The best scented candles for your home are a combination of perennial fragrances that act as steady, background notes, along with your favourite seasonal scented candles that you can update according to the time of year. While it’s tempting to choose whichever ones you find to be the best smelling candles ever – whether that’s two or ten different fragrant candles – try to be strict with yourself and stick to only a few, complementary scents that will all work in harmony. These are the secrets behind building the best home fragrance that will carry from room to room.
Wondering which to pick? Here are 12 of the best candles from our scented candle collection that actually work.
If you know somebody who favours a woody fragrance, this scented candle in a simple off-white jar makes the perfect gift, being on the more affordable side of decadence. Or, see it as one of your everyday use candles to love and burn regularly. BRAND: LuxDeco SCENT: Notes of sandalwood and amber BURN TIME: 8-9 hours PRICE: £35
Cire Trudon is one of the best candle brands whose fragrances and presentation are highly coveted. This Tuscan, hand-blown glass vessel is coloured in a limited edition shade of sapphire blue and is a beautiful contrast to the white wax that’s hand-dripped in Normandy. BRAND: Cire Trudon SCENT: Notes of sandalwood, cardamom and a guaiac wood base BURN TIME: 55-60 hours PRICE: £78
This scented candle from Ralph Lauren is decidedly masculine in fragrance and the nickel-plated brass design is to celebrate the men’s flagship store in New York. Once fully burnt, the vessel makes a charming keepsake trinket box. BRAND: Ralph Lauren SCENT: Notes of Valencia orange, clove, cinnamon bark and red amber BURN TIME: 85 hours PRICE: £75
This luxury winter candle is crafted from Limoges porcelain with champagne-scented wax and a vessel topped with a 24-carat gold elephant. Its scent resonates all year long, as does its ability to act as a decorative ornament, making it a divine gift to give somebody at Christmas time. BRAND: L’Objet SCENT: Notes of pink champagne BURN TIME: 30 hours PRICE: £72
The scents and the beauty of Baobab’s candles make it close to impossible to feature just one of its creations. The luxury Black Pearls’ dappled vessel is as distinctive and memorable as the heady scented perfume that infuses its wax. BRAND: Baobab SCENT: Notes of black rose with hints of ginger BURN TIME: 60 hours PRICE: £52
A true work of art. This enchanting candle design by L’Objet puts fragrance and vessel on the same level of appeal and seduction. Made by hand, the porcelain has 24-carat gold plating that provides a rich contrast again the inky blue resin. Fragrance-wise, it carries vetiver’s full-bodied and classic blend of smoke, earth and wood. BRAND: L’Objet SCENT: Notes of green vetiver BURN TIME: – PRICE: £175
Cire Trudon is one of the most coveted candle brands, but deservedly so when each of its creations are hand-crafted in Normandy and hallmarked with its signature Tuscan-made gold plaque – an ode to the techniques used by its founder, Claire Trudon. Not only that, this large scented candle’s fragrance is arresting, intriguing and complex, as is the story behind it. BRAND: Cire Trudon SCENT: Notes of fresh mint, peppered ginger and perfumed tea and tobacco BURN TIME: 300 hours PRICE: £425
Ralph Lauren’s understatedly glamorous candles are amongst the best room fragrance sources that burn evenly thanks to its use of soy wax. This single-wick design is small enough to provide a glimmer of gold luxe in empty pockets of your room, such as on bookcases. Or, use it in a group of three candles in different sizes as a sophisticated arrangement. BRAND: Ralph Lauren SCENT: Notes of tobacco flower, patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla BURN TIME: 60 hours PRICE: £60
This is one of the best scented candles if you favour lighter, floral scents. It’s a candle that works well in the bedroom because of the romantic element to its fragrance profile. A collaboration between Cire Trudon and fashion powerhouse Giambattista Valli, the fragrance is of fresh white flowers that remind the designer of his love of the idyllic Italian village of Positano. BRAND: Cire Trudon SCENT: Notes of gardenia, orange blossom, jasmine, magnolia, tuberose and lily with a bergamot lift BURN TIME: 55-60 hours PRICE: £78
A special edition piece, the notes in this Ralph Lauren nickel-plated vessel may sound delicate, but together they create a strong scented candle that you’ll want to use in sitting rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms. BRAND: Ralph Lauren SCENT: Notes of creamy tuberose, magnolia and cashmere musk BURN TIME: 40 hours PRICE: £75
Another delectable design by one of the best candle brands out there, L’Objet’s Lito candle aesthetic and fragrance are so popular, that this enchanting inky blue rendition makes our shortlist as easily as its golden sibling. BRAND: L’Objet SCENT: Notes of green vetiver BURN TIME: – PRICE: £135
This fragrance’s tobacco-noted story follows that of Ernesto “Che” Guevara – the Cuban revolutionary who counted cigars as his only vice. It’s a lingering, smoky scent but with such a premium grade wax that it, ironically, never leaves any smoke marks. BRAND: Cire Trudon SCENT: Notes of tobacco, leather, amber, moss, citrus, rum, oak and patchouli BURN TIME: 60 hours PRICE: £70