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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.