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These 18 Long-Lasting Candles Will Keep Your Home Scented (and You Happy) for Longer

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A candle can make your home (which is now also an office, for many of us) feel refreshed and cozy. But when it burns out as quick as you bought it? A terrible, terrible thing. That's why looking for long-lasting candles is key.

The first step is understanding the wax. This is where soy reigns supreme. Paraffin wax tends to be cheaper, and burns at a much faster rate than soy wax. In comparing two candles of the same size, a paraffin candle will usually have a lifespan of 35 to 40 hours whereas a soy candle can burn for 50 to nearly 80 hours. Because soy wax is softer and doesn’t take as much heat to melt, soy candles usually can use a cooler-burning wick, meaning that the wick is not burning as hot and as a result, the wax is not burning away as quickly. To prolong your fragrant love affairs, these are the best long-lasting candles that are sure to end up on your wick wish list.

Best Long-Lasting Candles

piecework puzzles heavy petal candle on top of its box
Piecework Puzzles, Heavy Petal Candle — $36.00

Known for their elaborate, maximalist jigsaw puzzles, Piecework debuted their first-ever collection of candles this year and they blew us away. Made using a soy wax blend, the Heavy Petal Candle has an aquatic, fresh floral scent—featuring notes of rose damas, bergamot and vetiver, along with musk, peony and sandalwood. It’s a floral candle that everyone will enjoy.

If you’re partial to warm, smokey scents, try the Fire for One candle that has cedarwood, patchouli, and clove notes.

Burn time: 50-60 hours

ganni park life candle next to its box
Boy Smells, Ganni Park Life Candle — $46.00

Created in collaboration with Danish clothing brand, Ganni, Boy Smells’ Park Life Candle smells like “if a Shakespeare novel came to life,” according to one Nordstrom shopper—and we kind of agree! Starring notes of fresh ginger and basil, along with sweet fig, creamy tonka bean, and earthy sandalwood, Park Life smells like a perfect fall afternoon spent at the park. The only thing more beautiful than the crisp, outdoorsy scent is the green mirrored vessel it comes in.

Another successful collab, the Slow Burn Candle, created in collaboration with Kacey Musgraves, boasts a warm and spicy aroma that you’ll want in every room in the house.

Burn time: 50 hours

otherland berkshire granola candle
Otherland, Berkshires Granola Candle — $36.00

Made with a blend of coconut and soy wax, Otherland’s Berkshire Granola Candle is as comforting as it gets. Starring notes of creamy oat milk, warm toasted granola, and earthy pumpkin seeds, every light of this dreamy gourmand candle is a sweet treat.

But if you prefer crisp, fresh scents then the brand’s Alpine Crystal Candle might be the one for you—with notes of juniper, tonic and lemon fizz.

Burn time: 55 hours

malin and goetz dark rum candle
Malin + Goetz, Dark Rum Candle — $58.00

Malin+Goetz candles are loved by everyone from Instagram influencers, to SoulCycle locker room changers, to hotel lobby dwellers. This best-selling scent marked by notes of bergamot, plum, leather, and rum creates a uniquely warm aroma that fills a room in just a few minutes.

For fans of a green, herbaceous fragrance, the brand’s Cannabis candle will not disappoint—it brings the subtly zesty scent of cannabis accord (minus the THC), together with fresh bergamot, orange, and cedarwood to create a scent that’s totally unique.

Burn time: 60 hours

glossier you candle next to the perfume bottle on a table top
Glossier, You Candle — $45.00

Glossier fans have been clamoring for a candle version of the brand’s best-selling You fragrance for years—and the brand finally delivered in 2022. Just like the viral fragrance, the You Candle has that nuanced, skin-like scent that’s immediately comforting. Notes of pink pepper, fresh iris, woody ambrette seeds and ambrox bring instant warmth to your space.

If you love a floral scent with a touch of fruity freshness, check out Glossier’s Orange Blossom Neroli Candle, which features notes of neroli and pear, along with citrus and cypress.

Burn time: 45 hours

DS & Durga Big Sur After Rain Candle
DS & Durga, Big Sur After Rain Candle — $65.00

A slow burning standout among DS & Durga’s lineup of expertly crafted fragrances, Big Sur After Rain captures the romance of the Pacific Coast Highway. Starring purifying notes of coastal rain and eucalyptus shoot, with sweet magnolia and pacific spray, on a base of wet wood and eucalyptus leaf—this candle’s cleansing aroma is like a breath of fresh air that’s worth every penny.

If you’re craving something sweet, DS & Durga’s Breakfast Highlands Candle is another favorite. Featuring notes of warm oats, biscuits, and honey, the delicious gourmand scent evokes the comfort of a home cooked breakfast.

Burn time: 60 hours

homesick book club candle
Homesick, Book Club Candle — $23.00

Originally $38, now $23

With a burn time of 60 to 80 hours, this Homesick Candle is one of the longest burning candles on our list. Inspired by memories of rainy days spent cuddled up with a book indoors, the Book Club Candle features notes of orange, cinnamon, fresh balsam and warm amber, recalling the crisp and comforting scent of freshly printed pages.

For a sweet, wintery scent that takes you back to the slopes, look to their Ski Trip Candle.

Burn time: 60 – 80 hours

salt and stone saffron and cedar candle on a light gray background
Salt + Stone, Saffron and Cedar Candle — $49.00

Salt + Stone shoppers say the brand’s Saffron and Cedar Candle is a true Californian scent, and they’re not far off. The fresh, earthy scent features notes of saffron, neroli, oakmoss, heliotrope flower and surf wax—atop a base of sweet sugarcane and warm cedarwood.

If you prefer a citrusy scent, Salt + Stone’s Grapefruit and Hinoki Candle is an elevated, dynamic take on a zesty classic.

Burn time: 55 hours

anecdote 2023 candle on a colorful pedestal
Anecdote Candles, 2023 Candle — $26.00

For its latest candle of the year, Anecdote captured the ambivalent feels we’re all having about 2023. Starring zesty notes orange and lemon, complemented by sharp ginger, the 2023 candle is punctuated by sweet and comforting, amber, tonka bean and cedarwood.

Anecdote’s best-selling Adulting Candle is another timeless classic, featuring notes of fig, cashmere and sandalwood.

Burn time: 40-50 hours

voluspa baltic amber candle
Voluspa Baltic Amber Candle — $32.00

Voluspa’s candles are made of a proprietary coconut blend that’s free of pesticides and parabens, and they have natural wicks to help them burn clean. What’s more, they’re hand poured into gorgeous jars that you can repurpose after you’ve burned through the candle. The ever popular Baltic Amber scent has notes of amber resin, sandalwood, and vanilla orchid to bring warmth to any room.

If you prefer a fresh floral scent, the Voluspa French Cade and Lavender Candle is bound to be a winner, with notes of Bulgarian lavender, French cade wood and verbena.

Burn time: 50 hours

hand lighting the vacation lobby candle
Vacation, High Ceiling Resort Lobby Candle — $34.00

If the White Lotus were a candle, it’d smell like this Vacation candle. Hand poured using a premium soy wax blend, this chic candle encapsulates the scent of glossy magazines, fresh cut tropical flowers, and a soothing ocean breeze. It’s the kind of scent that will make everyday feel like PTO.

To experience the transportive, coconut-y scent of Vacation’s best-selling sunscreen at home, check out the limited-edition “Vacation” Black Label Candle.

Burn time: 80 hours

 

homecourt mint candle vessel surrounded by mint leaves
Homecourt, Cipres Mint Candle — $60.00

Of all the celeb-owned brands that launched this year, Courtney Cox’s home care brand, Homecourt has really wowed us. The Cipres Mint Candle touts an invigorating fresh scent marked by notes of spearmint, eucalyptus oil, and black tea, with a hint of citrus and woods. And it’s hand-poured into a kiln-fired ceramic vessel that’s label-less and ready to repurpose.

To experience the scent of blossoming citrus trees from the comfort of home, try Homecourt’s Neroli Leaf Candle—starring notes of orange flower, jasmine petals, mandarin and apple.

Burn time: 60 hours

maison louis marie lavender candle
Maison Louis Marie, Antidris Lavender Candle — $36.00

The beauty is in the simplicity with Maison Louis Marie. With no artificial dyes or ornate labels, when it comes to why this brand is as adored as it is, the proof is in the pudding. The refreshing, herbal aroma evokes the true scent of lavender—one that’s earthy and woody, but never cloyingly sweet or soapy.

Rumor has it, that the brand’s No.4 Bois de Balincourt Candle is a dupe for Le Labo’s famous Santal 26, featuring notes of sandalwood, vetiver and amber wood.

Burn time: 55 hours

 

le labo santal 26 candle on a white background
Le Labo, Santal 26 Candle — $82.00

If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, you can’t go wrong with Le Labo’s Santal 26. Featuring sophisticated notes of amber, sandalwood, cocoa, vanilla, and spices, the Santal 26 Candle boasts a soft and smokey fragrance that simply never gets old. The 100 percent pure soy wax candle contains high concentrations of essential oils that give it a pure and powerful throw (candle speak for how the scent carries in a room), making it well worth the steep price tag.

Le Labo’s Palo Santo Candle, which features grounding notes of cedarwood, incense and patchouli, is another fan favorite.

Burn time: 60 hours

byredo bibliotheque candle
Byredo, Bibliothèque Candle — $90.00

Remember the library scene in Atonement? This candle is that in a jar… minus the iconic green dress. Bibliothèque is Byredo’s best selling scent and with top, fruity notes of peach and plum with base notes of leather and vanilla, it makes sense as to why. The candle comes in the brand’s signature black wax and iconic glass vessel you’ll keep forever.

If you’re in the mood for florals, Byredo’s Burning Rose Candle will deliver in spades. It features notes of rose petals, violet, and leather atop a base of birch and ebony woods.

Burn time: 60 hours

p.f. candle co golden coast candle on a coffee table
P.F. Candle Co. Golden Coast Candle — $24.00

P.F. Candle Co. makes all its candles in California using domestically-sourced soy wax, fine fragrance oils, and cotton-core wicks. The scents are all luxurious, including this Golden Coast candle, which has hints of eucalyptus, sea salt, redwood, and palo santo—reminiscent of Big Sur.

Honorable mention goes out to P.F’s Teakwood and Tobacco Candle, which features warm, woodsy notes of teakwood, leather and orange.

Burn time: 60-70 hours

ceremonia guava candle
Ceremonia, Guava Candle de Ceremonia — $42.00

2022 was the year that beauty brands got into candles—and Ceremonia’s Candle de Ceremonia is a shining example. The follow-up to the brand’s debut candle inspired by its signature fragrance, the Guava Candle features top notes of guava, peach, and lemon zest, middle notes of jasmine, violet and black tea, all on a base of woodsy vetiver, warm tonka beans and sweet brown sugar—recalling the fruity flavors of summer.

For a classic, fresh scent, check out Ceremonia’s signature fragrance, which captures notes of lemon, kumquat, and green tea, along with jasmine, violet, and black tea.

Burn time: 50 hours

brooklinen bright idea candle on a white background
Brooklinen, Bright Idea Candle — $30.00

Originally $35, now $30

Made with a blend of coconut and soy wax, Brooklinen’s hand-poured candles were developed in collaboration with expert perfumers to help set the mood for relaxation. The Bright Idea Candle is characterized by notes of fresh geranium, comforting cardamom, and earthy vetiver that’ll help you clear your mind and decompress after a long day.

For a crisp, focus-boosting scent, try the Good Intentions Candle, which features notes of fresh basil, minty buchu leaf, and bright citrus notes.

Burn time: 60 hours

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