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We Found the 35 Best-Smelling Candles on the Internet (RIP to Our Wallets)

Betcha can't buy just one.

best smelling candles

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Ugh, not another candle,” you’re either a) probably not someone that I want to hang out with (sorry not sorry) or b) lying. Because let’s be real, there’s no such thing as too many candles. Whether you gravitate towards floral, fruity, cozy, romantic, or super luxurious scents, falling in love with a new candle—and subsequently telling everyone you know about it—is one of life's simplest pleasures. And in this (somehow already wacky) year that is 2022, we could all use as much extra joy as we can get.

With that said, I went ahead and rounded up the best-smelling candles on the market, because as a longtime lifestyle editor, my nose has been privy to hundreds—if not thousands—of wicks and waxes from fragrance brands far and wide. Below, I’ve compiled a list of my all-time favorites (new goodies and cult classics!) with notes ranging from amber, vanilla, and patchouli to leather, lavender, and bergamot.

Read on for the 35 best-smelling candles you should add to your cart ASAP. You can thank me later.

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this champagne candle
Otherland Chandelier

Featuring a unique blend of rich and spicy scents, this candle is "sophisticated" and "smells like nothing else out there," according to a reviewer.

Noteworthy notes: Champagne, saffron, leather

Burn time: 55 hours

this iridescent beauty
Opal Road Supernova
Opal Road

Take it from me: This candle smells like that moment of bliss when you finally get home at the end of a long beach day and start showering your sunscreen off with perfectly warm water. That's it. That's the description.

Noteworthy notes: Coconut milk, sandalwood, cardamom, cedarwood, tonka

Burn time: 65 hours

this classic lavender scent
Maison Louis Marie Antidris Lavender Candle
Maison Louis Marie

Reviewers say this earthy lavender candle smells totally authentic—none of that synthetic nonsense!

Noteworthy notes: Lavender, eucalyptus, amber stone

Burn time: 60 hours

this sexy scent
Bath & Body Works Mahogany Teakwood High Intensity
Bath and Body Works
Bath & Body Works

This baby smells like a super-hot guy, and if you've never had the chance to nose dive your way into one, I urge you to go to the mall RN. It also has three wicks, so you know the scent fills the room.

Noteworthy notes: Rich mahogany, black teakwood, dark oak, frosted lavender

Burn time: 45 hours

this crackling cutie
N A K E D Mini Coachella
Naked Scents Co.

I love a hand-poured candle, and this chic little thing is no exception. Not only does it have an irresistible name (um, Coachella), but the scent is also to die for, boasting floral but woody notes. Plus, it's got a crackling wick, so it gives fireside vibes.

Noteworthy notes: Mandarin, black pepper, sheer musk

Burn time: 20-25 hours

the spring candle
Candier Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking

If you could wrap up the look of cherry blossoms blooming, blue skies, and the first day of nice weather and put it into a jar, it would be this candle.

Noteworthy notes: Rose garden, lily of the valley, ozone, sandalwood

Burn time: 60 hours

this lush bb
Boy Smells Agua de Jardín Scented Candle

Say hello to the candle that pairs perfectly with a glass of red wine at the end of a long day.

Noteworthy notes: Pimento berry, coconut water, jasmine, fig leaves

Burn time: 50 hours

this candle that doubles as decor
Jonathan Adler Muse Couleur Sel de Mer Candle
Jonathan Adler

This candle smells like taking a nap on a sailboat (I know that's what it says on the website...but I have one and it really, truly does). It also comes in a super-chic votive that you can reuse once the wax burns down.

Noteworthy notes: Island lime, ocean breeze, sea salt, blue lotus, water hyacinth

Burn time: 51 hours

this yummy dessert candle
Mala the Brand Milk & Sugar Candle

This adorable little candle smells good enough to eat, thanks to fragrances you'd find wafting from your favorite baked goods.

Noteworthy notes: Vanilla, cinnamon, and cream

Burn time: 80-85 hours

this chill vibes one
Brooklinen Scented Candle

The perfect candle to ~manifest~ with, Witching Hour burns clean and smells fresh too.

Noteworthy notes: Calming amber, patchouli

Burn time: 50-60 hours

this silver number
Thompson Ferrier Sagano Silver Cashmere Petal
Thompson Ferrier

This bamboo-shoot-inspired candle comes in two-dozen different fragrances, but my favorites are the Cashmere Petal and the Gardenia (which is currently sold out). Beyond smelling fab, it's also just sooo chic.

Noteworthy notes: Cashmere, florals

Burn time: 210-220 hours

this bergamot scent
Bohéme Goa

Bohéme designs candles that'll transport you back in time or across the globe—this bergamot-scented one is inspired by the Arabian Sea.

Noteworthy notes: Sparkling citrus, rose, sandalwood, patchouli

Burn time: 50 hours

this cult classic
Le Labo Santal 26 Classic Candle

You know her, you love her, and she's totally worth the hype.

Noteworthy notes: Amber, cocoa, vanilla, cedar, spices

Burn time: 60 hours

this citrus bb
Dior Jardin D’orangers Jardin D'Oranger Candle

If you're into citrusy orange scents, you'll love this luxe candle from Dior.

Noteworthy notes: Neroli flowers, citrus

this kitchen candle
Brightland Co. Digestif

This light fragrance is designed to neutralize kitchen smells. It's made with the brand's best-selling olive oil to "extend its lifespan and improve its throw."

Noteworthy notes: Neroli, vetiver, black pepper

Burn time: 40 hours

this grapefruit one
Jo Malone London Grapefruit

Jo Malone never misses, and this lively citrus scent is one of the brand's very best.

Noteworthy notes: Grapefruit, tangerine, vetiver, rosemary

Burn time: 45 hours

this smoky scent
Apotheke Co. Charcoal 3-Wick Candle

Three wicks make this sexy fragrance three times as potent, with several reviewers saying the rich scent fills their whole house.

Noteworthy notes: Cedarwood, sandalwood, oud, smoky amber

Burn time: 120 hours

this bedtime candle
Diptyque Feuille de Lavande

Light this lavender cutie before bed to help you ~wind down~ after a long day.

Noteworthy notes: Lavender bushes, summer sky, earthy minerals

Burn time: 60 hours

this rich scent
Anine Bing Pure Noir Candle

From one of our fave ready-to-wear brands comes this rich blend of spicy and floral fragrances....in the sexiest matte black vessel ever.

Noteworthy notes: Black baccara rose, papyrus, saffron

Burn time: 40-56 hours

this sweet bb
Overose Aesthetic Purple Candle

This deliciously sweet candle has notes of white rose, almond milk, and caramel. Okay, YUM.

Noteworthy notes: May rose, amber, vanilla, santal

Burn time: 60 hours

this super chic candle
Parachute Home Scented Candle

One reviewer said this clean-burning candle is so invigorating that "everyone who comes over asks what it is."

Noteworthy notes: Jasmine, patchouli, saffron

Burn time: 65 hours

this jasmine and white tea-scented one
Zoe Tang Terrarium Candle

This intricately-poured candle actually smells as good as it looks—if you can believe it!

Noteworthy notes: Jasmine, white tea

Burn time: 30-35 hours

this bright scent
Voluspa Panjore Lychee Glass Jar Candle

It's the summer scent of our dreams, thanks to refreshing fruits you'd love to taste in your next cocktail.

Noteworthy notes: Lychee, cassis, juicy Asian pear

Burn time: 100 hours

this artisan one
Marie Burgos Design Maruzia Bird of Paradise
Marie Burgos Design

This handmade ceramic jar (which makes the perfect table accessory!) is filled with fruity and floral fragrance oils.

Noteworthy notes: Frangipanis, jasmine, orange

Burn time: 70 hours

this cozy one
Jo Malone London Glowing Embers Scented Candle
Jo Malone

Live out your bougie-cabin-in-the-woods fantasy with this cozy candle, which is reminiscent of a crackling log fire.

Noteworthy notes: Wood, smoke

Burn time: 70 hours

this rose cutie
Ouai Melrose Place Candle

Described as a "velvety-rich rose fragrance," this candle from beloved haircare brand Ouai has notes of bergamot, lychee, cedarwood, and white musk.

Noteworthy notes: Pink peppercorn, rose damask, musk

Burn time: 55 hours

this fresh scent
Maison Margiela 'REPLICA'
Maison Margiela

Fresh and comforting, this scent is inspired by a lazy Sunday morning. And reviewers say it lasts foreverrrr—even compared to other pricey candles.

Noteworthy notes: Lily of the valley, iris, white musk

Burn time: 40 hours

this super unique one
D.S. & Durga Tomb of the Eagles Scented Candle
D.S. & Durga

This candle—which is meant to capture the scent of Scotland's rugged Orkney Island— is unlike anything else you already own.

Noteworthy notes: Clover, sweet cicely, island moss

Burn time: 60 hours

this complex scent
Byredo Bibliothèque Fragranced Candle

This cult favorite "smells like a rich person's library," according to one reviewer. The glass votive is handblown and the wax is Byredo's signature black.

Noteworthy notes: Peach, plum, violet, peony, patchouli

Burn time: 60 hours

this *other* cult classic
Boy Smells Kush Scented Candle

The name says it all. No, literally—this candle has notes of cannabis in it.

Noteworthy notes: Cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip, amber

Burn time: 50 hours

this floral candle
AllSaints Sunset Riot Scented Candle

What does a "sunset riot-scented candle" smell like, you ask? A woodsy floral blend of bliss, duh.

Noteworthy notes: Pink pepper, orange flower, cedarwood

Burn time: 50 hours

this white gardenia-inspired candle
Harlem Candle Company Lady Day Candle

According to the brand, this candle "evokes the irresistible excitement of [Billie Holiday's] Harlem nights and joyful appetite for life." One reviewer said it pairs well with a glass of wine and some relaxing jazz music.

Noteworthy notes: Neroli blossom, sparkling bergamot, gardenia, jasmine petals, ylang ylang

Burn time: 80 hours

this classic candle
Rifle Paper Co. Candle

Much like the pretty pink jar, this blooming fragrance is classic and feminine.

Noteworthy notes: Peony, white tea, gardenia, sandalwood

Burn time: 40 hours

this woody scent
Iha Candles Amber & Moss

We love the simple chic jar almost as much as the comforting scent (which is earthy and woody with just a hint of musk).

Noteworthy notes: Sage, oakmoss, sandalwood

Burn time: 50 hours

this earthy candle
Malin and Goetz Leather Candle

The elegant leather scent is balanced out with muted florals—rustic perfection!

Noteworthy notes: Lotus flower, eucalyptus, clove, muguet, cedarwood

Burn time: 60 hours

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