Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Yankee Candle: All about wax tarts and burners!

I posted last week about my love of the new range of spring Yankee Candle wax tarts, and decided it would be a good idea to make a little post about what exactly wax tarts are, how you use them, and whether they're a good alternative to regular candles or not.

To use a wax tart, you need three things - and luckily, none of them are at all expensive! You of course need your wax tart (if you're going the Yankee route, about £1), a tart burner (the one in the picture cost me about £5), and some little tea lights (the one in the picture I got in a pack of 200 which cost me £4!) 

To burn the tarts, you simply place it in the top of the burner and light the tea candle underneath. Done! How you break it up is up to you. Wax tarts are supposed to last around eight hours - personally, I break mine up into halves because I feel it makes them last a bit longer and because that way if I get bored with a scent and want to mix it up a bit I don't end up wasting the entire tart. Wax tarts also have the advantage that if you want to you can chuck in multiple tarts to get unique scents - though personally I generally just leave them be!

Getting the wax out of the burner is actually way easier than I thought it would be. When it's dry you just push around the edge (literally you push it about three times with mine) and it just pops out, no fuss!

For me, the tarts have a definite advantage over candles, for the following reasons;
  • Candles are quite expensive! The tarts are £1, or you can do what I do and get a pack of ten mixed ones for £9. This gives you a variety of scents so if you are the sort who gets bored with a candle scent long before it's finished, you haven't wasted your money - and you get a much bigger variety of scents for the same price if you're like me and like to constantly mix it up.
  • I have a really bad habit of accidentally destroying my candles. With candles, you have to let them burn for a certain amount of time - usually a good couple of hours! - or they're essentially ruined - you end up burning them straight down the middle, etc etc. If you like to leave your candles out for a long time then it's not a problem, but I tend to want mine when and when I feel like them! With the tarts this isn't a problem - it doesn't damage them at all if you only want them burning for an hour, and you can even pop them in and out as and when you please.
  • The scents are great! Personally I find them to be stronger than the candles, and much more quickly. A tart from my wax burner has generally started to let off a scent after about ten minutes, filled my room after about twenty, and completely taken over the house after about fourty five!
  So if you've been eyeing up Yankee candles or the other brands but want to try a cheaper alternative, or just want some nice scents in your room or your house, I'd definitely recommend giving wax tarts a go. There's a big variety of burners and you can go as cheap as you want them, and you can get a huuuugggeee variety of scents - often in variety packs so you can mix it up if there's not a specific smell you'd like to try.

  This post was in no way sponsored and all items were purchased by myself for my own desires - I simply really like these tarts and having a burner has got me into scents way more than the candles ever did, and so I wanted to share that with you :)

What are your favourite candle scents?

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