candle. I found that it had a very strong jasmine smell, kind of a very exagerated scent of jasmine. I like candles to really leave the scent in a room so the fact that the smell of this one was so strong was a good thing in my opinion.
I bought the small Midnight Jasmine Yankee Candle in House of Fraiser for around £8. I did think that this was quite expensive for a candle and I'm sure that if I had shopped around I could have found it cheaper but when you consider that the Body Shop charge £10 for their candles I actually didn't think it was a bad price, especially as it effectively acts as both a candle and an air freshner.
When I started burning this candle I was quite disappointed. The scent was really subtle, so much so that unless I was right next to the candle I couldn't smell anything and it didn't leave any noticeable scent in the room. Although it was a disappointment in terms of scent I was pleased with the way that the candle looks. It comes in a little glass jar, which all yankee candles seem to come in and I just think that it's really nice presentation. When the candle is lit, particularly after it's burnt down a bit, the glass reflects the flame, making it look bigger than it actually is and much brighter. However, I didn't buy the candle for presentation, I bought it for scent so even though it looks good I don't think it makes up for the lack of smell.
This candle does seem to have a good burn time. I lit mine on at least four occasions for over an hour each time. The problem is that I still have a lot of the candle left but I can't light it. I've tried tipping it all kinds of ways and still can't get it to light. The top of the jar just seems too narrow to let enough oxygen in while I light it. I've burnt myself trying and now given up on it. It seems like such a waste when there's so much of it left.
To conclude this candle is a disappointment. It looks good but the scent isn't strong enough and the candle becomes impossible to light when it burns down to a certain point.
I received some Yankee Candle Votives as a Christmas gift and am gradually working my way through them. These candles are my introduction to Yankee Candles and I can understand after using a few, exactly why they are so popular. Their fragrances are both nicely scented and long-lasting and also the quality of the candle is exceptional.
Midnight Jasmine is a pure white candle from Yankee and available to purchase as a wax tart, votive and tea-light as well as in scented jar form of various sizes.
My candle was a votive, also known as a 'sampler' candle. By buying one of these, or indeed a wax tart, you are able to sample a Yankee Candle before purchasing the more expensive scented jars. It is an ideal way to sample the various scented candles and discover which scents you prefer without parting with a lot of cash. The scented jars are quite expensive, but the price of the wax tarts and votives are very reasonable and I would recommend you purchase these before splashing out on a scented jar.
My Midnight Jasmine votive candle is available to purchase from YankeeDoodle.co.uk and Amazon priced at £1.60. There is a postage charge of £1.00 from Amazon and £2.00 from YankeeDoodle, but you can also order up to £9.99 worth of candles from YankeeDoodle for that £2 charge, so it makes more sense to order more if you purchase from there. Yankee Candles can also be found in department stores such as Debenhams and card and gift shops.
The candle itself looks very attractive in its packaging. The pure white wax is wrapped in cellophane with jasmine flowers set against the night sky on the front of the wrapper.
The scent of this candle is described as a seductively lush perfume of Water Jasmine, Sweet Honeysuckle, Neroli and Mandarin Blossom and I could detect the Jasmine scent through the wrapper before opening my candle. I do like the scent of Jasmine, so I was never in any doubt that I wouldn't like this scented candle.
Opening the candle, I set it into my votive holder and lit the wick. It is important to use a suitable holder for these votives and never use them freestanding.
Once lit, it didn't take long before the fragrance was noticeable in the room, but I would say this Midnight Jasmine is one of the lighter scents in the range, as it certainly isn't as strong as some I have used such as Evening Air. The scent wasn't immediately detectable as soon as I walked into the room either, but I picked up the scent of the candle in the air from about 8ft away. I do have a long lounge/dining room and have found with some of the Yankee candles, the scent fills the entire area, but it was more subtle with this one.
If anybody is aware of the Marks & Spencer range of Magnolia toiletries, then I would say the scent of Midnight Jasmine may remind you of the Magnolia fragrance. It was certainly the first thought that sprung to mind when I lit my candle and my daughter agreed. It does have a lovely fragrance regardless of what it may remind you of and the Jasmine notes slowly filter through whilst it is burning. Indeed it is the Jasmine notes you can detect the most here whilst it is burning, which are said to lift your mood and give you energy. Whilst I cannot personally vouch for that, I can however, praise the scent, which has a certain soothing and seductive quality, which when blended with the more subtle scents here such as the Honeysuckle, could be described as quite a romantic fragrance. It also hangs in the air for quite some time after extinguishing the flame.
What has impressed me the most about Yankee candles and perhaps is another example of 'you get what you pay for' is the fact that the wax burns evenly and you are not left with a well in the centre of the candle. Because of this, you can expect to achieve the 15 hours approx burn time that Yankee state you will achieve when using these votives.
I burned my candle for a couple of hours give or take a few minutes, each evening and it lasted just under a week, so I was happy with that. There was a tiny amount of wax left in the bottom of the holder after the candle had burned out. With most votives I have used previously, I have been left with much more wax in the holder than I did here.
By buying Yankee, you are assured of a quality candle that burns well and has a detectable scent. I have bought a number of scented candles which have released very little, if indeed any scent at all, once lit. I am pleased to report that this is not the case here. Whilst some of Yankee's scents are stronger than others, they always seem to be very fragrant. By buying a votive or wax tart you are not spending a lot of money and are buying a quality candle. I will perhaps buy the scented jars for special occasions, but these votives meanwhile are an ideal and affordable candle for everyday purchase.
If you're into Aromatherapy or even if you have been lucky enough to have a rather expensive massage, then you'll recognize Jasmine as being a staple offering in the essential oils family that is designed to revive, freshen and make you come alive. The thing is though, I've never really had a massage with oil of Jasmine and the only aspect that Jasmine comes to mind is the tea that I drink!
By now you'll realize by reading a lot of my reviews that I'm into quite a lot of scented candles and not a lot of them are by means, flowery by nature. Most of the time I'm happy with spicy candles, cinnamon based or even the washing powder types that give off a fresh and welcoming approach, reminding many of just washed clothing or a spin in a tumble dryer without steaming up the home. Midnight Jasmine is a candle that I first tried by Yankee Candle several years ago, one of the many first introductory candles that the company first sold in the flower ranges and out of the many that the American premium candle company now sell, Midnight Jasmine is one of the weakest in terms of flower explosions.
Like a lot of Yankee Candle products, Midnight Jasmine has a white colour and is available in so many scented wax formats, the easiest and cheapest ways of sampling this product is literally by the actual sampler/votive candle, wax tart or car tab air freshener. All of those products should cost below £2 on average but some last longer than others on duration and strength. If you are feeling rather extravagant however, splash out on small, medium or large house warmer jar glass candles. The white candle looks quite classy when lit and as usual with all of the Yankee Candle products in glass format, the label is peelable and has the usual Yankee Candle in gold lettering with a picture of Jasmine flowers on a purple background. I tend to buy Yankee Candle in either sampler form, wax tart form or the medium jars as the medium jars can last up to between three to five months if used for an hour every three days per week! Let me tell you now if you don't know already, Yankee Candle products are far better than Glade, Partylite candles and a lot of other companies because of the quality and richness of many of the fragrances that they have spent hours dreaming up. Yankee Candle also take on suggestions of fragrances if you can't find one out of their many different scents available and the beauty of the wax tarts is that you can make up your own fragrance by cutting one in half with another likewise tart of another scent - and Midnight Jasmine is an ideal candle to do this with.
The secret behind Midnight Jasmine is that it's not just a candle that yells and pervades home strongly with the scent of Jasmine oil. There's a deeply exotic roundness that comes off this candle with a hint of burnt orange Mandarin and Neroli as the base tone, Jasmine as the middle scent whilst my favourite of all, warm and sweet honeysuckle on the top, a scent that Yankee Candle also sell on its own that makes my tongue tingle and often makes me hungry! Once these additives come together, Midnight Jasmine doesn't explode into firework like waves of synthetic, artificial scent, but rather gradually builds up a tone of relaxing hues, natural additives that are easy to warm to and easy to cosy up beside.
Midnight Jasmine however is a candle that was introduced to quite a few of my friends in a slightly unusual fashion. When I was studying at university, one of our lecturers had a Zen room with Asian instruments and as he had studied instruments and history in a few countries, made all of us sit cross legged on the floor before we tried several different instruments. This is when I suggested bringing Midnight Jasmine in as our lecturer had mentioned that to become truly "at one" with the spirit, we had to imagine sweet Jasmine incense being burnt. Thanks to smoke detectors, the question of incense sticks was out of the question but when I bought an electric potpourri burner in with some of the Midnight Jasmine candles in tart wax form (turned into a hot oil with little steam rising from it) the candle's fragrance began to relax everyone and as the smell of Jasmine filled the room, we could at last behold the kind of "at one" character our lecturer originally wanted to obtain! As such this is a well rounded fragrant candle that has a mix of honey with light and refreshing Jasmine flowers. It never becomes too heady which is a good aspect as some Yankee Candles can induce headaches if the scent is too pungent and despite the flowery and citrus content, Midnight Jasmine is amazing at not being able to make people sneeze! It can mask various pongs fairly well including wet dog smells and the odd cigarette, but this fragrance is really suited for those buyers who are looking to relax, or awaken without being too alert.
Whilst the dishwasher safe house warmer style country jars are worth considering, they are not shatterproof at the top or heat insulated at the sides. The bases are however heat insulated and have a good durability to them unless you purposefully drop the candle on a hard floor! Generally, if you buy the house warmer style jars, they have air tight thick glass lids that make excellent storage jars after the wax has been washed out - and don't worry if you don't have a dishwasher, as after all the wax has burnt down to the base, a little hot water swirled around lifts any excess wax out and sends it floating to the top. The same applies to the wax sampler votive candles and they will need a suitable votive holder that can accept these kinds of candles. With the wax tart format, you'll need a hot oil potpourri burner powered by a tealight candle and a deep concave base at the top to accept the hard oil wax tart. Once the tart is done, it is simple to take out by putting the entire burner (albeit tealight candle) into a freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes. It has to be completely cooled down first to avoid the burner from cracking and when taken out, turn over and the wax tart should easily fall out. If the base of the tart still has scent, you can keep the candle and use it another time and use another wax tart of another scent if it has been purchased.
Other formats available: (average pricing given)
Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p each.)
Scented Powder Sachet (28grams, 3-4 week duration, £2-99)
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)
On-The-Go Travel scented air freshener pen (limited edition) (£5-99, 65 sprays duration, contains odour eliminator additive.)
Plug In Scent (£5-99 4-6 weeks duration, 2 capsules per box, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
Plug In Plug and "free" scent starter (£14-99, 4-6 weeks duration, also fits old Air Wick plugs.)
Reed Diffuser (limited edition) (£11-99/£13-99 8fl. oz, 12 reeds 4-6 weeks duration.)
Unlike a lot of Yankee Candle scents, the formats given above largely work well in Midnight Jasmine's favour including the tealight candles, a format that I have never really been taken with where Yankee Candle are concerned. The reed diffuser is a lovely gift for example and works well giving out a light and refreshing fragrance against the hard to find plug in formula which can be too heavy at times when left on for a couple of hours. For a better spread, the wax tarts or glass jar types are far better and more reliable for an even spread of scent. As one of many Yankee Candle scents available, Midnight Jasmine is a perfect balance of citrus and light flowery scent - try it and be overwhelmed by the quality and richness of the candle's natural scents on offer. Unlike a lot of Glade flowery candles there is very little synthetic after tones and Yankee Candle's offering here is longer lasting and good value for money. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2010
Yankee candle Midnight Jasmine
This lovely little glass jar containing the scented candle from Yankee Candles was a present from my son last Christmas. I have just had my last burn and so I thought I better write my review before I forgot what a lovely fragranced candle this was.
The candle is in a small lidded glass jar looking a bit like a Kilner jar or old fashioned pickle jar. It is only small, about 5 inches tall with the lid. The actual candle is weighs 3.7oz. On the front of my jar is a lovely picture of white jasmine flowers against a purple blue background, I suspect this is supposed to indicate the fact that the jasmine is midnight jasmine. Not being a botanical expert I am not sure that midnight jasmine is any different from other jasmine it just sounds more romantic and atmospheric. I stand corrected apparently Midnight jasmine is another name for Arabian Jasmine so called as the strongly scented flowers open at night and close in the morning. So there you are you learn so much while writing and reading reviews!
The candle is scented with pure, natural plant extracts and lovely smelling it was too. I do love the smell of jasmine and when I opened the lid of the jar the strong heady jasmine aroma leapt out to meet me. Whenever I was not actually burning the candle I kept the air tight lid on the jar and I think that helped keep the smell lasting almost the whole 12 months as strong as it was in the beginning.
The essential oil smell of jasmine is not only an aphrodisiac it is stimulating and uplifting for the emotions. It is used in aromatherapy as an anti depressant as it is believed to perk one up and ease lethargy. I am not feeling particularly depressed but have been a bit lethargic since returning from our latest holiday so decided to burn my lovely candle quite a bit in the last two weeks and I have really enjoyed the heady and sensual fragrance of this jasmine candle.
On a number of occasions we have had people arrive and comment on the lovely smell as they came into the room where the candle was burning. If I leave the room and walk back in then the smell is very obvious but while I am sitting in the room it is definitely noticeable but certainly not, in my opinion, overpowering. My husband is a bit funny about me burning scented things like joss sticks but he has actually commented favorably about the smell of this candle so that is saying something. There was not coughing and throat clearing which is his way of telling me he isn't keen on something I am burning!
The nice thing about the smell of this candle being quite strong is that I just have to leave it burning for about 30 minutes at a time and I find this makes the room smell lovely. The wonderful Jasmine fragrance lingers for quite some hours without being too strong.
I have now finished this lovely candle but unfortunately there is still some wax at the botton of the jar. There is still a wick but because it is above the wax level it will not burn. I am now going to try and melt out the remaining wax and use it in my burner like a wax tart. I'll wash out my little glass jar and use it with night lights as it is very useful to be able to blow out the candle and put the lid on as it stops that 'just blown out candle smell'.
It is hard to describe the smell of jasmine other than heady, strong, and sensual as it is a unique flower smell. It is so much stronger than most other flower smells. According to Yankee candles this candle has the
"seductively lush perfume of water jasmine, sweet honeysuckle, neroli and mandarin blossom"
I have to admit that the jasmine is the most obvious of these but as they are aromas that complement each other maybe that is why it is hard to pick out each individually but the effect is a sweet, strong, heady, sensual and romantic smell which lasts for quite some time in the rooma after the candle has finished burning. I have enjoiyed it during the day but it would be a lively candle to burn in the evening particularly as that is when flowers like jasmine become most powerful when they are in the plant.
I would suggest that I would NOT have it burning during a meal as the smell is strong and it would add to the tastes of the meal. I'm not sure that any scented candle would add much to a meal so save them for the relaxing area of the house to move into after you have enjoyed your meal. It is often nice to burn a scented candle after guests have gone as this will clear the air of your house o cooking and drinking smells. No-one is ever allowed to smoke in my house so that is never a problem but cooking smells the day after never seem so good.
As this candle was a gift I didn't know how much it was until looking on the internet and I found it isn't cheap. The size I have is £7.49from John Lewis and the next size is £14.99 for the 14.5 oz size and finally the big one at 22oz costs£17.99. I would suspect that the bigger ones are comparatively better value but nearly £20 is a lot to pay for a candle however nice it is.
I can't say precisely how long my candle burned for as I have had it 11minths now and used it on and off over the last few months. I am impressed with how long it lasted and was very pleased with how strong and lasting the fragrance lasted too. I do think that £7.50 is a lot to pay for a candle though. I am very grateful to my son for his present and as he is in Australia it has been nice to burn this over the year as every time I lit it I thought of him. It has been a nice warm and comfortable reminder of him while he has been away.
So in short I would thoroughly recommend this candle for its lasting quality both in terms of burning and aroma. I do think it is quite expensive but I guess if you are using natural oils and extracts then you pay for what you get. The aroma is strong, lasting and very atmospheric. I almost feel like I am in the Mediterranean or North Africa or somewhere else hot at sunset when the flowers with scents seem to be at their strongest while in reality I am sitting in my cosy room with my laptop enjoying my Yankee candle while writing reviews about my latest travel exploits.
I took off one star for the expensive price!
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