Are Yankee Candles Worth It?
I’m at the age where I’ve found my friends and I are no longer chatting about coursework or which teacher is the best (or the worst). Instead, we’re talking about household things such as which laundry powder to use and whether Yankee candles are really worth the money…
The Yankee Candle company was started in Massachusetts 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 today’s post I want to discover whether Yankee candles are really the best brand out there and whether they truly are good value for money.
Why Are Yankee Candles So Expensive?
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 becomes lost within the wax making it impossible to burn again.
However, that’s not all. People love Yankee Candles because they are 100% natural. They are suitable for vegans, not tested on animals nor do they contain animal or insect ingredients. Instead, the candles are made with paraffin wax.
However, what sets Yankee Candles apart from the rest has to be their smell; there’s a smell for every occasion. As new ones are available every year there’s always going to be one that suits your mood.
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.
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
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 Candle
Here are some hints and tips to help you care for and maintain your candle;
Trim the wick to 3mm (1/8″) before lighting.
Minimise the amount of wax left on the sides of the jar by only burning the candle 3 hours at a time.
To avoid blackening keep the wick trimmed to 1/4″ at all times.
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.
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.