Yankee Candle Just Revealed Its 2023 Scent of the Year, and It Sounds Amazing

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

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For the past few years, the Yankee Candle Company has brought its loyal customers a “Scent of the Year”—one special candle that launches in time for National Fragrance Day. So far, each Scent of the Year has taken its inspiration from current trends in people’s lives, such as Awaken, the 2020 scent that was inspired by authenticity. Ahead of the fragrance’s official launch, Yankee Candle unveiled its fifth Scent of the Year for 2023, and it’s a thoughtful combination of ingredients meant to evoke gratitude.

What’s the New Yankee Candle scent?

Yankee Candle of the Year 2023 Courtesy Newell Brands Table ShotCourtesy Newell Brands

Yankee Candle’s latest scent is called Wonder. According to the official press release, Wonder features a combination of floral and fruity aromas combined to create a fragrance that inspires optimism and happiness. This scent aligns with 2023’s inspiration—gratitude and the joy of everyday moments.

Per the press release, Wonder was developed by Yankee Candle’s scent experts based on 2023’s annual trends and “provides a fresh, clean fragrance… grounded by notes of amber and soft woods.” Taylor Perlis, Senior Fragrance Evaluator of Newell Brands, calls the scent “robust” and evocative of the “unabashed wonderment in life’s everyday moments.”

So what goes into a candle that’s all about everyday moments of happiness? The multi-layered scent features an interesting combination of notes, including florals like lavender and fresh smells like grass and sparkling citrus.

Here are the fragrance notes in full:

  • Top Notes: Iridescent Aldehydes, Sparkling Citrus, White Lavender, Ylang Petals
  • Middle Notes: Fresh Grass, Orchard Fruits, Solar Rose, Spring Berries
  • Base Notes: Sheer Powder, Soft Cedar wood, Sunny Patchouli, Warm Amber

Ready to grab a new scented candle? Here’s how to make candles last longer. And don’t forget important candle accessories like a wick trimmer to keep the flame at the right height.

When Can I Get It?

Yankee Candle is responsible for some of the most popular candle scents, so it’s easy to anticipate the brand’s Scent of the Year drop. Luckily, you don’t have to wait long to get your hands on the candle.

To start, members of Yankee Candle Rewards can purchase the candle during the early access event on Yankee Candle’s website as of March 15. If you can’t buy Wonder through its first exclusive drop, you can get the candle starting on National Fragrance Day on Tuesday, March 21, when Wonder becomes widely available at U.S. Yankee Candle retail stores and on its website for a limited time. The candle will be sold in as a Yankee Candle Signature Collection Large Tumbler for $34.00 while supplies last.

As it gets closer to summer, you may want to refresh your home fragrances with something seasonally inspired. In addition to Yankee Candle’s Wonder scent, this list of the best-scented candles for summer features some fun options like a seaside cottage-inspired scent or an energizing matcha tea and bergamot combo.

How to Care for Your Candle

Before you light your Wonder 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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Cianna Garrison
Cianna Garrison is a California-based freelance writer who covers everything from food news to tech to lifestyle. Her work has appeared in Elite Daily, How-To Geek, Review Geek, Truity, and other publications. She received her Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in 2018. In her free time, she likes to read, write fiction and poetry, and perform in live theater.