I LOVE CANDLES. So much. Do you know that saying, “nothing says I don’t know you like giving someone a scented candle?” That’s just not the case for me. I am notoriously difficult to shop for but my friends who know me well know that I love good candles but can be a little cheap about actually buying them for myself! Today I wanted to round up all my favorites. I wrote a similar post last year but have found some new favorites so wanted to start fresh!
All My Favorite Candles
My holy grail favorite candle..
My holy grail most favorite candle in the world is the Maison Louis Marie No. 4 candle. Three or so years ago I stayed with my friend Taylor in Charleston and she had them all over the place. It smelled a lot like the Le Labo Santal 26 candle so I asked her about them and she told me about this brand. I was shocked. The best part is that the MLM (not an actual MLM lol) candle is only $34 vs. the Le Labo Candle which is $75. The best candle. I buy a few at the Sephora sale every year (it starts next Friday BTW, shhh / mark your calendars, I will have a big roundup!)
If you’ve followed me a while you know that I love a “sexy fireplace.” The goal for how I want my home to smell. The Diptyque Feu de Bois candle is the OG of sexy fireplace. And it’s lovely but expensive. At $68 for a 6.5 ounce candle, that’s a lot. I find that the Nest Hearth candle smells pretty much identical, at a much better price ($42 for 8.1 oz).
The DS & Durga Portable Fireplace candle is where it’s at. A splurge, but AMAZING. My friend gave me this for my birthday and I LOVE it. So much. It’s heaven. I also really like DS & Durga’s Holy Ficus. The best way I can describe it is part herbaceous tomato leaves, part fireplace. Byredo Treehouse is amazing, too! My favorite gift to give is a DS & Durga or Byredo candle as they’re a little expensive/luxurious and something the recipient likely would feel guilty buying for themself.
I also really love the Harlem Candle Company. My favorite fragrance from them is Langston, which is a blend of leather, tobacco and vanilla. Highly recommend… it’s dreamy, and they’re also a small Black-owned brand.
I don’t do fruity candles very often but this summer I ordered the Femme candle from The Sensual Candle Co (another really cool small Black-owned biz) and I LOVE it. It reminds me of peaches, tangerine, and champagne. Lighting it gives you an instant lift in mood! I guess I’d also classify Diptyque Baies in there as fruity and that is another favorite.
Pumpkin Spice (that’s actually nice)
I have said this before but I’m actually not super into pumpkin spice. I mentioned this in yesterday’s post but I got the Nest pumpkin spice candle and it smells so good. Pumpkin spice without the headache. It smells perfectly fall without being too much. I liken it to having a friend over but you’re super domestic and have a) pumpkin bread in the oven and b) spiced cider on the stove. That’s what this smells like.
The Frasier Fir!!!! Nothing is better, and it’s not a bad price. As I am going to be spending the holidays in a Charleston rental I’m not going to have a tree this year but I’m planning on buying a few of these to make the space feel more like home / holiday-y. I loooove this scent, it’s perfect. You also cannot go wrong with the Nest Holiday Candle. They are both fabulous.
For something really affordable…
Beauty Pie! Beauty Pie has such great candles at a really great price. Though it is always sold out (so buy it if you see it in stock!!!) Clean House is one of my all time favorites, but I also adore Tuberose. And the newer Sweet Tobacco, Cedarwood, and Vanilla candle is just… beyond. It’s more expensive than the others but also a lot larger in size.
PS – My friend Lindsay just launched a brand new business, the Hotel Lobby Candle Company. I’m equal parts impressed and jealous that I didn’t think of this. Am planning to place my pre-order this Sunday and will of course report back!!!
PPS – This is my favorite candle holder.
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photo by Allie Provost.