Advantages Good quality, reasonably nice smell
Disadvantages Not really for me, scent doesn't last as long as other wax tarts
If you’ve spent more than five minutes on ciao, then you’ll 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. They’re available in absolutely tons of different scents, including some that are rare in the UK. I’ve tried two or three before, along with a couple of sampler candles, because I’m wary of shelling out on the larger housewarmer candles in case I don’t like the scent. So far I’ve 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 “The crisp breeze of a fall night warmed with notes of clove, geranium, basil, cedarwood and musk.”My tart burner is pretty small, so I always break the wax tart in half to burn it. The scent came on pretty quickly – as soon as the tart started melting, I could detect an aroma. I’m 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 doesn’t honestly smell very natural. The floral notes are quite artificial, and this reminds me of something you’d get in a can. The musky and herby notes, on the other hand, smell very natural. The clove and basil notes aren’t 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 aren’t really suited to day time or sunny days.
Overall though, I can’t honestly say that I’m a big fan of this scent and I wouldn’t buy it again. Although it’s 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 Candle’s description. This was too floral for me, and a bit too sweet: as a general rule I go for the fruity or foodie scents. It’s also quite subtle compared to some of the other scents – 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 I’m 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 didn’t 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 can’t argue that this isn’t value for money, but the scent did let me down slightly. I’ll happily give this three stars because it does its job, and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys the scent, but personally it’s not for me and I won’t be purchasing it again in this or in any other form.
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