6 Scented Candles to Maximize Any Fall Mood

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Fall is in the air, and while it's likely you've already spent the past couple of weeks enjoying pumpkin-flavored drinks, watching football games, and planning out your Halloween costume, there's one ritual that you may have forgotten about—and that's lighting seasonal candles! Let's face it: Autumn is associated with so many delicious scents: think caramel, vanilla, cider, fig, just to name a few. If you're in the market for some fragrances to enjoy while relaxing or hosting friends at home, we're here to help. Read on to learn more about six of our favorite candles for the fall season—we've picked one for every mood so that you can be prepared no matter what!

A Cozy Friday Night In

You have a quintessential Halloween movie cued up (Hocus Pocus 2, anyone?), your favorite takeout meal on the coffee table, and a chunky knit blanket on your lap. Now all you need is a candle to light, and we recommend this one from Bath & Body Works for a cozy weekend night at home. It's just so classically fall with its strong cider aroma, which will bring back memories of the elementary school Halloween party from your childhood. But now that you're an adult, you'll also appreciate that the candle's skeleton-themed wrapping is super festive and chic.

Bath & Body Works Spooky Cider Lane

cider candle

Bath & Body Works

Working From Home on a Crisp Fall Day

Sure, you'd rather be making your way through a spooky thriller novel than typing away on your laptop, we get it. But if you're going to have to spend all day toiling away on work assignments, you may as well light a candle to keep you company. This scent from Otherland is a bit more on the subtle end, but it's fall-like nonetheless, featuring notes of corn silk, golden husk, and water lily. It's the perfect work day companion in that it won't distract you from the task at hand but will add a little ambiance to your home office space.

Otherland Manor House Weekend in Crisp Cornflower

otherland candle


When You're Hosting a Fall Baking Day

Fall is all about baking everything pumpkin in the book—there's pumpkin bread, muffins, cookies, cheesecake... so have some friends over and host a mini baking challenge! While nothing beats the smell of baked goods in the oven, a classic pumpkin candle comes pretty darn close. If you love Capri Blue's signature volcano scent, you'll most definitely want to try this seasonal release from the same brand.

Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove Jar Candle

pumpkin candle


When You're Hosting a Seasonal Dinner Party

A good host always gets a bit creative when entertaining—why not impress your guests by lighting a candle that features notes of some of the same flavors you'll be enjoying at dinner? This one from Odme includes pops of squash, black pepper, honey, fig, and brown sugar—yum! Keep one lit in the hallway and another in the bathroom so that the scent follows your guests around the house.

Odme Delicata

fall candle


When You're Planning a Weekend Jaunt

One of the best parts about fall is taking a long weekend somewhere where autumn is alive and well. If you're daydreaming of enjoying a crisp walk around a small town upstate as leaves crunch underfoot, you'll certainly want to light this aptly named fragrance from Literie as you plan your jaunt out of town. Bonus points if you have a flannel shirt and moccasins on as this one's burning.

Literie i have a cabin upstate

literie cabin candle


When You're Starting to Crave Winter

We all know that there comes a point in November when you're starting to feel slightly over fall and are ready for the holiday season to begin. This candle by Brooklyn Candle Studio will help you get into the holiday spirit (albeit a bit early!) with its rich, slightly smokey scent that has a strong throw and will ensure you feel warm and cozy no matter the temperature outside. Cue up a festive playlist and burn this one as you start to decorate your place for the holidays!

Brooklyn Candle Studio Leather Jacket Minimalist Candle

leather jacket candle

Brooklyn Candle Studio