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Are Yankee Candles Worth It?

Are Yankee Candles Good Value For Money?

Are Yankee candles worth the extra money compared to both budget and mainstream candle suppliers?

In this post, we’ll be looking at why Yankee candles are so expensive, whether or not you should buy Yankee candles or another brand of candles, and how to save money on your candle purchases moving forward.

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.

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 when we look at the burn time alone.

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. You can buy a specialised wick trimmer – they are really affordable and last a lifetime.
  • 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

We’ve seen how Yankee candles at standard RRP are still great value for money when compared to other brands.

So, it’s up to you now to figure out whether Yankee candles are any good for you personally, or whether you’d want to go with another candle brand.

However, we can make further savings by purchasing Yankee candles at a reduced cost by following these simple hints and tricks. Some of these tricks can be used for other major candle brands too!

Buy Big!

As a general rule of thumb, you’re going to get better value for money by purchasing a larger jar.

It’s cheaper for Yankee candles to manufacture a large jar than it a small jar and they are more than happy to influence you in purchasing a large jar by offering some of that discount over to you.

Buy In The Sales

Just after Christmas is a great time to stock up on Yankee Candles. You’ll often find the Yankee candle gift sets reduced by 50% or more by boxing day.

Just make sure you’re getting a variety of different scents. Being seasonal you might find a lot of them to be Christmas related and I’m not sure you’ll want your house to smell of mulled wine in June.

Buy From A Retailer That Accepts Student Discount

An easy way to get an instant 10% or more off your Yankee Candles is by purchasing them from a retailer that accepts student discount.

You don’t have to be a student to get a student discount card and you can use it in a whole host of different shops.

Shop At Yankee Candle Outlets

If you’re based in the US or travel there regularly for a holiday like us, then consider stocking up at the Yankee Candle outlets.

Here you’ll find retiring or overstocked products at up to 75% off. Here’s a full list of all the Yankee Candles in the USA.

Ask For Yankee Candles As A Gift

There’s nothing worse than not knowing what to buy someone. So why not help a friend or family member out by suggesting that you might like a new Yankee candle for an upcoming gift.

You can recommend them some different scents you like, and even suggest where they might be able to find them at an affordable price.

That way, they end up with a gift they know you’ll love, and you end up with a gift that’s not going straight to the charity shop.

87 Replies to “Are Yankee Candles Worth It?”

  1. I love village candles, you can get them on ebay and I think theyre even better than yankee! Gorgeous scents and last ages. I always burn a candle, especially in winter and theyre the most cost effective ive found. Enjoy!

  2. I love Yankee Candle and my favourite scent it Sea Salt & Sage, it’s gentle and not too intrusive with just the right amount of fragrance ❤️️.

  3. I like to receive Yankee candles as gift but will probably give buying them a miss, makes me think about burning my cash 🙂

  4. I love Yankee candles although the first time I bought one I forgot to trim the wick. Needless to say the shelf that was above rhe candle looked like it had been victim to a house fire it was so black! Luckily a wipe or 10 with a damp cloth restored it to its former glory. And as far as splitting favourite scent? All of them!

  5. I love Yankee Candles I have them burning in my craft room as their scents last the longest. I’ve tried numerous types and the scents just disappear after just a few hours of burning.
    I love the vanilla ones the most.

  6. I’ve always loved Yankee candle the best. I didn’t know about all the things in this blog post. It was an interesting read. My favourite Yankee candle is the Balsam Fir one because it reminds me of Christmas.

  7. Love Yankee candles (or Yankee doodles, as my mother calls them). Just finished a black cherry one. It was beautiful. Glad we live near the outlet shop at Batley Mill Village so they are a little cheaper 🙂

  8. Yankee candle black cherry is my fave! It’s immense! And they way I use them they are great value for money I buy votives and cut in quarter and use them on top of a burner! 4 uses 1 votive costing £1 ish! Winner winner chicken dinner…. happy days

  9. My favourite candle has to be Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt – I don’t burn it that often because it’s so expensive but I love it.

  10. yankee candles are my favourite because they all smell amazing and last for ages. Can’t pick just one as my favourite but anything with cinnamon in it I like 🙂

  11. I love yankee candles and partylite candles. I fnd most other brands dont smell all the way through the candles and the scent doesnt carry. My favourite scent it sunkissed cotten its such a crisp fresh smell. i also love fruit flavours too xx

  12. Yankee Candles all the way. I love most of them and like buying ones that are from American and not usually available here. I have been to the factory in Williamsburg and only wish I could have fitted more in my suitcase!

  13. I was given a Jo Malone candle as a gift,it really did smell so beautiful and did last for quite a long time,but,like most people,it’s not the kind of candle you’d buy for yourself as they’re so expensive.In terms of value for money and quality I always choose Yankee.I’ve just found a new favourite “Linden Tree”,it’s absolutely gorgeous x

  14. I love my Yankee Candles! I have a few wax tarts! My favourite at the moment has to be Cherry Blossom! Thank you for the great tips! xx

  15. Yankee is my favourite brand however, I tend to buy cheaper brands as I don’t feel like I can justify spending that much on candles each week.

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