The best scented candles
18 November 2019
When the evenings draw in, there's nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa and lighting your favourite scented candle. Read on for the brands Mumsnet users recommend for autumn and winter
Yankee, from £17.43 for 150 hours of burn time
Yankee would be the first choice for many when looking for a new candle for their home, thanks to the huge (and we mean huge) range of fun, seasonal scents they have to offer. Their candles come in small, medium and large, and you can also get votive candles, tealights, and wax melts – perfect if you want to try out a scent before committing to a giant candle.
“I always have Yankee Candles. The Jasmine ones are my favourite, then the Lemon and Lavender. There are lots of different choices though, and some are wonderfully Christmassy.”Buy now from Amazon
Jo Malone London, from £48 for 45 hours of burn time
Much-loved on Mumsnet, Jo Malone's huge range of perfumes, moisturisers and even handwashes all boast wonderfully luxurious scents. And of course, their candles do not disappoint either. There are plenty of fragrances to choose from, including Pomegranate Noir and Wild Fig and Cassis, and as with everything Jo Malone, you know you're getting only the best quality.
“I was given a Jo Malone candle for my birthday last year which burned beautifully – the wick didn’t go stumpy and difficult to relight.”
“Jo Malone do great candles. Pomegranate Noir is my favourite.”Buy now from John Lewis
St. Eval, from £9.95 for 45 hours of burn time
St. Eval is based from a working farm in North Cornwall, meaning you can feel extremely
smug good knowing that the pounds you send their way will be supporting local business. Their candles are separated into five key fragrance groups, making it easy to branch out and explore once you've found a scent you like – and their beautiful pots and minimalist tins look fab, too.
“I love St. Eval candles – they smell gorgeous and scent the room even when unlit. They have a good throw and aren't ridiculous prices.”
“St. Eval are the best, especially if you factor in value for money. There's an amazing range of smells and can easily fill a room. Plus it's supporting local trade.”Buy now from Amazon
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The White Company, £20 for 33 hours of burn time
(Unsurprisingly) classic and simplistic, The White Company candles will look perfectly at home in any living room. Their £20 Signature candles are ideally sized, with a burn time of approximately 33 hours, but there's also the option of a whopping £140 candle with four wicks and around 230 hours of burn time – perfect if you've found your 'forever' scent.
“I love The White Company candles. They can be quite pricey, but the scents fill the room and they last quite a while.”
“The White Company candles can definitely fill a large room with fragrance.”Buy now from The White Company
NEOM Organics, from £25 for 35 hours of burn time
Mumsnetters love the three-wick candles from NEOM, but if you're not ready to make the £46 commitment then never fear: they do mini 'travel' versions of each scent which burn for 20 hours and cost just £16, too. Their candles come in five different moods, with everything from de-stressing to energy-boosting, meaning they'll fill your home with just the right scent whatever day you've had.
“My newly discovered treat is NEOM candles, they only need to be lit for about 30 minutes to keep a gorgeous smell wafting around for hours”
“Another vote for NEOM here – they smell wonderful and last a long time. Well worth the money.”Buy now from Amazon
H&M, from £3.99 for 20 hours of burn time
For a beautifully budget option that you can pick up on the high street, look no further than H&M. Just as you'd expect, all their candles are extra fashionable and fun, and with prices starting from £3.99 they won't put you too far out of pocket, either. Mumsnetters particularly love Clean Cotton, which comes in a charming glass jar.
“My favourite one is Clean Cotton from H&M. Very reasonable price, and smells beautifully clean.”
“H&M Home do lovely ones, they've got a good scent and less ££ than most.”Buy now from H&M
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True Grace, £20 for 40 hours of burn time
Classic and simple, True Grace is a one-stop-shop for all your favourite autumn and winter scents. From Portabello Oud to Amber, their fragrances are also organised into collections to suit every mood (we recommend 'Manor' for this time of year). And, whether you plump for a glass jar or a tin, these good-looking candles will brighten up any room.
“True Grace is my favourite candle brand, and the 'Orangery' scent is lovely in winter. The candles last for ages and the smell isn't too strong (I find some other candles can give me a headache).”
“You find them in John Lewis, the tin ones are about £20 I think. I just got the rose and the chamomile ones.”Buy now from John Lewis
Dyptique, £47 for 60 hours of burn time
At the slightly pricier end of the spectrum, we have Diptyque. With luxurious scents such as Tubéreuse and Feu de Bois on offer, they're the perfect companion for autumn and winter nights. Mumsnetters reckon the extra pounds are certainly worth it, particularly if you like your candles to throw out a little extra scent even when they're not burning.
“Diptyque candles are ridiculously expensive, but but but – I can smell mine even when it’s not lit. Plus it will last months and months – until my birthday in June when I’m hoping I might get a Tuberose one…"
“I have a Diptyque one which I hardly ever burn because it is amazing and just makes the other candles seem rubbish!”Buy now from John Lewis
Wax Lyrical, from £7 for 35 hours of burn time
Crafted in the heart of the Lake District, it makes a lot of sense that Wax Lyrical candles are chocked full of natural fragrances like jasmine, vanilla and amber. As well as their signature frosted glass candles, you can also get your hands on a tealight advent calendar (£35) and a tealight gift set (£20) – ideal for seeing you through the entire festive period.
“Wax Lyrical Sweet Pea is my favourite of all candles, and I have had loads. It really fills the room, and is floral but not too sweet. I got the one in the glass jar for about a tenner, and it always burns cleanly. I buy it again and again (and again).”
“Wax Lyrical are my new favourite candles. They're £6 for a small tin. I have the orange-y ones, and they smell fab.”Buy now from Wax Lyrical
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Shearer, from £5.50 for 40 hours of burn time
These dainty little tins are so pretty you'll be proud to display them on the coffee table. There are a whole host of fragrances perfect for autumn, winter and particularly Christmas – Cinnamon Spice or Frankincense and Myrrh, anyone? Shearers burn for 20 hours and are a great affordable option if you're after classic scents, but don't want to spend big.
“I like Shearer candles – again, they do tealights so you can try the scents before you invest in something bigger. My favourite scents for this time of year are Amber Noir and Frankincense & Myrrh.”Buy now from Amazon
WoodWick, £19.99 for 60 hours of burn time
WoodWick candles are popular on Mumsnet for two main reasons: firstly, their wooden wicks make a crackling sound like an open fire when burned (oh so relaxing), and secondly, they do multi-layered candles with a different scent at each layer. The Cozy Cabin Trilogy candle has both of these things, and is perfect for this time of year, with its tantalising combination of Evening Bonfire, Oudwood and Wood Smoke, and will burn for up to 130 hours. Also, WoodWick is a Yankee brand, so you just know these candles will be truly top quality.
“WoodWick candles make a lovely crackling fire sound as they burn, perfect for autumn and winter evenings. I find you don't need to burn them for ages to get a lovely scent and they are quite long-lasting.”
“WoodWick do crackle candles, which are so comforting to listen to and have some amazing scents for the colder months.”Buy now from Amazon
Flamingo, from £4 for 20 hours of burn time
For some bright and colourful festive fun, look no further than Flamingo's selection of cute and colourful candles. Perfect for gifting, they're a little different from the usual Christmas candles, and will definitely cheer up the table at any festive feast. The chalkboard message candle is particularly good if you're looking for something a little different to pop in stockings this Christmas (especially the gin and tonic one).
“Flamingo candles are lovely. I have an open-plan living room/diner and the smell really travels.”
“Another recommendation for the Flamingo ones, I gave them a try after someone mentioned them on a previous thread. All the scents I have had so far have been lovely, and they last much longer than lots of other candles, too.”Buy now from notonthehighstreet
All burn times are approximate, and will depend on proper candle care.
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