It's smelly candle season, which means arguments over why these things need to cost so much and love, love, love for coming home at night to a warm friend who turns your ordinary home into a magical scent-scape. I've rounded up my own favorite (Le Labo) alongside a group of super popular choices, most of which are soy based and don't use cheap scents. You can't make a mistake here.
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Have you ever burned a candle and had a ring of dry, hard wax around the outside edge that just wouldn't burn? It's so frustrating! Eventually the candle becomes difficult to light and drowns out from the wax melting down on top of it. It's such a sad situation. Before we started this business I thought that was just the way candles burned. I didn't know any better. More...
- Le Labo - $75
My favorite and the one I always get in trouble for because of the price, but I think a really good, non cloying candle, which you only burn a few hours a day is worth it.
- Illume @ Anthropologie - From $9.95
From the midwest and available at Anthro, this is a much more affordable crowd favorite.
- Aveda Shampure - $40
From the folks who make all those good, healthy skin care products, these are soy-based candles.
- Cire Trudon - $95
Fancy, from Europe and with the distinctive "blazon" across the front, these are vegetable based, burn slowly and come in five scents. You can also find them on Amazon.
Eco-friendly coconut wax candles from Vancouver in four scents.
- Votivo - $27.60
One of the original faves, Red Currant (above) is the best selling Votivo candle on Amazon.
- Santa Maria Novella Relax - from $30
Another hard to find favorite, the Santa Maria candle is made in Florence and comes in three sizes: "With notes of cinnamon, orange, rosemary and lavender."
- Baxter of California - From $55
Discovered by a new team member at our NY office, this hip new brand is for surfers and guys who want a less feminine approach to their candle routine.
- Vancouver Candle Company - $20
Another Vancouver discovery, these are beautifully made and burning, and richly scented.
- Diptyque Candles - From $30
How could I forget!? From Paris with fifty scents, an iconic label and their famous fig scent, you can also find them on Amazon.
- Good Candles - From $18
This just in from a friend who recommends these highly, Johnathan Kroeger's candles are made in Brooklyn with soy wax and are huge (i.e. long lasting).
Re-edited from a post originally published 3.18.15