One can never have too many winter candles, and that's basically a fact (or at least, a very strong opinion). And that's because, you gotta be prepared for winter in all the ways, including ambiance. Like, yes, stock up on your winter hats, snow boots with arch support, and those electric hand warmers for when it's nippy even inside. Whether you love winter (or are counting down the days until it's sunny and warm out), a sweetly scented (or spice-y) candle can make those seemingly shorter days feel much more bearable and your home much comfier.
Best Candles for Winter
When Jackie Aina isn’t giving us tutorials on how to better apply our makeup, she’s ideating some of the most amazing smelling candles. If you didn’t already know, cuffing season is in full effect and this candle, featuring notes of fresh ozone, iris, and douglas fir, will help you set the mood and finalize your roster.
Honestly, this candle is perfect for any season. It has an earthy and woody scent, but it’s not too light or too strong. This candle features notes of sandalwood, vetiver, and amber wood. Warning: You’re going to get so many compliments on this candle.
Celebrate the Harlem Renaissance with this luxurious candle that will fill your home with warm, woody scents. It’s a blend of bergamot, golden saffron, oak, amber musk, and more, and it has a burn time of up to 80 hours. Get ready to sit back and relax once you light this candle.
If you’re a fan of the Maison Margiela Replica fragrance, you might want to stock up on this candle. According to the reviews, it’s a mix of masculine and feminine and has a long-lasting throw that isn’t overbearing. The key notes are pink pepper, rum absolute, and tobacco leaf absolute.
Otherland Silk Pajamas smells like a night spent inside, watching movies after spending the day baking holiday cookies. It’s got notes of crystal ginger, bergamot, and spiced yuzu. It’s the perfect understated holiday candle to light, and it’s got a 50-hour burn time.
We love Beauty Pie for discounted, luxury-level skin care and makeup, but we also love the subscription service for its candles. This was sells for 70 if you don’t have a membership, but it’s only $21 if you do have one. Well worth it either way, since this candle smells like compote filled to the brim with orange peels brought to life with clove and nutmeg, as well as blackcurrant for a bit of nuance.
Another holiday classic candle that blends cinnamon, clove, and orange to create a warm and spicy scent in the air, the Winter Signature candle by the White Company is potent enough to fill your whole home with the smell of the holidays.
If you aren't ready for the cold weather but admittedly love the holidays, like Christmas, we've rounded up some of the best-smelling candles that are reminiscent of all the things you actually enjoy about winter, aka everything Christmas-related. These candles smell so good, you won't want to stop burning them. Check out our favorites ahead.
Best Christmas Candles
It’s time to pull out your favorite holiday decorations and that includes candles to get the full effect. As you probably guessed, this is a holiday scent, featuring a blend of pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, and amber.
The candle that sells out every year: You better be quick to add to cart, otherwise it’ll be gone before you know it. D.S. Durga Portable Christmas Tree has the mystical capability to transport you back to the Christmas of your childhood—when pine trees smelled so much more than pine trees. You get whiffs of spruce, sure, but you also get crowded rooms filled with family and laughter and that feeling at six a.m. right before you got to tear into all your presents. D.S. Durga captures Christmas so well it aches.
With notes of red currents, sugar plums, blackberries, winter rose, and sandalwood, this Homesick candle will remind you of taking a lovely holiday stroll (or holiday window shopping). The soy wax blend candle has a burn time of 60-80 hours, to keep the holiday spirit going throughout the season.
One of the great things about the holidays is all of the treats, including candy canes. This candle not only smells like peppermint, but also has scents of freshly baked butter cookies, for a truly festive feel. Bonus: it comes in a candy-cane themed tin you can use as fun decor during the season (or all year round).
Having Bath & Body Works in your home is comforting and nostalgic, and this candle will continue to remind you ’tis the season with its fruity scent. The candle has an adorable design and will fill your room and heart with notes of red apple, sweet cinnamon, and cedarwood.
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