The Pink Sands wax tart from Yankee Candle was a recent purchase I made when it was offered at a reduced price in my local Yankee stockist. Promoted as a 'fragrance of the month' and with a 25% reduction I paid just 90p for mine instead of the usual £1.20 that the wax tarts usually sell for and whilst I wasn't particularly taken by the name or design of this one I remembered it from a review I'd read and was willing to take a chance on it as it had a bright, fruity aroma emanating from the cellophane wrapper and I thought it might appeal.
Yankee describe the fragrance of Pink Sands as being an "exotic island escape with a beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet floral's and spicy vanilla" and having melted mine a few days ago I would pretty much agree with that description. It's a pleasing fragrance, quite subtle to begin with but builds a little in intensity at its peak and does provide just enough aroma to be noticeable, the vanilla seems to support the lighter floral middle notes and there are bright highlights of citrusy lemon and orange which gives it a breezy air. It's not a particularly strong scent I don't think and lacks the room-filling properties of some others in Yankee's range of wax tarts but it's pleasant enough if not terribly exciting. It certainly wasn't a favourite of mine I must admit, I found it a little too subtle for me really as I prefer the stronger scents that Yankee offer. Fruity floral fragrances aren't generally my 'thing' as I prefer the sweeter, fruity scents that really fill a room with a delicious fragrance, Pink Sands is rather understated really and would probably suit those who like subtle fragrances that linger gently in the background rather than dominate or draw too much attention. This is the second 'sand' fragrance that I haven't been taken with, Sea and Sand, another Yankee fragrance was a bit too dry for me and whilst I can see where Yankee are coming from with these fragrances as they want to evoke a feeling of summertime and holidays away they're a little too lacklustre for me and don't offer me enough fragrance. Saying that, there's nothing wrong with Pink Sands and for many it would hold great appeal but it wouldn't be one that I buy again in any of the more-expensive formats and probably wouldn't buy it again as a wax tart either.
The longevity of my wax tart was quite poor too which I found disappointing, wax tarts should last for around 8 hours before they lose their fragrance whereas Pink Sands had all but lost its scent whilst a second tea light was melting the wax, this meant that I got around 5 hours worth of fragrance from mine which is poor compared to others from Yankee and another reason why I wouldn't buy this one again.
All in all Pink Sands is nice but nothing special, it lacks the intensity of some others even in wax tart format so I can't imagine it would be stronger as a house warmer candle and definitely wouldn't be as a votive sampler. It's a Spring/Summer fragrance I think probably best suited to daytime use rather than on a night time and would probably suit all rooms in a home as it's unlikely to be too overpowering or induce a negative reaction. It was a bit too flat for me and lacked the interest of others so I wouldn't buy this one again although anyone who likes subtle floral fragrances highlighted by citrusy overtones may like this one more than I did.
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