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The Yankee Candle Story

The Yankee Candle Story

The Start of a Great Company

On a cold, December night in Massachusetts in 1969, Mike Kittredge, a 17-year-old boy, sat at his family’s kitchen table. Christmas was just around the corner and he didn't have any money to buy a gift for his mother. Fortunately, his desperation led to inspiration. He decided to make a candle for his mother because it would be a completely unique and personal gift, something she would really appreciate.

He knew she was a little nostalgic and that memories and emotions were important to her.

So he created a simple candle from everyday materials he found there in the kitchen, consisting of household wax, a red crayon, some string for a wick and a milk carton for the mould. A neighbour happened to see the candle before he could give it to his mother and was so impressed, she convinced him to sell it to her.


With his new-found “wealth”, the teenager bought enough materials to make two new candles, one for his mother and another to sell. Thus was the start of building a great company.


Sadly, Mike Kittredge passed away in July 2019 – just over 50 years since he created his first candle.

Authentic Fragrances

Whether it's the fresh air and sunshine scent of Clean Cotton®, or one of our other authentic fragrances, we have been sharing our passion for fragrance with the world since 1969.


It is important that every fragrance we launch is true-to-life and realistic to the experience that inspired it, whether that be a flower, food, fruit or place.


Made with quality ingredients

All of our Yankee Candle® scented candles are made at our in-house production facilities in Massachusetts, USA and Most, Czech Republic, with quality ingredients from around the world. Our master candlemakers maintain high standards, commitment and craftsmanship.

Rigorous testing and quality control

Our candles are made by master chandlers (candlemakers) and each candle developed is a complex system of custom blended wax, a unique wick and carefully crafted fragrance.


Master perfumers develop Yankee Candle® fragrances for consistent and satisfying performance across all of our products. Every fragrance is rigorously screened, reviewed and tested by our highly experienced team of fragrance experts to achieve a strong fragrance and quality experience.




Fragrance from beginning to end! The fragrance oils are blended with the wax to provide the unmistakable Yankee Candle® fragrance throughout the entire candle so that consumers get an enjoyable fragrance experience from start to finish.


Yankee Candle® Elevation Collection with Platform Lid

The collection features a unique silhouette that is enhanced by the integrated dual purpose

lid that the candle can sit atop while in use.

The sophisticated design also includes thick high-quality glass and on-trend, room-filling fragrances that make a stylish statement at home.


Our auto fragrance options bring you and your customers car fragrances that scent your journey.


Home Accents

We offer everyday Accessories that showcase fresh, modern designs that work with any fragrance and any home décor.


Gift Sets

Be spoilt for choice with beautifully designed gift sets in multiple formats, each filled with a mixture of new and best selling Yankee Candle® fragrances. Perfect for fragrance lovers on any budget.


Fragrance Spheres

Fragrance Spheres are the perfect solution for small spaces to neutralise odours. Providing up to 30 days of fragrance and available in 15 of our best selling fragrances.


Reed Diffusers

Our new 2019 Yankee Candle® Reed Diffuser is suitable for any home, adding a touch of style to home décor.

The wooden feature sits atop a stylish and trend-led decorative glass vessel, holding 12 reeds and an increased volume of 120ml fragrance oil. Our new Reed Diffusers provide up to 10 weeks of constant fragrance, so consumers can enjoy their favourite fragrance for longer.


Pre-Fragranced Reed Diffuser

This new technology allows for instantly diffused fragrance. Skip the oil and just add the reeds for a long-lasting fragrance experience. Consumers can enjoy up to six weeks of fragrance in every reed.

Scenterpiece™ & Wax Warmers

Scenterpiece™ Easy MeltCup System lets consumers change fragrance choice effortlessly and eliminates the need for wax clean up. Our wickless wax melts can be used in either an electric wax warmer or one that is warmed by using an unscented tealight below. As the wax melts, the fragrance is released.






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