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I bought the Yankee Candle Sandalwood Vanilla wax tart in the sale. I will admit I couldn’t really smell this much through the wrapper, but I really like the smell of sandalwood so was keen to give it a try anyway.
The smell of this candle is lovely. Sandalwood is often used as a base note in perfumes, so I was confident that it would blend well with the vanilla, which it did. The sandalwood gives an earthy, woody tone, but the vanilla sweetens the scent up, making it softer and taking the masculine edge of it.
The Sandalwood Vanilla scent is available in several formats. As well as the wax tart I purchased, you can also buy a votive candle, a housewarmer jar, tumbler or scented tea lights. I’ll be honest, I went for the wax tart because they are the cheapest option and using them gives me an affordable way of trying out a range of scents.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of a wax tart, they are just discs of wickless wax which should be melted in a tart burner. The tart burners cost from £5 upwards and are similar to an oil burner with space for a tea light in the base and a bowl on top in which to place your tart. Burning it releases the scent into the room and each one gives up to eight hours of fragrance. If you don’t want to use it all at once, you can burn for a few hours and re-melt at a later date.
I’d had the Sandalwood Vanilla fragrance melting on the table beside me for around 15 minutes before I could smell the scent of it in the air. I’ve found a few of the Yankee Candles can be very strong and ‘in your face’ but this one, in contrast, was very subtle. The scent was only really apparent within the immediate area that the candle was burning – it didn’t really seem to fill the room and it certainly didn’t travel to neighbouring rooms.
The smell when burning was similar to how it smelled when in solid form. I really liked the fragrance, I felt the sweetness of the vanilla contrasted well with the woody tones of the sandalwood and it was a pleasant scent, well suited to home fragrances. Of course, the only problem was that it was a little too weak and I couldn’t smell it very well.
I did find that the candle gave the recommended eight hours of fragrance, so in that respect I do feel the wax tart was of good quality, especially as I only paid around 80p for it in the sale. I realise not everyone will be a fan of the wax tarts and may wish to purchase other formats, so I have included a list of approximate prices and burn times below.
Wax Tarts - Burn time 8 hours - £1.10 Votives - Burn time up to 15 hours - £1.60 Small Jar - Burn time 25-40 hours - £7.45 Medium Jar - Burn time 65-60 hours - £15.45 Large Jar - Burn time 110-150 hours - £18.45
I buy mine from www.yankeedoodle.co.uk online or Collectables and Clinton’s Cards on the high street.
I did like Sandalwood Vanilla despite the fact the fragrance wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. If you do want a strong fragrance, or are planning on burning this in a large room, then perhaps it’s not the scent for you. If you’re looking for a subtle and pleasant fragrance that will linger gently in the background, then yes, I would recommend you give this a try.
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extracts, and renowned Yankee Candleand#174; quality. Great scent with no wick. Simply place one or two wax tarts in a wax burner and light a Yankee unscented tea light below. As the tarts melt, they release their scent. Burn Time up to 8 hours each. Yankee Tip: try combine different scents to create your unique aromas.