No Fireplace? No Problem: 16 Woodsy Candles That Smell Like The Real Deal

Elizabeth Buxton
·6 mins read

In our most played-out fall dreams, we spend crisp evenings luxuriating beneath cashmere throw blankets while the embers inside our home's vast hearth emit an oh-so-soft and smoky glow. Back in our quarantined-in-a-cramped-apartment realities, we're tangled up in a Snuggie trying to fix a digitized fire that keeps lagging from the crappy WiFi connection. Since getting elbow-deep in mortar for bricklaying our way to peak seasonal bliss in 2020 isn't the brightest idea, we elected the next best easiest thing: buying a fireplace-scented fall candle.

When you can't light a fire in your fireplace, because you don't actually have a fireplace, these woodsy-essenced votives are here to save the autumn day (or, night). Ahead, find a seasonally strategic candle lineup that reviewers claim smell like everything from freshly ignited logs to big ole bonfires in the woods. Scroll on to cozy up somewhere in between that annual fall dream and reality with the swipe of a match.

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<h3>Wine Wix Fireside Candle</h3><br>This handmade soy candle combines notes of smoke and wood into a warm mix of clove, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli all wrapped up in a repurposed wine bottle.<br><br><strong>Wine Wix</strong> Fireside Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F863280149%2Ffireside%3Fref%3Dshop_home_active_3%26crt%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Wine Wix Fireside Candle


This handmade soy candle combines notes of smoke and wood into a warm mix of clove, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli all wrapped up in a repurposed wine bottle.

Wine Wix Fireside Candle, $, available at Etsy
<h3>Brooklyn Candle Studio Woodsmoke Minimalist Candle</h3><br>Described as a "mini fireplace", this vegan and cruelty-free candle has notes of cedar leaf, labdanum, incense, and leather rounding out its rich smokiness.<br><br><strong>Brooklyn Candle Studio</strong> Woodsmoke Minimalist Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbrooklyncandlestudio.com%2Fproducts%2Fwoodsmoke-minimalist-candle" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brooklyn Candle Studio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brooklyn Candle Studio</a>

Brooklyn Candle Studio Woodsmoke Minimalist Candle


Described as a "mini fireplace", this vegan and cruelty-free candle has notes of cedar leaf, labdanum, incense, and leather rounding out its rich smokiness.

Brooklyn Candle Studio Woodsmoke Minimalist Candle, $, available at Brooklyn Candle Studio
<h3>Makers of Wax Goods Smoked Vanilla & Cedar Candle </h3><br>This woodsy scented candle is a smokey aroma of tobacco leaf embellished with ginger, crushed clove, plum, and warm vanilla amber topped with fresh-cut cedar and hops.<br><br><strong>Makers of Wax Goods</strong> Smoked Vanilla & Cedar Glass Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fmakers-of-wax-goods-autumnal-crafted-glass-candle" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>

Makers of Wax Goods Smoked Vanilla & Cedar Candle


This woodsy scented candle is a smokey aroma of tobacco leaf embellished with ginger, crushed clove, plum, and warm vanilla amber topped with fresh-cut cedar and hops.

Makers of Wax Goods Smoked Vanilla & Cedar Glass Candle, $, available at Anthropologie
<h3>Diptyque Feu De Bois Candle</h3><br>According to this Nordstrom review, this popular scent from Diptique can warm up the grayest of London days; "Smells like a crackling fire and is my favorite candle to have burning during autumn and winter. Makes even my London home feel as though there's a crackling, cozy fire going and makes snuggling up on the sofa when it's too grim outside that much more of a pleasure. It's also one of the longer lasting candle scents from Diptyque. I always ask for this for Christmas!"<br><br><strong>Diptyque</strong> Feu de Bois Candle 2.4oz, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fdiptyque-feu-de-bois-wood-fire-scented-candle%2F3228001" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Diptyque Feu De Bois Candle


According to this Nordstrom review, this popular scent from Diptique can warm up the grayest of London days; "Smells like a crackling fire and is my favorite candle to have burning during autumn and winter. Makes even my London home feel as though there's a crackling, cozy fire going and makes snuggling up on the sofa when it's too grim outside that much more of a pleasure. It's also one of the longer lasting candle scents from Diptyque. I always ask for this for Christmas!"

Diptyque Feu de Bois Candle 2.4oz, $, available at Nordstrom
<h3>Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Fireside Candle</h3><br>"It's lovely! Reminds me of a fall day, burning leaves with just a hint of spice," one enthused reviewer raves about this woodsy, pine, and clove-essenced candle. <br><br><strong>Hearth & Hand with Magnolia</strong> Seasonal Ceramic Candle Fireside, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2Fo29yY" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Fireside Candle


"It's lovely! Reminds me of a fall day, burning leaves with just a hint of spice," one enthused reviewer raves about this woodsy, pine, and clove-essenced candle.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Seasonal Ceramic Candle Fireside, $, available at Target
<h3>West Elm Naturalist Collection Hearth Candle</h3><br>This sleek-looking candle carries notes of lemony pine, dried tobacco, warm incense, smoky cedar, dried timber, and crackling amber. <br><br><strong>West Elm</strong> Naturalist Collection Hearth Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.westelm.com%2Fproducts%2Fnaturalist-homescent-collection-hearth-d6259%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:West Elm" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">West Elm</a>

West Elm Naturalist Collection Hearth Candle


This sleek-looking candle carries notes of lemony pine, dried tobacco, warm incense, smoky cedar, dried timber, and crackling amber.

West Elm Naturalist Collection Hearth Candle, $, available at West Elm
<h3>Boy Smells Ash Candle</h3><br>Made with a coconut and beeswax blend, this modern smokey scented candle smells of firewood, smoke, charcoal, palo santo, and hay.<br><br><strong>Boy Smells</strong> Ash Candle, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2GubFGN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Boy Smells Ash Candle


Made with a coconut and beeswax blend, this modern smokey scented candle smells of firewood, smoke, charcoal, palo santo, and hay.

Boy Smells Ash Candle, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Nest Fragrances Hearth Candle</h3><br>This festive votive said to contain "the aroma of a wintertime fire" is infused with rich oud wood with frankincense and hints of smoky embers. <br><br><strong>NEST New York</strong> Classic Candle- Hearth, 8.1 oz, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nestnewyork.com%2Fproducts%2Fhearth-classic-candle-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:NEST New York" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">NEST New York</a>

Nest Fragrances Hearth Candle


This festive votive said to contain "the aroma of a wintertime fire" is infused with rich oud wood with frankincense and hints of smoky embers.

NEST New York Classic Candle- Hearth, 8.1 oz, $, available at NEST New York
<h3>Paddywax Amber & Smoke Candle</h3><br>We'll just leave you with this Amazon review: "Close your eyes and imagine that you live in a cabin in the woods, surrounded by towering pine trees and creeping wildflowers. You live with your handsome, bearded husband who built the cabin with his own two hands. You go inside holding a basket of vegetables that you just picked from the garden, and a wave of warmth embraces you. You take in the scene: dried herbs hanging from ceiling, shelves and shelves of all your favorite books, and your husband sitting by the fireplace. He had been outside chopping firewood, and his strong muscles are glistening with sweat in the light. He looks up at you warmly as you enter, and you see a smear of soot on his cheek from building the fire. He sits in his favorite rocking chair smoking a pipe, and as he pulls you into his lap you watch the tobacco smoke drift lazily towards the ceiling. You take a deep breath, and it smells sweet, musky, and earthy. It smells like home."<br><br><strong>Paddywax</strong> Apothecary Collection Candle, Amber & Smoke, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2MiuQTT" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Paddywax Amber & Smoke Candle


We'll just leave you with this Amazon review: "Close your eyes and imagine that you live in a cabin in the woods, surrounded by towering pine trees and creeping wildflowers. You live with your handsome, bearded husband who built the cabin with his own two hands. You go inside holding a basket of vegetables that you just picked from the garden, and a wave of warmth embraces you. You take in the scene: dried herbs hanging from ceiling, shelves and shelves of all your favorite books, and your husband sitting by the fireplace. He had been outside chopping firewood, and his strong muscles are glistening with sweat in the light. He looks up at you warmly as you enter, and you see a smear of soot on his cheek from building the fire. He sits in his favorite rocking chair smoking a pipe, and as he pulls you into his lap you watch the tobacco smoke drift lazily towards the ceiling. You take a deep breath, and it smells sweet, musky, and earthy. It smells like home."

Paddywax Apothecary Collection Candle, Amber & Smoke, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Outdoor Fellow No. 1 Fireplace + Clove Candle</h3><br>Reviewers claim that this hand-poured, coconut-wax candle with notes of black pepper, cedarwood, and clove is reminiscent of a cozy-warm night during the cold-weather months. <br><br><strong>Outdoor Fellow</strong> No.1 Fireplace + Clove, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Foutdoorfellow.com%2Fproducts%2Ffireplace-clove" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Outdoor Fellow" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Outdoor Fellow</a>

Outdoor Fellow No. 1 Fireplace + Clove Candle


Reviewers claim that this hand-poured, coconut-wax candle with notes of black pepper, cedarwood, and clove is reminiscent of a cozy-warm night during the cold-weather months.

Outdoor Fellow No.1 Fireplace + Clove, $, available at Outdoor Fellow
<h3>Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' By The Fireplace Candle</h3><br>This warm and woodsy scent is supposed to evoke "the warmth of a cozy fireplace in midwinter" — and as one satisfied reviewer put it, "I can't stop smelling this candle. Reminds me of cozying up, by a fire, next to a really hot guy."<br><br><strong>Maison Margiela</strong> 'REPLICA' By The Fireplace Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fmaison-margiela-replica-by-the-fireplace-candle%2F4638661" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' By The Fireplace Candle


This warm and woodsy scent is supposed to evoke "the warmth of a cozy fireplace in midwinter" — and as one satisfied reviewer put it, "I can't stop smelling this candle. Reminds me of cozying up, by a fire, next to a really hot guy."

Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' By The Fireplace Candle, $, available at Nordstrom
<h3>Wax & Wick Fireside Candle</h3><br>For an even more authentic fireside experience, this smoke, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli-scented candle comes with a wooden wick (you know, to mimic lighting up a tiny log). <br><br><strong>Wax & Wick</strong> 100% Pure Soy Wax Candle, Fireside, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/33EqcFs" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Wax & Wick Fireside Candle


For an even more authentic fireside experience, this smoke, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli-scented candle comes with a wooden wick (you know, to mimic lighting up a tiny log).

Wax & Wick 100% Pure Soy Wax Candle, Fireside, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Terrain Woodfire Candle</h3><br>As one reviewer claims, this soy wax infused with notes of patchouli and warm vanilla really "does smell like a burning campfire."<br><br><strong>Illume</strong> Mercury Glass Candle, Woodfire, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopterrain.com%2Fproducts%2Fillume-mercury-glass-candle-woodfire" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Terrain" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Terrain</a>

Terrain Woodfire Candle


As one reviewer claims, this soy wax infused with notes of patchouli and warm vanilla really "does smell like a burning campfire."

Illume Mercury Glass Candle, Woodfire, $, available at Terrain
<h3>D.S. & Durga Portable Fireplace Candle</h3><br>This luxe candle is scented with notes of pine, cedar, ash oak, and birch wood that one <a href="https://www.amazon.com/D-S-Durga-Portable-Fireplace-Candle/dp/B00VSDMGSM#customerReviews" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon reviewer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon reviewer</a> claims, "really does smell like a wood fire."<br><br><strong>D.S. & Durga</strong> Portable Fireplace Candle, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2SFH8br" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

D.S. & Durga Portable Fireplace Candle


This luxe candle is scented with notes of pine, cedar, ash oak, and birch wood that one Amazon reviewer claims, "really does smell like a wood fire."

D.S. & Durga Portable Fireplace Candle, $, available at Amazon
<h3>WoodWick Fireside Candle</h3><br>This top-rated and wood-wicked candle, as one R29 reader attested in the comments below, "both smells like and sounds like a real crackling fireplace!" <br><br><strong>woodwick</strong> Candle Fireside Large Jar, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2P6GHWQ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

WoodWick Fireside Candle


This top-rated and wood-wicked candle, as one R29 reader attested in the comments below, "both smells like and sounds like a real crackling fireplace!"

woodwick Candle Fireside Large Jar, $, available at Amazon
<h3>World Market Linen & Tobacco Flower Candle</h3><br>If your idea of a cozy-smoke smell skews more towards wood-burning pipe than it does fireplace, then this candle has your number — as one reviewer says, "The best way I can think to describe the smell of this candle is the smell of a wood tobacco pipe."<br><br><strong>World Market</strong> Linen & Tobacco Flower Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldmarket.com%2Fproduct%2Flinen%2Band%2Btobacco%2Bflower%2Bmedallion%2Bstamped%2Blid%2Bjar%2Bcandle.do" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cost Plus World Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cost Plus World Market</a>

World Market Linen & Tobacco Flower Candle


If your idea of a cozy-smoke smell skews more towards wood-burning pipe than it does fireplace, then this candle has your number — as one reviewer says, "The best way I can think to describe the smell of this candle is the smell of a wood tobacco pipe."

World Market Linen & Tobacco Flower Candle, $, available at Cost Plus World Market
<a href="https://www.crateandbarrel.com/brick-and-mortar-campfire-scented-candle/s336924" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brick & Mortar Campfire Candle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>Brick & Mortar Campfire Candle</h3></a><br>Wondering how to recall, "the welcoming aroma of a campfire with scents of cedarwood and vanilla accented with soft smoke," into your fireplace-less space? Just light up this candle. <br><br><strong>Brick & Mortar</strong> Campfire Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crateandbarrel.com%2Fbrick-and-mortar-campfire-scented-candle%2Fs336924" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crate and Barrel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Crate and Barrel</a>

Brick & Mortar Campfire Candle


Wondering how to recall, "the welcoming aroma of a campfire with scents of cedarwood and vanilla accented with soft smoke," into your fireplace-less space? Just light up this candle.

Brick & Mortar Campfire Candle, $, available at Crate and Barrel
<a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/577020328/bonfire-4-oz-candle-gift-handpoured" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Herland Home Bonfire Candle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>Herland Home Bonfire Candle</h3></a><br>Coconut wax infused with amber, clove, patchouli, and sandalwood blend together inside this craft votive for a top-rated candle that reviewers describe as, "a very warm and cozy scent," to, "beautifully subtle and calming," and "intoxicating." <br><br><strong>HerlandHome</strong> Handpoured Coconut Wax Candle, Bonfire, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F577020328%2Fbonfire-4-oz-candle-gift-handpoured" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Herland Home Bonfire Candle


Coconut wax infused with amber, clove, patchouli, and sandalwood blend together inside this craft votive for a top-rated candle that reviewers describe as, "a very warm and cozy scent," to, "beautifully subtle and calming," and "intoxicating."

HerlandHome Handpoured Coconut Wax Candle, Bonfire, $, available at Etsy
<a href="https://outdoorfellow.com/products/fireplace-clove" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Outdoor Fellow No. 1 Fireplace + Clove Candle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>Outdoor Fellow No. 1 Fireplace + Clove Candle</h3></a><br>If you're looking for a woodsy scent, but with a touch of something more cleansing, check out this palo santo scented candle made from coconut apricot wax.<br><br><strong>Outdoor Fellow</strong> No.1 Fireplace + Clove, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Foutdoorfellow.com%2Fproducts%2Ffireplace-clove" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Outdoor Fellow" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Outdoor Fellow</a>

Outdoor Fellow No. 1 Fireplace + Clove Candle


If you're looking for a woodsy scent, but with a touch of something more cleansing, check out this palo santo scented candle made from coconut apricot wax.

Outdoor Fellow No.1 Fireplace + Clove, $, available at Outdoor Fellow

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