Yankee Candle Just Announced Its 2022 Scent of the Year

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Go grab the matches—the Yankee Candle Scent of the Year is finally here!

Scent is a powerful sense. A whiff of cinnamon-y apple pie can send us back to days spent in grandma’s kitchen; the earthy aroma of a Balsam fir conjures up memories of Christmas past; and bibliophiles understand nothing on earth smells better than a favorite book.

At Yankee Candle, you’ll find plenty of beloved scents that stir up nostalgia. But the 2022 Scent of the Year is all about sparking joy in the present.

Introducing the 2022 Scent of the Year…

Say hello to Inspire. This tantalizing scent was created in harmony with Ikigai—a Japanese philosophy celebrating one’s purpose in life.

“When developing this year’s fragrance, we really focused on what people are seeking in 2022 and leaned into a scent that celebrates the small moments of joy that can be found in our everyday lives,” said Lisa McCarthy, President of the Home Fragrance Business Unit, Newell Brands in a press release. “Ikigai’s ten rules of happiness, which include ‘reconnect with nature’, helped inspire this bright and energizing, uplifting and radiant fragrance, reflective of what we are all craving right now.”

What does it smell like?

Inspire draws heavily on fresh, natural notes. You’ll enjoy the crisp, clean scent of lime, bamboo, verbena and cedar—among others.

Plus, Inspire is the perfect scent for spring. It has an energy that fills your home with freshness. To me, Inspire smells like the first warm breeze after a long, cold winter or the joy of a sparkling clean home.

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What does it look like?

In addition to its citrus-y scent, Inspire is poured in a gorgeous tumbler vessel that features a teal, fan-inspired pattern. When lit, this jar creates a luminary-esque pattern that adds a cozy ambiance to any room. It also includes a brushed tin lid that doubles as a coaster for safe and easy burning.

By the way, do you know where the wax goes when you burn a candle?

Where can I buy the Inspire candle?

Inspire Yankee Candle Courtesy Yankee CandleCourtesy Yankee Candle

The limited-edition Inspire candle is available now—but only to Yankee Candle Rewards members. (You can sign up for the free program here.)

It launches to the general public on March 21 (aka International Fragrance Day) at Yankee Candle and other online retailers. Inspire retails for $31.

How to Care for Your Candle

Before you light your Inspire candle, there are a few things to keep in mind for safe burning. First, make sure you trim the wick to 1/4 of an inch before each burn session. This will help keep the flame of your candle under control and prevent a mushrooming wick.

You’ll also want to commit to burning your candle for a few hours or until there’s an even pool of melted wax. If you skip this step, your candle may start to tunnel.

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As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.