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The 12 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

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Autumn Wreath is the perfect Fall Yankee Candle scent. (Amazon)

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.

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2. Christmas Cookie

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This Yankee Candle scent really smells like christmas cookies. (Amazon)

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.


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3. Clean Cotton

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Clean Cotton is a fresh Yankee candle scent. (Amazon)

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.

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4. Balsam and Cedar

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Balsam Cedar is the perfect Christmas Yankee candle scent. (Amazon)

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.

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5. Lavender Vanilla

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Lavender Vanilla has a lovely and relaxing scent. (Amazon)

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.

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6. Macintosh

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Macintosh is a delicious Yankee candle scent. (Amazon)

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.

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7. Blueberry Scone

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Blueberry Scone really smells like something is baking in the oven. (Amazon)

This candle is perfect for the kitchen or living room. It's warm vanilla, cinnamon, and blueberry scents make me think of my mom's kitchen and the blueberry cobbler she makes. Blueberry Scone is all the homey scents of family in one jar and guaranteed to make you smile every time you light it.

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8. Midsummer Night

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Midsummer's Night is the ideal masculine candle. (Amazon)

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.

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9. Fresh Cut Roses

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Fresh Cut Roses smells like you're walking through a real rose garden. (Amazon)

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.

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10. Sun and Sand

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Sun and Sand is a favorite beachy Yankee candle scent. (Amazon)

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.

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11. Sage and Citrus

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Sage and Citrus is the perfect Yankee candle scent for the kitchen. (Amazon)

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.

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12. Spiced Pumpkin

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Spiced Pumpkin is the perfect holiday Yankee candle scent. (Amazon)

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.

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The 12 Best Yankee Candle Scents, Ranked