Best candles – 12 luxurious scented candles starting from £3.49

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  • Searching for the right candle to light inside your home at this time of year? We’re here to help you decide on a fragrance, whatever your smell preference. How? We’ve tried – and loved – a bunch of candles that are on the market right now, from everywhere including WoodWick, The White Company, Aldi plus more. So that you don’t have to drag yourself to the shops, that is. From the best Amazon candle to our favourite spicy candle, our favourites are just below.

    Burning one of the best home fragrance buys in your home will ensure that your place smells as nice as it looks. Yes, candles are an easy way to mask home smells, whether that be from cooking or a wet dog walk. As well as looking lovely – and luxurious – the majority of candles you buy are also safe to use around pets, just be sure to light them away from children. Otherwise, if you’re searching for something a little safer to emit fragrance, and without the use of a flame, then head on over to our best reed diffusers guide to see our top suggestions.

    What are you waiting for? These best candles below will turn heads – and take your home from medial to magnificent. We’ve even listed our top candles for autumn and winter 2021… don’t miss out.

    What is the best candle you can buy?

    For this time of year, we suggest lighting WoodWick’s Smoked Walnut & Maple candle in your home. It’s nice and woody with a powerful and irresistible aroma, plus it has a crackling wick that subtly copies the sound of a roaring fireplace. Autumn in fragrance form.


    The best candles for your home

    1.  WoodWick Smoked Walnut & Maple candle

    Best woody candle

    WoodWick Smoked Walnut & Maple candle

    Image credit: WoodWick

    This WoodWick candle is our favourite to burn right now, at this time of year. Why? It’s sumptuously woody and boasts a delightful Pluswick – to imitate the sound of a crackling fire as the wax burns and emits fragrance.

    Talking of fragrance, this candle has notes of smoked woods and toasted nuts – basically, autumn in a nutshell (see what we did there?). It’s definitely one for lighting on a cold day or during a chilly evening, whilst it starts releasing fragrance pretty fast. Just be aware: it also burns fast, so you might want to buy a larger jar.

    Housed inside a thick glass jar and complete with a wood style lid to prevent dusting, this candle looks and smells the part. We say to place it on show, perhaps in the middle of a coffee table or atop a mantlepiece.

    2. Winter Signature Candle

    Best spicy candle

    Winter Signature Candle

    Image credit: The White Company

    The White Company never disappoints when it comes to home fragrance – especially around Christmas time. If you are searching for a spicy candle to light on a cold evening, then the Winter Signature Candle should be it. It’s the perfect warming concoction, plus it looks like luxury, too.

    With notes of cinnamon, clove and orange, this warming candle is both spicy and fresh, and never too overpowering. It essentially smells like Christmas in candle form, and we love it. It’s also impressively scented so as to reach each and every corner of a room, no matter its size.

    Housed inside a classic The White company glass vessel, this candle is made of high-quality mineral wax and it boasts a long, even burn. It arrives cocooned inside a gorgeous gift box, making it ready to gift.

    3. Hotel Collection No.1 Lime, Basil & Mandarin Glass Candle

    Best fresh candle

    Hotel Collection No.1 Lime, Basil & Mandarin Glass Candle

    Image credit: Aldi

    This Aldi candle is one of their best, and it’s undeniably a brilliant choice for lighting inside your home year-round. Thanks to its cheap price, you can get away with buying a good few of these and popping one inside every room. Thanks to its luxe look, you won’t even mind it being on display, either.

    Scented to smell like a blend of lime, basil and mandarin, this fresh-scented candle is surprisingly great at flooding a room. Without being too overpowering, that is. You can light it anywhere from a bathroom to a kitchen, bedroom or a hallway – this is one of the main reasons why we love this smell so much. It’s versatile.

    Though this candle is less than £4, it certainly doesn’t look it. With a total of two wicks and a metal lid to keep dust away, which also doubles as a stand to protect your surfaces, this Hotel Collection candle ticks all our boxes. It actually burns evenly, although you might need to trim your wicks quite frequently.

    Buy now: Hotel Collection No.1 Lime, Basil & Mandarin Glass Candle, £3.49 each,  Aldi

    4. The White Company Geranium Leaf Candle

    Best herbal candle

    The White Company Geranium Leaf Candle

     

    This Geranium Leaf Candle is a herbal option if you are searching for something uplifting. We suggest popping this candle in a living room or hallway – just make sure it’s an airy or large space as it’s is quite powerful. It’s poured inside a ceramic vessel and comes with a matching lid – to stop the candle from getting dusty when it’s not lit.

    With initial notes of geranium, peppermint and Sicilian orange, the immediate scent we get from this candle, before and after lighting, is peppermint with a hint of lavender. There’s no doubt that it’s uplifting, which is why we suggest popping it in a living room if this room is used a lot by you and the kids. Or, in a hallway to flood all of your rooms with scent.

    This candle has a burn time of 40 hours – impressive! – and it’s filled in the UK using high-quality wax for a long, clean and even burn.

    5. Slab Lab Scented Candle Fog, 240g

    Best luxury candle

    Slab Lab Scented Candle Fog

    A unique blend of fragrance, this Slab Lab candle is made using coconut and rapeseed wax, while we think it’s the perfect burn for last summer, early autumn. For when the evenings begin to get chilly and you choose to retreat inside.

    Boasting a strong scent even before being lit, this candle boasts notes of chamomile, clover honey and bergamot, mixed with English lavender and freesia. Topped with fragrant vanilla and tonka bean. It’s sweet yet warm and definitely unique.

    Hand-poured into a grey glass vessel, with plain white labelling, this rapeseed wax candle is GMO-free and plant-based. It also has a long burn time of 40-45 hours, while the lack of tunnelling is impressive, to say the least.

    6. The White Company Seychelles Signature Candle, 140g

     Best ozonic candle

    The White Company Seychelles Signature Candle

    This bestselling candle from The White Company is our top pick if you want a ozonic candle to burn in a bathroom. Whether that be for your en-suite, a downstairs bathroom or a family bathroom, that is. Its subtle smell will banish any odours, while it’s never too overpowering – even if placed inside a windowless bathroom.

    With ozonic notes of bergamot, fresh coconut, green jasmine, amber and warm vanilla, this candle has a soothing affect. It has a clean scent that will not only make your bathroom smell fresh, but it’s also a lovely scent to burn in a bedroom or hallway. We would perhaps steer clear of popping it in a living room, as it works best in smaller spaces.

    This candle comes inside a lovely white box, making it ready to gift, if need be. It’s made using high quality mineral wax and filled in the UK, while it sits inside a classic, elegant The White Company glass vessel.

    7.  Stoneglow Flower & Lemon Scented Candle

    Best citrus candle

    Stoneglow Flower & Lemon Scented Candle

    If you are a citrus fan, then this Stoneglow candle is made for you. It’d be lovely in a kitchen due to its fresh scent, and it’s poured inside a frosted glass vessel that features a stand-out floral design. Essentially, it smells as good as it looks.

    This refreshing candle has immediate notes of citrus – lemon and patchouli to be exact – which is why we consider it to be just right for a kitchen. It has floral base notes of jasmine and lavender, as well as spicy nutmeg. The base is quite woody, but overall, from the first whiff of this candle, you will smell citrus with a hint of something floral.

    With a burn time of 35 hours, this Stoneglow candle is an affordable alternative to others they sell. Rest assured what it lacks in price it does not lack in scent. It’s also made right here, in the UK.

    8. Skaninavisk Lempi Candle

    Best floral candle

    Skandinavisk Lempi Candle

    We’re not usually fans of sweet candles as they are often quite overpowering, but this one from Skandinavisk, their Lempi Scented Candle, is lovely and subtle. It comes inside a decorative glass jar, complete with a wooden lid, making it ideal for Skandi-style, boho or modern homes.

    This sweet candle has notes of peony and rose, as well as strawberries and mosses. It’s definitely not too sweet, that’s for sure. It’d be a great burn for spring or summer days and evenings.

    This vegan-friendly Sweedish candle is made from rapeseed wax while the glass vessel is made from 30 per cent recycled materials. It has a cotton wick, too.

    9.  Yankee Candle of the Year 2021, Discovery

    Best fruity candle

    best home fragrance

    This large candle is perfect for lighting in a hallway, to flood each and every room in your home with its impressively strong yet sweet scent.

    Yankee’s new Discovery candle, which is their candle of the year for 2021, has fruity base notes of starfruit, passion fruit and mango, as well as a vibrant addition of ginger and a subtle vanilla scent for warmth and balance. It’s uplifting for sure, and while it is sweet it’s definitely not overpowering.

    This large candle has an impressive burn time of 110 hours. It has been poured inside a glass vessel that’s decorated with pink and yellow patterns, and it comes with a lid to prevent dusting.

    10. Botanica by Air Wick Candle Fresh Pineapple & Tunisian Rosemary, 205g

    Best affordable candle

     

    Botanica by Air Wick Candle Fresh Pineapple & Tunisian Rosemary

    Part of AirWick’s Botanica range, this candle is infused with natural essential oils. It’s well-scented to fragrance a small room, and it’s impressively odour-reducing so makes a great addition to a hallway or a kitchen.

    With 5 scents to choose from, Fresh Pineapple & Tunisian Rosemary is our favourite with citrusy yet herbal notes.

    This candle comes inside a jar complete with a lid, and it has an impressive burn time of up to 40 hours. Although its packaging isn’t as luxurious as we would hope, it is recyclable. Also, Botanica by Air Wick is partnering with WWF for the restoration of wildflower habitats in the UK.

    11. DUSK Allure Candle, Amber & Sandalwood, 660g

    Best large candle

    Allure Candle - Amber & Sandalwood - Medium

    If you prefer woody scents that are warm and better lit on chilly days, then this DUSK candle is the one for you. It has two wicks to release scent fast, and it’s poured into a glass jar that boasts minimal labelling – to blend in seamlessly with your decor.

    With top notes of juniper and cedarwood, this autumnal candle also has middle notes of sandalwood and patchouli. You’ll also be able to smell a hint of vanilla, Tonka and amber.

    This large candle is ideal for large spaces – in the middle of a dining table or coffee table, or in a large bedroom. It’s pretty basic in design, but it smells great.

    12. Yankee Candle Scented Candle Clean Cotton, 623g

    Best Amazon candle

    Yankee Candle Scented Candle Clean Cotton

    Image credit: Yankee Candle

    This Yankee Candle is loved by Amazon reviewers – nearly 30,000 of them, to be exact – and it’s easy to understand why. Although it is made using paraffin wax, like all other Yankee candles are, it does give off a powerful, fresh scent that you’d love to smell in any room of your home. From your kitchen to your bathroom, bedroom or even hallway. It also has room-filling capabilities, so rest assured it will flood your home with scent.

    It has top notes of sun-dried cotton, combined with green notes of white flowers and a hint of lemon. It’s safe to say that this freshly scented candle isn’t too overpowering, so if you tend to steer clear of headache-inducing scents, this one is nice and subtle.

    Poured inside a large jar with a burn time of a whopping 150 hours, this 623g candle is also a bargain. It comes with a lid, to keep dust away from the wick, and the wick itself is a 100% natural fibre cotton wick, for a clean burn.


    Why choose a candle over a reed diffuser or room spray?

    Candles, as well as smelling lovely, also have the ability to create a calm atmosphere. They also look great on display. Choosing a candle over a reed diffuser or room spray is all down to personal preference. A candle will take longer than a reed diffuser to release scent, and it needs to be lit and blown out by you in order to work. Whilst a reed diffuser sits there and does the work itself, with only the need to occasionally flip the reeds. You can’t control how much scent is released with a candle, but you can with reed diffusers and room sprays.


    How to look after my candle?

    Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just lighting your candle, blowing it out, lighting it again and so on. In fact, to ensure that your candle burns to perfection, there are some things you will need to watch out for – and a few items that you will need to buy. Get yourself a candle care kit if you’re burning candles that are high-quality.

    You’ll want to use a wick trimmer to trim your wick when it gets too long – the average wick length should be a quarter of an inch.

    Using a candle snubber to extinguish your candle will ensure you don’t blow any wax out of the jar, or inside and around the jar, to ensure a clean burn from start to finish.

    Lighting your candle until the melted wax reaches the corner of your jar should ensure your candle doesn’t tunnel. Never light a candle for 10 minutes and blow it out.

    Use some tweezers – or a candle dipper – to delicately move your wick if it starts leaning to one side. If you don’t do this, your wick could end up underneath the wax making it more or less impossible to light your candle ever again.

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