All winter-long I pine for the bright, sunny (even sweaty) headiness of summer. But two months into “Feels like 101 degrees” weather, and I’m longing for autumn—the cool temps, chunky knit sweaters, fuzzy blankets, and heavy socks.
Completing the crisp-weather picture in my head—are the deliciously cozy aromas that fall brings: spicy cinnamon, comforting vanilla, and earthy pine (also, pumpkin bread, anyone?)…all the rich aromas that make you want to curl up with a good book and watch the leaves drift.
The quickest way to bring those fall aromas into your home in the summer? Scented candles, of course. Starring everything from culinary-inspired scents (like spiced cider and pumpkin chai) to woody notes found in nature (like acorn and pine), here are 21 of our favorites, for whether you’re treating yourself or giving a gift to someone who’s craving the same things as you are.
Boulangerie has a range of reliably rich, inviting candles, and its Vanilla and Fig candle is no exception. It’s a perfect blend of lush vanilla, orchid petals, and black mission figs that creates a distinctly autumnal fragrance.
Our Vermont-made candle collaboration with artisan ceramics- and home-goods company Farmhouse Pottery comes in three crisp, sapling scents: pine, fir, and cedar. Each fragrance represents one of the state’s native evergreen trees, and reminds us of a brisk hike through the woods.
I’m not sure what I love this candle more for: its walk-in-the-woods fragrance or the speckled (food-safe) enamelware container that can be used as a cup when you’re done burning it…just perfect for those fall-weather camping trips.
If you’re a fan of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, you know the chemical-free household products brand releases seasonal, limited-edition scents. This fall’s acorn spice is worth purchasing in bulk so you can have a reserve when it’s no longer on shelves. Nutty acorn and sweet, zesty cinnamon make this soy candle in a clear, reusable jar a keeper.
Apothecary-inspired packaging gives this handcrafted candle its outer charm. On the nose, spicy black pepper, tobacco, and orange lend a welcoming and homey feel, ideal for the time of year when you want to curl up on the couch with a good book and a blanket.
While its scent is reminiscent of the highly divisive fall latte, this pumpkin chai candle is anything but controversial. The mix of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon makes for a captivating, freshly baked pie aroma you’ll want wafting through your home all season long.
Warm, musky, and earthy, Diptyque’s masterful amber candle evokes the feeling of sitting by the first fire of the season. The woody, honey-like fragrance permeates the room even when the candle isn’t lit, a testament to the Parisian brand’s impressive craft. This limited-edition candle was designed with images of lucky charms, like horseshoes and lady bugs, to bring “serenity and wisdom” to the holiday season and beyond.
Pomegranates, an underrated member of the fall produce family, are at their peak from September through November. And this Jo Malone candle, which fills the room with a rich, peppery aroma, won’t let you forget it. The scent is made up of a singular blend of pomegranate, raspberry, frankincense, and patchouli.
Imagine the intoxicating smell of cookies warm from the oven—that scent will make you want to stay right where you are, bundled in a heavy sweater. Fresh’s Brown Sugar Candle has a similar effect, with notes of caramel, citrus, and musk that last.
Thick, heavy glass surrounds Le Labo’s cult-favorite candles, and the New York-founded brand’s “Pin 12” fragrance is perfect for autumn. More floral and woody than spicy, the scent features pine, lavender, musk, and amber. It’s subtle yet strong and distinctive, so you’ll never forget it’s burning.
With a dedicated scent for each state, Homesick candles are a great present for a loved one living away from home. The brand’s Connecticut fragrance is also quintessentially autumnal. Nutmeg, lemon, eucalyptus, hay, clove, and oak moss combine for a smell that’s just like a fall forest, filled with red and yellow leaves.
Part of Nashville-based Paddywax’s Hygge collection that leans heavily into Scandi minimalism, the Wild Cedar + Fig candle has delicious top notes of fig, bay leaf, and bergamot on a foundation of cedar and patchouli among others—and feels a bit like a warm hug. Complementing those soothing vibes is the minimalistic ceramic vessel it comes in, complete with a beautiful copper lid that lifts it firmly into gifting territory.
Part of the fan-favorite Capri Blue line—sister scent Volcano is what you smell as you walk through any Anthropologie store—Pumpkin Dulce, with its white pumpkin, gingersnap, and whipped vanilla top notes, is as autumnal as scents go. Plus, the glitzy vessel will add a shimmer and shine to your home.
A candle with that freshly-cut forest smell that one happy reviewer called “hypnotically enticing.”
Another one from Homesick that harkens to the rolling green hills of Vermont this time (maple syrup, anyone?). It literally calls out “baked pie crust” as one of its mid notes—who can resist!
Crisp red apple, golden nectar and warm clove spice—everything we love in a fall scent. Plus, reviewers attest to its amazing throw (its ability to fill a space).
Born Indigo’s candles are made using sustainable non-GMO food-grade coconut wax and lead-free cotton wicks. Our pick from their non-toxic slate? This one with its melange of patchouli, cedar wood, and fig, housed in a beautiful metallic vessel.
This candle has us dreaming of hot apple cider steeped in spices like cinnamon, allspice, and orange zest. Enough to make any home smell like an autumn issue of a lifestyle catalogue.
A fan-favorite from World Market, this candle with its refreshing scent of sweet clementine and honey is inviting enough. Throw in a vintage-y amber glass jar with an apothecary-style label, and it’s twice as nice.
This bourbon-vanilla candle is another one of our favorites from Anthropologie—because it doesn’t always have to be pumpkin and all-spice!
With a name like Perfect Autumn, we couldn’t round off the list without this one (in that three-wick style we love), also from Bath & Body Works.
What’s your favorite fall candle? Tell us in the comments below!
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