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The Definitive List: Candle Junkies Top 25 Best Yankee Candle Scents Ranked

Since 1969 Yankee Candle has been crafting scrumptious scents for every season and occasion. Their candles are made from high-quality paraffin that makes for a longer burn time than most candles, meaning that once you pick your perfect scent you’ll get to enjoy the aroma from 110-150 hours. Yankee is known for mastering potent fragrances for every type of candle junkie.


Also, check out: 10 Best Smelling Candles of 2018 (under $30)


We’ve gone through each of the scents to bring you the very best of the best. Let our noses guide you and fall in love with these top 25 aromatic favorites.

Let’s start with number 25 and work our way to number 1, shall we?

25. Butter Cream

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buttercream yankee candle

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Out of hundreds of Yankee candles, it’s no small feat that Buttercream comes in at number 25. Just because it isn’t number one on the list doesn’t mean that it’s anything short of AMAZING. Prepare to bask in the sweet ambiance of butter, coconut cream, vanilla, and a very special guest: rum. This candle is best described as yummy with an extra side of sweet.

24. Blueberry Scone

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blueberry scone yankee candle

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Take a trip across the pond with the smell of English scones, fresh blueberries, vanilla, and heavy cream. It’s like brunch but in candle form! We love this delectable aroma. It’s a great candle for the kitchen. You’ll notice that it smells sweet, but not too sweet.

23. Chocolate Layer Cake

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chocolate layer cake yankee candle

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Dish yourself up a generous serving of chocolate cake with a hint of cranberry! This tasty Chocolate Layer Cake candle from Yankee, is like walking into a bakery when you’re on a diet, sweet and so tempting. This candle is also a great way to trick your guests into thinking you’re a baking legend. It smells just like a day spent making treats in the kitchen.

22. Salted Caramel

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Our sweet streak continues with number 22. Watch out for your sweet tooth, this candle just might make you crave some Salted Caramel goodies. Surrender to this decadent combination of vanilla caramel, burnt sugar, and sea salt. It’s an absolutely luscious aroma that will spark your desire for indulgence.

21. April Showers

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If you’re the type of person that just comes alive when springtime rolls around, you’re going to want to order this candle just as soon as you can. Breathe in the aroma of lemon, lemon leaf, melon, and soft vanilla, as you wait for the May flowers to bloom. The combination of crisp lemon with sweet melon and vanilla creates a balanced fragrance you’re sure to love.

20. Fresh Cut Roses

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fresh cut roses yankee candle

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This scent is chic and classy, perfect for adding a touch of sophistication to any room. Fresh Cut Roses is on of Yankee’s more elegant smells. We love this scent because unlike a lot of rose-scented candles, this doesn’t come off as old lady smelling. It’s like receiving a bouquet of heirloom roses from the love of your life.

19. Lemon Lavender

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lemon lavender yankee candle

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This candle is the perfect pairing of an all-time classic, lavender, with a fresh update, lemon! When most people think lavender, they think calming but the lemon adds an extra energy to this candle that makes it memorable. It’s a stronger scent in the Yankee Candle collection. So, if you’re looking for something fresh and floral to fill a room, this is the perfect aroma for you! It’s a great scent for kitchens and sitting rooms.

18. Cottage Breeze

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If you tend to steer clear from the baked goods scented candles, try out this Cottage Breeze scent. It’s gentle, and not overpowering. The aroma is very pleasing and clean-smelling. It also has a subtle sweetness to it, but not sugary sweet. It’s the type of candle you light after deep cleaning the house on a Saturday afternoon.

17. Lavender Vanilla

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lavender vanilla yankee candle

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It seems like lavender can be one of those hit or miss scents for people, but after looking through a lot of reviews, one thing is for sure: people LOVE this Lavender Vanilla candle. This candle smells like tranquility at its finest. Not only do the lavender and vanilla dance perfectly together, but as you breathe this relaxing fragrance in, you’ll detect hints of musk and bergamot. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation and this wonderful candle.

16. Black Cherry

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black cherry yankee candle

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Compared to a lot of Yankee Candle’s other scents, this one is pretty simple but there’s a reason it made the list. It’s not the fake, almost medicine-like cherry scent you get from a lot of candles. It’s the real deal. Plus, to make it even better, the sweet cherry smell is married with almond and cinnamon for a subtly exquisite finished product. See, we told you not to count this candle out before you gave it a shot.

15. Sun & Sands

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sun and sand yankee candle

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This candle is basically a cabana getaway in the Bahamas in a jar! It perfectly blends a warm tropical breeze, fresh lavender, desirable musk, orange flowery, and the citrusy hint of lemon. We love this candle for those stressful days at work that seem never-ending, it’s a vacation away without going anywhere.

14. Strawberry Lemon Ice

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strawberry lemon ice yankee candle

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Invite summer into your home like it never went away. This Strawberry Lemon Ice candle is a delightfully sweet and sunny fragrance that the whole family will love. Because this scent is light and the perfect amount of lovely, it makes a great gift!

13. Balsam & Cedar

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balsam and cedar yankee candle

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Pull out your coat and gloves because this Balsam and Cedar candle is going to make you want to take a romantic jaunt through the snowy woods. This scent is an all-time favorite because of the festive feeling it brings every time you light it up. In addition to the balsam and cedar, you’ll also detect subtle hints of juniper berry.

12. Autumn Leaves

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autumn leaves yankee candles

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This autumn scent is one of our favorites. It combines maple and birch leaves with juniper berry, pomegranate, and orange blossom. It’s the perfect transitional scent from summer to fall. Strong and sweet, with spicy undertones, you’re going to have a tough time not burning this candle year round. There are a few more fall-themed scents on our list, and they even made it into the top ten! Keep reading to find candles similar to this that you are guaranteed to love.

11. Vineyard

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vineyard yankee candle

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For all the wine-aficionados out there, you’ll definitely want to get a whiff of the Vineyard candle from Yankee. It smells like grapes on the vine, and it will likely be your new obsession. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite merlot or cabernet an enjoy this smooth, fragrant festival of grapes.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Patricia Schwent February 19, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Why isn’t it that with all of these scents you have never had an Amber scented candle? I look every time I shop where your candles are sold.

    • Reply The Candle Junkies February 21, 2018 at 12:12 am

      Hi Patricia, you may want to check out their Patchouli candle if you see it in stores. It may be similar to what you are looking for!

  • Reply Brett Golightly March 18, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    This ISN’T from the all time faves i know… simply cause the Fireside isn’t listed which is now only available In their Wood Wick versions.

  • Reply connie March 22, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    looking for tea rose candle and where are you location? what are you prices thank you

  • Reply connie March 22, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    where can l find tea rose candle and what is the price and where are you r area

  • Reply Marie A Pacheco June 11, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I love Yankee scents. Any free samples you can send would be welcomed.

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