We Tested (and Graded!) 7 Popular Champagne-Scented Candles
Voluspa Prosecco Bellini
Concept: With a 100-hour burn time, this candle offers fragrances of brut prosecco, ripe peach and sweet apricot.
Smell Notes: "When I first pulled this candle out of the box, I was hit with nice, light floral scents, and they translated through once I lit it. The scent isn't overpowering, but it definitely smells up a room, primarily with sweet scents of apricot, and will last you well into 2019, as I've been burning it nonstop for two days and the wax has barely melted down."
Buy It! $27; nordstrom.com
Yankee Candle Sugar Plum Champagne
Concept: This candle promises 30-40 hours of burn time and gives off aromas of "dark plum and raspberry sugar matched with vanilla bean and buttercream," according to the website.
Smell Notes: "I was excited to burn this one because it’s a slightly different scent than what I usually go with but felt drawn to it immediately," our tester writes. "The sweet notes might be a little intense on a close whiff, but they really blend into a room perfectly to give it a pleasant addition. And it’s Yankee Candle — they never disappoint with the burn time.
Buy It! $15; yankeecandle.com
LAFCO New York Champagne
Concept: This candle boasts scents of ginger, grapefruit, lemon and raspberry with 90 hours of burn time.
Smell Notes: "I’m not sure I know exactly what champagne smells like, but if this is it, I should be drinking more champagne," our tester writes. "The grapefruit scent is subdued but delightful (I didn’t notice the ginger or raspberry), even slightly effervescent if that’s possible for a candle. Best of all, while most candles look best when they’re new, this one gets prettier every day thanks to the handblown glass that's exposed as the wax gets lower and lower."
Buy It! $65; bloomingdales.com
Voluspa Crisp Champagne
Concept: This candle offers scents of vanilla, brut champagne and barrel oak, with a burn time of 100 hours.
Smell Notes: "Upon first burning, this candle smells subtle, with a dry, less floral or fragrance-y scent than other champagne-scented candles," one tester writes. "The barrel oak notes come forward, and the candle doesn't overpoweringly smell like wax."
Buy It! $27; nordstrom.com
Bath & Body Works Champagne Toast
Concept: This candle lists its fragrance notes as: bubbly champagne, sparkling berries and juicy tangerine, and offers 45 hours of burn time.
Smell Notes: “It has a light, effervescent smell that leans fruity with a touch of juniper. It really does smell fizzy, like a freshly popped bottle of bubbly topped with berries,” our tester writes. “I loved the scent on first whiff, but was sad to discover that the three-wick candle’s aroma was barely detectable when lit in my one-bedroom, N.Y.C. apartment’s living room (which is about as big as you’d expect). The light bouquet may be better suited for a bathroom or another small room.”
Buy It! $24.50; bathandbodyworks.com
Capri Blue Gilded Muse Pink Grapefruit & Prosecco
Concept: “This rose gold candle demands attention from the start with its sparkling metallic finish and notes of mimosa flower, grapefruit and violet,” according to the site.
Smell Notes: “Initially this candle comes off entirely pink grapefruit scented, with barely any traces of prosecco or other notes,” one tester writes. “It’s overwhelmingly citrusy, but the champagne bubbliness comes out when you burn the candle, which dulls the strength of the scent. It’s a literal slow burn with this one — the large candle’s single wick takes a long time to melt the wax, therefore only producing a dull combination of grapefruit and prosecco. The packaging ultimately outshines the aroma, making the candle at least a solid addition to your holiday décor.”
Buy It! $40; capri-blue.com
Concept: Handcrafted in Charleston, South Carolina, this candle is made from a repurposed wine bottle and offers 80 hours of burn time with sweet notes of white grape, honey, fresh baked bread and light citrus.
Smell Notes: "A great glass of champagne is full of life, effervescence, and cheer. It tastes like celebration. So I expected a champagne candle to elicit the same emotion," one tester writes. "The Rewined candle was fine. The sweet fragrance isn't strong — it barely filled the small room where I burned it — and it's inoffensive. But it doesn't provide the joy of champagne or that of many other candles in my closet. We all deserve to burn better, especially in the new year."
Buy It! $29; westelm.com