Our 5 Favorite Winter Candles
See what scents our editors will be burning all winter long—it’s not all peppermint and sugar cookie!
Candle shopping, especially during the holiday season, can be overwhelming. Just about every candle company floods the market with pumpkin this and pinewood that. To help you narrow your search for the perfect seasonal scent, we're showcasing our five favorite winter candles. Carefully chosen and tested by our home editors, each one offers a unique aroma and stylish container. (And don't worry, there's still a pumpkin scent on the list!)
Grandma’s Kitchen by Homesick
Homesick candles first came to our attention with their original line of state-scented candles. The company continues to produce nostalgic scents with a line of memory-inspired candles. Among those memories is Grandma’s Kitchen, a candle with all the sweet, buttery scents you’d expect. We love Homesick candles for their clean, slow burn; each candle typically burns up to 80 hours. Our deputy editor burned this scent at home and got rave reviews from both her 3-year-old son and her grandma.
Buy It: Grandma’s Kitchen, $29.95
Maybe it’s because we’re word people around here, but we’re also big fans of Homesick’s leather and cedar scented candle called Books. It’d make a great gift for the bookworm, editor, or teacher in your life!
Buy It: Books, $29.95
Pumpkin Dulce by Capri Blue
Capri Blue has just one pumpkin scent in its entire fragrance line—a rarity among today’s candle collections. But with a scent as good as Pumpkin Dulce, one is all you need! The candle is warm, sweet, and evocative of happy memories, as if you just pulled out a batch of homemade cookies. We wouldn’t classify this one as subtle, as it fills an entire room with its aroma. The candle comes in a glamorous glittery jar so you can add some sparkle to your home.
Buy It: Pumpkin Dulce, $38.50
Desert Haus by Haus Candles
One of the best parts of winter is building a fire and curling up with a good book. Skip the work of the crackling fire but keep all the cozy hygge feelings by lighting a coconut-wax candle with forest undertones. Desert Haus is a tried-and-true favorite of our digital home editors. The hints of mesquite and cypress put a unique, bohemian twist on traditional winter candles. Expect to enjoy this grounding scent for up to 70 hours.
Buy It: Desert Haus, $34
Orange Clove by Harp Design Co.
Fans of summer scents will be happy to hear that Harp Design Co. makes a fall candle using citrus fruit as the base aroma. The orange clove candle is a refreshing addition to winter’s traditional scents. Clove spice cuts the citrus scent, making it a perfect transitional candle. Our home writer keeps this soy candle in her kitchen where it smells fresh and fruity all day long.
Buy It: Orange Clove, $19.95
Pear and Tea Leaf by Yankee Candle
Sugar, vanilla, and peppermint candles are fun and festive in the winter, but sometimes we could use a break from the holiday hustle. Pear and Tea Leaf is an ideal candle for melting away the stress of a weekend shopping spree. It has an impressive list of fragrance notes including fresh ginger, apple, chai tea, golden pear, and vanilla. It’s multidimensional and warm, and it can fill a room without even being lit. Plus, the special Yankee Candle lid is made to fit underneath the candle as a pretty gold base.
Buy It: Pear and Tea Leaf, $24.99