The 50 Best Yankee Candle Scents – 2021 Rankings

Yankee candles are known for smelling great, and being great quality. But, if you’re going to splash out on buying one, you want to make sure you’re getting the best Yankee Candle scents possible. With so many different scents and creative names, we’ve saved you the trial and error, and listed the best 50 candle scents to help you choose the right one for you!

The 50 Best Yankee Candle Scents Ranked

In this list, we’re not only giving our own opinions of the best smelling Yankee candle, but we’ve researched other reviews and best seller lists too.

Using updated information and data for 2021 information, this list is compiled from a wide range of people’s views of the best Yankee candle scents, not just what we like…

All of the Yankee scents that made this top 50 list, are highly reviewed and popular. So with over 100 scents offered by Yankee, you’ll know these top 50 will be some of the best!

1 – Fresh Cut Roses


Soaring to the top of the list as the best Yankee scent for 2021, is Fresh Cut RosesThe candle delivers as you’d expect with a lovely sweet floral fragrance, and has excellent review scores and popularity with Yankee customers. When it comes to the scent, you’ll mainly get fragrances of red rose and geranium, which are accompanied by light apple and citrus, as well as powder and musk. If you like roses and floral candle scents, but are put off by some other much stronger perfumed fragrances, this is a nice option.

2 – Chocolate Layer Cake


The number 2 Yankee Candle scent is Chocolate Layer Cake. This fragrance is as chocolatey and delicious smelling as you’d expect, and designed to replicate layering of chocolate and cocoa. So chocolatey you can almost taste it! The fragrance includes notes of chocolate mousse pudding and cocoa, as well as some fruity cranberry and vanilla notes. Together making a lovely sweet and spicy, and delightfully chocolatey mix.

3 – White Strawberry Bellini


The third candle on the list and ranked equally strongly as the other 2 above, is White Strawberry Bellini. This is described by Yankee as a ‘blissful brunch companion’, and is a very sweet smelling candle, with fruit scents such as mango, pineapple, and strawberry combined here. The fragrance profile is of those fruits mentioned, with hints of peach and champagne. Overall if you’re looking for a fruity candle, this is the one for you.

4 – Balsam & Cedar


A previous top of the list and classic best seller scent, Balsam and Cedar still ranks highly as one of the best Yankee scents. The fragrance of this candle not only includes fresh forest scents that would be expected, but you also get notes of crisp citrus and berries, sandalwood, warm vanilla and musk. This candle is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) Yankee Candle. To hold up with such positive reviews after so many people have purchased Balsam and Cedar, you definitely know you’re getting a top notch Yankee scent here.

5 – Pink Sands


Pink Sands makes it to the number 5 position, as another bright and sweet scent yet with an essence of spice. This is another best seller for Yankee, and very popular candle. The candle scent is designed to replicate an ‘exotic escape’, and alongside a prominent osmanthus fragrance, you’ll also get other different fruity fragrances, mixed with some warmer ones such as spicy vanilla, musk and woody notes. The Pink Sands scent is a nice blend of fragrances you wouldn’t expect, that works really well together.

6 – Macintosh


Macintosh is a long time favourite of many candle lovers, and it does what it says on the tin. Yankee themselves describe the scent as ‘so vividly real… you can almost taste the apple’ and if you love the scent of apple, you’ll be in for a treat. The fragrance is complimented by some nice crisp greens with a hint of musk. If you like candles with an apple scent, then get this.

7 – Lilac Blossoms


Lilac Blossoms makes it solidly into the top 10 on our list. If you like lavender then the main fragrance notes you’ll get from this candle will be lavender and lilacs. You also get fragrances of waterlily and bergamot coming through this candle. If you love the smell of flowers, and would prefer a more natural smelling candle, then this candle scent is a perfect way to achieve that. It’s the best Yankee floral scent out there.

8 – Lemon Lavender


Lemon Lavender is a really clean and refreshing blend of citrus and sweet lavender. You’ll get a mixture of different citrus fruits here such as orange, tangerine and lemon, alongside more floral sweet notes of lavender, with hints of vanilla and spice. This is another really nice and inviting Yankee candle scent that blends fragrances you might not expect.

9 – Midsummer’s Night


Midsummer’s Night, is a summer candle but with some bolder woody fragrances mixed in. You’ll mainly get some pine and floral fragrances, alongside some other light fruity fragrances. This candle is definitely unique and bold in its fragrance, and is probably best described as a more complex woodland and musk type scent.

10 – Apple Pumpkin


Number 10 on our list is Apple Pumpkin. Apple pumpkin is a lovely sweet and spiced autumnal candle option. You’ll not only get fragrances of apples, but also get other sweet and fruity fragrances such as orange, pumpkin, and red fruit. On top of this the spice comes from fragrances of nutmeg and ginger. All of this is topped off with an overall sweetness to the candle. This is definitely a delicious warm and homey smelling scent that will remind you of cosy nights in.

11 – Sun & Sand

Sun & Sand as you would expect, is a very summer themed candle. It has a prominent fruity citrus scent with orange and lemon coming through, alongside some floral notes of lavender. If you’re looking to create freshness with your candle scent, then this is a great choice which is nice and light and fresh.

12 – Vineyard

Vineyard is a sweet smelling candle, designed to replicate some of the fragrances of wine and grape. The scent is also described as having an aroma of plump cabernet and merlot. Overall we’d say this is a sweet, grape and fruity smelling candle. With grapes, red fruits, and a mossy base that adds some of the wine quality. Overall it’s a lovely fruity scent for all of those wine and grape lovers out there.

13 – Cherries On Snow

Cherries On Snow is a blend of juicy cherry and almonds. This isn’t just a cherry candle, it’s designed to be a fresh smelling blend of fragrances. You’ll get the cherry, almond and sweet citrust scents here, alongside a hint of cinnamon and musk. Again, this is a fruity candle with some extra character given by the almond and citrus notes.

14 – Kitchen Spice

Sun & Sand as you would expect, is a very summer themed candle. It has a prominent fruity citrus scent with orange and lemon coming through, alongside some floral notes of lavender. If you’re looking to create freshness with your candle scent, then this is a great choice which is nice and light and fresh.

15 – White Gardenia

White Gardenia is another really nice floral scented candle designed to give you the fragrance of lush white gardenias in full bloom. You’ll mainly get fragrances of gardenia, jasmine, lily, and freesia here, alongside musk and woody notes, as well as a hint of fruit. Therefore, this is a really nice blend that’s mainly floral but with other fragrances to give the overall scent a bit more complexity.

16 – Café Al Fresco

Café Al Fresco is designed to be a coffee scented option, but one that has a milky base. You’ll definitely get this with a strong fragrance of a milky cappuccino, alongside other coffee fragrance, sugar, caramel and a hint of cinnamon. If you like the smell of a nice milky, sweet coffee, this coffee candle scent definitely ticks that box.

17 – Midnight Jasmine

Midnight Jasmine is a floral and fruity smelling candle, which is a perfume of jasmine and honeysuckle with fruity fragrances as well. You’ll get scents of orange, grapefruit and passion fruit, as well as the body of floral scents and jasmine. If you like floral fragrances which have a hint of fruitiness then this is for you.

18 – Pineapple Cilantro

Pineapple Cilantro is a tropical fruity candle that has a main fragrance as you’d expect of pineapple, but also with a citrus touch and some coconut and vanilla thrown in. Think similar to a pina colada with the pineapple and creaminess, but with cilantro thrown in too. You’ll also notice hints of violet, basil, and apple and orange in the fragrance. Overall this is a lovely blend of scents that makes for an overall great fruity candle.

19 – Seaside Woods

Seaside Woods has a woody fragrance, with citrus and floral notes. The initial scents you’ll get are orange blossoms and citrus, and then the woody elements come in. Overall it’s a woody fragrance with some fruity citrus thrown in, and interesting mix for sure.

20 – Christmas Cookie

Christmas Cookie is one of our personal favorites and would probably be number 1 for us (being big lovers of vanilla fragrances). This is a really sweet and homey scented candle, which is named Christmas Cookie for its buttery, sweet and vanilla fragrance. If you like vanilla and sweet candles, this isn’t just for Christmas, this is for all year round. You really will feel like something delicious and buttery is cooking in your home. If you want to create the sense of baked cookies, this is the Yankee Candle scent for you.

21 – Sparkling Cinnamon

Extremely similar to Cinnamon Stick (if not mostly identical bar the candle colour), Sparkling Cinnamon is another spiced cinnamon option. If you’re looking for a cinnamon candle, either of these are good options, so see Cinnamon Stick above for more details on fragrances.

22 – Sage & Citrus

Sage & Citrus is a Yankee scent that blends earthy and herby type fragrances with some light refreshing citrus notes. You’ll mainly get a lot of floral fragrance here, with some more dense musk and woody notes thrown in. This Yankee scent is nice for all year around and will give you a pleasant herb and woody aroma.

23 – Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home, is primarily a sweet spiced type candle, which features a warm blend of cinnamon and baking spices. If home to you is the smell of a spiced cake, then this could be your perfect candle. You’ll get nutmeg, cherry and juniper berries, with other fragrances of apple cinnamon and musk. A very homey warm scented candle for sure.

24 – Clean Cotton

Clean Cotton is an ideal air freshener type candle scent, which has been made to not only smell like clean cotton, but also have a floral element and hint of lemon. You’ll mainly be getting lily of the valley and rose fragrances coming through here, with hints of greens, bergamot, and woody notes. This is a really nice light smelling Yankee candle scent that will give a clean fresh smell to a room.

25 – Black Cherry

The next on our list, is one for fruit lovers out there, and is the rich and sweet Black Cherry. Black Cherry really focuses on delivering that delicious cherry fragrance, and is mixed with some notes of cinnamon, and a hint of almond. If you’re a fan of sweet fragrances, and especially cherry, then this candle scent will be right up your street.

26 – Cinnamon Stick

Cinnamon Stick is a candle that aims to give you not only that rich and spiced cinnamon smell, but also other elements that make the scent of this candle really robust. You’ll also get strong smells of clove and cardamom here, alongside hints of bay leaf and cedar wood. So this is definitely a mixed spiced candle scent, rather than just a sweet cinnamon one.

27 – Lavender

Sometimes with candle scents you just need to keep it simple, and that’s what Yankee’s Lavender candle scent does. You’ll be reminded of the rich smell of lavender fields, alongside thyme and rosemary, all creating a lovely lavender fragrance. If you like lavender, Yankee have made sure this candle scent will tick all those boxes for you.

28 – Mistletoe

Mistletoe is another woody scented candle, with strong fragrance of mistletoe, alongside berries, pine and holiday. This is definitely a great holiday candle, with lots of green aromatic notes, pine and some spices coming through as well.

29 – Dried Lavender & Oak

Dried Lavender Oak is a lavender scented candle with some woody tones to add depth. You’ll get the main scent of lavender and bergamot, with other floral notes, alongside vanilla, patchouli and cedarwood to give a woody element. It’s a nice lavender candle with some extra depth than just lavender on it’s own

30 – Beach Walk

With some Yankee Candle scents it can be difficult to know exactly how they will smell, so let us shed some light on Beach Walk. The main fragrance you’ll get here will be sea moss and salt water, mixed with light orange notes, i.e. trying to replicate the smells of the ocean on a nice beach walk. This candles fragrance gets more depth with other lighter citrus type fragrances such as tangerine, clementine, orange blossom and musk. If you like ocean type fragrances, this Yankee candle scent is a good choice.

31 – Honey Clementine

For those who like a bit more of a fruity warm scent in there candle, Honey Clementine is a great option. You get the main clementine scent alongside nice citrus notes and sweetness from honey. This is a really nice take on the sweet and citrus, and is a nice ‘orangey’ scented candle option.

32 – Mango Peach Salsa

Mango Peach Salsa is a really sweet and zesty candle, that’s a perfect if you like a fruity fragrance. You’ll get plenty of tropical fruit fragrances with mango, lime, and orange, alongside a hint of ginger and clean musk. Overall it’s a lovely fruity scent with a bit of depth added.

33 – Catching Rays

Catching Rays is designed to feature fragrances of orange and golden amber, to give a feeling of being warmed all day in the sun. Whether it does this is another question. However, the candle is nicely scented, with fragrances of lavender, rosemary, geranium, and other notes of orange, amber and musk.

34 – Magical Frosted Forest

Magical Frosted Forest comes in lower on our list, however it’s as highly rated amongst some Yankee candle lovers as the scents right at the top. This candle is best described as a mixture of wooded pine and fir fragrances, mixed with hints of sweet fruit such as strawberry, pineapple and raspberry. It’s definitely a nice blend and a different fragrance to your more commonly purchased pine or fir type woodland scents.

35 – Sparkling Snow

Sparkling Snow is a crisp and fresh smelling candle. It’s overall fragrance is woody, with hints of orange, pine, and mint, alongside other greens, herbs and woody fragrances. There is a really fresh and woody mix here including hints of sandalwood, cedarwood and patchouli. Overall it’s a really fresh wintery candle with plenty of inspiration from the forest.

36 – Red Raspberry

Red Raspberry is a candle that aims to replicate the sweet but tangy nature of raspberries. You’ll get lots of berry fragrances here, including strong strawberry, blackcurrant, and black raspberry fragrances. You’ll also get notes of sugar and musk, alongside orange and sweet mandarin. This is a really nice blend of different berries that does a nice job of creating a lovely raspberry scent.

37 – Turquoise Sky

Turquoise Sky is a calm, fresh and clean smelling fragrance, designed to give the impression of calm salty air, with hints of sea grass and musk. There are aquatic notes and floral tones such as lotus flower, white lily and freesia, with a base of musk and soft wood. Overall it’s a really nice and fresh smelling candle, that will give a new fresh smell to a room at home.

38 – Silver Birch

Another more autumnal fragrance, Silver Birch is a mixture of woodland and spice, with strong clove, eucalyptus and cypress fragrances, accompanied by pine. If you like woodland fresh fragrances then this is a nice light candle that blends different elements nicely to create a pleasant overall scent.

39 – Mediterranean Breeze

Mediterranean Breeze aims to replicate the warm salt air of the Mediterranean, and features strong citrus blossoms fragrances. Alongside this you’ll get hints of oakmoss and driftwood, as well as other elements designed to give the Mediterranean Breeze effect. It’s a nice, light and fresh smelling citrus candle scent.

40 – Pumpkin Apple Parfait

Pumpkin Apple Parfait is a lovely pumpkin scented candle, with layers of apples, cinnamon and sweet creamy vanilla. It’s a really nice autumn scent which combines pumpkin with other autumn fragrances. It’s definitely a fruity and sweet candle with an autumnal decadent fragrance.

41 – Blush Bouquet

Blush Bouquet is a very floral and perfumed scent, which aims to replicate a bouquet fit for the centre of a table. You’ll get strong fragrances of peony, sweet pea and lily here, with hints of amber and cherry blossoms. Therefore this is a very fragrant and floral Yankee candle scent that will be a good choice for flower lovers out there.

42 – Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a really clean and awakening scent. You’ll get a strong fragrance of eucalyptus alongside fruity notes, and also some greens, herbs and musk. This is a nice refreshing candle that’s quite unique in the kind of fragrance it offers and is worth giving a try if you like clean and fresh smelling candle scent.

43 – Patchouli

Patchouli, aims to give the spicy and sweet aroma of exotic patchouli. This Yankee scent definitely achieves this with main fragrances of jasmine and patchouli, alongside hints of sweetness and vanilla, mixed with clove and cinnamon. If you like spicy sweet, then this is another interesting Yankee scent for you.

44 – Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is a great traditional holiday scent that’s sweet and spicy. It has traditional holiday scents such as candied fruits, almond, cinnamon, nutmeg, and added vanilla and praline for creaminess. Overall it’s a lovely holiday mix of fragrances, with plenty going on scent wise for you to enjoy over the holidays.

45 – Lavender Vanilla

Lavender Vanilla is a blend of some of two of our favourite fragrances, lavender and vanilla. It’s described as an oasis of tranquility and is a really nice blend. Alongside the main fragrances, you’ll also get musk and bergamot which gives the fragrance great depth. Overall we love the floral and creamy mix that’s present here.

46 – Bahama Breeze

Bahama Breeze is a really refreshing tropical scented candle, that includes strong fragrances of tropical fruits. You’ll get a lot of pineapple, grapefruit and mango here, with other notes of peach musk and exotic fruits. If you like the scent of exotic fruit, this is a nice blend of some favorites that will be right up your street.

47 – Warm Luxe Cashmere

Warm Luxe Cashmere is another fresh and clean scent, that’s designed to be both creamy and luxurious. There are initial hints of rich vanilla cream, with floral notes, alongside creamy sandalwood and patchouli. Overall if you’re looking for a luxury smelling candle, that’s also got added fragrances to keep it smelling pleasant and familiar, this is a good choice.

48 – New England Maple

If you can’t get enough of Maple Syrup, like ourselves here in Canada, then New England Maple is the candle for you. This candle is very sweet and rich, replicating the syrupy maple fragrance, but also with a hint of spice. If you like maple syrup, this candle will be right up your street.

49 – Sun-Drenched Apricot Rose

Sun-Drenched Apricot Rose is another floral Yankee candle scent, that also adds an element of apricot and orange. You’ll get strong fragrances of apricot roses and gardenia petals, with other notes of apricot, nectarine, and musk. Therefore think of this Yankee scent as a floral rose scent with a hint of other elements.

50 – Coconut Beach

Coconut Beach aims to provide not only a coconut scent, but also a fruity and tropical element too. You’ll get strong scents of fresh coconut here, alongside pineapple, vanilla and musk. It’s a really nice tropical scented candle, but with a strong coconut element. Think more pina colada than coconut scent alone.

 

Yankee Candle Buyers Guide

Why Yankee Candles are so popular

Yankee Candle is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) names in candles. This is because of their wide ranging scents and candle types, so there will be an option for all different types of candle lovers. Not only this but Yankee has a reputation for quality in the candles they produce and they tick some key boxes for candle lovers.

The key reasons Yankee candles are so popular is they are:

  • Long lasting/Good burn time
  • Have nice and varied fragrances, with seasonal options
  • Are overall good quality candles and a trusted name

Yankee make sure to select good quality ingredients for their candles, as well as using high quality wax and natural fibre wicks. So you can be sure you’ll have a candle that won’t let you down.

The common complaint with Yankee candles, can be that their scents have got weaker over time. Or that they smell better in the jar than when lit. Whether this is true or not, is up for debate.

The strength of smell of a candle is a personal preference, and it’s common to have the same candle receive negative reviews for being both too strong and too weak. So it’s important to look upon your own experience of what candles you like and take it from there.

Things to look for in your Yankee candle

When it comes down to candles everyone has their own tastes and favourites. However, Yankee candles come in different sizes and formats, and pricing will vary depending on this. So you should choose the size and format candle that suits your needs.

The different formats of Yankee candle are:

  • Sampler votive
  • Small classic jar
  • Medium classic jar
  • Large classic jar
  • Large tumbler
  • Medium perfect pillar

The classic Yankee candles, as you might have guessed, are jars. These provide a good all in one option that you can just set down and light, without needing anything else.

Classic jars also contain the wax within (so aren’t messy/don’t require a separate container) and provide a really good burn time. They come with lids so can be stored away if you don’t want your candle out for a while.

We would recommend the large classic jar candles. These tend to be better value for money than the smaller candles, as you’ll get more burn time for your buck (over 110 hours burn time as stated by Yankee). All of the reviewed candles here are the large jars.

We’ve also found that you may notice a slightly stronger scent with the larger candles as well, so this helps to avoid some of the complaints of Yankee candles that the scents aren’t strong enough.

Choosing the right candle scents

So what kinds of scents should you look for in your Yankee candle? Yankee have a HUGE variety of different scents, so there will likely be lots that meet your preference.

However, with such a large selection, it can sometimes be difficult knowing where to start with choosing the right and best Yankee candle for you.

Scented candles are always of course, a personal preference. However, there are some things you can look out for to make sure you’re choosing the right one, that will help you narrow down your choices from Yankee’s wide selection.

You should start, by choosing a candle scent that fits in with other types of candle scents you enjoy. For example, do you like sweet fragrances, spiced fragrances, or floral fragrances? Or perhaps the most important thing for you is a natural fragrance. Some prefer lighter smelling fragrances, as opposed to strong smelling candle fragrances. These are all things you should consider when deciding which is the best Yankee candle scent for you.

You may also like to vary your choices depending on the season, so in that case there are different scents that will tix those boxes. Autumn and winter/Christmas candle scents are very popular, and there are a wide variety to choose from here.

If you’re still unsure on which scents will be best for you, then our top 5 candle scents below will steer you in the right direction.

Health and Safety when burning your candle

It is important that you are aware that scented candles can be toxic, especially when burned for long periods. Yankee Candle uses cotton based wicks and are known to use essential oils in their scents, however, they do still use paraffin wax which emits harmful vapours. We personally enjoy Yankee candles and believe that everything should be used in moderation. For us, the comfort and joy a candle brings elevates our mood which is why we believe balance is key. Remember to monitor your burn time and be aware of the effects.

When burning candles, it is of course important to consider safety. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Although some Yankee candles do come in their own containers, you still need to be careful where you burn your candle. So make sure that you’re burning your candle somewhere away from flammable objects, and again that you never leave a burning candle unattended.

Summary  – The 50 Best Yankee Candle Scents

There you have it, our list of the top Yankee Candle Scents.

It’s often so hard to distinguish between these scents as so much of which Yankee candles you’ll like will come down to personal preference. So we tried to take any bias out of it, and rank them according to all the information we could find on what actual Yankee customers have said.

As all of these candles are the best Yankee offer, don’t just pick the top ranked candles on this list. Have a look and pick ones that suit candle scents you’ve liked in the past, or the occasion you want your candle for. Or use this list and our rankings to find a new Yankee scent you might want to try.

Candles can be suited to a season, an occasion, or make excellent gifts. So choose your candle scent based on why you’re buying that candle. That’s how to get the best scent experience!

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