The Downfall of Yankee Candle

I am having a hard time writing this post because I just can’t believe it. As a tried and true Yankee Candle fan, I am saddened to have to report that I no longer think that they are are the superior candle brand. Although their candles are expensive compared to other brands, I have always found them to be the most fragrant and therefore worth the hefty price tag, but recently I have been EXTREMELY disappointed! What is happening dear Yankee Candle? What have you changed?

The problem started way over a year ago when I bought a Lavender Vanilla candle. I was excited to get it home to make my house smell nice and fresh. But when I lit the candle…I waited and waited for that great Yankee candle smell that normally fills my entire first floor…and nothing. Since then I have bought many more candles. I even asked the workers there what was up and their only response was that there are different “levels” of scents. Meaning that some candle scents will smell more than others. It makes sense, but if that’s the case..who wants the lowest level? And they really should mark those ones because I personally think people buy scented candles for just that..their scent! Especially ones that cost $25 a piece!

The final straw was this fall when I bought the Macintosh scented candle. I was so excited to put out my fall scent. Who doesn’t love the smell of apples? I lit the candle ready to get my house transported to the apple orchard…and nothing. Yes it smelled immediately around the candle. But the scent didn’t travel! Not like it used to. So I’m sad.

I have found my new superior candle though. The candles at Bath and Body works are definitely better. As a test I went out and bought 2 yesterday (they were having a sale..2 for $20!) . I lit it, and WOW! The whole first floor became fragrant like it used to with the Yankee candle. Have you ever tried the Frosted Cranberry from Bath and Body works? My mom just has a jar of it in her upstairs hall and even without lighting it the whole hallway is fragrant! Now that is the sign of a good candle!

The good news is I found a replacement for my candle fix…problem solved! What are your favorite candles?

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92 Responses to The Downfall of Yankee Candle

  1. Young Wife says:

    Bummer! I like Yankee Candle’s Cafe Au Lait and Buttercream fragrances. I have tried some B&BW candles, and they were extremely fragrant.

    • Jen says:

      Normally I like whichever ones I buy! Now I’m just nervous to pay the price if it’s not going to smell the house like I want :( Buttercream is yummy though! :)

  2. Christine says:

    I’m a true Yankee Candle fan too but I agree that the level is not all that great anymore. You wouldn’t believe how awesome the Febreze candles are. Try their pumpkin one…it’s amazing!

  3. Amanda says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter *hehe* …
    I love Yankee Candle, but my husband has some weird problems with candles, so I don’t really get to enjoy them like I’d want to. Recently I bought a Hazelnut Cream (I think that’s the name) candle from Wal-Mart for my office and I brought it home and hubby decided he wanted to light it and if it bothered him, he would just extinguish it. Luckily it didn’t bother him and surprisingly the smell filled up a large portion of our apartment. I’m not sure how many it would take to fill your home with the scent, but they may be a good deal to check. Just an idea. Also, have you tried the Yankee Candle wall plug-ins? I’ve used those and they’re nice, if you can find the scent you like.

    • Jen says:

      I’m glad you came out of hiding! ;) Did your husband like the new candle you brought home?
      I don’t have a big house so I’m sure it could be fine…thus far I haven’t had much luck with the regular store brand ones but if you give it a thumbs up I may give it a try! :)

      • Amanda says:

        Sorry for just now getting back to you. Yes, he LOVES the candle and he actually has lit it more than me, which is weirder than I can put into words, because of his sinus problems, but it makes me happy! :-D

  4. tillie says:

    I totally agree – I have some older Spiced Pumpkin candles that still radiate the house with their yummy goodness but the newer ones don’t. I am bummed too about the candles…I will try the bath & body works candles! I love their wall fragrances!

  5. Jenny J. says:

    I LOVE the candles from Bath and Body Works. They have great sales on them from time to time and I totally stock up! I’m too cheap to spend $25.00 on a candle, so I have never actually purchased a Yankee.

    • Jen says:

      I always sucked it up and paid because I thought it was worth the smell but not any more! You are right about the sales though. I was pretty happy with 2 for $20!

  6. Christy says:

    I am also a “Yankee Candle Snob” and thought maybe my nose just wasnt working like it used to. I actually think the Candles in the jars at Walmart are doing a pretty darn good job for a $3-5.00 Candle! I have Cinnamon Bun burning right now and my whole apartment smells wonderful. I am also a fan of the frosted cranberry candle at Bath & Body…Need to get another one!

  7. shannon says:

    i love yankee candles, but i can’t bring myself to spend the $$. I use B&BW as well — just got two newbies with the 2 for $20 sale as well! i have been doing some reading about the safety of scented plug ins/candle fragrances because they contain chemicals that can be toxic and are linked to cancer or asthma problems. there is a lot of information out there that supports/contradicts these saftey reports, but it does make me question how much i use them. there are so many things that are said to be ‘toxic’ out there, its tough to know which ones really are….especially, when they make your house smell so good and feel so cozy!

    • Jen says:

      I have heard things about the safety of the oils too..not so much with candles. But like you said it’s so hard b/c the house smells so yummy! I am big on smells so I hope its ok! lol

  8. Lynn says:

    You are ABSOLUTELY right! I told this to my husband several months ago after buying a new candle — I said, “I bet they are using less fragrance oils or something.” I thought it might have been my nose at first but my older candles (especially Spiced Pumpkin) still smell the whole downstairs! I am really disappointed in them. I have switched to Beanpod Soy Candles. Their Hot Apple Cider is the bomb. I am glad I wasn’t going crazy and other people notice the change, too!

  9. Jen says:

    I’m glad I”m not going crazy too! lol I wonder if anyone from yankee candle will read this and let me know..lol I wrote them on twitter about ! hahahha mmm that hot apple cider one sounds yummy!

  10. Jessica says:

    I really need to get some more candles for the house. I’ll check out the Bath and Body Works ones!

  11. Pamela says:

    Me too. I have not bought Yankee Candels in a few years now, with one exception, one I burn at Christmas to have the smell of a tree farm, its been discontinued but I fouud one on a site last fall and its not called Christmas Tree. That said, I found, like you the $$$ and the quality do not match up any more. Too bad, the company has been around forever, they started the candles rage and they were always superior to the other store brands, now no so much. :-( I will also look at the plug ins to see if there is a scent I might like.

  12. Ashley says:

    I absolutely agree! I worked at BBW for several years and always loved their candles. Last Christmas I bought a Yankee candle because I had a coupon and then ended up buying a few more because I loved the fragrances. But I got them home and couldn’t smell any of them hardly at all! I never had a problem with the BBW candles. So I’ve definitely switched back. :)

  13. Karen says:

    Hi, I was googling candles when I found your blog. I was not a Yankee fan for the past several years because the throw (scent) was not good. I went to Yankee candle store in the mall that sold nothing but yankee candles, diffusers, plug in’s, tarts. I bought a ton of them – specifically the Christmas scent (pine). They had several “christmas wreath”, “christmas tree”, “balsam pine”. I got home excited (like you) waiting to be transported back to childhood and I absolutely love the smell of pine trees. Nothing! Not even in the general area. I bought several plug in’s and nothing. I called the store thinking they wouldn’t believe me or think my “taste of smell” was jut not good but she replaced all the candles and still nothing. So I vowed never to buy from them again.

    UPDATE: I found a replacement brand myself – Gold Canyon candles. After searching over the internet and trying out various brands (TRAPP, Votivo, Texastriplescented, Candleicious, Romatique, Victoria’s candles, LOL candles and Salt City candles); I have found a brand with comprable quality – beautiful candles, lovely jars and get this – 2 wicks in each candle – (which in Yankee you can only get if you buy the Tumblers). The throws are magnificent! And I am picky.

    I will say, however, in the past 6 months I did pick up a couple Yankees in stores (target, grocery store) since they are everywhere, more for decoration than smell as I think they are pretty candles – and to my surprise the newer scents are great. Try Holiday Garland from yankee – its a beautiful pine (Christmas tree/hollyberry) scent. It does throw and its a beautiful Christmas green color. Also, “Fresh Cut Roses” throws nice in a bathroom (I buy the tumbler in this one) and it makes a difference. I love roses but have found most perfumes and candles have a “fake” smell..more like tinkerbell hand lotion used to smell like when we were kids..Yankee has real, authentic rose smell. Some times when I am in the bathroom I start looking for the flowers as I forget I have the candle lit and the smell makes me smile). Its beautiful.

    But please try Gold Canyon. They are alt goldcanyon.com. You can order them online. To my knowledge they are not sold in stores but who cares, as I bought a ton of these – they have great throws. I have yet to find one that doesn’t.

    By the way, stay away from the mom/pop triplescneted candles. I made the mistake of trying these type candles and they looked “dirty” and smelled “dirty”. Maybe it is psychological (spelling?) because the wax didnt look that great. Gold Canyon makes beautiful candles just like Yankee only Gold Canyon’s actually smell! If I had to pick a Mom/Pop candle company that was decent it would be LOL candles (Laugh Outloud candles). I know, the name is strange, but they make good candles tht throw great. LOL candles specialty is “food” smelling candles ie. desserts, chocolate, pies, cakes,) etc. If you like those scents definitely try LOL candles.

    • Patti says:

      Hi I sell Gold Canyon Candles they are “The World’s Finest”, I promise you will love them.
      Would be honored to help you order AND we do fund raisers with a 40% payback to the Organization.
      Try just 1 and you will be addicted (lol) thats how I became an Independent Demonstrator!

  14. Lindsey says:

    I don’t use candles all that much but I love Febreze Noticables plugins. I love love love the vanilla scent that they just continued so I bought a lot of 12 on ebay.

  15. Tammy says:

    I too was a diehard Yankee Candle fan for years and years but started noticing the lack of smell a few years ago. It was then that I also found Gold Canyon Candles while living in Arizona. Ladies, if you have not tried these candles yet, you are doing yourself a disservice. Not only are they beautiful and wonderfully made but they smell yummy! The scent will fill your home and they have so many scents to choose from. They are really wonderful and I am extremely picky. You can find them online at GoldCanyon.com or if you are lucky enough to have a local home sales rep to purchase from. They are not sold in stores.

  16. Sharon says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks the quality of Yankee has gone downhill. Besides the diminished scent, the other thing that really bugs me is the lightening speed at which they discontinue scents. Seems they “retire” a lot of them way too quickly. I used to buy Yankee 100% of the time, now I just pick up a box of tea lights once in a while. What a shame!

  17. yvette says:

    This last week I just picked up 6 at ross and marshalls for 9-10 each.
    The YC spiced pear from the Encore Collection is actually REALLY strong. (I picked up 4 of these ones) 1 fills my home. I lit 2 one in kitchen and one in living room and it was so strong my eyes were feeling irritated. I decided to keep it to one at a time. I’m thrilled it is not weak.
    One of the other ones I picked up was the YC pumpkin + cupcake swirl candle. I was thrilled when I found it because the smell was to die for BUT was truly disappointed to find that when I lit it I could hardly smell it. The last one I picked up was the Apple. I have yet to light it but am scared that it won’t really smell because the scent in the candle itself isn’t that strong.

    I will look into the Gold Canyon and Beanpod candles.

  18. melanie says:

    I always figured a lot of what i “pay for” with Yankee is the R&D that goes into developing their scents. From what they said when i visited the store is that they start out with a lot of possibilities and do many “smell tests” to be sure only the best make it to production. I think Yankee smells the best and have been disappointed when i try other brands. SO….i stick with Yankee not b/c they have the best scent throw necessarily but b/c they smell so darn good…nothing ever smells as good to me.

    Thoughts my fellow candle lovers?

  19. Tonya says:

    I,too, strayed from Yankee…the smell took a dive after being sucked in with the initial awesome scent throw. Only to be thrown to the curb by them. Therefore, I became a tart user. I loved one particular brand so much that I bought the small business. I put my nose to the grind, and now I make MAXIMUM SCENTED TARTS right from my home garage, and people go absolutely nuts for them.

    My scientific research of each tart ingredient has allowed me to create a high-end tart for a low price…and better yet, they are so strong and fragrant, I now have managed to make each one of my tarts (yes, a single tart) lasts for at least an entire week. I am in the midst of an ecommerce website, but because I stay so busy, I am second guessing doing so. I sell a month’s worth of these tarts for under $10.00..so u know where I off to, and where I’ll be…in the garage! LOL…

  20. Vanessa says:

    Most don’t realize that the original Yankee Candle owners sold the company a couple of years ago. The new company charges the same price as before but the quality has gone way downhill. I no longer buy Yankee candles. The original owner’s son of Yankee candle started his own candle comapany called Gold Canyon candles which is mentioned earlier in this blog. They are the same quality as the old Yankee candles. How do I know all this? My sister works for Gold Canyon up in Mass.

  21. Melissa says:

    Thanks Vanessa. That makes sense! I used to love Yankee because I worked at a Hallmark store and we sold them and I loved the smell of them, but the last few times I had got them they had no smell when I burned them. Even my husband commented that they didn’t smell. I have been burning the Slatkin candles sold at QVC and Bath and Body and they are what Yankee used to be. But will check out the Gold Canyon candles.

  22. Tara says:

    I thought I would throw my voice in on this too. I absolutely agree, Yankee Candle has gone downhill, fast! A correction to a previous post, the founder of Yankee Candle Micachael Kittredge and his son have started a new candle compay called Kringle Candles. I’m not sure where the previous poster got the info about Gold Canyon candles but they are from Arizona and started by Karen Waisath, it’s a catalog/ party company.

  23. Debbie says:

    I thought I was the only one who realized something was different with Yankee Candles. They have lost their scents. I have been a long time user of their candles, and am very disappointed with their products. Once in a while I get an old candle from their shelves, and they smell great..but the new ones are horrible.

    • Patti says:

      Hi Debbie,
      I was a Yankee Fan for many years, then I found Gold Canyon. They do NOT lose their scent even after storing for 7 years!!
      No matter where you live you can order Gold Canyon, try 1 you will LOVE them. They also has wickless versions of the candle scents.
      I sell them now so I my Home always smells WONDERFUL!

  24. Jill says:

    Just googled this and came here. My fiance was telling me he heard that yankee candles only scents the top few inches of each candle. I noticed something because one I recently bought seems to have lost all but a trace of the original scent. I won’t be buying from them again. Will stick to soy candles from now on. Great post!

  25. Sam says:

    Three months ago, my sophomore class used Yankee Candle to fundraise and earn money for our Junior Prom Next year. The candles came two weeks late and almost did not make it in time for Christmas. Many items were missing from students’ orders and many got the wrong candles. We requested refunds and item changes and the items didnt arrive until two weeks after we requested them. Three months later and we still have not received our refunds. Now, Yankee Candle is requesting more money from our class because they claim we didn’t not pay them all of the money we should have, even though we did. We are extremely dissapointed with Yankee Candle’s service and the quality of their candles…

  26. Straight Guy says:

    I have been buying Yankee Candles for the past 11 years or so and YES they are NOT even CLOSE to what they used to be. Way back when I could go to the mall and come home with a nice size bag full of tarts (30 tarts or so) for around 30 bucks with tax, but now they want 2 dollars and change for just one. Besides the unjustifiable price hike, they cut the amount of scents they once had in stock by more then half, and now the scent is all but gone in what they still make. At one time I would spend between 40-80 bucks a month at Yankee, now I won’t give them a penny for their high prices, and very weak scent. Good job Yankee, you lost yet another loyal costumer of over a decade because of your poor quality and silly prices..

  27. Robin says:

    Not only are the scents not as strong and the prices higher, have you noticed how much they smoke now? I’m done with Yankee Candles and am moving onto soy candles to avoid the smoke. But I still love Yankee Candles Boney Bunch! Can’t wait til August when they should be released!

  28. Lucy says:

    Please don’t waste your money on yankee candles, they smoke very badly. I’ve just spent a fortune having to have my house redecorated and my health has suffered. I’m not the only one, a quick google search will reveal more. Awful.

  29. amanda says:

    Just a little fyi…Yankee candle makes bath and body works candles…research it if you dont believe me.

  30. amanda says:

    also for those of you getting smoke its because you dont trim your wicks before every burn. trim the wicks you will see no smoke.

  31. Helen says:

    I must have been in denial. I bought the “sample” which is tiny and only 1.99 to try out the apple berry spice scent and it didn’t release any scent so I convinced myself that it was the size so went back and purchased a bigger size for 15 and I can’t smell anything. I burned both for 3 hours.

  32. Angie Little says:

    Hi. I read your blog with great interest. At 60, I decided earlier this year to try to learn to sell something… to supplement our income. My husband is a public school teacher of 15 years, and retirement in 18 months is going to be tough. I, too, was a die-hard customer/believer in Yankee candles. I noticed they had changed. Well, my husband ordered me some Scentsy warmers at his school. I was very impressed… so i jumped in and bought a kit to sell it. NO, I’m not a dealer now. I stopped before I got started. I think the thing I didn’t like most was that I had to break up the wax and when the scent was gone, I had to clean it out over a trash can with a paper towel. Yuck. I also would leave the warmer on overnight and then be mad that I’d wasted the scent when everyone was sleeping.
    However, sometimes I just love a REAL candle. You can’t beat it for the romance and ambiance. :)
    Then I found Gold Canyon. They sell both wickless/flameless warmers and REAL candles and all of the glitzy, sparkly, blingy :) holders and decor to go with the candles, too. I was impressed because their warmer scents were in pods with tops. You warm the whole container, put the top on and use a different one… meaning I could change if I was in the mood for something else. But even better, all of their warmers have TIMERS built into the cord. Click once for ON and keep clicking to get a 4-hour cutoff or 6 or 8 or 12 hours. Whoa. Now that I loved. So, much to my husband’s dismay, I bought a kit to sell Gold Canyon. I’m honestly just a couple of months into this, but the rave reviews I get from every single person is amazing.
    About the strength and long lasting fragrance…. WOW. I put a warmer on for the 4 hour timer, and almost without fail, after about two hours, I turn it off because the scent has floated throughout my house. I found that if I burn their large Heritage (just like a Yankee candle) it does go all over. I use the smaller warmers and candles in various rooms if I want to change from room to room.
    Also, FYI, you can go onto any GC consultant’s web site and once you start shopping, in the upper right corner, you’ll see “Scent Lookup.” You can look up your favorite scents from a LOT of candle makers (including Yankee)& it will give you the scent names of all the GC candles that are close to the one you love.
    BTW, as long as you trim your wicks to 1/4″ before lighting each time — and GC sells the coolest WICK TRIMMER… sharp enough to cut your hand off. ha… your candles will burn cleanly. The GC candles are reported to burn 5 to 7 hours longer than the Yankee with about 90% less soot. So healthier!
    I’m impressed with the double and even triple wicks! There is NO WAX left in the jar when it dies. :) No tunneling.
    Well, I do love my Gold Canyon. I don’t care if I become the best sales person for them… I will be a die-hard customer forever.

    • Marie says:

      The original inventor and owner of Yankee candle is Mike Kittredge. He sold the company and gradually the candles changed. BUT!!!! He and his son have started to make candles again. I believe it’s called Kringle Candles. You can Google it. I have smelled them right from the jar and they smell like to old original candles. I will not be buying Yankee candles anymore and I have been purchasing them for 20 years. I have many in my home. Some of them emit a burning smell that seems toxic. I just purchased 4 Balsam Fir large jars and they are awful.

  33. Patti says:

    Angie, I sell Gold Canyon Candles too and I LOVE them,nothing makes me happier than finding a new customer who cannot believe like us the fragrance availability and the aroma within minutes of lighting any of our Gold Canyon products….nice to meet you and good luck in your business, i’m in my 9th year of selling and going strong! Happy Holidays….I just earned my new catalogs and smellers FREE!
    Patti

  34. Joy says:

    Would have to agree as a long time yankee candle fan the candles just aren’t what they used to be . Thanks for the tip on bath and body works , will definetly check those out .

  35. Angie Little says:

    Patti, I earned my samples & new catalogs free, too.

    Sam!
    That’s terrible about your fund raising experience. What happened to the Yankee Rep who helped you sign up to begin with? I’m going to start doing fund raising with my Gold Canyon Candles in about a week. I am EXCITED about it. can’t imagine the Rep not being there to help check it all in, sack it all up, and help you handle Any & All shortages or errors! Maybe it sounds crazy, but that’s FUN for me… and certainly the most important part of the Rep’s job. I’m going to make it clear that if they pick me, they get my services until the last “t” is crossed. again, I’m sorry to hear anyone at Yankee would do that. My integrity is at stake with every transaction… but it’s times TEN when helping someone raise money!
    Ang

  36. molly789 says:

    have you tried Kringle Candles ??? They’re from the original founder mike kittredge

  37. Cheryl says:

    Hi.  I’ve never posted anything before, but was looking online to find out if there was anyone else who felt the same as myself, in regards to the scent of the Yankee Candles not being as good as they used to be.  Of course, I totally agree with you, and it’s sad.  I’ve been a yankee candle freak for a very long time.  The minute I get up I light one, and any time that I am home, there is always one burning.
    I’ve also tried the Bath & Body Works candles, and absolutely love them!   They are all that I buy now!  Their fall fragrances are out and are great!
    Maybe if Yankee has enough negative feedback, they’ll change back to the way the candles were before!  ????

  38. Cheryl says:

    I have found the same problem trying different scents of Yankee Candle, I just bought a large one on Amazon Sweet Pea for $25.00! no scent at all. I bought Home Sweet Home from Yankee Candle and same problem no smell at all, I’m going back to Bath and Body and use their candles that smell wonderful and half the cost.

  39. Sandy says:

    Very disappointed .. I bought a retired scent .. Roasted coffee and thought it was because it was old .. But my mom has tarts from years ago she said she still uses that have more scent . Honestly I hardly could smell anything ..they’re tea lights but thought with their rep.. They’d be great gifts (baskets)..I found a guy in eBay that triple scents his , they’re half the price and weigh twice as much .. I won’t be buying anymore Yankee candles ..

  40. Dina says:

    I used to be the biggest Yankee Candle nerd..and have spent literally thousands of dollars on them. Last week I noticed that they had stopped smelling as good as they used to. I got the new catalogue in the mail, and wanted to use my buy 2 get 2 large jar coupon, but then decided that if I was going to spend $60 on candles, I should probably buy them for more of a reason than the cute picture on the label or the ‘idea’ of a scent that would never spread through my room. I assume it is to save money and get a higher profit percentage…another example of a corporation getting greedy and selling out.  Soooo, I have switched to a company named ‘Root’. They are expensive as well, but they actually smell really good and have a somewhat decent variety of scents. The marketing isn’t as creative or lovely to look at, but at least I know that I will smell them. Argg. Greed. Sigh.

  41. Shari Rohde says:

    I am so glad to find your post! I thought it was my nose! I have been disappointed for about a a year now. I am getting ready for bed and have had two Harvest candles burning on my main level all night. I came up from my basement and NOTHING. It sorta smells nice but it doesn’t give me that “yeah fall is here” feel like it used to so many no embers in my life. I wish I had taken advantage of the two for 20 sale but will be adding my name to the mailing list waiting for the next sale. :).

  42. Mary Mclaren says:

    I wish I had scene this blog a week ago.  I love Yankee candles and I still burn ones I bought last time I was in the USA.  I paid 100 dollars extra baggage because off all the candles I brought home to Australia and I still enjoy those candle when I rotate them back in. 
    Then last week I was shopping on ebay here in Australia and saw Yankee candles.  I got so excited and bought one of each from the seller.  Cost an absolute fortune for me, nearly 300 dollars because Yankee candles are very expensive outside of the US.  I unpacked my box, sniffed every candle and I’m truly disappointed. Scent is so weak, and when I burn the candles I cant smell them. I took out my old half burned “Home Sweet Home” and compared to the new one.  Same scent, but extremely weak.  All that effort/expense to get a rare candle( for Australia) and they are of no use except for decoration in the home. I know that fragrance is the most expensive ingredient in candles cause I make them for friends and family and to sell locally, but seriously, I cant sell candles for the price of a Yankee candle, but my candles have a beautiful throw.  I have to burn my candle at the same time as the Yankee one or my husband will notice the lack of scent.  I think he may get a bit angry if he thinks I spent all that money on candles for nothing, so I’m hiding their fault.  I won’t be buying Yankee candles anymore, although, I’m happy that Yankee candles inspired me to make my own candles, and I still like the combinations of scents they use  Thanks for this blog, I did think it was me at first, and now I have some other candle company recommendation to try out when I visit family next time in the USA.

  43. Melissa says:

    I too use to love Yankee… But must say Gold canyon candle blows them out of the water! I bought a Yankee Christmas wreath and Gold canyon holiday wreath… And its gold canyon hands down! They have a stronger scent.. Yankees large is 27 dollars vs Gold canyon 19 dollars… I love u gold canyon!

  44. Rosemary says:

    I am a huge fan of Bath & Body Works/Slatkin & Co candles! They make clean-burning, strongly-scented candles that are inexpensive (especially when on sale) for the quality and amount you get. I also like the simple look of their tumblers better than the traditional jars like Yankee Candle’s. What I love the most about B&BW candles is that they are made using vegetable wax and lead-free wicks. I used to love Yankee. I still occasionally receive Yankee candles as gifts, and that’s the only time I use them now…

    • Jen says:

      Bath and bodyworks is definitely my favorite now. And when they have the 2 for $20 sale!? Perfect! Thank you for commenting! I hope you continue to read!

  45. Faeriellyn says:

    I had never bought Yankee because of the price. I used to buy a Carolina jar candle at Fred Meyer that threw out scent but they were replaced with Smith’s Marketplace and their candles don’t throw. I’ve tried Walmart Mainstays and no throw. Candles used to throw scent but since my regulars were a bust I splurged and bought 4 Yankee candles. I’ve burned 3 and only faintly caught a whiff of Pumpkin Buttercream. So I’m thinking what is wrong with me I can’t smell candles anymore? I know 10 years ago I could find many good throwing candle in regular stores at the mall and neighborhood.
    NONE OF YOU ARE WRONG. Quality in so many things has fallen. Don’t waste your time on Yankee they don’t throw. I will try BBW and Gold Canyon on your recommends. So Yankee got a bit of my money but I will not be a return customer and pretty soon they won’t be able to afford their spot in the mall. What a rip. I used to buy great smelling candles in the grocery store for less than $5, 10 years ago. Now they sell crappy candles in the mall for $27. My income has not gone up in 10 years. It seems like this is the story of America.

  46. ABC says:

    I used to be a Yankee snob but now I burn any quality brand that is on sale. I have bought Yankee at full price only a handful of times. I always wait for their buy one get one free sales or semi annual sales. I discovered Kringle a couple years ago and they are top notch. Village Candle and Colonial Candle are great too. I also burn B&BW but they only last up to 45 hours. You’re getting so much scent because of the 3 wicks, 3 flames = 3 times the oils being burned. But I completely agree something has happened in the last 4 years to Yankee quality.

  47. K says:

    Hi, just randomly found this blog. Freedom candles are superior! Try them! I have been a loyal fan for about twenty years. They are a small independent company out of Connecticut. Check out their store site at freedomcandleco.com. They ship all over and produce awesomely scented candles. They take pride in their little shop as being fully scented and quality candles. Trust me, you will be amazed. Pretty too! If you live nearby, stop in the store in granby, ct. But do yourself a favor and try some via shipment if you need to. I always rave about them to whomever is interested in candles. I burn them constantly, and these do the job wonderfully. My house is rather large, too. Anyway, enjoy!

  48. Victoria says:

    Some people choose the “lower” fragrance level due to the fact that if it’s too strong it messes with their sinuses. Others say they just prefer something light. If you want a strong fragrance try their Tumblers, they have too wicks which means they’ll give off a stronger fragrance but it will burn faster. I had the same problem so I switched to their Tumblers which solved it for me. If you expect your whole home to smell like the one single candle, try fragrance layering. The strength of the fragrance diffusion depends solely on room size as well. Most people I know as well as myself prefer to have a specific fragrance for their kitchen than what they want for lets say their living room or bedroom. You kind of just have to experiment and find a combination that works best for your home. :)

    • Jen says:

      Interesting take on it. I never thought that pay may NOT want the smell to be strong for the reasons you mentioned. I just noticed that they used to have ones that made my whole house smell..and now the same ones won’t do that anymore? But you may have a point…

  49. Aldinequeen says:

    Bath and Body Works makes the best candles. They have the best sales 2/$22 and if you do have a problem you can return the candles. During their sell, I buy 3 candles for the price of one with the survey coupons. They are awesome and affordable.

  50. patfinlay says:

    Hi jus found this blog, what a good read, over here in england uk yankee candles have become so expensive and lighty fragrant that I now only buy there wax tarts, my fave at the moment being the strong baby powder! Wonder if anyone can help me also…. Jus latley I’ve seen simply home candles by yankee candles? What’s the difference as I’m confused! I so agree with you all about there now lack of scent, and I used to be a massive yc fan!

  51. Angie says:

    Haven’t been on here for a long time, but I’m still sold on Gold Canyon. I have just never found anything as strong. And Gold Canyon guarantees they are the strongest. It’s in the front of their catalog. I haven’t had the time to devote to selling lately, but I order so much wholesale for myself, I’m still getting commission checks on just my sales. Ha. I LOVE them!

    Just my two cents.

  52. priscilla says:

    ALTAR, not “alter”. “Alter” means to change something.

  53. cindy says:

    I stopped buying Yankee candles a long time ago. Each time I bought one, I would light it and it would burn a tunnel right to the bottom, drown the wick, and be useless. After returning several of them, I gave up. The candles I love now are Village Candles. They burn evenly and last a very long time. They cost about $21 for a large and about $17 for the medium size. I purchase them at Giant grocery store.

  54. tina wildcat says:

    i have tried yankee candles, village candles , tyler candles, goose creek candles, bath and body works candles , woodwick candles, colonial candles, country living candles and lots of other brands…my favorite candles will always be CIRCLE E CANDLES from texas…and my # 2 favorite brand is bath and body and #3 brand is colonial candle

  55. Marianne says:

    Was excited to buy my first Yankee candle from local greeting card shop here in Scotland after seeing them on QVC shopping channel. Spent ages choosing it and eventually selected the True Rose scented one. Unfortunately, like all the posts before I am bitterly disappointed in the utter lack of any fragrance whatsoever from my candle. Sorry to say my first Yankee candle will also be my last.

  56. nan says:

    I have been buying yankee candles since they have been out. I worked for a gift shop and we sold a lot( this was in the early 80′s). But the last few years they have not smelled like they use to. When they had the country heather you could smell it over your house within minutes. I will try the bath and body candle.

  57. K says:

    Recently moving near a Yankee branch, I have given them a second shot…well technically I never left them completely. Anyway, they have reinstituted better quality, I believe. I have discover many new and incredible scents that carry extremely well in my 2400 sf home! I am excited as they always held a little spot in my heart, and felt bad when they were slipping. Their customer service is outstanding btw. Their new God BlessAmerica scent is beautiful and there are many others. You may want to give them a second chance, too. I still buy other brands as well, but don’t refrain from Yankee.

    • Jen says:

      Thanks for the heads up! I agree..there are some that are better than others. Thanks for the tip on the God Bless america one!

  58. Jenn says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I actually just conducted a test. I found an old Pumpkin candle in the back of one of my cabinets. I lit my Black Coconut candle (which is a new scent) and the Pumpkin at the exact time. You cannot detect ANY of the Black Coconut, but can smell the Pumpkin throughout my condo. Very disappointing. Especially since they just raised their prices to $27.99 a piece! UGH! I cannot even smell the Black Coconut when I stand directly over it! :/

  59. Karolyn says:

    I came across your blog while Googling for info on Kringle candles based on my disappointment with the quality of Yankee Candle products. It’s so good to see it’s not just me, or my nose, that are dissatisfied! I primarily purchase their tarts and I think I noticed the change about 2 years ago when a tart that used to fragrance my whole house would barely fill the room it was melting in. As they come out with new scents I buy them hoping the quality has come back, but it hasn’t. I need to break the cycle, as it’s the true definition of crazy!

    I discovered Bath & Body Works candles last Fall and the throw on many of the scents I picked up was amazing. But more than a few had the “drowning wick, wax pooling” or “tunneling” problems and had to be exchanged. It’s too bad they can’t get that resolved, as I never saw a Yankee Candle burn like that.

    But what I really wanted to ask you is if you have noticed the poor quality of the BB&W candles this Fall. I exchanged 2 thinking I had just gotten a bad batch, but ultimately returned those plus 4 more. Leaves, Autumn, Cider Donut, Apple Ale, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and Pumpkin Caramel Latte all had NO scent whatsoever even when burned in the smallest room in my home. So now I am just using their oils and even those are hit or miss with some fragrances.

    • Jen says:

      Oh no! I haven’t tried the fall ones! I was just going to order them! I hope not. I would be really disappointed. The only yankee candle that works for me is the sage and citrus. That one still makes my house smell good. And Home sweet home around the holiday. Yankee candle responded to this post and said that their scents all have different levels of scent and you supposedly can ask their sales people what will smell more? They sent me a few and they were good. It’s just so hard when it’s hit or miss! I will try the fall scents and let you know at bath and body works….fingers crossed!

  60. Karolyn says:

    You may want to go sniff them first at a store if you have one close by Jen. My original order was placed online, but since I had to be in the store to do returns I started sniffing and the difference just in the cold scent was obvious. Other customers were even commenting. Something has changed, but both the store manager and the CSR I talked to at Corporate are denying it.

    Yankee Candle talked me into trying their Double Wick Tumblers recently and promoted them as the candle with the strongest throw. So I bought 4 at the last Buy 1 Get 1 online and three out of 4 have no scent…Autumn Wreath, Harvest and Caramel Pecan Pie. The funny thing is that I was at the store returning my Sage & Citrus disappointment when they made this recommendation. I’m glad that one is still working for you! I gave up on Home Sweet Home candles last year. Even the tarts barely fragrance a room for me.

    I look forward to your feedback on the BB&W Fall candles.

    • Karolyn says:

      Oh sorry! I meant to reply not start a new thread.

      • Karolyn says:

        Just one more thing I forgot to add. As not to be totally negative about BB&W, I did discover 2 candles that still have a decent throw – Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and Cinnamon & Clove. If you like oils, the Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and Farmstand Apple are AMAZING and fragrance my whole house (1500 sq ft) when they are burning in my bedroom.

  61. Danny says:

    I used to be a Yankee Candle fanatic but after getting so disappointed in my last few purchases I decided I wasn’t going to do it anymore. Then I found Goose Creek Candle! They look almost identical to Yankee and the fragrance is what the Yankee Candle used to be. They are wonderful. I recommend everyone to try them. They are good clean burning two wick candles with a wonderful fragrance throw. I’m excited to have found them.

    • lisa says:

      I also am in love with Goose Creek Candles. The scents are amazing and they fill my whole Home, much better than any other candle I have burned in the past They are smokeless and clean burning. I love them so much that I invested in them and now sell them independently. Amazing all around !

  62. Nichole says:

    I used to love Yankee candles and will admit, still buy if they are having a good sale or I have some coupons. During a hospital trip to the Gift Shop I decided to try some candles they had there! They ran about $20 but I took my chance!!I am thrilled I took that chance because they are simply amazing. If burning, you can smell them before entering our home. If it is a small room, you can remove the lid and smell the scent! I would definitely recommend them and they can be purchased on line! They are called Tyler candles. I usually purchase from Amazon as I am a Prime member!

  63. Mindi says:

    Check out this page on Face Book for candles:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/262384400616626/
    The company is owned and operated by a small family and I know they are in the process of creating a web site so they can sell candles through out the country. The owner is also in the process of setting up an Esty Store Front, although both of these take time. But if you look, there are at least 1000 different fragrances including some of your favorite Yankee Candle Types. And she sells them at a low cost and also makes scented wooden roses that smell incredible. It’s worth checking out and at least being added to the group to find out when the web site will be up and running. And, this woman personally sends 40% of every sale to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. That’s 40% so every 5 dollar candle (8 oz candle) 2 bucks goes to Cystic Fibrosis and she gets a 3 dollar profit. So it just goes to show you how much of a mark up there is on the other candles out there.

  64. Steve Z says:

    I got tired of paying high $ for good candles or low $ for candles with no throw. I told my wife I think they put in some wax and a drop of fragrance on the top, so you would smell this when you opened the candle.
    So I checked around and found a local company that sold everything I needed to make my own candles, and they gave me free tech support and pointers. I now make my own candles for about $5 apiece. I get to pick fancy or plain jars, my own colors and fragrances. I can also mix fragrances and really add some extra for great throws.
    Last time I went by I bought open glasses with reeds and some dilution oil, went home and now have several diffusers around the house. I used the oils I already had on hand, even better.

  65. Ed says:

    Agree, My wife and I have enjoyed these for many years but as of a few years ago we stopped buying them. They just are not the same quality

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