28 Fall Candles That Will Have You Dreaming of Leaf Piles and Pumpkin-Spice Everything

editor@purewow.com (PureWow)
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Few times of year have a clear and obvious scent profile quite like autumn. Just one mention the word “fall” and we can practically taste the pumpkin pie, mulled apple cider and chai lattes. So it’s no wonder we’re suckers for a scented candle inspired by the best season (yeah, we said it). Here, 28 of the best fall candles to burn now all the way through the end of the year.

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1. Voluspa Japonica Baltic Amber Large Embossed Glass Jar Candle

Scent notes: Amber resin, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla

Yes, those notes of amber and cedar have us envisioning cozy fall afternoons on the couch, but the golden-hued votive and patterned fire-safe lid also give off a strong autumnal vibe. That, plus a 100-hour burn time, makes this an candle you can rely on from Labor day all the way into winter.

Buy it ($30)

2. Boy Smells Hinoki Fantôme Candle

Scent notes: Resin, hinoki, cardamom, jasmine, and moss

This warm, earthy candle is one of Boy Smells’s best-sellers, perhaps because of the calming and relaxing qualities of hinoki, a type of cypress tree most often found in Japan. It’s also a PureWow favorite, with multiple editors recommending it as a cold-weather must-have to brighten any room.

Buy it ($32)

3. Diptyque Feu de Bois/Wood Fire Candle

Scent notes: wood, fire, smoke

Diptyque candles may be rather pricy, but there’s a reason the brand has such a cult following—the scents are luxurious and powerful enough to fill a room (without being overwhelming). This particular one, Feu de Bois, evokes all the feelings of sitting next to a roaring fire, sans any of the hard work usually involved.

Buy it (from $36)

4. Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Pecan Waffles Candle

Scent notes: Maple syrup, golden waffles, pumpkin spice, brown sugar

A Pumpkin Pecan Waffle candle might feel like a cheesy recommendation, but hear us out: This delicious candle will immediately have you drooling over the idea of fall brunches and longing for pumpkin-spice anything. It will also make your home smell irresistibly delicious, so be sure to pick up some maple syrup and waffle mix before you light up.

Buy it ($25)

5. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Home Candle

Scent notes: Ambrette, sea salt, sage

The mix of ocean breeze and earthy sage will transport you to the shores of New England on a crisp October afternoon, when the preferred beach attire isn’t a swimsuit but a chunky knit cardigan with loafers in hand.

Buy it ($67)

6. Illume Mercury Leaves Jar Candle in Autumn Sage

Scent notes: Desert sage, fired clay, juniper berries

We’re not gonna lie, sometimes we purchase candles expressly for the day when we burn all the wax down and can repurpose the votive as a vase, pencil holder or even cocktail glass. At least with this vintage-looking candle we’ll also be able to enjoy lenjoy afternoons that are softly scented with rich desert sage and fired clay while we wait for the perfect DIY moment.

Buy it ($20)

7. Paddywax Candles Pomegranate + Spruce Candle

Scent notes: Pomegranate, pine, cinnamon

Many fall candles involve rich, heady scents to balance the enveloping cold weather, but not this bright little light. It features bright, crisp pomegranate and fresh spruce, instead, for a more buoyant, seasonal smell.

$20 at Amazon

8. Votivo Aromatic Candle in Teak

Scent notes: Juniper, amber, pine, teakwood, spice, orris root, oakmoss.

The delicate orange hue of the wax only adds to the strong autumnal vibes of this musky candle. It won’t take long for the mike or orris root and teakwood to fill a room, perhaps just 30 minutes, but as one reviewer notes, “The Teak candle smells like a sexy man.” So, you might want to keep it lit for a little while longer.

Buy it ($28)

9. Byredo Bibliothèque Candle

Scent notes: Peach, plum, peony, violet, leather, patchouli, vanilla

We imagine this library-inspired light might be reminiscent of Ron Burgundy’s home, which, as you might remember from Anchorman, features many leather-bound books and smells of rich mahogany. The fruity top notes of Byredo’s Bibliothèque add a touch of freshness to heavier leather and patchouli, leaving you with a candle that captures the joy of cracking open a new book and settling into a worn leather armchair.

Buy it ($85)

10. Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Candle

Scent notes: Bergamot, plum, anise, leather, rum, vanilla

You may associate the sweet scent of rum with sunny Caribbean islands, but it’s the savory mix of spices and creamy vanilla tones that give this particular fragrance it’s distinctly fall flavor.

Buy it ($55)

11. Outdoor Fellow No.6 Forest Rain Scented Candle

Scent notes: Musk, bergamot, oakmoss, rain, lilac

Who doesn’t love sitting by the window, cup of tea in hand, watching the rain fall on a gray afternoon? Now you can enjoy the fresh scent of a downpour, regardless of what Mother Nature has planned for the forecast.

Buy it ($36)

12. Aerin Amber Musk Candle

Scent notes: Coconut water, muguet, rose centifolia, benzoin, sandalwood, ambrox, musk

This slow-burning candles smells exactly like the incredibly popular Aerin Amber Musk perfume, which is described as a soft cozy blanket you want to wrap yourself in on a cold snowy night. It has just the right amount of floral top notes to balance out the velvety ambrox and musk base.

Buy it ($70)

13. Nest New York Moroccan Amber Candle

Scent notes: Moroccan amber, star anise, sweet patchouli, bergamot, eucalyptus

If you’re already a fan of Voluspa’s Baltic Amber (which is number one on this list), you’ll likely enjoy this NYC-made candle too. The fragrance is a bit more delicate (great for those who don’t like anything overpowering), but with all the warmth and spice of a Christmas market.

Buy it (from $42)

14. D.S. & Durga Portable Fireplace

Scent notes: Dwarf pine wood, atlas cedar, smoke, oak ash, birch, copaiba resin

For anyone currently living without a working fireplace, this was developed just for you. It truly smells like a glorious roaring fire and even comes with a curated Spotify playlist, to further transport you to a mountain lodge or countryside escape.

Buy it ($65)

15. Otherland Manor House Weekend Dappled Wood Candle

Scent notes: Sandalwood, toasted walnut, sweet hay

We’re longtime fans of Otherland thanks to the brand’s commitment to super-clean materials and impressively effective product names, but this particular candle really takes the cake. As the brand puts it, “Manor House Weekend Dappled Wood is inspired by countryside weekends where bonfires blaze, cider gets spiked and friends become family.” So, yeah, we’ll take two, thanks.

Buy it ($36)

16. Homesick Pumpkin Picking Candle

Scent notes: Pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, clove

What is September, October or November without the lingering scent of pumpkin everywhere you go? Now, even if you can’t (or more realistically, don’t actually want to) get yourself over to the local pumpkin patch, at least your home can smell like you’re there. You know, without the risk of foul weather or other people’s screaming children.

$21 at Amazon

17. Outdoor Fellow No.8 Sandalwood + Pine Needle Scented Candle

Scent notes: Pine needle, sandalwood, juniper berry

Sandalwood and pine give this candle a woody base, while the juniper berry adds a hit of tart freshness. Don’t blame us if you suddenly find yourself craving regular weekend hikes while burning this baby.

Buy it ($36)

18. Byredo Bohemia Candle

Scent notes: Opopanax, rum, geranium, labdanum, rosemary

If you’re wondering what the heck opopanax is, let alone what it smells like, you’re in good company. Opopanax is actually a type of gum resin derived from a Greek plant and its scent is reminiscent of sweet balsamic. It has healing and medicinal uses when applied topically (that said, please don’t apply the wax of this candle to your skin) but it can also help you relax and de-stress just by inhaling its scent.

Buy it ($45)

19. Aromaology Brown Sugar Fig Candle

Scent notes: Fresh fig, cedar, coconut milk, musk

Aromaology is one of our favorite Black-owned Etsy shops, thanks in large part to owner Daisy Kimbro’s bright and yummy candles. The combination of fig and cedar strikes a beautiful balance between tart and savory scents.

Buy it (from $22)

20. Homesick Vermont Candle

Scent notes: Apple peel, maple, eucalyptus, cinnamon, baked pie crust

Whenever we think of fall, it’s usually of the classic Vermont variety—multi-colored leaves, fresh baked apple pie, lots of flannel and mulled cider. Luckily, this hand-poured candle uses all of those as inspiration, so go ahead and light up, sit back and enjoy your New England autumn, no matter where you really reside.

Buy it ($34)

21. Frama 1971 Scented Candle

Scent notes: Bergamot, cedarwood, rose, lilac, oakmoss

If you love the elegant, warm vibes of this minimalist candle, Frama also makes hand soap, lotion and haircare products with the same scent. The brand uses only natural, eco-friendly materials and sustainable production methods, so you can feel good about stocking up.

Buy it ($57)

22. Linnea’s Lights Honey Black Sage Candle

Scent notes: Lemon peel, mandarin orange, black sage, freesia, guaiac wood, patchouli

The mix of florals and woody undertones makes this a perfect candle to burn as we transition from summer to fall. Plus, with every candle purchased, Linnea’s Lights will donate $1 to the Honeybee Conservancy Sponsor-a-Hive Initiative to keep our favorite natural wax providers healthy and happy.

Buy it ($28)

23. Illume Boulangerie Jar Chai Latte Candle

Scent notes: Cardamom, caramel, chair tea, vanilla bean, cinnamon

You wait all year just for chai latte season to begin, so why not get the most out of your favorite fall beverage? This mini candle smells just like your local barista’s specialty brew, so you can keep enjoying tea time, long after you’ve finished sipping your drink.

Buy it ($18)

24. Feather and Flame Co Mulled Cider Vegan Soy Candle

Scent notes: Ripened apples, oakmoss, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, orange zest

Another candle modeled after a classic cool-weather beverage, this mulled cider light will definitely have you rifling through your spice cabinet and looking up recipes online.

Buy it ($15)

25. La Labo Santal 26 Classic Candle

Scent notes: Amber, cocoa, vanilla, cedar, spices, musk, sandalwood

This particular scent from La Labo is a timeless and popular choice, both as a candle and in perfume form. But we think it works best when combined with fall leaves, cozy knits and a cup of something warm to sip on.

Buy it ($75)

26. SOH Melbourne Mr. Moss Candle

Scent notes: Moss, wood, vetiver, smoke

Who is this Mr. Moss, you ask? According to SOH Melbourne, “Mr. Moss is a man who has his open fire roaring in the log cabin. A sense of sophistication fills the air.” And if that glorious imagery doesn’t sell you on this number, we don’t know what will.

Buy it ($70)

27. Homesick San Francisco Candle

Scent notes: Coffee, chocolate, sea wave, iris, clove

San Francisco may not be the first thing to pop into your head when you think about the season that comes after summer, but a combination of nutty coffee, deep chocolate and crisp ocean breezes will certainly evoke visions of October evenings spent snuggling in a flannel blanket.

Buy it ($34)

28. Linnea’s Lights Cashmere Candle

Scent notes: Herbal patchouli, vanilla, lime

Reviewers insist this hand-poured, small batch candle smells like a cozy afternoon. In fact, it’s almost as luxurious as being wrapped in an actual cashmere blanket.

Buy it ($34)

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