Great value candle review

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What better way to bring warmth to your home than with a beautiful scented candle? Whether you're filling your room with cozy fall-scented fragrances, skipping ahead to Christmas, looking for a gift for a votive lover, pampering your mom with a little aromatherapy, or hoping to find a fragrance that will help you relax after a long day, returning home to a soothing scented candle makes everything brighter.

If you prefer florals, there are lovely scents like jasmine and gardenia to transform your space, while those who lean towards richer, muskier profiles will enjoy vanilla, tobacco, or patchouli.

The vessels these scents are housed in are equally diverse. There are plenty of options that come ready for gifting (no wrapping paper required) in painterly jars, as well as tons of pretty, but practical options like soy votives in reusable decorative stoneware that can later be used to grow seedlings.

You don't have to spend a pretty penny on the most luxurious picks, either. Sure, there are plenty of truly special splurges with strong, long-lasting smells, but there are also a number of affordable options that are sure to leave you feeling like you've been transplanted to a far-flung tropical destination.

No matter your preferences, these are some of the best scented candles and brands for your home (or your BFF's).

Our Favorite Scented Candles

Burning a scented candle is an effortless way to create a cozy, luxurious, or tranquil mood in any room. We spent 27 hours researching and testing 32 candles under $50, and we found several warm and woodsy, fresh and floral, and sweet and citrusy candles for all of your olfactory endeavors. Whether you want your home to smell like a Provençal perfumery or you just need to mask some persistent pet odors, we’ve got you covered.

Our favorite warm and woodsy candles

Boy Smells Hinoki Fantôme Candle

One of our favorite warm and woodsy scented candles, the Boy Smells Hinoki Fantôme Candle, shown lit.

Who this is for: Someone who likes warm, woodsy scents but doesn’t want to feel like they’re at a literal campfire.

Why it’s great: The Boy Smells Hinoki Fantôme Candle has a complex, hard-to-pin-down scent (hinoki is a Japanese cypress tree, and fantôme is the French word for ghost). At the forefront, there’s an earthy woodsmoke tinged with warm amber, sweet vanilla, and just a bit of mossy freshness and florals. It’s fragrant but not ostentatious, providing an elegant, aromatic backdrop for any occasion—whether it’s a dinner party or a day spent daydreaming. The wick is well centered, allowing for an even burn, and the wax is neatly poured. In our melt test, this candle shed 12 grams of wax, which we calculate should give it a total burn time of 20 hours. We like the contrast of the white wax and wick with the black glass vessel, and the signature black-and-pink label is sophisticated and striking.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: We noticed that several of the Boy Smells candles’ labels were not applied perfectly straight on the vessel, and the glossy exterior of the glass tends to show fingerprints. These are small quibbles, but they affect the overall aesthetic. Also, these candles tend to burn with lots of soot, but the black vessel helps to hide it, and you can improve the burn by trimming the wick regularly. Lastly, this candle doesn’t come with a lid. We’d prefer that it had one since a lid will help seal in the scent and maintain its potency, as well as prevent dust from accumulating on the surface of the wax.

We also loved: The scent of Boy Smells’s Polyamberous Candle is beautiful and eclectic—with notes of geranium, tobacco flower, tonka bean, spices, and incense. We prefer our pick’s classic looks and woodsy scent, but this one is a close second.

Scent notes: Japanese cypress (hinoki), moss, smoked amber, cardamom, jasmine
Size: 8½ ounces
Wax type: coconut and beeswax blend
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 20 hours
Shipping: free for orders above $48
Return policy: 30 days

P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Standard Soy Candle

An arboreal and understated scented candle, the P.F. Candle Co. Amber and Moss.

Who this is for: Someone who wants to feel like they’re on a long—yet entirely unstrenuous—walk through a lush alpine forest.

Why it’s great: The P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Standard Soy Candle has an even-keeled smell of pine resin and earthy moss, peppered with notes of minty eucalyptus and rich vanilla. The wick is well centered, and the wax is evenly poured. P.F. Candle Co.’s signature vessel (an amber-colored jar with a gold lid and brown paper label) is unfussy, allowing it to blend in seamlessly with most decor. The lid is also practical for containing any lingering smoke after you snuff out the candle. Compared with most candles we tested, this one is a bargain in terms of cost per ounce ($) and longevity (it lost just 9 grams of wax over an hour in our melt test, giving this candle a calculated burn time of 23 hours). Deputy editor Jason Chen (who has admitted to splurging upwards of $ on a single candle) said this is one of his favorite scents, and senior staff writer Lesley Stockton (who told us she tends to “hate most scented candles”) is also a fan.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Although we appreciate the utilitarian aesthetic of this vessel on the whole, its faux-typewritten label feels a bit flimsy. If that bothers you, though, it’s easy enough to remove it with a razor blade or turn it so the label faces a wall—the amber-colored jar looks great on its own. This is also not the most strongly scented candle we tested, which might be a letdown for people who prefer a powerful scent. But it offers a more-nuanced and complex fragrance than most candles in this price range.

We also loved: The P.F. Candle Co. Golden Coast Standard Candle has a pine-forward scent and undercurrents of wild sage, warm honey, and sea salt. We think the Amber & Moss is more complex and enjoyable overall, but this one is a great alternative.

Scent notes: sage, moss, lavender
Size: ounces
Wax type: soy
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 23 hours
Shipping: free on orders over $35
Return policy: 60 days

Paddywax Tobacco Flower Form Candle

A smoky and sweet scented candle, the Paddywax Tobacco Flower Form Candle.

Who this is for: Someone who wants to fill their home with a subtle, smoky-sweet scent—and who has an eye for tasteful earthenware.

Why it’s great: The Paddywax Tobacco Flower Form Candle has notes of orange, cinnamon, patchouli, clove, and sandalwood—and though it doesn’t contain nicotine, its smoky-sweet fragrance is certainly habit-forming. It makes us want to throw on a bluegrass record and sew a patchwork quilt. The scent is warm, spicy, earthy (but not musty), and faintly floral, like a sprig of jasmine. This candle costs around $ per ounce, and we think the vessel alone—which is sturdy, stylish, and unbranded, with a matching ceramic lid—makes it well worth the price. You can easily reuse it as a trinket container, or (if you’re crafty) this vessel is a prime candidate for refilling with a new candle. In our testing, the Paddywax candle lost 13 grams of wax over an hour, so it should last about 26 hours, based on our calculations. And this candle has two wicks, which help it burn more evenly since it’s rather large. Senior photo editor Sarah Kobos, who grew up near the Paddywax factory in Nashville, said she loves all of this company’s candles, and she stocks up whenever she’s in the area.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: This isn’t the most potent fragrance, compared with those of many of our picks, but it still provides a homey aromatic backdrop. It also has a somewhat sloppy pour, with rogue ripples of wax around the perimeter. But we don’t think that’s a huge deal—if you let the wax melt all the way to the edges on the first burn, that should smooth them out.

We also loved: The Paddywax Spanish Moss Form Candle has the same great vessel as the Tobacco Flower candle—albeit with a different geometric design and a green glaze instead of white. And this one is even more potent. To us, it smells like melon, honeysuckle, bee pollen, rainwater, thickets of marsh grass, and creeping vines.

Scent notes: orange, cinnamon, tobacco flower, sandalwood, cedar
Size: 12 ounces
Wax type: soy blend
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 26 hours
Shipping: free shipping on orders over $70
Return policy: 30 days

Apotheke Charcoal Candle

A scented candle with an upscale aesthetic, the Apotheke Charcoal Candle, a black candle in a black container.

Who this is for: Someone who wants to re-create the feeling of being at a hip restaurant or boutique hotel—but doesn’t want to spend more than $

Why it’s great: The Apotheke Charcoal Candle smells like charred sandalwood and cedar after a heavy rain. It’s very fragrant but also mild enough that it’s not heavy or overpowering. Like our pick from Peacesake, this candle comes in a matte-black vessel that’s adept at hiding soot streaks, fingerprints, and other smudges. It’s made from black wax, giving it a monochromatic look that feels both contemporary and classic. Other than the Voluspa candle, this candle has the best burn time (39 hours, per our calculations) of any of our picks, shedding just 8 grams of wax over an hour in our testing. The soy-blend wax is neatly poured, and the wick appears well centered in the vessel.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: As much as we like this candle’s look, we wish it had a lid or dust cover. And though you could technically reuse the vessel to hold pencils or makeup brushes, it doesn’t seem to be designed with that use in mind.

We also loved: The Apotheke Earl Grey Bitters Candle is just as well constructed and elegant-looking as the Charcoal, though the frosted glass shows more soot and smudges than the black vessel. The herbaceous bitters and citrusy bergamot aromas both come through, and there’s a luxurious creaminess to the scent. It’d be especially good for someone who prefers a milder fragrance.

Scent notes: smoky amber, cedar, sandalwood, oud (agarwood)
Size: 11 ounces
Wax type: soy blend
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 39 hours
Shipping: free shipping on orders over $45
Return policy: 15 days

Brooklyn Candle Studio Palo Santo Minimalist Candle

A sweet, smoky candle, the Brooklyn Candle Studio Palo Santo candle.

Who this is for: Someone who loves the heady scent of palo santo but prefers burning candles to burning bits of wood.

Why it’s great: The Brooklyn Candle Studio Palo Santo Minimalist Candle has a potent fragrance that smells just like a fat shard of palo santo, an aromatic wood that originates from Latin America. There’s a sweet, minty, juicy freshness to it at the front end and a sharp, smoky ashiness at the back. It’s the kind of scent that instantly transports you. Like our P.F. Candle pick, this one comes in a reusable glass jar with a brass lid. The jar itself is inornate yet elegant, and the label has a sophisticated, apothecary-like look. The soy wax is tidily poured, the wick is well centered, and it burns evenly and cleanly.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: This candle, sadly, has the shortest burn time of any of our picks—about 13 hours. It lost 17 grams of wax in an hour during our testing, which is about the weight of a tablespoon of kosher salt. Only the one from Yankee Candle burned through its wax faster in that timespan. Also, even though we like the look and feel of the label, its glossy-white finish will inevitably attract some fingerprints and smudges. But since this candle has such a great fragrance and costs under $30, we’ll happily overlook those drawbacks.

We also loved: We wish the streets of Brooklyn actually smelled like Brooklyn Candle Studio’s eponymous Brooklyn Escapist Candle. It’s fun to burn this candle and imagine you’re in the shady, verdant backyard of a multimillion-dollar brownstone. The scent contains lots of leather and florals, and though it’s quite fragrant, it doesn’t punch you in the nose. We slightly prefer the scent of our pick from BCS, but this one is not far behind.

Scent notes: cypress leaf, eucalyptus, palo santo, oakmoss, vetiver
Size: 7½ ounces
Wax type: soy
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 13 hours
Shipping: free shipping on orders over $50
Return policy: 14 days

Voluspa Baltic Amber Large Jar Candle

A bold candle with a long burn time, the Voluspa Baltic Amber large jar candle.

Who this is for: Someone who burns candles frequently and likes big, bold fragrances.

Why it’s great: The Voluspa Baltic Amber Large Jar Candle has a viscous, enveloping fragrance; it’s warm, spicy, woodsy, resiny, and musky, with a bit of freshness at the end. At 18 ounces, it’s one of the largest candles we tested, and it comes in a hefty glass jar with a metal lid that suctions on to form a tight seal. The vessel is intricately patterned and ornate, and it could easily be cleaned out and reused. The coconut-based wax is neatly poured, and the wick is well centered. In our melt test, this candle lost just 9 grams of wax in an hour, giving it the longest calculated burn time (57 hours) of any we tested. At just $ per ounce, it’s also one of the least expensive candles we tested—and we think it has better depth of fragrance than most candles in this price range. Voluspa’s candles are a bargain, but “they don’t smell basic,” said photo editor Michael Murtaugh. “People who like those huge Yankee Candles should upgrade to these.” And if you decide you really love it, there’s also a ridiculously huge, ounce version.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The biggest drawback of this candle is that it has a single wick, which can make it burn unevenly because it’s so large. Also, since the scent is so warm and syrupy, it can start to feel stuffy after a while—especially in a small, enclosed space.

We also loved: It was hard for us to choose between the Baltic Amber and the Voluspa French Cade Lavender Large Jar Candle, since both scents deeply impressed us (especially given their low cost per ounce—second only to that of the Project 62 candles). This candle doesn’t smell like any kind of lavender we’ve ever encountered, but it’s still elegant, and the scent permeates nicely throughout a room. We’d describe it as something akin to a powdery soap, clean linen, and new leather.

Scent notes: amber resin, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla orchid
Size: 18 ounces
Wax type: coconut blend
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 57 hours
Shipping: free shipping on orders over $50
Return policy: 30 days

Our favorite fresh and floral candles

Keap Lavender + Petals Candle

A simple, high-quality floral candle, the Keap Lavender and Petals Candle.

Who this is for: Someone with a little cash to burn (pun absolutely intended) and who swoons at the scent of fresh flowers, and someone who could use an extra rocks glass for their bar cart.

Why it’s great: The Keap Lavender + Petals Candle smells exactly like you’re walking through a field of lavender with your nose buried in a bouquet of peonies (we’d imagine). Despite the small size of this candle, its fragrance managed to easily fill a room. This candle did well in our wax-melt tests, too: It shed just 9 grams in an hour, giving it a calculated burn time of 23 hours. The vessel has a pleasantly squat shape, and it has some heft to it, whereas most glass containers feel flimsy and cheap. Editor Josh Lyon has had a Keap subscription on and off for several years, and he said he likes to clean out the used vessels and repurpose them as whiskey tumblers (after removing the labels—which come off easily because they use no adhesives). As an added bonus, of all the candles we tested, this one comes wrapped in some of the most heavy-duty packaging—which is entirely plastic-free!—so it’s more likely to arrive intact.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Keap makes the most expensive candles we tested, costing nearly $7 per ounce (or about $5 per ounce, if you do a monthly subscription). But we think that between the lengthy burn time and powerful fragrance, this candle is worth the added cost. Also, the Keap candle doesn’t come with a lid, but it does have a paper dust cover that you can use between burns.

We also loved: We plan to burn the Keap Wood Cabin Candle all winter long (if it lasts until then). It creates a vivid aromatic landscape, with woodsmoke as the focal point and enframed by notes of lush evergreen boughs, freshly cut firewood, and moss-covered bark. You can almost feel the scratchiness of a Pendleton wool blanket draped over your shoulders. Even if smoky scents tend to make your throat itch and your eyes water—like the Serenity by Jan bonfire-scented candle featured in the notorious “Dinner Party” episode of The Office—you might not mind this candle.

Scent notes: lavender, neroli, gardenia, vetiver, cloves
Size: ounces
Wax type: coconut
Average cost per ounce: $ (or less with a monthly subscription)
Calculated burn time: 23 hours
Shipping: free on orders over $60
Return policy: 15 days

Otherland Daybed Candle

A rosebush scented candle with a contemporary style, the Otherland Daybed Candle.

Who this is for: Anyone with a fun, contemporary sense of style—and a nose for roses. (The airtight lid makes it especially great for travel or gift-giving.)

Why it’s great: The Otherland Daybed Candle is the opposite of understated. Its scent is knock-your-socks-off floral—like a rosebush in full bloom. And like the potent fragrance, the vessel is not a wallflower. It’s made of white ceramic and adorned with an exuberant yet sophisticated magenta paper label, and it seems hefty, sturdy, and stylish enough to reuse afterward. The lid suctions onto the top to help seal in the candle’s fragrance, and when removed it doubles as a drink coaster. The wax seems carefully poured, and the wick is well centered. This candle lost 12 grams of wax over an hour in our testing, giving it a calculated burn time of 19 hours. If you want to try a few different scents, you can get it as part of a “pick your own” set of three candles for $

Flaws but not dealbreakers: This candle is on the expensive side (out of our picks, only Boy Smells and Keap candles cost more per ounce). But we think the high-quality materials and construction justify the price.

We also loved: The Otherland Canopy Candle is just as fragrant as the Daybed, and it comes in the same great vessel. The scent is lush, verdant, juicy, grassy, cool, and contemplative—everything a forest canopy should be. We had more fun with our pick’s in-your-face florals, but just barely.

Scent notes: rosebud, peony, pear
Size: 8 ounces
Wax type: coconut and soy blend
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 19 hours
Shipping: free (no minimum)
Return policy: 30 days

Target Project 62 Lavender + Eucalyptus Ceramic Wellness Candle

A natural-smelling candle in a ceramic container, the Project 62 Lavender + Eucalyptus candle.

Who this is for: Someone who prefers a faint, fairly neutral scent (perhaps due to allergies or migraines, or just personal taste) and prefers a reusable container.

Why it’s great: The Project 62 Lavender + Eucalyptus Ceramic Wellness Candle from Target smells a lot like real lavender and eucalyptus, though the mintyness of the eucalyptus is more of an afternote. This candle is slightly soapy and powdery, so it would be good in a bathroom, and its subtle scent is easier on the nose than those of most of our picks. This candle did great in our melt test, losing just 7 grams of wax in an hour, and based on our calculations we estimate it has a hour burn time. We really like that the container is unbranded (the label is a paper circlet that can be easily removed), so it can be repurposed. It’s also the only order we placed with Target that arrived totally intact, which tells us that the ceramic is sturdier than most (the other Target-exclusive candles we tested, from Threshold and Hearth and Hand, were damaged in transit). To top it all off, this is the least expensive candle we tested, costing just $ per ounce.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: This candle has no lid, so dust can easily accumulate on the surface, and the fragrance may fade faster in storage. Also, the bottom of the container has a rough texture that seems like it could scratch furniture. Lastly, this candle doesn’t seem to have the best quality control—the wick on ours was off-center, and the wax pour seemed a little sloppy around the edges. But, considering the price, these minor drawbacks are easy to overlook.

We also loved: Like the Lavender + Eucalyptus candle, Target’s Project 62 Aloe + Bergamot Ceramic Wellness Candle is great for people who prefer a subtle scent. We also love its unbranded, cement container, which begs to be repurposed as a succulent planter. However, the scent has a little too much vanilla for our taste, so we prefer our pick.

Scent notes: lavender, eucalyptus
Size: 9 ounces
Wax type: palm and paraffin blend
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 37 hours
Shipping: free on orders over $35
Return policy: one year

Our favorite sweet and citrusy candles

Mala the Brand Cereal Candle

A soy-based candle that smells like Froot Loops cereal, Mala the Brand Cereal Candle.

Who this is for: Someone whose sense of smell is as refined as their sense of humor.

Why it’s great: Mala the Brand’s Cereal Candle smells exactly like what your favorite sugary cereal (think: Froot Loops, Fruity Pebbles, or Trix) would smell like if your favorite sugary cereal were concocted by a master perfumer. “It smells just like Froot Loops, which sounds weird but it is so, so nice and comforting and nostalgic,” said video producer Nikki Duong. The scent is fruity, flowery, and creamy, and the vessel (a tiny paint can) is equally playful and kitschy. Even after your nose has tuned out the fragrance, you get to enjoy the soft, cozy sizzling sound of the wooden wick (or, if you prefer, there’s a cotton-wick version). This candle performed admirably in our melt test, shedding just 7 ounces of wax in an hour, giving it an impressive, hour calculated burn time. The wax is a soy blend, and it was carefully poured in the candle we tested. The wick is well centered, and if you go for the wooden wick, you don’t have to worry about trimming it. As an added bonus, the company plants a tree for every purchase. And you can choose your preferred packaging (a reusable cloth bag or a cardboard box) when you check out. Also, the metal vessel can be recycled, repurposed, or returned to the company for reuse.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: This candle costs $ per ounce (from our testing pool, only the Otherland, Boy Smells, and Keap candles cost more). And it has the shortest return policy of our picks, giving you just four days to send it back if it’s been damaged in transit.

We also loved: Mala the Brand’s Clean Cotton Candle literally smells like laundry—it evokes detergent suds, dryer sheets, and (as the name suggests) cotton sheets fresh from the wash. It’s not as nostalgic or whimsical as the Cereal scent, and it’s a bit more astringent. But if freshly laundered bedding is what sparks joy for you, this is the candle you should get.

Scent: lemon, lime, lavender, vanilla, sandalwood
Size: 8 ounces
Wax type: soy blend
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 32 hours
Shipping: free on orders over $
Return policy: four days

Peacesake Neroli & Musk Sanctuary Candle

A floral and citrus candle in recycled glass vessel, the Peacesake Neroli and Musk Sanctuary Candle.

Who this is for: Someone who likes citrusy florals (as anyone who watched the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee knows, neroli oil is derived from bitter-orange blossoms). This candle could easily fall into the “woodsy” or “floral” category as well, but we think the bright, sumptuous notes of neroli set it apart.

Why it’s great: We absolutely love the Peacesake Neroli & Musk Sanctuary Candle. It smells like the ruins of a grand estate overgrown with jasmine (maybe after a light rain), and we can’t get enough of it. The fragrance is potent and sophisticated, with orange blossom, petitgrain, neroli, and jasmine highlights that intermingle beautifully with its musk and cedar undercurrents. The wax is soy-based and tidily poured, and the wick is well centered. After burning for an hour in our melt test, it was 12 grams lighter, which gives it a calculated burn time of 20 hours. The vessel is made of matte-black, thick recycled glass that feels sturdy and robust, and it’s stylish enough to be reused as an odds-and-ends container. Like that of the Boy Smells vessel, this vessel’s black color helps to hide soot streaking, and its matte finish is better at hiding fingerprints. It also has a tasteful yet functional cork stopper, and the label is one of the most attractive we’ve seen (though it’s easy to peel off if you want to remove it).

Flaws but not dealbreakers: This candle costs about $ per ounce, which isn’t cheap, but we think the complex scent and reusable vessel make it well worth the price. Also, the lid on ours started to crumble around the edges after a couple weeks of use, which is disappointing but also pretty typical for cork (and we like that it’s a biodegradable material).

Scent notes: orange blossom, bergamot, amber, jasmine, sandalwood, musk
Size: 8½ ounces
Wax type: soy
Average cost per ounce: $
Calculated burn time: 20 hours
Shipping: varies (usually $10 to $15)
Return policy: seven days

How we picked and tested

A person smelling a burning candle, while other un-lit candles sit on the table in front of them, taken during the testing process.

We spent 18 hours researching scented candles—their history, how they’re made, how they function, how to care for them properly, health and safety concerns, and what distinguishes the good from the great. We scoured the websites of major retailers to identify the most widely available brands, as well as some lesser-known candlemakers. We surveyed our staff and collected 19 responses on their favorite candle brands and scents, how fragrant they like their candles to be, how much they typically spend on a candle, and how much they’d spend on a great candle. We interviewed several fragrance professionals, including Virginia Bonofiglio, associate chairperson of cosmetics and fragrance marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and Saskia Wilson-Brown, director of the nonprofit Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles.

We sought out a wide variety of scents to account for different tastes—and our experts told us that people tend to be more intrepid with candle fragrances than with perfumes or lotions because candle scents don’t stay on your body all day. We gravitated toward candles that had lids (to stave off dust and help preserve the fragrances) and those with attractive vessels. We also gave preference to companies that allow you to return an unused candle if it breaks en route or if you can’t stand the smell of the unlit candle. (Side note: If you don’t want to commit to a scent right away, most candlemakers sell tea-light samplers.) Finally, although it’s incredibly thorny to determine whether a candle is sustainable—even waxes that are renewable, biodegradable, and certified sustainable are often derived from monoculture crops grown on deforested land—we gave preference to candles that are environmentally conscious in some way, such as having a recyclable vessel or plastic-free packaging.

Based on our findings, we rounded up 32 candles under $50—two scents from each company, weighing 6 to 18 ounces apiece. Generally speaking, we think a scented candle should be made from high-quality materials and skillfully constructed, with a careful attention to detail. It should provide a clean, even burn and a fragrance that fills a room without overwhelming it. Many of the candles we love check all of these boxes and cost less than $50 (our price cutoff for testing).

Once we had our contenders in hand, we noted any imperfections in the wax, wick, or vessel—such as a sloppy pour, an off-center wick, or a chipped container—and how carefully each candle was packaged. Our test panel, which included our home editor and two staff writers who regularly burn candles at home, smelled each unlit candle (taking breaks between each one) and described the scent as well as its potency. After lighting each candle, we logged any additional notes in the aroma, the flame height, how much smoke it produced, and how well the fragrance permeated.

The lifespan of a candle varies greatly depending on its size, how many wicks it has, and how often you burn it. It also depends how long you burn it each time. (Most noses block an unfamiliar scent within a few minutes, so you really don’t need to burn a scented candle for more than 10 minutes at a time. However, on the first burn, you should burn the candle to the edges, or about an hour per inch in diameter, to prevent tunneling.) Complicating things even further, most candles contain a blend of several waxes (such as paraffin, soy, or coconut) that have different burn times, and they’re not always listed on the label. So  after our initial tests, we conducted a wax-melt test with the front-runners. We weighed each candle on a digital kitchen scale, and then we weighed them again after leaving them burning for one hour. In the span of an hour, the candles we burned lost between 4 grams (Threshold’s Wooden Wick Candle) and 19 grams (Yankee Candle’s Signature Large Tumbler Candle). To calculate how many total hours of burn time you should expect from each candle, we divided the wax weight listed by the company (we could measure only the total weight—vessel and all) by the weight lost in one hour.

We know that not everyone can safely enjoy scented candles due to allergies, asthma, migraines, pets, kids, or other situational concerns. If you’re looking for alternatives, you may want to consider using an essential oil diffuser or flameless candle (we have recommendations for both) to create a similar ambience with hypoallergenic fragrances and/or without an open flame. If you’re concerned about smoke and soot damaging your stuff, these options are also less messy.

What about wick trimmers and other accessories?

A selection of candle accessories, including matches, snuffers, wick trimmers, and more.

Throughout our testing, we used 11 different candle-burning accessories to see how much they improved the experience. We found there was less smoke and splattering when we put out the candles with candle snuffers than when we simply blew them out (we especially like this snuffer from Crate & Barrel). And wick dippers extinguish the flame with almost no smoke (we like the ones that come with the Ronxs 3-in-1 Candle Accessories Pack Set and the Homeety 3-in-1 Candle Accessory Set). While a snuffer simply cuts off the flame’s air supply to put it out, a dipper (which is basically a flat piece of metal with a crook on one end) dunks the wick into the pool of melted wax to douse it and fish it back out. Neither tool is strictly necessary, but both allow you to conclude your aromatherapy session without getting a noseful of smoke.

Our pick

Wick trimmers, on the other hand, seem less worthwhile. The ones we tested all excelled at their main job—trimming wicks. But wax accumulates on the blades after each use, so they require frequent cleaning. To remove the excess residue, we prefer to pinch the top of the charred wick, once it has cooled down, and then wash our hands. Or you could use a square or two of tissue, to keep the soot off your fingers. This method is easier, less messy, and doesn’t cost anything.

Candle toppers are supposed to help candles burn more evenly, prevent tunneling, and reduce flickering from air drafts, but we didn’t notice a significant improvement when we used the Honeycomb Candle Topper from River Drive Designs. We do, however, recommend getting a lid or cloche if your favorite candle doesn’t have one, since it helps seal in and preserve the scent.

Other good scented candles

For those who like the smell of fruity soda, freshly cut grass, aloe, and the ocean. The 8-ounce Capri Blue Cactus Flower Petite Jar’s fragrance is strong, and a little artificial, but not offensively so. We like the look of the cobalt-blue glass vessel. And though we wish the brushed-metal lid attached firmly to the base (rather than simply sitting atop it), the vessel seems ideal for repurposing as a container to hold cotton rounds or other household bric-a-brac. This candle costs $ an ounce, and we calculated it has a burn time of 25 hours.

A citrusy candle with beachy vibes to burn in warm weather. The Capri Blue Volcano Petite Jar candle smells like grapefruit, blacktop on a hot day, and something creamy that’s hard to pinpoint. One of our staffers and her dad splurged on Anthropologie’s “colossal,” ounce version of this candle for her mom’s birthday, since it’s collectively been their family’s favorite scent for years. We also like the look of the black- and white-jarred versions of this candle, because they appropriately call to mind igneous rock and volcanic ash, respectively.

Great candles for bathrooms and kitchens. The candles we tested from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day (Honeysuckle and Lemon Verbena) smell distinctly synthetic and soapy, but somehow it works. Senior staff writer Michael Sullivan loves them, but “for the bathroom only.” (We could see them being nice in a kitchen or on a screened-in porch, too.) They come in utilitarian glass jars with metal lids to tightly seal in their fragrances. Their wax is a soy blend, and they cost just $ per ounce. Based on our wax-melt tests, they should provide about 34 hours of burn time. And the company accepts returns for up to 60 days (which is longer than returns for most candles we tested).

Well-balanced and sophisticated fragrances with a wooden wick. The 9-ounce, soy-based Threshold Leather + Embers Wooden Wick Candle and the Threshold Coconut + Honey Wooden Wick Candle both have well-balanced and sophisticated fragrances—despite costing just $ per ounce. Plus, their calculated burn time is a whopping 57 hours apiece, and they’re backed by Target’s liberal one-year return policy. We like these candles a lot, and they’re an especially good option if you’re partial to the smoldering crackle of a wooden wick. However, many of our picks are more attractive, have more complex and pervasive scents, and cost about the same or just a little more per ounce. Also, although we like the tight seal and look of their wooden lids, the glass vessels don’t seem especially durable (one of ours arrived broken).

What to look forward to

For our next update, we are planning to test pricier candles, above the current $50 cutoff, as well as a few more budget options. To keep things more manageable in this initial round, we opted not to test several staff favorites just yet. These include, but are not limited to, candles from: Diptyque, D.S. & Durga, Le Feu de L’eau, Apothia, and Birthdate, and less-expensive options from Bath & Body Works, Chesapeake Bay, Opalhouse, Patriot, and WoodWick. We will also keep testing different scents from our favorite candle brands and will add notes to this guide as we try them.

We’ll also be taking a closer look at the sustainability of different materials and processes used in candle manufacturing. For example, sourcing for various waxes and oils used in candles—like palm oil, soybean oil, paraffin, and others—is often problematic. We hope to dig into these issues more thoroughly and surface them so that readers can make informed decisions.

The competition

On the whole, our least favorite candles were the ones we tested from Yankee Candle (namely, the Pink Sands Signature Small Tumbler Candle and the MidSummer’s Night Signature Large Tumbler Candle). Generally speaking, we like powerful fragrances, but these candles were more pungent than pleasant—their scents have more of an artificial, cloying quality than scents of other candles we tested. In our wax-melt tests, the candles from Yankee Candle also performed worse than the others, shedding 19 ounces of wax in an hour. This makes us think they have shorter lifespans (however, along with the Project 62 candles, these were the least expensive candles we tested, costing about $1 per ounce). Additionally, we had numerous problems with Yankee Candle’s website and customer support. We ordered a Yankee Candle Matrix Chrome Illuma-Lid Candle Topper (which is supposed to help distribute the candle’s fragrance and make it burn more evenly), but it never arrived. After spending hours on hold with customer service, we gave up and ordered the item again—and that one never arrived either. For this reason, if you do have a favorite Yankee Candle scent that brings you joy (several of our staffers are die-hard fans!), we recommend that you buy them in person.

The candles we tested from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia (the line of housewares sold at Target by HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines) were also a disappointment. We tried the Golden Hour Two-Tone Ceramic Seasonal Candle and the Coastal Sage Two-Tone Ceramic Seasonal Candle, both of which have subtle, beachy aromas. The Golden Hour candle has notes of coconut and lemon, which pair well together, but we found the scent to be a bit saccharine. With its marriage of herbaceous sage and zesty bergamot, the Coastal Sage candle transported us to the seaside, though this one is unnecessarily (and heavily) laden with notes of vanilla. Those are small quibbles. But the main issue with these candles is that they’re slightly pricier than the other Target-exclusive candles we tested (these cost almost $2 per ounce, whereas the Project 62 and Threshold candles are both closer to $1 per ounce), and they don’t seem to offer any major benefits over the other two. As a side note: Both of the Hearth & Hand candles we ordered arrived completely shattered, and one of the Threshold candles was broken. This is a pattern we’ve noticed with Target orders over the past year, so we recommend buying breakable items in-store or scheduling curbside pickups.


  1. Virginia Bonofiglio, assistant professor and associate chairperson of cosmetics and fragrance marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, phone interview, April 21,

  2. Saskia Wilson-Brown, director and founder of the Institute for Art and Olfaction, phone interview, April 22,

  3. Resources, National Candle Association

  4. Are Candles Toxic to Indoor Air Quality?, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), April 28,

  5. Where Does a Candle Go When It Burns?, The New York Times, April 26,

  6. What Can Covid Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?, The New York Times Magazine, January 28,

  7. How to Make Sense of Scents, The New Yorker, January 25,

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19 Of The Best Candles You Can Get On Amazon

It's made with highly concentrated eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils to create a soothing and refreshing smell. The color of the glass varies.

Promising review: "I am a candle enthusiast and this is one of the best candles I have ever used. I am very particular when it comes to the scent of a candle, I like a natural smell that is not overbearing yet can fill a large area with a subtle scent, this candle fits my criteria perfectly and I attribute that to the ingredients. It has highly concentrated, top quality fragrance oils along with vegetable wax. This is what gives off the subtle, room filling, and truly soothing scent that I look for in a candle. This particular candle is produced with three lead-free wicks. Unlike so many other candles I've owned, this candle burns evenly and consistently, which is hard to come by. I personally find the best time to use this candle is while reading or relaxing after a long day. With all that being said, if you're looking for a candle with a magically soothing scent, that also burns evenly, this is the candle for you, as a candle enthusiast, I highly suggest you give this candle a try, you will not regret it." —LSUTIGER92



The best scented candle? That’s a matter of opinion. Just like finding your favourite perfume, picking a signature scented candle can be tricky. Maybe you’re big into powdery rose notes, or lured by the sleep-inducing properties of lavender. Or perhaps it’s cosy, leather-spiced scents that have you handing over your hard-earned cash.

Whatever your fragrance preferences may be, we’re sure you’ll agree that there’s nothing quite like a flickering flame to set the mood at home – especially when you're spending an increasing amount of time stuck to the sofa.

We’ve put some serious research into digging out the very best scented candles out there, from the big-budget blockbusters to boast about on your Insta grid, to the cheap candles that don’t scrimp on quality.

On top of the obvious shelf appeal, these fragrant winners all impress when it comes to intensity of scent and burn time, too. (Any candle addict will know there’s nothing more frustrating than one that doesn’t burn evenly.)

Scroll down to discover the Cosmo team’s eternal flames (so sorry).

The best scented candles to buy now

Scented candle in glass holder




Sandalwood is known to calm the mind, making this scented candle a soothing option. The black and white blown-glass vessel is pretty chic, too. 

Umbra Candle


This paraben-free wax candle features a traditional wooden wick, which makes a cosy crackling noise – just like a real log fire –while it burns. 

Amping up the comforting appeal is the sophisticated scent, which blends coffee with heady tuberose and orange blossom. 

Concrete Candle - Pepper Guaic



Burn this woody candle right to the end, then house a succulent in the chic concrete pot. Clever. 

Rose & Sea Salt Scented Candle


Soak Sunday has launched a line of scented candles, and they're every bit as delicious as we had hoped. Exclusive to Beauty Bay, this chic pink votive is made in the UK and fragranced with a blend of brisk sea salt, sweet geranium and rose. With a burn time of 35 hours, it's great value too. 

Mind Blown Hair + Body Oil Treatment Candle

We Are



Perhaps the smartest purchase you'll make this month, We Are Paradoxx's sustainable candle is designed to melt gently, then be used as a deep-conditioning hair and body oil. With avocado oil and shea butter, it'll leave both your lengths and limbs feeling (and smelling) heavenly. 

Mahogany Scented Candle




H&M makes some of the best cheap candles on the high street, but they sell out at lightening speed so you need to act fast.

Mahogany scents are instantly sophisticated, making this wallet-friendly option a real no-brainer.

The Birthday Candle




Each one of Beauty Pie's ridiculously priced candles is hand-blended in Grasse – the home of fine perfumery – using the same grade oils as some of the spenniest alternatives out there. 

This is exactly why they sell out almost as soon as they arrive on the site.

A genius new addition to the line-up, this candle is the perfect birthday gift. Sugared almond and vanilla blends with black pepper and patchouli, smelling like a very sophisticated cake. 

Sage + Oat Milk Candle




Alicia Keys' eponymous Soulcare line is finally here, and we're in love with this vegan soy wax candle. Sage is believed to cleanse the air of negative vibes, while gentle oat milk instills feelings of calm. So basically, we need one in every single room

Chickidee Nectarine Conscious Candle


It might be mini, but Chickidee's scented candle will fill your living room with an addictive sweet, fruity scent. It ticks all the sustainability boxes, too: the wax is pure natural coconut, and the jar is recyclable aluminium.

Drame Magnifique Scented Candle

& Other



Finally back in stock (but probably not for long), this ultra-covetable candle from & Other Stories looks *so* much more expensive than it is. 

The scent is delicious too: think soft sweetness with a hint of warming woods. 

Create Candle



Eym's British-made natural candles boast some of the best aromatherapy blends in the business. This one is ideal for groggy mornings and those working-from-home slumps: with notes of zingy citrus and punchy pepper, it'll keep you feeling awake and energised.

Sleep Scented Candle


Sometimes, you just really *need* a spa day. Failing that, lighting Cowshed's famously calming Sleep scented candle in your living room will help those shoulders relax just a little. With chamomile, geranium and jasmine, it's a potent mind-soother.  

Under The Covers Scented Candle



With a very sexy patchouli and pepper scent, we think it's obvious which room this candle is destined for

Deep Relax Candle




Serious aromatherapy fans will know that no-one beats this iconic brand when it comes to mind-soothing blends. 

This newly launched candle throws the unbeatable Deep Relax scent – a combination of petitgrain and chamomile – and quietens even the most frazzled of minds. The cream ceramic votive will look chic in any room, too. 

Dawn Citrus Candle



Cos has just made its first foray into candles and, unsurprisingly, the debut duo are entirely chic. Dawn Citrus opens with top notes of juicy peach and coconut, with floral rose and gently smoky cedarwood lending a sophisticated edge.  

Scented Candle

Bella Freud



This supersized gold candle is the centrepiece of Bella Freud's ridiculously coveted candle line. A love letter to the s, it burns with an ultra-cosy blend of patchouli and incense. Plus, its destined to store your make-up brushes in a future life. 

Real Luxury Intensive Skin Treatment Candle



Neom has long bridged the gap between home fragrance and aromatherapy, and our favourite candle from the brand’s offering ticks the bodycare box, too.

Recently reformulated to include extra-indulgent babassu and jojoba oils, this clever candle melts at a lower temperature than others, meaning you can pour the silky oil straight onto weary limbs as a nourishing treatment. The lavender and jasmine scent is a mind-soothing treat, too.

Kush Scented Candle




Don't be fooled – despite its provocative name, this one does not smell like a 90's teenage bedroom. Instead, it's a herbaceous, mellow blend, featuring amber and white musk alongside the cannabis flower. Plaid shirt and Nirvana poster entirely optional. 

Love Sleep Seduction Candle




You probably already know This Works' Deep Sleep candle, which is famed for its ability to induce a deeper, longer slumber. Well this one, with its aromatherapy blend of  ylang ylang and patchouli, does quite the opposite. For, er, sleepless nights, this is the one.  

Santal 26 Classic Candle




This? Oh it's only the most cult cool-girl scent of all time, in candle form. 

Grove Candle




Evermore's luxurious candles are hand-poured in England using vegan rapeseed wax, wild-sourced essential oils, and sustainable packaging. 

Really, every scent is sublime, but Grove has to be our very favourite. Bracing and mind-clearing, it combines pine needle and eucalyptus with a touch of moss to create a uniquely realistic scent that really brings the outdoors in. Consider it the perfect gift for anyone with a serious love for fine fragrance.  

Santal Candle

Floral Street



Floral Street makes some seriously beautiful scented candles, and Santal is the cosiest option for autumnal nights. With notes of eucalyptus, saffron and vanilla, it'll set the scene for those chilled nights in.

Perle de Coco Scented Candle

& Other Stories



& Other Stories' Perle de Coco scent garnered so much hype when it launched back in the summer, and now you can fill your home with the famously good coconut and vanilla scent. 

Fleur Fantome Candle



A Byredo candle has the power to make any space instantly 'grammable. While most are delicious, we're especially obsessed with Fleur Fantome, which somehow smells exactly like a freshly cut bouquet of tulips. 

Figuier Scented Candle



Diptyque's candles might be influencer catnip, but we're in love with more than just their (admittedly good) looks.

The extensive collection contains few duds, meaning you can't really go wrong, but Figuier is a classic stand-out. Sweet fig blends with earthy leaves, creating a uniquely sophisticated scent.

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The Best Affordable Candles On Amazon

Scent has the power to transform a room, and the best affordable candles can quickly set the mood. Candles are a small, everyday luxury and there are a lot to choose from to suit your budget and style. To find just the right one for you, consider the following.

Soy Vs. Paraffin Wax

Candles are usually made of soy or paraffin. Paraffin wax — also sometimes referred to as mineral wax — is the most prevalent candle wax material since it’s cheap and takes scent and colors well. Yet, paraffin is a petroleum by-product, and that's raised some health concerns about burning this wax type for the long term. Soy candles are another option that’s more expensive upfront than paraffin (but still relatively affordable); and is preferred for producing less soot, a longer burn time, using a renewable resource (it’s made from soybeans), and typically being free of additives other than those for fragrance.

Burn Time

If the manufacturer doesn’t list estimated burn time, here’s a general time frame: votive candles burn for seven to nine hours per ounce of wax, and larger candles have a burn time of roughly five to seven hours per ounce. The size of your room can also help you decide on candle size. A helpful guide to achieving the best scent coverage is to use 8 ounces of candle for every 10 square feet of room.

You can also extend the life of your candle with proper maintenance, so I’ve included a candle kit below for proper trimming and care. Another pro tip: always wax pool.

Each of my picks below is highly rated on Amazon, including several candles with thousands of reviews.


The Overall Best

This Chesapeake Bay candle is a cult favorite with nearly 15, reviews, and it's also one of Oprah's favorite candles. But the best part is it's totally affordable since you get a three-wick candle that looks great on your coffee table for under $ Made from a soy wax blend that's enhanced with natural essential oils, this ounce candle burns for about 24 hours. Reviewers commented they love how well this wider candle fills a room with fragrance compared to other sizes.

The scent featured here — Balance & Harmony (aka water lily pear) — is a popular scent, but it also comes in 18 other scents, including several intended to bring tranquility and serenity. The pretty, frosted jar gives a nice glow when the flame is lit, and self-trimming wicks keep things low-maintenance.

A helpful review: “This candle may very well be the best candle purchase I've ever made! The scent is refreshing and clean, but not overwhelming. I love candles, but this one has definitely [exceeded] my expectations. Well done, Chesapeake Bay! I'll be ordering this beautiful treat, again!!"


The Most Long-Lasting Candle

From an iconic, household-name brand, this popular candle comes with an impressive to hour burn time, making it the longest burning candle on this list. It's made from mineral wax (aka paraffin wax) that's blended with premium fragrance oils. The scent featured here, Lilac Blossoms, is one of Yankee Candle’s bestselling scents, but you can also choose from 20 other scents, including several other lovely florals like pink peony, jasmine, and white gardenia.

This pick is also a favorite of candle enthusiasts, with an impressive star rating on Amazon after more than 5, reviews.

A helpful review: “The lavender smells like real lavender, not synthetic. Candle lasts longer than any other brand."


The Best Gift Candle

If you're looking for the best gift candle, this one from CoCo Benjamin is poured by hand and comes in nature-inspired scents. Plus, it looks artisanal but comes with a relatively affordable price tag considering the 40 hour burn time. This ounce soy candle, featured here in a Basil, Lime, & Mandarin, also comes in nine other scents, including Bergamot Grapefruit and Cotton Blossom. Reviewers report this candle scent has the ability to "really fill a room." This pick is also vegan, cruelty-free, and free of phthalates and petroleum.

A helpful review: "This candle checks all the boxes. It is beautiful, smells amazing and would make a great gift! I decided to keep this one actually. I really like that it is made of soy wax so it doesn't send up soot to my ceiling like traditional candles."


The Best Tealight Candles

The soft glow of tealight candles adds a romantic, inviting vibe to any space, and this very reasonably priced set of long-lasting tea light candles means you'll always be ready to up the ambiance.

Each paraffin votive candle is unscented and burns for six to seven hours, and they even float in a pool or still water. These candles have an incredible star rating on Amazon with more than 3, reviews, and reviewers commented that they're impressed with the high quality of these tealights, especially compared to others they've tried.

A helpful review: “I have been burning candles for forty years nowthese are the best tea lights EVER!. Better than ikea and better than World Market Cost Plus, both of which are excellent quality and value. There are times when these candles have burned as long as eleven hours. Truly phenomenal.”


The Best For Covering The Smell Of Smoke

If you need an odor-eliminating candle that banishes bad smells and replaces them with a pleasant scent, try the Smoke Odor Exterminator. This set of two paraffin-soy blend candles has special enzymes that actually remove foul odors in the air instead of just masking them. And though it's strong enough to neutralize smoke, reviewers report it's effective for eliminating any odor, including those from pets.

Each ounce candle in this two-pack provides 50 to 75 hours of burn time and emits a pleasant Sandalwood fragrance. It's also available in dozens of other scents, including Sparkling Juniper and Lavender.

A helpful review: “I am really impressed with these candles! They actually work and that says a lot because most products that claim to get rid of the smell, don't, they just over power the smell and as soon as you blow it out the smell is back. These don't just cover it up. I will be buying more!"


Worth The Splurge

For a little more, you can treat yourself without breaking the bank. A Trapp Signature Home candle is the priciest candle on this list, but the fragrance is rich and complex with excellent scent throw. The soy wax blend has a long-lasting burn time of about 50 hoursfor its 7-ounce size.

I'm partial to Mediterranean Fig, which has notes of fig, melon, and blonde woods, for an aroma that's sophisticated and "reminiscent of a fresh fig ripened in the warm Tuscan sun." This fancy candle also comes in several other scents, including Amber & Bergamot and Teak & Oud Wood.

A helpful review: “This is by far THE BEST candle EVER! I have an issue with most candles not having enough smell and I'm a scented candle addict. Trapp candles take over! I love it! One candle is all you need! You definitely get what you pay for!!!”


Nice To Have: The Right Candle Accessories

Proper candle maintenance will extend the life of your candle and save you money in the long run. The easiest way to do it is with a candle accessory set, like this highly rated one from RONXS. It comes with a candle wick trimmer, candle wick snuffer, and candle wick dipper that are made of durable stainless steel (available in matte black). The pretty patterned box it comes in works well for storage, too.

A helpful review: "This was something I didn't know I needed! I have burned myself in the past from blowing out candles with lots of melted wax and I dirty my fingers trying to trim and clean the wick when it's too long but this handy set solves those issues. Also the packaging is pretty cute!"

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Walmart Candles

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Cuddle up on a chilly night with a glass of wine and your favorite pajamas with one these aromatic candles from Walmart. These sweet-smelling candles prove that me-time doesn't have be expensive, so light one of these up and feel the stress

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Black Hammered Metal Bowl 3-Wick Candle

Better Homes & Gardens


A beautiful centerpiece on any coffee table, this candle is perfect to light when you have company gathered in your living room. 

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WoodWick Trilogy 10 Oz. Candle


This multi-colored candle is so pretty you will be hesitant to burn it, but please do! You'll find the cinnamon-chai smell is too good to blow out.

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WoodWick 10oz Medium Jar Candle


Aromatherapy is known to soothe migraines and reduce stress, so light this lavender candle after a hectic day. You'll use it so often that its hour guarantee may burn up faster than you imagined.

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Yankee Candle Large 2-Wick Tumbler Scented Candle


Light this candle, close your eyes and envision you're laying on a beach on a Greek island. It's almost as good as actually being there right?

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Hot Toddy WoodWick Mosaic Tumbler Candle


This candle's woodwick crackles and pops like a campfire as its cinnamon scent fills the room, taking you to new heights of warm and relaxation.

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WoodWick Ellipse Candle


You'll be counting down the hours until you can come home and light this black cherry scented candle.

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Black Pepper Jar Candle


This bold, spicy black-pepper-scented candle comes with a tongue-in-cheek quote. Laughter is the best medicine, after all.  

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LED Flameless Pillar Candle Set


While not aromatic, these stylish flameless candles set a magical ambiance on a cold winter's night.

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Petite WoodWick Candle


This little guy is the perfect bubblebath companion, enrobing you in the fresh scent of bergamot and basil. 

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Yankee Candle Elevation Collection


This Yankee Candle will remind you of palm trees and sparkling blue water. If you're looking to keep the tropical daydream alive, use our trick to make it burn even longer.

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Acadian Candle Musk Jar Candle


Your husband just may enjoy lighting this candle even more than you do.

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Acadian Candle Big Stick Jar Candle


What better way to celebrate your family animal than by using this adorable candle that features cute sketches? You'll want to keep your candle as decor long after the wax has melted. 

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Dynamic Collections Layered Candles


Not only is this multi-colored candle so beautiful, but it also smells as sweet as dessert. Bring on the crème brûlée!

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Simple Soy Pure Beeswax Candle

Simple Soy Candle Company


This odorless candle, perfect for anyone with a sensitivity to scents, is made from a repurposed mason jar — how rustic! 

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16 Top-Rated Scented Candles You Can Get on Amazon

 Luxury Scented Jar Candle, Amber Woods

APOTHEKE is known for its luxury candles and their Amber Woods scent certainly doesn't disappoint. The scent pairs warm amber wood, sweet lily, and night-blooming jasmine with peppercorn, woody vetiver, and patchouli for a warm, inviting scent that'll transform your home.

The handmade, soy wax candle burns for an average of hours so it'll certainly last for a while in your collection. Whether or not the candle is lit, however, the minimal, white vessel will make a chic addition to any nightstand, accent table, or countertop.


Candles already create a warm, calming ambiance but with this scent by Boy Smells, you can take it one step further. The scent blends smoking Japanese cypress, jasmine petals, and fresh moss, for a warm blend with additional notes that have been proven to induce relaxation.

The candle comes in Boy Smells' signature glossy black vessel that'll look chic in your home no matter where you place it. Once it's done, you can even repurpose it to hold makeup brushes, Q-tips, and other small beauty products.

Teakwood & Tobacco

Nicknamed the "boyfriend" scent, this P.F. Candle Co. scent pairs teakwood and tobacco for a more masculine, warm fragrance. The percent soy, hand-poured candle features cotton-core wicks and comes in a ounce amber-colored jar that's reusable once the candle burns through. Like all P.F. Candle Co. fragrances, the candle is paraben-free, phthalate-free, and not tested on animals.

What Editors Say

"I've always been a fan of scents that err a bit more on the masculine side, so it's no surprise that I love P.F. Candle Co's Teakwood & Tobacco candle. The scent is warm and earthy but not overbearing, and the 40 hour burntime is truly impressive. It's a crowdpleaser too! I've given this candle as a gift several times and the recipient has always loved it." — Bridget Mallon, Associate Editorial Director

Cire Trudon Ernesto Candle

If you prefer candles that are as decorative as they are fragrant, you'll appreciate Cire Trudon's Ernesto Candle. The fragrance was inspired by Havana and includes notes of tobacco and leather—amongst others—for an earthy blend.

Though the ounce candle is certainly a splurge, the vessel is made of handblown glass and has a burn time of hours, so you'll have it for quite a bit. Plus, it's made in the oldest wax-producing factory in the world, so you're getting a little piece of history along with your purchase.

DW Home Large Double Wick Candle, Fresh Cut Gardenia

For a fresh, floral scent, look no further than this candle by DW Home. The fragrance pairs gardenia petals with jasmine flowers for a fresh, floral scent that'll make your home feel like a gorgeous flower garden. The ounce candle is made from a palm wax blend and comes in a simple, glass white container that'll work with any décor style.

Diptyque Baies Candle oz.

There's nothing quite like a bouquet of roses but if you can't make your way to a flower shop, Diptyque's Baies Candle is the next best thing. The luxury candle has the scent of a bouquet of Bulgarian roses paired with black currant leaves that creates a fresh and fruity smell you won't be able to get enough of.

The candle comes in the brand's iconic glass container and is available in multiple sizes, so you can start small and work your way up to the larger options.

Peace Candle

If you prefer a fresh-scented candle, you'll appreciate this scent by Paddywax. The Peace candle blends notes of eucalyptus leaves, crushed lavender, blushed peony, and tonka bean that'll spread a refreshing scent throughout the home.

The candle comes in a mint green ceramic container crafted with a peace sign design—once the candle is through, it can hold makeup brushes on your vanity or sit pretty on your windowsill as a planter.

Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange

For a candle that smells as exotic as it looks, don't miss this find from Voluspa. The candle blends notes of goji berry, ripe mango, and tarocco orange for a fresh, sweet, citrus smell you'll want burning in your home at all times—which is made easy thanks to a hour burn time.

The candle even comes in a gorgeous glass red jar with a decorative lid that'll stun anywhere in your home. Once the candle burns through, you'll be able to repurpose it for jewelry, flowers, and or other odds and ends you may have.

Capri Blue Volcano

This brand is known for both the intoxicating scent combos and stunning vessels of their candles, and indeed this one is no exception. You’ll notice the gorgeous cobalt blue glass jar first— it's the kind of blue that’s reminiscent of the Aegean Sea and Greek islands.

Fans of sweet scents will especially appreciate the fragrance, with notes of tropical fruits and sugared citrus. Over time, you'll appreciate not only how good the candle smells, but how long the scent it gives off lasts, even once it’s been blown out.

Light this candle the next time you have people over and we guarantee someone will ask, “What smells so good?” Minimalists will appreciate the streamlined and sleek clear and white glass vessel, which works with any décor and in any room.

The brand has no shortage of distinct scents to choose from, but if you’re going to pick just one, this rich and deep fragrance is choice. Hints of amber and patchouli are balanced out by an unexpected touch of refreshing eucalyptus.

Also noteworthy: A cosmetic-grade wax that optimizes how each candle burns and the fragrance diffuses, and the variety of sizes available. You can’t go wrong with the classic (it boasts a to hour burn time), but if you really want to splurge, go with the luxury option which will last you up to hours.

Tranquility indeed! The fresh and clean scent pairing of slightly citrusy lemongrass and herbaceous basil is utterly spa-like, perfect for transforming your bathroom into an oasis of relaxation. (It’s no surprise that this is the signature scent for a high-end resort in Turks and Cacos.) The candle's scent quickly disperses into the air when lit, so you won't need to keep the candle burning for longer than necessary. These candles are hand-poured in the USA.

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When a trip to the beach just isn’t in the cards, lighting this candle is the next best thing. Handcrafted in California, it perfectly channels a coastal vibe and scent, using ingredients sourced from around the world. Citrusy mandarin is paired with floral rose and lily, balanced out with base notes of amber, powder, and honey. The end result will transport you to the shore; all that’s missing is the sand between your toes. Plus, the candle is also made with eco-friendly materials, specifically soy wax and a cotton wick.

This Ohio-based brand proudly wears the distinction of America’s oldest candle company, in business for years. In other words, they clearly know how to make a great candle. This particular crowd favorite combines blood orange, cedarwood, almond, and vanilla—an unexpected mash-up, but one that works beautifully together to create an inviting and sophisticated scent perfect for any living space.

Housed in a clear glass jar with clean white wax, this candle burns for up to 90 hours (making this an especially great value for the price). Also nice: A hammered brass lid turns this into more of a décor piece when you’re not burning it, and pulls double duty as a candle coaster when you do light it.

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We can’t decide what we like most about this candle. Is it the stunning packaging, with thick amber glass accentuated with black labeling and gilded font? Is it the fact that the soy wax and cotton wick are entirely non-toxic and clean burning? Or is it the scent, derived from organic essential oils, that combines hints of sweet berries and lemon with rich sandalwood and musk?

Happily, there’s no need to choose because this stunner offers all of the above. To the point of scent, you'll find that it strikes the perfect balance between being feminine and masculine (great for maybe a bedroom, perhaps?) and also appreciate the beautiful packaging that makes it ready for gifting, no added wrapping required.

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Fresh and floral, we think this would make the perfect addition to light during any yoga or meditation practice—or just in your kitchen when you’re having a particularly stressful day. As the name suggests, the brand draws inspo from the Maryland shoreline, often using fragrance inspired by local plants and fruits (in this particular case, citrusy bergamot).

In addition to the scent, this pick earns points for how well the scent diffuses, as well as the packaging, distinguished by subtle, turquoise-frosted gloss and wooden lid that adds an organic touch. The wallet-friendly price tag is just the icing on the cake.

The aroma of this candle was specially made to be therapeutic, blending essential oils together to strike the perfect combination. More specifically, calming and soothing chamomile is paired with refreshing and invigorating eucalyptus. It’s a duo that may seem oxymoronic, but rather than canceling each other out, these two elements blend together for the ultimate blend that somehow manages to both help you chill and energize you all at once.

Also noteworthy is the brand’s philanthropic contributions. For each candle purchase, they make a donation to a specific charity; in this case, it’s to an organization that helps end human sex trafficking.

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