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20 Best Winter Candles for Those of Us Who Can’t Wait for All the Snow Days

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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

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Byredo Bibliothèque Candle — $85.00

Byredo is best known for its fragrances, but the candles are just as amazing. Bibliothèque features a mix of peach, plum, vanilla, leather, and patchouli, perfect for burning on a cold, winter day.

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Forvr Mood Cuffing Season Candle — $38.00

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.

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Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois de Balincourt Candle — $36.00

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.

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Boy Smells Cashmere Kush Scented Candle — $34.00

If you love Boy Smells, Cashmere Kush is a go-to scent for the winter. It’s got a smoky aroma featuring notes of dried pot flower, cashmere wood, white amber, and powdery musk.

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Harlem Candle Co. Langston Candle — $45.00

Celebrate the Harlem Renaissance and Black excellence with this Langston Hughes-inspired candle. It’s made up of a blend of scents including tobacco, nutmeg, clove, leather, jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, and amber. Get ready to relax once you light this candle.

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Aesop Aganice Candle — $110.00

If you want something that feels like winter but not too heavy, Aesop’s Aganice is a great option. It has floral, spicy, and fresh notes, so you can burn it in cold weather but also as the seasons begin to change.

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Chandel Atelier Signature Scent Candle — $45.00

Chandel Atelier is one of my favorite candle brands, and you can’t go wrong with any of the scents. If you’re new to the brand, I recommend starting with the Signature scent, which features a blend of lavender, tulip, patchouli, sandalwood, amber, oud, and violet.

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Byredo Ambre Japonais Candle — $85.00

It may be cold outside, but the scent of this candle will make your home feel beyond warm and cozy. It’s a combination of warm and spicy and features notes of black pepper, sandalwood, bourbon vanilla, and sesame.

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Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club Scented Candle — $62.00

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.

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Anecdote Candles Adulting — $24.00

Whatever your definition of adulting is, this candle will soothe your senses. It smells like fig and cashmere and is described as clean, sophisticated, and earthy on the Anecdote website.

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Otherland, Silk Pajamas — $36.00

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.

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Beauty Pie Bitter Orange — $70.00

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.

 

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P.F. Candle Campire — $20.00

This smoky-sweet candle will pluck your body from wherever you are and place you beside a campfire. It smells mostly smoky (birch tar, soil, firewood, and vetiver notes) with notes of raspberry (trust us, just go with it). Campfire is actually a P.F. Candle discontinued original that only recently got brought back due to its popularity, and it’s already almost sold out—so you better snatch it up.

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The White Company Winter Signature Candle — $24.00

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

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Diptyque Feu De Bois / Wood Fire Candle — $98.00

If Christmas were a scent, it’d be Feu De Bois from Diptyque. You’ll want to burn this all winter long as you cozy up by the fire, under a blanket, or next to your partner.

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Boy Smells Cinderose Scented Candle — $32.00

This cinderose candle is a mix between rose and earthy scents like smoke, cedar, and birch tar. They may not sound like they would work well together, but we promise you won’t want to stop burning this candle.

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Lomar Farms White Birch Candle — $28.00

If the smell of pine transports you to a winter wonderland, you’re going to love this white birch candle from Lomar Farms. In addition to traditional pine scents, it also features notes of eucalyptus, cypress, cedarwood, and patchouli.

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Nest New York Holiday Scented Candle — $70.00

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.

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Forvr Mood Grown Folks Business Candle — $38.00

If you love Christmas and all the feelings the holiday evokes, this Forvr Mood Grown Folks Business candle will add to it. It’s a woody candle and has notes of herbal moss, grey cedar, patchouli, and amber.

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D.S. Durga Portable Christmas Tree — $65.00

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.

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