Best candles – 10 top tried and tested buys for the home

Find the best candle to light in your home, whether sweet, ozonic, fruity or spicy...
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  • Buying a new candle to burn at home? We’re here with our list of the best candles you can buy – tried and tested by Ideal Home. From brands including The White Company and Skandinavisk, DUSK, Yankee and more. Whether you are after a sweet candle for your living room, an ozonic candle for your bathroom or a herbal candle for your hallway, it’s all here.

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    Candles are an easy way to mask home smells, whether that be from cooking or a wet dog walk. The majority of candles you buy are also safe to use around pets, just be sure to light them away from children. Don’t forget to keep your wick trimmed – for the cleanest possible burn – and to burn your candle evenly every time. This means no lighting for five minutes and blowing out, to prevent tunnelling. You should light your candle until an entire level of wax has melted, and then you can blow it out. Ideally, you should never light a candle for longer than 3 hours at a time.

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    Whatever your smell preference, we’ve tried and loved a bunch of candles on the market right now, so that you don’t have to drag yourself to the shops. From the best Amazon candle to our favourite spicy candle, it’s all below.

    What is the best candle you can buy?

    For this time of year, we suggest lighting Skandinavisk’s Lempi Candle in your home. It’s sweet yet subtle, with notes of peonies and roses. It gives off a sweet yet floral smell, which reminds us of the summer vibes we are longing for right now.

    The best candles for your home

    1. Skaninavisk Lempi Candle, 200g

    Skandinavisk Lempi Candle

    Best floral 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.

    2. 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.

    3.  Yankee Candle of the Year 2021, Discovery, 623g

    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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. This Works Black Spice & Cedar Scented Candle, 65g/220g

    Best spicy candle

    This Works Black Spice & Cedar Scented Candle

    This limited edition candle from This Works is here if you prefer something spicy over sweet or floral. It’s packaged inside a glass vessel which arrives in a beautifully designed floral box.

    With warming notes of black spice and cedarwood, this candle can definitely bring something different to the table. It even has base notes of orange to make it slightly sweet. Definitely one for late summer and autumn, we think.

    This hand-blended candle is a limited edition blend by Alexandra Palmowski M.A. RCA – it won’t be around for long. It has an impressive burn time of 40 hours.

    7.  Stoneglow Flower & Lemon Scented Candle, 180g

    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. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

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