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A Scented Candle For Every Occasion

Whether subtle or bold, nothing sets the mood like a beguiling scent. Here are our top picks for the best candles to burn this holiday season.

With their mood-setting scents and aesthetically pleasing vessels, candles are the ultimate accent for any home. Luckily, there has never been more variety when it comes to choosing a special one to gift or get. Brands like Diptyque and Lumira tap into the holiday season with warm, cozy fragrances that channel traditional holiday smells like pine and fir. Then there are the more abstract scents, like Boy Smell’s Coin candle that was inspired by scorched earth and corroded copper, or DS & Durga’s Holy Ficus, which took inspiration from the sacred fig tree under which Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment (it smells of cardamom and frankincense). Whether you prefer unexpected or traditional, these are the candles to buy right now.


Notes of cinnamon, sage, nutmeg, and sandalwood make this the perfect candle for setting a holiday mood at home.
The complex-yet-fresh scent of this Desert candle will reenergize any space.
A warm, enveloping fragrance perfect for cozying up on a cold evening.
This wintry fragrance will create a Zen space.
At 42.3 ounces and with four wicks, the lingering scent of Santal will last for weeks to come.
Jewelry designer Spinelli Kilcollin’s limited-edition candle has an earthy, mineral essence that would pair well with a fine wine.
Candle for a cause: With each candle purchased, Starling partners with UNICEF to provide solar energy to someone in a rural community.

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