The 6 Best Candles for Your Kitchen and Dining Room

updated Oct 10, 2021
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There are few smells better than a home-cooked meal or a treat baking in the oven. A fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies? Your great aunt’s spaghetti Bolognese recipe? Yes, please! But as much as we love cookies and sauces, we don’t really want to be smelling these things days later. That’s where candles come in!

With light, refreshing scents, these candles are sure to drown out any whiffs of last night’s dinner and neutralize your space. Also, you can totally burn them on the table during a dinner party and they won’t clash with anything you’re serving.

1. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Cardamom & Vetiver, $12.99 at Target

Turn your kitchen or dining room into a dreamy oasis with this serene scent from Chip and Joanna Gaines. Cardamom and vetiver (which has an earthy, grassy smell) are soothing aromas on their own. Together? The combination will give your home some serious fall vibes.

Mrs. Meyer’s is one of our go-to cleaning brands, and the brand’s scented candles fit right in with the rest of their stuff. The lemon fragrance will make your home smell like it’s been freshly cleaned.

There’s a reason brown sugar is in plenty of beauty products and candles. Light and sweet, brown sugar is one note that can stand on its own, but plays nicely with other aromas. When paired with oud (which smells woody) — like it is in this one from Lulu Candles — it starts to seriously smell like a luxury spa.

With notes of coconut, white tea, and sea salt, NEST’s beachy scent will make you feel like you’re having dinner al fresco in fall! Minus the annoying bugs.

Village Candle has been making beautiful candles for the past 25 years — so it’s no surprise its rain-scented candle has an “Amazon’s Choice” badge. This popular option features notes of rain, lily, amber, and bergamot, giving your space a clean, light aroma.

With 30,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this option from Chesapeake Bay is a clear crowd-pleaser. The blend of notes — including apple, pear, and bergamot — are said to promote balance and harmony. With any luck, it’ll also restore some aromatic decorum in your kitchen.

Do you have a favorite candle for the kitchen or dining room? Tell us about it in the comments below!