This Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Candle Smells So Good That I Actually Want to Eat It (There, I Said It)

published Dec 8, 2023
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When it comes to home fragrances, I prefer diffusers over candles — except if that candle’s got a gimmick. If it has an unusual theme, a pop culture tie-in, or is scented like my favorite foods and beverages, I want to give it a whiff. So when I stumbled upon an Instagram ad for a Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding-scented candle from Boy Smells, I was excited. I love Magnolia’s banana pudding (and cupcakes, for that matter), and if a candle version could capture that essence for me at home, count me in! So, after finding a great Black Friday deal, I bought the candle, and it has truly lit up my life. In fact, I can’t stop talking about how much I love it. When it’s lit, it fills my apartment with such a warm, delicious scent that is so yummy, I almost want to eat the candle (or do shots of the hot wax).

What Is the Boy Smells Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Candle

Boy Smells’ Banana Pudding candle is inspired by the super popular dessert from NYC’s iconic Magnolia Bakery. A blend of beeswax and undyed coconut, the candle has top notes of creamy banana and elemi; middle notes of jasmine petals, davana, and cardamom; and base notes of cedar, patchouli, and guiaiac. I don’t know what many of those are, but I can tell you that the result is a scent that is subtle yet complex, light but slightly smoky. The Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding candle is housed in a transparent yellow glass vessel (naturally) and has a 50-hour burn time.

Why I Love the Boy Smells Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Candle

Unlike many fruit- and dessert-scented candles, the Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Candle does not have an artificial, overwhelming scent. It’s not sickeningly sweet, but instead has a rich, inviting, almost caramel-like fragrance that I love, similar to brûlléed bananas, as one reviewer aptly put it. The scent isn’t too strong, yet it does linger a bit after the candle is out, leaving my apartment smelling as if I have been baking something delicious.

I am almost surprised by how much I love Boy Smells’ Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding candle. It lifts my mood every time I light it and fills my space with a uniquely delicious scent. If there’s any downside, it’s that it always makes me crave banana pudding (again, I’d eat the candle if I could). Regardless, I’m already planning to buy a few more of these candles — and make a pit stop at Magnolia Bakery to get some real banana pudding.

Buy: Boy Smells Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Candle, $48