For a number of years now, I have been obsessed with Yankee Candles. Their "true to life" scents are authentic, bold, long lasting and are just perfect for turning a house into a home. From classic floral, fresh and fruity scents to festive aromas and daring limited edition ranges.... there really is something for every taste and every house!
I'm often asked about my ridiculous collection and I thought that it would be good to write up a few guides on "Happy Yankee Candle Ownership" for those who are new to this brand or indeed those wanting to get the most out of their favourite candles. Obviously I am by no means an expert but I just wanted to share some tips and resources that I have picked up along the way!
You know me, I like a good bargain so here are some of my favourite ways to buy discount (and current season full priced) Yankee Candles in the UK...
QVC UK - I love QVC! Check the show schedules and look out for 'Yankee Candle days' where you can pick up large sets of goodies with substantial savings. There are often shows towards Christmas time selling themed sets with fragrances that readily complement each other (I'll talk about Mixology if you want to do it yourself in another post!).... these are my favourites!
Outlet stores - There are quite a few discount Yankee Candle outlet stores and concessions around the UK such as Swindon Designer Outlet, Boundary Mills, and Hallmark outlets who all sell heavily discounted candles and past season accessories.
Car boot sales and flea markets - Surprisingly good for picking up brand new Yankees. Recently I picked up 5 Christmas Yankee Candles for a total of £1 as the lady selling them said she didn't know what they were!
eBay - Here is where you can find everything from job lots and super rare 'black banded' candles to retired scents and goods shipped from America. It is worth checking regularly for good deals!
Other online outlets - Yankee Candle UK (of course!), Yankee Doodle, Yankee Direct, The Yankee Shop, Yankee Planet
When not in use, always store your candles carefully in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading, melting and cracking. Smaller items such as wax tarts and votives still provide fragrance through the packaging so these are perfect for storing in drawers or a wardrobe where they will give off a gentle fragrance.
Always keep your wick trimmed to 1/2cm to ensure that your candle burns safely with minimal flickering and does not smoke. If your wick begins to produce a black 'mushroom' then just extinguish, trim and relight your candle! You can buy Yankee Candle wick trimmers that ensure your wick is always effortlessly trimmed to the correct length here.
Ensure you have time for your candles and burn the correct size according to how much time you have. It is important when you have your candle lit that the pool of melted wax reaches the outer edges of the jar before you extinguish (large jars can take up to 4-6 hours at a time so be careful!). This ensures that your candle does not 'tunnel' down the center, wasting your money and ruining your candle.
I like to have a good collection of different sizes so I always have something to hand even if I only have 20 minutes spare.... wax tarts are perfect for this as they only take 15 or so minutes to completely fill a room with scent.
If you can, burn your candle with a Yankee Candle shade in place.... this can protect your candle, keep it looking clean and they also trap some of the heat ensuring quicker burn times if you don't have a lot of time to spare. They also look super pretty too!
If the inner glass on your candle becomes coated in soot then grab a sheet of dry kitchen roll and give it a good wipe over before you next light it. This is best done whilst the glass is still warm after extinguishing a flame.
Finally (and most obviously), always burn your candles on a heatproof surface and never leave them unattended! You can buy dedicated beautiful Yankee Candle trays and dishes to place your candles on, so there's no need for ruined surfaces!
Part 2 coming soon....