The Best-Smelling Candles to Add to Your Collection (I Know You Have One)



When someone came up with the saying "Good things come in small packages," they were definitely referencing candles and you can't change my mind. Despite being a small cylinder of scented wax, candles can change the entire vibe of a room and bring immense joy to those who light them. It's my instant way to calm myself down when I'm working or just generally make my space feel cozier. They also make great gifts for anyone and are a small (but special) enough purchase to treat yourself without feeling guilty. 

While there's plenty of candles on the market, I've gathered the best candle brands for you right here. So if you're looking for something new to add to your nightstand or coffee table, you've come to the right place. Whether you're into spa-like scents or a sniff straight into a garden, there's plenty of options in this rotation for you. Plus, how many candles are too many? To me, the limit doesn't really exist. 

1. Boy Smells

You've definitely seen this brand before, and I'm here to tell you it's actually worth the hype. Boy Smells is known for its unique scents like cannabis, but if you're not into the scent of Kush, they also have plenty of floral and woodsy scents. Plus, that colorful square label will look good in any space.

2. P.F. Candle Co

P.F started off as a one-woman operated Etsy shop, and now is thriving with a team in Southern California. It's known for woodlike scents, its most popular being teakwood and tobacco, amber moss, and sandalwood. 

3. Kishmish

Kishmish was started by two friends who looked to bring their South Asian culture to modern-day products. Their candles are hand-poured in San Francisco and feature scents like fresh chai, jasmine, and red roses. 

4. Voluspa

Voluspa is the luxurious candle you light when you're looking to create an oasis in your home. With scents like Laguna and Moroccan Mint Tea, it'll be like taking a trip without the travel.

5. Diptyque

Founded in 1960, Diptyque is not new to the game of scents and is a tastemakers' favorite. Everything from the logo to the scents is iconic. They're on the pricier side, but if you consider yourself a scent connoisseur, you might want to splurge on these candles. If you need more convincing, Meghan Markle used Diptyque candles to scent St. George’s Chapel on her wedding day, 

6. Byredo

Another splurge-worthy candle that will not only look divine on your dresser but follow through with their mission of translating experiences and emotions into products. 

7. Le Labo

You may recognize Le Labo for their very popular scent, Santal 33, but there's so much more offering in the luxury candle brand's deck. Their Santal 26 has 26 ingredients, consisting of amber, vanilla, cedar, and musk.

8. Otherland

When I first saw this brand on Instagram, I was intrigued by the fun packaging. Founder Abigail Stone was originally an art buyer for Ralph Lauren, so she knows what the fashion set wants. The candles are custom coconut and soy wax and come in scents like California figs, champagne, and peony blossoms.

9. Jo Malone

One of my best friends is devoted to Jo Malone perfumes and candles, and I fully understand why. With a strong history and scents like Pomegranate Noir and Lime Basil, the British brand has rooted itself as a leader. in the luxury beauty world. 

10. Overose

If you love French girl fashion, let me introduce you to this candle brand based out of Paris. Their signature products are their pink and holographic candles, so they're sure to add a touch of flair to your space all while bringing the aroma of croissants, botanicals, roses, and rain. (Yes, you read that right—croissants.)

11. White Barn

Would this truly be a candle roundup if I didn't include the Bath and Body Works classics? While the typical B&B candle may not have the most aesthetic packaging, their White Barn brand is a little more elevated. Women go to the mall and hoard these candles for valid reasons, and it's because their strong scents are unmatched.

12. Homesick

Whether you're homesick yourself or want to send a loved one who's long distance a gift, Homesick candles give the perfect element of nostalgia and home. Whether they're channeling a place or an experience, it'll sure make anyone have a smile on their face simply by taking a look at it.