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C andles are the workhorse of home decor. With the touch of a match, they instantly transform a living space or a bathroom, adding elegance, warmth and a sense of cohesion. And if you’re anything like us, you probably have endless candles stashed away in every corner of your home — some of which, well, you never get around to actually lighting.
There are three elements that make up a great candle: appearance, scent and lastability. You want a beautiful candle that smells just as good as it looks, and will burn for longer than a season of your favorite TV show. Whether you’re on the hunt for a fall-friendly scent or an elegant candle to set the mood during your next dinner party, we’ve rounded up our favorite picks.
01 of 09
Best Overall: Aspen Bay Jar Volcano Candle
While a candle scent is truly personal to whoever is burning it, Amazon customers have made this one the best seller for its subtle tropical scent that burns for up to 100 hours. 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.
Reviewers comment that this is candle has now become their signature scent at home.
02 of 09
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.
03 of 09
Best Affordable: Illume Grey Lavender Collectiv Jar Candle
Sure, there are cheaper candles out, there but if you’re looking for a well-made, nicely scented candle that is easier on the budget, the Illume Grey Lavender Collectiv Candle is our pick. For under $15, it’s attractive enough to display in any room in your house and smells just as lovely. Reviewers say the lavender scent is distinctive without being overpowering, and Illume promises a full 32 hours of burn time when used properly.
The glass jar makes a wonderful knick-knack jar once the candle is finished burning. If you’re looking for an affordable but classy candle, you can’t go wrong with Illume.
04 of 09
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.
One reviewer bought this candle after learning her husband was allergic to real Christmas trees — and agrees it smells as good as the real thing. With over 300 5-star reviews, the Thymes Frasier Fir Pine Needle Candle is one of the highest rated scented candles on Amazon. 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 9 below.
05 of 09
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.
06 of 09
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.
07 of 09
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.
08 of 09
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 9 below.
09 of 09
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.