Answered: Why Are Yankee Candles So Expensive? & Are They Worth It?

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.

How Much Are 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

How Much Are 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 Your Candles In The Yanke Candle Sale

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.

Buy Cheap Yankee Candles At The Yankee Candle Outlet

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.

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