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
"Smells like roses and blackcurrant leaves."
Best Affordable: P.F. Candle Co. at Amazon
"If you like a more natural, woodsy scent you'll love this candle."
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 in the house."
Best for the Bedroom: NEST Linen Classic Candle at Nordstrom
"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: Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Candle at Amazon
"The eucalyptus essential oil is known to help you relax and reduce stress."
Best for Fall: Chesapeake Bay Pumpkin Latte Candle at Amazon
"Infused with a mix of pumpkin, brown sugar, and maple."
Best Holiday Candle: NEST Holiday Candle at Amazon
"A delightful fragrance that epitomizes Christmas."
Best for a Gift: La Jolie Muse Rose Gold Soy Candle at Amazon
"The scent has a hint of cilantro and floral notes and is a great, subtle choice."
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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
Every home designer has a Diptyque candle beautifully displayed in their bathroom or bedroom. If you’re looking for a high-end luxury candle, look no further than this French brand. At just over $60, the Diptyque Baies 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.
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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% 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 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.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Best for the Bedroom: NEST Linen Classic Candle
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’s got 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.
Try this Nest candle in your bedroom, and your space will smell like you’ve just washed your sheets every night.
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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, the 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.
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Best for Fall: Chesapeake Bay Pumpkin Latte Candle
Just as a pine candle is to Christmas, a pumpkin candle is to fall. The instant the leaves come off the trees, we can’t help but want to fill our homes with an autumnal scent reminiscent of everything we love about the season. The Chesapeake Bay Pumpkin Latte Candle is the perfect choice for a chilly night at home. It’s infused with a mix of pumpkin, brown sugar and maple, and comes in a galvanized metal tin that looks great on a bookshelf or coffee table.
The candle is just under 10-ounces and burns for around 20 hours. Reviewers say the pumpkin latte scent is the perfect fall aroma: not too sweet, but long-lasting even after it’s blown out.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Best Holiday Candle: NEST Fragrances Classic Holliday Candle
Ideal for infusing your home with the wintry aromas of the holiday season, the NEST Fragrances Classic Holiday Candle is basically the candle equivalent of sipping hot cocoa by a crackling fire—it’s that cozy. Housed in a custom-designed, gold-striped glass jar, the NEST Holiday Candle is a lovely object in its own right, and its intoxicating blend of pine, cloves, Mandarin orange, cinnamon, and pomegranate is guaranteed to set a comforting, festive mood. This NEST candle is also made with a refined, cosmetic-grade wax and has an approximate burn time of between 50 and 60 hours, so you can fill your home with its sweetly subdued, holiday-tinged scent for days on end. Customers have reported that this candle has the “most delightful fragrance” that “epitomizes Christmas."
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Best for a Gift: La Jolie Muse Rose Gold Soy Candle
A great candle is a wonderful gesture for a boss, a sister or anyone else in your life you want to show you appreciate. We love the La Jolie Muse Rose Gold candle as a gift because it comes in a wonderfully showoff-able container, and provides a neutral but pleasing jasmine gardenia scent. This 27-ounce candle burns for a whopping 125 hours and is set in a trendy rose gold porcelain dish that looks stunning after the candle is gone.
The scent has a hint of cilantro and floral notes and is a great, subtle choice if you’re not sure what scent to buy for a loved one.