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Sugar cookies fresh out of the oven, pine trees sprinkled with snow, steaming mugs of hot chocolate… There is nothing quite like those nostalgic scents of the holidays.
But even if baking isn't your thing and you're far from a Christmas tree farm, you can still fill your home with those oh-so festive fragrances, courtesy of our all-time favorite Christmas candles.
Here, we found the best Christmas candles to get you in the holiday spirit.
If you don’t want an overpowering aroma that’ll compete with your Christmas Eve ham, look to the PIN 12 classic candle from Le Labo. Complete with soy-based wax and a pure cotton wick, it’s delicately scented with pinewood and a bit of amber musk for a light-handed fragrance that’s versatile enough to burn all year round.
You can even personalize the label on the thick, clear glass vessel with a name or address, making them perfect for gift-giving.
You know Jo Malone for their posh perfumes, but their home fragrance options certainly don't disappoint. For a deliciously warm and rich scent that just makes you want to cuddle up beneath an equally luxurious cashmere throw, light up this Myrrh & Tonka home candle.
It’s fragranced with notes of vanilla-almond from Tonka bean, and of course spicy, earthy myrrh. Handcrafted in England inside a converted dairy by no less than 16 skilled craftspeople, your black wax candle will come encased in a similarly darkly hued jar for a chic and timeless look.
Is there a better way to spend a chilly night than sitting in front of a crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Although you may not be able to spend every night this holiday season camped out in front of the fireplace, your home can always smell deliciously chocolatey with this yummy candle from Thymes.
With notes of cocoa, nutmeg, ginger, coffee, and black vanilla, the fragrance is just the right amount of sweet and is the next best thing to your fave wintertime beverage. It’s also housed in a snowflake-embossed ceramic mug that can be rinsed out and repurposed as an actual hot chocolate mug once your candle is burned through.
Diptyque’s scented candles are nothing short of iconic, so it’s hardly a surprise that one of their opulent olfactory offerings has ‘holiday season’ written all over it.
Festive and woody, like a walk through a Christmas tree farm, the Juniper/Genévrier candle boasts beautiful notes of spicy and smoky juniper berry and fruity citrus peel.
Clocking in at a weight of 190g, it also has an impressive burn time of 60 hours. And with that clean and crisp packaging, it’s guaranteed to become a mainstay on your mantel all 365 days a year.
For a gift that’ll delight the senses just as much as it does anyone on your list, look to this candle-ornament hybrid from NEST. The glass candle is etched with festive gold striping and is perfumed with the brand’s classic holiday fragrance.
Consisting of notes that include pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves, cinnamon, and just a touch of vanilla and amber, it’s a stunning, seasonal scent that’s hard not to fall for. Already perfectly packaged in a sustainably sourced gift box with a hangtag, it’s all ready for gifting and hanging from a Christmas tree.
Anecdote candles are thoughtfully made to evoke memories of celebrations and long-standing traditions. And from wintery road trips to snow days accompanied by mugs of hot chocolate, the scents from Anthropologie's holiday collection are reminiscent of nostalgic seasonal moments.
Our favorite from the collection? The ‘Winter Social’ iteration—it totes notes of sparkling prosecco, mistletoe, berry, orange flower, and apricot for a fresh fragrance that brings to mind champagne toasts and the clinking of glasses at the soiree of the season.
With a 70-hour burn time and a coconut-soy wax blend, it’s the perfect gift for any holiday party hostess.
This BIPOC-owned candle company sources much of their candle-making supplies locally, for products as southern as sweet tea.
For a dreamy, magical scent story, look to the Sugar Plum candle. It features the fragrance of purple plums, sugar, and vanilla. Musky base notes beautifully break up the scent, veering it away from smelling too sweet.
With all of the 11 oz. candles sustainably crafted from an eco-friendly soy-wax blend and boasting a burn time of about 50 hours, you might find it hard to limit your Christmas wishlist to just one.
Few things come close to the real scent of a burning fireplace, but this votive candle set is a top contender.
Scents of cedarwood, smoke, patchouli leaves and warm vanilla come together for an intoxicating woodfire fragrance that exudes the feeling of a crackling fire without lifting any heavy wood logs. The best part? You can spread the trio around your home so the whole house smells like a cozy cabin.
The set, which comes in a decorative box perfect for gifting, is also available in Balsam and Cedar and Winter White so you can get the full holiday fragrance experience.
There’s nothing quite the smell of Christmas cookies baking in the oven to remind you of being home for the holidays. Luckily for your sweet tooth—erhm, nose—Apotheke has partnered with french bakery Maman to capture that delicious scent in a limited-edition candle.
Hand-poured and complete with perfume-grade fragrance oils, the high-quality soy-wax candle is scented with notes of vanilla, festive spices, creamy almond milk, and wild oats. It’s all the Christmas cookie goodness you wait for all year—just without the messy kitchen!
We love three-wick candles for their impressive fragrance throw, and this one from Votivo is no exception. With a gold-painted base and clear glass jar, the supersized vessel can fill a larger expanse of your home with a festive fragrance.
While Votivo’s holiday collection consists of five delightfully Christmas-y scents, we have to call out the cream-hued Red Currant candle in particular. With notes that include black currant, sugar, fruit musk, galbanum, and rose, it’s a seasonally fruity fragrance that evokes visions of frosted berries hanging from snow-dusted branches.
For a Christmas candle that looks every bit as seasonal as it smells, snatch up this candy-striped tin from Voluspa. Inside you’ll find a fragranced candle crafted from a coconut wax blend that can burn up to 90 percent cleaner than many 100 percent soy wax candles and that better allows for all top, mid, and base notes to present.
Complete with natural wicks, the candle boasts a peppermint perfume that, when combined with notes of buttery, fresh baked cookies, smells just like mom’s kitchen on Christmas morning.
Curling up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and a cozy throw is a quintessential holiday activity. And while it might be hard to beat the coziness of the real thing, if you don't have a fireplace this candle comes pretty close.
Handmade in Quebec, this soy wax candle has a wood wick that'll crackle like a burning fireplace and exude the sweet scent of fresh maple syrup throughout your home. It even makes for extra holiday decor in your space thanks to its vintage maple syrup can design.