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The Best Smelling Candles to Enhance Every Space

The best smelling candles range from light and delicate scents (say, for the bedroom or bath), to stronger fragrances that envelope a room and set the mood for your next party or gathering

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Don’t underestimate the power of a candle. Particularly, we mean the power of a good scented candle that envelops a room and makes you feel a little more comfortable or relaxed. But not all candles are created equal, and the best smelling candles can range from light and delicate scents (say, for the bedroom or bath), to stronger fragrances that envelope a room and set the mood for a dinner party or gathering.

Here’s what to keep in mind when shopping for the best smelling candles for your space.

Clean Burning Candles

“Clean burning” is just another way to describe your candles as non-toxic. As Healthline reported, burning candles releases volatile organic compounds and particulate matter into the air, but their effect is little to no risk. We naturally inhale these pollutants in the air as well. Although there is not enough evidence that candles negatively impact our health, you may want to buy ones that will produce the lowest amount of pollutants.

For a candle that produces the least harmful chemicals, look for natural, plant-based wax such as beeswax, soy, coconut, palm, and vegetable. Check the full ingredients of your candle to see if it’s derived from natural ingredients and uses certified nontoxic synthetic ingredients. Amazon has a good selection of “clean” and non-toxic candles available online.

How to Properly Burn Your Candles

According to the National Candle Association, you should always trim the wick to ¼ of an inch before you light your candle (using a wick trimmer like this one can help). This helps extend the life of your candle, as well as prevent excess debris and soot from releasing into the air. Additionally, when you burn a new candle, allowing it to burn enough that all of the wax at the top liquifies will help prevent the candle from tunneling into an uneven surface. Don’t burn beyond the recommended time of the manufacturer’s instructions. Finally, keep your candle away from drafty air in order to avoid an unstable flame– this is how you can stain walls and windows.

What Are the Best-Smelling Candles?

The best smelling candles are also dependent on your preference of smell. What scent relaxes you and eases your mind? Or maybe you like to go by the season, so you prefer fruity in the warm months and warm or woody in the winter. 

Consider the kind of fragrance you want your home or room to smell like but also the makeup and appearance of your candle. Don’t forget to burn it with care. These factors can make all the difference in how long it will last, as well as complementing your decor. 

Below, we listed the best smelling candles that have a long burning time and diverse range of fragrances. 

1. Cotton Poplin by BYREDO

Byredo Cotton Poplin, best smelling candles


Swedish brand Byredo is well known for its body and home fragrances. In addition to their perfumes, their candles also are wonderfully fragrant. Encased in a sleek, black glass, Cotton Poplin is one of their best sellers, and it’s very appropriate for the spring and summer. As its name would suggest, its scent evokes the smell of fresh linen. Notes include blue chamomile, lemon, white cedarwood, and sweet musk for its base. It has a high price point, but with this special scent and 60-hour burn time, it will be worth it. 

Buy: Cotton Poplin Candle at $85

2. Baies Berries by Diptyque

Diptyque Baies Berries, best smelling candles


Diptyque is another luxury brand that’s a favorite among candle enthusiasts. Baies is a fruity fragrance with notes of blackcurrant berries and roses, but it’s not overwhelmingly fruity. The paraffin wax includes lead-free wick, so the candle can safely burn to the bottom. According to Nordstrom reviewers, Byredo’s Burning Rose is similar but more woody. 

Choose from a portable travel size candle (great to get rid of that “hotel room smell”) or a large, display-worthy candle for your living room or den.

Buy: Baies/Berries Candle at $38-$345

3. Santorini by Brooklyn Candle Company

Brooklyn Candle Studio Escapist Candle Santoirini, best smelling candles


Brooklyn Candle Company makes their non-toxic candles out of 100% soy wax. Santorini is a fruity, earthy scent and can burn up to 70 hours. The scent evokes the Greek island of Santorini’s fig trees and natural currants, along with hints of sandalwood and amber for a warm base. The price is also reasonable for a luxury candle, and you get a beautiful minimalist design. 

Buy: Brooklyn Candle Studio Santorini at $38.00

4. Lime Basil & Mandarin Scented Home Candle by Jo Malone

Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin Candle, best smelling candles


For another luxury candle with rich scents, look to Jo Malone. Although its 45-hour burn time isn’t as long as the others, its scent is strong without being overwhelming. Lime Basil & Mandarin is their signature fragrance that gives off a deliciously warm, citrus smell. Go bigger for 600g at $200, and you can have a 90-hour burn time. 

Buy: Lime Basil & Mandarin Scented Candle at $69

5. Boy Smells x Kacey Musgraves Slow Burn Scented Candle

Boy Smells x Kacey Musgraves Slow Burn Candle, best smelling candles


Boy Smells has a lot of unique fragrances, and all candles are made out of beeswax and coconut. Slow Burn is a limited-edition collaboration with Kacey Musgraves, named after the opening track of her fourth studio album and created to capture the smells and visual vibrancy one hears in the song. A warm and spicy scent, it includes notes of incense, black pepper, ginger zest, raspberry, cedarwood, vanilla and more. 

Buy: Boy Smells Kacey Musgraves Slow Burn… at $39

6. Balance + Harmony (Water Lily Pear) by Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Balance and Harmony Water Lily Pear, best smelling candles


This #1 Bestseller on Amazon is a soy wax blend described as floral green. It combines waterlily, pear, jasmine, apple, sandalwood, green foliage, and more. It also features self-trimming wick and is 100% recyclable in collaboration with TerraCycle. The candle burns up to 50 hours, which.

Buy: Chesapeake Bay Water Lily Candle at $12.99

7. Dark Rum Candle by Malin+Goetz

Malin + Goetz Dark Rum, best smelling candles


Dark Rum is one of Malin+Goetz’s most popular candles. The natural wax blend has a dark and spicy aroma that includes plum, bergamot, notes of leather, rum, and creamy milk. Inspired by the old bay rum from the Caribbean, It’s meant to capture the long days in a tropical sun and through the night. Although this is on the pricier side, reviewers remark that it’s a noticeably distinct scent and can burn up to 60 hours.

Buy: Dark Rum Candle at $55

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