As the cold, wintery weather moves in, there’s no better feeling than returning to a cozy home, taking a deep breath and unwinding. What makes that feeling even better is a seasonal, Christmas-scented candle to add an extra dimension to your interior winter wonderland. Christmas candles are ideal for setting the mood around the festive season and for going above and beyond the average Christmas decor.
Candles are a simple way to add an extra dimension of Hygge to your home, as you take your space from visually comforting to smelling appealing, too. They’re also a great gift idea for friends and family. After all, who doesn’t enjoy festive smells during the holiday season? Whatever olfactory experience you’re after, there’s almost certainly a Christmas candle to fit your bill. Common holiday-inspired scents include:
- Fir, Pine and Cedar
- Spices (like cinnamon and clove)
- Cookies and Sweets
- Fruit (like orange and apple)
- Nuts (like chestnut and pecan)
- Candy Canes
- Firewood and Ash
To help you find the right festive scent for your home, we’ve put together a list featuring 15 of the best Christmas candles inspired by a range of holiday smells. Get yours to ensure your home smells merry and bright this December.
1. NEST Fragrances Votive Holiday Candle
The popular NEST fragrance company has outdone itself with this candle made from a mix of fantastic flavors. Pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon are all combined to deliver a wonderful holiday aroma. Furthermore, the 20-hour candle comes in a custom-designed glass, which has been lightly touched with gold, making this candle ideal for festive tabletop decoration. One of our editors owns this candle and loves its pine scent which fills the house.
Buy: NEST Fragrances Votive Holiday Candle $16.00
2. 3R Candles Christmas Carol Scented Candle
GREATEST VARIETY OF SCENTS
The 3R Candles Christmas Carol Scented Candles are created from a soy paraffin wax blend which burns slowly and gives the candle a burn time of up to 45 hours. The delightful Christmas Carol flavor is made up of nutmeg, juniper notes, cinnamon and cloves. In addition, the candle’s soy wax delivers a stronger smell capable of filling rooms and even comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Buy: 3R Candles Christmas Carol Scented Candle $15.99
3. Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle
BEST ESSENTIAL OIL INFUSED
The Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle boasts an impressive burn time of up to 70 hours and comes presented in a soft-colored, frosted jar which allows the light from the flame to penetrate when it’s burning. It is made from a soy wax and essential oil mix and comes in a range of delightful scents, including cinnamon spice, for creating a festive atmosphere in your home. In addition, this USA-made candle is hand-poured and available in a number of sizes.
Buy: Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle $19.99
4. Lorenzen Candle Co Christmas Tree Soy Candle
The Lorenzen Candle Co Christmas Tree Soy Candle is made from soy wax which has been hand-mixed and hand-poured. The soy mix includes a range of Christmassy ingredients, including fir needles, eucalyptus and cedar leaf essential oils, which give the candle its noticeable Christmas tree smell. In addition, the candle comes presented in a glass jar which can be reused after you’ve burned the candle. This is a great choice for birthday and Christmas gifts.
Buy: Lorenzen Candle Co Christmas Tree Soy Candle $20.99
5. Illume Holiday Tin Candle
BEST STOCKING STUFFER
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of wandering around a European Christmas market, you’ll instantly recognize the scent of mulled wine. The mixture of leather, cedar, vanilla and clove with notes of orange, apple and cinnamon permeates European streets during the festive season. It may be slightly tangier than the cinnamon and vanilla Christmas scents Americans are used to, but this strong statement candle will leave you wanting more every time you have to blow it out. Plus, it’s presented in an adorable holiday-themed tin to match all your Christmas decor.
6. Pretty Honest Candles Under the Mistletoe Soy Candle
Mixed within this Pretty Honest Candles seasonal edition is a combination of camphor, eucalyptus and red currant with fir, pine, clove, cedar and patchouli. Not only does the candle come with the guarantee that it will fill your home with fragrance in minutes, but the eight-ounce size also allows it to burn for more than 50 hours. It comes packaged in a festive glass container and is hand-poured in North Carolina, USA.
Buy: Pretty Honest Candles Under the Mistletoe Soy Candle $25.00
7. Old Factory Candles Happy Holidays Scented Candle
This is a three-candle set that’s made to be enjoyed during the festive season. With scents like candy cane, gingerbread and Christmas tree, you know every time you light one of these candles, you’re in for a Christmas treat. According to the manufacturer, each candle burns for 25 to 30 hours.
Buy: Old Factory Candles Happy Holidays Scented Candle $28.97
8. Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Large Jar Candle
This Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle has a wonderfully sweet Christmas cookie scent that’s sure to bring back all the festive feels. Great as a gift for friends and family, this is one of Yankee Candle’s most popular holiday scents, although you can also find the likes of balsam and cedar, red apple wreath, sparkling cinnamon and magical frosted forest in the company’s holiday collection. Plus, the scent of this large jar will fill a larger area than expected, so lighting one candle can make a big difference to your entire home.
Buy: Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Large Jar Candle $16.88
9. Thymes Frasier Fir Poured Candle
BEST FOR ALL SEASONS
With the Thymes Frasier Fir Candle, you’ll enjoy a freshly cut Siberian forest fragrance mixed with heartening cedarwood and sandalwood. This candle comes in a clear glass container that has been lightly decorated with pine stems and leaves. Plus, the poured candle will help your house smell fresh for up to 50 hours.
Buy: Thymes Frasier Fir Poured Candle $30.00
10. Homesick The Nutcracker
LONGEST BURN TIME
The Homesick Nutcracker Candle is made entirely from soy wax and smells like freshly cut pine trees and pomander balls. Each hand-poured candle has a burn time up to 80 hours and comes in a gorgeous box, making this a ready-made gift or stocking stuffer. And if you don’t want the Nutcracker flavor of cinnamon, clove, pecan, sandalwood, ginger and vanilla, this unique candle company also makes candles scented for each state of the USA.
11. Otherland Chandelier Candle
BEST FOR NYE
Otherland candles have become incredibly popular in the last couple of years. That’s mostly down to their simple yet stylish packaging and innovative scents. And, while the company hasn’t yet released a holiday-themed scent, their Chandelier Candle is positively perfect for a glitzy New Year’s Eve. According to the brand, this scent is inspired by “spiral staircases, antique brass, secret passages, lace kerchiefs, crystal vases, lingering guests, polished floors, starlight and champagne toasts.” As an added bonus, the rose gold container will look positively sparkling in any of your holiday displays, both before and after Christmas.
12. Diptyque Pomander Small Candle
There’s a reason Diptyque is one of the trendiest candle brands on the market. In fact, it’s more than just a single reason. For example, the brand combines beautiful scents with even more beautiful presentations. This Diptyque Pomander Small Candle is presented in a gorgeous glass, and the aromas produced are more complex than your average candle. You’ll find hints of candied peels, orange, cloves and other spices. While we believe Diptyque will release more Christmas-specific jars in the months ahead, this Pomander candle is a great way to get a jump start on the holidays.
13. Boy Smells Ash Candle
If you want a Christmas-themed candle which can be either masculine or feminine, give this Boy Smells Ash Candle a try. Something like having a campfire in a jar, this candle is made from a coconut and beeswax blend. The primary, masculine notes of firewood, smoke and charcoal are mixed with a feminine fragrance that provides notes of juniper berry. It has a burn time of up to 50 hours and comes in a glossy black tumbler with a pink label for year-round use.
Buy: Boy Smells Ash Candle $36.00
14. Birthdate Candles The December Candle
BEST FOR DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS
Having a birthday in December is kind of the pits. You often get gifts that count for both Christmas and your birthday, and who really wants that? If you know someone who has a December birthday, make their day feel extra special this year by giving them a Birthdate Candles The December Candle. Each candle is designed for a specific date and provides date-specific astrology information on the label. The scents differ by zodiac sign, so depending on if your recipient was born at the beginning or end of the month, he or she could receive either a sage and frankincense- or a rose and neroli-scented candle.
15. Jo Malone Limited Edition Roasted Chestnut Home Candle
Jo Malone is famous for its unique and long-lasting fragrances, from perfumes to hand soaps. The designer company has also begun making candles to infuse homes with their best scents, and their Limited Edition Roasted Chestnut Home Candle is positively splurge-worthy. When lit, the scent encapsulates the experience of chestnuts roasting on a crackling fire (without actually having to go through the hassle of buying chestnuts and building an open fire on which to roast them). The candle also features hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel and clove. And, it’s presented in an understated glass jar that can be displayed throughout the year.