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A quid a tart
I discovered Yankee Candles a few years ago, thanks to reading so many reviews of them! I soon became a big fan of the scented wax tarts. I love the simplicity of being able to simply pop them into an oil or tart burner, light a tealight underneath and wait for the fragrance to fill the room! I have tried many different tarts now, and always buy ten at a time on ebay, and they work out at just £1 each.
I generally tend to opt for the fruity scents but I decided to broaden my horizons and try out a few different fragrances last time I made a purchase. As it was just before Christmas I went for a few more festive and wintery fragrances. One of these was Red Berry and Cedar.
A festive scent
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I chose it because I was fairly sure I would like the berry element of the candle, and the cedar side of it would make it a little different! It is a nice red colour, which seemed appropriately festive!
Before I placed this into my burner I had a sniff through the shrink-wrap, and you could definitely detect both the berry and cedar in this tart. But for me the cedar just had a bit of the toilet cleaner about it, and I was a bit worried about how this would smell when I started burning it...
This one took a while to get going once I lit the tealight beneath it but the fragrance was soon apparent. The berry side of the tart was really pleasant and the kind of scent I usually like. It was quite sweet and fruity, yet mellow too. But the problem for me was with the cedar. As underneath the pleasant fruity smell was a definite hint of loo cleaner, and once I could smell this I couldn't get over the fact that it was there! Obviously this spoiled the overall fragrance of the tart for me.
I also thought that the scent of this tart was much more faint than others I have tried, in this case, of course, this may have been a good thing as I didn't really like the smell, but it was still a little disappointing and didn't compare well to other tarts I've tried.
Overall I obviously wasn't that impressed with this tart. While the fruity element was nice, the cedar spoilt it for me quite a bit. And even if I had liked the scent I found it a little faint too.
I'm going to give this only two stars sadly, as personally I was not a fan of the scent in the main.
The wax tart I am reviewing is Red berry and Cedar. I purchased the tart from a local Garden Centre where they stock a lot of Yankee products including candles and the wax tarts. After looking on the internet at a few different websites it seems as though this wax tart is currently out of stock on all the websites I looked at including Amazon. You can how-ever purchase this scent in the jar and tumbles candles as well as the tea-light and a sampler.
I love the smell of fruity wax tarts and saw this in my local Garden centre and thought it sounded nice so decided to try it. The wax tart is a bright red colour and has a picture of berries on a pine branch. I unwrapped the wax tart and popped it on the top of my burner. The tart smelt fruity even before I had lit the tea-light. I lit the tea-light and popped it into the burner and sat down to watch TV. It wasn't long before I could smell the lovely scent of the wax tart. It was a very fruity berry like smell which was quite sweet and reminded me a little of Christmas. The smell was quite strong, a lot stronger than other wax tarts that I have purchased in the past. The smell filled the small lounge and even drifted out into the kitchen which was nice as most of the wax tarts which I have purchased I can never smell in the kitchen. The smell was actually slightly stronger in the kitchen which was a bit strange as the wax tart was burning in the lounge. I let the wax tart melt for a few hours before blowing out the tea-light and getting ready for bed. Although the tea-light had been extinguished I could still smell the sweet berry smell for the wax tart, this was nice. I went to bed and as with all the other wax tarts by morning the smell has disappeared.
I really loved the scent of this wax tart as it was fresh and fruity. Although it smelt fruity and sweet it wasn't too overpowering and wasn't sickly. I would purchase this wax tart again, and would probably use it again around Christmas time as it's a very seasonal smell. I give the wax tart 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to others. Another scent I'm adding to my favourites list.
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I came into posession of this red berry and cedar scented sampler candle or votive as it was part of a christmas gift set of 12 festive candles which I purchased for myself as a gift for under the tree from Santa.
It was hard to pick which scent to try first as all the festive fruit and spice smells were present even through the packaging. This was one of five red scented candles in the set, and it wasn't the one that jumped out the most, but I was still looking forward to trying it, thinking it sounded a warming fragrance.
I find the scent of most candles is hard to detect initially until you remove it from the shrink wrapped plastic packaging it comes in. My initial impression of this one was not favourable. There was a strong scent of pine, which to me was really artificial and smelled a lot like some brands of toilet cleaner.
Nevertheless, I have never been completely let down by Yankee products before so I set to burning it. The wax on this is a beautiful bright red. It is certainly festive in colour. The label on the candle featured a display of berries on foliage, and the colour of the wax reminds me of the berries we get on a bush in the garden in the autumn and winter.
The candle was actually quite pleasant as it started burning. The initial artificial and quite bitter scent toned down really quickly, and it became a rich full scent that was like fruit or berries, but not sweet like the apple based fruit candles I have tried. There was still undercurrents of the pine, but this only became noticeable to me when I got really close.
The scent kept coming off this one in waves, in that I kept detecting slightly different notes in there but it kept going back to the main scent for me of the fruity berries.
I felt like it was a fantastic quality candle as the level of fragrance and the duration was good, but I was not overly keen on that pine when I did get a whiff of it, as it just had too many connotations to housework for me.
It was certainly a clean scent. I would be happy to burn this one in the day rather than at night when I was busy in the house.
After trying 2 of the regular tumblers from the Yankee Candle range I requested a couple as presents for Christmas as I wanted to try out some more scents. I was given 3 of the small votives from the Christmas range which included the Red Berry and Cedar. Although I love the tumblers for the look and longevity I do quite like the votives as it gives you a chance to cheaply test out some of the fragrances.
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 has 4 main candle types:-
Presentation and Price
The Votive for the Red Berry and Cedar is wrapped in cellophane to keep the candle from losing its fragrance. On the front it has an image of a spray of rd berries against some foliage. It is a simple design but still looked nice and doesn't look cheap. I would recommend popping the jar on a small plate or in a candle holder to catch any drips as it burns. The votives are usually priced at around £2 from outlets such as Amazon and eBay which makes them very affordable.
The votives are 49g and have a burning time of 15 hours. And they really will burn for 15 hours despite their size which is deceiving. The Red Berry and Cedar is advertised as "Welcome the season with the delicious holiday aroma of tart red currants and warm cedarwood" and says it will relive you favourite memories.
When you light the votive you begin to instantly smell the cider aroma first then this is closely followed by the fragrance of red berrie in particular, red currents. It is a deep rich fragrance that seems to emit in waves every so often. Surprisingly for such a small candle it soon fills your room with the fragrance of Christmas. I hadn't tried a votive before so due to its small size I wasn't expecting the same depth of fragrance as the tumblers give but I often found the fragrance too strong. I can't say it reminds me of Christmas but is nice anyway.
When out shopping recently I noticed there was 15% off everything in my local branch of Collectables and as they stock Yankee candles I decided to stock up on some wax tarts. They are usually priced at £1.20 each in Collectables, so this meant they would be £1.02 each with the discount.
There is always a huge range of Yankee candles in Collectables, but added to this at the moment is a large range of 'Christmas' scented candles and I decided to buy some from this collection.
After wandering around sniffing at a few, I decided upon which ones to buy and this Red Berry & Cedar wax tart was one of my choices.
There were quite a few that I was attracted to, but also some that I didn't like the smell of at all. I don't mind cinnamon, pine or other spicy fragrances but some of them were very strong with one or two reminding me of toilet duck and oil of cloves, so I gave those ones a wide berth!
Red Berry & Cedar looks very festive with its deep red wax and picture of red berries on the packaging. The fragrance is meant to smell of red currants and warm cedarwood and I would certainly describe the scent as fruity berries with a woody tinge. Indeed I found the fragrance very appealing and was looking forward to trying it.
The fragrance was quite strong with this wax tart, even before I had removed the wrapping and usually this is a good indicator of the longevity of the fragrance, with the stronger scented ones lasting the longest. Therefore I did think I would achieve the 8 hours burning time stated by Yankee with this one and maybe perhaps a little more, as this often happens with some of the stronger smelling wax tarts.
After placing it in my burner and lighting a tealight underneath, it was only a couple of minutes before I detected the scent of berries beginning to appear as the wax melted.
Quite a lot of the Yankee fragrances I prefer are quite masculine fragrances, often reminding me of aftershaves, which I really don't mind, but what I particularly found appealing about this one is that the woody scent is definitely masculine, but the scent of the berries adds a fruity twist to the fragrance.
The fragrance from my wax tart as it began to melt was fairly strong at first and the fragrance filled the room within a few minutes.
Whilst it isn't the strongest fragrance I have experienced from Yankee, its longevity after extinguishing the tealight was impressive as the scent hung in the air for quite some time.
I also achieved the 'up to 8 hours' of fragrance you can expect to achieve from burning a wax tart, although I did notice the scent began to weaken after around 6 hours of burning tealights. I found after 3 evenings of burning tealights for around 2 hours at a time, the fragrance was definitely weakening and by the 4th evening it had just about gone. This isn't a complaint as it really gave me more or less what is promised, but maybe I have been a little spoilt by some of the other fragrances which last longer. However, having also bought some which have been fairly poor in terms of longevity, then this one is definitely one of the better ones and is one I shall purchase again.
Red Berry & Cedar is an ideal festive fragrance to burn over the winter period and is just one of a large range of Christmas candles from Yankee.
By buying a wax tart or a votive from Yankee you are also getting the chance to sample the fragrance and see if you like it before buying the more expensive scented glass jars. The usual price of the wax tarts vary between 99p - £1.20 and they are available to buy online from Yankee outlets as well as Amazon and also from card and gift retailers such as Clintons.
The Red Berry & Cedar Yankee Candle is another which I purchased in the January sales last year. I was looking through my collection of Yankee wax tarts a few days ago and decided to use this one, despite it being from the Christmas collection, and Christmas still being over a month away.
The Red Berry & Cedar fragrance is available in a range of formats, as most of the Yankee Candles are. You can buy this one in the form of a wax tart (which is the one I have), a votive candle, scented tea lights, housewarmer jars (these come in three sizes and are like sweet jars filled with wax) and also tumblers (also available in three sizes, these are, as the name would suggest, glass tumblers filled with wax and they look a bit more modern than the housewarmers).
As my review focuses on the wax tart, I will give a quick run down on what wax tarts are and how to use them, for those who don't know. Basically a wax tart is a small disc of wax with a fluted edge - making it look a little like a jam tart. It doesn't have a wick, the idea is that you buy a tart burner (these are also available from Yankee and cost from £5 upwards) and melt the tart under the flame of a tea light. This releases the fragrance into your home. Each tart will give you up to eight hours of fragrance. If you don't want to use it all at once, you can re-melt at a later date. Another good thing about the wax tarts is that you can break them up and mix two fragrances together to make your own unique scent, should you wish.
The Red Berry & Cedar tart is a bright red colour and the label depicts cedar branches and red berries, which I guess is what you would expect! Whilst this one does come from the Festive section, I don't think the label is overly Christmassy and so if you wanted to give this as a gift it is one that you could keep using beyond New Year.
The smell of this candle is stunning. The official description is 'Welcome the season with the delicious holiday aroma of tart red currants and warm cedarwood.' I couldn't really smell it clearly in the wrapper so I was surprised when I unwrapped it to get a really strong hit of fragrance. The first thing that I noticed was the berry scent and it reminded me of Ribena at first, although having smelled it properly I can now see that it is more a redcurrant fragrance, perhaps with a hint of raspberry, rather than being blackcurrant scented. The cedarwood in the candle also comes through rather strongly and gives a woody pine aroma to the candle. The two fragrances compliment each other really well and I can smell them both in equal measure - there doesn't seem to be a dominant fragrance here. Whilst I can see that this candle is on the festive side and certainly more suited to the winter months, I do not feel that this would be out of place at other times of the year and I don't necessarily think it is a scent which immediately makes me think of Christmas.
When it came to burning this, I found that the scent of the wax tart began to fill the room really quickly and the smell when burning was accurate to how it had been when solid. I would say that the scent was strong but not overpowering. It was certainly strong enough to fill the living room with scent and I could smell it next door in the kitchen when washing up as well as in the neighbouring hallways.
As I previously mentioned each tart should give eight hours of fragrance, which is an estimate I found to be accurate. My tea lights tend to last around 4 hours each and after the second one had gone out I could barely smell any fragrance in the wax, so moved onto another fragrance.
I bought this from Boundary Mill in their January sale for just 50p, which is around half the RRP. If you'd like to try this candle, I'd recommend trying Clinton Cards or House of Fraser who are also stocking this candle at the moment. Online www.yankee.co.uk sell the full range in this scent.
The following is a list of approximate prices and burn times, but these are not set in stone and will of course vary depending on where you shop:
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10
Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60
Tea Lights (pack of 16) - Burn time 4-6 hours each -£5.99
Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45
Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45
Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45
Small tumbler - Burn time 35-40 hours - £9.25
Medium tumbler - Burn time 45-50 hours -£14.49
Large tumbler - Burn time 70-90 hours -£17.99
Overall, I'm really pleased with Red Berry & Cedar and it is a fragrance I would purchase again. Despite being labelled as a Christmas scent, I'd say it's suitable for any time during the autumn/winter months and would make a lovely gift. I can't actually think of anything negative to say about this fragrance and so it definitely gets a recommendation from me.
===What is it?===
Another of the sampler candles included in my recent online order, Red Berry & Cedar is a seasonal, Winter themed release from Yankee Candle. As with all of the samplers (or votives) this shares the same attributes and is another short, wicked, fragrance-infused candle measuring a couple of inches in height and weighing 49 grams. A sampler candle is, as its name suggests, a way to get an introduction to the fragrances that Yankee produce without having to pay a lot of money on one of the larger glass-jarred Housewarmer candles. At around £1.60 each all of the sampler candles are inexpensive and many feature on sale at various times of the year both on-line and in-store at candle stockists and well known retail stores such as Clinton Cards and B&Q.
My Red Berry and Cedar Sampler was less than half price at just 70p from yankeedoodle and whilst the name and colouring of this one lends itself to the colder months of the year I buy scented candles for the fragrance they give off not for their name. A Sampler candle is designed to sit in a votive holder and once its wick is lit the wax begins to melt and the fragrance and essential oils that make up its composition are released into the air around the candle thus fragrancing its surrounding area.
A Sampler has a burning time of around 15 hours however it isn't the case that they release 15 hours worth of fragrance, generally I tend to get anywhere between a couple and upto 10 hours of scent from a single sampler with some being better than others. In my experience I have found that the stronger that the scent then the greater its longevity and as Yankee have a vast range of both subtle and strong fragrances in their collection it's often down to pot luck to how a Sampler performs.
Red Berry and Cedar has been one of the better performing Yankee Samplers I have used and although I did burn mine out of the Season it was released for it is one I would buy again as it would definitely suit the Winter months of the year.
===Red Berry and Cedar===
Bright red in colour complete with an illustrative sticker on its plastic wrapper the Red Berry and Cedar Sampler candle is one of the more obviously-named releases in Yankee's collection. Sometimes the names that are given are not representative of the scents on offer so you don't know what you're going to get until you start to burn the candle, (Beautiful Day for example, lovely name but no clues as to what it's going to smell of ) at least with this one you should pretty much have a good idea of what to expect and as usual I placed the votive into its holder, lit the wick and allowed the candle some time to begin producing its aroma.
My first impressions of Red Berry & Cedar were surprising, I imagined that this was going to be quite a deep scent with some sweeter elements, instead it started off bright and airy and put me in mind of a cold January day. It's quite a spicy candle, perhaps a little sharp in its top notes and nowhere near as sweet as I thought it was going to be, the Cedar inclusion is obviously apparent and like the smell of Pine it added a brightness to the overall aroma. Sometimes I describe Yankee's fragrances as being 'complex' or 'multi-layered' and Red Berry and Cedar fits this description nicely as once the initial brightness has had time to settle the heart of the fragrance is a lot warmer and does add a great deal of depth to the scent as a whole.
For something that starts off light and fresh it soon developed into a warm and spicy aroma which managed to catch my attention. There have been a lot of Sampler candles I have used in the past which have gently sat in the background and not been all that noticeable, this one however did make its presence known and whilst I wouldn't say it had the same intensity or pungency of a wax tart it still made for an obvious addition to my living room.
I do think its perhaps better suited to a kitchen or hallway rather than a living space for me at least as I prefer the scents with are either fruity or sweet and Red Berry and Cedar is a little 'fresher' than I would normally go for. Saying that though it is bright and airy to begin with and then develops into something a little richer so individual tastes will determine where it is best used. It is a Winter fragrance, there's no denying that and although maybe a little out of the Season at the moment it still ended up being a pleasant smelling scent which caught my interest. The only down-side with this particular format again came down to its longevity and over the course of a single day my sampler candle lost the majority of its fragrance and I probably got around 6 hours of aroma from it. For the price I paid though I can't grumble too much and whilst I would buy this one again I don't think I would want to pay full price for it as it hasn't been one of my favourites but it is recommended all the same.
It's not a five-star fragrance in my opinion, Red Berry and Cedar is _nice_ though and would suit a lot of people, It's not as sweet as I expected so didn't really suit my own tastes or my surrounding area although was definitely worth the 70p I paid for it. I would buy this again as a fragrance for my kitchen where I think it would be better suited and for a rating for this review it's getting a respectable 4 stars. The longevity of the Sampler is a little disappointing again but if you can find this particular votive on offer at less than a pound then it's money well spent, it's one to buy now and put away for the Winter I think and that's what I'll end up doing if I can find this one again.
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