14 Deliciously Scented Candles That’ll Make Your Home Smell Luxurious

updated Sep 28, 2023
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Nothing makes for a good gift quite like a candle, especially ones that makes us feel like we’ve instantly stepped into a spa, a bakery, or a luxury parfumerie. Scents are also super personal, as they can trigger warm memories and remind us of loved ones — or create an entirely new vibe in a living space. That’s why, whenever I’ve received a candle as a gift in the past, I feel as if I’ve just unwrapped one of the most thoughtful home accessories one can give. I always hope to give the same sentiment when I pick out a candle for a family member or friend. 

Below, we’ve crafted a list of our top picks to shop as gifts all year long. Whether you’re craving a scent filled with freshness or one that leans toward the sweeter side, there’s a candle here for just about anyone. Read on to find one (or a few!) that you can gift with confidence each time.  

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If you love a good tropical scent, then you should be adding this candle to your cart ASAP. Made with notes of sugared oranges, lemons, limes and mountainous greens, it'll transport your recipient to a tropical vacation in no time. Packaged in a pearlescent canister with a gold lid, it looks chic atop a nightstand or on a kitchen counter. It’s also available in four different sizes.

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Williams Sonoma

Go for a bright and vibrant vibe when shopping for this Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon candle. It’ll look great added to a dining room centerpiece or to a bathroom counter display. It would even work perfectly with an year-round mantle design. The lemon scent is light enough to be used all year and can neutralize surrounding scents. Plus, it has a burn time of up to 70 hours.

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Deliciously fruity, Otherland’s Melonspell candle gives notes of ruby watermelon, cucumber dill mingle, and palo santo. The overall presentation of Otherland’s candles makes them instantly feel expensive, from the artful packaging to the richness of their diverse scents. “On Christmas morning, these candles were both big hits," wrote senior commerce editor Alicia. "There was no acting involved. My mom even lit the Fallen Fir candle while we finished exchanging gifts, which is maybe the fastest she’s ever used a Christmas present." Otherland candles are a gift you can feel confident giving every time.

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was $35.00

This unique coiled candle is made of 100-percent beeswax and features a metal stand with a sleek wick holder. Simply move your desired amount of candle into the wick holder, and it'll burns until it self-extinguishes. The candle also has a burn time of up to 80 hours, so it's sure to last a while.

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Give the gift of luxury with a candle so fresh it smells like freshly picked basil, mint, and tomato leaves from the garden. Unlike other candles that cover other smells with its own scent, Diptyque created a candle that works to eliminate odors while in use. This odor-removing candle uses a technology that is set to erase molecules that create the odors that we try to avoid. It truly makes you feel good about what you’re burning in the household.

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Add a smile to someone’s face when they open up this Good Intentions candle by Brooklinen. Each candle scent is named with a positive purpose and packaged with a correlating description. Each of Brooklinen’s candles in this line are hand-poured and made with a soy and coconut wax blend — plus, they're mixed with essential oils that act as aromatherapy each time they’re used, too.

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Brooklyn Candle Studio

Add a little brightness to a room with this sweet fig candle. Blended with additional notes of rosewood, amber, and patchouli, it adds a subtle yet earthy richness to any space. “The best part about this candle might be that it’s actually a year-round scent," wrote contributor Erin. "It’s light and refreshing for spring or summer, while it’s warm and soothing enough for a chilly fall or winter day." It’s a candle your giftee can look forward to unwinding with after a long day.

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Treat yourself to the sweet aromas of fig and summer dew with this airy candle from Otherland. Although it's a summer candle, its scent is reminiscent of fresh greens and ripe figs, which your giftee will find pleasant year round. It also has a 55-hour burn time and is made from soy and coconut wax for a nice, clean burn.

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Neiman Marcus

This small yet mighty candle takes center stage in a room with the fragrant smell of blackcurrant berries and flowery rose accents. It makes for the perfect spa candle too, allowing you to unwind and relax after a long day at the office. This size candle is also available in other scents such as vanilla, fig, or sandalwood. At only 6.05 ounces, the candle can burn for up to 60 hours, too.

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What’s more soothing than memories of being in your grandmother’s kitchen? This candle from editor-favorite brand Homesick captures the feeling with notes of apple, butter, clove, and vanilla. Give it to someone who will appreciate recalling warm apple pies baked by Grandma — it'll be such a special gift.

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Williams Sonoma
was $39.95

If you love your refreshing fruity cocktails, then this Paloma-inspired scent is for you. It has citrusy notes of blood orange and mandarin orange, along with fruity notes of pink starfruit, mango, and goji berry. It'll be perfect for any room in the home, from the kitchen to the bedroom.

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Anecdote Candles

Speaking of cocktail-scented candles, this mimosa-inspired one from Anecdote has the ultimate at-home brunch aroma. It smells of citrus and bergamot, with fresh blood orange and grapefruit notes that are balanced out by a hint of fresh greens. Like all Anecdote candles, this candle is made with a coconut-soy blend and features all natural ingredients — without dyes or preservatives.

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Stonewall Kitchen

This herb-infused scent from Stonewall Kitchen is a great way to neutralize your kitchen after cooking dinner while still imbuing it with a lovely smell. With notes of basil, thyme, and lavender essential oils, this all-soy candle is a perfect gift for the home cook who appreciates simple flavor profiles.

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This fruit-forward candle is sure to become an instant favorite for after dinner. Inspired by pomegranates, raspberries, and plums, it has a rich scent with hints of casablanca lily and guaiacwood. It's a splurge-worthy gift for someone who deserves a luxurious candle to light when they want to wind down.

Sarah M. Vazquez and Erin Cavoto also contributed to reporting.