I have been putting buying a Yankees candle off for a very long time now. Every Christmas Season or every time I went in to a gift shop I always ended up smelling the Yankees candle. I found them nice but was always sceptical of the hype. Every time I ended up with a cheaper alternative as I felt it was more justified. I mean, wouldn't any other cheaper candle do the same job? Anyways, I came across these wax tarts as another cheaper alternative.
These tarts retail just under £1 to £2 depending on where you buy them from.
I found this to be a brilliant idea as I could sample various scents without investing in to the candles which are more expensive. Anyhow, I was adamant to sample a few of these as they are also very cute looking as well. I ended up obtaining White Gardenia and a few others.
Be careful if you already don't have a tart/oil burner because there would be a need for one which means an initial investment cost and also the added cost of unscented tea light candles.
PACKAGING AND THE DESIGN
Basically, the tart itself looks like an actual wax tart due to the way edges are cut out. It is tightly cellophane wrapped in order to retain the scent. However, you can smell the fragrance when you bring it close to your nose which is a way to determine whether or not you like the fragrance without opening it up.
It has a sticker on top stating it is a Yankees candle with the picture of the flower and the name of the product on it. On the back it has pictorial instructions of the conditions it should be or should not be used in.
White Gardenia is a flower which smells so beautiful. The tart itself smells exactly the same when burnt as it smells whilst in the packaging.
All I can say is YES, the Yankees Candle scents live up to its hype. I burnt the wax tart and got a long life out of it as the tart solidifies back. It makes the room smell so fresh. I used it at night and when I woke up in the morning my room smelt like beautiful flowers. This is a good way to eliminate unpleasant odors from the room.
WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN?
Yes, most definitely because the smell is long lasting and not overpowering.
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, it can also bring back pleasant memories.
I have been trying some fragrances from Yankee that I haven't used before, one of which is White Gardenia. I do prefer flowery fragrances and I particularly like white flowers so this one seemed right up my street.
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.
The tart comes wrapped tightly in clear cellophane allowing you to see the pure 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 Gardenia as you might imagine shows the flower head of a white gardenia flower.
You can usually get a good idea of what the wax tart is going to smell like 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:-
"So captivating ... the stunning royal beauty of lush white gardenias in full bloom. White Gardenia touches the heart with the pure joys of spring."
To use a wax tart you do need an oil burner and an unscented tea light, 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 wax started to melt I could instantly smell the sweet floral fragrance, it was strong and heady and smelt totally summery. I usually melt my wax tarts for a couple of hours at a time but White Gardenia was so strong I found I only needed to burn this for an hour at a time, the fragrance lingered long after the wax had solidified. I have to say that although the smell of White Gardenia was strong it wasn't, in my personal opinion, overpowering.
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. Once the wax has run out of fragrance I leave it to set then remove the wax from the dish.
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 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 jar which are quite a lot of money to lay out if you then decide you don't really like the smell. .
I really liked White Gardenia it was a lovely fragrance which I would use both daytime and evenings, in the daytime it created a lovely summery atmosphere whilst in the evenings the fragrance was warm, heady and romantic, and with my home being open plan I can smell this all through downstairs and also upstairs.
If you like using scented wax particularly floral fragrances then I would certainly recommend White Gardenia, its definitely become one of my favourites.
I really do enjoy experimenting with some of the candles from the well known "Yankee Candle" range which seems to be getting more popular every year. There is a wide range of fragranced candles to purchase in the range - I believe there are actually over 175 fragrances and scents to choose from, so there is bound to be something in the range to suit most tastes.
The candles can be purchased from a variety of retailers, both in-store and online, although I tend to purchase my own candles 'in person' so I can take my time smelling the assortment of fragrances to make my selection. I will purchase my favourites online too, but usually only after I have had the opportunity to try them for myself. I usually purchase my own candles from my local gift shop or Yankee Candle stall, and make repeat purchases online at www.ebay.co.uk or at www.amazon.co.uk.
Most of the fragranced Yankee Candles come in a variety of formats and sizes so you can choose the one which suits your needs best. There are "Wax Tarts" available which are small 'cake' shaped blocks of wax which, in my experience, seem to have a slightly stronger fragrance than some of the larger candles. The Wax tarts do not contain a wick in the way that other candles do, and they need to be placed in a burner with a tea light underneath them to allow the Wax Tart to melt and the fragrance contained within can then escape. Wax Tarts generally cost around £1.20 - £2, depending on where you buy them, and their burn time is around 8 hours.
The other formats that I have tried out are all candles, which come in a variety of sizes:
* Small "Sampler" Candles - Burn time up to 15 hours
* Small Glass Jar - Burn time up to 25 - 40 hours (Prices around £7.50 - £8)
* Medium Glass Jar - Burn time up to 65 - 90 hours (Prices around £15 - £17)
* Large Glass Jar - Burn time up to 110 - 150 hours (Prices around £18 - £20)
(Info courtesy of www.yankee.co.uk, correct as @ February 2013).
I will often purchase Yankee candles in the Wax Tart format if I am unsure of their fragrance, as they offer a cheap-and-cheerful option for sampling the assorted fragrances without spending a considerable amount of the individual jars.
This is how I came to try out the "White Gardenia" Yankee fragrance as I really couldn't make up my mind about it, and from what I could detect of the candle's aroma whilst shopping at my local branch of Clinton Cards towards the end of last year, I wasn't sure at all about the fragrance suiting my own tastes as I am hesitant towards floral-based scents. I eventually gave in however, and purchased the tart to try out, paying around 80p in the Clinton sale.
All of the candles from the Yankee range have an attractive-looking label attached to the packaging, either stuck onto the glass jar or on the plastic cellophane wrapper, and the White Gardenia Tart is no exception to this, with the label showing an attractive image of some pretty white gardenia flowers. Yankee usually colour their candles to correspond with their respective scents and fragrances, and in the case of White Gardenia, the tart is an attractive crisp white shade which ties in with the product and it's attractive name perfectly.
The first time that I tried out the White Gardenia Tart, I removed its outer wrapper and placed it in my burner with a burning tea light placed underneath. It didn't take long for the enclosed scent to develop, which began to waft from its waxy casing within about ten minutes or so. The fragrance struck me as being quite understated, which was something of a relief given my hesitance towards strongly-scented floral aromas in general, but I felt these initial reservations subside as the gentle floral notes within the tart started to escape.
Infusing the room with its delicate 'wisps', there was nothing about the tart's initial fragrance that felt over-powering. I did find that the initial scent took on more 'depth' to it after the tart had been burning for a while, but not to the extent that the scent began to feel 'heady' or at all sickly. Instead, the delicate fragrance continued in the same vein, allowing its gentle scent to calmly escape into the atmosphere rather than screaming its presence from the burner.
I think it is easy for floral-based scents and aromas to feel quite old-fashioned which is another reason they are not always a success with me. In the case of the White Gardenia however, I found there was a pleasant 'crispness' to the fragrance's edge that balanced it quite neatly and allowed it to feel more contemporary than other floral scents I have tried before. This made it more 'palatable' as it were, as it felt much more suited to my own tastes, rather than reminding me of a perfume that granny likes to wear! In other words, I felt the delicate Gardenia fragrance fitted in well with its surroundings and my home, proving to be surprisingly more versatile than I had first anticipated.
The contemporary, floral scent revealed it's crisp side quite early on, and as this was allowed to develop and grow I found it cumulated in a very pleasant 'clean' aroma that felt very pleasant. Whilst I couldn't confess that this side of the scent was particularly 'robust' I did find its presence was very pleasant and again, rather unexpected.
I liked too that the fragrance lasted well, and I really had no complaints in terms of the scent's longevity as I found the delicate fragrance hung easily in the air for several hours after the tart's candle had been extinguished. I can't say that I noticed any proper hint of the scent after this time, and certainly the following day all traces had completely vanished. These results are on a par with many of the more 'delicate' fragrances that I have been burning recently, and so I don't have any cause for complaint here. I burned the tart on a few separate occasions before I felt its floral aroma had diminished significantly and could no longer be easily detected.
In summary, I would recommend the White Gardenia Tart and have already repurchased it for myself. I do have to confess that there are other offerings in the Yankee Candle range that I find are superior to this choice, but that is not to say that I have any complaints or misgivings regarding the tart's scent or its performance and based on my positive experiences, I do feel that this fragranced wax tart is entirely deserving of full marks in the Dooyoo product rating score.
I absolutely adore candles and the likes from the Yankee Candle Company and one of the things I do particularly like are the wax tarts cos with about 8 hours burn time and being only about £1.25 per tart they are cheap enough to experiment with scents, really good quality and above all an affordable little treat for me and my home.
This one I bought on Weston Super Mare Pier and it cost me £1.25 for the one tart. It came in a see through and easy to remove see through plastic wrapper and on the front of it there is a little picture of small white gardenias and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and then on the back/bottom of the tart other information listed includes being shown little diagrams of do's and dont's and contact details for the Yankee Candle Company are given.
The Tart Itself:
Well the tart in shape is round and with fluted edges and its quite a thick lump of white wax with the word Yankee engraved to the top of it.
To use the tart you simply place all or some of it (these are very simple to snap by the way if you need to) and you light a tealight under the wax and in an oil burner. This tart quickly turns to a transparent liquid when heated and releases a wonderful clean and fresh and very natural white flower fragrance which of course is Gardenias.
The scent is subtle but strong enough and a very relaxing in scent. This scents my large home wonderfully and then when I put the tealight out the scent lingers for a good hour too, the wax hardens and you can continue using it then when you want to. I got just over 8 hours of home fragrance from this which I thought was brilliant as always for something that didn't cost very much at all and all in all this gets a massive thumbs up from me!
Available from Yankee Candle, Amazon and Clinton Cards etc and also available in different sized candles etc.
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A load of tarts
This was another of the wax tarts I picked up recently on ebay - I actually bulk bought a bunch of tarts and although I usually opt for fruity or vanilla scents, I decided to try out something different too. I am not really a fan of floral scents so I was really unsure whether or not I would like this one.
How and where?
To use these tarts, you simply pop the wax into a special tart burner - although you can also use an oil burner if you have one that's the right sort of size. You then light a tealight underneath as you would with an oil burner - the wax tart has no wick of its own. You can then enjoy about eight hours of fragrance - and these can be re-used so you don't have to burn them all in one go.
As I have mentioned, I bought this as part of a bulk buy so it cost me less than £1, and if you have a look online you should be able to find this for around the same price. It is also available in other formats such as glass jars and tumblers that Yankee also produces.
So what does it smell like?
As you would probably expect, in the pack this has a fresh floral scent - and to be honest I really wasn't sure that I would like it. In fact... at first sniff it reminded me a bit of a rim block that you put in the loo!!! Obviously this worried me a bit but I decided to give it a whirl all the same - even if it meant by living room would end up smelling like the lav!
So I popped this into my oil burner (as I dn't bother with a tar burner as they do the same job) and lit the tealight - and waited.
After about 20 minutes I had sort of forgotten about the wax tart, but then my three-year-old came in the room and asked what the smell was and said she liked it. (She then added that it "smells like steam" so not sure how reliable a tester she is to be honest!) She was closely followed my husband who also remarked that the room smelt lovely. It took me a little longer to discern the fragrance myself, but once I did I had to agree that it was a lovely smell. Although, yes, it is a floral scent, it is more than that - it is actually very fresh and clean smelling and it really gives the room a light, fresh fragrance. And best of all, it doesn't remind me of the loo!
I'm a convert!
I didn't think I would like this wax tart, but I'm actually really glad I got it. Although I would probably still opt for a fruity scent most of the time, I really enjoy this as something different. It only takes about 45 minutes for the scent to fill the room and it really is a crisp, clean smell. If you like clean cotton fragrances and subtle floral smells, then I would definitely recommend this wax tart to you.
Yankee's White Gardenia wax tart was one of my impulse buys when buying some reduced Yankee candles in Clintons a couple of months back. Although I managed to bag a few half-price bargains, this one unfortunately was not reduced, but I was however drawn to it sitting on the shelf in store. It has a simple, classy look about it with its white wax and photograph of white gardenias on the label.
Indeed White Gardenia appealed to me right away as soon as I spotted it. I always like the white wax tarts and my favourite Yankee fragrance to date is 'Soft Blanket' which is also white, so maybe this is why it caught my eye.
Obviously being White Gardenia this has a floral scent, which I must admit isn't something I generally choose. I much prefer the spicy, musky or fruity Yankee fragrances, but this one is probably the best floral Yankee fragrance I have sampled in my opinion. I am unsure what white gardenias actually smell like, but this is definitely a floral fragrance which appeals to me without being too sweet or sickly smelling. Yankee describe this as "So captivating! The stunning royal beauty of lush white gardenias in full bloom" and I have to say that Yankee have given an appropriate name to this fragrance, which is something they don't always do. There are some oddly named Yankee fragrances where I have wondered how they actually came up with that particular name, as well as a few which have names that suggest a certain fragrance, but then you find that the actual scent is nothing like the name suggests at all.
I popped this wax tart into one of my drawers until I was ready to use it, which is something I do with all my wax tarts as they make excellent drawer scenters too.
When I came to use my wax tart I placed it in the well of my burner and after lighting a tealight underneath, it was only a couple of minutes before I detected the floral scent beginning to appear as the wax melted.
Whilst I tend to be attracted more to the more masculine Yankee fragrances there is something really appealing about the subtle white gardenia fragrance here. This is definitely a feminine fragrance, but not an overpowering one. My partner quite liked this one too, despite not liking other floral candles I have burned from time to time.
The fragrance from my wax tart as it began to melt, was fairly strong at first and then became more subtle after the first couple of hours, but still gave off a pleasant fragrance. I allowed the tealight to burn out which was around 3 hours and during this time the fragrance of White Gardenia filled the room.
Something I particularly like about many of the wax tarts is the fact I can still smell the fragrance hanging in the air the following morning, after having burned the tart for a couple of hours the night before. Even though White Gardenia isn't the strongest fragrance I have experienced from Yankee, its longevity after extinguishing the tealight was impressive.
I also achieved the 8 hours of fragrance which Yankee state you can expect to achieve from burning a wax tart. In fact it was actually around 9 hours before the fragrance began to slowly disappear and even then I still managed to achieve a further two hours of weakened fragrance before it disappeared altogether, so this one scores well on longevity.
White Gardenia is definitely one I would buy again and whilst not my favourite Yankee scent, it is certainly up there with the best of them in terms of the fragrance's 'throw' and its overall longevity.
By buying a wax tart or a votive from Yankee you are also getting the chance to sample the various fragrances and see if you like them before buying the more expensive scented glass jars and tumblers. I prefer wax tarts to votives however, as I generally think you get a better strength of fragrance.
The usual price of the wax tarts vary between 99p - £1.20 and they are available to buy online from Yankee outlets such as www.yankee.co.uk and Amazon, but department stores and branches of Clintons and Collectables also stock a decent range. Look out for the sales and promotions however, as these happen regularly and you can often pick up some bargains.