Our 18 Favorite Candles Ever: For Every Scent and Style

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WORDS BY Sara Watson

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Published on December 20, 2021

Lighting a candle is a little luxury that provides an easy, instant way to elevate your mood – and space. Candles are romantic yet homey, chic yet approachable, and the right scent can set the tone for events and seasons year-round (as of today, we’ve officially transitioned from pumpkin spice into Frasier fir). What other item serves as decor, ambience, and fragrance all at once? Go ahead and add a warm glow to your coffee table, nightstand, or mantle with our favorite candles — or bookmark for gifts everyone will love (alongside selects from our annual gift guide, of course).

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Best Candles: Crisp and Classic

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Apothecary Linen-Cashmere Candle Pot

With a subtle but stylish label and a clear glass vessel, this hand-poured candle blends into any type of decor. It also gives off a fragrant, linen scent that makes your space feel so fresh and so clean – no scrubbing required.

Best Candles: Boho Style

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Terracotta Glow And Grow Floral Scented Candle

The “Glow and Grow” candle’s name says it all. Housed in an on-trend terracotta vessel, this floral-scented candle can be repurposed as a cute planter once you’ve burned through it.

Best Candles: Intoxicating Scent

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Dark Berries & Bergamot Scented Glass Jar Candle

This oversized soy wax candle offers more than 90 hours of burn time for a great price. But be forewarned, you may hit 90 hours quickly — the scent mixes classic fruits with hints of sweetness for an incredibly cozy fragrance. (Plus, how pretty is this glass jar?)

Best Candles: Playful Design

Turnowsky Scented Designer Candle

For a candle that feels like a special piece of art: look no further. A beautifully designed ceramic container meets a proprietary palm wax blend infused with essential oils. Translation: worth every penny.

Best Candles: Minimalist Design

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LINNEA Vintage Candle

In an understated, greige vessel, this candle offers a rich aroma thanks to its mix of heliotrope, vetiver, and mahogany wood. It’s hand-poured and made in the USA (Indianapolis, to be exact), offering good vibes you can feel — and smell.

Best Candles: Bold Color and Scent

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Ceramic Coconut Milk Mango Scented Jar Candle

With its gold lid and painted vessel in sunset hues like pink and orange, this candle is unapologetically fun and whimsical. Not to mention its heavenly scent: coconut milk and mango. We melt.

Best Candles: Artisan Craft

Teakwood and tobacco soy candle

Teakwood and tobacco is about as rugged as it gets — but it happens to smell really, really good. We love the amber-toned vessel of this candle, too. It’s hand-poured in Los Angeles, and in our (expert) opinion, P.F. Candle Co. has some of the best payoff out there when it comes to lasting scent.

Best Candles: Unscented

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Large Brass Candle Bowl

Not everyone likes a scented candle (whether due to allergies or personal preference), but luckily there are some lovely choices that offer a clean, cozy glow. This is one of our favorites that packs high design in a gorgeous brass bowl – and makes for a great gift.

Best Candles: Luxe Glow

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Alabaster Candle Bowl

Alabaster is sophisticated and unique because of the variations in material. When lit, this candle casts the most captivating glow – all while doubling as a super chic decor element for your coffee table or console.

Best Candles: Coastal Vibe

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LAFCO New York Sea & Dune 3-Wick Candle

The soft blue tone of the glass container radiates an elevated, high-end vibe that suits any design style, but especially our Cali Casual fans. It’s everything we love about Pacific-inspired decor – simultaneously elegant and effortless.

Best Candles: Mood-Boosting Scent

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Moodcast Fragrance Co. Luminary Candle

Bright, punchy scents like white grapefruit, basil, and rosemary can’t help but lift your spirits. Plus, the gold interior of this candle casts a warm, happy glow.

Best Candles: Objet d'Art

Jonathan Adler Muse Noir Candle

Jonathan Adler’s designs are fun and lovable, and this sculptural candle is no exception. It has a quirky vibe that’ll inject personality into any space, alongside a swoon-worthy bergamot and black plum aroma.

Best Candles: Holiday Scent

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Balsam and Cedar Mercury Glass Candle

The holiday spirit: distilled in a luxury soy candle. Filling the air with the heavenly scent of Christmas trees, the charming mercury glass container makes for a festive seasonal accent to complement your holiday decor.

Best Candles: Outdoor Candle

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Ocean Hibiscus Large Outdoor Candle

Outdoor candles often feel utilitarian and more than a bit… bland. No longer. With this terrazzo-inspired beauty, you’ll keep mosquitos away in signature style.

Best Candles: Farmhouse Style

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Woodsy Plaid Candle

This fragrant candle has a woodsy, fresh scent that transports us to a peaceful and cozy cabin – year round. Plus, the reusable container makes a great accessory thanks to its classic black-and-white plaid pattern.

Best Candles: High Contrast

Black + White Speckled Glass Candle

It’s all about the sophisticated design for this candle. With an abstract brush pattern in a minimalist black and white palette, it’s the perfect complement for a Parisian Modern vibe.

Best Candles: Musky Scent

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Santal Boxed Candle

Le Labo’s ubiquitous Santal 33 perfume may have put the musky, smoky scent on the map, but this candle brings it home. With a simple, modern design and intoxicating santal scent, this candle appeals to pretty much everyone (highly giftable!).

Best Candles: Matte Black

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Capri Blue Volcano Matte Black Jar Candle

Anthropologie’s Capri Blue Volcano has been a longtime fan favorite (among clients and designers alike), but this version takes it to a new level. With a charcoal, matte black vessel, you get the time honored scent with a fresh and modern edge.

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Words by Sara Watson