Around this time of the year most of us like to light candles around the house to add cosiness to our Winter-y, cold evenings and I'm not exception. Candles give such a lovely atmosphere to the room and that's what I'm most excited about when first Autumnal evenings come around. And I love scented candles, especially Yankee ones as there are so many scents to choose from and are much more affordable than other branded scented candles.
But a few months ago, during Summer time I bought some of the wax tarts as I wasn't so keen on burning a big jar candle on a hot evening and I was absolutely hooked. When they melt they release such an intense aroma that I don't think a candle can compare, at least the ones I've tried.
They are very cheap, costing between £1-1.50 which means I can try as many scents as I wish without breaking the bank and needing a massive place to store jars of candles. Of course the lasting power is quite short comparing to candles, on Yankee website they state wax tarts burn up to 8 hours, in my experience I'd say that is the time when the scent is really intense but you can still burn it after that time with the aroma being subtle. I normally melt one wax tart for 3-4 evenings ( each evening around 3-4 hours). The 4th time it will be just a light fragrance in the room but still detectable.
I've been trying different festive scents over the past couple of months and I've chosen my favourite to share with you. I don't normally go for the very sweet scents as they make me feel kind of sick but I do have one from this category and I like it :)
Christmas Eve - described as "scents of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candied fruits" and that what it is , it smells a bit sweet but not too sugary with a bit of freshness to it, love it!
Red Apple Wreath - "festive aroma of sweet apples, cinnamon, walnuts and maple", it has this freshness of apple but there are noticeable aromas of Winter-y spices, delicious and very festive!
The next tarts are from the Yankee Candle range called Simply Home and they're available in many supermarkets, I pick them up from my local Asda, but they are still the same high quality, I haven't noticed any difference in those tarts and the 'original' ones.
Holiday Magic - this is my favourite of the bunch, for me it's a Christmas in a scent :) It smells of fresh pine and mulled wine together, amazing! It's fresh but also warm and cosy, if that makes sense :)
Frosted Spruce - this is gorgeous, it smells of fresh pine, the one that you just brought home right from the woods, love it!
Christmas treats - this is my least favourite but I still like it even though it smells sweet, vanilla-like but with some nice spice like ginger and cinnamon, very Christmas-y :) Similar to the 'original' Christmas Cookie candle but less sugary. When I'm burning it my house smells absolutely delicious and I just want to bake those delicious cookies which I don't as I am terrible at baking, haha.
To use the wax tarts you need, obviously, wax tart melt when you put the tart on the top part and light the tea light underneath for the wax to melt. There are so many wax burners to choose from that everyone can find one they like. I have personally three different ones so I can have a different scent in every room if I wish. When the wax tart looses most of its aroma you simply wait for it to get solid again and push it out of the wax burner. If it's one of my favourite scents I like to keep it my clothes drawers or wardrobe for subtle aroma in there.
What about you? Do you use wax tarts or prefer to burn scented candles?