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 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.


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.



  1. Kelly Hemmings February 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Definitely Yankee candles – Black cherry

  2. Tracy Nixon February 11, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I love Yankee Candles and my favourite scent is their Christmas Garland!

  3. Kirsty February 11, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Yankees fireside treats is my all time favourite candle, it smells like marshmallow-y goodness!
    Kirsty x

  4. Jade Bremner February 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I love Yankee candles the best all the biscuit and cake scents are my favourite

  5. Markie February 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    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!

  6. Jennifer lees February 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    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 ❤️️.

  7. Fay February 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Yankee’s are my favourite of course. My all time fave are any of the cinnamon ones they do. Have always loved cinnamon.

  8. Julie Scattergood February 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Yankee – either Baby Powder or Clean Cotton.

  9. LAURA WHEATLEY February 11, 2017 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I love yankee (think I have a cranberry one at the mo) I also love scentsy melts

  10. Michelle Hollingsbee February 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candle – Strawberry Buttercream.

  11. Sarah February 12, 2017 at 1:42 am - Reply

    I definitely think they’re worth the money. I’m still on my Christmas ones at the mo, absolutely love Festive Cocktail and All is Bright. Otherwise Sun and Sand is my go-to 🙂

  12. Krystel February 12, 2017 at 6:29 am - Reply

    I love Yankee Candles! They’re a perfect packaging and the scents…waow! My favourite scent is their Fluffy Towels!

  13. Gemma Massey February 12, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Yankee candle- baby powder

  14. Kim Styles February 12, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Yankee Candle -Vanilla Cupcake

  15. Elaine Hollis February 12, 2017 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Yankee Candle red raspberry

  16. Daniel Harrison February 12, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I’ve never tried or smelt Yankee’s before but from what I’ve heard, I’m missing out!

  17. Sam Rhodes February 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Yankee – Clean Cotton

  18. Amy Dickson February 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    I love village candles and my favourite is frozen margarita

  19. Lindsey Stuart February 12, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love Yankee raspberry oh it is delicious!

  20. Debbie Creasey February 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    I love Yankee Candles I am an addict lol
    My favourites are any of the sweet smelling ones Salted caramel etc.

  21. Katie February 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Yankee cinnamon sticks

  22. Jo Glasspool February 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I adore Yankee Candles and favourite scent is cranberry and mandarin, its lush!

  23. Sharon Jackson February 12, 2017 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    My favorite candles are Vineyard Candles, I love their Sex on the Beach scent 🙂

  24. Emma February 13, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I flippin love Yankee candles, my favourite is Christmas Eve…all year round

  25. Chrissy Bond February 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

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

  26. Brenda M February 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    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!

  27. Lorraine Stone February 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    LOVE the baby powder scented candle from Yankee candle. Smells amazing!

  28. Sue Stoddart February 13, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    You can never have too many Yankee candles!! ?

  29. Elaine Altham February 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    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.

  30. Louise Fairweather February 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I have a nice molton brown one at the mo which smells of rhubarb

  31. Dawn F February 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    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.

  32. Megan Mattravers February 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    My favourite candle brand is definitely Yankee Candle and my favourite scent is Clean Cotton 🙂

  33. Virginia C February 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I love the Yankee Candle Festive Holiday scent. It’s lovely.

  34. clair downham February 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    yankee baby powder

  35. Kirstine February 14, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    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 🙂

    • TMM February 14, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Yes, that’s where we go for ours too Kirstine 🙂

  36. Alica February 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I do love a Yankee candle especially the Midsummer Night fragrance 🙂

  37. Tracy Hanley February 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I really love Yankee candle – strawberry buttercream

  38. Christine Lockley February 14, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I love “Wild Fig” Yankee Candles

  39. Rebecca Smith February 15, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    i love yankee candles – orange splash

  40. Donna S February 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Yankee – snow in love 🙂

  41. Tiffeny Brown February 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Yankee candle is definitely my fave brand and my fave scent is christmas cookie! 🙂 x

  42. Kayleigh Robinson February 17, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Yankee candles and Black Cherry is my fave ?

  43. Katrina downie February 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    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

  44. Jules Eley February 17, 2017 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candle snow in love is my favourite.

  45. Sarah Ann February 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    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.

  46. Gillian Mcclelland February 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    My favourite is Yankee Candle – Lemongrass and Ginger

  47. holly harmsworth February 20, 2017 at 1:06 am - Reply

    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 🙂

  48. Jemma Dwyer February 20, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

    yankee black coconut is my fav x

  49. Jess Mary February 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candles and my favourite scent is Egyptian Musk! 🙂

  50. lorraine polley February 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    i dont actually buy many candles, but i was bought one as a gift from fat face and it is really lovely

  51. Kate Davies February 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    My favourite brand is defiantly Yankee candle and I love their Christmas garland scent.

  52. Laura A F February 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Pet Oder Candles – Mulberry and Spice

  53. Tina Glover February 22, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    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

  54. Kim Neville February 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    My favourite is Yankee Vanilla Cupcake

  55. Michaela Hannah February 23, 2017 at 5:01 am - Reply

    I quite like the Wickford and Co Strawberry dream – they smell amazing!

  56. Sally Fielden February 23, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    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!

  57. ANN DAWSON February 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    yankee raspberry

  58. Sharon Freemantle February 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Yankee candles and Vanilla cupcake

  59. karen laing February 24, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    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

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  61. Kim Styles February 25, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Vanilla cupcake for me – its scent is delicious

  62. Derek Wilson February 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Yankee’s Baby Powder is my new favourite, but their Clean Cotton will always be a classic.

  63. Margaret Abram February 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I don’t have one as I’ve never had any of these candles. I guess I would like floral or baby powder.

  64. gemma hendry February 25, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    yankee candles orange splash for me

  65. Rebecca February 25, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    My favourite yankee scent is vanilla frosting from the simply home range

  66. Monkey February 26, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    My favourite is Yankee candle’s November Rain. It smells so good!

  67. Emily Mead February 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I LOVE Yankee candles! But my other fave is Woodwick in Fireside, it’s delicious. Though the sound the wick makes does kind of annoy me a little ?

  68. Debbie Cooper February 26, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Love Yankee candles

  69. Ellen Stafford February 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I love yankee….they are definitely my favourite. I love coconut or cinnamon scents the best.

  70. Laura Kevlin February 27, 2017 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Definitely Yankee Candle – I love Sweet Pea, its gorgeous!

  71. Stacey Leigh February 27, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    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

  72. charlotte bell February 27, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Yankee Candle Ginger

  73. Tammy Neal February 27, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

    My favourite is Yankee Vanilla Cupcake

  74. Audra bland February 27, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Yankee candle and my favourite is Angela’s Wings it’s so light and pretty

    • Audra bland February 27, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Oh no !! Autocorrect! My fave is angels wings! Yankee candle

  75. Jayne Townson February 27, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

    I really like the Yankee Christmas cookie candle best. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  76. Anna Brown February 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Yankee candle is my favourite brand. Their strawberry buttercream smells amazing.

  77. Ruth Wollerton February 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I love Yankee candles – black cherry, orange splash – in fact I love them all. Thanks for the chance xxx

  78. Laura Bryant February 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Yankee candle berry trifle

  79. Lia Burns February 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candle shea butter is my all time favourite x

  80. Joanna Kasznicki February 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Yankee candles and my fave is Black Cherry

  81. Tracey Hallmark February 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Sanctuary classic fragranced

  82. Gillian Turner February 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I love Yankees, my favourite is Sicilian Lemon, so fresh.

  83. samantha buntain February 27, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candle – Clean cotton is my ultimate favourite candle

  84. Jade Pawley February 27, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Mine is definitely Yankee Candle – Pink Sands!

  85. Terrie-Ann Wright February 27, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    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.

  86. sharon martin February 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candle – Raspberry Sorbet

  87. Lisa Mcalley February 27, 2017 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Oh i dont know, i have never had the pleasure of using an Yankee

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