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The Best Yankee Candle - 2020

Last updated on October 27, 2020
Best Yankee Candle

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Our Picks For The Top Yankee Candles

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  Best Overall

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Autumn Wreath

Yankee Candle

Large Jar Candle, Autumn Wreath

Overall Take

Warm & SpicyEnjoy the comforting scent of apples and cinnamon with traces of vanilla, nutmeg and clove.

  Holiday Pick

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Balsam & Cedar

Yankee Candle

Large Jar Candle, Balsam & Cedar

Overall Take

Woodland DelightAromas of pine balsam, cedar and sandalwood are enhanced by hints of citrus, herbs and red berry.

  Romantic Pick

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Midsummer’s Night

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Large Jar Candle, Midsummer's Night

Overall Take

Musky BlendFill your home with the intoxicating scents of sage, cedarwood, patchouli, bergamot and juniper berry.

  Great for Your Car

Yankee Candle Car Jar Ultimate Hanging Air Freshener, 3-Pack

Yankee Candle

Car Jar Ultimate Hanging Air Freshener, 3-Pack

Overall Take

Compact Scent BombsThe pack of 0.96-ounce candles — which are ideal for using in the car —includes three scents: Beach Walk, Pink Sands and Sun & Sand.

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Guide written by Patricia Kaowthumrong
Last updated on October 27, 2020

Established in 1969, Yankee Candle has infused spaces with comforting aromas for more than 50 years. The company offers more than 200 fragrances in an array of forms — including jars and tumblers, pillars, votives, tea lights and air fresheners  — and a variety of candle accessories and home decor products. Most of the candles are made by master chandlers (aka candlemakers) in Massachusetts and can be purchased at 475 company-owned stores and 19,000 specialty retailers in the U.S.

Whether you’re looking to fill your home, car or office with fresh, floral and romantic scents or fruity and energizing aromas, there’s a Yankee Candle fragrance for every occasion and mood. Dazzle your guests with the whiffs of home-baked Vanilla Cupcake, Chocolate Layer Cake and Pecan Pie Bites; or freshen your bedroom with smells of earthy Balsam & Cedar or musky Midsummer’s Night.

Yankee candles are comprised of soy, paraffin wax or a mixture of both materials and a wick made with natural fibers. When shopping for Yankee Candles, consider the size, style and burn time of the product. The 17-ounce three-wick tumbler candles create a fast wax pool for maximum ambiance and burn for 30 to 50 hours, while the 22-ounce jar candles offer the longest burn time of 110 to 150 hours. The 1.75-ounce votive candles burn for up to 15 hours, and the Car Jar Ultimate air fresheners, available in many of the same fragrances as the candles, last for about 30 days.

The Best Yankee Candles

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  Best Overall

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Autumn Wreath

The Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath candle bursts with aromas of apples and cinnamon and hints of clove, vanilla and nutmeg. The large jar 22-ounce candle burns for 110 to 150 hours and is made with paraffin wax.

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  Holiday Pick

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Balsam & Cedar

Scents of pine balsam, cedar and sandalwood pair with aromas of crisp citrus, herbs and red berry to produce the Balsam & Cedar candle’s signature woody fragrance. The large jar 22-ounce candle, made with paraffin wax, burns for 110 to 150 hours.

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  Romantic Pick

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Midsummer’s Night

The Midsummer’s Night offers a combination of romantic aromas, including sage, bergamot, cedarwood, juniper berry, moss and patchouli. The large jar 22-ounce candle burns for 110 to 150 hours and is made with paraffin wax.

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  Great for Your Car

Yankee Candle Car Jar Ultimate Hanging Air Freshener, 3-Pack

The pack of Yankee Candle Car Jar Ultimate candles includes three scents: Beach Walk (tangerine-kissed sea musk and saltwater), Pink Sands (citrus, vanilla, and sweet florals) and Sun & Sand (musk, citrus and orange flower). Perfect for your car or closet, the fragrance of the 0.96-ounce candles last for up to 30 days.

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Our Yankee Candle Buying Guide

Established in 1969, Yankee Candle has infused spaces with comforting aromas for more than 50 years. The company offers more than 200 fragrances in an array of forms — including jars and tumblers, pillars, votives, tea lights and air fresheners  — and a variety of candle accessories and home decor products. Most of the candles are made by master chandlers (aka candlemakers) in Massachusetts and can be purchased at 475 company-owned stores and 19,000 specialty retailers in the U.S.

Whether you’re looking to fill your home, car or office with fresh, floral and romantic scents or fruity and energizing aromas, there’s a Yankee Candle fragrance for every occasion and mood. Dazzle your guests with the whiffs of home-baked Vanilla Cupcake, Chocolate Layer Cake and Pecan Pie Bites; or freshen your bedroom with smells of earthy Balsam & Cedar or musky Midsummer’s Night.

Yankee candles are comprised of soy, paraffin wax or a mixture of both materials and a wick made with natural fibers. When shopping for Yankee Candles, consider the size, style and burn time of the product. The 17-ounce three-wick tumbler candles create a fast wax pool for maximum ambiance and burn for 30 to 50 hours, while the 22-ounce jar candles offer the longest burn time of 110 to 150 hours. The 1.75-ounce votive candles burn for up to 15 hours, and the Car Jar Ultimate air fresheners, available in many of the same fragrances as the candles, last for about 30 days.

DWYM Fun Fact

  • Yankee Candle was born in 1969 when Mike Kittredge, a 16-year-old cash-strapped teen, melted crayons to make his mother a candle for Christmas. His crafty gesture was the start of a business that evolved into one of the most well-known candle companies in the country.
  • The company has two destination Yankee Candle Village flagship stores in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, and Williamsburg, Virginia. In South Deerfield, you can browse more than 200 classic and limited-edition fragrances and candle accessories; make personalized candles and shop for sweets, toys and treats. The Williamsburg location has similar offerings, in addition to the indoor Holiday Park, where Christmastime is celebrated year-round with visits from Santa and a display of over 40,000 ornaments.

The Yankee Candle Tips and Advice

  • To produce a clean flame that won’t blacken your jar, always keep your wick trimmed to the length indicated on your candle’s bottom label, generally 1/8 to 1/4 inch.
  • Burn the candle for three hours at a time to minimize the wax left on the sides of jar candles and discontinue usage when only 1/2 inch of wax remains at the bottom of the jar to avoid heat damage to your surface.
  • Don’t extinguish your jar candle by replacing the lid; only replace the lid after your candle is fully extinguished.
  • Remove all packaging from your candle before lighting.
  • Don’t leave burning candles unattended.
  • Don’t burn your votives or tea lights directly on a counter or surface; be sure to use a candle tray or holder.
  • Store your candle in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, which can affect the wax and fragrance oils (temperatures between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal). Extreme heat may cause the candle to melt or discolor, while exposure to cold temperatures may cause the wax to crack or separate.