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, a reflection of the year we just came out of. For me and most of my inner circle, winter cheer typically comes in the form of a themed espresso drink and a couple swipes of glittery makeup for after-work events, but those opportunities have been few and far-between lately. That said, I've relied on candles for comfort, an outlet to make me feel like I'm someplace else either than my small apartment. I've made room on my coffee table for winter candles I've discovered — 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 times like this 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 new years gifts — and there's always room for spreading good cheer. See my favorites ahead.
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Celebrating the brand's 60th anniversary, this fruity fig aroma is wrapped in limited-edition packaging for added pizazz.
Bergamot, cinnamon, sage, lily of the valley, rose and lavender make this Duke Ellington-inspired fragrance a must-have for a cozy scent all winter.
If you want a flirty scent for your space, look no further. With notes of red apple, jasmine, rose, and gillyflower, the light fragrance will make a strong statement.
Be clear, this is not your average vanilla candle. Blended with an addition of sandalwood and coriander, this is a sexy spin on the traditional aroma.
The iconic fragrance has been transformed into candle form this winter. Those same notes of lily of the valley, jasmine, and pear will make your home feel like a garden, no matter the weather.
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."