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29 of the Best Fall Candles That Aren’t All Just Pumpkin Spice Scented

Francesca Krempa

Photo: Stocksy / Leah Flores
As the weather dips below 70, the fall candles come out. Which is why we're here to talk about them and their various offerings. But let's start with scents: If there's one quintessential fall icon, it's the pumpkin. Sure, apples and apple-y things are ubiquitous during this time (as are chai lattes and anything cinnamon). But from Starbucks drinks to deodorants (yes, really), pumpkin seems to always be. the "It Girl" scent of autumn. Which is probably why we see endless offering of pumpkin-scented candles—it's a surefire way to set the fall mood, after all.

Whether you're shopping in-person or browsing virtual store shelves, you're sure to find an endless supply of pumpkin spice candles for fall. But they're certainly not the only fall fragrance that can invoke a cozy, October-November feel. From warm, woodsy smells grounded in earthy musks, to classic florals that you'd find in a fall bouquet, I promise there are many other fall candles to spark this season besides pumpkin spice.

Should pumpkin be in your cozy repertoire? Absolutely,  if that's your journey. But so should these other scents, which are guaranteed to elevate your space to autumnal new levels.

The best fall candles of 2021

Classic floral scents

Aerangis, "No. 7. Seven Miles" — $78.00

Deep and sensual, this isn’t your typical flowery candle. Aerangis “No. 7 Seven Miles” blends citrus and musk with gardenia, ylang ylang, and violet for a deeper fall floral fragrance.

Paddwax, "Rose & Santal" — $38.00

For fans of roses, this new candle from Paddywax offers a warmer twist on the romantic scent. Underneath notes of bergamot and nutmeg, you’ll smell rosewater and petals mixed with the cozy signature scents of amber, patchouli, and musk.

Floral Street, "Midnight Tulip" — $46.00

At the heart of this candle is black tulip, a rich, heady scent that smells like fresh cut flowers. It’s surrounded by dark, brooding scents, too, like amber and incense blended with saffron and lemon.

Diptyqe, "Baies/Berries" — $68.00

Like a fruity floral scent? Check out this berry-scented candle from Diptyque. It smells like freshly picked blackberries mixed with rose petals, invoking memories of the last days of summer.

Mrs. Meyer's, "Mum" — $14.00

If there’s ever a flower to encapsulate fall, it’s the mum. Light up this mum-scented candle to instantly transform your space into a cool, September afternoon that’s all-things herbal, warm, and spicy.

Fresh, clean scents

L'or de Seraphine, "Valensole" — $44.00

Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t still spark something fresh and clean. L’or de Seraphine just launched three new scents for fall, including this lavender-eucalyptus candle that’s perfect for re-energizing your home when the days get cold and gray.

Lili Blair, "Fresh Linen" — $15.00

For fans of the fresh laundry scent, this one’s for you. Under the notes of fresh cotton are hints of green leaves and lemon, reminiscent of the early days of autumn, before the leaves turn and the sun still shines.

Siblings Co., "Lake Life" — $26.00

Why buy a fall candle when you can make your own?! Siblings Co. sends everything you need to make your own candles, minus the vessel. Pour this lake-inspired wax into an empty mason jar or recycled plant pot for scents of geranium, wild air, and vanilla. (This also makes for a fun indoor activity as the weather cools down.)

Apotheke, "White Vetiver" — $38.00

While deeper and sultry with scents of amber and cedarwood, this fragrance by Apotheke is clean, and blended with lighter notes of lilac and cashmere for a warm, yet airy feel.

D.S. & Durga, "Big Sur After Rain" — $65.00

Few things scream “Fall” as loudly as a rainy day. For an instant rainy Sunday, light up this candle by D.S. & Durga, which smells almost exactly like a dewy afternoon. Think: coastal rain, eucalyptus, and hints of magnolia.

Sweet gourmand scents

Volupsa, "Santal Vanille" — $30.00

Sometimes vanilla can be too sweet, but this is not that vanilla candle. “Santal Vanille” is rooted in earthy, woody vibes, blended with scents of santal and sandalwood for a gourmand scent that doesn’t overdo it.

Moods by Yemmie, "Netflix and..." — $20.00

Rainy days got you in the mood for some Netflix and chill? Be sure to spark this scent by Moods, by Yemmie, which is practically a chai latte in candle form. Great for snuggling on the couch during your next Hulu binge or, ya know, other things…

Bath & Body Works, "Pumpkin Pecan Waffles" — $30.00

We told you there’s still room for pumpkin on our list. Especially when it smells like home-cooked waffles on a weekend morning. For just $30, this candle will transform your kitchen into a fancy schmancy Sunday brunch with smells of roasted pecans and syrup-y waffles.

Rock N' Roll Candle Co., "Brown Sugar" — $20.00

Inspired by the Rolling Stone’s song, “Brown Sugar” smells like a Michelin-star rated crème brûlée. But again, it doesn’t overdo it like some gourmand candles tend to do. It’s the perfect heaping of sweet, if that’s what you’re into.

Glasshouse Fragrances, "Trick or Treat" — $55.00

If you’re dead-set on pumpkin scents, don’t miss this new candle from Glasshouse. Not only does it smell like freshly baked pumpkin pie, the votive it comes in is a thing of beauty, designed to stay on your shelf long after cozy season ends.

Nest, Apple Blossom — $70.00

Magically turn your home into an apple orchard with this tasty candle. Crisp red apples blend seamlessly with sensual smells of cedarwood and amber, sparking up a candle as good as fresh baked apple crisp. Even better, 10 percent of proceeds are donated to the non-profit Next for Autism with every purchase.

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Otherland, "Cardamom Milk" — $36.00

“Cardamom Milk” is a creamy-yet-spicy comforting scent that’ll make you think of chai lattes and warming up your feet by the fireplace. It’s got a vanilla base that’s spiked with cardamom, and it’s infused with a touch of woodsiness.

Fruity, citrus candles

Public Goods, "Black Currant" — $14.00

Public Good’s hearty black currant candle smells as good as it gets. Between the natural wax, sustainable packaging, and all-clean ingredients, these candles are the definition of eco-friendly. The fact that it smells like ripe berries doesn’t hurt either.

Forvr Mood, "Cuffing Season" — $38.00

If you like citrus-y florals, check out “Cuffing Season” by Forvr Mood. Underneath the lemon and orange top notes are signature florals like iris and jasmine, mixed with earthy cedar and moss. All in all, the definition of a citrus blend.

Anecdote Candles, "Coffee Table Book" — $24.00

While signature citrus candles are light and zesty, “Coffee Table Book” is a bit more sultry. The tangy grapefruit is offset perfectly by the heady vetiver, instantly transforming your space into something moodier.

Pottery Barn, "Citrus Clove" — $30.00

Spice meets citrus in this fall candle from Pottery Barn. In addition to Seville orange and bergamot, each candle is blended with spicier smells, like cinnamon and clove, making it an excellent choice for fall.

Anthropologie, "Fig" — $36.00

Sweet and fresh, this fig-scented candle from Anthropologie smells just as good as the real fruit. Its sweetness is offset with herbs and woodsy notes, reminiscent of the dog days of summer (or beginnings of fall, however you look at it.)

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SoHum Sugar Plum & Bergamot — $42.00

Not overbearingly sweet, Sugar Plum & Bergamot smells like the plate of cookies you’d leave out by the fireplace (or a mix of citrus, rhubarb jam and raspberries, and amber). Made of 100 percent soy and non-toxic material, this candle a burn time of 50 hours.

Warm, woodsy scents

Brooklyn Candle Studio, "Montana Forest" — $28.00

Instantly transport yourself to the lush woods of Big Sky or Whitefish with this forest-scented candle. Between the spruce trees, camphor, and fresh mountain air, you’ll feel like your on an autumn hike surrounded by nature.

Nette, "Supernatural" — $68.00

Want a smokier, woodsy smell? Light up “Supernatural,” which smells like spooky October nights and midnight bonfires. It’s about as autumn as you can get, with notes of patchouli, frankincense, cinnamon, and sandalwood.

Literie Candles, "I Have a Cabin Upstate" — $35.00

It’s okay if you don’t actually have a cabin upstate—this new scent from Literie will take you there. You know the, “I just sat out by the campfire all night,” smell you get after camping? That’s this candle, that’s blended with other earthy notes, too.

Lulu Candles, "Jasmine, Oud & Sandalwood" — $20.00

Like its name suggests, this $20 candle is candle is warm and earthy, filled with warm scents that are snuggly on a cold, fall day. With over 29,000 reviews on Amazon, it’s a must-have for your candle collection.

Le Labo, "Palo Santo 14" — $78.00

This luxurious candle takes inspiration from the mystical scent of Palo Santo. From its woody notes of cedar and ash, to its aromatic incense and patchouli, it’s a great option when you’re in need of a recharge or cleanse.

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Homesick, "Autumn Hayride" — $34.00

Remember hayrides when you were a kid? This candle by Homesick brings back those memories, as it’s meant to evoke crisp, autumn air, fresh hay, and whiffs of sweet maple. Other notes like clove, amber, and birch make this candle more sweet than smoky. Burn time is around 60-80 hours.

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