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What's not to love about fall? Cue the chunky knit sweaters, baked goods, cozy evenings snuggled under a throw by the fireplace. If we’re being honest (though), it’s the fall-scented candles that bring us the most joy.
As the temperatures quickly turn from that fall chill to downright freezing, we’re focused on setting the seasonal scene with aromas that remind us of fall foliage, leather armchairs, hot cocoa by the fire, and musky undertones.
Whether you’re after a smell that reminds you of grandmas apple pie or the joy that comes from watching the leaves turn, here are the best fall candles to try this year.
Below are the best fall candles to warm up your home.
Diptyque Wood Fire Candle
Fall is about enjoying the simple pleasures of life—like a roaring fire, crackling, and casting shadows. This aptly named wood fire candle (or feu de Bois in French) from Diptyque captures the same feeling while giving off an earthy, wood fire ambiance in any space.
While Diptyque candles can get a bit pricey, they're handmade in small batches, making them a worthy investment. Plus, the candles can also be paired with others for an even more evocative experience. Burn an amber candle alongside this wood fire candle, and you'll (almost) be transported to the forest.
Cedre 11 Le Labo
Le Labo's Cedre 11 candle delivers the best fall ambiance money can buy. With undertones of cedar, birchwood, and musk, light this baby up and melt into a couch piled high with throw blankets for the ultimate cold-weather evening.
As with all Le Labo products, you can add a name and address right on the label, making it a great personalized gift. The soy-based candle is hand-poured in the U.S. and features a pure cotton wick that'll burn for 60 hours straight.
Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt
Add a feeling of luxury with this subtle, yet inviting candlewood sage and sea salt candle from Jo Malone. Its top note of ambrette seeds delivers a complex scent that's simultaneously nutty, and musky.
From there, the heart of the candle is fresh sea salt, and the finishing touch is an earthy sage base. Altogether, the subtly scented candle evokes a woodsy, seaside scene. And with a 45-hour burn time, it offers plenty of time to transform your space.
Boy Smells Damasque
Boy Smells candles are infamous for marrying traditional masculine scents with femme bouquets. We love the Damasque, an insanely pretty candle that mixes smoky tobacco with gentle touches of apricot and rose. The deep stone fruits mingle with burnt spices and bring to mind the grandeur of an old library filled with leather-bound books and well-worn armchairs.
Made from dyed coconut and beeswax blend, this candle comes in a crimson tumbler, making it even more fall-like.
Peace and Riot Saffron and Ginger
One of our favorite BIPOC-owned businesses, Peace and Riot is a Bed-Stuy boutique offering eclectic and global-inspired homewares. We can't enough of their saffron and ginger candle, which is available in medium or large sizes.
This soy candle features notes of ginger, saffron, lemongrass, and cardamom, for a warm pick-me-up in any room. The undertones of spicy ginger and warm saffron also cut through stubborn odors, making it the perfect addition to a kitchen or bathroom.
Bring the warm scent of a fireplace to your home with Apotheke’s Charcoal candle. Think sandalwood and cedarwood combined with notes of smokey amber, which all together emulate the scent fresh-cut wood burning in the fireplace on a chilly afternoon. The candle's top notes include maple, bacon, and raspberry, while the base notes consist of clove and cinnamon.
The candle comes in a signature matte black casing, which is both sleek and unassuming. You can place this candle in any room for ambiance, or warmth, and you'll rest easy knowing this soy candle is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic.
If your idea of downtime includes wandering around a library and finding yourself intoxicated by the smell of leather-bound books, this candle from Byredo is perfect for you. Mimicking that special scent of a grand library, you'll find notes of vanilla, plum, peach, and patchouli. What’s cozier than that?
Enjoy this candle for up to 60 hours. For a better burning experience, trim the wick each time you use it. Trust us, it makes a difference.
NEST New York Pumpkin Chai
Who doesn’t love the smell of pumpkin pie lingering in the home? This pumpkin chai candle from Nest is perfect for creating a cozy fall ambiance in the home—without having to bake. The candle features a blend of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon for a complex scent.
For true fall vibes, this pumpkin chai latte has it all—the sweetness of pumpkin, the spices, and that heavenly smell of cinnamon.
Harlem Candle Co Holiday
Aptly named Holiday, this candle from Harlem Candle Co. will keep throughout fall and winter. It’s also inspired by Billie Holiday’s favorite perfume, Emeraude. Fill your home with the scent of fresh winter spruce, pine needles, and spicy cedarwood.
Like a good wine, it’s strong and full-bodied, but also light and refreshing. Perfect for the holidays or all year-round.
Yankee Candle Whipped Pumpkin Spice
A classic fall staple, Yankee Candles manage to recreate our favorite fall foods without ever turning the oven on. For that “fresh out of the oven” feel, pick up this whipped pumpkin spice candle from their new Bonfire Nights collection.
You'll sense hints of milk, pumpkin purée, and butterscotch fill the room, followed by maple syrup and hints of nutmeg. This candle sure comes close to real deal pumpkin pie.
Rebourne Body + Home Clarity
Sometimes you just need a candle to help you get through the day. The clarity candle from Rebourne offers that sweet, yet cozy aroma perfect for those days when you want to stay put.
Notes of vanilla, sweet almond, cinnamon, and ginger remind us of baked goods and relaxation. The candles are also hand-poured in New Jersey and made from premium natural soy wax with a burn time of up to 50 hours.
Noble Holiday Luxe Sanded Mercury Glass
A candle that is beautiful and smells delightful? Count us in. This woodfire candle from Noble Holiday oozes those special nights by the fire, with notes of cedarwood, smoke, patchouli, and vanilla.
Featuring a bronzed metallic build, this candle will also look beautiful on a coffee table or shelf in your home when it's not in use. Add some s'mores and hot cocoa for the ultimate fall night in.