From Zara to Diptyque, This is Our Ultimate List of the Very Best Candles

There's no denying the power of fragrance—we're all familiar with the way that a certain perfume can transport us to a certain time or place, lift our spirits, or get us in the mood for a night out, but what's often overlooked is the fact that the same effect can be achieved in the way we scent our space. Whether you want to create an atmosphere of relaxation or refresh the energy of a room, then you truly can't go wrong with a scented candle. Ideal for bringing ambience to your bedroom, masking lingering odours in your dining room, or creating spa-like vibes in your bathroom, the best candles serve not only to make your home smell amazing, but also to boost your mood—and of course, multitask as decorative features.

For me, arriving home after a long day, washing my face, changing into comfy clothes, and lighting a candle is one of life's simplest but most enjoyable small pleasures. The right candle at the right time can do anything from helping me to focus when working from home, to getting me in the mood for a deep clean, or creating an atmosphere of calm to relax my mind before sleep. 


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When it comes to choosing the best candles, there are tons of options to choose from—spanning the offerings from luxury fragrance houses to more affordable budget home fragrance ranges—altogether, making it a tough category to sift through. Fortunately for you, between my career as a beauty editor and the genetic predisposition towards buying candles that I seem to have inherited from my mum, I've tried my fair share of candles over the past few years... 

To help you to narrow down your options, I've rounded up an edit of the best candles I've tried. From cult classics (think: Byredo, Jo Loves, and Diptyque) to not-so-well-known candles from some of my favourite indie fragrance brands (such as Ostens and Good Candles), I can guarantee that every single one of these candles will make your home smell incredible.


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Shop the Best Candles:

1. Byredo Bibliothèque

2. Diptyque Baies

3. Boy Smells Ambrosia

4. Jo Malone Basil & Neroli

5. Loewe Tomato Leaf

6. NEST New York Lime Zest & Matcha

7. Beauty Pie Clean House

8. Jo Loves Christmas Trees

9. Sana Jardin Sandalwood Temple

10. Malin + Goetz Dark Rum

11. The White Company Seychelles

12. Penhaligon's Anbar Stone

14. MUJI Hinoki Wood

15. Paul Smith Sunseeker

16. Soho Home Trento Leather & Oud

17. Ruth Mastenbroek The Intrepid Herbalist

18. NEOM Tranquility

19. Ostens Illumination Rose

20. Miller Harris Tabac

21. D.S & Durga Big Sur After Rain

22. Trudon Odalisque Candle

23. Le Labo Santal 26

24. Colekt La Chambre

25. Never Go Alone Sandstone

26. Urban Apothecary Coconut Grove

27. Aesop Ptolemy

28. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Jasmin D'Hiver

29. Santa Maria Novella Melograno

30. Habitat Geranium & Basil

31. Dasein London Fig

32. Good Candles School Dinners

33. Glossier Orange Blossom Neroli

34. Venom Cult Firefly

35. Space NK Tuscan Vines

36. Floral Street Wonderland Bloom

37. True Grace Library Candle

38. Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle

39. Zara Dark Amber

This article was previously published at an earlier date and has since been republished.

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Freelance Beauty Editor

Grace Day is a beauty editor and content creator. She has over 10 years of beauty-industry experience, spanning editorial, retail, and e-commerce, which gives her a unique understanding into how people shop for their beauty routines.

While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.