The Best Scented Candles According to our Experts

By Camille Styles

Okay, so maybe a scented candle isn’t the most original gift, but c’mon: have you ever met a person who didn’t love receiving one? Especially when said candle has the coolest packaging, is made of clean-burning soy wax, and lasts for 60 (or more) hours. We polled our beauty council members to find out which scented candle they can’t live without, and many of their picks check all boxes. Personally, I burn one of my favorites every single day — there’s no easier way to add a sense of luxury to day-to-day life, whether it’s an invigorating citrus on my desk while I work or relaxing lavender on the bedside table while I read at night. Do you think of beautifully-scented candles as extravagances… or essentials? Why not just embrace the fact that they can be both, then go ahead and scoop up a holiday gift or two for yourself. And, we’d love to hear in the comments what scented candle tops your list!

featured image via Bloglovin (anyone know original source?) 

Cire Trudon Solis Rex

This candle was inspired by the beautiful wood floors of Versailles — it’s warm and woody and can fill a room even when it isn’t lit. A few years ago, I visited Versailles and actually got on my hands and knees to smell the floors, and I can confirm that the candle is spot-on.

-Dawn Spinner Davis, Beauty Director at Total Beauty

Diptyque Baies

Lately I’ve been really into using incense and burning white sage to replace my candles, but I cannot help it I’ve been obsessed with this candle for years.

-Nadine Abramcyk, Co-founder of @tenoverten

-Jen Pinkston, The Effortless Chic


Archipelago Botanicals Bamboo Teak Signature Soy Wax Candle 

Right now I’m really loving anything woodsy!

@katiejanehughes, Makeup Artist

Le Labo Santal 26

They burn this at The Apartment by The Line, which is one of the chicest stores around. This is where I fell in love with the candle and now by them in bulk.

– @laneycrowell, Founder of Crowell Lane Creative

I’ve never met a candle that scents an entire room quite like this one — the heady blend of amber, spices, and sandalwood instantly makes your space feel laid-back and a bit bohemian, like you’ve got a stylish secret all your own.


Cold Spring Apothecary Peony Rosemary LTD Candle

I scoop one of these up every time I make a trip upstate, and the little one lasts forever!

-Lauren Caruso, Beauty Director at Style Caster


Tyler Candle Company in Diva

This candle smells just like Thierry Mugler Angel. I have the laundry detergent too. I’m obsessed.

Nikki ChanelNaturally Curly


Full disclosure: this is my husband’s company, but I’ve truly never found candles that I like more than these single-note wonders. I’m all about Jasmin or Magnolia for summer, and Rosemary or Sandalwood for the cooler months.

@tararasmus, Beauty Editor & Author of Camille Styles Decoder Series

Diptyque Feu de Bois

@jennikayne, Designer

PF Candle Co. Neroli & Eucalyptus Soy Candle

This clean-burning candle smells like California with it’s abundant citrus and eucalyptus, and the minimalist apothecary-style jar is just plain cool. Also, it’s much more affordable than most other candles of its caliber!