These 19 Candles Will Make Your Home Feel (and Smell) So Luxurious

I have a clear brief when shopping for candles: Luxury hotel lobby vibes. If you’ve ever walked inside a hotel and been greeted by a comforting, expensive scent that instantly makes you feel at home, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the perfect accompaniment to plush furnishings, hardwood floors, and low-lit lighting. Often clean, usually warm, and always luxurious, it is exactly the vibe I'm after.

My obsession began in 2017 when I first stepped into the Monbijou Hotel in Berlin (side note: highly recommend). The lobby decor is chic but urban, muted colour-wise, and filled with low-level seating, ambient lighting, and artfully-arranged coffee table books. In the winter there’s an open fire and in the summer fresh-cut flowers. However, the first thing I noticed was the scent. It’s part green and leafy, part musky and smoky (I’m certain there are notes of pepper and violet) but above all it smells expensive. It’s vibrant and luxurious, but in an understated, cosy way. The home fragrance equivalent to wearing a skin-scent like Le Labo Santal 33 or Escentric Molecules 01.


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I’ve stayed at the Monbijou multiple times since and still have yet to discover exactly what the scent is (unfortunately my rudimentary high school German doesn’t extend to fragrance chit-chat.) But needless to say, since then I’ve become obsessed with attempting to recreate that same expensive but welcoming aroma at home.

If you’ve ever wished you could bottle the scent of your favourite hotel and bring it home, keep scrolling, because these luxury candles will do just that.

1. Aesop Ptolmey Candle

2. Beauty Pie Clean House Candle

3. Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Candle

4. Penhaligon's Anbar Stone Candle

6. Aromatherapy Associates Forest Therapy Candle

7. Soho Home Pomelo Candle

8. Jo Loves The Beaumont Candle

9. Le Labo Santal 26 Candle

10. Byredo Cotton Poplin Candle

11. Glossier Sandstone Candle

12. Diptyque Feu de Bois Candle

13. Good Candles Bath Time Candle

14. Venomcult Fantasm

15. The White Company Noir Candle

16. Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Candle

17. Ex Nihilo Gold Immortals

18. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Mon Beau Sapin

19. Santa Maria Novella Fresia

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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.