Best Yankee Candle Scents In 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

Almost everyone will have walked into a house and found their nostrils full of the most delicious smells. The scents from candles can give a home the best environment possible. The sheer range of scents, brands and sizes are enough for anyone to grab something they’d like.

One of the major candle brands around is Yankee Candles. They. Are. Everywhere! For good reason too. The wax they use is of high quality; it burns longer than lower brands and has a fantastic range of scents. 

At a Glance: Our Choice of the 5 Best Yankee Candle Scents On the Market

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The great part about Yankee Candles is the variety of sizes they produce. People do tend to have their favorites and stick with them. Find the size which is right for you. All burn times are rough estimates. 

Tea LightsTiny candles that are placed in small containers. Burn time: 5 hours

Wax MeltsThese are placed within wax melters. Flatt and circular shaped, these are melted down within their container. Burn time: 8 hours

VotivesThese are small wax packages, that are usually placed inside of small candle holders. They measure about 3-4 inches tall. Burn time: 15 hours

Small JarThe first candle which comes inside a glass jar. Burn time: 20 hours.

Medium JarSlightly larger glass jar than the small. Burn time: 65 hours.

Large Jar:  The big baby of Yankee Candle jars. Burn time: 120 hours.

The smell can change with the larger jars. A candle can’t burn for 100 hours and not change slightly. I’ve found the scent tends to get sweeter. It’s worth buying one to test yourself.

Once you’ve found the size you like, it’s pretty easy to get a scent for your home. Yankee have been so kind as to produce the same scent in all sizes (most of the time). Here are my picks for the best yankee candle scents for different situations in your home. 

Best Yankee Candle Scents 

French Vanilla

The old favorite here. French Vanilla is the perfect scent for those who have the candle on full time. This particular candle is in the large jar and will burn for over 100 hours. The large jars are great for those who use candles all day long. They are the best value and will save you having to restock every few days.

French Vanilla is a great scent as it isn’t too overpowering. Sounds strange that you may want a candle which doesn’t have a strong scent. However, those who have candles burning all day, need the scents to be a little low key. French Vanilla gives a warming smell to any home without causing headaches. It has a cosy feel to it, a welcoming scent that doesn’t get old. 

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, French Vanilla - 11512Z
  • Sweet and traditional, the essence of vanilla extracted from tropical orchids
  • Paraffin-grade wax delivers a clear, consistent burn
  • 110-150 hours burn time
  • Measures 6.6"H x 4"D
  • 22 oz.

Summer Scoop

This small jar will keep your home happy. Summer Scoop is the reminder of ice creams and strawberries. It’s the ideal scent for when you need that pick me up on a rainy day in the summer. Often on a hot day, or even on a winter’s day, you like to have a sweeter scent around your home. This is where Summer Scoop comes in.

The smaller jar is great for those who light their candles sporadically. Those who only light candles when they need a fresh scent in the day. Summer Scoop is great for those occasions, sweet enough to last a few hours. Any longer and you may feel a bit queasy. 

Yankee Candle Small Tumbler Candle, Summer Scoop
  • Enjoy memories of creamy, homemade strawberry ice cream on a hot summer day
  • Premium-grade wax that delivers a clean, consistent burn
  • 35-45 hours burn time
  • Measures 3.5"H x 3.4"D

Midsummer’s Night

Yankee Candle’s easy to use melt cups are great for anyone who dislikes the flames of a candle. You purchase any of their melting holders and pop in any of their cups. There is a huge range of scents, so don’t worry about finding something you like.

Midsummer’s Night is a refreshing and clean smell. This scent is a lovely addition to any room which needs a bit of a freshening up at the end of the night. It’s light and airy, perfect for those who suffer from the heaviness of candles scents.

Yankee Candle 5038580055207 Melt Cup Scenterpiece Midsummer's Night YMCMN, one Size, …
  • Authentic, true to life fragrance
  • Heat resistant cups mean you can change scents whenever you like
  • excellent gift for all occasions

Christmas Cookie

Christmas Cookie is one of my all time favorite Yankee Candle scents. Like it’s namesake, it really does remind me of Christmas. The whole of December is often filled with scents of cooking and treats being shared. Why not celebrate and relive these scents for the whole year?

This candle is in the large jar. To be honest, why not? I love this scent so much as it makes me feel happy, warm and cosy. I want to have over 100 hours of it.

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Christmas Cookie
  • Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and sugar: you'll find every irresistable note of freshly baked Christmas cookies in this memorable fragrance
  • Paraffin-grade wax delivers a clear, consistent burn
  • 110-150 hours burn time
  • Measures 6.6"H x 4"D
  • 22 oz.

Holiday Trio

Three small jars are included in this set. Each jar lasts around 20 hours. For the price, you are getting a great variety of scents. The small jars are perfect for anyone wishing to try out different Yankee Candles.

Included in this set are Sparkling Cinnamon, Sugared Apple and Balsam and Cedar. Each jar has its own specific scent. Cinnamon brings an almost festive feeling to your house. The apple is sweet and tantalisingly lovely. Balsam and Cedar is fresh and gives a forest like scent to your home.

The Holiday Trio is the ideal gift for anyone who loves Yankee Candles. Or for anyone wishing to try out different scents for a great price. 

Yankee Candle Holiday Small Jar Trio Gift Set
  • Contains three 3.7oz small jar candles
  • Sparkling cinnamon: just a hint of clove added to the spicy warmth of real imported stick cinnamon brings you the season's most sparkling fragrance
  • Sugared apple: a deliciously sweet apple treat. A perfect recipe of juicy Apples sprinkled with sugar and vanilla
  • Balsam & cedar: balsam, aromatic cedar wood, and juniper berry blend together for a festive forest fragrance

What Should You Get?

There you have it, my picks for the best yankee candle scents out there. Of course, with candle scents, it is all about personal preference. These are my personal favorites for different reasons. 

I will always recommend the Christmas Cookie scent, purely because it makes me smile. However, my overall pick for the best Yankee Candle Scent has to go to the Holiday Trio. 3 small jars at this price is pretty awesome. Plus, you get a variety of scents to get used to and see what you truly like. A great pick for anyone wanting to try out Yankee Candles.


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