Are Yankee Candles Good Value For Money?

My friends and I have reached that age where suddenly we’re no longer chatting about coursework or which teacher is the best or worst. Instead, we’re chatting about household things such as which Yankee candle smells the best and why…


The Yankee Candle company was started in Masschusetts in the Christmas of 1969 when founder Michael Kittredge created his very first scented candle from melted crayons as a gift for his mother. Despite being one of the most frugal people I know I’m a sucker when it comes to the premium quality candle brand.


Which is why in todays post I want to discover whether Yankee candles are really the best brand out there and wether they truly are good value for money.  

Why Yankee Candles?

Over the past forty years Yankee Candles have made their way to the top of the candle pyramid. Winning the hearts of housewives across the globe. Yankee candle fans say that Yankee candles are special due to their ability to burn evenly. Other cheaper candles tend to misshape or the wick become lost within the wax making it impossible to burn again. 


However, that’s not all. Yankee Candles are loved by many because they are 100% natural making them suitable for vegans. Yankee Candles are not tested on animals and containing no animal or insect ingredients instead the famous candles are made from food grade paraffin wax.


However, what sets Yankee Candles apart from the rest has to be their smell. Not only are some Yankee Candles designed to last in excess of 150 hours, there’s literally a smell for every occasion with new candles being released often you’re always bound to find one that suits you’re mood.

The Math

Here I’m going to calculate the cost per hour of each size of Yankee candle based on RRP when compared to other candle brands. Whilst each candle has an ‘up to’ burning time I’m going to use the figure provided. It’s important to remember that these are going to vary depending on the brand and the way in which you choose to burn the candle.


Yankee Candles

Wax Tart – £1.79 – up to 8 hours – £0.223 per hour


Sampler Votive – £1.99 – up to 15 hours – £0.132 per hour


Small Jar – £8.99 – up to 40 hours – £0.244 per hour


Medium Jar – £19.99 – up to 75 hours – £0.266 per hour


Large Jar – £23.99 – up to 150 hours – £0.159 per hour


Other Candles

White Company 140g Candle – £20.00 – up to 28 hours – £0.714 per hour


Jo Malone 200g Candle – £42.00 – up to 45 hours – £0.933 per hour


Diptyque 190g Candle – £42.00 – up to 60 hours – £0.70 per hour


Baylis and Harding 240g Candle – £6.00 – up to 30 hours – £0.20 per hour


Glade 120g Candle – £2.00 – up to 30 hours – £0.066 per hour


Asda Home Brand – £6.00 – up to 75 hours – £0.08 per hour


This research shows that despite seeming expensive Yankee Candles are actually very good value for money when compared to both the luxury and basic candle brands.


How To Get The Most From Your Yankee Candle

If you’re planning on investing in a Yankee Candle then learning to take care of your candle will help you get the most from it. Here are some hints and tips to help you care for and maintain your Yankee Candle.


Trim the wick to 3mm (1/8″) before lighting, and keep trimmed at all times while burning.


You are able to minimise the amount of wax left on the sides of the jar by only burning the candle 3 hours at a time. It’s normal for some wax to be left after burning. The amount varying per colour, fragrance and burning conditions.


Should the mouth of a jar candle become blackened while burning simply extinguish the candle, allow to cool and carefully wipe the jar with a dry paper towel. To avoid such blackening keep the wick trimmed to 1/4″ at all times.  

How To Save Money On Yankee Candles

The Yankee Candle stores nationwide and UK website does offer deals and offers at certain times of the year. However, Amazon’s price matching service means that genuine discounted Yankee Candles are often found there.


However, if you’re someone who enjoys buying your Yankee Candles from a store for the full experience then visit outlets. You’ll be able to pick up retiring candles or out of season candles for up to 75% off. Be sure to ask for any ‘seconds’. Seconds are known as items from the brand that do not meet the quality standards. The glass maybe slightly chipped, a lid missing, a label not aligned properly (this doesn’t just apply to Yankee or candles in general but hundreds of different products)


Finally look to purchase Yankee Candles basic / budget range known as Simply Home. These candles tend to be under decorated and are made to fit in with a ‘simple’ home. Despite being cheaper the scent has sometimes been found to be stronger, and therefore has been preferred by some Yankee Candle fans. However, many of the scents are actually the same and just packaged differently. Creating a discount of up to 50%. The Yankee Candle Simply Home range can be found online as well as in most supermarkets and home decor stores.