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The Absolute Best Holiday Candles You Can Buy
While the weather outside is frightful (and let's face it, the other shoppers are too), our homes are sure delightful, thanks to these incredibly festive votives. Whether you like the smell of pine needles or pumpkin pie, we’ve found an aroma to lift your spirits this time of year. Bonus: Encased in eye-catching packaging, each is sure to be a crowd pleaser, or impress a hostess. Click through to find the perfect fragrance to warm a friend or a loved one’s home (or just to cozy up with yourself).
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If You Like…Cozy Scents
Nothing quite evokes a relaxing vibe like vanilla. You’ll find the ingredient is well-balanced — not at all saccharine — in these offerings.
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Drybar The Scent of Drybar – Scented Candle
The brand’s debut candle combines the creamy note with comforting musk.
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Commodity Tonka Candle
Here, its edible appeal is amplified with caramel, coffee and an intoxicating twist: Whiskey.
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Sisley Paris Tuberose Candle
Heady tuberose gives the sweet scent an extra sensual effect.
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If You Like…Earthy Scents
Can’t escape to a cozy cabin this winter? Then spice up your space with these robust votives.
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Molton Brown Festive Frankincense & Allspice Single Wick Candle
It's the perfect accompaniment to a hot cider by the fireplace.
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UMA Pure Calm Wellness Candle
Sparking a candle can instantly relax the mind, but this botanical blend (chamomile, lavender, and vetiver) is especially soothing during the often-stressful season.
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Spinelli Kilcollin Avarice Candle
This unique combination pairs the essence of minerals with the faint sweetness of fig.
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If You Like…Fresh Scents
There’s no need to squeeze a Christmas tree into your home to evoke a sense of holiday cheer. Instead: Stock up on these evergreen aromas.
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Yankee Candle Aromatic Orange & Evergreen Small Tumbler Candle
A hint of citrus, cinnamon and clove make this find especially festive.
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Rituals The Ritual of Anahata Massage Candle
Even better than this candle’s invigorating fragrance? The fact that the wax can be used to give your mate a massage.
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The Starling Project Holiday Candle
Sales from this fir-scented votive go to UNICEF to help provide solar power systems for families without electricity.
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If You Like…Fruity Scents
There’s nothing summery about these fresh apple, berry and bergamot scented picks — which have been re-mixed with seasonal notes for an unmistakably merry feel.
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Clove + Hallow Limited Edition Holiday Candle in Creamsicle
Its slightly sweet citrus (there’s a bit of vanilla to quell its zest) delights the senses.
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Bath & Body Works Merry Mimosa 3-Wick Candle
Any hostess would be thrilled to receive this candle, which features the party-perfect note of sparkling champagne, plus iced sugar crystals and red apple.
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Keap Wild Figs
Like a tarte in a jar, this candle is comprised of two delicious scents: Just plucked figs and berries.
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If You Like…Spicy Scents
Warm up particularly chilly winter days by sparking up one of these fragrant blends.
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Voluspa Gilt Pomander & Hinoki Scalloped Edge Embossed Glass Candle
The embossed golden glass may make you feel like this candle is too pretty to burn, but once you get a whiff of the cardamom and Japanese Hinoki blend, you won’t be able to resist.
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Tobi Tobin Chalet Candle
What do you get when you combine cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger, nutmeg and sandalwood? The quintessential holiday scent.
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Goop Edition 03 Incense Candle
Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest candle gets its smokiness from frakincense, cedar and a sprinkle of black pepper.
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If You Like…Sweet Scents
Warning: These candles smell so delectable, guests will swear you’ve baked a masterpiece.
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Hillhouse Naturals Pumpkin Small Mercury Glass Candle
It will fill your home with the aroma of a pumpkin pie in a fraction of the time it’d take to make a real one.
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NEST Fragrances Sugar Cookie Scented Votive Candle
This votive will make any space smell like scrumptious sugar cookies, no oven necessary!
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Jo Malone London Green Almond & Redcurrant Candle
Light up this limited edition candle to conjure up the scent of a tangy tart.
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If You Like…Woody Scents
If you’re a sucker for chestnuts roasting on an open fire, then you won’t be able to resist a whiff of these nutty and smoky votives.
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Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Candle
It’s the next best thing to curling up in front of an an IRL hearth.
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An unexpected tobacco note adds even more depth to this moody aroma.
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Diptyque Limited Edition Fiery Orange Scented Candle
The combination of blood orange from Italy (hence the color of the wax) with wood and cloves evokes a luxe ski chalet.
$70 (for 6.5 oz.); barneys.com