If you’re like me, lighting up a candle can make you feel like you’ve got your life together—even if you have a week’s worth of dishes in the sink and a month’s worth of tasks on your to-do list. There’s just something poetic about choosing a scent that speaks to you, striking a match, and having your entire room fill with fragrance as you bask in the flickering light (even if said room is tiny and messy and maybe even shared with a roommate or three). Feel the same? Then let me be the first to say that you deserve to splurge on a luxury candle every once in a while. It’s good for the soul.
Unfortunately, you may have noticed that many luxury candles come with some pretty hefty price tags. Like, way more zeros than you wanna see when you take a peek at the number on the sticker. But since they boost your mood while also masking weird smells and convincing all your guests that you’re living your fanciest life, the $$ is sorta justified, right? Right.
Regardless, you don’t wanna blow your hard-earned cash on just any candle. You want the best of the best, obviously, and frankly, I want that for you, too. That’s why I put together a list of the best damn candles money can buy. And I promise they all smell *just* as lovely as they look. Read on and prepare your credit card.
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This French Favorite
La Rose Aime L’Ambre Candle
Amber and rose don’t seem like two scents that would go together, but boy oh boy, do they ever. This luxe French brand has never failed me, but this candle in particular is my new fave. It’s floral but smoky and burns like a GD dream.
These Fancy Figurines
Bré Body Candle
If ya got it, flaunt it, that’s what I always say. And these lil cuties are letting it all hang loose. Made from 100 percent beeswax, every candle in the Bré collection (available in three different “skin” tones) is hand-poured. That means no two are the same and each has imperfections…just like people!
This Relaxing Option
Serene 2-Wick Candle
Who says a luxury candle has to cost an arm and a leg?! This $17 option from the brand Allswell (known for their killer mattresses and cozy bedding) looks and smells wayyy more expensive than its price tag leads on. Herbaceous and spicy but still fresh and clean, the fragrance boasts notes of palo santo and sage as well as moss and ambered wood. (Long story short, it smells like a fairytale forest.)
This Pick That Gives Back
St. Jude Giveback “Hope” Candle – Sky + Rain
You may love the way this fresh- and floral-scented candle looks right off the bat, but you’ll love it even more when you hear the story behind it: The glazed ceramic votive is decorated with flowers drawn by a St. Jude patient named Camila while she was going through treatment. Paddywax also donates 5 percent of profits to St. Jude for every candle sold, so you can feel good every time you light it up.
This Golden Guy
Brandy Leather Candle
If I ever meet Joe or Monroe, I’m going to have to thank them for creating this candle right here. Not only does the shiny gold packaging make me feel like I’ve got $$$ to blow (and, um, I don’t), but the scent is to die for as well. It’s not too sweet and not too smoky—just the perfect blend of patchouli, rosemary, bergamot, and more.
This Parisian Pick
Paris Scented Candle with Lid
Many of us already know and love (or covet) Diptyque candles—so why not add this Parisian scent to your home? This is one that’s worthy of your nightstand, folks.
This Hotel Candle
Signature Votive – Urban Sanctuary
Make your home feel like a hotel—the Four Seasons, to be exact—with this fruity, floral candle. Staycations never sounded so good.
This Elite Choice
The Hamptons Scented Candle
I may not own a house in the Hamptons (yet), but this candle is putting me one step closer to that luxurious lifestyle.
This Candle by Drake
Sweeter Tings Candle
ICYMI, Drake (yes, the rapper and former star of Degrassi) launched his own candle line. It’s basically a requirement to light up this beaut while cuddled up with your S.O. in front of the fire.
This Sensual One
No. 7 Seven Miles
With this minimalist stunner, you get notes of orange jasmine, silky musk, and white gardenia. It’s the type of candle that’ll have you coming back for more time and time again.
These City Candles
homesick Los Angeles Soy Wax Candle
Homesick makes candles that smell like different cities, states, countries—you name it. Snag your hometown or a place you’d love to visit one day and light that sucker up.
This Reflective One
Boy Smells x Ganni Park Life Scented Candle
I’m just sayin’…Get you a candle that looks as good as it smells. And given that this one is made in collaboration with fashion label GANNI, you know this nature-scented candle is chic as hell.
This Seaside Fantasy
Santorini Escapist Candle
The packaging on this candle is perfecto for anyone with a minimalist aesthetic. And the scent? Fantastic for anyone with a travel bug.
This Citrus Option
Odalisque Classic Scented Candle
Whenever I see something with a coat of arms, I automatically know it’s gonna be luxurious. Each one of Cire Trudon’s candles has a gold embossed one on the front. What’s more important is what’s inside: a vegetable-based wax and an organic cotton wick.
This LA Treasure
Stems Floral Scented Candle
A giant high five to Shrine’s marketing team. Y’all know how to stage your products aesthetically. The coconut-apricot wax is hand poured in Los Angeles, creating this delicious, floral scent.
This Work of Art
Star-Lina Candle – Otto – 900g
A candle’s jar is just as important as the scented wax. This one looks like something straight out of a museum, so definitely keep it on display in your living room.
This Historic One
Dublin Tea Rose, Oud & Patchouli Scented Luxury Candle
I think it’s pretty dope that Rathbornes is still using 15th century methods to create timeless candles. Over the years, the brand branched out to reed diffusers and body products, but its candles are still A-1.
This Bedroom Essential
Brooklinen has fancy, supersoft sheets, and its candles are just as nice. One whiff of Magic Hour and you’ll be transported to a sunlit rose garden. But, TBH, the other scents are equally delightful. Smell them all with a mini set of four.
This Ceramic One
Form – Ocean Rose & Bay
Paddywax has a ton of collections, so the vessels can match any home’s aesthetic. This ceramic-and-wood one is from the Form line, and its lemon, rose, and white amber notes are can’t-miss.
This Fruity Floral One
Forbidden Fig Glass Jar Candle
Voluspa’s candles are oh-so chic when it comes to the decorative tins and vessels, but they also happen to have an amazing price point. Your room will instantly feel more luxe with this candle’s essential oils.
This Humongous Option
Grapefruit Scented Candle
When I say this candle is HUGE, I mean it. All 22-ounces of wax —perfumed with grapefruit, lily of the valley, coriander blossom, and green nuances—burn beautifully to create a fresh and citrusy ambiance.
This Iconic Scent
Wondering what a candle reminiscent of ’80s lipstick smells like? Well, lemme tell ya, it’s FAB. The floral notes of rose water and violet are hit with a hint of morello cherry.
This Cult Favorite
Santal 26 Classic Candle
Le Labo is famous for its Santal scents. Santal 26 is a blend of amber, coco, vanilla, and sandalwood. Ever wonder why every trendy NYC hotspot smells so damn good? Well, here’s your answer.
This Mysterious One
Harlem Candle Company Speakeasy Luxury Scented Candle
Let me apologize to your wallet rn—after burning this candle—you’re going to want to buy the entire collection. Reminiscent of the Harlem Renaissance, each candle is infused with a piece of history. Speakeasy is my fave, due to the pimento berry and tobacco incense.
This Cozy Candle
Feu De Bois / Ski House
IMO, LAFCO candles house some of the most beautiful scents. When you light this 90-hour (yes, not kidding) candle, feel free to cuddle up under a cozy blanket, because it’s like sitting atop a winter wonderland in the mountains.
This Botanical One
Yes, Sisley is known for its skincare and makeup, but don’t sleep on its candles. No joke, the first time I lit this 45-hour rose, I thought it was the best thing my nose had ever smelled. The deep purple and yellow wax combined with the logo made it the fanciest thing in my room.
This Saffron Scent
One sniff of this and you’ll be transported to a fancy dinner party. I can’t explain it, but just know that you need it in your life. If you want more specifics, though, it has notes of champagne, saffron, and leather.
This Garden-Scented Thing
Orange Blossom Scented Home Candle
Thank you, Jo Malone for combining the smell of orange blossom and water lilies. The black ribbon on the lid makes this candle a perfect gift for a friend—or yourself.
This Lavender One
Malin + Goetz has some amazing skincare, haircare, and grooming products. The same rings true with its home fragrances, like this top-rated floral candle. The clear vessel with plain text makes for a chic, minimal design, and it burns up to 60 glorious hours.
This Designer Situation
I mean, the name of this one really says it all. But if you need to know what F*cking Fabulous really smells like, it has notes of leather, sage, vanilla, and tonka bean for a rich (in every sense of the word) fragrance. Yes, it’s pricey, but it burns up to 40 hours, and sometimes you just feel like splurging after payday.
This Coastal One
Eau d’Égée No.3
I wish I was seaside in Greece rn. But, unfortch for your girl, that is not a possibility with my funds. This candle transports you to the Aegean sea with its notes of fig and laurel leaves. Okay, yeah it’s expensive, but it’s cheaper than a plane ticket. Right?
This Statement Option
Feelin’ Myself Candle
This company—created by two BFFs inspired by their love of memes and fab scents—offers incredible fragrances with even better packaging. Combine any saying with either of their two scents: Mango Guava or Spices and Evergreen.
This Valencia Orange Treat
Idk about you, but I love the citrus smell of oranges and the coziness associated with winter scents. So, when I found this candle, (that combines both!) I. Freaked. Out. Valencia orange, cinnamon, red apple, and clove come together to create a beautifully scented candle. Plus, I’m a sucker for this vintage packaging.
This Sweet Smell
Euphoriasme Purple Candle
Think: romance, croissants, beautiful decor, and bouquets of flowers. What comes to mind? Paris! This sweet scent is reminiscent of a Parisian bakery.
This Glass Vessel
Heirloom Artisan Candle
Not only is the smell ahhhmazing, the handblown glass makes for a pretty nice piece of décor. Light and burn this scent, and save the vessel as your newest art piece.
How We Chose the Best Luxury Candles
As you probably know, Cosmo‘s lifestyle team spends all day, every day scouring the internet, testing products, and reading reviews so we can bring you the type of high-quality content we’d want for ourselves (and our standards are preeeetty darn high, TBH).
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