With temperatures dropping and the outside air getting crispier, it’s the best time of year to cozy up inside with a seasonal candle. I’m not someone who burns candles year-round, but when it comes to fall, I love setting the scene with a flickering flame and invigorating aroma.
Every year, I stock up on autumn candles at Nordstrom, which features some of the best fall candle scents ranging from pumpkin spice to crispy cashmere from top candle brands, including Voluspa, NEST, Homesick, and more.
I scoured Nordstrom to find some of the best candles to set the scene this season.
The Best Fall Candles at Nordstrom 2023
Nordstrom is a great place to find candles because they tend to be under $80. Lots of the best candle scents can really stretch a budget. They might be luxurious, but more than $150 on a candle will always feel a little overindulgent. At Nordstrom, however, I found quality scents at much more reasonable prices. The candle designs are also a lot more modern, too, and will suit a much bigger range of homes, from modern-farmhouse mansions to chic condos in the city.
Was $36, now $27 at Nordstrom
It’s not fall without pumpkin spice. The 18-ounce Voluspa Spiced Pumpkin Latte Jar Candle features a blend of hand-poured coconut wax with notes of kabocha pumpkin along with cinnamon, coconut cream, and vanilla marshmallow to give it a sweeter, latte-inspired scent.
Was $45, now $38.25 at Nordstrom
If you’re looking for a clean fall candle, you’ll find it in the Skylar Fall Cashmere Scented Candle. This warm and spicy coconut and soy wax blend candle comes in an 8-ounce jar, is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and features a nod to sweater weather—hence the cashmere name—with notes of vanilla and spiced ginger.
Invite the crisp autumn air into your home with the Homesick Autumn Hayride Candle. This 13.75-ounce candle features hand-poured natural soy wax with base notes of oak moss, patchouli, and tonk, middle notes of nutmeg, birch, and maple bar, and top notes of fresh hay, warm amber, and clove to create the coziest vibes all season long.
I love this ILLUME Heirloom Pumpkin Ceramic Candle because it’s both a candle and a piece of home decor. This 7.1-ounce candle boasts a blend of sweet and spiced pumpkin with base notes of pumpkin puree, middle notes of cinnamon, and top notes of dark brown sugar housed together in a chic and stylish ceramic pumpkin vessel.
NEST is one of my favorite candle companies to buy seasonal candles from, especially in the fall. Right now at Nordstrom you can get a gorgeous NEST votive candle in the brand’s delicious autumn plum scent. Available in three sizes—2 ounces, 8.1 ounces, and 21.2 ounces—this stunning seasonal candle is great for those who love fruity scents as it features notes of wild plum with cinnamon, patchouli leaf, and cashmere wood.
PURA diffusers technically aren’t candles but they’re one of my favorite ways to add seasonal aromas to my home, so I had to include this seasonal option. The PURA x Brooklyn Candle 2-Pack Diffuser Fragrance Refills is designed for the PURA Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser and comes in an invigorating woodsmoke scent which is inspired by a cozy flickering fire with notes of cedar leaf, labdanum, incense, and leather. The refills come in a two-pack and have enough formula to last up to 350 hours
Who has the best fall candles?
I love shopping for fall candles at Nordstrom because the department store features curated options from various top candle brands, including NEST, ILLUME, Homesick, and Voluspa. Additionally, the department store carries a good range of scents, including spicy, sweet, and smokey aromas, so there’s something for everyone.
Who makes the strongest smelling candles?
If you’re looking for the best candle brand with the strongest-smelling candles, I recommend NEST. This candle brand has some amazing aromas for sale at Nordstrom—including the NEST Autumn Plum Votive Candle—and features stronger fragrance blends that fill a room with seasonal scents.
Fall scents are gorgeous and cosy but they're limited to a few months of the year. For more year-round scents, our in-house perfume expert Laura has worked her way through dozens to find the best best candles on the market. If you're renting and open flames might break your renter's agreement, Laura's also used her skills as a former master perfumer to take on the best reed diffusers.
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Jessie Quinn is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle writer with work published in The Spruce, Apartment Therapy, Well + Good, PEOPLE, and more. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in fashion journalism from Academy of Art University and uses her background in fashion to inform her home decor coverage. Her personal home decor style falls somewhere at the intersection of eclectic vintage and modern maximalist, but she's drawn to all types of designs and styles. When she's not writing, you can find Jessie working on a variety of DIY and craft projects, including crocheting, sewing, and jewelry-making.
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