10 Best Scented Candles | April 2017

We spent 35 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. What's one of the quickest, easiest, and least expensive ways to create a warm and cozy atmosphere in any room of your home? Lighting a scented candle from our carefully chosen selection, of course. Each offers delightfully fragrant notes and subtle lighting that will help you craft just about any mood you could wish for, from romantic to restful. Skip to the best scented candle on Amazon.
10 Best Scented Candles | April 2017
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The Wax & Oils 3-pack is a sustainable, biodegradable, and eco-friendly soy product that produces less lung irritation than paraffin items while lit. The candles come beautifully packaged with labels similar to those you see in high-end spas.
  • great choice for meditation
  • several scent combos available
  • aroma could be more powerful
Brand Wax and Oils
Model pending
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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With scented layers of hazelnut, coconut, and banana nut bread, the Our Own Candle Company Smell My Nuts is sure to perk up any room. The 13-ounce mason jar will burn for up to 100 hours, but keep the wick trimmed to a quarter of an inch for the best results.
  • funny and useful gift
  • straight-burning wick
  • recommended use of 2 hours at a time
Brand Our Own Candle Company
Model Smell My Nuts
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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Pure essential oils give the I & Candle Aromatherapy a clean-burning, natural scent, no matter which variety you choose, from Eucalyptus to White Tea. They’re made in the USA from non-GMO soy wax and never contain any additional and unnecessary chemicals or dyes.
  • all-natural cotton wick
  • best for small rooms
  • burn time less than claimed
Brand I & Candle
Model IAC-ASC-EUCALYPYUS-8MT
Weight 7.2 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
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Express your masculinity through scent with the Old Factory Candles Man Cave set, which includes three robust aromas: Straight Razor, Leather, and Mahogany. While their perfume is delightfully noticeable, their subtle jars are unobtrusive and designed to blend in.
  • self-trimming wicks
  • lead-free for safety
  • money-back guarantee
Brand Old Factory Candles
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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After you use up both candles in the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Geranium two-pack, you’ll have a set of pretty jelly-type jars you can use for decorations. Each one is 7.2 ounces, though, so expect them to take a while to completely use up their wax.
  • popular name in household products
  • never tested on animals
  • somewhat pricey choice
Brand Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day
Model Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The Aspen Bay Capri Blue Volcano travel tin is a compact 3 inches tall, yet it stays lit for up to 40 hours, so it could be just the selection for long trips away from home. The fragrance is an enjoyable mix of sugared citrus and tropical fruits.
  • sold in popular boutique-type shops
  • fresh and modern blue-and-white tin
  • not completely even-burning
Brand Aspen Bay
Model CB530VOL
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The Bath & Body Works Stress Relief provides a relaxing spa-like atmosphere after a long day at work. It surrounds you with a fresh, clean, eucalyptus and spearmint scent that will calm you down and help you clear your mind, no matter what you are dealing with.
  • pretty green-tinted glass jar
  • three wicks for even burning
  • smell is overpowering to some
Brand Bath & Body Works
Model 6122
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The premium Nest Fragrances Classic Grapefruit is crafted from highly refined cosmetic-grade wax that’s made to enhance fragrance diffusion. With notes of pink pomelo grapefruit, lily of the valley, and coriander blossom, it comes in a modern, stripe-etched glass vessel.
  • approximately 50 hours of use
  • simple and classic votive shape
  • floral blends also available
Brand NEST Fragrances
Model NEST01-GF
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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Not every scented candle is made only for stress relief; some will even stimulate your taste buds. The Canadian-made Seracon Products Maple Syrup Candle is one such product. Its true smell will have you relaxed and ready for a big ol’ stack of pancakes in no time.
  • burns cleanly and evenly
  • crackling wooden wick
  • distinct and eye-catching tin
Brand Seracon Products
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
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Give your home just the ambiance you desire with a choice from the Trapp Signature Home Collection, such as the popular No. 8, Fresh Cut Tuberose. Each is 7 ounces, offering a burn time of 50 hours, and comes packaged in a house-shaped box that makes an elegant gift.
  • high-quality wick burns slowly
  • votive candles also available
  • smells pleasant even unlit
Brand Trapp
Model E310318H
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

How To Choose a Scented Candle

On the surface, a scented candle can provide a pleasant aroma for your patio, office, or home. But a scented candle can also add to the ambiance of any environment, especially if that scent is a reflection of the decor, the time of year, or the mood.

A pumpkin-scented candle is perfect for October through November, for example — months when people welcome trick-or-treaters or Thanksgiving guests into their homes. The same goes for purchasing a peppermint- or a holly-scented candle for the holiday season, or purchasing a cinnamon-scented candle for Valentine's Day, and on and on.

Homeowners should think of a scented candle as being like a well-chosen fragrance. "Wood Fire" or "Sandalwood" might work well inside a mountain chalet, for instance, whereas "Ocean Breeze" or "Midnight Tide" might complement a tiny boathouse on the shore.

You may want to give some thought as to how long you plan on burning a specific scent. If you plan on burning one scent constantly, then you'll probably want to purchase several canisters of that scent in bulk. If you've found a scent you're happy with, make it a point to always buy that scent from the same manufacturer. Different manufacturers use different materials, and different materials can lead to different results.

Several Keys to Proper Candle Etiquette

You might be surprised to learn that keeping a scented candle lit during a dinner party is actually considered poor form. Every course of a formal dinner should be savored, and a scented candle can take away from the enjoyment of the food. It's best to wait until dessert for lighting any scented candles. This way, the candle can suggest a more relaxed — if not intimate — mood.

A lot of people prefer to keep scented candles along an outdoor porch for summer evenings. This is actually inefficient in that a scented candle's aroma can — and probably will — get lost whenever burning in the open breeze. It's better to burn a Citronella candle when you're outdoors and to save your scented candles for burning during indoor occasions.

Over time, candle enthusiasts may discover that they can mix two or more scents to create a unique aroma. Casual candle users are warned against this, however, just as they are warned against burning two different scents in the same area at once. In addition, candle owners should never leave a burning candle unattended, and they should store any matches in a child-proof cabinet or drawer.

When it comes to using scented candles as a reflection of "mood," the proper etiquette is to choose a scent that mirrors the mood you would prefer to be in. The thinking is that a scented candle can have the same effect on a person's outlook as music, or changes in lighting, both of which have been proven to have a sustained impact on a person's well-being.

A Brief History of The Candle

The earliest candles were invented by the Chinese around 200 BCE. The Chinese made their candles out of whale fat. One can imagine the smell. Europeans were the first to craft their candles out of beeswax. Beeswax candles were considered an extravagance up and through the age of Ancient Rome. European churches were particularly fond of lighting candles that were made out of either beeswax or tallow (a form of mutton fat). Church elders equated fire with a divine being's presence on the earth.

By the end of the Middle Ages, candle-making had become a common craft. For a time, a village candle-maker would travel door-to-door, using a family's preserved cooking fats to make a candle while in their home. By the end of the 13th century, candle-makers had begun using beeswax so they could charge more per item. They had also begun selling candles out of their own stores.

Beeswax candles continued to be an extravagance until the 1830s, at which point a British metalworker named Joseph Morgan invented a machine for mass-producing candles based on a preset mold. During the 1850s, a Scottish chemist named James Young invented a process for distilling paraffin wax, and this — combined with mass production — led to candles costing a great deal less.

Obviously, candle sales were hurt by the invention of the light bulb. Despite that, candles remain an extremely viable industry. Today, candle sales are largely relegated toward home decor, outdoor illumination, religious rites, and aromatic smells. There are considerable side markets for homemade candles and specialty candles, as well.



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Last updated on April 25 2017 by Melissa Harr

Melissa is a writer, editor, and EFL educator from the U.S. She's worked in the field since earning her B.A. in 2012, during which time she's judged fiction contests, taught English in Asia, and authored e-courses about arts and crafts. In her free time, she likes to make stuff out of sticks and string.