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I have gone absolutely Yankee Candle mad this Christmas and the one thing I was hoping to get in my stocking after a long time of waiting was a Yankee Candle jar but I hadn't asked anyone for one. I was so pleased to find that my boyfriend had gone and bought me one as I have always found them quite pricey but they are the best if you can get them and they will last a long time. He bought me the Sicilian Lemon one which I was so pleased to get as I have seen this one before and always loved the smell every time and it is a gorgeous warm lemon yellow colour too which is nice for decoration.
This beautiful candle comes in a very heavy glass jar with an embossed lid with also has the Yankee Candle logo imprinted onto it. The lid is thick and slots into the base very well for a secure fasten and the base of the jar is a wide cylindrical shape, all clear glass so that you can see the bold, warm yellow wax of the candle. The net weigh of the candle is 411g and on the base is a sticker showing all warnings of how not to use the candle. It has a single wick on this candle and the label on the front has the logo with an image of lemons and the scent name with a gold border around the label, it looks very expensive.
YANKEE CANDLE SICILIAN LEMON JAR
This jar is a great piece for the home or to give as a gift as Yankee Candle jars are such good quality, hence their price. The first thing I have to comment on is the scent of this candle, it is very citrus and really strong which is good as you want the scent to be apparent in the room, it is sweet and very fresh and I love it. When burning the candle, I have always found after a good bit of burning time that when you walk into the room that this is burning in, you can clearly smell the lemon and it is a lovely scent to have in any room as it is a bit different but at the same time very welcoming.
The burning time on this candle jar is 110-150 hours which is well worth the money as that is a long time and if you only ever burn it for a few hours at a time, then it will last you for ages. I don't like to burn it for too long as I don't want my jar to go already as I'm still happy with having it decorating my room at the same time. To pay a bit more and have a candle with that length of burning time does make it very worth it as you know you are getting quality and the wax only goes down slightly each time, it isn't too noticeable on a candle of this size that each time it is slowly going.
As recommended by Yankee Candle itself, they give a guide to burning candles and advise that on the first burn it is the most important and candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the candle size. They state that if the candle is not allowed to melt from edge to edge of the jar, it will create a memory ring. Once it has a memory ring, it will continue to burn this way for the life of the candle. I always make sure to follow these guides to get the best out of my candle but you can click on the official websites to get more tips to ensure your candle keeps at its best.
When burning a candle like this, you should always stop burning when it gets to 1/2 an inch of wax remaining. I have never found my candle to let off too much smoke when burning which is good, I have also never had any problems with lighting the wick. I think with the quality, the candles always light really easily which is great but it is recommended to keep the wick trimmed to 1/8 inch. I love my Yankee Candle and love the smell it creates and it does look great whilst burning. Now that I have bought this jar, I do feel like I want to keep buying more to put around the house.
These candles are made from pure, natural extracts for the best quality. With these jars, some people keep them purely for decorational purposes and don't burn them, I'd love to do that with some but then I want to get the smell of it burning through the house as it is so inviting and pleasant. Don't be put off by the price of the jars as if you look around you will get great prices on them, especially now with all of the sales having just started. Now knowing how good the candle is, I will buy more because I know they will last me a very long time and they look great in my home.
You can buy these candles in Clintons and large department stores as well as online at Amazon and the official Yankee Candle website. Amazon are selling this jar for £17.99 with free delivery but Clintons do sales and this was £8.25 on offer which is a bargain and the cheapest I've ever seen the large jars.
The official Yankee Candle website is http://www.yankeecandle.co.uk/.
I have tried a few tarts from the Yankee candle range and found the ones I have tried to be nice fragrances. The only problem I have when it comes to buying the tarts is which one to try next because there are lots to choose from, so I just sniff them and choose the one which takes my fancy. I chose this one because I love the smell of Lemon.
The tart comes inside a transparent plastic wrapper which is very easy to remove from the tart. The tart is circular with a ridged edge and I think the tarts from this range are attractive in appearance. The tart is a pale yellow colour and looks really refreshing inside the wrapper.
To use the tart you simply just place it on the top of an oil burner and pop a tea light underneath. The tart begins to slowly melt and eventually becomes a liquid which is fairly oily in appearance. I always place my oil burner on a heat resistant surface so that I don't ruin any of my furniture etc and it is in a safe place and I can keep my eye on it.
As the tart begins to slowly melt, the fragrance is slightly apparent. It doesn't begin to release the fragrance for at least 5 minutes before it becomes a stronger scent. After 5 or so minutes the lemon scent is really apparent and is a beautiful citrus scent and a beautiful fragrance. The smell is really refreshing in the room and the aroma is really nice. The scent is also fairly sweet too but the sweet scent and the lemon work really well together in my opinion and I really love the smell of this wax tart.
I decided to place this one in my dining room because this room isn't very big and the scent circulated in the air perfectly to help the room smell nice and fresh. I first lit this one just after we had eaten dinner and the scent removed the smell of fish we had eaten that evening. I returned to the room after around 15 minutes of lighting it and I could definitely detect the lemon fragrance in the dining room. I left it to melt for another hour or so and after this length of time had lapsed the smell was a little stronger but it wasn't a very strong scent and quite a subtle one but still strong enough to be apparent in the room.
The next day, I decided to move the oil burner to my lounge which is fairly large but I couldn't detect the scent so well and could only slightly smell the aroma compared to my smaller dining room. So from my experience of burning this tart, I would say it is best placed in a smaller room than a larger one to benefit more from the scent.
The tart is designed to burn for up to 8 hours, I think it comes pretty close to this amount of hours but I don't burn my candles for a full 8 hours at a time unless I have visitors staying all day and I want my home to smell as nice as possible. I think this one would be ideal to place in the dining room for maybe when you may be entertaining and having a dinner party. I think the scent is subtle and a nice smell while eating and drinking.
I paid just £1.25 for the tart from a garden centre and I think it is well worth this price, it is extremely good value for the price in my opinion and the quality of the tart is very good. Cheap enough to buy for any budget and a good amount of burning time for this low price.
I highly recommend this tart if you like a lemon scent, I think if you are not so keen I still think you may like it because the scent isn't so strong as you may imagine. I will definitely buy this one again because I like the aroma the tart produces in my room.
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I give this tart 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
The Yankee Candle: gorgeously scented areas of our garden centres. They are like the Jelly Belly Bean merged with the Ronseal of the candle world, smelling exactly like they say on the tin and the scent lasts as long as the candle does.
Yankee candles are the kind of thing you see in random places you don't expect and then take a sharp intake of breath at the price. But each of the candles I have bought after my first wonderful experience have been fantastic. Like an investment in yourself the same as Jelly Belly Beans they are indeed worth that extra few quid. Except this one!
The little versions of these candles are a great intro if you don't want to splash out on the big vases that last several months until you are sure you want to be stuck with it. The only problem with them really is that they are really fiddly to get in to as they are shrink wrapped with quite a strong wrap - probably to keep the scent in so you can savour all of it.
The scent itself, Sicilian Lemon, where perhaps less powerful than the others, is in itself up to the standard of the Yankee candle - in that it smells divine. There is a creamy essence which you can't put your finger on. The lemon is quite acidic; in essence it is less crass than sniffing a real lemon - because of the softened cheesecakey flavour - but it is no less realistic. Which is what drew me to it.
I would normally say that these candles are fantastic and worth every penny if you are looking for something to fill your room - or house - with a particular and quite strong smell for the evening. However the Sicilian Lemon turned out to be quite disappointing. The smell of the wax isn't quite as strong as other 'flavours' which is a bit of a give away and once lit it barely filled the air around it, never mind the room. Often with these candles the smell gradually fills the room, far more than other so-called scented candles, but unfortunately with this particular one the smell barely reached further than the table it was on.
I've rated it 3 because the scent is really lovely, but it's lost marks because:
* Other Yankee Candles perform so much better and
* As much as I understand having to individually wrap them up I don't like the fact that they are shrink-wrapped which leaves you having to use scissors and cutting a tiny corner, if you're lucky enough to find one, and then fiddle about tearing it off, risking breaking the candle or marking it and also getting that awful waxy feeling on your paws!
As a lover of Yankee candles and all things citrus based, it was inevitable that I would start working my way through the lemon/lime fragrances one by one. The Sicilian lemon wax tart was the first I tried, and I have found it to be very subtle but also very pleasant. The wax tart cost me around £1.20 from my local official Yankee shop.
The tart is light yellow in colour, and the packaging has a picture of lemons on the front, in case we are in any doubt as to what "Sicilian Lemon" would smell of! As usual, it's a bit of a battle getting the tart out of the packaging without losing some of it due to it crumbling, but as I tend to break my tarts into two or three this didn't matter too much. With this one I use half each time I burn it, and it melts and starts giving off scent within about ten minutes.
Although I was expecting the fragrance to be lemony, I was quite surprised at how subtle this one was. It's strong enough to fill the room, but isn't so strong that it smells like I've been cooking something involving lemons. It's a very sweet lemon fragrance, which is unusual because I tend to associate lemon scents with being bitter. It reminds me of sherbet which I find uplifting as it takes me back to my childhood. Although I wouldn't describe it as one of the strongest fragrances I've tried from the Yankee range, I quite like the fact it's a subtle background fragrance rather than being overpowering. Some of the Yankee wax tarts can take over my senses a bit, so I end up having to distinguish the tea light to avoid getting a headache. This one, however, is one I can leave burning in the background, and it just gives the living room a lovely fresh citrus fragrance.
Once the tealight is extinguished, the wax tart solidifies, and the scent lingers ever so subtly in the background. The post-burning fragrance isn't as strong as some, which you can still smell the following morning, but it does give the room a slightly fresher smell than it would have had the tart not been used the previous night.
I do love this fragrance, and it's one which I buy repeatedly alongside trying new fragrances. My husband is also a big fan of this one because it's gender-neutral, and he loves citrus fragrances. He also has a heightened sensitivity to smells, and can easily get a headache from overly strong smells, but with this one he's happy for me to leave it burning in the background for a few hours. Five stars from the Holland household.
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Back in late 2012 one of my lovely friends sent me a surprise parcel with a few wax tarts in and one of the ones that she sent me was the Sicilian lemon fragrance. This is my review of my experience with the wax tart.
I think it is fair to say that my favourite scents which come from the Yankee Candle range are generally the fruity scented ones and whilst I have liked most of the fragrances that I have tried it is always the fruity ones that I will go back to as I think they remind me of warm summer months and are quite uplifting no matter what time of year you burn them. One of my favourite scents is the sparkling lemon fragrance and so when I received the Sicilian wax tart from my friend I felt sure I would like it.
The wax tart comes wrapped as all of the other ones do in a tight clear plastic packaging through which you can see the pale yellow colour of the tart. The label features the Yankee candle name as well as the fragrance name and a picture of some lemons as well so that you can easily distinguish what it is going to smell of should you be buying the product in a shop or online for example!
I find it is best to remove the packaging with scissors and then place the tart straight in to the bowl of my tart burner because I often find stray bits of wax come off when I remove the packaging from any tart and then they land all over my kitchen work top which I find frustrating! I lit the tea light under the bowl of the tart burner and went off to do a few chores which is what I always tend to do when burning a tart as I like to come back to the room when it has had chance to melt somewhat and release the fragrance.
I left the tart burning for around half an hour before I returned to the room and as hoped it had filled my living room with the most gorgeous sweet scent. I think that whilst the sparkling lemon is quite sharp and tangy this Sicilian lemon is very sweet and reminded me very much of lemon meringue pie! The sweetness combined with the lemon really was a gorgeous scent and one which I think smelled really welcoming as well.
I burned this tart a few times for around four hours each time and found that the fragrance was still apparent towards the end of the final time I burned it but just that it wasn't as strong. A wax tart is apparently designed to give up to eight hours fragrance and so I felt this one was good value really as it released fragrance for a good bit longer. A wax tart generally costs around £0.90 to £1.20 depending on where you buy it from and I have to say that in this case it is well worth the money. I would like to buy this one in other formats as I enjoyed it so much and would totally recommend you check it out especially if you enjoy sweet, fruity scents.
Thank you for reading my review!
WHAT IS IT?
A lemon fragranced wax tart from Yankee Candle. The name is Sicilian Lemon and this is one of Yankee Candles fruit fragrances.
I like this fragrance very much because it is so clean and fresh smelling. It is lemon but there's a sugar smell also that softens it and makes it a lot more pleasing than a plain lemon fragrance. It does not smell like a cleaning product like I thought it would and I think it is a very summery smell that makes my home smell welcoming and fresh. The sweet smell combines with the lemon and I think that makes it very beautiful.
WHAT I THINK
I like the Sicilian Lemon wax tart very much and think it is one of my favourite Yankee Candle fragrances. It is not a very strong fragrance but it is not weak either and I think it is right for my home. It is a soft and delicate fragrance but it travels in the air very well through my home and gives fragrance in the whole of the downstairs level, I can smell it a little bit upstairs as well but it is not very strong there and makes our bedrooms smell fresh instead of giving them a large amount of fragrance.
I think it is very good that the fragrance lasts for so long after the candle underneath the wax tart goes out and it also starts to come through into the air very quickly as soon as the tart starts to melt. This is good because of it being such a soft fragrance because they are usually not so effective.
When I burn this wax tart it lasts for about 10 hours and that is good because on the packet it says 8 hours only. I like that the fragrance does not lessen after it has been burning for a few hours and it is the same beautiful sweet lemon all the way through.
The Sicilian Lemon wax tart costs £1.20 and you can buy it in jars as well but I prefer to use tarts.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
~~~ Sicilian Lemon Wax Tart ~~~
Almost 42 years ago a 17 year old boy melted his crayons, to make a candle to give to his Mother for Christmas. She was overjoyed and showed a neighbour what he had done. This neighbour asked to buy it and placed orders for further candles and so Yankee Candles was born. Since then, they have expanded into different types of home fragrancing, not just candles, and this review features a Pot Pourri Tart, which is a fusion between the two.
~~~ The tart, and how to utilise it ~~~
A tart is a circular disc of highly fragranced wax, which is instantly recognisable by its fluted edges. Saying that though, you usually smell them before you can see them. The fragrance is usually intoxicating.
The Sicilian Lemon is my tartlet of choice at the moment. These have no wick to light, and instead are melted using a tart burner with a lit candle underneath. Although I prefer a candle lit burner in the winter, as it casts off a comforting glow, and makes for a warm and cosy feel to the room. There are electric burners available that you can leave running and not worry about it. I feel these are safer when you have children in your home.
~~~ Lemons ~~~
Yankee are experts of going with a theme and changing it ever slightly. This way they keep things fresh, and their customers hooked, and so they keep coming back for more. There are many fruity scents available to choose from, and even scents which you would think of as being similar, are totally different. This is true of Sicilian Lemon, it should in essence be similar to Sparkling Lemon, another favourite of mine, but it's different too. How Yankee manages to keep coming up with something fresh and new every time absolutely astounds me.
The strong zestiness of this tart can even be detected while still in the plastic coating if the truth be told. After unwrapping, you will see the Yankee embossing on the top of the tart. This looks to add a premium touch, but it's not on every tart I buy, perhaps it's just on the newer fragrances to the range.
~~~ Fragrance ~~~
This tart doesn't take long to melt, and the scent is released immediately. This gives a sudden, intense fragrance straight from the off. The label depicts lemons; they look so fresh and juicy. One would think this would be a sour, crisp fragrance but there's natural sweetness about it. Rather than being the zingy, uplifting lemon of sherbet (like the sparkling lemon variety), this is more a refined lemon meringue, and the scent is good enough to eat. It's a very well balanced aroma - not too sour, and not too sweet. I love it.
There is no artificial sugariness to this one; I can't detect any vanilla notes, which seem to be a theme throughout Yankee branded candles. I'm glad really as I think this would tone down its vibrancy, make it more mellow, and alter the refreshing nature of the citrus fruit.
These tarts usually cost around £1.20 nowadays, so if you see them cheaper, snap them up, they're a bargain. They burn for usually give off scent for around eight hours, and this is true for this particular tart too, although as always, towards the end, the fragrance weakens a little. It becomes a little less dominant, but just as alive.
~~~ In Summary ~~~
Of all the varieties of Yankee products, and I am passionate about them all, my all time favourites are the tarts. This fragrance is zesty yet well rounded, and I wholly recommend it. It would be perfect for summer's days, but also at this time of year to remind us of the summer just gone. This one is most highly recommended by me, and I do hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.
One of my favourite Yankee Candle scents is Sparkling Lemon; the fragrance is beautifully fresh and clean, it's perfect for the summer months but I also love to burn it during the cold dark winter days to lift my mood and fill my house with the scent of summer. I ordered Sicilian Lemon in error and it wasn't until my wax tarts arrived that I realised my mistake, although even through the packaging I could tell that I was going to love this one even though it didn't have such a strong or natural fragrance as the Sparkling variety.
The tart itself is a pale yellow colour, it smells quite powdery before burning but has a sweetened lemon fragrance which is extremely noticeable thanks to the fact that it's pretty much unadulterated - I couldn't wait to burn it and within a few minutes of the postie dropping the tarts through the letter box it was in sitting in my burner with a tealight burning away merrily under it.
It doesn't take too long for the scent to start coming though; roughly twenty minutes after lighting the tealight I could smell a gorgeous lemon around the room, which isn't bad but quite a bit slower than other tarts I've been using recently. Once I started to notice the lemon fragrance however it built in intensity until the whole of the downstairs of my house was scented with this gorgeous aroma, it's a reasonably delicate fragrance so don't expect something 'in yer face' like a lot of Yankee Candle fruit fragrances but it's so soothing and refreshing that it's already become a total favourite of mine despite the fact that I've only burned one tart thus far!
The fragrance is extremely similar to the Body Shop's range of Sweet Lemon products, in fact it's almost identical to their lip butter which I'm currently using. It's a sherbet lemon type of scent, amazingly sweet and fresh with a fragile sweetie smell rather than that of the more tart fresh lemon. It's the type of fragrance which feels comforting and feminine, Sicilian Lemon is so beautifully sweet that if it weren't for a relatively strong lemon tone you could be forgiven for looking upon it as a candied fragrance rather than a fruity/citrus tart. There's nothing sharp or zesty about the fragrance; it's smooth and soft as the tart burns, the fragrance doesn't change at all during the lifespan of the tart and this is good as it means the house is constantly enveloped in this most incredible perfume. I absolutely adore it.
It's a fragrance I'd love to burn in July, I discovered it a couple of months too late to experience a Sicilian Lemon summer but even on a cold and dreary October day like today it was lovely. I was torn actually between the uber strong (and very wintery) Cinnamon Stick or this lighter tart, I'm am glad I went with the lemon one as I was feeling a bit down in the dumps and the sweetness of it really cheered me up! I've put a large Sicilian Lemon on my Christmas list, the proper one which Mark ignores at his peril, so will save half the jar for the summer of 2013 and test my theory out.
I recommend this beautiful fragrance to anyone; it's highly inoffensive in that it simply smells of sweet lemons, it doesn't even smell of real lemons so there's nothing for you citrus haters to get annoyed about. It's simply a stunning delicate aroma; it doesn't linger for long after the tealight blows itself out, the sensation of sweetness lasts for much longer than the tangible fragrance (and that's a shame!) but within half an hour any useful perfume has disappeared - which is fine by me as it's an excuse to light another tealight, but doesn't really represent value for tart!
This gorgeous little yellow disc of sunshine cost a measly £1.20, considering my tart lasted for nine hours (a full hour longer than suggested by Yankee Candle) I think this is a fantastic price. Everyone has commented on it today, and the added advantage is that it didn't make my asthmatic mum cough as Yankee Candles almost always do - she popped in earlier unexpectedly and it wasn't until a cough-free hour had passed that I realised the tart was still burning; the guy who's buying our house arrived and commented on how nice our house always smelled, I've been burning a tart every time he's been and tonight he had me writing names of Yankee Candle down for him to pass on to his wife!
I began my addiction with Yankee Candles over twelve years ago with my first purchase being their refreshing Satsuma, which unfortunately, has long since been discontinued. I have bought a multitude of fragrances over the years where I opt for musky and spicy scents for the winter with fruity and floral scents for the warm summer months. As I absolutely adore the citrus aroma of Sparkling Lemonade I was intrigued to learn of Sicilian Lemon, so a purchase was made a few months ago and this review discusses my thoughts.
When I am trying out a fragrance for the first time I will always opt for one of the 22g circular fluted wax tarts with their measurement of 6 cm in diameter and just over 1 cm in depth. If you are familiar with the American Yankee Candle brand you will be aware that their glass jar candles are rather pricey although in my opinion, well worth the money, as they offer many hours of fragrance. However, the small tarts are affordable and are a good way of sampling each of the scents without breaking the bank.
As the name would suggest Sicilian Lemon is of a bright and vibrant lemon colour with the label displaying an uplifting thirst quenching image of fresh lemons. Despite the tart being tightly wrapped in transparent cellophane, the refreshing fragrance is most definitely apparent with its delightfully authentic slightly sweetened citrus tones. I'm sure that the majority of consumers are aware of the concept of a wax tart, but for those who are not familiar, I would advise that the solid wickless piece of wax should be placed into the bowl of an oil burner. A tea light is positioned underneath and after a few minutes of lighting, the wax will slowly melt and in doing so, the fragrance will become evident and gradually permeate the surrounding areas.
After carefully removing the packaging with the blade of a knife the lemon aroma becomes more evident and I would describe it as identical to the refreshing sharpness offered by a sherbet lemon sweet. When I first purchased this tart I couldn't stop sniffing it, as it is so uplifting and certainly makes the mouth water! As the bowl of my oil burner isn't particularly large, I always snap my wax tarts into three or four portions, dependent upon the depth of the fragrance and within a few minutes of placing a third of Sicilian Lemon onto the burner, the uplifting and very refreshing waft of lemon begins to fill the room.
The aroma creates a feel good factor with its delightful sharp citrus tones in combination with pure, natural extracts and the overall scent is simply perfect for the warmer weather although I have burned it on rainy days in an attempt to lift my low mood. I read in a magazine some time ago that citrus tones are perfect for burning during hot summer's evenings as the sharpness deters flying insects although I cannot admit to being able to evidence this claim as we were visited by many unwanted pests during the hotter weather!
I found the luscious lemon aroma rapidly filling the downstairs of my home and the aroma is perfect for neutralising pongy cooking smells, so it's perfect for lighting after cooking that saucepan of cabbage or sprouts. Yankee Candle claim that each of the 22g tarts will deliver fragrance for up to eight hours and I would definitely agree in respect of Sicilian Lemon. In addition, I find the delightful aroma hangs in the air for a good few hours after distinguishing the tea light and as a result, my home smells clean and fresh.
I would previously travel to Cardiff City Centre, some 15 miles away from my home to obtain all of my Yankee Candles. However, a shop within a mile of my home has recently started stocking them, so what more could I ask? The tarts generally tend to sell for around £1.20 to £1.30 and Sicilian Lemon is well worth every penny and as a result, I will be purchasing a glass jar for use during the summer of next year. My only grumble with Yankee Candle is that they frequently retire fragrances that I adore such as Satsuma, which I previously mentioned, Festival of Lights and Christmas Pudding. Consequently, when I discover a fragrance that I love I will stock up much to my husband's dismay! Due to the reasons discussed above, Sicilian Lemon receives five stars from me together with a high recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I always like to keep my home smelling nice and often use Yankee Wax Tarts to do this, Yankee in my opinion are one of the best when it comes to scented candles, wax tarts, and reed diffusers, the different fragrances can help create different moods and atmospheres. The wax tart I have just finished using is Sicilian Lemon, I bought mine from Amazon and paid £1.10 for it which is an average price for a Yankee Wax Tart, they usually range from 99p to £1.20 depending on where you buy from.
Yankee Wax Tarts are simply little discs of oily wax infused with natural oils , they have no wick and are designed for melting in an oil burner. Each tart is approximately 5 x 1cm and are sold tightly wrapped in clear cellophane allowing you to see the colour of the wax. There is a label stuck to the top of the tart which always shows a picture depicting the fragrance of the tart, in the case of Sicilian Lemon the wax is yellow and the label shows lemons. Despite being tightly wrapped in cellophane you can still smell the fragrance of the tart giving you an idea of what to expect.
As I mentioned to melt the wax tart you do need an oil burner and an unscented tea light, I personally don't buy expensive unscented tea lights, the big bags of cheaper ones are perfectly alright for use in a burner. Place the unwrapped tart in the dish of the burner and light the tea light underneath, no water needs to be added to the wax. Once the tart starts to melt which is usually quite quick the wax releases its fragrance and the aroma starts to filter around the room. I personally melt the wax tarts whole but you can break them and use a bit at a time.
When I melted my Sicilian Lemon tart I was expecting a strong lemon fragrance, natural and sharp, well I certainly got my lemon smell which was indeed natural and fresh but also there was a sweetness to the aroma which in my personal opinion took the edge of the lemon, I didn't dislike it but it definitely wasn't quite what I was expecting. The fragrance is quite subtle too I could smell it all around my room but it wasn't strong enough to filter upstairs as well like some of the other wax tarts I've used. I would say Sicilian Lemon is more of a daytime fragrance, I wouldn't melt this in the evenings.
I usually melt wax tarts for a couple of hours at a time I find the scent then lingers for a good while once the tea light has been blown out, I just leave the wax to solidify in the dish until I melt it again. Once all the fragrance has gone from the wax I simply let the wax set and remove it from the dish. Yankee do state that their tarts will give on average up to 8 hours fragrance and in the main I would agree
with this, it was certainly the case with Sicilian Lemon all be it a subtle fragrance.
If you like fruity fragrances that are quite subtle and not too strong then I would recommend giving this a try, if you are after something that will give you a stronger, sharper, crisper lemon fragrance then this may not be one for you, I liked this wax tart but its certainly not one of my favourites and I would only buy it again if it was reduced in price.
Sicilian Lemon can be bought not only in wax tart form but also various candles too.
I first started buying Yankee wax tarts around November of last year after reading so many positive reviews on sites such as this, and found myself wanting to purchase some of the delicious scents that were increasingly cropping up in reviews. After buying myself a wax tart burner I then started to purchase wax tarts as frequently as once a week, and having found some reputable online stores on Ebay I purchase whenever I have any funds sitting in my paypal account. I recently bought a mixed bundle of different scented tarts and was greatly looking forward to seeing which had been chosen for me as it was a 'mystery' bundle but as it was free P&P and you got 2 wax tarts free then I wasn't too concerned as to which would be sent as I'd ordered similar sets previously and on the whole been very happy with the choices.
In amongst my bundle was this - Sicilian Lemon - which my review will now focus on.
**How Yankee describe this**
"..A bright and sunny citrus... perfectly ripe, with a naturally sweet and refreshing scent.."
**My experience of using this product**
Yankee wax tarts are reasonably priced in my opinion and if bought singularly they can be picked up from as little as 90p to around £1.30 depending on where you choose to shop. As mentioned I prefer to buy mine online but they can be purchased from several outlets with the most commonest places being card and gift shops. There is a Hallmark factory card shop close to my home which sporadically sells older stock from as little as 60p per wax tart so it's worth sourcing out these sort of places as it's an ideal time to then stock up.
The wax tart comes presented in a transparent sealed cellophane wrapper as do all the Yankee branded wax tarts and features on the top a sticker depicting an image to match the scent. In this instance the picture is that of some lemons which are freshly cut and because of the clearness of the wrapper we can see that the wax tart itself is a coordinating warm sunshiny yellow.
On first seeing this particular fragrance in the bundle I was pleasantly surprised at how sweet it came across as as I presumed it to just have a citrus based aroma. On opening and releasing from the wrapper though the citrus took over and was very dominant, though in a crisp and fresh way and I was looking forward to burning it later that day.
As mentioned before in similar natured reviews I live in a small cottage all based on one floor and I tend to keep my burner situated in my kitchen as it's less likely to cause anyone any harm there and also my kitchen is my most central room in the layout of my house.
I normally break my wax tarts into two pieces to burn on separate occasions but I liked the scent of this so much that I placed the entire 22g wax disc into the pot of my burner and proceeded to light the tea light that was directly beneath. Within a few minutes the rich, luscious lemon aroma started to filter through and grew in intensity as the wax started to melt. I'm not really a fan of citrus based scents and probably wouldn't have gone out of my way to purchase this on its own but after the wax tart started melting and giving out it's delicious crisp aroma I was really glad that this had been included in my bundle.
I left the wax tart to melt and even replaced the tea light with another lit one as the scent Sicilian Lemon offered was clean, fresh and crisp and not overpowering like some fragrances and I was enjoying the ambience it was creating in my home.
I would highly recommend this fragrance of wax tart as I'm not a citrus fan of anything generally speaking but was very pleasantly surprised with how wonderfully comforting this was. The lemon has just the right amount of crispness without it being too tart but there is also a sweeter note that adds softness which ends up making it a well balanced fragrance. Longevity wise I found this gave around the approximate 8 hours it promises though obviously the longer it melts for the lesser the strength over time.
I really loved how this scented my home and will definitely buy this particular fragranced tart again in the nearby future as even when the tea light candle had been extinguished the lemon scent hung in the air for at least 2 hours afterwards. I also found that I could burn this for a number of hours without it being nauseating or causing headaches like some other fragrances can. Because of the clean lemon scent it was perfect for helping to eliminate cooking odours from my kitchen and overall it was just a very pleasant scent to have wafting through each room.
If you haven't heard of Yankee Candle by now - where have you been! Originally established in the USA, this popular name is on many candle and scented homeware products.
Spring 2012 - the release of 5 new Yankee Candle scents. Alongside Pink Drago Fruit, Loves Me Loves Me Not, Fruit Fusion and Wild Passionfruit is Sicilian Lemon.
Like many other Yankee scents, Sicilian Lemon can be purchased in different formats to suit your home and budget. The more expensive options include housewarmer jars and tumblers. If you don't wish to splash out on an expensive jar, opt for the votive sampler, wax tart or the tea lights.
I my experience of Sicilian Lemon is by way of the wax tart. A wax tart is a disc of solid wax which has been infused with natural essential oils. Each 22g is designed to give at least 8 hours of fragrance and should be melted in an appropriate tart or oil burner.
Sicilian Lemon is naturally a yellow coloured tart. It is presented shrink wrapped for freshness and features an image label showing juicy lemons. Yankee describe Sicilian Lemon as..
'a bright and sunny citrus...perfectly ripe, with a naturally sweet and refreshing scent'
As this is a new release, it is likely to be stocked in your local Yankee stocked store. Online, it is widely available.
*www.yankeescents4.com - £1.05 (tart) £1.60 (votive) £5.99 (tea lights) and from £7.49 (jars and tumblers)
Other stockists include Amazon, www.collectables.co.uk, eBay UK and www.yankeedirect.com. The average price for the wax tart is around £1.20.
I recently bought the full range of 2012 fragrances that Yankee Candle released - I couldn't resist! I love trying new fragrances around my home as I love my home to smell welcoming and fragrant all the time - and Yankee is my favourite candle brand. I buy the wax tarts to sample a scent before considering splashing out on the jars. A find the tarts to be very appealing due to how strong they are usually.
I like lemon scents but I feel they can be a hit or a miss. Some lemon scents remind me too much of cleaning products and I have a cheap bottle of Cif to make my home smell like this so I want something a bit more natural when it comes to candles. This tart was beautifully presented and I chose to use it during the day as I associate lemon with being fresh and fruity rather than warm and cosy (so evening use was out of the question).
As I removed the wrapped, I was taken in by the gorgeous lemon fragrance from this tart. I popped it in the burner bowl and lit the tea light. The tart melted evenly and formed a pool of pale yellow wax. Having sampled some of the other Yankee lemon based scents before (Country Lemonade and Sparkling Lemon), I noticed some similarities between them and Sicilian Lemon. Sicilian Lemon does have its own character though and isn't identical to the other lemon scents.
I wouldn't say this is the strongest wax tart I have tried before but it isn't watery and weak like some others. It filled my living room with a pleasant level of fragrance and filtered into my kitchen. I could detect a hint of lemon in my hall way but it didn't treat our whole flat to a delightful fragrance.
Sicilian Lemon offers a lovely scent which is fresh and inviting without being in your face. It flows beautifully and is completely natural smelling which I appreciate. The overall scent made my home smell fresh and clean and took over the cleaning product smell from the kitchen. Sicilian Lemon is quite flavoursome and reminds me of being on holiday as it has a Mediterranean feel to it. The lemon is quite zingy without being harsh and is quite like a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Sicilian Lemon is an airy and pleasantly light scent. The citrussy lemon is complimented by a delicate sweetness which laces it perfectly and layers it slightly. The overall scent is a bright scent which is quite engaging and it is definitely a day time, feel good sort of scent - for me anyway! The scent isn't consistent. I noticed a distinct drop in strength after an hour or each time I melted this tart and this was quite disappointing.
I'm not sure I would choose this over the top of the other lemon scents that Yankee offer. It is pleasant but I didn't seem to get the full 8 hours of consistent strength from it so I did feel a little cheated! I do prefer the intensity and vibrancy of Sparkling Lemon and I had hoped that Sicilian Lemon would be similar so I was a little disappointed that it wasn't as generous in strength.
Thanks for reading :)
*Posted on ciao April 2012.
Sicilian Lemon Wax Tart
Another in the brand new Spring/Summer 2012 range of Yankee Candle fragrances, Sicilian Lemon is a new release which has recently been launched and has started to make an appearance both online and from high street Yankee stockists. I bought mine a few days ago after being impressed with 3 of the other new fragrances and expected this one to live up to my hopes of being a zesty, fresh fragrance that Yankee are usually so good at producing. Deciding to have my wax tart melting in my kitchen to allow the fragrance to work its way round my home I unwrapped it from its plastic confines, placed it into the well of my tart burner, lit a tea light and waited...
Wax tarts are, as many readers will know already, a flat piece of fragranced wax. They have no wicks and aren't burnt like normal candles, instead they are melted on a tart burner from the heat of a tea light and contain around 8 hours of fragrance. They're often the strongest smelling products that Yankee produce and are a cheap and cheerful way of fragrancing a home with literally hundreds of scents being available to buy. Generally split into categories including "Fresh", "Fruity" and "Floral" there should be something to suit anybody looking for a fragrance to have in their home and over the years I've become a big fan of the products on offer. Wax tarts are one of the cheapest ways to experience a Yankee fragrance and tend to cost around £1.20 these days although some retailers will offer some at a reduced price when they're promoted as a selected 'fragrance of the month' or out of season for the Christmas-named ones. The Sicilian Lemon wax tart cost me £1.20 and after a few minutes of gently melting I began to detect the unmistakeable aroma of freshly squeezed lemons and I knew it was going to be a fragrance that I liked.
Yankee have used Lemon in other fragrances in the past and tend to get it just right whenever they use it on its own, as you would imagine it's a fresh, clean scent which I find to be rather uplifting and Sicilian Lemon is a fine addition to the Yankee range. Not too dissimilar to Sparkling Lemon (an older fragrance and now being retired in favour of this one) this is a bright, zesty fragrance full of citrusy highlights and whilst it probably lacks the initial fizziness that its predecessor had its still one that appealed to me and reminded me of the Sherbet Lemon sweeties I had as a child. It's not a harsh Lemon smell that you might associate with kitchen or bathroom cleaners, here it's presented as a slightly sweet and invigorating aroma which is packed with zing and zest and melting mine in my kitchen not only freshened and fragranced the air in there but due to it's strength it also worked its way into my hallway and was noticeable around my home.
All of the 2012 releases up to now have been big hits with me and Sicilian Lemon is yet another fine example of how good Yankee can be in replicating fruity aromas, these are generally my favourites out of all the fragrances that Yankee produce and I would have no hesitation in buying this one again and indeed have already made a repeat order of this and a couple of the other new releases so I can have them in my home again. I do think that this is a fragrance that would suit a kitchen or a bathroom although as a daytime scent I can see how it would work in a living room or conservatory and for me it's an ideal fragrance for this time of the year now that the days are lighter for longer.
I don't think it has the same longevity as some of the deeper fragrances that Yankee produce though and the scent from my wax tart had all but gone after 6 hours or so, I used 2 tea lights on mine before it started to lose its strength and a third tea light managed to squeeze every last bit of fragrance out of mine. I'd still recommend this one though as I do think it still works out as good value for money when you consider how much they cost but it isn't one of the most long-lasting fragrances available so worth mentioning here if you're expecting this one to last more than 8 hours.
Overall Sicilian Lemon lived up to my expectations although admittedly I was a little disappointed not to get the full 8 hours worth of fragrance from mine, this wouldn't be enough of a reason for me not to buy it again though as I loved the fragrance it produced and I do think it's perfect for this time of the year. Four stars as a rating from me, it would have been five but I'm deducting a star because of its longevity, definitely recommended though, thanks for reading my review.
Sicilian lemon Yankee candle tart
I have read so many reviews for Yankee candles and tarts etc. to the point of getting sick of reading them. However my curiosity got the better of me as I was looking for something with a strong scent that was going to fragrance my home for a decent period of time. So I went ahead and bought myself everything I'd need in order to burn these very much talked about Yankee Tarts.
I actually ordered a pack of 10 individual tarts from Amazon which cost me around £10.00, all different fruit scents, the one I'm going to review is the Sicilian Lemon tart.
I was immediately hit by the strong scents of all the tarts together, which was somewhat over bearing when I first opened the pack, however on separating this one from the others I noticed its own very strong individual lemon scent. Opening the packet was a bit of a pain, by the time I got into it my hands smelt very strongly of lemon.
I did like the way it fit nice and neatly into the burner I'd bought, but thought to myself it was a lot smaller than I had imagined it to be, for some reason I expected the tart to be bigger than just a couple of inches diameter, anyway I lit the tea light under the burner and waited for a lovely strong scent of lemon to fill my room. It actually didn't take long at all for the tart to start melting and for the scent to start circulating around the room. At first I was really impressed I really liked it, but after a while all I could smell was lockets and any other throat sweets. I know the scent was lemon which you would associate with throat sweets and the like but it began to make me feel like we were all munching away on throat sweets. My husband said the scent was very strong and it gave him a headache.
Now I don't really mind the scent that much but I don't think I'd buy another lemon tart, I guess this one just wasn't for me or my household.
But that aside, the tart cost me around £1.00, it was worth it because I actually decided to time the amount of burn time it gave me and I clearly got more than the eight hours they say you get. So for me I think this tart was value for money. Each time I blew the tea light out the smell of lemon lingered for a fair amount of time afterwards as well.
So all in all I'm pleased I went ahead and bought the burner and tarts and I'm looking forward to trying all the others in the pack.
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