Scents are strongly attached to memory, which is why we love to fill our homes with delicious, comforting and calming scents during the holidays. From crisp pine and forest scents to peppermint undertones and Christmas cookies, we found 15 festive holiday candles that all capture the mood of the season and are sure to help make your holiday memories all the more special.
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Williams Sonoma Winter Forest Candle
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Pottery Barn Nostalgic Christmas Season Candle
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Blue Capri Retro Ornament Candle
Blue Capri is one of our favorite candle brands year-round, but we especially love their holiday themed scents and vessels, like these whimsical candles inside retro ornaments. Each shape contains a different scent—peppermint red velvet, creme brulee and iced spice cake, which has notes of apple and pear spiced with clove, cinnamon and ginger.
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Illume Night Market Candle
These charmingly packaged candles, also from Anthropologie, have a different scent in each colorful tin box. Red contains a mulled wine candle with, "an earthy base of leather, cedarwood, vanilla and clove, enlivened with notes of orange, apple, strawberry and cinnamon." The Hot Buttered Rum candle in the yellow tin has hints of eggnog and rum, and finally the Milk & Cookies candle in the blue square tin enchants with a blend of sweet almond, whipped cream, cinnamon and brown sugar.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Diptyque Unicorn Frosted Forest Candle
Diptyque has a cult following for a reason, their deliciously scented candles are a luxurious status symbol for your vanity or coffee table. On Barneys website, the brand spins a fascinating tale to explain their new holiday candle, Unicorn Frosted Forest. "The constellation of the unicorn contains a nebula located at 2,600 light-years called the Christmas Tree, the birthplace of sparkling stars." A mix of Fir needles, hinoki and mint make this a scent you won't soon forget, that invokes the imagery of a lush, frosted forest.
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Nest Fragrances Holiday Candle and Reed Diffuser Set
While also imparting a delightful holiday scent, we love this Nest Fragrances set that comes with a candle and a reed diffuser, making it lovely for you, but also a great gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list!
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Signature Soy Oh Christmas Tree Candle
Looking for a holiday scented candle on a budget? Target has your fix. Signature Soy has a few jar candles that are affordable and pretty enough to display with the rest of your holiday decor. And as a bonus, if you can't get a Christmas tree this year, a scent like this will give your home that same seasonal scent we crave.
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Nature's Wick Holiday Wreath Jar CandleContinue to 9 of 15 below.
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Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Tumbler Candle
What's not to like about the scent of freshly baked cookies? With notes of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and sugar—this memorable fragrance will fill your home with that addicting smell... But we can't guarantee it won't make you hungry!
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LAFCO New York Ski House Scented Candle
Strike a match and transport yourself to—where else—a cozy ski house— with this scented candle from LAFCO that blends essences of fresh pine, patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, leather, vanilla and frankincense. Perhaps best of all, this candle burns cleanly for 90 hours, which is a great value for $65.
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Good Candle Campfire Candle
Sometimes you just have to get out of the city and build a raging fire... But you can't. This campfire candle from Good Candle can take you there in the meantime. Made from 100% American grown soy wax and a braided cotton wick in Brooklyn, NY, this affordable candle gives off a clean, even burn. (BYO marshmallows!)
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Yankee Candle Candy Cane Lane Jar CandleContinue to 13 of 15 below.
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Mixture Candles Whiskey and Wood Small Silver Metallic Candle
A holiday candle doesn't have to smell like a tree or like cookies to invoke the mood of the season. This whiskey and wood aroma from Mixture Candles will make any gathering feel cozy and celebratory, even if you can't actually sit by a real fireplace.
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Byredo Saints Altar Candle
Byredo—another cult favorite among fashion and beauty editors—is a candle worth splurging on. Their Saints Altar candle is described as "a combination of notes such as clove bud, carnation, and vetiver for a unique, earthy scent." To give it a special holiday glow, the red wax candle is packaged in seasonal red glass.
Byredo Saints Altar candle, $80, Barneys
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Cire Trudon Nazareth Gold Classic Candle
It's not just the name that gives this candle it's Christmas allure. Cire Trudon's Nazareth Gold classic candle has a warm, holiday-inspired fragrance with notes of cinnamon, bitter orange, cloves and bourbon vanilla.
Cire Trudon Nazareth Gold Classic Candle, $105, Barneys