10 Yankee Candle Large Jars that Don't Actually Suck

Many of the Yankee large jar candles suck. There. I said it. And I don’t regret it.

It didn’t always use to be this way. Yankee Candle was one of my first candle loves. I look back fondly on Roses of Cliff Walk and Honeydew Melon. Stargazer Lily was my best friend, second only to my adorable, faithful Maltese. I remember only shopping for large jar candles from Yankee because they were such room fillers – the quality was fantastic and I thought it was money well spent.

Fast forward to the past decade and I have to admit it. It’s just not the same relationship anymore. I’ve tried. I’ve wanted to believe. New scents. New jar styles. New homes and new rooms. It just isn’t working for me. Year after year I keep purchasing large candle jars only to feel duped. Bamboozled. Hoodwinked. And it appears I’m not alone in this. I keep reading more and more disappointment in these candles. I constantly get emails asking Why? What happened?

Truth is, I don’t know. I do know the quality just isn’t the same anymore, so I’ve changed my buying strategy. I rarely try a new-to-me scent in the large, housewarmer jars anymore. That ship has sailed. If I want to try a new scent, I usually go with the Easy MeltCups or use a votive as a wax melt. I’ve had much better luck with their two wick tumbler jars, so I do purchase those when looking for a candle to pack a punch. Still, there are some large jar candles that do still cut the mustard, so on with the list!

1. Lemon Lavender

Yankee Candle Lemon Lavender large candle jar
Clean and inviting…a powdery fresh blend of tangy lemon citrus and sweet lavender flowers. ~ Yankee Candle website

This candle is fresh and clean – very bright! It still does a great job of scenting up large open spaces and remains one of my very favorites.

2. Fresh Cut Roses

Yankee Candle Fresh Cut Roses large candle jar
An intoxicating English garden of fragrant heirloom roses. ~ Yankee Candle website

Is this Roses of Cliff Walk? I’m not exactly sure, but it’s a fabulous rose-scented candle, complete with greenery. I love the throw I get from this candle time and time again.

3. Black Cherry

The absolutely delicious sweetness of rich, ripe black cherries. ~ Yankee Candle website

Black cherry is just one of those scents that is hard to screw up. It’s generally a strong scent, and I find the Yankee Candle large jar in this scent a great thrower.

4. Bahama Breeze

Yankee Candle Bahama Breeze large candle jar
There’s cool summer refreshment in this tropical blend of pineapple, grapefruit and mango. ~Yankee Candle website

Ok, this scent is not as super strong as some of the others on this list, but it is a great scent and it does travel well for me. It’s tropical and beachy and fruity and just delicious.

5. Berrylicious

Yankee Candle Berrylicious large candle jar
Sheer ecstasy…ripe, juicy blueberries on a bed of creamy vanilla icing is the perfect dessert topping. ~Yankee Candle

This scent is one of the strongest scented candles that Yankee has to offer, in my opinion. It is fruity and creamy. The beautiful wax melt pool while burning is just an added bonus.

6. Home Sweet Home

Yankee Candle Home Sweet Home large candle jar
A heartwarming blend of cinnamon, baking spices and a hint of freshly poured tea. ~ Yankee Candle website

Moving away from the florals and fruits, Home Sweet Home is warm, cozy, and inviting. This spicy scent does travel well.

7. Juicy Watermelon

Yankee Candle Juicy Watermelon large candle jar
The ultimate summer refresher…the sweet, cooling scent of juicy watermelon. ~ Yankee Candle website

I’ll admit to being a little surprised by this one. Watermelon? Strong? But this candle has performed well for me on multiple occasions. It is so sweet and so good!

8. Lilac Blossoms

Yankee Candle Lilac Blossoms large candle jar
An alluring grove of lavender, white and deep purple lilacs. ~ Yankee Candle website

This is another floral from Yankee and it does a pretty good job of filling the air. I have yet to be disappointed with this one.

9. Pineapple Cilantro

Yankee Candle Pineapple Cilantro large candle jar
A tropical treat…fresh, island pineapple served with a citrus touch of cilantro and sweet coconut. ~ Yankee Candle

This tropical sensation is so unique and strong. I just love the way it makes my home smell!

10. Sweet Honeysuckle

The beautifully enticing spring aroma of golden honeysuckle nectar. ~ Yankee Candle website.

This one is a bit more tricky because the floral scent itself is more subtle but the scent throw is fantastic. I am a Southern belle through and through, so I was thrilled to see this scent returning back to Yankee Candle.

There you have it. My recommendations for 10 Yankee Candle large candle jars that are still worth their salt. We have a number of Yankee Candle reviews on this site with more planned on the way. Who knows? Our thoughts on these might change as we try more and more of their newer scents.

Do you buy Yankee Candle large candle jars? What are your thoughts on the best ones?

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