The 17 Best Scented Candles AT Editors Are Loving Right Now
For something so small and simple, we ask a lot of our scented candles. They should be strong but not overwhelming, personal to our home and style but also delightful to everyone who comes into contact with them. Finding the best candle is a major undertaking, so we’ve tested dozens of options, from the budget-friendly to the treat-yo-self expensive, to come up with our top picks. Here are 17 editor-approved scented candles we think you’ll love as much as we do — and before you light things up, check out our top candle care tips below. Have a candle you swear by that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments!
How to Make Candles Last Longer
- Trim the wick before burning. Trimming your wick about a quarter of an inch before burning your candle will result in a more controlled flame that won’t lick the rim of the jar (and thus create black stains!).
- Allow the entire top surface of the candle to melt. This will prevent tunneling, which is what happens when the wick and its surrounding area settle lower than the rest of the wax. Be sure to let the entire top surface melt before blowing out your candle for each use.
- Only light for four hours at a time. Any longer, and you risk the wick forming a “mushroom,” (aka a lot of embers stuck up at the top), which will create more soot and smoke.