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==The Purchase== About a year ago I started using Yankee candles having found one in my Grandmas car, I was then convinced by reviews read on this site that there were many different and lovely fragrances to be had so bought myself a couple but also asked for a selection for Christmas last year. My Mam bought me 20 different Yankee Candle tarts as part of my Christmas present so I got quite a wide range to have a try of although there are over 100 different fragrances and more been added all the time so my collection is just the tip of the iceberg. You can buy Yankee Candles in a wide variety of places, we have an Asda Living store on a shopping park near us which sell them and until this week we did have a little village shop to buy them from but now that has closed down the internet may be a place I use a little more for buying them. ==The Invention== In 1969 Mike Kittredge was trying to make his mother a gift and so he tried to melt down some crayons, somebody saw what he had made his mother and requested they buy the item from him, he allowed them to buy it and made more from supplies bought with the money and the Yankee Candle was born. ==The Range== Yankee candles come in many different shapes and sizes which all carry relevant price tags, there are over 100 different fragrances and new ones are released throughout the year for different occasions, Halloween, Christmas, Easter, valentines the list is endless. The tarts are in my opinion the best value and allow you to have a wide variety of fragrances to try without too much of an outlay. The range carries, Wax Tartlets - £1.20 - 8 hours burning time Tea Lights - £6.45 for 12 - 4-6 hours burning time Sampler - £1.75 - 15 hours burning time Small Jars - £7.99 - 25-40 hours burning time Medium Jars - £15.99 - 65-90 hours burning time Large Jars - £18.99 - 110-150 hours burning time Small Tumbler - £9.45 - 35-45 hours burning time Medium Tumbler - £14.75 - 45-50 hours burning time Large Tumbler - £18.25 - 70-90 hours burning time I like to stick to the wax tartlets (although I have been given a couple of jars as presents) as it allows me to change my fragrance frequently. Not all fragrances come in all of the different size options I think it depends how popular a fragrance is. ==Pomegranate Cider== The description of the tart from a Yankee Candle seller is "complex recipe that mixes tart pomergranate juice with sweet vanilla and spicy notes of cinnamon and cloves" The tart is circular and like the shape of a jam tart pastry case with the fluted edges which slightly taper out over. This tart is a deep Christmassy red in colour and comes wrapped in shrink wrap plastic so it is tightly wrapped and requires a sharp object to cut through the plastic to open it. On the front of the tart there is a small sticker with the title Yankee Candle and a picture of two glasses of red liquid with an open pomegranate hidden behind them, underneath the picture is the name of the fragrance and there is little shiny gold accents around the label which is a nice touch. You can smell the scent of the candle through the wrapper and so if you are buying any of them in person you do have a good idea what the candle is going to smell like once it is burning, this one smelt very spicy whilst in it's wrapper and is probably not one I would have picked if I had been smelling it in a shop. On the underneath of the tart there is a small sticker which has some small pictures on it of warnings to do with the tart, there is, a sign to say it will burn for more than 8 hours although some lose their smell before the 8 hours is up. Do not use with electric Do not leave unattended Do not use near curtains Keep 10cm between candles Keep away from children Do not use in a frying pan Do not add water ==My Opinions== As this is a Yankee Candle tart you have to place it in a burner with a tea light burning underneath it, the smell begins to drift around once the wax begins to melt from the heat of the tea light. I found that this tarts smell drifted around the room within about 5 minutes which is probably because the scent is so strong. The smell is very spicy and I can certainly smell the cinnamon in the tart, I do not think this smells at all of pomegranates and I personally am unable to smell any vanilla in it either. The smell fills the house and the next morning after using it getting half way down the stairs I could begin to smell it from the night before. The tart is supposed to last for 8 hours and I would say that this one does last about that long, I did find however that instead of burning for a couple of hours like I usually would at a time an hours burning with this tart was sufficient due to the smell being strong. I have found that this tart helps my house smell fresh but do feel that it is a Christmassy smell and not one that I would burn all year around. I would buy this one again and burn around December time as it is a lovely fragrance and as it smells so string it lasts even longer as it doesn't need to burn for so long at any one time.
What a year it has been for Yankee Candle and I! One of the best scents I've tried so far this year has to be the washing linen scents and the associated lemon candles that I have tried out against to what I like from America's favourite of cinnamon or apple spiced candles. Now that I'm getting over with lemons being part of the endless content taking over vanilla as natural additives, I turn my attention to the humble apple. Apart from the Christmas season event candles and spicy ones that are close to my heart, apple candles are types I like to use over the Christmas period as well as months approaching the summer as the fruit often reminds me of a great staple in a summer fruit salad. If there is another candle scent that is worth considering, it is that of "Pomegranate Cider," because as the saying goes, this one "isn't just for Christmas," and seems to link summer and winter quite well, even if the deep red colouring of the candle wax is more akin to Santa than Summer! My experience of this candle is vast in terms of formats/types received as gifts and from my own money spent on the scent even though it initially began as a spray gift I received as a birthday present in March 2010 followed by my own purchase of wax tarts and votives at Christmas and then a large jar candle the following year from the same person who had gifted me the first range of this scent as a birthday present. Amidst all of the other candles I have, the cinnamon ones and "Pomegranate Cider" only get to air once a couple of months - because this very fruity candle is worth keeping over a length of time rather than burning it all off continuously. Available in a myriad of formats, I've been pleasantly surprised by "Pomegranate Cider," scented candle range by Yankee Candle, including the votive candles that I normally slate where other scents in the YC are concerned. Without the use of a hot oil/potpourri burner, it is the votive or "Car tab House warmer Jar" air freshener priced at £1-75 or £1-99 that can get your heart fluttering even though you'll need a heat proof votive holder (or a small glass drink tumbler will do) as the Votive doesn't keep its shape when it is lit and needs a holder to stop it going into a huge red clumped mass of wax and a wick. The "small," "medium" and "large" Housewarmer jar candles are better thought out but start at prices of £5-99 and increase. The jars have sealed glass lids, able to seal the flavour/scent of the candle and if you keep it stored in a dark place away from light of any form, the candle can last up to a year or more. In use the candle jars have heat insulated bases but they don't remain cool anywhere else. The wicks also need regularly trimming to keep uniform burning and are dishwasher safe afterwards making them rather handy as food storage jars thanks additionally to the peelable label sticker at the front. Rather than believe what Yankee Candle would have you believe this scented product contains such as natural additives of cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and pomegranate, however I've so far found, there is a bit more to this scented candle than meets the eye. The first tone that comes off this candle is a deep and fruity sweet tone of red cherries and it is pointing towards the "Tootsie Roll" cherry lollipops scent that always gets my mouth watering! The temptation to try and find something edible on the market that is comparative to "Pomegranate Cider," has been quite a difficult task and the "Tootsie Roll" sweet will only be available to U.S citizens or those who have had the chance to sample Tootsie Roll Pops! For U.K buyers, think deep cherry lip salve or the cherry scented "Jelly Belly" candle that I reviewed last year. The cherry scent is deep and strong, probably trying to be like a Pomegranate, but I'd associate the smell of champagne with pomegranates generally and although there is fizz here, this is down to the strong spicy cinnamon and apple acting as the middle tones of the candle that draws back the "Pomegranate" scent a bit. It is quite a strongly scented candle but one that seems to have a lot of depth to it, pretty similar to the strong "Black Cherry," candle that Yankee Candle also produce but isn't as sweet. The base tone has a lovely dryness to it, not courtesy of cloves because whenever I've purchased Yankee Candles that have cloves in them, they always threaten the onslaught of sneezing or coughs induced by the peppery clove proper. Here there is a base tone that is quite difficult to pinpoint until the candle has been allowed to burn for more than an hour and rooms are reeking of the deep warmth of apples, fruit and cinnamon. Whilst it is undeniably creamy at times no doubt thanks to the vanilla added, "Pomegranate Cider" has a hint of melon and peaches to the base tone. It is probably the tones that have been added to state the "Pomegranate" content but it took me quite a few months to pinpoint the scents I could smell. If buying wax tarts (and if you are new to Yankee Candle) you'll have to use another burner to get these wax "candles" melting down and the burner of choice always is a hot oil or potpourri burner with a deep concave. By placing the tart on the top, if it doesn't fit it will have to be sliced in half as this ensures the oil will not steam over when in use. You'll also need a tealight candle to get the whole thing working and whilst it is very relaxing to have all this in a home, it isn't a procedure I'd advise if you have inquisitive pets or children. After the candle has finished, or if you get fed up of the scent and want to change onto the next candle (if you have bought them since they are only around a £1 each) the tealight candle must be taken out, wait for the burner to cool and place in a freezer for 15 minutes. After which when the burner is taken out and tapped lightly on the top, the solid wax tart should fall out easily. This makes it easy to dispose of without fear of blocking anything if you were to drop the hot oil down a drain. If you sniff the base however and it still smells of fragrance, then the wax tart should be kept instead of disposed. It is the only indication you'll get that the candle still has life to give! Logic is always needed whatever Yankee Candle type you have, even if the jar candles are more complete by having cotton wicks, which does ensure a bonus of no coughing attacks due to the lack of paraffin built into the wicks. The beauty of "Pomegranate Cider" is that in wax tart form or glass jar format, the scented wax is very strong and in each case you get complete opposites where burn times are concerned with the wax tart only burning for 8 hours compared to votive of 15 hours and then the jars, double to triple the burning time. In votive form I could smell the light and lingering spread of the cherryness filling my room when I sat the votive next to me and made me more than determined to seek out more of this scent because of the contrast of warmth and the deep red colour that makes this a candle worthwhile to relax with, rather than keeping for the sake of covering up odours. Whilst the candle is apt at doing so, it is not a candle that I keep for that sake; "Pomegranate Cider," is just too rich and promising for just masking or covering up tobacco smoke, pets and cooking smells! When it comes to pervading, this scented candle does it extremely well and it brings a special sense of occasion. I've only ever burnt the candle over a 2 hour period left out near Christmas time, to sweeten the air with the deep apple cider content and against Yankee Candle's own "Apple Cider," that I found deeply disappointing, "Pomegranate Cider," is a much better bet since it manages to last up to four rooms! Burn the candle for less time in a room without windows opened and doors closed over and you'll get a labyrinth of warm and fruity tones that are mystifying and deeply spiritual. It may even get you hankering for a hot cup of mulled wine! Prices and formats are given on average before 25% discounts if the scent is "season of the month," and usually the discounts are only available at local shops like Clinton Cards, Debenhams and House of Frasers, although it is always best to check with the seller concerned - I tend to shop for my candles locally or source online for the best prices: Wax Tart (22 grams, 8 hour duration, 90p/£1.05 each.) Votive candle (1.75 oz 15 hour duration, average price £1-75 to £2) - Avoid unless you want v.v.v light scent! Small housewarmer jar candle (7 oz 25-40 hours duration, £5-99 to £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 to £7-99) - Avoid, not v. strong. Aerosol Room Fragrance Spray (1.5oz, 400 spray limit £4-69 to £5-99) On-The-Go Travel scented air freshener pen (limited edition) (£5-99, 65 sprays duration, contains odour eliminator additive.) The downside to this fragrance then is that it may not be to everyone's cup of tea. Whilst "Pomegranate Cider," is warm, welcoming and relaxing, it isn't going to appeal to every Yankee Candle fan - but it does promote the humble apple rather well other than just cherry and cinnamon! For that reason alone it isn't just for Christmas and due to its long lasting ability is a very strong candle able to hold its own without additional need to burn any more spice in its vicinity. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2011 www.yankeecandle.com www.yankeedoodle.co.uk
When I recently saw an offer for a sort of variety pack of Yankee Candles at a bargain price, I snapped them up. It included a selection of wax tarts, and the one I chose to use first was the Pomegranate Cider fragrance. The reason I chose to use this one first, is that when in the wrapper it was my least favourite fragrance of the ones I'd bought and I thought I'd use it up to get it out of the way! Yankee tarts are simply discs of fragranced wax which have a fluted edge to make them look similar to a small pastry tart. They are also known as wax potpourri as the object of them, like a scented candle, is to fragrance the home. The tarts are made of the same wax that the candles are made from, but these don't have a wick. To use them you will need a tart burner, which is similar to an oil burner. Yankee Candle sell a large range of these, and although some of them are quite fussy looking, there are so many available you will hopefully find one to your taste. The burners can cost anything from £5 for a basic one, to much more for an electric one or novelty/ornamental one. Unless you opt for the electric version, you will also need a tea light candle. Basically you place the wax tart in the bowl of the tart burner and light the tea light underneath to gently melt the wax and release the fragrance. This particular tart is a deep reddish brown colour and has a picture of two glasses of what I assume to be pomegranate cider on the label. If you intend to re-use the tart, I find that the labels peel off and re-stick very easily, so I tend to put my tarts in a freezer bag with the original labels on the outside so I know which is which. I thought when I got this, that it was quite an autumnal scent, so I wasn't surprised to see on the Yankee website this being described as 'a fall treat'. It is a blend of pomegranate juice, sweet vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. In the wrapper the cinnamon and cloves were definitely the predominant scents, with only a slight tang of fruitiness from the pomegranate and I can't say I noticed the vanilla in there at all. When it came to using the tart I placed the tart burner on my dining table which was about six feet from where I was sitting and lit the tea light. It took around 15 minutes before I noticed the scent in the air, and I must say that I preferred the smell of this when it was melted to the smell when it was solid. The fruitiness of the pomegranate really came out, and whilst the spiciness of the cinnamon was still noticeable, it wasn't so overpowering and the cinnamon/clove/pomegranate mix was a surprisingly nice one. Even though intended to be an autumn scent, I can't help feeling this might be an ideal tart to use around Christmas time because the spiciness makes it feel very festive. It's not sickly smelling and nor does it make my home smell like a brewery which is one of the things I was worried about with the mention of cider! I found that the scent filled the room and even the next morning when I walked back into the room, there was still a trace of it in the air. The smell is lovely and as the wax tarts have no wick and melt rather than burn you get a cleaner scent than you would with a candle. The scent of the tarts can last up to 8 hours. I'd estimate I've burned mine for only around half that so far, and the scent is still strong. Once the tart has solidified you can melt it over and over again but from experience I do know that the tarts lose their scents after time. A little tip for releasing them from the tart burner, is to put it into the freezer for 10 minutes or so and when you take it out the tart will just pop out easily. At just 99p each there is no doubt these are the cheapest way to experience Yankee Candles, and a great way of trying a fragrance before splashing out on one of the candles. Considering you will pay anything from £7.99 to £17.99 for a jar candle, these really are a bargain. Buy from www.scentedcandleshop.com Overall, considering I didn't think much of this fragrance when it was in the wrapper, I actually ended up being pretty impressed with it. The spiciness of the scent is warming and quite comforting and the combination of cinnamon and pomegranate works surprisingly well. I still don't think I would splash out on buying the candle version of this, because on the whole I prefer the fresher scents, but I would consider buying another wax tart or votive candle around Christmas time, and if you're looking for a spicy candle with a fruity edge, this one is worth considering.