Best candles: 6 best buys to transform your home

We've found the best candles to immerse your senses and transform your home

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The months spent confined indoors in the past year has given us pause to consider the finer points of our homes' design – with finding the best candles with which to bathe our rooms in scent right up there with setting up a new home office or creating a home exercise space to take place of the gym.    

So invested have we become in the best home fragrance that 'scent zoning' and even 'scent scaping' are terms that have been not just coined but widely used in the past few months – so it's no wonder that the H&G team have had plenty of time to test and consider the best luxury candles for the scent to save you the research.

So, whether you dream of spending time sitting on an ocherous terrace on the Côte d’Azur or gallivanting down the majestic Avenue des Champs-Élysées, are looking for rustic relaxation or are hoping for a brighter, more uplifting scent, these aroma-filled candles are for you. No (vaccine) passport needed. 

best candles from diptyque

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1. diptyque Baies Candle

The best candles: the most universally flattering scent

Scent: Berries
Family: Fruity
Burn time: 50 to 60 hours
Size: 190g
Reasons to buy
+One of the brand's bestselling candles that are well worth the higher price point+An exceedingly long burn time compared to others+A subtle yet statement-making scent
Reasons to avoid

Enable the tangy coolness of freshly picked blackcurrant berries to transform any room with this diptyque's Baies candle. The best-seller is a fan-favorite choice regardless of your age or personal aesthetic. 

Why do we love it

Aside from being the brand's most popular and well-known scent, its aromatic scent seamlessly blends splendidly with flowery accents of roses with a fruitiness that's subtle throughout. You'll never have to worry about bearing overcome by an overbearing fragrance.

Extra-long burn time

Sure, this candle is undoubtedly on the pricier side, but it is also one of the best investments any scent lover can make. With a burn-time running from 50 to 60 hours, it's bound to last longer than most other candles in your possession. 

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2. LAFCO New York House and Home Candle, Breakfast Room/Citrus Berry

The best candles: the best breakfast scent to sit around with loved ones first thing in the morning with

Scent: Yuzu, Grapefruit and Berry
Ingredients: Soy Wax and Essential Oils
Type: 100% wick
Vessel: Glass
Burn time: up to 90 hours
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous glass vessel that can be repurposed when candle runs out+Exceedingly long burn time of up to 90 hours+A sharp and stunning turquoise outer shell that will look sensational on display
Reasons to avoid

Picture this: a bright corner by the window the sunlight signals the start of a new day – sounds spectacular, don't you agree? We do, and this LAFO New York Breakfast Room/Citrus Berry candle can make that vision ring true day-in, day-out. 

Why do we love it

This candle arrives in a beautiful turquoise mosaic glass vessel that will instantly update any kitchen counter or side table. When lit, the light reflects onto the outer glass covering, creating a peaceful environment that will start the day off on the right note.

What it smells like

Sparkling yuzu and tart orange pulp blend with fresh grapefruit and lychee to create an uplifting mood. Lively and joyful, delicious forest berries add a sweet finish.

Additional notes

With a burn-time of up to 90 hours (that is nearly a week straight of continuous use), this soy wax candle and 100% cotton wick features a formula that includes essential oils that ensure a relaxing experience. 

best candles from maison margiela

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3. Maison Margiela 'Replica' Springtime in a Park

The best candle: the best way to emulate springtime in the city inside the comfort of your own home

Fragrance Family: Floral
Scent Type: Fruity Floral
Burn time: up to 40 hours
Reasons to buy
+A fabulous fragrance that is just right – not too overpowering, and not too subtle+A long-lasting burn time+The perfect way to bring spring indoors
Reasons to avoid

The REPLICA Springtime in a Park Scented Candle by Maison Margiela is a luxury candle that offers aromas comparable to the corresponding floral atmosphere implicative of wandering through the park during spring. 

What it smells like

This extravagant candle opens with the floral fragrances of lily of the valley and jasmine to produce a joyful springtime sensation amplified by notes of pear that is effortless. It's both subtle and striking, without being overpowering. 

Why do we love it

With their white glass adorned with the iconic REPLICA fabric label, the candles will beautifully light up your home. With an importance on specific colored wax, this candle is recollective of scented memories. 

Additional notes

The brand advocates not burning this candle for more than three to four hours at a time, as the flame will not be as strong if done more than that. 

best candles from Tom Ford

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4. Tom Ford 'Fucking Fabulous' Candle

The best candle: the best artisanal designer scent

Fragrance Family: Warm and spicy
Scent Type: Woody spices
Key Notes: Bitter Almond Oil, Leather Accord, Orris Accord
Burn time: 40 hours
Reasons to buy
+A sensational woodsy scent to burn throughout cold weather+Created by legendary icon, Tom Ford+40-hour burn time that makes this well worth the investment
Reasons to avoid

Tom Ford's Fucking Fabulous Candle is a self-indulgent oriental leather fragrance with an intoxicating grip – capturing a rarefied air. 

Why do we love it

This candle summons the secret exchanges and insider flashes where illusions become true. With a title that says it all – the energetic opening makes an immediate declaration. 

What it smells like

When used, this candle fills any room with clary sage and fresh lavender – both of which warrant awareness with aromatic foreplay. Delectable bitter almond and vanilla inflections infuse textural richness to the leather heart. Drenched in orrisroot – from the iris flower – this candle's full luscious body of the supple Italian plunge reveals precise elegance, as the addictive tonka bean and lavish leather drive the scent. 

Conclusively, amber undercurrents echo with a heated ultra radiance, while the ultra-fine blond woods generate a convinced character of pure hedonism with a creamy close. 

Additional notes

With a burn time of up to 40 hours, this 21oz candle is explicit, exclusive, and fabulous. 

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5. Scott Alexander 'New York City' Candle

The best candles: the best candle to cure anyone's immense desire to travel

Scent: Sandalwood, Frankincense and Cardamom
Size: 17oz
Vessel: Solid Bronze
Volume: 520ml
Burn time: up to 70 hours
Reasons to buy
+Infuses homes with scents inspired by the concrete jungle+Long-lasting burn time+An impeccable bronze vessel that can be used long after the candle is finished
Reasons to avoid

Scott Alexander's  New York City vessel gives recognition to the magnificent decadence and glittering opulence of the Art Deco era. Rooted in the movement’s American arm, New York reminds us of the luxury and grandeur of the Chrysler Building, Waldorf Astoria, and Rockefeller Plaza.

What it smells like

This candle is both refined and distinguished, with a rich base of sandalwood and smoky cedar. Grounded in the warmth of amber, musk, and leather, which features notes of patchouli, frankincense, and violet leaf and the spicy twinkling of pink pepper.

Why do we love it

This eccentric candle has It all. It features a 3-wick design, a burn-time of up to 70-hours, and a handful of sizes. As sensational as that is, our favorite feature is the bronze vessel it's showcased in that can be repurposed long after the candle runs out. 

best candle from the laundress

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6. The Laundress 'No.723' Candle

The best candles: the best choice when you're looking to stop and smell the roses all day

Scent: Damask rose, geranium, jasmine, and lily of the valley, deeply grounded with the velvety, spicy warmth of guaiac wood and amber.
Size: 6.5fl oz
Vessel: blown glass
Burn time: up to 60 hours
Reasons to buy
+A soy blend wax option+Clean-smelling, and not overwhelming+Burn time up to 60 hours
Reasons to avoid

As recently reported in WWD, eco-friendly cleaning and laundry brand The Laundress has entered the candle sphere, and the 'No.723' candle is their first and latest installment.

What does it smell like

Let's be clear: while this candle takes our number six spot, we need to make sure everyone is aware that this list is in no specific order; mainly because the scent is intoxicating (in all the best ways). 

The minute you unwrap this candle, your senses are in for a real treat; there's Damask rose at the heart of the candle, surrounded by a chorus of geranium, jasmine, and lily of the valley, deeply grounded with the velvety, spicy warmth of guaiac wood and amber. 

Reminiscent of the brand's best-selling laundry detergent, I particularly liked how I could now awaken my senses from any room in my home, and not just on my clothing. 

Why do we love it

From the moment you first unbox this candle, it completely transforms your space. The sharply designed vessel is clean and concise and looks outstanding on any counter or console; the white and black add just enough to any current display without adding too much. It's reminiscent of the fan-favorite diptyque vessels that can be re-purposed after use (which I am sure I will do as well). 

More so, I loved that the formula was a soy blend, and the burn time was up to 60 hours. As someone striving to put more of an emphasis on sustainability, it aligned with my initiatives while transforming my senses. (A win-win all-around!)

What to consider when selecting the best candles for your home? 

It's imperative to consider the location of where you're looking to display your candle. 

For the living area: it's best to consider your aesthetic or decor; minimalists will want to reach for woody scents, whereas traditional settings require a scent floral-based. 

With kitchens: it's best to reach for something lighter and airier; the last thing you want to do is compete with food aromas, so we suggest a spicy scent or subtle aqua. 

Now, in the case, you're shopping for your bedroom: opt for an aroma that's lavender or vanilla-based; you'll want to calm your senses and create a peaceful oasis.  

How to know you've found the best candles?

The best candles will have a wick that is the precise size and configuration for the candle. You can tell your candle has an immeasurable wick if it burns cleanly, smoothly while generating a pool of liquid wax across the surface of the candle within the first two to four hours. 

Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano joins Future as their U.S. Shopping E-commerce Editor, residing on the Upper East Side in New York City. Originally hailing from Connecticut and a graduate of New England College, Brittany started her career as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire, later joining AMI, where she designed a highly profitable commerce vertical. Noted for her award-winning content, she's covered everything from celebrity beauty hacks to the most lavish home decor; Brittany has maintained her penchant for the finer things in life. 

If a genie granted Brittany one wish, it would be for Kelly Wearstler to bring her vision to life and transform her living space, but until then? You'll find Brittany continuously evolving her chilled-out sophisticated style, shifting her attention to eclectic pieces (with a hint of retro), grounded by a rich understanding of history, focused on functionality, luxury, and quirkiness.

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