These Are the Best-Smelling (and Coziest!) Winter Candles of 2023
Winter is my favorite time of year to enjoy candles, with tons of seasonal scents to choose from and an actual reason to light them (hello, standard time, we meet again). Because there’s pretty much no limit to the number of winter/holiday candles out there, I once again made it my personal mission to bring you the best of the best.
I reached out to a variety of candle brands all across the price spectrum, from big retailers to small-batch producers. Then, because everyone is different, I invited some friends over to join me for an evening of sniffing dozens of them. Each candle was grouped into categories by scent notes, and placed in individual paper bags (not lit, don’t worry) so that the smell was concentrated and that my testers weren’t immediately influenced by the packaging.
Here are the 17 best winter candles from this year’s batch.