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I’m a great lover of beautifully fragranced candles and would previously burn one scented candle, together with numerous tea lights to create a calming and relaxing environment. However, when I was in the process of selling my house a few years ago, I was totally shocked when I removed the mirror from the wall above my electric fire to discover huge patches of dirty black smuts directly behind where it had hung. I found exactly the same thing when I removed all of the photographs and pictures and as no-one had ever smoked in my house, I put it down to my excessive candle burning!
I must have spent an absolute fortune over the years and wasted a large amount of money on candles that simply would not smell of any fragrance when they burned. I really cannot remember how I stumbled across Yankee Candles and whilst they carry a huge range of stock such as various sized jars, votives, tea lights and plug-ins, my favourite has to be the tarts. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this brand, I would advise that they are an American company who retail the most stunning fragranced candle products that I have ever bought. Unfortunately, there are very few outlets that stock Yankee and when you find a retailer who sells them, you will see a huge display of beautifully coloured candles on a dresser style piece of furniture.
You will be amazed at how many fragrances are available from your flowery scents, such as rose and lavender to your citrus scents, such as lemon and satsuma and your stronger scents, such as Midsummer’s Night and Cinnamon. If you are unfortunate not to have a nearby stockist you can email Yankee via their website and they will provide you with details of your nearest retailer. You can also choose to purchase from their website, although this is not something I have done.
This review discusses one of my favourite fragrances, namely Midsummer’s Night, which I have been purchasing for several years. A few weeks ago I went a little mad and ended up spending an absolute fortune on a dozen tarts; two of which were the fragrance I am discussing today. I was surprised to learn that quite a few of my work colleagues were totally unaware of a candle tart and I would advise that they are a solid piece of wax with no wick.
The Appearance of the tart
The tarts measure approximately 5½ cm in diameter with pretty serrated edges, which resemble that of the edges of the utensil that is used to cut a jam tart pastry case. They measure approximately 1½ cm in height and are individually tightly wrapped in a sturdy cellophane cover. The Midsummer’s Night tart is a very dark blue in colour and is almost black as my photograph shows, which in my opinion, fits perfectly with its’ name. I would have to advise that Ciao's photograph is the older version, as the appearance of the product has been slightly updated. On the front of all Yankee Candle Tarts is a small label, which shows the familiar Yankee logo and it is generally accompanied by an image to depict its’ fragrance. On the Midsummer's Night tart is an image of a shiny full moon in a dark starry sky, which for me conjours up images of warm and cosy. On the rear of the tart is another label giving a small amount of information on burning times.
Opening your tart and burning times
As the cellophane covering is fairly thick, I use the point of a knife to make a hole and pull off the wrapper to remove the tart. As their size is fairly large and to be economical and enable my tarts to last longer I always break them into three or four pieces and place one of the pieces onto an oil burner with a tea light located below. The wax will slowly melt until it is in a liquid form, which generally takes about 10 – 15 minutes and it is at this point that you will begin to detect its’ stunning fragrance. As I associate candle burning with cold and dark evenings, I don’t generally tend to burn candles throughout the summer months, but now as winter is looming I will no doubt pull out my supply from the cupboard. My favourite fragrances for burning are cinnamon, spices, pine needles and generally anything associated with Christmas and winter. Another two favourites of mine are Yankee’s Festival of Lights and Christmas Pudding, but sadly, these were discontinued several years ago. If anyone knows of where I can get these fragrances, please let me know, as I absolutely love them! Whilst we are advised that the tarts will beautifully fragrance your room for 8 hours, as I break mine into three or four pieces, I can obviously considerably extend this. Your room will quickly fill with the most beautiful aroma and will continue to do so for a short while after you distinguish your tea light. Unlike some candles, where the scent gradually fades the more the candle is burned, Yankee continue to provide the same strength of fragrance for the lifetime of the candle.
Midsummer’s Night is a delightful combination of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne and is simply stunning. I’ve yet to find a complaint with any Yankee Candles, but as I generally tend to choose the stronger scents, they offer a superb aroma. The power of this fragrance is extremely strong and I find it so calming and relaxing. It is a fairly masculine scent, but totally suited to women as well and that’s why I adore it!
Removing the tart from your burner
What I generally tend to do is allow the wax to fully set and then remove from the burner with the aid of knife point. The piece of wax is easily removed in one solid piece and can be stored in a small bag to enable you to use an alternative fragrance. Obviously, you should not move your burner when the wax is hot and runny, as I previously experienced rather a nasty accident where the hot wax dripped all over my hands, electric fire and carpet! You should place your burner in a safe place, on an even surface and away from any draughts, pets and children.
Price and Availability
Yankee Candle Tarts generally retail for around £1.05 each, which may seem a lot of money for a small piece of wax. However, believe me when I saw they are excellent value for money, particularly if you break it into four pieces, which will give you 32 hours of beautiful fragrance.
Midsummer’s Night comes with my high recommendation and consequently receives a full 5 out of 5 stars.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
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Pictures of Yankee Candle Midsummers Night Wax Potpourri Tart