A Hyper-Curated List of the 15 Absolute Best Candles, According to an Editor


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In my eyes, creating a cozy space is one of the most important ways for me to feel at home. In my apartment, that means candles everywhere. I'm the type of person who has a candle lit at all times. There's no better way to set the mood, curate a space, and get endless compliments every time someone sets foot in your home. 

Not all candles are created equally, however. In my time as a beauty editor, I've probably tried upward of 100 candles. A good candle isn't just dependent on smell—you also have to factor in burn time, how clean a candle burns, and the vessel its housed in. Keep reading for a list of the 14 best candles you can use. 

Best overall candle:

Best statement candle:

Best woodsy candle:

Best luxury candle:

Best fall candle:

Best musk candle:

Best spicy candle:

Best meditative candle:

Best warm candle:

Best fresh candle:

Best floral candle:

Best affordable candle:

Best unexpected candle:

Best citrus candle:

Best warm floral candle:

Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.