Yankee Candle released the list of retiring scents for 2019. This list is for European stores, I’m still on the hunt for info on the USA discontinued fragrances for 2019.
I do have a list of all previously retired scents here.
Yankee Candle 2019 retired scents
Spiced White Cocoa
The retired scents I’ll miss most are the Viva Havana and Garden Sweet Pea. I’ve burned so many candles in each scent and have so many memories attached to them. Viva Havana especially was my Top 10 fragrance since it came out.
The good thing about getting the retiring list early is that we can not calmly pick up all the scents we love and since they normally go on sale fairly early we’ll get good deals on them too. I’ll definitely do some damage at my store this year.
I figured I’d include reviews here so you can refresh your memory and decide if any of these candles are worth picking up before they’re gone.
Yankee Candle Delicious Guava is another sweet fruity drink type scent that fits well into the Summer Havana collection.
Yankee Candle Delicious Guava smells like a mix of mango and guava, with some lemon and bergamot thrown in at the top and loads of sugar. It’s a nice fruit syrupy scent.
Compared to Yankee Candle Guava Coconut Fusion the citrus notes are lemon and bergamot instead of grapefruit so it’s much less likely to smell like urine or body odor to people who are sensitive to grapefruit notes in candles. However, guava is also a note that some people say smells like cat pee, so be warned it can still be a tricky scent and I wouldn’t burn it when I have people over, just in case.
It’s also nice having bergamot in here because it’s an unexpected note in this type of scent and it adds an almost perfumey quality, but it’s not strong enough to actually take the fragrance to a full-on “perfume” level.
Yankee Candle Tobacco Flower is the last of the Havana collection. I was taking my time reviewing this because I was sick when melting this scent in a wax tart form and with nausea and blocked sinuses I really couldn’t do it justice so I grabbed another tart the other day and melted it again.
Yankee Candle Tobacco Flower smells like a smoky, spicy, woody scent with a green floral undertone. It’s quite unique in that while the tobacco note is distinct in the overall fragrance, it doesn’t smell like flavored tobacco or the typical cherry pipe tobacco.
Yankee does some fragrances like that but Yankee Candle Tobacco Flower is more straight tobacco with warming spice from ginger and anise and a strong cedar undertone. The middle is green bamboo and jasmine, giving it a light green floral note.
It’s a very interesting, very well themed scent but honestly, the tobacco…I don’t want my house to smell like that on a regular basis. I’d say it’s fun in a tart for an evening but I wouldn’t get it in other forms because I just don’t see an occasion when I’d burn it.
I got Yankee Candle Ebony and Oak in a medium jar but it went straight to my brother. He loves woody scents and I don’t and it didn’t appeal to me on cold, so I didn’t even give it a test burn.
I was over at his house yesterday evening going over some business stuff and he was burning this and I have to say, for being a purely wood scent, it’s light and airy and not at all what I was expecting.
Official scent notes in Yankee Candle Ebony and Oak are: oak, pine, and ebony, eucalyptus and patchouli.
I’ve never seen an ebony candle. It’s a very dark, intense, thick wood note that I feel would be hard to envelop your home in. If you’ve ever tried Velvet Wood perfume by Dolce&Gabbana, that has a very obvious ebony note. So when I saw that note in this Yankee, I thought that it will be an instant migraine inducer for me.
Burning Yankee Candle Ebony and Oak, it’s just a very light, almost salty cedarwood scent. I don’t get any ebony and no pine. It’s just a bit heavier than your average beachwood smell. I do get some patchouli, to give that earthy, dreamy quality that makes it more autumnal, but again, it’s not at all a heavy, super intense wood scent. I’d even say it’s very guest appropriate and would be fine burning during days or evenings.
Since I was there and can never leave well enough alone, I made my brother light up his Yankee Candle Wild Fig to mix things up a bit, and it fits so well!
The scent is a mix of berry notes and pine. It’s not an even mix, there are a lot more berries in here and pine is just a light background note. The berry scent is mostly candy type raspberry. It’s very sweet but not creamy. I don’t like candy fruit notes, they smell fake (which they are supposed to, being a candy) and that’s just not for me. I also don’t care for the pine mixed in. I don’t think it works that well. It could use at least a scent note or two more, to make it a better blended, more cohesive overall fragrance. Now it’s just like opening a bag of raspberry candy, with the Christmas tree in the next room.
I think this could benefit from some citrus notes, or to go a different way, a vanilla buttercream note. I’ve tried it with a Christmas Cookies tart and it was surprisingly good.
Yankee Candle Garden Sweet Pea is a gorgeous floral scented candle. I went to my local Yankee Candle store today and I was just looking around, sniffing some candles and I just got stuck on Garden Sweet Pea because it was just so lovely. I bought a medium jar of it even though I’ve already burned a large jar of it last year and I wasn’t planning on repurchasing it just because I like to try out new scents and not get stuck on multiple jars of one fragrance. But anyway, I got another Garden Sweet Pea and I’m burning it right now and I regret nothing!
The official notes in Yankee Candle Garden Sweet Pea are: delicate blooms, pear, peach, freesia, and rosewood.
I get a mixed floral with the sweet pear and a lot of freesia. The rosewood is there but it’s waaay in the background, just to stop the fragrance from getting too sweet from the pear and freesia. It’s a beautifully balanced floral fragrance and despite the pear note, it doesn’t pull fruity.
This is a year-round scent for me and I’ve burned it in my living room and my main hall. I get a nice wax pool in my medium jar after about two hours and the throw is a strong 8. I most often burn this in my main living room as a day candle and it scents the room in about a half hour.
Yankee Candle Winter Glow Review
The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Winter Glow are: frosted leaves, trees, amber.
Burning this, it’s a very blended scent with hardly any notes that I could really pick out as individuals because nothing stands out. Maybe that’s why people say it’s such a bland scent. Personally, I just find it super blended. It’s a laundry type scent, think a diluted version of Fluffy Towels. I get a bit of lily, soap and a tiny touch of sandalwood.
It actually reminds me of Yankee Candle’s Windblown, with that being the summer version and this being the winter version of the scent.
It’s not an intense scent. It will lightly freshen up the air but don’t expect to come into the room and sneeze when you burn this. It’s a light, airy, clean fragrance.
The scent throw was a 5. It will scent a seating area but don’t expect one jar to scent a room much bigger than a bathroom.
I’d burn this in January and February. The label makes it very wintry, so I wouldn’t burn it during other seasons, but based on the scent alone, it’s completely neutral and could be burned or melted all year round.
I’ve put together a list of previously retired Yankees. I get asked a lot if a scent is discontinued or not since you can find all kinds of claims when shopping Amazon or eBay.
Discontinued candles can reach crazy prices and while I believe that it’s not worth the extra money there are collectors out there that love the chance to hunt for old and retired fragrances.
Europe Retired List
Yankee Candle Black Plum Blossom
Yankee Candle Egyptian Musk
Yankee Candle Kilimanjaro Stars
Yankee Candle Riviera Escape
Yankee Candle Sea Salt & Sage
Yankee Candle Serengeti Sunset
Yankee Candle Honey Blossom
Yankee Candle Madagascan Orchid
Yankee Candle Olive & Thyme
Yankee Candle Pain Au Raisin
Yankee Candle Candy Cane Lane
Yankee Candle Cosy By The Fire
Yankee Candle Bundle Up
Yankee Candle Candy Corn
Yankee Candle Cappucino Truffle
Yankee Candle Cassis
Yankee Candle Champaca Blossom
Yankee Candle Cherries On Snow
Yankee Candle Cranberry Pear
Yankee Candle Orange Splash
Yankee Candle Oud Oasis
Yankee Candle Pineapple Cilantro
Yankee Candle Pink Hibiscus
Yankee Candle Tarte Tatin
Yankee Candle Honey Glow
Yankee Candle Amber Moon
Yankee Candle Wild Fig
Yankee Candle Sweet Apple
Yankee Candle Frankincense
Yankee Candle Ginger Dusk
Yankee Candle A Child’s Wish
Yankee Candle Sweet Strawberry
Yankee Candle Lovely Kiku
The good thing about retiring fragrances is that they tend to go on sale sometime around May and they stay available for about 30% off until they’re sold out so while you might miss the scent you get to stock up on it for a decent (for Europe) deal.
Personally, I don’t think I’ll miss any of the retiring scents a whole lot and I won’t be buying anything from the list in bulk. My favorite scent here by far is the Serengeti Sunset and I’ll probably pick up a couple of jars on sale but I don’t plan on going crazy. The second favorite is Black Plum Blossom but there’s always a lot of good plum scents available so I’m OK there.
USA Retired List
Black Sand Beach
Blue Summer Sky
Caramel Apple Cake
Coconut Vanilla Bean
Color Me Happy
Crisp Morning Air
Dreamy Summer Nights
Flowers In The Sun
Fresh Cut Roses
Guava Coconut Fusion
Honey Lavender Gelato
Lemon Pound Cake
Life’s A Breeze
Over The River
Passion Fruit Martini
Peach and Lavender
Peaches and Cream
Picnic in The Park
Red Berry and Cedar
Salt Water Taffy
Spiced White Cocoa
Spiced Pepperberry and Spruce
Sweet Fig and Pomegranate