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Our Favorite Scented Candles

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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Burning a scented candle is an effortless way to create a cozy, luxurious, or tranquil mood in any room. We spent 27 hours researching and testing 32 candles under $50, and we found several warm and woodsy, fresh and floral, and sweet and citrusy candles for all of your olfactory endeavors. Whether you want your home to smell like a Provençal perfumery or you just need to mask some persistent pet odors, we’ve got you covered.

Boy Smells Hinoki Fantôme Candle, earthy, elegant

Boy Smells Hinoki Fantôme Candle

Earthy, elegant
The Hinoki Fantôme Candle pairs a main course of cypress smoke with sides of warm amber, sweet vanilla, florals, and fresh moss.
We recommend
P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Standard Soy Candle, arboreal, understated

P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Standard Soy Candle

Arboreal, understated
The P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss candle isn’t the most strongly scented of those we tested, but it has a rich, complex aroma, with notes of pine resin, moss, eucalyptus, and vanilla.
We recommend
Paddywax Tobacco Flower Form Candle, smoky, sweet, nostalgic

Paddywax Tobacco Flower Form Candle

Smoky, sweet, nostalgic
Paddywax’s Tobacco Flower Form Candle comes in an eye-catching ceramic vessel and produces a subtle yet intoxicating cedar-and-patchouli fragrance.
We recommend
Apotheke Charcoal Candle, a bougie bargain

Apotheke Charcoal Candle

A bougie bargain
The Apotheke Charcoal Candle has a sophisticated scent, an upscale aesthetic, and one of the best burn times of any of our picks.
We recommend
Brooklyn Candle Studio Palo Santo Minimalist Candle, sweet, smoky, ethereal

Brooklyn Candle Studio Palo Santo Minimalist Candle

Sweet, smoky, ethereal
The Palo Santo candle has the shortest burn time of our picks. But what it lacks in longevity it makes up for in its elegant aesthetic and exquisite scent.
We recommend
Voluspa Baltic Amber Large Jar Candle , bold scent, great value

Voluspa Baltic Amber Large Jar Candle

Bold scent, great value
This Voluspa candle is super-fragrant and gives off a resiny, warm, inviting scent. It has the longest burn time of any of our picks and costs less per ounce than most candles we tested.
We recommend
Keap Lavender + Petals Candle, the anti-potpourri

Keap Lavender + Petals Candle

The anti-potpourri
The most expensive of our picks, this candle provides a powerful fragrance, comes in a simple yet high-quality vessel, and offers a great burn time.
We recommend
Otherland Daybed Candle, like a rosebush in full bloom

Otherland Daybed Candle

Like a rosebush in full bloom
With a sturdy and colorful vessel, this candle packs a powerful punch in both looks and fragrance.
We recommend
Target Project 62 Lavender + Eucalyptus Ceramic Wellness Candle, for sensitive noses

Target Project 62 Lavender + Eucalyptus Ceramic Wellness Candle

For sensitive noses
This candle has a soft, natural-smelling scent, though the lavender and eucalyptus both come through clearly. And the painted ceramic vessel can be reused as a planter or pencil cup.
We recommend
Mala the Brand Cereal Candle, frooty and nostalgic

Mala the Brand Cereal Candle

Frooty and nostalgic
This soy-based candle is a sophisticated interpretation of Froot Loops (yes, you read that correctly), and it’s available with either a wooden or cotton wick.
We recommend
Peacesake Candles & Co. Neroli & Musk Candle, great vessel, better scent

Peacesake Candles & Co. Neroli & Musk Candle

Great vessel, better scent
This candle emits a dreamy blend of florals, citrus, and sandalwood. And it comes in a unique matte-black, recycled-glass vessel, topped with a cork lid.
We recommend
Illume Gold Candle Snuffer, a great candle snuffer

Illume Gold Candle Snuffer

A great candle snuffer
This snuffer is more sturdily built and easier to use than others we tested. It has a glossy, pale-gold finish and a refined, modern look. It also has a matching wick trimmer, which you can buy separately, though we think they’re overkill for most people.
We recommend
Ronxs 3 in 1 Candle Accessory Set, a solid set of candle-burning tools

Ronxs 3 in 1 Candle Accessory Set

A solid set of candle-burning tools
This set includes a wick trimmer, wick dipper, and snuffer. All three tools are sturdier and more practical than those in other sets we tested, and they’re available in either a matte-black or antique copper finish.
We recommend
Homeety 3-in-1 Candle Accessory Set, a similar set, plus a carrying case

Homeety 3-in-1 Candle Accessory Set

A similar set, plus a carrying case
This set’s wick trimmer, wick dipper, and snuffer have a polished, light-gold finish. The Homeety set performed just as well as the Ronxs set. And they’re almost identical, except the Homeety snuffer has a textured handle and is more traditional looking (and it comes with a soft, suede-like storage pouch).
We recommend

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