The Best Candles To Burn This Time Of The Year
Never underestimate the power of a nice candle to turn your home into a snug haven, transport you to a location you wish you were, or bring back sweet, joyful memories. Fortunately, there are lots different candle options on the market to help you select the one that’s perfect for you.
To find our favorite scented wax melt bars to burn at any time of year, we scoured the internet (and scrutinized our own personal collections).
Candles with a soy smell
Just Married Candle by Homesick ($34; homesick.com)
It’s time to break out the champagne because someone has recently married. Homesick’s Just Married candle, manufactured from a natural soy wax blend, is a perfect gift for newlyweds or your own partner, with notes of sea salt, champagne, ocean air, and creamy musk for a fresh, sparkling smell.
Green Fig and Ginger Candle by Sundays C.02 ($52; dearsundays.com)
This is the ideal candle to light after a long day or to create a spa-like atmosphere at home. This Sundays candle smells of green figs, sandalwood, and ginger and is made with 100 percent natural oils, soy wax, and a cotton wick for an unrivaled calm aroma.
Charcoal Candle by Apotheke ($42; apothekeco.com)
While charcoal may appear to be an unusual candle aroma, consider how relaxing it is to sit outside near to a smokey fire. This soy wax blend candle comes in a stylish matte black vase and burns for 60 to 70 hours, filling your room with aromas of cedarwood, amber, and oud.
Brooklyn Candle Studio Minimalist Candle for Sunday Morning ($28; brooklyncandlestudio.com)
This candle is as simple as a Sunday morning. This popular Brooklyn Candle Studio aroma is reminiscent of early-morning strolls through the farmers market, with notes of pear, bergamot, jasmine, gardenia, and amber woods for a meaty yet refreshing scent.
Candle Cranberry Dahlia from Chesapeake Bay ($14.99; target.com)
It’s no secret that Target has a fantastic candle selection, so picking just one was difficult. We can’t get enough of Chesapeake Bay Candle’s Cranberry Dahlia, which comes in a beautiful frosted glass jar with a wooden cover.
Perfumed candles made with beeswax
LES Scented Candle by Boy Smells (beginning at $32; nordstrom.com)
This classic candle is inspired by the Lower East Side’s eclectic, inclusive, and free spirit. This pleasant perfume has notes of blackcurrant, peach flower, Asian pear, jasmine rice, coconut, cardamom, and white cedar and is made from a blend of coconut wax and beeswax.
Vineyard Chateau Candle by Root Candles ($21.99; amazon.com)
The Vineyard Chateau smell, which includes notes of grapes, sweet herbs, sandalwood, and musk, is crafted from Root Candle’s natural beeswax blend and adds a modern flair and long-lasting burn to any area.
Beeswax Taper Candles by Hyoola ($29.49; amazon.com)
Perhaps you enjoy using tapered candles to decorate your home. This 12-piece beeswax candle set has a seven-hour burn period, making it ideal for candlelight meals or setting the mood.
Candles with a rich smell
Fabulous Candle by Tom Ford ($135; nordstrom.com)
Tom Ford’s Fabulous Candle is the perfect reminder of how awesome you truly are when you need it. Clary sage, bitter almond, and blonde woods combine to create a luxuriously splurge-worthy scent.
Santal 26 Candle by Le Labo ($78; nordstrom.com)
What’s not to like about the Santal 26 candle from Le Labo? This very comfy candle has a fragrance that pervades the entire house — without being overly perfumy — with notes of cocoa, vanilla, spices, and sandalwood.
Pomegranate Noir Candle by Jo Malone London (beginning at $59.50, originally $70; nordstrom.com)
The Pomegranate Noir candle by Jo Malone London is perfect for a gloomy, fruity smell. You receive a sweet yet smoky aroma with notes of pomegranate, Casablanca lily, and guaiac wood, packed in a container that goes with any decor.
($24; nordstrom.com) Voluspa 3-Wick Tin Candle
Voluspa’s exquisite candle jars are currently some of our favorites on the market, and they can be used as decor even when the candle isn’t lit. This three-wick candle is made of a coconut wax combination and comes in 13 scents, but our favorite is Goji Tarocco Orange.
Replica By The Fireplace Candle ($62; nordstrom.com) by Maison Margiela
Another warm candle for fall and winter, this one scented to remind you of evenings spent by the fire. This sweet-smelling candle is sure to become your new favorite, with notes of pink pepper, orange flower petals, chestnut, and vanilla accord.
Fragranced Candle by Byredo Bohemia ($43; bloomingdales.com)
Without a Byredo candle, no luxury candle collection is complete. When you’re in the mood for some adventure, burn the brand’s Bohemia candle, which has scents of rum, geranium, and vanilla.
Candles with an aroma of food
Diptyque Baies Candle (from $38 at Nordstrom.com)
Diptyque is one among the first brands we think of when we need new candles. The Baies candle (which translates to berries) is a pleasant, delicious smell that combines blackcurrant berries with rose overtones.
Digestif Candle by Brightland ($42; brightland.co)
Try Brightland’s Digestif candle if you don’t want your entire house to smell like the cuisine you just made. While we’ve long been fans of the brand’s olive oils, we’ve only recently discovered this candle, which features notes of neroli, orange blossom, black pepper, and the brand’s oils and is designed to be burned while or after cooking. Its ability to disguise cooking scents impressed one of our editors.
Amazon.com: Nest New York Pumpkin Chai Candle (beginning at $16)
There’s never a bad moment to light a pumpkin-scented candle, whether it’s fall or not. But don’t be surprised if this top-rated candle from Nest New York makes you want to go to your favorite coffee shop.
Dark Rum Candle by Malin+Goetz ($55; malinandgoetz.com)
This Malin+Goetz candle inspired by bay rum has gotten nothing but rave reviews. Plum, bergamot, leather, and creamy notes combine to create a warm, dark, and spicy perfume.
Wild Rose Studio & Shop You Make Me Smile Candle ($36; urbanoutfitters.com) is a fun way to make someone smile.
The You Make Me Smile Candle from Wild Rose Shop & Studio smells like orange, sriracha, and coconut. Any space will be filled with the aroma of freshly prepared food thanks to an unexpected yet exquisite blend of scents. Even better, the candle is made of soy wax and is vegan and cruelty-free.
Candles with different scents
The Birthdate Candle ($38; birthdate.co) was originally $48.
Whether you’re looking for a holiday present or a candle for yourself, The Birthdate Candle is always a good choice. This candle is made with a soy and coconut wax blend and is personalized to your personality based on your birthdate. Even better, each candle’s smell is created specifically for you by a master perfumer.
Instant Karma Candle by Snif ($49; snif.co)
Snif, our favorite try-before-you-buy fragrance brand, now has candles, and we’re blown away. You may try out the candles before buying the full quantity, and choose for one of the brand’s new scents, which are all manufactured using a combination of soy and veggie wax. Our current favorite is the creamy, velvety Instant Karma candle.
Woodlands Candle by Otherland ($36; otherland.com)
Otherland’s candles are something we can’t get enough of. The brand introduces a new collection every time we think we’ve found our favorite. This Woodlands choice, which smells like palo santo, redwood bark, and smoked vanilla, is one of our favorites.
Vanilla Sky Candle by Skylar ($45; nordstrom.com)
Is there anything better than a hand-poured candle made from soy coconut wax? Please sign us up right away. Vanilla Sky by Skylar is a clean-burning candle with notes of cappuccino, pure vanilla, and caramelized cedar creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Urban Outfitters’ Chloe Glass Cypress Cotton Candle ($18)
Every time we go to Urban Outfitters, we’re tempted to buy another Chloe Glass candle because the geo-etched glass vessel captures our attention. The Cypress Cotton aroma, which has notes of bergamot, cypress, wood, moss, and musk, is next on our list to burn.
Aurelie Balsam & Cedarwood Glass Jar Candle ($32; anthropologie.com)
This candle has a 5-star rating at Anthropologie, with reviewers describing it as “the ideal fall aroma.” Choose from three delightful hand-poured scents, each encased in a charming glass jar. The Balsam & Cedarwood option, which smells like orange, berries, fir needles, and cinnamon, is our pick.