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Whether you’re looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day gift or trying to set the mood for date night, a flickering flame is one of the best ways to dial up the romance. From musky and dramatic to light and floral, candles can help change the vibe—and sometimes even double as massage oils.
And the best part? Many are made with natural ingredients, safe waxes, and high-end fragrances, so you can keep things clean even when you’re getting a little naughty.
Here, the best sexy candles.
Tom Ford Rose Prick Candle
For the aroma of romantic roses at all times, consider Tom Ford's Rose Prick scent. Inspired by Tom Ford's personal rose garden, the candle has a beautiful floral scent that'll offer a sense of romance in your home at all times.
The candle combines notes of Bulgarian rose, turmeric extract, Indonesian patchouli, and Sichuan pepper, as well as roasted tonka, and tolu balsam to create the essence of a bouquet of roses. The 7-ounce scent is poured into a stylish light pink vessel as well, offering a pop of color wherever you place it.
Sidia Braless Candle
If you want to create a relaxing, romantic environment at home, you can't go wrong with Sidia's Braless scent. The candle combines spicy scents and woodsy notes for a scent that'll make it easy to sit back and unwind, no matter what the day or night has in store.
Bamboo, clove, cedar, amber, and coconut cream are just a few of the many notes that make up this unique scent. The 8-ounce candle is made with a soy coconut wax blend and has 50-hour burn time, so you'll be able to get tons of use out of it. Plus, it's poured into a frosted ombre glass vessel that'll look like a little work of art on your nightstand.
Otherland Boudoir Rouge Candle
Vintage lipstick, Amarena cherry, and Glace violet are the main notes behind Otherland's Boudoir Rouge scent. The glam candle is part of the Adorned collection, a set of candles inspired by all things downtown discothèque.
The candle is made with a coconut and soy wax blend and has a 50-hour burn time. Plus, it's hand-poured into a bold red vessel that'll add a bit of boudoir-inspired glamour into your home, no matter where you place it.
Sunday Riley Come Upstairs Massage Candle
You might know Sunday Riley best for beauty and skincare products, but the brand also sells this very sexy massage candle. This limited edition candle is scented with linden blossom, honey, vanilla, and sandalwood, which altogether creates a relaxing, sensual vibe that's designed to set the mood. Plus, how sexy is that deep purple jar?
Maude Burn No. 1 Candle
If sexy is what you're looking for, you can't do much better than the Maude Burn No. 1 candle, which is made with a blend of jojoba and soybeans oils combined with deep, musky notes like amber, cedar, lemongrass, tonka bean, and medjool date. The smoky scents help set the mood, while the melted—but still cool—wax helps take things up a notch by doubling as a massage oil for a little nighttime romance.
Anecdote Young Love Candle
Whether you’re in a new relationship or actively working on keeping the spark alive in a long-term one, the Young Love Candle from Anecdote Candles helps dial up the romance. Scented with balsamic blackberries, bergamot incense, burgundy rose, amber, and musk, it’s equal parts sweet and intense—just like any good relationship. Plus, the coconut-soy wax, cotton-core wicks, and phthalate-free fragrance oils ensure a clean burn.
Hotel Lobby Paris Nuit Candle
Few places are more romantic than Paris, but if you aren't able to make it there for the evening, this candle is the next best thing. The Paris Nuit Candle—which is made of 100 percent soy—has notes of black musk, wood, rum, and mahogany, and is intended to transport you to "a dimly-lit hotel lobby cocktail lounge." The vessel is designed to be reused, so once you've gone through the 65-hour burn time you'll have a chic container for your vanity.
Homesick Love Letters Candle
If you’re not the best with words, let the Love Letters candle from Homesick do the talking for you. The non-toxic, soy wax blend has notes of lemon and sandalwood, softened with floral finishes from rose petals, peonies, and jasmine—a striking contrast that warms up the room while also setting the tone. Of course, you could also pair it with a love letter of your own to really up the romance.
Brooklyn Candle Studio Love Potion Minimalist Candle
With everything you want and nothing you don’t, this 100 percent soy wax, essential oil-infused non-toxic candle may be the closest you’ll get to an actual love potion. Calming and brightening, it combines notes of jasmine, lavender, and mandarin for a scent profile that will make you feel like you’re nose deep in a bouquet of wildflowers. It'll complement another gift nicely, and pairs especially well with a vase full of fresh blooms.
Harlem Candle Co. Josephine Luxury Candle
If there’s such a thing as a luxurious scent, the Josephine Candle from Harlem Candle Co. is it. It starts out with citrusy notes from bergamot, then throws floral scents that come from Moroccan Rose and Indian Jasmine, only to finish off with deep and woody amber and sandalwood, hitting all your senses. And everything comes neatly contained in a deep red jar, perfect for giving off a high-end Valentine’s Day vibe.
P.F. Candle Co. Teakwood and Tobacco Candle
Another woodsy option, the cult-favorite Teakwood and Tobacco Candle from P.F. Candle Co. is arguably one of the best-smelling candles on the planet. With notes of leather, teak, and orange, it features a delicate balance of musk and citrus, giving all of the "curl up in a blanket and cuddle with a special someone" vibes. It's nicknamed the "boyfriend candle" for a reason, and is guaranteed to set the right vibe for date night.
Le Labo Cedre 11 Classic Candle
Le Labo's fragrances are legendary—and while Santal 33 tends to get all the attention, you shouldn't sleep on the brand's other scents. Cedre 11 combines cedar, birchwood, and gaiac (a scent formulated by Le Labo), giving off dark, smoky, and musky undertones that scream romance. Each candle comes labeled with your name and the date, making it a thoughtful gift to celebrate special occasions, from anniversaries and birthdays to, of course, Valentine's Day.
Whiskey & Woof No. 4 CONFIDANTE: Maple Bourbon & Musk Scented Candle
Reminiscent of a high-end cigar bar but without the secondhand smoke, the No. 4 CONFIDANTE Candle from Whiskey & Woof has notes of maple bourbon, cinnamon, blood orange, and cedar. As soon as it's lit it throws off an initial sweetness that’s quickly followed up by a masculine smokiness—just the thing for mixing up two old fashioneds and settling in for a romantic night.
Get a Whiff Co. Sage Against the Machine Candle
There’s nothing sexier than the crackle of a fire, but if you don’t have one then just buy the Sage Against the Machine Candle instead. Made with a wooden wick instead of a cotton one, this hand-poured coconut wax candle sounds just like a fireplace as the flame burns. And with notes of lavender, chamomile, sage, rosemary, sandalwood, cedar, and camphor, it’s equal parts bright and musky.
It comes in two sizes (seven and 10 ounces) and three jar colors (matte white, matte black, and amber), so you can choose the one that best matches your vibe.