Yankee Candle Haul – USA Edition

As readers of this blog will know, I am somewhat of a Yankee Candle fanatic. This means when you’re in America you have to buy Yankee Candles. I think it’s even written in an important document somewhere. ‘Whence in America, one must purchase as many Yankee Candles as one can physically transport back to their motherland.’ See?

And where better to shop for Yankee Candles, but in the outlet Yankee store?
Time to go crazy over candles!

Ahem, actually I had to be a little careful because of the luggage weight limit *sob* so I chose wisely. Tart wise in fact. I’ve sung the praises of tarts before, but in case you missed that one, my reasons follow:

1. They last a long time, longer than you would think
2. They are just as intense scent wise as the jars and tumblers
3. They are cheaper
4. Because they’re cheaper you can justify buying more meaning…
5. that you can try as many different scents as you like, pretty much for the price of one jar
6. They’re light enough to be able to buy 12 and still bring them back to the UK

So they had the deal of 12 tarts and or votives for $10 (yup, that’s £6). Cue choosing time!

First up, I went with some obligatory Christmassy scents. Winter Wonderland, Celebrate Christmas, Merry Marshmallow, Cinnamon & Spice and Christmas Cookie.

Secondly I chose some ‘fresh’ home scents. These are just as lovely burnt in the living room, but they’ll be great for getting rid of cooking smells. Ginger Spice, Sicilian Lemon and Grapevine & Oak should do the trick.

And to complete my 12, I went with some more tropical and summery scents. Luau Party, Sunflower, Paradise Spice and Sun & Sand.

After cramming my little plastic bag full of tarts (and the one votive!) I went browsing round the rest of the store. There I found this cute lamp, meant for fitting on top of the Yankee jar candles. 
I’ve seen a few of these before, but haven’t been so keen on the patterns as they didn’t ‘fit’ with my room. This one however is great as the metal snowflake design comes off and you’re left with a plain glass shade.

My final purchase comes in the form of a wick trimmer. I’ve been meaning to get one of these for a while now as I’m religious about trimming the wicks of my candles before I burn them (but I’ve been using nail scissors!).

I highly recommended a wick trimmer if you’re a Yankee fan. Yankee Candles are made with cotton wicks, so if you don’t trim them, or trim them roughly, then the wicks will fray and the candle won’t burn evenly, pretty much ruining your candle! So my advice, invest in one of these (£4.99 from Yankee)

Hopefully these additions to my Yankee collection will keep me going for a while!

What’s your favourite Yankee Candle scent?



  1. January 15, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    whats the country kitchen like? Havent seen it before!

  2. January 16, 2014 / 8:48 am

    I just got a pair of those wick cutters in the Yankee store in Taiwan, it was like 100hkd so u got a good bargin there Sophie!

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