26 Best Scented Candles: Beautiful Smelling Home

Best scented aromatherapy candles for a beautiful smelling home. Add luxury to your relaxation with strong-smelling fragrances; perfect for a bedroom or living room.

Burning a candle is one of the easiest ways to make your space feel like a home. Whether you feel like creating a cosy fireside atmosphere or prefer a fresh scented space, there is a candle for every type of room, season, and person.

Today, scented luxury candles have become something of a cult product. They are more than just an attractive decorative item that can light up a room. Lighting a candle can be a ritualistic experience that can bring warmth to your space and calmness to your mind. The scent of a candle has the power to ignite specific memories and transport you to a different realm – whether it’s a cool shaded vineyard in Tuscany or the sea salt fresh smell of a tropical beach.

There really is a candle for all occasions. That being said, not all candles are created equal, so I’ve put together a list of the 26 best smelling candles to help you choose the most fragrant candles for your space.

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The Most Popular Scented Candles

While candle scent preference is very personal, candle makers have noted that the masculine fragrance of citrus blossom and cassis (berry) are the most popular scents during winter. The focus shifts to fresh sea spray, driftwood, and beechwood vetiver during the summer months.

If you’re after a candle to make a whole room smell glorious, the strongest smelling scent profiles include spicy and sweet notes of amber, bergamot, musk, and citrus fruits. These are also the longest-lasting profiles.

In my opinion, Jo Malone does well to balance price with a strong and long-lasting scent. Although they’re in the higher price range, this brand is known for their strong-smelling aromas (and their massive range of fragranced candles).

The best scents for a bedroom are aromatherapy candles with mild and relaxing aromas. Think lavender, chamomile white tea, and soft green tea scents.

Bathrooms deserve a fresh scent palate with spearmint, eucalyptus, and ginger notes.

The most luxurious candle brands naturally sell some of the best smelling products. They include Fornasetti, Missoni, Tom Ford, Jo Malone and Cire Trudon.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at the 26 best-scented candles on the market today:

Best Scented Candle Overall

Jo Malone – Orange Blossom

This floral and citrus candle has a refreshing scent that will light up your home at any time of the year. It has a burn time of approximately 45 hours.


Best on a Budget

Yankee Candles – Twinkling Lights

This glass jar candle is the perfect scent for the festive season, with a rich aroma of almond, peach, sweet vanilla, and cedarwood.


Best Luxury Scented Candle

Loewe – Honeysuckle Candle

This Loewe candle is made from natural vegetable wax and is packaged in a hand-made terracotta container. It exudes lovely scents of sweet floral notes, making it one of the best luxury scented candles on the market.


Best for Travel

Bee Zero Waste – Pure Beeswax

One of the best hand-poured candles on the market, this small beeswax candle is sold in a reusable vessel and is a great candle for travelling. Although small, it emits no smoke and has an 18-20 hour burn time.


Best to Give as a Gift

Diptyque – Bais Graphic Collection

As one of the strongest scented candles, this candle will fill your home with the fresh smell of berries, roses and blackcurrant leaves. As the candle burns, the transparent vessel will flicker unique shadows throughout the room.


Most Unique Candle

Les – Boy Smells

The cult-favourite Boy Smells candle from Les is made from a natural coconut and beeswax blend and hand-poured into a dark glass jar. With undertones of cardamom, white cedar, jasmine, and blackcurrant, it’s easy to see what all the rage is about.


Best for Longest Burn Time

Jo Malone London – Pomegranate Noir Luxury Candle

This centrepiece leaves all other candles in the dust. Not only does it have a 220 hour burn time, but it’s also one of the strongest smelling candles on this list. Deep notes of pomegranate and smokey Guaiac wood scent fills an ample space when this candle is lit.


Best Strongest Smelling

Jo Malone – Oud and Bergamot

Oud and bergamot are two of Jo Malone’s signature scent palates, and this candle’s aroma is so robust that it is without a doubt one of the strongest candles on the market.


Best for Aromatherapy

Kalmar – Peace

The Peace candle by Kalmar will bring a sense of calmness and relaxation to any room. Not to mention, this brand is also cruelty-free, vegan, and packaged sustainably.


Best Floral Scent

Overose Paris – Nudesse

Its bright and colourful vessel makes this expensive candle a top interior design statement. As one of the classic favourite scents, this rose candle’s fragrance will transport you to a blossoming rose garden in the height of spring.


Best for Woodsy Scent

Rituals – Precious Amber

Precious Amber by Rituals is one of this season’s top winter candle picks. This cosy candle emits woodsy scents of warm amber and will be the perfect addition to your fireside coffee table.


Best for a Spice Scent

Le Labo – Palo Santo 14

If you love a palo santo candle, this Le Labo candle boasts energising and warm scents of incense and patchouli. Burning the Palo Santo scent is considered a sacred and ceremonial experience that has the power to clear a room of negativity.


Best for the Living Room

Voluspa – French Cade Lavender

The French Cade Lavender from Voluspa Candle is a top home fragrance. Burn it in the living room, and the subtle aroma of fresh lavender fields will fill the whole house.


Best for the Bedroom

Eym – Rest: The Sleepy One

If you’re looking for a candle to calm your mind before bed, this subtle aromatherapy candle will put you right to sleep. It blends sweet orange, chamomile, and lavender for the perfect bedtime candle combination.


Best for the Kitchen

Acqua Di Parma – Oh, L’Amore

Acqua Di Parma boasts a range of strong-smelling candles that can be used across the home. Oh, L’Amore is the perfect scent for the kitchen with balsamic and spice notes.


Crabtree and Evelyn – The Gardeners Collection: Sundown Candle

This soy wax candle has a fresh smell of ginger, nutmeg, and eucalyptus that will transport you to a summer afternoon in the garden. It’s one of the best candles for home fragrance.


Holistic London – Moroccan Orange + Mimosa

With a subtle fragrance of sugared oranges and champagne, this is one of my favorite scented candles to burn at sunset.


Hobo + Co – Orange Spice Scented Candle

This soy wax candle smells like warm cinnamon, clove and nutmeg spice on a cold winter’s day.


Aromatherapy Associates – Deep Relax

This hand-poured candle with a cotton wick blends essential oils specifically for bedtime and is one of the best scented candles for the bedroom.


Cowshed – Replenish Uplifting Room Candle

With notes of red mandarin, bitter orange, and grapefruit, this is one of my favorite candles to burn when my energy is running low. It’s made from all environmentally friendly materials and has a 60 hour burn time.


The Scottish Bee Company – Lavender Beeswax Candle

This super environmentally friendly candle made from beeswax is good for anyone passionate about the planet.


Yankee Candle – Sakura Blossom Festival

This floral candle has sweet tones of berries, apple and grapefruit.


Dusk – Revive Collection: Jasmine and Bergamot

The combination of bergamot and jasmine create a deep fragrance candle that will fill an entire room with cosy scents.


CBII-CBD – Unwind CBD Candle

Light this candle for a relaxing and wonderful scent rich in lavender and neroli.


Yankee Candle – Farm Fresh Peach

Yankee has perfectly combined the scents of tropical fruits to create a nostalgic scent that is exactly what every home should smell like in summer.


Fornasetti – Star Lina Otto

Create a cosy oasis with this lavish Fornasetti candle in a beautiful container that can be repurposed at the end of the candle’s life.

Whether you prefer a fresh coastal scent or an aromatic spicy-smelling candle, candles can create an entire atmosphere and even transport you to a memory or a place. Hopefully, you’ve found the perfect candle for your space after scrolling through this list.

Natasha Bernstein

Born in South Africa, Natasha is a Masters educated writer with a passion for sustainability, travel, health and food. With experience in the hospitality, energy, production, and broadcast industries, Natasha has a rounded and unique worldview. When she isn’t writing in her favourite coffee shop, Natasha likes to spend her time travelling the world, surfing, gardening, sewing, and experimenting with fun new recipes.

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