The Best Scented Candles For You To Buy
The best scented candles can be divided into three categories: those you burn all the way to the end, those you give, and those you keep on show but don’t light. So, what is it about these candles that makes them the best? They all have the capacity to convert your room into an aromatic haven, thanks to their evocative mixtures, whether placed prettily on your coffee table or showering your home in warm, glowing light and comforting smell.
There’s a candle or two…or three for you on this list, no matter what aroma profile or (guilty) gorgeous vessel calls your name. Do you miss your summer vacations? With clove and orange blossom essential oil blends, transport yourself to the rugged cliffsides of the Amalfi Coast. Are you mentally prepared for the arrival of sweater weather? To harness the fuzzy feelings of fall, make a warm combination of masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and pumpkin.
From heightened woodsy scents to fresh citruses, our finest candles collection spans fragrances and price points, with under-$10 Target finds as well as splurge-worthy alternatives great for surprising your favorite hostess (looking at you, Cire Trudon). Here are the top scented candles and candle brands to buy now in 2021.
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Bamboo Votive Candle by Nest Fragrances
Nest’s votives are the powerful, portable candles to use if you want to create a relaxing atmosphere. Each one has a strong, clean aroma, with Bamboo being particularly green, earthy, and light.
Large Glass Jar Candle Voluspa Goji & Tarocco Orange
Voluspa creates sumptuous, unusual scent combinations for the nose, such as this goji and blood orange candle. It’s mostly lemony, with a hint of berries and mango thrown in for good measure.
Soy-Coconut Candle from Otherland
Otherland’s hand-poured candles are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and animal testing. You can’t go wrong with any of the brand’s smells, but we’re particularly fond of Kindling, which, thanks to a blend of Alaskan cedarwood and smokey ember, will transport you to cold, misty camp mornings. Did we mention it burns for 55 hours straight?
LES Scented Candle by Boy Smells
This Boy Smells candle is an eclectic mix of black currant, peach flower, and jasmine rice, inspired by New York’s Lower East Side (among a few other notes). The characteristic aroma is fruity, floral, and fresh at the same time, and it’s as iconic as the neighborhood that inspired it.
Candela Tocca Candle Giulietta
There isn’t a nightstand on the planet that wouldn’t look nicer with one of Tocca’s Canela jars on it. Giulietta is a sweet flower scent with vanilla, tulip, and green apple undertones. Cleopatra (grapefruit and cucumber), Stella (Italian blood orange), and Florence are among the Candela flavors (bergamot, pear, and gardenia).
Lime, Basil, and Mandarin Candle by Jo Malone London
Beauty line recommended by Kate Middleton Jo Malone’s distinctive candles have stood the test of time and have perfected the surprising potpourri of fragrances. This light lime basil and mandarin aroma fills a room and gives it the sensation of a high-end boutique, which is exactly what you want.
Mini Diptyque Figuier Candle
This high-end candle company has a devoted fanbase. Diptyque’s larger candles are more splurge-worthy, and buyers are willing to make sacrifices for the quality. If you haven’t already become one of them, this small version is a great chance to see if you want to. Figuier is one of the most distinctive aromas in the collection, combining green and wood elements with a hint of fruit from crushed fig leaves.
Candle Diptyque Baies/Berries
Baies is another one of our favorite Diptyque candles. Fresh black currants and spicy Bulgarian roses bloom in this perennial popular seller. Très stylish, to be sure.
Mojito Votive Candle by Malin+Goetz
Malin+Goetz’s Mojito candle transports you to the tropics, smelling like the two-week vacation we all deserve this year. Top notes of lime and basil blend with middle notes of mint, while a base of white musk provides long-lasting intensity to the house aroma.
Boulangerie Anthropologie Jar
This jar may appear to be from a little town in Minnesota, but it is actually from the Illume brand. The scents range from vanilla and fig to pumpkin soufflé, and they’re all deliciously sweet without being overpowering.
Candle for a nostalgic trip to Michigan
The idea behind these candles is brilliant: Homesick condensed each state’s signature scents into a sentimental combination. Michigan uses sour cherries and dark chocolate, as well as honeysuckle, rose, and cinnamon, to pay homage to the distinct scents of summer on the Great Lakes.
Amber and Moss Soy Candle by P.F. Candle Co.
It’s an evolution to smell this candle. The moss burns brightly at first, laying a clear foundation for the amber, lavender, and orange that emerge as it continues to burn.
Replica Maison Margiela Beach Vibes Scented Candle
We’re huge fans of Maison Margiela’s perfumes (hello, Beach Walk), so it’s no surprise that we’re also big fans of the brand’s scented candles. Beach Vibes, like its wearable cousin, is bursting with notes of bergamot, heliotrope, coconut milk, lemon, and pink pepper, all of which combine to bring the beach to your living room.
Candle from the Byredo Bibliotheque
For an aromatic journey along the dark and somber hallways of a 19th-century library, Byredo’s Bibliothèque layers peach, plum, peony, and violet atop a patchouli, leather, and vanilla base. Make a note of this for your next housewarming party as a “wonderful gift.”
New York Pumpkin Chai Classic Candle from Nest
Sorry, not sorry, but we just had to express some love for Pumpkin Spice. The warm and relaxing blend of masala chai, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and wild pumpkin in Nest’s pumpkin chai candle is an indisputable fall favorite, giving the air a familiar comfort.
Fresh Cut Gardenia Lafco New York House & Home Candle
Lafco’s Fresh Cut Gardenia candle, which is infused with not only gardenia petals but also their green foliage, is always flowering in May. Remove the remaining wax to repurpose this lovely hand-blown glass jar as a storage container for beauty minis, matchbooks, or colorful scrunchies and claw clips.
Reggio Scented Candle by Cire Trudon
This Cire Trudon candle, which is poured into a hand-blown memento and produces an aroma-filled flicker that burns brightly through the dark blue glass, will fill your home with the lovely scent of Italian mandarin trees.
Luxury Candle from Harlem Candle Company in Langston
Harlem Candle Company is a high-end candle line that pays homage to Harlem Renaissance personalities and twentieth-century Black American artists. Base notes of jasmine and sandalwood are woven together with the aroma of old leather from Langston Hughes’s favorite recliner, cigar-inspired notes of tobacco laced with clove and vanilla, and a trace of amber incense as an homage to the poet’s numerous trips to Mexico.
Italia Escapist Candle by Brooklyn Candle Studio
Decamp to Europe with yet another Italian-inspired candle that we can’t seem to get enough of. It features cardamom in the top notes, clove and orange blossom in the middle notes, and vanilla and jasmine in the base notes.
Sea Salt Bergamot Candle by Hearth & Hand
This Target bargain boasts a basic design, a crisp, clear aroma, and is described as “the perfect springtime candle” by reviewers. Citrusy bergamot, sea salt, jasmine, and crisp cedar are among the notes.
Santal 26 Classic Candle by Le Labo
You can choose from any of Le Labo’s scented candles for a truly transcendent experience. You won’t want to blow out the sweet blend of amber, cocoa, cedar, spice, musk, and sandalwood if you choose Santal 26.
Blue Jean Candle Capri Blue Petite Watercolor Jar
Is there a finalist for the greatest scented candles? Blue Jean candle from Capri Blue. If the smell wasn’t so exquisite, the artistic jar would be the star. Citrus, white musk, and patchouli fight it out instead. Everyone comes out on top.