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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.
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.
Otherland Kindling Candle
Scented with a combination of Alaskan cedar, smoky embers, and incense, the Kindling Candle from Otherland gives off some serious bonfire vibes, but in a subtle, pleasant way. The custom scent is crafted by master perfumers so it doesn’t just smell good, it also helps transform the energy and the atmosphere of the room around you. If you can't get a cozy fire going in your living room, this is the next best thing.
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.
Jonathan Adler x Maison Berger Muse Candle
Jonathan Adler teamed up with home fragrance makers Maison-Berger Paris to create this seductive, one-of-a-kind scent that’s light and fresh with just the right amount of musk. The coconut wax is scented with sandalwood and Imperial Green Tea fragrance from Maison-Berger’s collection, and the jar is covered in raised lips, some that are highlighted with gold foil—a design inspired by Gala, the wife and muse of Salvador Dali. It's the perfect way to drop the hint that you’re planning on ending the night with a kiss.
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.
Serenity Scent Co. Red Roses Candle
Red roses are the quintessential Valentine’s Day choice, so what better way to complement a fresh bouquet of flowers than with the Red Roses Candle by Serenity Scent Co.? Rose, carnation, ylang ylang, and lily of the valley are the major players in this candle, but it’s finished off with powder and peppercorn base notes to give it a little bit of spice—just what you need to get the night started right.
Kiki De Montparnasse Lotus No. 9 Massage Oil Candle
Kiki De Montparnasse, a New York-based lingerie design company, certainly knows how to turn on the sex appeal. the Lotus No. 9 Massage Oil Candle is made from a natural wax that melts at just above body temperature, and works as a light, floral-scented candle by day and a luxurious massage oil by night. For a nice extra touch, it comes in a matte black jar with a pour spout, so you can slowly drizzle it on your beau or put a little in your bath for the ultimate self-care.
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.
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?