To think Yankee candles

(52 Posts)
salsmum Mon 03-Feb-14 01:36:06

Should all be equally smelly? I have brought several Yankee candles from Asda's recently for £9 and £12 each, they were the 'jar' type.. I got a variety of different scents but found that each one of them didn't really smell only if you were really close until your nose was almost singed by the wick My DIL bought me a Yankee candle from a garden centre which was a large pillar type in glass, it really has a strong AIBU to think that all the Yankee candles should be of the same quality and same smell strength irrespective of if you buy it in a supermarket or Yankee shop/garden centre (who have a bigger range?)...The supermarket ones really didn't smell at all no matter which scent I chose (4 in all).

The tiny (£1) ones from Asda really smell.

mollypup Mon 03-Feb-14 02:36:25

Do Asda still only sell the 'Perfect Home' range? If so then these aren't the same as the original jars etc and from what I understand are made using the discarded bits of wax etc from the jar making process so the quality is reduced which is reflected in burning time and the price.

Kytti Mon 03-Feb-14 03:13:01

I don't know what they sell in Asda's, but in Asda they do their own brand-type candles that are nice, but are NOT Yankee candles.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 03-Feb-14 08:13:12

I bought a jar one as a treat to myself over xmas,I won't buy one again, it hardly smelled at all in comparison to the tartlet version. I'll stick to then now, cheap and and last ages and strong scent.

Have you tried Mandarin cranberry? It's gorgeous!

mrsscoob Mon 03-Feb-14 08:17:34

I had some think I had some tartlets for christmas.... are they are the one's without a wick you put in a burner? If so that is what I have. How long are they supposed to last for? Mine have last for ages?!!

SugarMiceInTheRain Mon 03-Feb-14 08:27:06

The Yankee Simply Home/ Perfect Home range (or whatever they're called) that they sell in Asda have a lower percentage of scent in them, hence being cheaper than the proper Yankee candles you can buy elsewhere - if you look at them they do have a different name, but I think it's a bit of a con... Much as I love Yankee candles, I tend to make my own (see LaurieFairyCake's epic thread about it) as they are dead easy and sooooo much cheaper! grin

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 03-Feb-14 10:06:06

Have you tried 'White Linen and Lace'? That's quite strong. I have lots of Yankees; they range in smell strength but that's down to my own 'nose' as other people can smell ones that I think are weak and to them they are strong.

I've tried Mandarin Cranberry, DameDiazepam, it's a lovely scent.

My favourites are Evening Air, Pink Blush, Orange Starfruit, Spa Fresh, Warm Woollen Mittens, Ylang Ylang (smell just like Lancôme's Poeme)... the list goes on...

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 03-Feb-14 10:11:47

I have one of those, summer berries I think (without checking), that's quite strong smelling.

I didn't realise they were made with discarded wax etc. learn something new every day!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 03-Feb-14 12:12:58

Fresh cut roses is my all time favouritesmile

squoosh Mon 03-Feb-14 12:24:47

Yankee Candles are vile. Cannot understand the fuss people make about them.

TK Maxx sell gorgeous candles at knock down prices.

chipsandpeas Mon 03-Feb-14 12:30:43

ive seen yankee candles in my local asda so some obv do sell them - i normally stick with clean cotton or baby powder which i think are strong smelling ones

Mummytotwox Mon 03-Feb-14 12:32:41

Omg the salted caramel one is amazing.

Sallyingforth Mon 03-Feb-14 12:41:27

I stopped using the candles when I realised how dirty they were making the room decor.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 03-Feb-14 12:44:35

Market forces, Squoosh... I don't like the jumble sale that is TKMaxx, can never find anything.

Chipsandpeas... if you like Clean Cotton/Baby Powder, you could try 'Soft Blanket' too, it's got amber tones in so a little warmer but really clean-smelling.

Mummytotwo... I've tried that one, very nice although I'm not really a 'food' smell person. I do like 'Warm Spice' very much though, that's a really homely baking smell.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 03-Feb-14 12:47:20

How does it make the room dirty ?

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 03-Feb-14 13:00:56

I think Sallyingforth means from the smoke that comes from wicks that aren't maintained/tended. Also, some of the soy-based or cheaper candles can make sooty marks on ceilings. I've never experienced that with Yankees, or with Diptyque - but have with Glade (never again).

OpalQuartz Mon 03-Feb-14 13:03:05

Yankee Simply Home..that they sell in Asda have a lower percentage of scent in them, hence being cheaper than the proper Yankee candles you can buy elsewhere


HeadFullofSteam Mon 03-Feb-14 13:07:11

I am a Yankee Candle lover. However I have bought some of the cheaper Simply Home Range ones in Asda and B & Q and hated all of them.

I got a candle in TK Maxx which is a Wax Lyrical Royal Horticultural Society one - it is Vanilla and Cinnamon. It is gorgeous, and I have noticed that Boots have a range of these in different scents. Not any cheaper than YC but definitely worth trying.

SadFreak Mon 03-Feb-14 13:14:32

I am a yankee candle addict.

I have a few of the Asda Simply home ones and dont think I will bother with them again. They are OK but not as good scent wise as the proper Yankees.

I have just discovered a Yankee Candle Outlet near where I live. Ha ha ha. I am so addicted. My home is slowly being taken over by Yankee Candles.

This weeks purchase is one of the new(ish) Yankee Pillar candles. Its Honey and Spice and it is devine.

I am still also burning my Balsam and Cedar I bought for Xmas. I loved it too much to pack it away with the Xmas decs. I highly recommend it if you are feeling a little bunged up with a cold. I am sure it helps.

Next on my list is the black coconut to try and the Lavender Lemon - am waiting for the spring and summer for those though as they are more summery smells in my mind.

MissBetseyTrotwood Mon 03-Feb-14 13:17:10

I think they're a rip off and smell no nicer than some of the Glade ones that are half the price. I LOVE the Xmassy Glade one. Orange and spice or something. And I'm well fussy about smells.

MissBetseyTrotwood Mon 03-Feb-14 13:18:11

Arf at the invading Yankee Candles though SadFreak . You'll wake up one morning and they will creepily have climbed the stairs, all by themselves… grin

KatoPotato Mon 03-Feb-14 13:18:24

I'm still thinking about the bunny cakes one I sniffed in Dobbies... ahhhhhh

MissBetseyTrotwood Mon 03-Feb-14 13:21:05

Bunny cakes???!!! grin

KatoPotato Mon 03-Feb-14 13:22:05

Oh yes! it's pink and smells of sugar and coconut...

MissBetseyTrotwood Mon 03-Feb-14 13:34:05

Ah, I take it all back what I said about Yankee Candles then. Now I wants me that bunny one. They have lots at b and q but unfortunately Dh has taken the car to work with him today. Just as well as he'd probably have come home to the house looking like the Like a Prayer video (and smelling GREAT)!

KatoPotato Mon 03-Feb-14 13:38:01

They are not actually a rip off either. They last FOREVER!

squoosh Mon 03-Feb-14 13:38:42

They come in horrible tacky jars too.

KatoPotato Mon 03-Feb-14 13:39:33

Haha! betsy I'm going for the boyzone 'love me for a reason' look!

OpalQuartz Mon 03-Feb-14 14:24:54

SadFreak You sound like you should join the "Yankee Candle Fans" group on Facebook. (If you are on Facebook.) Some of the people on there have hundreds of them and people actually buy ex shop Yankee display cabinets to display their candles. grin It's a nice friendly group though.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 03-Feb-14 14:50:48

<has hundreds... blush>

I couldn't live log enough to burn them all. That's what made me stop buying them... apart from Pink Dragonfruit the other day...

I also bought from Tesco - Bayliss & Harding Black Pepper and Ginseng. I don't know why I did that?

Edendance Mon 03-Feb-14 15:01:08

SadFreak- where did you get balsam and cedar, that's my favourite and I can never find it!

TheWildOnes Mon 03-Feb-14 15:52:09

I use the yankee tarts in a plug in Yankee burner, the tarts last 10x longer than the regular candles and are normally only a pound!

KatoPotato Mon 03-Feb-14 16:23:02

Thats very interesting thewildones I have seen these tarts and neve known what they were for...

Tulip26 Mon 03-Feb-14 17:07:36

I got loads for Christmas. I couldn't decide which of my presents to burn first!

AwfulMaureen Mon 03-Feb-14 17:44:28

They go well with twigs and pebbly shit.

HeadFullofSteam Mon 03-Feb-14 17:59:10

My scents of choice - once I move away from the christmassy ones (in about june) are Midnight Jasmine, Fresh Cut Roses and Pink Lady Slipper. They are all lovely florals.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 03-Feb-14 18:10:08

Midnight Jasmine is gorgeous!

The wax tarts are by far the best value and they don't ruin your decor by putting dirty paraffin into the atmosphere.

Can I prompt you to consider making your own with soy wax, stupidly easy - no dirt in the decor.

OpalQuartz Mon 03-Feb-14 18:36:09

I want to get an electric burner. How do you know when to throw away the used melt? Is it when it doesn't smell any more?

OpalQuartz Mon 03-Feb-14 18:37:35

Fluffy towels is my favourite. Have ordered True Rose and Tulips. Looking forward to trying them.

SadFreak Mon 03-Feb-14 20:03:09

Edendance - I am pretty sure I bought it at the Yankee Candle Outlet at the end of November.

I also saw the small jars of it at Ross Labels by the M50 (Ross on Wye) about 2 weeks ago. Not sure if this is anywhere near you? We were on a loo stop when I saw they had a Yankee Candle display. All the christmassey ones were reduced.

I only have a small jar of it and love it so much, am after a bigger one but like you say they are not easy to find.

AnnaLegovah Mon 03-Feb-14 20:06:29

Sadfreak - lavender lemon is a gorgeous smell smile

SadFreak Mon 03-Feb-14 20:15:44


If the price of thr Balsam and Cedar on Amazon is an indication of how "rare" it is or how difficult to find then I dont think I will be finding it so easily again.


GlitzAndGiggles Mon 03-Feb-14 20:29:57

Imo Yankee candles are overrated. My cousin spends a fortune on them and the car air fresheners. I much prefer Glade candles I can smell them all around the flat

kukeslala Mon 03-Feb-14 21:05:39

How do you make your own? Do you have a good website to point me in the direction of?

kukeslala Mon 03-Feb-14 21:06:15

Thanks! forgot my manners in my excitement.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 03-Feb-14 21:11:31

Glade candles smell really perfumery and synthetic to me.

Comessyouare14 Mon 03-Feb-14 21:19:50

Yankee candles are delicious - we've still got Christmas scented ones burning.

I definitely go for a seasonal outlook and adore fresh cut roses throughout the summer, replaced by autumnal fragrances then Christmas which usually lasts until spring, when the fresh scents of lavender and lemon enter our home smile

DS' room smells awful (feet) and he shouts at me whenever I put one in! grin

salsmum Tue 11-Feb-14 01:38:55

WOW! no more Asda's skankie'Yankee' candles for me now..I'll order direct from the Yankie web site, I've almost finished my 'Garden Hideaway' candle and it's lovely although 'fresh cut roses' sounds fab! Thank you all for all the tips I think I could quite easily get addicted grin.

LittleBabyPigsus Tue 11-Feb-14 04:56:33

kukes there's a big thread in Arts & Crafts about making your own candles. I've not tried it but it seems very simple.

OpalQuartz Tue 11-Feb-14 10:39:49

I like their Fluffy Towels candle. I also smelled a nice candle in Boots called No 3 Fig Noir and Blackberry.

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