There’s nothing better than walking into a room lightly fragranced with your favorite scent. There are scented candles on the market to fit any personality, season or mood. Our sense of smell is the sense that can trigger memories of childhood, good times and favorite places. We reviewed the best-scented candles available so that you can pick the right one for your home or as a gift for somebody else.

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Product FAQ

Scented candles are more than just mood lighting. The best candles are scented with essential oils that give off a light fragrance and welcomes you and your guests to your home.

Great scented candles invoke soothing moods and memories. Many people choose candles to fit different times of the year to get them in the spirit of the season or for a breath of fresh air as the seasons change. Some of theholidays and corresponding scents people choose are:

  • Christmas—cinnamon, clove, peppermint, pine
  • Thanksgiving—pumpkin spice, nutmeg, French vanilla
  • Easter—cotton candy, lemon, eucalyptus
  • Fourth of July—apple pie, sea salt, cotton

There are candles to match the season and time of the year to help people transition from one time of the year to the next. Scents are mixed to smell like traditions of a particular time of year. People choose these scents to match the current season:

  • Spring—lilac, geranium, lemon, bamboo
  • Summer—rose, lavender, sea salt, cut grass
  • Fall—vanilla, mulled cider, ginger
  • Winter—Fireplace, coffee, sugar cookie

Wax is poured into a jar or metal vessel and fitted with a wick. As you light the candle, the aroma is released because the essential oils or fragrances evaporates from the hot wax.

Proper Usage

Experts say to always burn a candle for at least an hour at a time to let the wax melt evenly and properly. Each time you light scented candles be sure to trim the wick to avoid black smoke rising and potentially getting on walls and surfaces above the candle. Never leave a lit candle unattended.


Every retailer you visit seems to have a display of candles. We found them in grocery stores, pharmacies and even the dollar store. This can make it tough to know what candles are good quality. A cheaply made candle will burn quickly and release very little scent. We’ve done the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best for you.


How We Reviewed

The following scented candles were reviewed based on the following parameters: features, pros & cons, price and where to buy. We wanted to include brands that offer different scents to match your personality and different price points.

We came up with this list keeping in mind what we wanted in a great candle. It’s important for a scent to be recognizable but not overwhelming and the candle itself to be long-lasting. You’re going to love them.

 

Overall Price Range of These Scented Candles

 Our prices range from $14 to $40. You can get great scents in the lower price range, but you may not get a scent that fills the entire room or keeps the scent coming after it’s blown out.

 The higher end candles come in beautiful and reusable jars, so you can throw another votive in them once the original candle is gone. The empty glass vessels are pretty or cool enough to fill with decorative rocks, stone or potpourri.


What We Reviewed

  • Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle
  • Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle
  • Lulu Candles Luxury Scented Candle
  • Homesick Scented Candle
  • Chesapeake Bay Heritage Scented Candle
  • NEST Fragrances Classic Candle
  • OFC Classics Candles
  • WoodWick Vintage Hobnail Candles
  • Specialty Pet Products Odor Exterminator Jar Candle
  • Yankee Candle Medium Jar Candle

Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle

Features

Chesapeake Bay candles are a recognizable brand, and they do them well for the price. They come in standard scents and fun blends. Each 8.8-ounce candle burns for approximately 50 hours.

                           Pros

  • Huge variety of scents
  • Soy-based is biodegradable
  • Affordable price

 Cons

  • The scent may be weaker than some users would like
  • If burned too long, the thin glass can crack

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $15 for 8.8 ounces.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/Chesapeake-Bay-Candle-Coffee-Scented/dp/B07FZMG9F4/ref=zg_bs_3734451_1?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle

Features

Yankee Candle prides itself on using high-quality ingredients and having scents to fit every season, mood, and décor. Their 22-ounce candles burn for 110-150 hours. Yankee Candle is a trusted name in scented candles.

                           Pros

  • Hundreds of scent choices
  • Long burn time
  • Solid scent output

 Cons

  • Paraffin-based is not biodegradable
  • The scent may be too strong for sensitive noses

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $20 for 22 ounces.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/Yankee-Candle-Large-Jar/dp/B075KJMQVZ/ref=zg_bs_3734451_2?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

Lulu Candles Luxury Scented Candle

Features

Lulu candles pride themselves on natural ingredients and calming scents. These candles are hand poured and feature scents like blueberry cobbler, lemon vanilla bean, and coconut mango. Their 6-ounce candles burn for 40-45 hours.

                           Pros

  • Soy-based, 100% cotton wick
  • Affordable price
  • Scents fill a room

 Cons

  • The cotton wick can disappear in candle
  • Small candle won’t fit some décor

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $14 for 6-ounces.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/Lulu-Candles-Scented-Organic-Therapy/dp/B07CKLWDYD/ref=zg_bs_3734451_3?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

Homesick Scented Candle

Features

Homesick candles are fun and kitschy. They offer state-specific scents—for instance, Pennsylvania, home of Hershey chocolate includes scents of chocolate, caramel, rum, and molasses. They have a candle for each state and have branched out to include cities, countries and memory candles. The 13.75-ounce candles burn 60-80 hours.

                           Pros

  • Unusual and fun scents make a great gift
  • Blended scents are true to description
  • Soy Wax

 Cons

  • Pricey
  • Lower burn time than comparable candles
  • Some states scents are disappointing for people looking for the smell of “home.”

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $30 for 13.75 ounces.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/Homesick-Scented-Candle-Northern-California/dp/B07F33D563/ref=zg_bs_3734451_4?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

Chesapeake Bay Heritage Scented Candle

Features

The heritage collection differs from Chesapeake Bay’s traditional collection in packaging and blends. These are meant to be showpieces and coffee table candles with a more sophisticated design. Their blends are more sophisticated too like bergamot & clover, driftwood & amber, and wild lemongrass. Their 19.5-ounce burns for 80 hours.

                           Pros

  • Soothing Scents
  • Elegant packaging
  • Scents are not overpowering

 Cons

  • Soy blend is not all natural
  • Scents are too light for those looking to fill a room with fragrance

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $20 for 19.5-ounces.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/Chesapeake-Bay-Candle-Heritage-Scented/dp/B07G99KX1X/ref=zg_bs_3734451_5?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

NEST Fragrances Classic Candle

Features

NEST was founded on providing high-end scents in a classic design. Their fragrances fill a room and have developed a cult following. The beautiful glass design makes an elegant gift. Their 8.1-ounce candles burn for 50-60 hours.

                           Pros

  • Cosmetic grade wax blend burns evenly
  • High-end scents fill a room
  • Recognizable as a high quality, high-end brand

 Cons

  • Price may be prohibitive
  • Scents may be too strong for sensitive noses

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $40 for 8.1-ounces.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/NEST-Fragrances-Classic-Candle-Pumpkin/dp/B003ZVXDCS/ref=zg_bs_3734451_6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

OFC Classics Candles

Features

Old Factory Classics come in cute packages and clever scents like Man Cave, Happy Hour and Hippie Mix. Their set of three candles come in a great looking box and make such a great gift. We love the kitschy concepts and unusual scents. Each 4-ounce candle burns for 25-30 hours.

                           Pros

  • Scents you can’t find anywhere else
  • Boxes of three allow you to try three different scents
  • Biodegradable soy wax

 Cons

  • Small size can be disappointing
  • The thin glass can crack if burned all the way down

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $29 for a set of three 4-ounce candles.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/Old-Factory-3-Pack-Candles-Classics/dp/B07DTTS29F/ref=zg_bs_3734451_7?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

WoodWick Vintage Hobnail Candle

Features

WoodWick has cornered the market in wood wicks instead of cotton. This gives a crackling fire effect when burned. The old-timey design of these candles is a great addition to any room. Their classic scents are true to description. Each 4.8-ounce candle burns for 30 hours.

                           Pros

  • The wooden wick mimics a crackling fire
  • Decorative design
  • Scents fill the room

 Cons

  • There can be issues with the wooden wick, not lighting
  • They can burn faster than other candles of the same size

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $20 for a set of two 4.8-ounce candles.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/WoodWick-Vintage-Hobnail-Candle-Set/dp/B076QLTBPQ/ref=zg_bs_3734451_8?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

Specialty Pet Products Odor Exterminator Jar Candle

Features

Perfect for any pet owner who struggles with pet odors, these cover up pet smells without being too perfumed. Because of the niche they fill, they’re a great gift and a cute conversation piece. Scents like clothesline are a breath of fresh air. Their 13-ounce candle burns for 70 hours.

                           Pros

  • Long burn time
  • The money-back guarantee allows you to try it on tough pet odors
  • Clean scents aren’t overpowering

 Cons

  • Soy and paraffin blend isn’t biodegradable

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $21 for a set of two 13-ounce candles.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/Specialty-Pet-Products-Exterminator-Candles/dp/B07FSWG34C/ref=zg_bs_3734451_9?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

Yankee Candle Medium Jar Candle

Features

We included this, along with the large jar, because it fits in a smaller area like the bathroom or spare bedrooms. The 14.5-ounce candle burns for 65-75 hours.

                           Pros

  • Hundreds of scent choices
  • Long burn time
  • Solid scent output

 Cons

  • Paraffin-based is not biodegradable
  • The scent may be too strong for sensitive noses

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $19 for a 14.5-ounce candle.

Where to Buy

https://www.amazon.com/Yankee-Candle-Company-Medium-Jar/dp/B075H5RM2F/ref=zg_bs_3734451_10?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=XCVJ8BNZRQDC7K504H40

The Verdict

We love every one of these scented candles. We do have favorites for the price.

NEST—Best High-End Candle

If you’re looking for a high-end candle for yourself or an impressive gift, this is the way to go. They are timelessly elegant and will add class to any room. Their holiday trio gift set is the best holiday scent we’ve smelled. Their scents linger in a room even after blowing it out. The candles last a long time especially because you don’t have to always have it lit to enjoy the scent. The downside is these are the most expensive candles we reviewed. If you can afford it, they’re worth it.

Yankee Large and Medium Jar Candles- Best Traditional Candle

You really can’t go wrong with a Yankee candle. This line has the most choices of fragrance with hundreds to choose from. The scents range from single scents like lemon, cherry or coconut to blends like apple pie, clean linen, and spiced latte. The paraffin gives us a bit of a pause because it’s not biodegradable and made from a gasoline derivative. It doesn’t affect the scent. You know what you’re getting with a Yankee candle, and they’re happy to exchange anything you’re unhappy with. Candle sizes range from tea light and votive to medium and large jar candles. They have a scent to fit every holiday and occasion so that you can find a gift for any circumstance. Everyone loves a Yankee candle gift basket for a holiday gift or housewarming.

Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle—Best Low Priced Candle

This is a great go-to if you’re on a tight budget but still want a great scent in your house. There is a great range of fragrances to choose from, and you know what you’re getting with the description of each candle. We worry about the glass cracking if you burn the candle to the very bottom so you may have to throw out the candle when you get down to about a half inch of wax. These are still a great value and can be a great candle to have on hand.

Homesick Candles—Best Theme Candle

Seriously, we love these. They’ve got a candle for every state, major cities, and most visited countries. You can even pick up a “new job” or “grandma’s kitchen” candle. What we love most about these scented candles is the ability to find the perfect gift for anyone and any occasion. The scents for these may differ from what you imagine a specific state or country to smell like so be sure to read the list of scents that are blended to make the candle you’re buying. It’s a perfect conversation piece and is sure to please everyone.

Overall

Scented candles are a great way to set a mood, invoke a memory or make someone feel special. Whichever candle you choose, you’re sure to enjoy it!


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