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Yankee Candle was founded in 1969 and this year they are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Every year Yankee Candle launches 3 to 4 new scents per quarter and 2 to 4 limited edition scents twice a year. As a result each year we say goodbye to some of our favourite scents. During the last 50 years there have been many different candles discontinued. Candles are retired due to changing season, passing holidays, or a simple lack of customer response.
A complete list of retired fragrances would take pages and pages to list. Most seasonal scents are eventually retired and replaced, although there are a few, such as Christmas Eve, Red Apple Wreath or Sparkling Cinnamon, which return year after year. Below is a list of retired candles which have been discontinued over the past few years. The ones that are in underlined blue text are still available in our online shop:
There are a number of reasons why people search for discontinued Yankee Candles. It can simply be that you want to stock up on your favourite scent that is no longer being made or you are an avid collector. There a few different ways to find them.
Outlet Stores - Yankee Candle Outlet Stores can be a treasure trove for those looking for retired candles. The company wants to get rid of discontinued candles as quickly as possible to make room for new stock so they sell the retired scents at reduced prices. Other stores that stock gift items such as Candlemania also offer discontinued Yankee Candles in their end of season sales.
Car Boot Sales or Flea Markets - As a die hard Yankee Candle fan, if you are prepared for a long, tedious search at car boot sales or flea markets, you may be rewarded with finding a retired scent that you have been searching for a long time.
Online Auction Sites - The older the retired scent, the more difficult it is to find. Online auction sites like eBay have plenty of retired Yankee candles scents. You can set alerts through most auction sites to send you an e-mail when the item you’re looking for is listed.
If you have a stock of retired candles make sure to keep them in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight. Make sure the lids are fastened securely to lock in scents.
The year 2019 was a particularly great year for Yankee Candle fans as to mark the occasion of celebrating 50 years of Yankee Candle, the company released their highly anticipated, first ever fragrance of the year called ‘One Together’.
This limited edition candle has a beautiful and unique ivory ceramic jar with a glamorous satin effect gold lid, making it a truly unique Yankee Candle, as well as a must-have for all the avid Yankee Candle collectors out there!
The trend-predicting scent experts and designers at Yankee Candle perfectly recreated the stunning scent of Miracle flower, using base notes of soft woods, suede blush and amber. Mid notes of the luscious miracle flower, star jasmine and lilly flower and top notes of mandarin, black pepper and nectarine.
This special, limited edition Yankee Candle ‘One Together’ was crafted with unique floral notes that come together in harmony, the fragrance mirrors the trend of celebrating both community and individual expression.
Yankee Candle scents retiring is unfortunately a sad reality of life for Yankee Candles fans. But in 2019 we were treated to another pleasant surprise as a gift to us from Yankee Candle for celebrating their 50 year anniversary. They brought us the ‘Returning Classics’ collection. This range features some of the most popular retired fragrances from throughout the years. Each Yankee Candle from the limited edition Returning Classics range celebrates the nostalgia and memories of the past five decades of Yankee Candle’s true to life scents that have made Yankee Candle the world’s most loved candle!
Strawberry (1970s). We’ll start our journey of Returning Classics in the 1970s, the era of disco, bell-bottom jeans and the simply mouthwatering, classic Yankee Candle ‘Strawberry’. A luscious red coloured wax invites you into a deliciously fruity fragrance that takes you back to memories of eating sweet, ripe, sugared strawberries in the park on a warm summers day.
Lily of the Valley (1980s). The 1980’s gave us shoulder pads, perm hairstyles and less regrettably the classic Yankee Candle ‘Lily of the Valley’. This beautifully perfumed Yankee Candle captures perfectly the floral scents of traditional lily and subtle, green leafy notes.