See which scents our editors love for the holiday season—they're not all peppermint and sugar cookies!

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Candle shopping can be overwhelming, especially during the holiday season. Just about every candle company floods the market with pumpkin-spice this and evergreen that. And if you're shopping online, you can't take a whiff of the scent yourself before you add it to your cart. To help narrow your search for the perfect seasonal fragrance, we're showcasing 10 of our favorite winter candles that you can feel confident purchasing online. Carefully chosen and tested by our editorial team at Better Homes & Gardens, each one offers a unique aroma and stylish container you'll want to keep out all winter.

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1. Spiked & Spiced by Anecdote Candles

This candle smells exactly like the mulled wine my mom always makes around the holidays, making it one of my personal favorites. It's just the right blend of sweet and spicy, with notes of orange, cinnamon, and red currant layered over the scents of red wine and cedarwood. Made of a coconut-soy wax blend, the hand-poured candle contains no dyes or additives and comes in a festive gold jar. It can burn up to 70 hours, so it can easily last you through the season.

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2. Fresh Cut Frasier by Better Homes & Gardens

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 candle with forest undertones. Fresh Cut Frasier is a tried-and-true favorite of home editor Caitlin Sole, who says this candle smells just like a Christmas tree without the hassle of cleanup and watering. The hints of citrus, spice, white fir, and smoked balsam put a fresh twist on traditional winter candles. The paraffin wax blend comes in a green frosted glass jar with a wood lid.

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3. Holiday by NEST Fragrances

Set a celebratory mood with a festive candle that combines pomegranate, mandarin orange, and pine. Hints of cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, and amber give it a spicy-sweet finish. Lifestyle editor Jennifer Aldrich names this one a favorite because it smells amazing and the gorgeous glass container doubles as decor. Even the box is pretty enough to display! The candle will burn up to 60 hours.

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4. Reverie by L'or de Seraphine

This candle brightens up winter days with the sweet smells of holly berry and cardamon. Undertones of amber, citrus, currant, and black pine give off a warm, luxurious vibe. It's sustainably made with a palm wax blend and infused with essential oils for a strong, lasting fragrance that fills a room. Expect to enjoy this refreshing scent for up to 45 hours. Once the candle is burned down, reuse the decorative ceramic jar as a pretty planter.

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5. Winter White by Illume

This winter-inspired candle features the refreshing scents of evergreen, frosted cypress, white peppercorn, cardamom, and citrus. Food editor Sheena Chihak loves that this candle merely hints at an evergreen scent, offering a more subtle aroma that you'll still enjoy once Christmas is over. "It's a beautiful, clean scent that I can't quite put into words, but it makes me so happy," she says. The soy candle comes in a gold tin decorated with winter illustrations, and it will burn for about 50 hours.

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6. Volcano by Capri Blue

Although the scent isn't strictly winter-inspired, we think Capri Blue's beloved Volcano candle makes a festive addition to your home in the cold-weather months. This bright, citrusy fragrance is an all-time favorite for many of our editors. We wouldn't classify the scent as subtle, as it fills an entire room with its aroma. The candle comes in a glittery red jar so you can add some sparkle atop your coffee table or countertop.

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7. 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 collection of memory-inspired candles. Among those 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 lasts up to 80 hours. Our deputy editor, Rachel Weber, burned this scent at home and got rave reviews from both her 5-year-old son and her grandma.

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8. Amber & Moss by P. F. Candle Co.

We love P. F. Candle Co. for its rich fragrances and apothecary-inspired jars, and the amber and moss scent makes a refreshing addition to our winter candle collection. Lavender cuts the woodsy scent while sage and orange add freshness, making it a perfect transitional candle between fall and winter. Our home editor Caitlin loves burning this soy candle all year long, but it's especially cozy as the weather turns colder.

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9. Apple Strudel by Milkhouse Candle Co.

The only thing as good as the first bite of homemade apple strudel is the sweet, buttery smells that waft through the kitchen as it's baking. This candle recreates that enticing aroma with the scents of apples, raisins, and spices, which come from a blend of natural and fragrance oils. Infused with pure beeswax for a slower burn, this soy candle lasts about 65 hours.

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10. 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 all that sweetness. Pear and Tea Leaf by Yankee Candle is an ideal scent for melting away the stress of holiday shopping. It has an impressive list of fragrance notes including fresh ginger, apple, chai tea, golden pear, and vanilla. The scent is 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.


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