It's not an easy task to pick the best Yankee candle scents—there are so many options to choose from—but our homes writer did the difficult work of nailing them down. (We're nothing if not givers!)
It's no surprise that the past few years saw a major surge in the candle industry, as many of us focused our attention on making our homes as cozy as possible. We've realized the best scented candles are the perfect way to nail that hygge vibe.
Picking the right home fragrance can change the entire ambiance of your space, and what's better than the romantic glow of a flickering candle after a long day of work? A warm candle can instantly make us forget our troubles, whether paired with a lovely glass of wine or one of the best meditation apps around.
To help you bring that inviting quality to your own abode, we've picked a few scents that you need to add to your collection—shout-out to Clean Cotton and Lemon Lavender! (And yes, you'll definitely want to learn how to make candles last longer with these yummy-smelling selects.)
What to consider when buying the best Yankee Candle scents:
When buying any candles, including Yankee Candles, there are some criteria you want to take into consideration before making your purchase:
- Burn time (how long the candle burns)
- Candle size and shape
- Type (cotton or wire) and amount of wicks
- Scent throw (how far the fragrance travels)
- Type of wax used (soy, paraffin, beeswax)
- Price of the candle
The best Yankee Candle scents to add to your home
1. Yankee Candle Midnight Jasmine
Yankee Candle's Midnight Jasmine is one of the brand's most popular selections, with a five-star customer rating. The scent is made with notes of water jasmine, sweet honeysuckle, neroli and mandarin blossom.
One customer wrote: "The fragrance is just beautiful, it has a good throw but it's not too overpowering." Another added: "The Midnight Jasmine scent is beautiful and flowery great for spring and summer months."
2. Yankee Candle Pink Sands
This scent will transport you to a tropical island with a fresh aroma that mixes bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla. No wonder it has a five-star rating!
One happy customer wrote: "Pink Sands is so dreamy, romantic and brings beauty into my spirit & my home! I just breathe in the fragrance and feel renewed!"
Where do we sign up?
3. Yankee Candle Black Cherry
The fruit-forward candle is made with top notes of rich, ripe black cherry and almond, but also contains secondary notes of cinnamon, making it even sweeter as well as adding a festive scent.
"If you are looking for a cherry-scented, fruity candle with a good throw, this is it!" one customer noted. "If I burn it in the kitchen, I can smell it in the next room, it is warm and inviting."
4. Yankee Candle A Calm & Quiet Place
If you've ever worried, "Are candles bad for you?" don't fret—the majority are perfectly safe. In fact, some psychologists have said that certain candles can actually be good for your health, from boosting productivity to aiding relaxation.
Just like the name suggests, this candle is designed to create a calm aroma and relaxing atmosphere in any room it is lit in. One of the best Yankee Candle scents, Calm & Quiet Place, is described as "balanced and centered" with jasmine, patchouli, and warm amber musk.
5. Yankee Candle Lemon Lavender
If there's one thing we've been focused on this year, it's leveling up our cleanliness. The Yankee Candle Lemon Lavender candle brings the scent of a freshly cleaned home with hints of tangy citrus and sweet lavender flowers.
One customer noted: "The Lemon is energizing while the Lavender is relaxing. This is one of those scents that you never want to be discontinued."
6. Yankee Candle Clean Cotton
The classic Clean Cotton candle is perfect for those who love the gorgeous scent of white flowers but haven't quite mastered how to make candles at home for themselves yet. Think tulips, lilies and white roses. It's also mixed with a fresh hint of lemon and warm wooden notes for extra comfort.
Yankee Candle reviewers say that the freshly-laundered scent fills any room, but one savvy customer strategically uses it in the powder room, saying it's "perfect for the bathroom odor you want to eliminate."
7. Yankee Candle Afternoon Escape
Our working-from-home lifestyles often invite that dreaded afternoon slump. This candle will reignite your motivation by whisking you away to what feels like a lovely, woodsy escape with notes of cypress, jasmine, lemon and cedar. You'll feel like you're in the outdoors, even if you haven't left your couch in hours. (Guilty!)
8. Yankee Candle Discovery
Officially crowned Yankee Candle's 2021 scent of the year, the Discovery candle mixes a fresh blend of fruit notes made up of starfruit, mango and passionfruit, complemented by warm aromas like ginger and vanilla spice.
As well as the Discovery's delicious scent, it comes in gorgeous packaging that features a Moroccan-inspired pattern and summery pastels that will transport you to Marrakesh all without leaving your own abode.
9. Yankee Candle Inspire
A citrusy aroma with hints of cedar, seaside driftwood and rainforest lime (to name but a few), "Inspire" is meant to evoke a much-needed sense of optimism, a mentality we can all appreciate after such a hectic two years. No wonder this selection was crowned the 2022 Yankee Candle scent of the year.
If you're scrolling through meditation apps or whipping out the best yoga accessories before getting in downward dog, why not enjoy the aroma of "Inspire" while getting your zen on? Trust us, you won't regret it.
10. Yankee Candle Golden Autumn
Don't let daises and peonies hog the attention—fall florals are just as delightful as their warm-weather counterparts.
Fortunately for the autumn enthusiasts in need of a home decor buy, Golden Autumn blends a few of our favorites from the garden: sunflowers, mums and dahlias. To make things all the more flavorful, we also get a little zest of ginger and vetiver.
While you're at it, might as well snag a plaid blanket—we have a feeling you'll want one to use while you burn this baby.
11. Yankee Candle Mystic Moon
Calling all those who love Halloween! If you're feeling a bit inspired by the creepy holiday and lunar spectacles, we highly recommend taking a look at this delightful blend of apple, berry, violet leaf, jasmine and amber—the 4.5 rating doesn't lie, ghouls and goblins. Is anyone else ready to howl at the full moon?
Whether you're looking for breezy, summery scents or something festive to cap off the winter season, the all-time best Yankee Candle scents have got you covered 365 days a year.
Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty. She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few.
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