About Yankee Candle

2019 – Celebrating 50 years of Fragrance

As we celebrate over five decades as the experts in home fragrance, we introduced a reinvigorated new look Yankee Candle label. It still has the wide Yankee Candle label design we know and love, featuring beautiful imagery that is the inspiration behind the fragrance as well as introducing the new Yankee Candle logo.

The fragrance family seal was updated with our heritage seal to highlight the quality craftmanship that’s been established since 1969.


The Yankee Candle® Story

One December, a 16-year-old student was looking for gift inspiration with Christmas just around the corner. He decided to make a candle for his Mum because it would be a completely unique and personal gift.

Using everyday materials he found in the kitchen: household wax, a red crayon, string and a milk carton, he produced his very first candle. A neighbour saw the candle and offered to buy it, leaving the student with enough money to buy more materials to create more – one to gift and one to sell! That was the start of the Yankee Candle® journey…


Following his Christmas success, a 16-year-old Mike Kittredge begins to design and handcraft candles in his family’s kitchen. With his Dad’s help, he opens a small retail shop.


Quality Master Craftsmanship

Every jar is finished by adding a top layer of wax to provide a full, even candle… all done by master candle makers in the USA.

Fragrance from Beginning to End

The fragrance oils and dyes are mixed into the wax to provide the famous Yankee Candle fragrance throughout the entire candle.

Quality Benchmark

Nothing compares to the true scent of a Yankee Candle.  Yankee Candle is the benchmark for quality in the candle world.

Exceptional Value

Our candles provide the best value.  A large jar will burn up to 150 hours.  That is R3.27 per hour for home-filling fragrance.


Yankee Candle Fun Facts


200 Million

Number of Candles produced each year by Yankee Candle.

1 Billion Plus
Number of candles the company produced in the past 5 years.

4 Million Ft
Amount of wick the company uses in 1 year.

1 million+ people like Yankee Candle on Facebook.

50 Million Pounds
Amount of Wax the company uses each year. That works out to 137,000 pounds each day!  That’s a lot of Wax.

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