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Best kitchen scented candles

Kitchen scented candles are a bit tricky for me but they are also an absolute must in my kitchen. I don’t like strong scents in the kitchen, because I feel like I need to smell the food I’m preparing. I usually opt for bakery notes or citrus scented candles for that room. Bakery notes for the obvious yummy factor and citrus notes for the clean feel they project.

I keep about 7 small Yankee Candle jars in my kitchen at all times and I usually burn one for about 4 hours a day. When the weather is warm I go for more citrusy ones and when it gets cold and around the holidays, I burn the cookie and cupcake type scented candles.

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My Yankee Candle Vanilla Chai and Yankee Candle Tarte Tartin are almost done, I guess I have about three more burns in each of them. I burned them lots in April and the beginning of May. I love both and will get both of these scents in small jar candles again.

Yankee Candle Aloe Water is my current favorite morning candle and I burn this pretty much every morning while getting breakfast and getting ready for the day. I’m trying to cut down on black tea and coffee and toast in the mornings and replace them with green smoothies and the Yankee Candle Aloe Water scent is really helping me with that. It’s so watery and fresh that the scent of coffee and toast just clashes with it horribly and I don’t get the “Coffee!!! Gimme!!!” cravings I used to get.

Yankee Candle Black Cherry is a candle I normally only burn late May and through June because I’m a huge cherry fan, I have several cherry trees around my house and during May and June my kitchen is cherry central. I make cherry jams, bake tons of cherry pies and generally store them for fall and winter so the Yankee Candle Black Cherry scent is just complimenting the real thing and I just love it.

Yankee Candle Vanilla Lime and Yankee Candle Sicilian Lemon are the currently available citrus scents that I tend to burn after I cook meat dishes. I’m not a fan of those cooking smells and the sooner I can get them out of my kitchen the better. Yankee does great citrus scents that don’t remind me of toilet and bathroom cleaning products which has always been an issue for me when it comes to citrus scented candles.

Yankee Candle Vanilla Cupcake and Yankee Candle Pain Au Raisin are my current strong bakery type scented candles. Love the classic Vanilla Cupcake and not a huge fan of Pain Au Raisin because it smells a bit like burned raisins to me, but it’s true to life and I got the small jar as a gift and I’m sure I’ll finish it.

Yankee Candle Summer Scoop is a new one for me and I’ve only burned it once but I do like it for a summer kitchen candle. It’s very sweet and reminiscent of the Strawberry Buttercream candle from Yankee which I actually finished in January and probably won’t repurchase due to the similarities with Summer Scoop. There are so many great scents out there I feel it’s a shame to buy backups unless it’s something you really love.

Yankee Candle Berry Colada 

Yankee Candle Berry Colada is another returning scent that is back for the current semi-annual sale they have going at Yankee. You can only get it in a large jar. I’m burning it right now together with Lemon Zest and it’s one of the best scent pairings I’ve done this year.

The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Berry Colada are: sweet and tangy red berries, cool, creamy vanilla.

This smells like a sweetened mixture of strawberries and raspberries with a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream thrown in. It has a fruit smoothie vibe to it, not plain fruit.

If you like Yankee’s Summer Scoop, this is quite close to it. It has the added raspberries and it’s less creamy. While Summer Scoop is straight up creamy strawberry ice cream, Berry Colada is a strawberry and raspberry smoothie.

The scent throw on the large jar is a strong 8, comfortably scenting a large room.

I had Lemon Zest going already and since I was missing a lemon note in Berry Colada I decided to burn them together and I love the mix.

Yankee Candle Black Cherry 

I’ve had the same small jar of Yankee Candle Black Cherry for two years now. It’s not a scent I would burn a lot, I only burn in in late May and occasionally through June when cherries are in season. I have a lot of cherry trees all around our house so during those months it’s cherry central. I bake cherry pies and cupcakes, make cherry jam and icecream and oddly enough that’s when I’m in the mood for the Yankee Candle Black Cherry scent.

The notes in Yankee Candle Black Cherry are: fresh black cherries.

I don’t think it’s really a fresh cherry scent. Like I said, I actually grow all kinds of cherries and while they do smell sweet there’s also a tartness and freshness to them. This candle though smells more like a cherry marmelade to me. It’s a warm cherry smell with a touch of vanilla and some sugar.

The small jar version of Yankee Candle Black Cherry burns clean and even, I get a nice wax pool after about an hour and the throw is medium strong.

I burn it in the kitchen only because I find it to be a very cherry pie filling/cherry jam type of a cherry scent I only like food scents for my kitchen.

Yankee Candle Strawberry Cheesecake 

Yankee Candle Strawberry Cheesecake is a returning treasure and I’ve never had this scent before so I picked up a jar.

Official scent notes in Yankee Candle Strawberry Cheesecake are: rich cheesecake, strawberries.

This was a disappointment in the sense that based on the name I had an expectation of the scent but the actual scent – while nice – does not match the name of the candle. All I smell is a strawberry syrup note. Like the McDonalds strawberry topping. Very sweet, quite artificial strawberry syrup. I understand that putting any kind of dairy note, like cream cheese, is very risky because it can smell like sour milk to a lot of noses. But if you can’t come up with a good cheese cake note, than you shouldn’t put it in the name.

It’s not a bad scent, it goes very well with Kringle candle Vanilla Cone and layers amazingly with Yankee Candle Buttercream as well. I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure it would also layer well with Yankee Candle Summer Scoop.

The scent throw on my large jar was a weakish 7. I could smell it fine throughout my medium sized kitchen, but it didn’t travel beyond that one room.

John Lewis White Grapefruit 

John Lewis White Grapefruit is a very nice scented candle with notes of fresh grapefruit, orange,neroli and jasmine. It’s probably my favourite Grapefruit scented candle and I do love my grapefruit scents and I basically pick up every grapefruit candle I see.

The grapefruit is perfect, zesty and bitter and the florals just soften everything up. The jasmine is a perfect base for the grapefruit to bounce off in this candle.

It’s a smallish jar, about 500g and 9 cm high but the throw on this litle candle is amazing. This is my kitchen candle when I can get my hands on it and when I burn it in there I can smell it through my whole house.

The John Lewis scented candles are considered a pretty high end product so they make good gifts. The jar candles have about 40 hours burn time and they cost 15 EUR. I pick these up as a special treat or if I can find them on sale somewhere.