Yankee Candle® - from humble beginnings
It all started in 1969, when seventeen year old Mike Kitteredge melted some crayons to make his mother a candle for Christmas. After a neighbour saw the gift and convinced him to sell it to her, Mike had enough of a stake to buy wax for two new candles—one to give his mother, one to sell.
From that small start, Yankee Candle has become the most-recognised name in the candle business worldwide. Today we offer the world’s largest and most compelling selection of scented candles, accessories and home fragrances.
Yankee Candle expanded to Europe with its first distribution centre opening in 1999 in Bristol. In 2002, we opened our first UK retail store and have not stopped since. There are now over 2000 stockists, retailers, outlets, concessions and our own online store offering signature fragrances to customers across the UK, Europe and Asia. We moved into our current, expanded facility and European headquarters in 2012.
Sharing our customers’ passion for fragrance, we capture every season and special moment in life with true-to-life scents—from Spring Blooms to Christmas traditions. We continue to not only develop new and vibrant fragrances but also new ways to deliver those scents.