The 9 Best Scented Candles of 2020

Fill your home with delightful scents

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"The premium wax in this citrusy candle is formulated to melt evenly while infusing your space with an exhilarating scent."
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"This eco-friendly candle contains soy wax, vegetable wax, cottonseed wax, and other renewable ingredients."
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"This best-seller has a seriously scrumptious fragrance formulated to make your home feel comfy and inviting."
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"With input from locals, each fragrance is modeled after the scent profile of its state, so it's great for anyone away from home."
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"The coconut wax boasts a 90 percent cleaner burn than soy wax candles, which is ideal for the kitchen."
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"This floral, musky candle will really help you relax if you're taking a bath or going through a soothing skincare routine."
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"It's all the aromas of a crisp autumn day poured into a simple 7-ounce jar."
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"The scent is inspired by the favorite perfume of Billie Holiday, who sang in Harlem nightclubs in the 1930s."
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"Developed with master perfumers, the fragrance presents a calming blend of figs, green ivy, and summer dew."
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Scented candles offer more than just pleasant aromas. They not only help set the mood and provide ambient lighting, but they can be used as decor accents in your home. Candles enhance any room, offering delightful scents and giving off a tranquil, luxurious vibe. 

If you love candles as much as we do, scouring the internet for the greatest options might be worth your while. But if you'd rather skip the research and get straight to the cozy ambiance, we've got you covered.

Here, the best scented candles for your home:

Best Overall: Nest New York Grapefruit Candle

Nest is a top-selling scented candle brand with many loyal customers—you might even say it has a cult following. While there are a wide variety of fragrances to choose from, the Nest New York Grapefruit Candle stands out among the rest. The uplifting scent combines pink pomelo grapefruit with botanical nuances and notes of coriander blossom and lily of the valley. If you appreciate citrus scents, you'll love the refreshing aroma.

This candle comes in three sizes. The 22-ounce size provides up to 100 hours of burn time, the 8-ounce size burns for 50 to 60 hours, and the 2-ounce size burns for 20 hours. Like all Nest candles, it's poured with premium wax formulated to melt evenly while infusing your space with an exhilarating scent.

Best Budget: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Scented Soy Aromatherapy Candle

Mrs. Meyer’s is extremely popular and for good reason: It sells a well-scented products 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 it won’t overpower when you’re eating dinner or having a glass of wine.

Best Splurge: Diptyque Baies Candle 6.5 oz.

If you're willing to splurge on the perfect candle, you should definitely check out the Diptyque Baies Candle. This best-seller has a seriously scrumptious fragrance formulated to make your home feel comfy and inviting. The fruity scent is similar to Diptyque's L'Ombre Dans l'Eau perfume, which smells like fresh roses and blackcurrant.

This white candle comes in a clear glass jar with a simple label printed with French lettering. It's available in two sizes, 2.4 ounces and 6.5 ounces. The first time you light the Baies Candle, you're supposed to let it burn for at least two hours. When the entire top liquifies on the first burn, it'll melt more evenly each time you light it. Diptyque also recommends trimming the wick down to 0.25 inches before lighting it and recentering it every time you blow it out.

Best Gift: Homesick Candles

Scent and memory are closely connected, and Homesick Candles are created with this in mind. As the name suggests, Homesick Candles make a perfect gift for anyone living away far away from home.

These 13.75-ounce candles are hand-poured with soy wax and fragrance oils. There are 50 scents to choose from, as they correspond to the 50 U.S. states. With input from locals on how they experience the aromatic outdoors, each fragrance is modeled after the unique scent profile of its state. From peachy-floral Georgia and sandy-citrus Arizona to nutty-pine Oregon and honey-bourbon Kentucky, these candles hit all the right notes.

Best for Kitchen: Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange Large Embossed Glass Jar Candle

When you burn a candle in your kitchen, it's best to opt for a scent that meshes well with the things you eat. In other words, go for something that smells delicious, like the Voluspa Glass Jar Candle in Goji and Tarocco Orange. This particular candle has a mouth-watering aroma of goji berries, fresh mango, and blood oranges. It's fruity, fresh, and totally addicting.

Also, Voluspa's proprietary coconut wax boasts a 90 percent cleaner burn than soy wax candles, which is ideal for the kitchen. This notably large candle contains 18 ounces of hand-poured wax for a burn time of 100 hours. It comes in a gorgeously embossed red glass jar with a floral tin lid. When the candle is gone, you can remove the remaining wax and use the jar to hold flowers, jewelry, pens, or even kitchen utensils.

Best for Bathroom: The Black Home Aphrodite Soy + Coconut Candle

Lighting a candle in the bathroom does more than mask unpleasant smells. It helps you create a relaxing ambiance and can be implemented into a self-care routine. If you're looking for something to keep in your bathroom, we suggest the Aphrodite Soy + Coconut Candle from The Black Home. Inspired by Aphrodite, the Greek goddess representing love, beauty, pleasure, and passion, it has a velvety tuberose scent with lilac undertones and notes of sandalwood and ylang-ylang.

The Black Home is a Black-owned home goods shop known for refined minimalism with pops of color and gold accents. This simple yet sophisticated candle comes in a black jar with a gold-embossed marbled label. Set it on your counter, or place it on a shelf to enhance the look and smell of your bathroom. With a high-quality coconut and soy wax blend, you can count on at least 60 hours of burn time.

Best for Fall: Bath & Body Works Autumn Single Wick Candle

If you're decorating your home for fall, scented candles are a go-to. The Bath & Body Works Autumn Single Wick Candle is reminiscent of the best things about the fall season. It leads with the scent of juicy gala apples and fresh figs with undertones of eucalyptus—all the aromas of a crisp autumn day poured into a simple 7-ounce jar.

The Single Wick Candles from Bath & Body Works contain a blend of soy-based wax and highly concentrated essential oils. With a lead-free wick designed for continuous burn, the wax melts evenly and consistently until you blow it out. This candle will burn for up to 45 hours, filling your home with a delightful fragrance that's not at all overpowering.

Best for Christmas: Harlem Candle Co. Holiday Luxury Candle

Scented candles go a long way with Christmas decor, and the Harlem Candle Co. Holiday Luxury Candle stands out among other seasonal picks. The fragrance is inspired by the favorite perfume of Billie Holiday, also known as Lady Day, who sang in Harlem nightclubs in the 1930s. She wore the perfume Emeraude, a rich wintry blend of spruce, pine, balsam, and cedarwood with spicy undertones and notes of mint and eucalyptus.

The full-bodied scent of the Holiday Luxury Candle is dreamy, jazzy, and cozy, just like Lady Day…and Christmas Day. With dual wicks and white wax poured into a 12-ounce green glass jar, this candle is the perfect balance of festive and sophisticated. Harlem Candle Co. is a Black-owned home fragrance brand offering candles, room sprays, and diffusers inspired by the rich character of New York City's Harlem neighborhood.

Best Aromatherapy: Otherland Canopy Candle

If you appreciate the aromatherapy of scented candles, you'll love the Otherland Canopy Candle. Developed with master perfumers, the fragrance presents a calming blend of California figs, green ivy, and summertime dew. It's fresh and clean—and meant to remind you of a fluffy canopy bed. 

The candle itself is hand-poured into premium glassware with a soy-coconut wax blend. While it's only 8 ounces and 3.25 inches tall, it has an impressive 55-hour burn time. With a mission to help homes be toxin-free zones, the scented candles from Otherland never contain any sulfates, parabens, or phthalates.

Final Verdict

High-quality wax allows for long, even burns.
For a subtle and refreshing scent, the Nest New York Grapefruit Candle (available at Sephora) is our go-to. Its bright, citrusy scent adds a refreshing boost to any room. If you’re able to spend a bit more, the Diptyque Baies Candle (available at Nordstrom) is a great splurge option with an elegant scent that's reminiscent of roses and blackcurrant leaves.

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