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If you’re anything like us, Amazon is your go-to shopping destination for a litany of items, from basic necessities to random gadgets and gizmos. The next thing you should add to your cart? A chic candle. Yep, there’s a plethora of beautiful, amazing smelling candles to be found on the site (and many that come with that oh-so coveted two-day shipping, we might add).
Whether to keep on-hand as a failproof gift for any occasion—because everyone loves a good candle—or to add to your own personal stash, we strongly suggest Amazon for all your candle shopping needs. Since you can’t actually smell them (the pitfalls of online shopping), we did the hard work for you, rounding up the best of the best.
Here, our picks for the best candles you can buy on Amazon.
Capri Blue Volcano
This brand is known for both the intoxicating scent combos and stunning vessels of their candles, and indeed this one is no exception. You’ll notice the gorgeous cobalt blue glass jar first— it's the kind of blue that’s reminiscent of the Aegean Sea and Greek islands.
Fans of sweet scents will especially appreciate the fragrance, with notes of tropical fruits and sugared citrus. Over time, you'll appreciate not only how good the candle smells, but how long the scent it gives off lasts, even once it’s been blown out.
Nest Classic Candle Moroccan Amber
Light this candle the next time you have people over and we guarantee someone will ask, “What smells so good?” Minimalists will appreciate the streamlined and sleek clear and white glass vessel, which works with any décor and in any room.
The brand has no shortage of distinct scents to choose from, but if you’re going to pick just one, this rich and deep fragrance is choice. Hints of amber and patchouli are balanced out by an unexpected touch of refreshing eucalyptus.
Also noteworthy: A cosmetic-grade wax that optimizes how each candle burns and the fragrance diffuses, and the variety of sizes available. You can’t go wrong with the classic (it boasts a 50- to 60- hour burn time), but if you really want to splurge, go with the luxury option which will last you up to 120 hours.
Urban Concepts Tranquility Lemongrass and Wild Basil
Tranquility indeed! The fresh and clean scent pairing of slightly citrusy lemongrass and herbaceous basil is utterly spa-like, perfect for transforming your bathroom into an oasis of relaxation. (It’s no surprise that this is the signature scent for a high-end resort in Turks and Cacos.) The candle's scent quickly disperses into the air when lit, so you won't need to keep the candle burning for longer than necessary. These candles are hand-poured in the USA.
Lulu Candles Fresh Linen
Is there any better smell than clean laundry, fresh out of the dryer? This candle encompasses that crisp, clean scent, and strikes the perfect balance of delivering enough fragrance without ever being overpowering or cloying. (They also repeatedly rave about how nicely it burns.)
It’s not just the scent that’s clean; the candle is made entirely of an eco-friendly soy wax and 100 percent cotton wick. Vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free, the handcrafted options burns cleanly. Once you get hooked on the scent, you’ll be happy to know that it’s also sold on Amazon in a two-pack.
Mia’s Co No 9 Ocean Rose
When a trip to the beach just isn’t in the cards, lighting this candle is the next best thing. Handcrafted in California, it perfectly channels a coastal vibe and scent, using ingredients sourced from around the world. Citrusy mandarin is paired with floral rose and lily, balanced out with base notes of amber, powder, and honey. The end result will transport you to the shore; all that’s missing is the sand between your toes. Plus, the candle is also made with eco-friendly materials, specifically soy wax and a cotton wick.
Homesick Scented Candle New York City
Like we said, candles truly make a great gift, and this particular brand is one of our all-time favorites to give—and receive. True to the name, each one is named after a various city, state, or destination. Pick whichever one resonates most for your recipient (or for you), but don’t miss the New York City one.
No, it doesn’t smell like old trash and dirty subways, as skeptics might suggest. Instead, it somehow perfectly capture the essence of the city that never sleeps thanks to notes of citrus, musk, and yes, even concrete. Trust us, it works. We’re also big fans of the other variants named after particular memories, think New Job and Backyard BBQ.
CLCo. Candle Lite Company Blood Orange Cedarwood
This Ohio-based brand proudly wears the distinction of America’s oldest candle company, in business for 180 years. In other words, they clearly know how to make a great candle. This particular crowd favorite combines blood orange, cedarwood, almond, and vanilla—an unexpected mash-up, but one that works beautifully together to create an inviting and sophisticated scent perfect for any living space.
Housed in a clear glass jar with clean white wax, this candle burns for up to 90 hours (making this an especially great value for the price). Also nice: A hammered brass lid turns this into more of a décor piece when you’re not burning it, and pulls double duty as a candle coaster when you do light it.
Craft & Kin Soy Candle Violet Velvet
We can’t decide what we like most about this candle. Is it the stunning packaging, with thick amber glass accentuated with black labeling and gilded font? Is it the fact that the soy wax and cotton wick are entirely non-toxic and clean burning? Or is it the scent, derived from organic essential oils, that combines hints of sweet berries and lemon with rich sandalwood and musk?
Happily, there’s no need to choose because this stunner offers all of the above. To the point of scent, you'll find that it strikes the perfect balance between being feminine and masculine (great for maybe a bedroom, perhaps?) and also appreciate the beautiful packaging that makes it ready for gifting, no added wrapping required.
Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle Balance & Harmony
Fresh and floral, we think this would make the perfect addition to light during any yoga or meditation practice—or just in your kitchen when you’re having a particularly stressful day. As the name suggests, the brand draws inspo from the Maryland shoreline, often using fragrance inspired by local plants and fruits (in this particular case, citrusy bergamot).
In addition to the scent, this pick earns points for how well the scent diffuses, as well as the packaging, distinguished by subtle, turquoise-frosted gloss and wooden lid that adds an organic touch. The wallet-friendly price tag is just the icing on the cake.
La Jolie Muse Balsam Fir & Cedarwood
Meet your new go-to holiday candle. It’s nothing like those cloying, highly artificial Christmas tree candles you may have seen—or smelled, as it were—in the past. Instead, this boasts the scent of a fresh cut Balsam fir, blended with warming pepper and patchouli to make for the ultimate cozy and festive scent.
The detailed green glass jar is a nice added touch, easily worked into any holiday décor, as is the fact that the 100 percent soy wax is paraben-free and biodegradable. But perhaps our favorite part? The unique wood wick that crackles as it burns, giving off not only the scent you associate with being home for the holidays, but the sound, too. You’ll be sure to want to burn it all winter long.
Benevolence Los Angeles Eucalyptus & Chamomile
The aroma of this candle was specially made to be therapeutic, blending essential oils together to strike the perfect combination. More specifically, calming and soothing chamomile is paired with refreshing and invigorating eucalyptus. It’s a duo that may seem oxymoronic, but rather than canceling each other out, these two elements blend together for the ultimate blend that somehow manages to both help you chill and energize you all at once.
Also noteworthy is the brand’s philanthropic contributions. For each candle purchase, they make a donation to a specific charity; in this case, it’s to an organization that helps end human sex trafficking.
Boy Smells Kush
All of the Boy Smells candle fragrances are created based on unique olfactory memories; after all, it is your sense of smell that’s most associated with memories. We suggest trying their popular Kush scent. It’s fresh and verdant, with notes of green cannabis plus warm suede and amber, along with floral tulip. (We know, cannabis in a candle might sound weird, but it works surprisingly well.)
In addition to the scent, you'll love the brands' Instagram-friendly vessels, consisting of a sleek black glass with a light pink label that lists the scent name and key notes.