The Yankee Candle® Story

Who are we?

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…

From this point Yankee Candle® has grown in to a worldwide brand, expanding in to Europe...

Yankee Candle®
journey so far...

  • 1969

    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.

    Mike Kittredge making candles - The first Yankee Candle logo - An early version of a jar candle
  • 1974

    Our first scented apothecary style jar candle hits the market.

  • 1983-1984

    We move our store and factory to South Deerfield, Mass.

    'The Scenter of New England', Yankee Candle's South Deerfield headquarters
  • 1987

    We introduce full colour printing to our labels. Previously every illustration had been filled in by hand with coloured pencils.

    Yankee Candle labels from 1983 and a modern day label
  • 1994

    Our factory moves to a larger home in Whately, Mass.

    Yankee Candle factory assembly line
  • 1996

    We launch our first website,, welcoming a new generation of customers and giving long-time fans a new way to shop.

    Screenshot of the first Yankee Candle website
  • 1998

    Across the ocean we go, to Bristol, England, where Yankee Candle International now serves customers in 24 countries.

    The UK staff in Avonmouth
  • 2000

    We produce more than 80 million candles.

    Car Jar® Air Fresheners make their debut. Allowing customers to take their favourite fragrance on the go.

    Yankee Candle Car Jars
  • 2002

    We opened our first ever UK retail store.

    Yankee Candle's first shop front
    Worthing, England.
  • 2009

  • 2010

    We become the #1 scented candle in the United Kingdom.

    Four Yankee Candle Large Jar Candles
  • 2012

    Launched the UK website

    A screenshot of the first Yankee Candle UK website
  • 2014

    We launch our first Advent Calendar, selling out Europe wide.

    The first Yankee Candle Advent Calendar
  • 2015

    Scenterpiece(TM) Easy MeltCup systems debuts, and is shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2016.

    A Yankee Candle Melt Warmer
  • 2016

    To keep up with growing demand, we open our first overseas production plant in the Czech Republic, producing candles for the first time ever in Europe.

    Yankee Candle's factory in the Czech Republic

    In the first 30 weeks of opening the Manufacturing facility produced 5 million jar candles, 7 million votive candles and 1 million tea light candles!

    Yankee Candle's UK website relaunch

    We relaunch our UK site and launch translated websites for France, Italy and Germany.

    Newell Brand's logo

    The Jarden Corporation who owns Yankee Candle is acquired by Newell Rubbermaid to become part of Newell Brands.

  • 2017

    We launch a new look retail concept in Cheltenham, England and go on to open two more permanent locations this year and transform 4 reseller locations.

    Find Your Nearest Stockist

    One of the new flagship Yankee Candle stores in the UK

    We launch personalised candles in the UK on and in selected retail stores in time for Christmas.

    Personalise A Candle

    Personalised Yankee Candles
  • 2019

    As we celebrate over five decades as the experts in home fragrance, we've introduced a reinvigorated new look Yankee Candle label. It still has the wide Yankee Candle label design we know and love, featuring beautifully imagery that is the inspiration behind the fragrance as well as introducing the new Yankee Candle logo. The fragrance family seal has been updated with our heritage seal to highlight the quality craftmanship that's been established since 1969. We hope you love the new Yankee Candle label as much as we do!

    1977 Yankee Candle Label
    1980'S Yankee Candle Label
    1995 Yankee Candle Label
    2006 Yankee Candle Label
    2007 Yankee Candle Label
    2019 Yankee Candle Label

We employ more than 6,000 skilled, dedicated workers around the world. You can find our Stores, stockists and authorised retailers in more than 575 locations, and our popular candles, fragrances and accessories are available at over 35,000 locations. Chances are there's one near you.

Unlike many brands, our story is your story, too. We share your passion around making each day a little brighter, a little better, a little more enjoyable with your favourite fragrance. We're honoured to be part of that, and it's a responsibility we've never taken lightly. We are proud to be part of Newell Brands, a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands.

Newell Brand's logo
  • Lenox
  • Calphalon
  • Dymo
  • Ball
  • Parker
  • Marmot
  • Yankee Candle
  • Elmer's
  • Sunbeam
  • K2 Sports
  • First Alert
  • Oster
  • Sharpie
  • Coleman
  • Contigo
  • Rubbermaid
  • Paper Mate
  • Irwin Tools
  • Graco
  • NUK
  • Mr.Coffee
  • Rubbermaid Commercial Products