* Prices may differ from that shown
**Introduction and reason for purchase** When I was (much) younger I used to burn incense sticks to fragrance my home as my friend got me hooked on one called 'baby powder' which gave off the most divine scent and this led to my obsession with experimenting with burning scented candles. Although I had heard of the Yankee Candle Co it was less than a year ago that I first started to buy their products mainly through reading so many positive reviews about in particular their wax tarts. Although I have bought the odd votive sampler candle it is the wax tart format I prefer and have been buying whenever funds allow and burning regularly. One such wax tart I received in a mixed bundle recently from an Ebay shop was this - 'Vanilla/ Lime' - which my review will now focus on. **What Yankee have to say** "...Smooth and refreshing - the creamy richness of vanilla with sweet cane sugar and a zesty lime twist.." **Appearance** As is the norm with Yankee wax tarts they are presented in a sealed plastic packaging with slightly fluted edges and this is no different. The packaging is transparent meaning the contents can be clearly viewed which in this case we can see that the wax tart is a sumptuous lime in colour which seems apt given the title. On the top and bottom of the packaging are two stickers - the underneath one giving instructions and 'Do's and Don'ts' and the sticker on the top depicts an image of what appears to be a glass of vanilla milkshake with a wedge of lime stuck on the rim. The packaging is minimal but eye catching all the same, especially the colour of the zesty green wax tart which stood out immediately amongst the other varieties in my mixed bundle. **Price & availability** The Vanilla Lime wax tart comes in a 22g size, and for anyone that isn't aware what a wax tart is it is a wickless candle that is meant to be burned in an appropriate holder. My preferred method of using is to break the wax tart in half by either snapping with my fingers or slicing with a knife as I get two uses as opposed to one making the tart last longer whilst still giving the same results. I bought mine as part of a mixed bundle through an Ebay store costing £8 for 10 various fragranced wax tarts which I deemed to be incredibly cheap given the fact that they can range in price from £0.80 upwards. I find Ebay to be a good place to pick these up as I use any available paypal cash to fund this and have them posted to me rather than the hassle of going to a shop, although if it is a fragrance I've not tried before then it can be 50/50 to whether I find it suitable or not. selected greetings card shops are fantastic for picking up Yankee products and of course they can be bought direct from www.yankee.co.uk but personally I do still prefer Ebay as it's more convenient for me. **My experience of burning Vanilla Lime** When I ordered my mixed bundle I had no idea which scents I would be receiving so I was very pleased to see this was included in amongst as I had read several positive reviews about it. I had already decided to actively seek it out and was going to order it singularly so to find it nestled amongst the other fragranced wax tarts really made my day when I spotted it. My first impressions on picking the tart up was how strong the scent was and immediately I could detect the zesty lime fragrance even whilst still encased in it's cellophane wrapper. On opening and removing the plastic wrapping I noted that the fragrance was far stronger and I had high hopes for burning this as it's strength gave the indication it would scent my rooms for the recommended 8 hours or even above (hopefully). On placing in it's alloted space in the burner I own and popping a lit tea light beneath it I could detect the scent strengthening within seconds of the wax tart melting which was a very pleasurable experience indeed. I'm not normally a fan of citrus based scents when it comes to perfumes or for scenting my home so even though I had heard of this 'flavour' I'd avoided buying it at first presuming it would be *too* citrusy. I'd read quite a few positive reviews about it however and decided I liked the sound of it and the second it arrived in my order and I discovered the aroma I was practically kicking myself for not trying it sooner. As I've mentioned in (similar) previous reviews, I keep my burner in my kitchen due to it's central locality in my small cottage and for the fact that when it's placed on my kitchen window sill I know it is out of harms way. Within about 10 minutes of the wax starting to slowly melt and pool inside the burner the fragrance had started to make it's way subtly throughout my home and I could easily smell the delicious fragrance in each room. The lime is the most dominant of the two scents there is no denying that but what I love about this wax tart is the vanilla also plays a key part and counteracts the zest of the lime and tones it down slightly. The end creation is indeed similar to a milkshake and reminds me of the Crusha milk flavouring that I used to buy a few years ago. The vanilla adds a comforting creamy essence to the overall scent with the lime giving off a fresh and clean scent and I have to admit this is one of the most beautiful wax tart fragrances I have come across. **Recommended?** I would highly recommend this particular wax tart fragrance as on the first occasion I burned it for around 2 hours and found the scent to be strong but certainly not sickly or overpowering and the fragrance lasted for at least 1 hour after the candle was extinguished giving off a very gentle aroma in each room but mainly my kitchen. I found that 2 hours of burning seemed sufficient to scent my home accordingly and I managed to get at least 10 hours worth of use out of one wax tart (although I did break it in half originally and swapped the 'used' wax for the new after around 6 hours). I would say that the fragrance does start to slightly fade after a few hours of burning but only slightly and not like some wax tarts where the scent disappears completely, so all in all I was incredibly impressed with the longevity of this wax tart's fragrance and I highly recommend it. I found it the perfect balance of sweet/ citrus and it gave off a warm yet fresh aroma that eradicated any cooking smells from my kitchen and overall made my home smell inviting and welcoming. I have since bought another two discs of this and am currently burning it now and it's safe to say that this is definitely a firm favourite in my household as even my husband and children have commented on 'the nice smell' whereas normally they don't even notice if I'm burning anything (except their tea..)! Top marks from me and my current favourite. 5/5
When it comes to scented candles Yankee are my favourite. They really are superb quality and come in so many different fragrances and forms its hard to decide which one to choose. I often like to go for the wax tart or a sampler.. It gives me a good idea of weather I will like the fragrance and if its worth buying a large jar. My recent wax tart was Vanilla Lime. I wasn't sure about this because I couldn't really imagine vanilla with the lime. Anyway, I ordered one along with some other bits to give it a try. Yankee candles always smell natural, they only use natural extracts to fragrance their wax. The fragrance always goes right through the whole candle, or tart, unlike some cheaper ones which are only coated in a scented wax. This ensures fragrance right through. The wax tarts from Yankee are approximately the size and shape of a mince pie. They are wrapped in cellophane and have a label on the top. The vanilla and lime tart has what looks like white sorbet on the label along with a slice of lime. To be honest, from the picture, its not immediately obvious what fragrance this is by just looking at the picture, however the label does tell us that its Vanilla Lime. The colour of the wax is quite a bright green and it looks slightly mottled to me. Yankee actually call their wax tarts "wax potpourri". To use their wax tarts you will need a burner, just light a tea light, pop it under the burner and place the tart in the dish. The wax is very soft and starts to melt almost straight away. When I lit the vanilla lime wax tart, as with all Yankee candles, the fragrance soon emerges. The immediate smell is lime, sharp and citrusy, its a lovely clean fresh fragrance. There's also a sweetness to the aroma, this is obviously the vanilla. This wax tart has a very strange smell, sweet and sharp really. The vanilla lime wax tart is quite a strong smell that soon filters through the house. Personally speaking I don't think I will buy this one again. Although its quite pleasant I do prefer either a sweet vanilla smell or a sharp fresh citrus aroma. When put together I think they loose something rather than complement each other. I order my Yankee candles from www.YankeeDoodle.com the tarts cost approximately £1.00 each and Yankee state they will fragrance your home for 5 hours. I would say this is about right. Although I would recommend most products from the Yankee Candle range, this one is not one of their better ones. I do like their wax tarts though, they along with their sampler candles are a nice way of testing a fragrance without paying out a lot of cash. My Mum also is a big Yankee fan and often keeps one of the tarts in her airing cupboard, she gets a lovely whiff of fragrance every time she opens the door.
Vanilla Lime Tart / Wax Potpourri Description: Manufacturer: Yankee Candle / Type: Wax Potpourri http://www.yankeecandle.co.uk Anyone reading my earlier reviews (please accept my thanks, I am really grateful for all reads, rates and comments!) will already know my thoughts on the Yankee Candle company - I love them and spend quite a lot of money sampling new varieties! They sell the most amazingly fragranced candles to gently scent your home. They also last really well and continue to smell great right until the end, unlike some scented candles which only smell the first time that they are lit. In case you are unsure what these wax tarts actually are, they are little tart shaped pieces of scented wax. They are then used with the specially designed wax tart burner which uses a tealight to melt the wax, releasing the delicious fragrance into your home. They are very easy to use and despite being small, they really pack a punch! These wax tarts cost around £1.05 so are much cheaper than the big glass candle jars, meaning that this can be a good way to try different scents without spending a lot. Unfortunately, Yankee Candles do tend to be a little more expensive than some brands, but because they last so long and smell so great, I do believe that they are worth the extra money. If you are new to the company then the wax tarts or their scented tealights are a great way to try the scents and find your favourites. They are available to buy in loads of different places and you can also shop online. This fragrance, like all the other Yankee Candle varieties has a powerful fscent which quickly fills the room. The aroma of lime is zesty and fresh while the vanilla gives it sweet undertones which linger for hours after the burner has been extinguished. This fragrance is great for summer days as the fresh citrus scent makes your rooms smell sweet and yet slightly tangy for ages after using. I love these little wax tarts and they are such a fab way to try the Yankee Candle scents and discover which ones you like most, if you haven't tried them before then what are you waiting for, banish those old fashioned and ineffective air fresheners and treat your rooms to the mouth watering aromas that are Yankee Candles!
I am a sucker for scented candles and have tried many over the years but Yankee candles are definately the best - particularly these little wax tarts which are designed to be used in a burner (a ceramic or glass cup with a tealight to heat it from underneath). The tarts are little scalloped edged circular discs of highly scented wax which are tightly wrapped in cellophane wrappers with the flavour sticker on the front. These wrappers can be tricky to get off but as soon as you pierce them open the scent hits you. You place the whole tart in the burner and light the tealight underneath which melts the wax into a liquid within 5-10 mins, releasing the fragrance for up to 8 hours. I find they do last a little over 8 hours but after this time the fragrance is much weaker. The tarts cost around £1 each and come in a huge variety of scents. This one, Vanilla Lime, is an all round favourite of mine. It has a big zesty lime smell with a sweet hint of fresh vanilla. It's not too overpowering in that it will give you a headache but it is very detectable and noticeable. The scents are very true to life and don't smell synthetic as a lot of scented candles do. Plus the wax is scented all the way through instead of just around the outside as a lot of cheaper candles are so you get a big burst of fragrance. This scent is a great all-rounder but it is best in the summer as it's really fresh and fruity smelling. However, I would use it all year round. The scent carries through the whole house and creates a real ambience - so much better than an air freshening spray or plug in and a much more natural smell too. At £1 a pop these are much more affordable than a Yankee glass jar candle and in my opinion give a far superior fragrance than the jars. They are excellent value for money considering the level of fragrance you get and beat any cheaper scented candle I've tried hands down. I usually buy 4-5 a month from my local shop that sells them and they last around 4-6 weeks depending on how often I change the scents over. Yankee are usually found as concessions within larger shops however my local post office has now started selling them which is really handy. It can be quite hard to find somewhere selling them however, QVC have a big Yankee range plus you can buy them online too.
I have a strong love for candles - honestly I have hundreds and there is never a time in my home when I don't have any in. I buy them from anywhere and everywhere from scented to unscented from tea lights to big block candles, I simply cannot get enough of them. I do also love incense sticks, incense cones, melting candles and pretty much anything I can use to scent my home. I think this is because having dogs I always want to make sure my home smells clean and when I do my general day to day cleaning I then like to put some candles on afterwards to then have lovely smells floating around rather than the smell of bleach, polish or general cleaning product! You may wonder why I tell you all this but, it is because I want to express how many candles I use and of course so you can understand how many I go through and of course how many different varieties I have tried. There are 3 main candles I would say are what I would rate the highest and these are the Ikea Tindra, the Glade scented candles and the good old Yankee Candles! Of course this review will be about the Yankee candle and I simply have to tell you my thoughts on this particular scent and style as each one is so very different! What is it? This Yankee candle is actually a 'tart' which is in effect not really a candle as such but, a small flat round piece of wax that you heat up and allow to melt, usually in an oil burner of some kind. Once the wax starts to melt it gives off the gorgeous scent of the candle or as it is aptly named, the potpourri as it does the same job as what a tub of potpourri would do! This scent: In all honesty I would probably have never picked this scent up myself so it is a good thing really my mum did! Whilst she was away on her holidays last year in Dorset she spotted some of these Yankee candles and bought me a few different scents. Some were normal votive style ones and a few were these although she had actually bought them not realising what type they were! I had only used this one recently as over the Christmas period I have been using the Glade glistening snow candle so now that has all been used up I though I would give one of the scents my mum bought me a go. The scent is fairly strong even in the plastic wrap although I couldn't determine whether I was smelling more of the vanilla or lime. Once opened it was very strong, the same as most of the Yankee candles and to be honest I wasn't sure if because of how strong it was that it would be too much! However, once I had it in my oil burner and a plain tea light placed underneath to start heating the wax, I found the scent to smell different again. The room was definitely filled with it's scent although the now strong smell became suitable for the size of my room. I found whenever I walked into the room I could immediately detect the scents I was smelling and the room was very inviting with this wafting around! The lime was very easy to detect but, the vanilla mixed with it gave the smell a more toned down subtle touch. It was refreshing yet it was also what I call a warming scent and by this I mean it had elements of a smell that make you think of a cosy living room with a fire lit rather than say a summery scent. I was surprised really because being a lime and vanilla scent I expected it to be better suited to a summer's evening. Of course I wouldn't rule out using this any time of year but, the only reason I used it now was because out of the scents my mum gave me this was my least favourite and so I wanted to use it first! Price: I know my mum paid 99p for each of my wax tarts and I would say this is about average for this kind of thing - of course I am not sure where she bought it from in Dorset although I know you can pick up Yankee candles at a variety of garden centres up and down the country as they seem the popular choice of candles to sock in these places! Expect to pay no less than this kind of price for a small tea light or wax tart and every size increase usually jumps up by a further 50p/75p depending on what size you buy and where you buy it from! A great site for purchasing Yankee candles is Yankee doodle.co.uk as they do very good offers from time to time. Overall opinion: I thought this was very nice - in fact a lot nicer than I anticipated from when I first saw it! I would definitely buy this scent again even though at first sight of the fragrance I wasn't blown away by the combination - however I would say give it a chance as the scent is very over powering when unlit and smelt up close but, once heated and when it starts to melt it gives off just the right amount of oomph to a decent sized room. Every time I came back into my living room I was so pleased with the smell wafting around as it was very pleasant indeed! I would recommend that you give Yankee candles a try if you like candles to have a strong aroma - I used to spend a fortune buying cheap candles by the bucket load to try and give off a decent scent in my home and realised that by spending a bit more on one decent one it works out much better value.