Fall is the best time of year for many reasons. There are the wool sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, holiday rom coms, and last but not least, candles! Whether you need decor for a family get-together or some herbal magic to lift your spirits, we’ve got you covered with the best seasonal candles around.
There are few things like the smell of fresh baked goods, and with Candlelit Desserts’ latest candle, you can bring the spice-filled aroma of apple cinnamon bread into your home without the kitchen clean-up. Candlelit specializes in crazy lifelike food replicas like this one, so sweet tooths beware: as delicious as this beauty looks, it is not edible.
This hand-poured soy wax candle blends the sweet smell of peppermint with earthy eucalyptus to deliver a refreshing holiday scent that’ll warm up your home without overpowering it. The candle is topped with dried eucalyptus leaves and also made in recyclable and reusable containers. How’s that for sustainable holiday cheer? Also, you can feel good about where your money’s going; Queer Candle Co. donates 10% of its monthly earnings to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a grassroots org that helps protect individuals’ freedom to self-determine gender identity and expression.
Pumpkins are the undisputed MVP of fall, and this hand-poured candle pairs them with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and molasses for a warm, cozy scent. According to Candlesniffer, Danny DePumpkin was inspired by some hilarious pumpkin carving misadventures this fall: “Everyone carefully carved something extraordinary, but the peculiar glow of the Danny Devito Jack-o'-lantern just hit differently.” And honestly, given his prevalence in our lives, from Matilda to It’s Always Sunny to Deck the Halls, Danny does feel like home. In a delightful candle form, he’s getting some well-deserved love this season.
Count down the days to Christmas with this adorable advent calendar, featuring 24 individual wax melts in a variety of designer-inspired scents. From Jo Malone’s smoky and sensual "Pomegranate Noir'' to The White Company’s clove and zesty orange scented “Winter,” this calendar is a great way to find your new favorite scents while embracing the holiday spirit.
The name says it all. This Sweater Weather candle is the coziest scent around, with notes of chrysanthemum and apple pecan married with cedar & cinnamon. Plus, Blow Me’s candles are vegan, non-toxic, eco friendly, and for every candle purchased, they plant one tree!
Hold onto your mugs, because this baby’s coming in hot. Crumble Co.'s 600-hour burn(!) wax melt looks and smells like every chocolate lover’s dream, with notes of red cherry creamer and spiced almond milk rounding it out. Definitely stock up on cocoa powder and marshmallows, because this’ll have you craving hot chocolate ASAP. After you’ve ordered your wax melt, make sure to check out Crumble Facebook Family, an online safe-space where Crumble fans can share mental health struggles, lessons, and stories and foster new friendships.
Candles 4 the Culture crafts candles that celebrate the themes and symbols unique to Black culture, encouraging customers to “light a candle and reminisce about the beautiful things that make us uniquely special.” Their Coldest Winter Ever soy blend candle pays homage to Sister Souljah’s 1999 novel of the same name, which surrounds a young Black woman coming of age in Brooklyn. The candle combines eucalyptus notes with champagne and a hint of balsam. Whether you’re a fan of Souljah’s book or just want some wintery magic, this candle has you covered.
As the air gets colder and the days get shorter, I’m sure we’ll all be saying “Let’s stay in” plenty this season. Fall is the ideal time to embrace your inner hermit and forgo parties for Netflix binges, and this homemade candle gets it. Topped with dry rose petals, it says, “Hello, romantic night in!” with notes of carnation, lily of the valley, and a touch of peppercorn.
Nothing, simply nothing, is better than a warm cup o’ joe on a crisp fall morning. Thankfully, Rekindle has a candle to keep that fresh-brew scent around long after your mug has run dry. This candle smells just like your favorite bag of coffee beans and even has some nutty, creamy notes to amp up the aroma. And it gets better: Rekindle uses special wicks made from sustainably and domestically sourced wood that crackle just like a bonfire when they burn. How’s that for a season's greeting?
Want to add a little rustic shine to your home? These picture-perfect pinecones are the perfect decor to leave up all season long. They’re made from 100% pure North American beeswax, meaning they use no artificial fragrances, dyes, or preservatives. Instead, you’ll get a fully natural sweet honey scent that is truly the bee’s knees.
This limited edition beauty celebrates the most wonderful time of the year: witch season! The unscented crystal companion candle is loaded with herbs, spell oils, crystal magick, and minerals to bring you some mystical power. In particular, the candle celebrates the mystic energy of All Hallow’s Eve in Salem, MA (where it was crafted) and invokes the special energy that emanates from Salem during the fall months. It also contains a small crystal that, once burned down, can be removed and used as a reminder of all your spellwork.
The holidays are fast approaching and Boy Smells has you covered with aromas for every festive occasion. The Future Classics collection includes their newest creation, “FIGURARE,” which centers on a bold fig note complemented with notes of black pepper, coriander seed, and cardamom. They’ve also brought back last year’s hit, “BROKEN ROSARY.” True to its name, this rose/wood wonder will turn any place into a holy space, using cinnamon leaf, violet, and orris to spark instant serenity.
Imagine yourself wrapped in a blanket, reading a good book, and sipping a warm cup of tea by the light of this candle. Its cozy blend of fragrances is reminiscent of browsing bookstore aisles and flipping through old classics. With scents of mahogany, leather, and coffee, it truly captures what being a bookworm is all about.
Who could resist these adorable little guys? These tiny owls are made of paraffin wax and carved with beautifully intricate detail. You can order them in a variety of colors (ever seen a pink owl?) and even choose your scent: lavender, vanilla, or unscented. Order in bulk to create the cutest owl family around, and hey, why not keep them up year round?
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Holyn Thigpen is from Atlanta and attends Georgia State University, where she studies film and journalism. You can typically find her reading pop psychology books, watching Swedish movies, or googling Adam Driver. Check her out on Twitter @H0lyn.