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The best scented candles of 2023

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Never underestimate the power of a good candle to transform your space into a cozy oasis, transport you to a place you wish you were, or bring back sweet, happy memories. Luckily, there are plenty of candle options on the market so you can find the one that’s exactly what you’re looking for.

We’ve scoured the web (and reviewed our personal collections) to find our favorite scented candles to burn at any time of year.

Soy scented candles

Homesick Just Married Candle ($34; homesick.com)

It’s time to pop the champagne – someone just got married. A great gift for newlyweds or for your very own partner, Homesick’s Just Married candle contains notes of sea salt, champagne, sea air and creamy musk for a fresh, sparkling scent – made from a blend natural soy wax.

Sundays C.02 Green Fig and Ginger Candle ($52; dearsundays.com)

Sundays C.02 Green Fig & Ginger Candle

It’s the ultimate candle to burn after a long day or spa-like experience at home. Made with 100% natural oils, soy wax and a cotton wick, this Sunday candle smells of green fig, sandalwood and ginger for an unparalleled soothing scent.

Apotheke Charcoal Candle ($42; apothekeco.com)

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Apotheke Charcoal Candle

Although charcoal may seem like a strange candle scent, just think about how comfortable you feel outside next to a smoky fire. Housed in a chic matte black vase, this soy wax blend candle has a 60-70 hour burn time to fill your space with notes of cedarwood, amber and oud.

Brooklyn Candle Studio Minimalist Sunday Morning Candle ($28; brooklyncandlestudio.com)

Brooklyn Candle Studio Minimalist Sunday Morning Candle

This candle is really easy as Sunday morning. Reminiscent of pre-noon walks through the Farmers Market, this popular Brooklyn Candle Studio number smells of pear, bergamot, jasmine, gardenia, and amber woods for a warm yet refreshing scent.

Chesapeake Bay Cranberry Dahlia Candle ($14.99; target.com)

Chesapeake Bay Cranberry Dahlia Candle

It’s common knowledge that Target’s assortment of candles is elite, so it was difficult for us to choose just one. We can’t stop thinking about this Chesapeake Bay Cranberry Dahlia candle that’s housed in an eye-catching frosted glass jar with a wooden lid.

Beeswax scented candles

Boy Smells LES scented candle (from $32; nordstrom.com)

Boy Smells LES Scented Candle

This iconic candle is inspired by the eclectic, inclusive and free spirit of New York’s Lower East Side. Made from a blend of coconut wax and beeswax, this fun scent features notes of black currant, peach blossom, Asian pear, jasmine rice, coconut, cardamom and white cedar.

Root Candles Vineyard Chateau Candle ($21.99; amazon.com)

Root Candles Vineyard Castle Candle

Crafted from Root Candle’s natural beeswax blend, this premium candle offers modern style and a long-lasting burn to any space, especially the Vineyard Chateau scent which features notes of grapes, olives, and lemon. sweet herbs, sandalwood and musk.

Hyoola Beeswax Taper Candles ($29.49; amazon.com)

Hyoola Beeswax Taper Candles

You may like to place taper candles in your home. Grab this set of 12 beeswax candles that offer a seven hour burn time – perfect for candlelit dinners or setting the mood.

Luxury scented candles

Tom Ford Fabulous Candle ($135; nordstrom.com)

Tom Ford fabulous candle

Sometimes you just need a reminder of how amazing you are – let that reminder be Tom Ford’s Fabulous Candle. It features notes of clary sage, bitter almond and blond woods for a deliciously gourmand scent.

Le Labo Santal 26 Candle ($78; nordstrom.com)

Le Lab Santal Candle 26

What’s not to love about Le Labo’s Santal 26 candle? With notes of cocoa, vanilla, spices and sandalwood, this very cozy candle has a fragrance that permeates the whole house, without being too perfumed.

Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Candle (from $59.50, originally from $70; nordstrom.com)

Jo Malone London Black Pomegranate Candle

If you’re looking for a fruity, moody scent, turn to Jo Malone London’s Pomegranate Noir candle. With notes of pomegranate, casablanca lily and guaiac wood, you get a sweet yet smoky scent, housed in a jar that blends in well with any decor.

Voluspa 3-wick tin candle ($24; nordstrom.com)

Voluspa Three Wick Pewter Candle

Voluspa’s luxurious jar candles are definitely some of our favorites on the market right now, serving as decoration even when you’re not burning the candle. Made from a coconut wax blend, this three-wick candle comes in 13 scents – but we love the Goji Tarocco Orange scent.

Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace Candle ($62; nordstrom.com)

Maison Margiela Replica of the fireplace candle

Here’s another cozy candle perfect for fall and winter, formulated to remind you of evenings by the fire. With notes of pink peppercorn, orange blossom petals, chestnut accord and vanilla, this scented candle is sure to become your new favorite.

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Byredo Bohemia scented candle ($43; bloomingdales.com)

Byredo Bohemia scented candle

No luxury candle collection is complete without an option from Byredo. Feeling adventurous, light the brand’s Bohême candle which evokes the sensation of wanderlust through notes of rum, geranium and vanilla.

Food scented candles

Diptyque Berries candle (from $38; nordstrom.com)

Diptych Berries Candle

When we need new candles, Diptyque is one of the first brands we turn to. As its name suggests, the Baies candle (which translates to berries) is a warm and fruity scent combining blackcurrant berries with accents of rose.

Brightland digestive candle ($42; brightland.co)

Brightland Digestive Candle

If you don’t want your whole house smelling like the food you just cooked, try Brightland’s Digestive Candle. While we have long been fans of the brand’s olive oils, we recently discovered this candle created to burn during or after cooking, with notes of neroli, orange blossom, black pepper and oils from the Mark. One of our reviewers was impressed with its ability to mask cooking odors.

Nest New York Pumpkin Chai candle (from $16; amazon.com)

Nest New York Pumpkin Chai Candle

Fall or not, there’s never a bad time to burn a pumpkin flavored candle. Don’t be surprised when this top notch candle from Nest New York makes you want to head to your local coffee shop.

Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Candle ($55; malinandgoetz.com)

Candle Malin+Goetz Dark Rum

We’ve heard nothing but good things about this Malin+Goetz candle inspired by bay rum. It comes with scents of plum, bergamot, leather and a creamy blend for a warm, dark and spicy scent.

Wild Rose Shop & Studio You Make Me Smile Candle ($36; urbanoutfitters.com)

Wild Rose Shop & Studio You Make Me Smile Candle

The Wild Rose Shop & Studio You Make Me Smile candle smells of orange, sriracha and coconut. An unlikely yet divine combination of scents will fill any room with that fresh feeling. Best of all, the candle is vegan, cruelty-free, and made with soy wax.

Other scented candles

$120 on snif.co

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Our favorite try-before-you-buy perfume brand, Snif, now has candles, and we couldn’t be more impressed. You can sample the candles before committing to full size and take the plunge with one of the brand’s new scents, each made from a blend of soy and vegetable wax. The creamy and dreamy Instant Karma candle is our current favorite.

The Birthdate Candle ($38, originally $48; birthdate.co)

The date of birth candle

Whether you’re looking for a holiday gift idea or a candle for yourself, we always recommend The Birthdate Candle. With a blend of soy and coconut wax, this candle is personalized to your personality based on your birthday. Even cooler, each candle’s scent is custom-developed by a master perfumer to match your spirit.

Otherland Woodlands Candle ($36; otherland.com)

Other Country Woodland Candle

We never tire of candles from Otherland. Every time we think we’ve found our favourite, the brand releases a new collection. One of our favorites is this Woodlands option that smells of palo santo, redwood bark, and smoky vanilla.

Skylar Vanilla Sky Candle ($45; nordstrom.com)

Skylar Vanilla Sky Candle

A hand-poured candle made with soy and coconut wax? Sign us up immediately. Skylar’s clean-burning Vanilla Sky candle features notes of cappuccino, pure vanilla and caramelized cedar for a warm and comforting ambiance.

Chloe Glass Cypress Cotton Candle ($18; urbanoutfitters.com)

Chloe Glass Cypress Cotton Candle

On every Urban Outfitters trip, we’re tempted to buy another Chloe Glass candle because the geo-etched glass container catches our eye every time. We then think of burning the Cypress Cotton fragrance, which smells of bergamot, cypress, wood, moss and musk.

Anthropologie Aurelie Balsam & Cedarwood Glass Jar Candle ($32; anthropologie.com)

Aurelie Balsam & Cedarwood Glass Jar Candle from Anthropologie

This candle is so good it boasts a 5-star rating from Anthropologie, where reviewers say it’s the ultimate fall scent. Choose from three delightful hand-poured scents, each housed in a decorative glass jar. We would take the Balsam & Cedarwood option which smells of orange, berries, fir needles and cinnamon.