Loving candles is a lifestyle. If you agree with that statement, then you’re in the right place and you’re amongst similar-thinking friends. Especially since the holiday season is slowly but surely creeping upon us. Before we know it, our homes will be decked out with berry-laden wreaths, the tree will be lit up, and the homestead will smell festive as f*ck.
These 10 Christmasy candles smell like December 25th if it were captured in a jar. Whether you’re going for the balsam and fir scent or a freshly-baked-cookies vibe, keep reading for 10 of the best Christmas-scented candles.
MMM, SMELLS LIKE PINE
There’s no Christmastime candle more quintessential than the “Christmas Tree” scent. This candle is a burst of fresh pine, crisp eucalyptus, and cedar leaf essential oils, so your home can smell like the holidays even if you opt for an artificial tree this year.
INHALE CINNAMON, EXHALE STRESS
You don’t need to bake a batch of fresh cookies to get your house smelling like it’s ready for Santa’s visit. The Sparkling Cinnamon candle from Yankee Candle is long-lasting — like, 110 to 150 hours of burn time-long — so there’s no doubt this scent will billow throughout your whole home. Your kids might even break away from their iPads long enough to ask if you made cookies. You get to deliver the bad news, Mom — no cinnamon cookies here, just a delicious-smelling candle!
WHO NEEDS COOKIES WHEN YOU HAVE CANDLES?
Speaking of cookies, the Snickerdoodle scent from Our Own Candle Company is another great way to fake out your husband and kids. Just as they come running down the stairs, ready to fill their mouths with fresh cookies, laugh and say, “It’s just the best-smelling candle of all time!” This candle also makes a great gift for Secret Santa or White Elephant!
I’LL HAVE A CUP OF THAT, PLEASE
With orange, cinnamon, apple, and amber tones, this Mulled Cider No. 5 scent from Sweet Water Decor seamlessly makes the transition from fall to wintertime scent. You’ll smell oranges, cedarwood, cranberries, lemons as you burn it. In fact, it might even inspire you to bake a pie. It smells that good. Other good stuff about this candle: Not only does it smell A+, but it’s gluten-free and phthalate-free so you can burn the wick guilt-free of bad chemicals and toxins.
CHRISTMAS TREE IN A JAR
We all know this wouldn’t be the ultimate Christmas-scented candle list if it didn’t feature at least one of the many jaw-dropping scents from Anthropologie. The Anthropologie store itself — no matter which location you go to — smells like Christmas year round and this Fir & Firewood scent takes the classic Capri Blue fragrance that Anthro shoppers love and gives it a Christmassy twist that even Santa would approve of. You’ll detect notes of apple, clove, pine needle, fir, white birch, cedar, vetiver, and musk — AKA, it smells amazing AF.
When the candleologists (is that a real word, a real job title? We don’t actually know for sure, but hey, it sounds accurate) at Yankee Candle formulated this wintertime scent, they threw in some clove, a pinch of cinnamon, and the clean scent of balsam for good measure. This candle smells so good, you’re going to wish you could bring it in the car with you on the way to pick up the kids from after-school activities.
THREE FOR ONE
Why pay for one candle when you can pay the price of one, but get three festive scents? This Old Factory scent of three features three different 4-ounce aromatherapy candles in Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread. Burn them at separate times or all at once and we promise you, you’ve never smelled a more authentic recreation of what Christmas smells like. In fact, this is exactly how we envision Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ house smells like in the North Pole.
FIRE IT UP
This set of three cozy-scented candles stack into a shining tree, complete with a glittering gold ribbon and a star topper. They don’t just smell festive; they look festive, too. Perfect for adding some minimalistic Christmas flair to a tablescape or mantle, these candles smell so deliciously woodsy, you’ll forget you’re not actually living in a cabin in the middle of the woods somewhere in Minnesota.
MILK AND COOKIES PLEASE
Mulled Wine, Milk & Cookies and Hot Buttered Rum, these three candles will scents will definitely put you in the Christmas mood. Made by Illume, each signature scent is crafted by hand from all-natural, food-grade ingredients like coconut wax and essential oils.
WHAT SNOW SMELLS LIKE
Made with grapefruit and orange essential oils, Fresh Sparkling Snow by Bath & Body Works also features subtle notes of icy melon and winter pine. This BABW candle features three wicks and is made with the highest concentration of fragrance oils, so you’re getting the most saturated scent possible. It’s also made with an exclusive blend of vegetable wax so the candle melts consistently and evenly. There’s nothing more annoying than a wasted candle that burned straight down, leaving half the wax on the sides. Did we mention it literally smells like the first snowfall of winter? It’ll make you want to grab your ice skates and head down to Rockefeller Center.