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If youíve spent more than five minutes on ciao, then youíll probably know what a wax tart is. However, for the uninitiated, a wax tart is a fluted disc of scented wax, which is melted in a tart burner to give off a lovely aroma. Theyíre available in absolutely tons of different scents, including some that are rare in the UK. Iíve tried two or three before, along with a couple of sampler candles, because Iím wary of shelling out on the larger housewarmer candles in case I donít like the scent. So far Iíve found the wax tarts vastly superior to sampler candles both in terms of value for money and the amount of scent they give off, so recently I took advantage of the 10 for the price of 8 offer on the YankeeDirect website. One of the tarts I got was this Evening Air scent, a very dark blue tart, described by Yankee Candle as ďThe crisp breeze of a fall night warmed with notes of clove, geranium, basil, cedarwood and musk.Ē
My tart burner is pretty small, so I always break the wax tart in half to burn it. The scent came on pretty quickly Ė as soon as the tart started melting, I could detect an aroma. Iím not sure that the name Evening Air really suits the fragrance, to be honest. I was expecting a very clean, clear, outdoorsy scent; instead this is quite floral. The geranium scent is by far the most prominent note, and it doesnít honestly smell very natural. The floral notes are quite artificial, and this reminds me of something youíd get in a can. The musky and herby notes, on the other hand, smell very natural. The clove and basil notes arenít very noticeable, but they do add a depth to the scent that is appealing. The scent is definitely best suited to night time and probably autumn or winter, as the musky notes arenít really suited to day time or sunny days.
Overall though, I canít honestly say that Iím a big fan of this scent and I wouldnít buy it again. Although itís a nice scent and it has quite a relaxing effect after a long day, the main notes are just too artificial to make this enjoyable. Also I was really expecting something a lot crisper, judging by the name of the scent and Yankee Candleís description. This was too floral for me, and a bit too sweet: as a general rule I go for the fruity or foodie scents. Itís also quite subtle compared to some of the other scents Ė I prefer something quite obvious and strong. If I want a subtle scent I tend to use an air freshening spray or a fabric freshener; when Iím burning a wax tart I want to enjoy the scent and have it fill the room. I do have a large open plan living area so I need something fairly strong to fill the space.
The scent didnít last as long as most wax tarts do, I thought. Usually I easily get the advertised eight hours of burning time, but in this case the scent from the first half of the tart had pretty much faded away after three hours. The second half yielded a similar amount of scent, giving a total of six hours, and only four hours with a very noticeable aroma.
If you did like the scent, then this is also available in other Yankee Candle formats such as Pillar Candles, Tumblers, Jars, Tealights and Votives. At the moment YankeeDirect are stocking the wax tart at £1.15, the votive at £1.60 and the medium jar at £15.45.
At around £1, I canít argue that this isnít value for money, but the scent did let me down slightly. Iíll happily give this three stars because it does its job, and Iíd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the scent, but personally itís not for me and I wonít be purchasing it again in this or in any other form.