The 35 Best Scented Candles Of All Time, From A $10 Drugstore Find To A $480 Showstopper
A good candle is not hard to find. It's easy to stumble upon a scent that'll stop you in your tracks while walking through Target, or find a cute one — by complete accident — as you click through Madewell's digital catalog. Still, rounding up the very best scented candles of all time? That's more of a challenge. But it's one with majorly cozy rewards, if you're willing to dig around.
Anyone that has ever paged through a candle's online reviews will know that scents are subjective, too. A candle you'd burn every night might never once be lit up in the house of someone else. So, at a certain point, you have to trust your own gut (er, nose). This is easier said than done while shopping online, though. To skip over at least part of that shopping dilemma, keep on scrolling: 35 of the very best candles you can order online are ahead. And to sweeten the deal, each one has a superlative — yearbook style — to help you understand why it's at the top of the charts.
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Best In Show: diptyque Figuier Candle
Best Newcomer: Boy Smells Slow Burn Candle
A collaboration between the editor-favorite brand Boy Smells and musician Kacey Musgraves, Slow Burn sold out in a flash upon first release. "Glowing and dark — incense, black pepper, and guaiac wood take center stage with whiffs of embers in the distance," described a quote from Musgraves in the product description.
Best Classic: Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Candle
A Molton Brown signature, the Black Peppercorn scent is more complex than you might think at first. Clock the ginger, amber, and bergamot notes that round out the spicy fragrance.
Best Offbeat Pick: D.S. & Durga Concrete After Lightning Candle
Best Instagram Fave: MALIN+GOETZ Tobacco Candle
Best Instant Pick-Me-Up: Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Candle
Fresh, timeless, and romantic — this candle is classic Jo Malone. Clementine leaves and orange blossom create a citrus scent that's radiant, yet very comforting. (Case in point: Poppy Delevingne opted for the perfume version of the fragrance for her wedding.)
Best Special Occasion Gift: Voluspa Maison Noir Crisp Champagne Candle
Pop a bottle. Voluspa's black-and-gold candle is fragranced with brut champagne, barrel oak, and a pinch of vanilla — and at just $18, it's the perfect last-minute gift.
Best Hidden Gem: Madewell Rosewood Cassis Candle
Reviews for Madewell's feminine Rosewood Cassis scent are enthusiastic, to say the least. Another perk: You can add it to your shopping cart between pairs of jeans.
Best Design: Jonathan Adler Muse Blanc Candle
Best Fireplace Alternative: LAFCO Feu de Bois Candle
Best For Relaxing: LATHER Lavender Candle
Best In Vintage (Inspiration): Curionoir Diaphanous Candle
Best Summer In A Jar: Otherland Canopy Candle
Best For Bedrooms: Chesapeake Bay Candle Cashmere Jasmine Candle
Affordable candles can get a bad reputation for being cloyingly sweet, but this cashmere and jasmine fragrance from Chesapeake Bay Candle balances the fine line with ease.
Best Tea-Time Treat: BYREDO Chai Candle
Best In Affordable Luxury: & Other Stories Drame Magnifique Candle
Almond, nutmeg, florals, and marshmallow blend together in this eye-catching candle that, yes, you can pick up online from none other than & Other Stories. C'est magnifique.
Best Head Turner: Heretic This Smells Like My Vagina Candle
Best Birthday Gift: Project 62 Astrological Glass Jar Candle
Best Cult Favorite: Capri Blue Colossal Mercury Glass Candle
Best Non-Traditional Floral: Trapp No. 13 Bob's Flower Shoppe Candle
Best Drugstore Buy: Mrs. Meyer's Honeysuckle Candle
Best Vessel: Brooklyn Candle Studio x Allison Kunath Woman No. 1 Candle
Decorated with an illustration by Allison Kunath, this Brooklyn Candle Studio pick smells as dreamy as it looks. Currant, fig, amber, and sandalwood make a romantic blend.
Best Maximalism: Overose Nudesse Holo Candle
Best Packaging: Seda France Japanese Quince Pagoda Candle
Best Showstopper: Le Labo Santal 26 Concrete Candle
Best Classic Floral: Venus ET Fleur Rose Blanch Candle
Best Collab: Clare V. For Anthropologie Maisonette Glass Candle
Clare V. fans will enjoy this candle's oh-so-French look, while everyone will flock to its Mediterranean-inspired eucalyptus and lavender notes.
Best For Beauty Fans: Sol de Janeiro Cheirosa '62 Candle
You'll understand why this beauty brand made a candle fragranced like its body cream once you give it a sniff. The salted caramel, pistachio, jasmine, and vanilla scent can be summed up in one word: yummy.