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The 30 Best Yankee Candle Scents, Ranked

I'm a firm believer in the fact that there is no such thing as having too many candles around. My boyfriend fully supports the two dedicated cabinets I have devoted to storing candles (jk he's not a big fan). My holiday collection alone could light a cathedral. I have giant candles, tiny candles, large jar candles, wick tumbler candles. It's all here. I don't just have candles, I have candle accessories.

I grew up constantly having candles lit throughout the house and love the effect it has on a home. Not only is it visually relaxing, the smells just bring something extra. Especially seasonal scents throughout the year. They're like holiday lights that also smell good! What's not to love? You're just some frosty gingerbread and cranberry chutney away from a full-on Christmas wonderland.

Yankee Candle Company is, personally, incredibly nostalgic for me. These were the first candles I started buying with my own money. I used to go to their store in the mall and just smell everything (as any candle connoisseur should). From black cherry to sea salt, as sure as wax melts these scents are all going in my nose. This company, which was founded in 1969, has scents for anyone and any time of year. Despite all of the options (it's so hard to choose!) we've rounded up 12 of the best Yankee Candle scents that everyone needs to experience, from new arrivals to old favorites.

1. Autumn Wreath

 

autumn wreath
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I'm a big fan of fall candles because of how long you get to burn them. From September (or end of August if you just can't wait like me) through November my house smells like apple pumpkin, apple cider, autumn leaves and a million other fall scents. So I love to light up a warm scent like the Autumn Wreath candle. With hints of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and just a touch of apple and woody vanilla, this candle is a must for cool fall nights or the crisp morning air of autumn. It smells of the season and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside every time you light it up.

2. Christmas Cookie

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Christmas Cookie
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Cookie scented candles can be tricky. It's easy for them to smell too sugary. But Yankee Candle perfectly captures the warmth and magic of a Christmas Cookie in this candle scent. Lighting this up instantly fills your home the same way a filled cookie sheet in the oven would. The creamy vanilla bean, cinnamon, sugar and buttercream notes make this candle perfect for the holiday season and one of my all time favorites.

3. Clean Cotton

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Clean Cotton
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Everyone needs a clean candle scent in their home. The floral and woodsy undertones with just a hint of lemon make this charming scent the perfect addition to your living room or kitchen for a simple clean scent. If you don't understand what "clean" could possibly smell like, its this candle. Don't worry, it doesn't smell like a load of fresh laundry and it isn't a cliche like Bahama Breeze.

4. Balsam and Cedar

Balsam & Cedar
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It's safe to just call this Christmas Tree in a jar. If you've ever smelled a woodsy candle that just smelled like a pile of sticks, give it another shot with Balsam and Cedar. The pine balsam, cedar and sandalwood are accented with vanilla and a touch of citrus to make this the perfect woodsy scent. Perfect for the holidays or anytime the weather cools down, light this up and instantly make your home feel warm and cozy.

5. Lavender Vanilla

Lavender Vanilla
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Lavender is one of those essential scents that you just need in the form of a candle. Its calming scent is perfect for lighting up before bed or to accompany a relaxing bath. This particular scent includes warm vanilla with musk and bergamot alongside the lavender for the perfect calming scent profile. Don't worry if you're more of a chocolate layer cake kind of girl, you'll love this vanilla.

6. Macintosh

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Macintosh
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You might think an apple scented candle sounds odd, but the Macintosh scent is just delicious (pun intended). Grapefruit, clove, and musk undertones make this candle perfect for any time of year and can almost make you taste the juicy fruit every time you light it up.

7. Strawberry Lemon Ice

strawberry lemon ice
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Does this candle smell like a popsicle or your favorite margarita mixer? You decide! Either way, it makes me crave a frozen strawberry treat.

8. Midsummer's Night

Midsummer Night
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When I first came across this candle in the store I had no idea what this would smell like. What scent captures "Midsummer's Night"? Strangely enough, this candle does. This woody sage, musk, and patchouli scented candle is the definition of a candle you could light year round. It smells a touch masculine in the best way possible. It's addicting. Once you buy your first jar you won't stop.

9. Fresh Cut Roses

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Fresh Cut Roses
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I wasn't a big fan of floral candles until I smelled Fresh Cut Roses. There's a reason this is one of the most popular Yankee Candle scents. It really does smell just like you walked into a rose garden in your living room. The fresh scent is a must try and perfect if you're looking for a simple but crowd-pleasing candle.

10. Sun and Sand

Sun & Sand
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One of my favorite parts about lighting candles is how nostalgic the scents can be. Sun and Sand makes me think of weekends at the lake or even special family trips to the ocean. An excellent summer candle, the floral and citrus scents make you feel the sand between your toes and the salty breeze in the air.

11. Sage and Citrus

Sage & Citrus Scented Tumbler Candle|
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I'm a big fan of Sage and how its earthy scent manages to smell homey. This particular candle adds in some citrus, lavender, and musk to make the ultimate herbaceous candle. An excellent kitchen candle, I always find myself coming back to this scent.

12. Spiced Pumpkin

pumpkin candle
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Everyone needs a pumpkin candle (obviously) and this is one of the best. The pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon combine to make it smell like you brought Fall into your living room. Light this up as you get cozy on the couch with a piece of pumpkin pie of the holiday season.

13. Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves
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Here's another fall scented candle I can't live without. Pomegranate and orange is a citrusy smell I recommend to friends when they're looking to switch from vanilla and cupcake scented candles.

14. Turquoise Sky

Turquoise Sky
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If your bathroom has ever been ocean-themed, then this was probably the scent of your bathroom. It truly smells like the beach after you get off a cruise ship.

15. Hazelnut Coffee

Yankee Candle Hazelnut Coffee Small Single Wick Tumbler Candle, Food & Spice Scent
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I love the smell of Starbucks. Naturally, this is a favorite of mine!

16. Salted Caramel

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Salted Carame
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Salted Caramel definitely reminds me of my favorite Halloween candy for some reason. So, if you're feeling nostalgic about childhood candy, consider Salted Caramel.

17. Vanilla Cupcake

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Vanilla Cupcake
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This is one of my favorite candles of all time. I recommend putting a cupcake scented candle in a large room. It may be too sweet for a small bedroom. If you want your kitchen to smell like a bakery, here you go!

18. Home Sweet Home

home sweet home
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Do smells ever bring you back to the good ol' days? That's what Home Sweet Home will do! Light this candle up and you'll be thinking about the days when you still believed in Santa.

19. French Vanilla

French Vanilla
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French Vanilla is a great option for those who aren't fans of coffee smells. It has just enough of a vanilla aroma to remind you of a latte, but is sweet enough to remind you of your favorite ice cream.

20. Pink Sands

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Pink Sands
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This candle will have you booking your next trip to Hawaii. It's truly the perfect mix of sweet and fresh air.

21. Home For The Holidays

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Home For The Holidays
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This candle smells like Christmas day in a pre-fab cabin. It's the perfect mix of earthy cedarwood and cinnamon. It actually reminds me of Fireball pumpkin pie.

22. Mistletoe

Mistletoe
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If you have an artificial Christmas tree and are longing for the smell of a real tree, you have to get this candle. Your living room will soon smell like Christmas.

23. Honey Lavender Gelato

Village Candle Lemon Pound Cake 26 oz Glass Jar Scented Candle, Large
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If caramel candles give you headaches, opt for honey scents. You won't regret it. When you need a gentle smell after cleaning up the house, this will be your go-to candle.

24. Cafe Al Fresco

Yankee Candle Small Tumbler Candle, Café Al Fresco
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Want to reminisce on the nights in college when you pulled all-nighters at the coffee shop? I have the candle for you. It smells just like coffee and the baked treats that pair perfectly with a cappuccino.

25. Santa's Pipe

Santa's Pipe
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If you're a fan of cherry soda and light tobacco smells, you'll love this one!

26. Be Thankful

Be Thankful
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I sure do love the smell of apple pies baking in the oven. For that flaky dough and apple smell, you'll want to light this Yankee Candle in your kitchen.

27. Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles
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This candle smells like a Saturday morning. Have you ever woke up to the smell of someone cooking breakfast? That is exactly what this Yankee Candle reminds me of.

28. Mango Peach Salsa

Mango Peach Salsa
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If you grew up eating fresh peaches, it's nearly impossible to not like the scent of this candle. I love it for the fall!

29. Campfire Treat

Campfire Treat
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S'mores is a smell that I miss in the summer. This is definitely perfect for the winter time when you're snowed in the house.

30. Blueberry Muffin

blueberry muffin
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Blueberry Muffin smells just like your kitchen when you take fresh muffins out of the oven. This Yankee Candle is such a delight when your kitchen needs a sweet scent that mimics a bakery.

A Yankee Candle does wonders when your home is missing that comfort feeling. Light a Yankee Candle and you'll feel warm and toasty.

This post was originally published on August 10, 2019.

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