The best scented candles to fill your home with delicious aromas

Take a deep breath and relax with the best scented candles, from luxury and cult brands and independent sellers

three of w&h's best scented candles picks—Socialite scented candle, Polkra x Katie Scott Candle Collection Circe scented candle and Diptyque Roses
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From classic brands including Diptyque, Jo Malone, and Neom, to newer modern fragrances brands such as Overose and Boy Smells, the best scented candles will always make your home smell wonderful—while some even promise to help alter your mood. 

In order to truly determine the best scented candles, we asked experts for their recommendations and then whittled down the list by trialing them in our own homes. This is our curation of the most long-lasting, luxurious, and deliciously fragranced candles on the market. While you're here, you might also want to take a look at our guides to the best essential oils and best essential oil diffusers to fragrance your home. 

The best scented candle brands

The best scented candles as chosen by our experts

From Neom to Jo Malone, we've rounded up the candles that will fill your home with beautiful scent

Best strong smelling candles

Neom Real Luxury Scented Candle

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1. Neom Real Luxury Scented Candle

Specifications

RRP: $52.50 / £46
Weight: 420g
Wax: 100% natural wax
Fragrance Notes: Lavender, Brazilian rosewood and jasmine
Region: US and UK

Neom make some of the best aromatherapy candles around. Their Real Luxury fragrance blends delectable essential oils, including English lavender, Brazilian rosewood, and jasmine. Neom candles can really fill a room and the scent lingers long after the flame is extinguished. 

Diptyque Feu de Bois scented candle

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2. Diptyque Feu de Bois Scented Candle

Specifications

RRP: $59 / £51
Weight: 190g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Woods, Lapsang tea
Region: US and UK

One of the very best Diptyque candles, Feu de Bois is packed full of bold smoky wood notes with an equal smoky, but also sharp, hit of Lapsang tea.

Beauty Pie Bahia De Miel candle

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3. Beauty Pie Bahia De Miel

Specifications

RRP: £18.47 for members, £60 for non-members (UK only)
Weight: 240g
Wax: Mineral wax
Fragrance Notes: Green Basil, Liquorice Milk, Balsam Fir, Guaiac Wood, Honey, Vanilla Musk
Region: UK

Beauty Pie is already a favorite for serious beauty aficionados, making some of the best skincare products in the industry, and they have amazing candle offerings too. The Bahia de Miel candle wows with honey , vanilla , sharp basil, wintry fir, wood, and musk notes. 

August & Piers Socialite

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4. August & Piers Socialite

Specifications

RRP: £59 (UK only)
Weight: 340g
Wax: Soy, bee and rapeseed
Fragrance Notes: Honey, Aquatic Notes, Pomegranate, Musk, White Woods, Amber
Region: UK

Minimalists will love the packaging of August & Piers candles. The Socialite candle has a potent honey smell, balanced out by sharp pomegranate and warming amber.

Aldi no.3 pomegranate Candle

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5. Aldi No.3 Pomegranate Candle

Specifications

RRP: £3.49
Weight: 310g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Pomegranate
Region: UK

After lighting this Aldi candle, you may well smell some strong similarities to Jo Malone's best-selling Pomegranate Noir. It's also not the only candle offered by the discount supermarket, so look out for the whole range. 

Best Citrus candles

Acqua di Parma Aperitivo in Terrazza Candle

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6. Acqua di Parma Aperitivo in Terrazza Candle

Specifications

RRP: $75 / £55
Weight: 200g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Lime, Blood orange, Grapefruit, Gentian absolute, Cinnamon
Region: US and UK

This is the scent of warm Italian summer evenings, with lime, blood orange, and grapefruit mixing with a bitter hit of gentian and warm spicy cinnamon. 

Cire Trudon salta candle

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7. Cire Trudon Salta Candle

Specifications

RRP: $94 / £88
Weight: 270g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Verbena, Grapefruit, Hyacinth
Region: US and UK

Another ode to Italian citrus, this candle blends soft Calabrese mandarin essential oil with sharp grapefruit and a warm base of golden mimosa. 

ESPA Energising scented candle

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8. ESPA Energising Candle

Specifications

RRP: $36 / £37
Weight: 200g
Wax: Natural soy wax
Fragrance Notes: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary
Region: US and UK

If you love a refreshing scent in the mornings this ESPA candle is a for you. It's a mix between a calming spa aroma and sherbet lemon sweets with dashes of peppermint and eucalyptus.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Candle

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9. Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Candle

Specifications

RRP: $58 / £49
Weight: 200g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Basil, White Thyme, Lime
Region: US and UK

Counted as one of the best Jo Malone fragrances by loyal customers, this iconic offering from the luxury London fragrance house blends peppery basil and aromatic white thyme with sharp lime and sweet and juicy mandarin. 

Best woody candles

Boy Smells Cedar Stack scented candle, one of w&h's best scented candles picks

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10. Boy Smells Cedar Stack candle

Specifications

RRP: $32 / £36
Weight: 240g
Wax: Coconut and beeswax
Fragrance Notes: Juniper Berry, Orange PeelBlack Peppercorn, Ginger, Sawdust, Cedarwood Virgina, Cinnamon Leaf, Tobacco, White Musk, Labdanum, Patchouli
Region: US and UK

As the name suggests, this gorgeous candle is just like a big bundle of wood wrapped up in a chic black jar with the brand's signature pink sticker on the front. That said, it's particularly good-smelling wood and augmented with ginger, peppercorns, orange peel, cinnamon and juniper berry. 

Miller Harris Santal scented candle

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11. Miller Harris Santal scented candle

Specifications

RRP: $58 / £50
Weight: 220g
Wax: Soy and rapeseed
Fragrance Notes: Sandalwood, Pink Pepper, Olibanum
Region: US and UK

Known for creating beautifully-blended perfumes, Miller Harris have a perfect collection of scented candles too. Their Santal candle has a rich sandalwood scent  ever-so slightly sweetened by a touch if pink pepper and enhanced by the smoky aroma of frankincense. 

Trish McEvoy 9 Oud candle

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12. Trish McEvoy 9 Oud

Specifications

RRP: $80 / £65
Weight: 198g
Wax: Soy
Fragrance Notes: Blackberry, Lavender, Jasmine Sambac, Honeycomb, Tonka Bean, Oud Wood, Vanilla Extract, Olibanum, Rich Patchouli, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber
Region: US and UK

We love the soft Eastern fragrance of this soy-blended candle and the enchanting black and gold jar speaks to the quality of the product inside. 

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

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13. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Specifications

RRP: $104 / £90
Weight: 280g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Jasmine, Ambroxan, Virginian Cedar, Saffron
Region: US and UK

This collaboration between perfumer Maison Francis Kurkdjian and crystal house Baccarat Rouge 540 has become a cult fragrance. It combines woody notes with a heady dose of amber and elements of jasmine and cedar. 

Auli Skydance, one of w&h's best scented candles picks

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14. Auli Skydance

Specifications

RRP: £48
Weight: 220g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Pine sap, Siberian Fir, Iris, Cedarwood
Region: UK

Made from completely natural wax, the scent of this candle was blended to celebrate the natural wonder of the Northern Lights. It's full of artic magic, with notes of pine sap, Siberian fir, iris and cedarwood. 

Ormonde Jayne Large Candle

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15. Ormonde Jayne Montabaco Large Candle

Specifications

RRP : £70
Weight : 290g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Black hemlock, cardamom and cedar wood
Region: UK

Topped with a gold-tone lid and neatly packed in a stylish box, this hand-poured scented candle will make a statement on any mantlepiece. The woody scent fills the room and lingers after the candle is blown out. As well as a long-lasting scent, it should burn for around 55 hours. 

Best floral candles

Diptyque Roses Candle

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16. Diptyque Roses Candle

Specifications

RRP: $68 / £49.15
Weight: 190g
Wax: Vegetable and paraffin wax
Fragrance Notes: Roses
Region: US and UK

If you're always on the hunt for the best rose perfume, then you'll love the top-rated Diptyque Roses candle that uses a blend of different roses to give you the scent of a bouquet even in the dead of winter. 

Floris Hyacinth & Bluebell candle

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17. Floris Hyacinth & Bluebell candle

Specifications

RRP: $47 / £40
Weight: 175g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Hyacinth, Bluebell, Carnation, Heliotrope, Ylang Ylang
Region: US and UK

Fresh, floral and leafy, this candle is the scent of the woods in spring. Classic British perfumers Floris add high concentrations of essential oils to make sure you get a rich scent and each candle should burn for around 35 hours. 

Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud Candle

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18. Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud Candle

Specifications

RRP: $71 / £60
Weight: 200g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Damask Rose, Oud Wood, Clove, Praline
Region: US and UK

One of the best Jo Malone candles, the brand describe this one as a "Damask rose in full bloom", but the rose is tempered by the dark, woody scent of the oud. 

Best herbal candles

Acqua di Parma Profumi Dell'orto Candle

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19. Acqua di Parma Profumi Dell'orto Candle

Specifications

RRP: $75 / £55
Weight: 200g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Tomato leaves, Thyme, Mint, Verbena, Basil, Pimento
Region: US and UK

A gorgeous, green blend with aromatic herb notes and the idea of crisp tomato leaves and warm and spicy pimento berries. 

This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Scented Candle

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20. This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Scented Candle

Specifications

RRP: $31 / £26
Weight: 220g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Lavender, Camomile, Vetivert
Region: US and UK

A cult favorite amongst troubled sleepers, this updated blend has notes of lavender, camomile, and vetiver. Light this just before you begin your bedtime routine and breathe in the calming scents.

Jo Loves Fig Trees scented candle

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21. Jo Loves Fig Trees

Specifications

RRP: $75 / £55
Weight: 185g
Wax: Not specified
Fragrance Notes: Amber, Fig Trees, Cassis, Cedar
Region: US and UK

Jo Loves is the brand created by Jo Malone the person after she parted ways with Jo Malone the brand. This fig scent brings a touch of green to the indoors, also bringing warm amber for depth and cassis for sweetness.

Polkra x Katie Scott Candle Collection Circe scented candle

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22. Polkra x Katie Scott Candle Collection - Circe

Specifications

RRP: £49 (UK only)
Weight: 600g
Wax: Ethically sourced coconut & rapeseed wax
Fragrance Notes: Black Pepper, Basil, Cedar Wood
Region: UK

London-based Polkra makes creative and colorful homewares and their candles are no exception. This one mixes basil and pepper notes with warm cedarwood. The jar is noteworthy too, moving away from the neutral elegance of most candle packaging and into bolder territory. 

What is the best-scented candle brand according to our editors? 

As we mentioned, there are plenty of top-selling candle brands to look out for. To help you shop, we categorized our recommendations based on price, luxury, strong scents, and burn time.

  • Best budget candle brand: Aldi—reputed for high-quality scented candles under £10 (UK only), proving that luxury doesn't have to cost a fortune.
  • Best luxury candle brand: Creed Aventus—known as a leader in men's fragrances, Creed Aventus also curates unisex candles infused with rich scents. 
  • Best long-lasting candle brand: Yankee Candle—boasts an enduring 110-150 burn time for each option. The brand also uses premium-grade paraffin wax and wicks made of 100% natural fibers.
  • Best candle brand for sweet and spicy scents: Diptyque—reconciles sweet, soft, and floral notes with spicy, more intense aromas. In other words, shoppers truly get the best of both worlds at their fingertips. 
  • Best candle brand for fresh and clean scents: Crabtree & Evelyn—hailed for crafting great-smelling candles with fresh scents and earthy tones. The brand also makes top-rated floral and citrusy candles.  
  • Best candle brand for woody and musky scents: Maison Francis Kurdijan—creates candles with warm, winter-inspired scents. Think balsam fir fragrance, along with notes of anise, nutmeg, and tobacco. 
  • Best candle brand for citrus scents: Acqua Di Parma—the brand's Blu Mediterraneo candle line embodies sparkling citruses, rich fruity scents, and tropical coastlines.

The correct way to burn a candle

We asked candle expert Jo Malone—founder of the Jo Malone brand and owner of Jo Loves—to share her tips for getting the most out of your best scented candles by burning them correctly every time. Jo says, “For the best possible burn and to prolong the life of a candle, it's best to burn the candle for long enough so that the whole surface becomes molten, this usually takes around two hours. Candles have memory, so if you blow out a half-melted candle it’s less likely to burn down evenly the next time.

"Avoid burning any candle for more than three to four hours at a time and once you have put it out, leave the candle to completely cool before relighting it. To get the best longevity out of your candle, it is important to trim the wick each time before relighting it. Trim the wick to between 4mm and 5mm as this allows the candle to burn evenly and also prevents smoking. Avoid burning the candle in a draft too, as this may cause it to smoke."

Aleesha is a digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what the best buys are at any moment. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.