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Before Christmas I received a lovely little surprise in the post and one of my friends had sent me a Yankee candle wax tart. The wax tart that she had sent me was called cranberry ice and I decided that I would save it for the run up to Christmas as it just seemed as though it would be quite a festive scent. This is my review of the product.
Wax tarts are basically a wickless piece of wax which is designed to be melted in a tart burner using the heat from a tea light candle underneath it. The tarts are a good size meaning should you wish to you could probably break them up in to smaller pieces but I never do this as I prefer them to give off a nice strong scent when I am using them.
The cranberry ice wax tart comes wrapped tightly in plastic which is how all of the Yankee Candle wax tarts come. Although sometimes it can be a bit tricky to remove the plastic I do like the fact that they are so neatly wrapped because being wax they are prone to little breakages and other brands I have used that don't come wrapped have left bits of wax all over the cupboard that I store them in! This particular tart has a deep red label on the front which immediately makes me think of Christmas time anyway but it also has a picture of some cranberries with frost and snow on the top of them which again just reinforces the feeling that this is going to be a good scent to use during the winter months I think.
To use the product I placed the tart in my tart burner and lit the tea light underneath it and then I went about doing a few jobs around the house. I always tend to do this as I like to give the wax tart time to start melting so when I come back to the room I can detect the scent immediately. With this one it didn't take long at all before the sweet fruity scent of the cranberries was filling the air in my lounge which I really liked. I would say the scent was quite an authentic smell and is really fruity and sweet and so I don't think it would suit those looking for a spicy fragrance but for me I really liked this one. Although I said I imagined this would be a perfect winter fragrance I see no reason why you couldn't burn it throughout the year because it is very sweet and pleasant and it certainly lingers in the air.
A wax tart is designed to give around eight hours of fragrance but I think this one has given me a good few hours more than that. Obviously the more it is burned the weaker the scent becomes but as this was quite a strong and visible scent anyway the scent isn't too spoiled by burning it for longer than what Yankee candle advise.
A wax tart costs between £0.90 and £1.20 really depending on where you get them from but I think this one is well worth the money as it gave plenty of fragrance and was used for longer than many other wax tarts are used for. I recommend this fragrance!
Thank you for reading my review!
I recently read the other review on Dooyoo about this new Yankee fragrance and decided at the next available opportunity to try Cranberry Ice out for myself, I've been a big fan of the products Yankee produce for the past few years and enjoy the variety and authenticity of their candles and wax tarts. Cranberry Ice appealed to me just from it's name, Yankee have produced other fragrances featuring this light, sweet fruit and they've always been amongst my favourites and the ones that I tend to buy on a regular basis. Paying a little over a pound for my Cranberry Ice wax tart a little while ago I finally got around to trying it out for myself yesterday and this is what I thought of it.
As always with a Yankee wax tart Cranberry Ice is a flat, fluted piece of solid wax which is designed to be melted on a tart burner, essential oils and fragrances are infused into the wax mixture and once melted by means of a lit tea light they usually emit around 8 hours worth of fragrance although this can vary depending on the fragrance you buy. This particular one is deep red in colour and even in it's plastic wrapper it has a fruity, sweet smell that makes quite an impact, it's a recent release so quite new in the shops and is perfect for the colder, Winter nights of the year. It doesn't take long for the fragrance to burst out of the wax tart once it starts to melt and after only a few minutes I could detect that Cranberry inclusion that I recognised from other Yankee fragrances.
Unlike Cranberry Chutney (another Yankee Cranberry fragrance) which is quite a deep, delicious fragrance this one is lighter and brighter which befits its 'Ice' name. It's definitely fruity, very mouth-watering and a real room-filler without being overpowering, I had mine melting for most of the day yesterday and even after my tea light had extinguished I could still smell the aroma hanging in the air and walking into my living room this morning I could faintly detect its presence. Cranberry Ice should definitely appeal to anyone who likes the fruity and bright fragrances Yankee are renowned for, there are highlights of brightness that stops the fragrance from being too cloying and it did put me in mind of a crisp, Winters morning so ideal for this time of the year.
Yankee always do 'berry' fragrances well I think and this one is no exception, it's not terribly different to 'Chutney' I must admit once it becomes established during the middle hours of being melted but it is a fresher take on a Yankee classic and one that definitely appealed to me. It does travel well around a home, I could smell this in my other rooms yesterday and for a hallway or living room I think it would be very well suited and for the price the wax tarts cost to buy I think value for money wise this one is excellent. I easily got over 8 hours of fragrance from mine yesterday and even though my wax tart is still in my burner now I think it will withstand another melting just to squeeze every last drop of fragrance out of it.
All in all Cranberry Ice has plenty going for it and would be a fragrance I buy again, it's easily found in all Yankee stockists so tracking one down shouldn't be a problem and from me gets a perfect 5 star rating here thanks to its authentic, bright fruity fragrance and its exceptional value for money. Definitely recommended, thanks for reading my review.
I was in my local branch of Collectables recently browsing the huge array of Yankee candles they stock. I was looking to buy a few wax tarts and as well as picking up a couple of favourites of mine I was also looking through those I have yet to try.
There were quite a few I had not actually seen before and this Cranberry Ice wax tart was one of them. Now I have tried the Cranberry Chutney wax tart before and enjoyed it and so as soon as I spotted Cranberry Ice I picked it up and held it up to my nose. It had a lovely fruity scent which appealed straight away and whilst not the strongest smelling wax tart I thought, it was still a very attractive fragrance and so I bought one.
I didn't expect it to be one of the strongest smelling tarts when burning based upon that initial sniff, because usually I have found that those which smell the strongest whilst still in the wrapping are the ones which smell the strongest when melting and also give the greatest longevity.
On this occasion I was pleasantly surprised and proved wrong however, when despite not having the strongest fragrance whilst still in its wrapping, Cranberry Ice proved to be a strong smelling fragrance whilst in use in my burner and also gave excellent longevity.
I must also mention how attractive this wax tart looks whilst still in its wrapper. The dark red wax and the photograph of cranberries with a covering of ice on the packaging looks very festive indeed.
After placing the wax tart in the well of my burner and lighting a tealight to place underneath, it was only a couple of minutes from the wax to beginning to melt, before I began to smell the fruity fragrance appearing. It slowly became stronger and stronger and eventually filled the room with its fruity scent. The fragrance even wafted out into the hallway and up the stairs and my family commented on just how nice it was.
When burning Yankee wax tarts I have found the longevity of the scent released varies from fragrance to fragrance. Yankee state you can expect up to 8 hours of scent from a wax tart, but I have found that very often it has been more than this and on the odd occasion, sometimes less.
As I mentioned earlier, I did not expect Cranberry Ice to be one of the strongest smelling wax tarts when in use, nor did I expect it to exceed the 8 hours average scent, therefore I was surprised at just how strong Cranberry Ice turned out to be. I actually managed around 12 hours of fragrance from my wax tart before it began to weaken considerably.
After lighting a tealight on an evening and placing it underneath the tart in my burner, I allowed the tealight to burn out which took around three hours. During that time the fruity, cranberry scent was really lovely and filled my home. The fragrance also hung in the air for hours after the tealight had burned out. Indeed as I came down the stairs the next morning I could still smell the fruity fragrance hanging in the air, so the longevity of this fragrance is excellent.
I can definitely recommend Cranberry Ice and this wax tart has secured a firm place amongst my favourites. My daughter loved it so much she went out the next day to buy one for herself. If you love fruity fragrance and like a Yankee wax tart to give you great longevity then Cranberry Ice is one to try.
I purchased mine from Collectables and it was priced at £1.20, but you can also purchase Yankee candles from Clintons, as well as department stores, other card and gift retailers and also online from the Yankee website and also Amazon and Ebay.