The 8 Best Scented Candles of 2020

Fill your home with delightful scents

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Aspen Bay Jar Volcano Candle at Amazon

"A pretty cobalt blue vessel that will look stunning when lit."

Best Splurge: Diptyque Baies Candle at Nordstrom

"This high-end luxury candle smells like roses and blackcurrant leaves."

Best Winter Candle: Winter White Crackle Jar Candle at West Elm

"A decorative candle to burn throughout the winter months."

Best Pine Candle: Thymes Frasier Fir Pine Needle Candle at Amazon

"The scent has a fresh, mountain-y feel that’s perfect for any room."

Best Affordable: P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Soy Candle at Amazon

"f you like a more natural, woodsy scent you'll love this candle."

Best for the Bedroom: NEST Linen Classic Candle at Amazon

"A mix of clean linen, white orchid, and apples."

Best for the Kitchen: Mrs. Meyer’s Geranium Candle at Amazon

"The geranium scent is subtle but fresh."

Best for the Bathroom: B&BW Eucalyptus Spearmint Candle at Amazon

"The eucalyptus essential oil is known to help you relax and reduce stress."

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    Best Overall: Aspen Bay Jar Volcano Candle

    While a candle scent is truly personal to whoever is burning it, this candle's subtle tropical scent that burns for up to 100 hours will surely win you over. Besides the notes of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, limes, and mountain greens you'll also be presented with a pretty cobalt blue vessel that will look stunning when lit and prove as a handy vessel when the candle is all done.

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    Best Splurge: Diptyque Baies Candle

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    Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    If you’re looking for a high-end luxury candle to display as a bedroom accessory, look no further than this French brand. This candle doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re willing to splurge on a deliciously scented candle or you’re looking for that “signature scent” that is uniquely yours, it’s well worth the cost. The Baies Candle comes in a signature clear glass with a black-and-white label distinctive to the Diptyque brand and smells like roses and blackcurrant leaves.

    Despite being one of Diptyque’s most popular scents, reviewers say their friends and family have come to recognize it as uniquely their own. Place this candle behind a toilet or next to a bed for instant luxury. Bonus points: the lovely packaging makes a great makeup brush holder once the wax has been burned down and cleaned out.

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    Best Winter Candle: Winter White Crackle Jar Candle

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    Courtesy of West Elm 

    These gold, crackle glass jars, shaped like stemless wine glasses, are a great way to add a touch of glamour to your home. The “Winter White” candle glows speckles of orange through the golden glass, evoking a warm, inviting atmosphere. Reminiscent of mulled wine and Christmas trees, the fragrance blends spiced orange, cardamom, and pink peppercorn with earthy bits of evergreen, cypress, and amber. If you’re looking for a decorative candle to burn throughout the winter months, this is a great choice.

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    Best Pine Candle: Thymes Frasier Fir Pine Needle Candle

    Nothing beats the smell of a real Christmas tree. Well, except maybe the Thymes Frasier Fir Pine Needle Candle. This ​6.5-ounce candle offers 50 hours of burn time, so you can get your pine scent fix all winter long (or summer, we won’t judge). The scent has a fresh, mountain-y feel that’s perfect for any room in the house. It comes in a glass jar covered with prints of pine, so it works as a decorative piece as well.

    If you want to add a bit of holiday cheer to your home, you can’t miss this pine-scented candle.

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    Best Affordable: P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Soy Candle

    Warm, decadent, and affordable, the P.F. Candle Co. No. 11: Amber & Moss Soy Candle smells amazing but won’t break the bank. If you like a more natural and woodsy scent, you’ll love this candle’s mix of heady musk and amber mixed with soft notes of lavender, orange, and sage. Crafted from 100 percent natural soy wax and phthalate-free premium fragrance oil, this P.F. Candle Co. candle boasts a burn time of between 20 and 25 hours. Plus, the packaging sets it apart: hand-poured into an adorable, apothecary-inspired jar, the P.F. Candle Co. No. 11 Candle goes well with virtually any type of decor.

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    Best for the Bedroom: NEST Linen Classic Candle

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    When picking a candle for the bedroom, it’s important to consider the mood you want to set. In smaller spaces like a guest bedroom, we love candles that smell great even when they’re not burning. The Nest Linen Classic Candle is our choice for a bedroom because it has a clean, fresh scent that won’t overpower the space at night, but adds a bit of fragrance even when it’s not in use. This 8.1-ounce candle smells like a mix of clean linen, white orchid, and apples. It comes in a subtle glass jar with white stripes, so it works well against all decor styles.

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    Best for the Kitchen: Mrs. Meyer’s Geranium Candle

    Mrs. Meyer’s is extremely popular, and for good reason: it sells a well-scented, long-lasting candle made with natural ingredients. If you’re looking for the perfect candle to place next to your sink or stove, Mrs. Meyer’s Geranium Candle is a great option. This 7.2-ounce candle burns for about 35 hours and comes in a cute, reusable jelly-style jar. The geranium scent is subtle but fresh, and won’t overpower when you’re eating dinner or having a glass of wine.

    Reviewers love Mrs. Meyer’s, and many say the candle lasts even longer than the stated 35 hours. When picking a candle for your kitchen, a light airy scent like geranium is the way to go.

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    Best for the Bathroom: Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Candle

    Not all candles are made alike, and not all are equally suited to every room in the house. The Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Candle is a great choice for your bathroom in particular because it’s packed with a strong, stress-reducing scent (perfect for those bath nights) that smells great even without a flame.

    This 3-wick candle is fairly large at 14.5-ounces and burns between 25 and 45 hours. The eucalyptus essential oil is known to help you relax and reduce stress, so pair it with a glass of wine and a bubble bath for the ultimate Friday night in.