Top 10 Yankee Candle Scents

Updated on April 15, 2019
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Lynsey loves giving thoughtful gifts year-round, and she enjoys passing inspiration onto others.

One thing I always love about my home is that it always smells good. I aim to keep it that way. Even if the decor isn't up-to-scratch yet, or there is a bit of clutter on the shelves, I pride myself in the fact that everyone who comes through my door tells me how lovely my house smells!

Apart from keeping the place clean in general, the main reason for such a pleasantly scented abode is my love of Yankee Candles. I adore them. In particular, I adore the wax melts that you use in an oil burner or warmer, as they are so quick in filling the room with fragrance.

Over the years I have developed my favourite Yankee scents- the ones I go to time and time again. If you are new to Yankee candles, or even if you are not, I would recommend that you invest in these Top 10 Yankee Scents (in no particular order) and have your home smelling wonderful in no time!

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1. Ginger Dusk

As the name suggests, this is a scent with ginger base notes. As the photo suggests, it also smells tropical and almost lemony. This is definitely one of my all time favourites, and I have only recently discovered it! Definitely one for summer, this will have you taking deep breaths every time you pass the oil burner: just use sparingly as it can be quite strong.

2. Rainwashed Berry

Another fruity number, this red coloured tart will fill your home with a pleasant mix of summer fruits and berries, but also with a hint of spice. Again, a fairly strong scent so not much of this is required for a great effect. It is worth mentioning that this particular scent is from the "simply home" range which I believe is usually stocked in supermarkets rather than Yankee directly. I'm sure you can source it on Amazon or somewhere similar though.

3. Midsummer's Night

Moving on from the fruity numbers, this is another of my all-time favourites. I have bought this one for years now, and it never disappoints. I describe this as the manly Yankee Candle. It smells... manly... in one word! Overall, it smells like a really pleasant, musky aftershave with a bit of a woody undertone. I think this would actually sell really successfully as an actual scent to wear, but maybe that's just me? Again, a small amount of this, perhaps a fingertip-sized piece will sufficiently fill a room with the lovely musky manliness!

4. Clean Cotton

This scent makes your home smell like you have done 10 loads of laundry in a day. It smells amazing. How Yankee has been able to replicate the smell of freshly washed laundry I'll never know. This scent is on a similar path as "fluffy towels," but in all honesty, if you can't find one, the other will do just as nicely. A nice, clean, fresh smell- perfect all year long.

5. Baby Powder

Another beautifully clean scent, I won't state the obvious and say what this smells of! I can easily use double the usual amount of this tart simply because it is a nice, soft scent. Delicate and fresh, this is another crowd pleaser and will be perfect all year long.

6. Fireside Treats

Now I usually don't like foody type scents with my candles, but this one is actually really pleasant. It smells like toasted marshmallows, but not in a sickly way. There is a nice fragrance mixed in that I can't really identify, but it definitely takes the edge off of the sweetness usually associated with foody candles. I would definitely recommend this for a cozy night in.

7. Cinnamon Stick

Ok, so this one is really obvious. It does exactly what it says on the tin. But to spell it out, this smells warm, spicy and just like cinnamon. Perfect for a winters night in front of the fire.

8. Garden Sweetpea

This smells very floral. I don't think it is just Sweetpeas in there, but rather a mix of a few flowers. It is a lovely, fresh scent and it definitely brings the outdoors inside.

9. Champaca Blossom

Another floral note here, and as I have never smelt a Champaca blossom, I am unable to comment on how accurately the scent is replicated. What I can liken it to, though, is orchids. Either way, it smells floral and sweet, and is a perfect everyday scent for your home.

10. Pink Sands

Last, but not least, Pink Sands is a fresh, fruity, Summery scent, with a hint of vanilla and rose which is not too overpowering. Another perfect all-around candle, this will have comments from visitors and residents alike.

Discover Your Own

One of the great things about Yankee Candles is that they are readily available and come in lots of different scents. Everyone will have their own favourite, but I have started you off with just a few recommendations to get you on your way.

I love nothing better than visiting a Yankee store, and picking up everything for a sniff at least once! If you have a store near you, allow yourself half an hour one day to do just that. Familiarise yourself with your favourites, and try them out.

The cheapest way to try the scents, in my opinion, is the tarts as they can easily fill a room and remember that some scents can be a bit strong when trying your purchases at home- try a little at a time until you find the perfect amount to fill your rooms.

How to Use Yankee Tarts

So many people will advise you to use the full tart, unwrap and place in your oil burner, or tart warmer if you have bought directly from Yankee. Not only is this poor value for money, as the scent burns away quite quickly and intensely, but it also makes for a very strong smell which can be overwhelming depending on the chosen scent.

With that in mind, I generally cut a small hole in the wrapper and then crush and sprinkle a small amount of the tart (about the size of your thumb's fingertip) into the well of my oil burner. Not only does this mean my wax tart lasts longer, but I can also have the same scent filling more than one room in my home in a pleasant, and not in an overly scented way! I usually have 3 burners on the go over the house: bedroom, lounge and bathroom, and the scent travels everywhere else anyway.

Remember, you can use candle heated oil burners, or electric warmers, so even if you're nervous about candles, you can still use Yankee wax melts.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2015 Lynsey Hart


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    • sparkleyfinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynsey Hart 

      10 months ago from Lanarkshire

      Hi Susan, thanks for dropping by, I don't think I've actually smelled Witches brew, but Ill be sure to look out for it the next time I am in store! Wow! You have been a loyal customer all that time! Amazing!

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      Susan egan 

      10 months ago

      I love witches Brew i have been a yankee candle fan for 43 years now i went to the first little store the original owner had in deerfild Mass. So that store became a huge place i have seen it grow through all those years and also remrmber the mans part of the store with barber chairs sadly they cha ged it to much from the sweet ya ker candle store it was and took awsy the cute animated elves working in dantas shop for a horrible modern place

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      Lisa Aguirre 

      14 months ago

      Vineyard smells like a grape Jolly Rancher..yummm

    • sparkleyfinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynsey Hart 

      19 months ago from Lanarkshire

      That is a lovely scent Jacki. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment.

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      19 months ago

      Sun and sand

    • sparkleyfinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynsey Hart 

      20 months ago from Lanarkshire

      It is lovely

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      20 months ago

      I love the Sage and Citrus, only one i buy.

    • sparkleyfinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynsey Hart 

      2 years ago from Lanarkshire

      Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I adore the Christmas tree scents that they bring out. As well as the cosy fireplace and the apple cinnamon scents. Really lovely and makes the whole house smell festive. The only yankee scents I'm not keen on are the foody/ cakey scents. They are too sweet for me.

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      Linda F Correa 

      2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      I am a big fan of Yankee candles. Can never get enough of the seasonal scents.

    • sparkleyfinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynsey Hart 

      4 years ago from Lanarkshire

      Thanks Cornelia! I really do love the Ginger Dusk, so I can see why you would choose it first! I always have at least one of those in my melt box! I was really surprised at fireside treats because I don't usually like foodie smells, but it was oh my yummy! Let me know what other scents you try and how you like them :)

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      Korneliya Yonkova 

      4 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Thank you for this awesome hub. I myself have tried only one kind of yankee candle, and it is ginger dusk. Awesome scent really. You provoked me to try the other ones :)


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