Whether you don't know what to get someone this holiday season or you're shopping for someone who has it all, a high-quality scented candle is always a welcome gift. However, not all scented candles are made equally, and, in the same vein, the quality of a candle isn't always directly related to its price.
P.F. Candle Co. Enoki Cedar Soy Candle
1. Best Scent Strength
Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Luxury Candle
2. Best High End Luxury Candle
Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Home Candle
3. Best Affordable Luxury Scent
P.F. Candle Co. Wild Herb Tonic Soy Candle
4. Most Underrated Scent
Brooklinen Votive Set (The Downtime Set)
5. Best Affordable Candle Set
Aerangis City Holiday Journey Gift Set
6. Best Luxury Candle Set
Phlur Wild Balsam Scented Candle
7. Best Woody Holiday Candle
Phlur Currant Crush Scented Candle
8. Best Fruity Holiday Candle
Jonathan Adler Pop Champagne Candle
9. Most Giftable Vessel
LAFCO New York Classic Candle x Sir Candle Man Heart of the Matter Candle
10. Top Expert-Approved Candle
La Chatelaine Lavender Candle
11. Most Straightforward Scent
Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Deluxe Candle
12. Most Popular High-End Candle
Apollo Candles Cioccolateria/Chocolate Shop Scented Candle
13. Most Decadent Scent
Homesick Let's Toast Candle
14. Best Celebratory Candle
With these factors in mind, I've listed the best scented candles of 2023 after testing them all myself. From affordable options from brands like P.F. Candle Co. and Brooklinen to more high-end luxury staples from Jo Malone London and LAFCO New York, there are so many to choose from, with prices starting at just $24.
Since many folks understandably hate blind-buying candles when they essentially won't know how they smell, I've also listed the notes associated with each candle to help you make the best decision for your space and preferences.
For instance, if you prefer light, fruity, citrusy and herb-forward scents, you'll absolutely love the Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Deluxe Candle, the P.F. Candle Co. Wild Herb Tonic Soy Candle, and Phlur's Currant Crush Scented Candle.
Looking for a candle that projects extremely well and fills up a room but won't break the bank? The P.F. Candle Co. Enoki Cedar Soy Candle is my top recommendation. For those who love a set of minis, bedding brand Brooklinen hit the ball out of the park with its $50 Votive Set that comes with four small but powerful candles.
And if you're all about the vessel, the Jonathan Adler Pop Champagne Candle is the perfect photo-ready candle, thanks to its metallic jar. Plus, it smells literally like New Year's Eve in the best way possible!
Check out the 14 best scented candles of 2023 below, and shop now to ensure it gets to you in time for Christmas!
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