The Best Winter Candles Of 2019 That Don't Smell Like Sugar Cookies
As I drove down Brooklyn's Flatbush Avenue this weekend, I noticed that things looked a bit... dim. Not just because it was already nightfall at 5 p.m., but because there were hardly any holiday lights up. Typically, the city is ablaze with twinkling decorations all over come December 1. But as for me and most of my inner circle, holiday cheer typically comes in the form of a themed espresso drink and a couple swipes of glittery makeup for after-work events. I don't have a stoop to wrap with tinsel, or much space in my studio for a tree — but I can make room on my coffee table for winter candles I've discovered in 2019 — preferably, ones that don't smell like sugar cookies or hot chocolate.
Now, don't get me wrong — there's nothing wrong with those mega-sized three-wick candles that you find at the mall. In fact, I prefer burning those cheaper ones, as they sometimes have better silage than my fancy-schmancy faves. But on days when I want to entertain (and impress), I plan on pulling out something like Boy Smells' Holiday Cedar Stack since I can't throw a couple of logs into my nonexistent wood-burning fireplace. Or, come dry January, I'll light my Bizarre Brandy Single Wick Candle by Molton Brown instead of pouring a stiff one. And what's better is that all of the candles, below, would make foolproof holiday gifts — and there's always room for spreading good cheer. See my favorites ahead.
This rich blend of aged brandy, topped with notes of ginger and orange, are almost better than the top shelf open bar at your company's office party. Almost.
For the friend who keeps a fresh bouquet on her coffee table no matter what time of year it is, gift her with Venus ET Fleur's first-ever candle. Roses never go out of style — but the slight hint of cinnamon gives it a seasonal feel.
The West side of Vancouver apparently doesn't elicit visions of sand and sea — but the fir, spruce, and oakmoss notes are just as pleasing.
The brand describes Burning Bazaar as what a birch table would smell like, if well, burned down to the ground. Which sounds dark, but makes your living room smell like oak and spruce.
You can't have a holiday candle roundup without mention of pomegranate, a major note in this candle. The seeded fruit is in season throughout winter's earliest months, but the 100-hour burn time will hopefully last you for many months ahead.
Bring joy to the world — or your living room — with LIT Brooklyn's citrus and bergamot creation.
Cedar Stack is a Boy Smells mainstay, but the matte emerald green encasing makeover will surely make spirits bright.
Who doesn't need a dash of good fortune before a new year (and new decade)? Per the brand's description, the red of this rose, clove and anise candle "attracts the necessary energies and reinforces dynamism and the vital force."