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Keeping my home smelling nice is very important to me, and my favourite way to do this is by using scented candles or wax tarts. I love the way the atmosphere can be changed depending on the fragrance of scented wax. It can create a bright fresh clean feel to a room or a warm cosy romantic atmosphere. I recently bought some cheap Yankee Wax Tarts from a local department store, they were selling some Christmas fragrances for just 50p so I picked a couple up, I normally prefer floral smells but the price was good. One of the wax tarts was White Christmas. I am a bit dubious of some "Christmas" fragrances as they often contain pine which can smell like public loos or toilet cleaner. Wax Tarts are simple little discs of oily wax without a wick, I always think they feel slightly oily rather than waxy, they measure approximately 6cm's x 1.5cm's and cost round about £1.00 - £1.20 depending on where you buy them from. They have a fluted edge and do look just like a little tart. In my opinion Yankee make the best wax tarts and these are the ones I always use. White Christmas comes wrapped tightly in clear cellophane allowing you to see the white wax, the wax tart has a label stuck to the front which shows a small picture that usually depicts the fragrance of the wax, White Christmas displays a little white church against a very wintry sky, beside it is a single tree with no leaves just branches. Its a very apt scene for the name White Christmas without being all tinsel and baubles. You can usually get a good idea of what the wax tart is going to smell by just by smelling the wrapper, handy of you are in a shop and not too sure if you like the sound if it. Yankees official description of this is:- " There's a quiet Christmas beauty in this blend of woodsy evergreens and cool, freshly fallen snow." To use a wax tart you do need an oil burner and an unscented tea light (not necessarily a Yankee branded one, cheapies will do) its just a case of popping the unwrapped wax tart into the burner and lighting the tea light below it so it melts the wax tart. Once lit it doesn't take long before the oily wax is starting to melt and the fragrance filters around the room. Once the fragrance of White Christmas started to filter around the room I knew it wasn't going to be like toilet cleaner, the smell of pine was there but it was mixed with a sweetness which made it a very pleasant smell. The sweet element of the scent softened the pine creating a warm cosy aroma. Although this is called White Christmas and would indeed be a lovely fragrance to have in your home over the festive period I would personally use it any time during the winter months. I always melt my wax tarts for a couple of hours at a time, I find the fragrance lingers for a long while after the wax has solidified and this in my opinion is the best way to get the best value from the tart. Yankee state their wax tarts will give you up to 8 hours fragrance and I agree. I just leave the set wax in the burner dish ready to re melt the next day. You can melt the wax tarts whole, break them in half or even mix them to create your own fragrances. Personally I don't mix mine I just melt the tart whole without mixing fragrances, in my opinion Yankee mix the fragrances perfectly well. Yankee use only natural ingredients in their scented wax and most of their fragrances do really smell genuine. Yankee wax tarts can be found in many independent shops and also some major department stores as well as many online stores such as Amazon UK and Yankee Direct. They are great value for money and a lovely way to fragrance your home for a small amount of money, also a good way to try different fragrances before you spend more on a larger candle. Over all I would certainly recommend White Christmas, its one of the nicest pine fragrances I've tried and would be lovely for Christmas Day.
White Christmas was another festive wax tart by Yankee that I purchased before Christmas, whilst browsing the vast Yankee range available in my local branch of Collectables. I was particularly looking to buy wax tarts from the large festive range to burn over the Christmas period and found there was a great deal to choose from with pine, spicy, fruity and cinnamon scents making up the key ingredients in this range. I had previously bought a 'Christmas Tree' fragranced wax tart and whilst thinking when smelling the wax in the store that I would enjoy the pine fragrance, when I actually came to burn it, I found the strong pine fragrance was quite overpowering and reminded me of toilet cleaner. Therefore I was keen not to make the same mistake again when making further purchases and decided to steer clear of anything pine fragranced. Despite this, I found I was drawn to the 'White Christmas' wax tart, as like the 'Christmas Tree' variety, the packaging was very attractive and caught my eye. The pure white wax tart and the photograph of a snow-covered white church and snow-filled winter sky on the label stood out amongst many of the other wax tarts and on lifting the wax tart to my nose I found the fragrance just as appealing as the packaging. Whilst yes, there was a slight smell of pine, it was nowhere near as strong as 'Christmas Tree' and was blended with other woody fragrance, thus reducing the pine fragrance to a subtle scent rather than overpowering and I decided to chance buying this one, hoping I would find it more appealing than my previous purchase. As regular buyers of Yankee candles will already be aware when it comes to buying wax tarts, the amount and strength of fragrance you will achieve varies from fragrance to fragrance. Whilst Yankee state you can expect to achieve around 8 hours of fragrance when burning a wax tart, I have found in my experience that it can sometimes be more than 8 hours and on occasion, less. With 'White Christmas' I found I achieved slightly over 8 hours of fragrance from my wax tart which is good and whilst it isn't the strongest scent I have experienced, it was enough to fragrance the downstairs of my house with its woody scent, with only a hint of pine. I found it was definitely preferable to the 'Christmas Tree' variety and ideal for burning on winter evenings and of course over the festive period. After lighting a tealight and placing it under the well of my burner where the wax tart sat, it was only a couple of minutes before I could begin to detect the fragrance as the wax melted. After extinguishing the tealight the fragrance hung in the air for around an hour afterwards. I burned this wax tart over 3 evenings, using one tealight per night before noticing the scent weakening. I paid £1.20 for my wax tart in Collectables, which is the average price for a wax tart I find when buying them in stores, although you can pick them up from around 99p online from Yankee stockists such as www.yankeedoodle.co.uk and other outlets such as Amazon. This price makes them easily affordable and is also an ideal way to sample the fragrance before purchasing one of the more expensive glass jars. White Christmas is available to buy as tealights, votives, tarts and glass jars and it is definitely one I shall purchase again.