Burning Candles Is My Favourite Hobby—These 22 Luxury Buys Are Worth Every Penny

If I could be any animal, I would without a doubt be a hermit crab. Much like the aptly named crustacean, I too find great joy in curling up at home and, if I had the chance, would love to live permanently in such a state. Sadly for me, my job as a beauty editor requires quite a lot of running around from appointment to appointment, and so it’s not very often I find myself with a lot of time at home.

However, it’s because of this that I have developed a penchant for buying items that really level up my time at home. More specifically, I have become somewhat obsessed with buying and collecting luxury scented candles. The first thing I do when I get home is light a candle. I want my entire flat to be filled with a luxurious, mind-soothing aroma.


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This brings me to my next point. While a great candle is without a doubt the one beauty-and-lifestyle product that has the ability to lift my mood the most, a candle that has great promise but yields little results leaves me feeling immensely let down—especially when said subpar candle has a bulky price tag. As a general rule, I believe that you get what you pay for with candles. The more expensive they are, the more luxurious and room-filling the scent. However, that’s not to say there aren’t some luxury candles that leave me feeling let down. To ensure you’re purchasing candles that deliver the most bang for their buck, keep scrolling for the 22 best luxury candles I would buy on repeat (if my pay cheque allowed for it).

1. Byredo Tree House

2. Boy Smells Hinoki Fantôme

3. Diptyque Feu de Bois

4. Cire Trudon Joséphine

5. Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax

6. Sana Jardin Tiger by Her Side

7. Les Senteurs Forêt Foray

8. La Montaña Galán de Noche

9. Le Labo Santal 26

10. Dior Eden-Roc

11. Jo Malone London Lilac Lavender & Lovage Townhouse Candle

12. Neom Organics Perfect Night's Sleep

13. Sunspel Oak Wood

14. Jo Loves Fig Trees

15. Kalmar Peace

16. Wildsmith The Bothy

17. Evermore London North

18. Nest New York Wild Mint & Eucalyptus

19. Jo Malone London Iris & Lady Moore

20. Malin+Goetz Otto

21. Keys Soulcare Sage + Oat Milk

22. Ouai North Bondi Candle

Next up, I practically collect candles—these are the nine brands I'm currently burning.

Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous. Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics. While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best. When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.