The Best Fall Candles Our Editors Burn All Season Long

written by BETH GILLETTE

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Source: Sweet Water Decor
Source: Sweet Water Decor

There’s nothing I love more than a good scentscape. Getting a good burn on always helps fulfill my need to see (and smell) everything the season has to offer—all without leaving the comfort of my home. This is especially true come fall, when all I want to do is curl up with a blanket and a good book, light a candle, and settle in for a long, cozy evening. After all, everyone knows that fall candles offer the absolute peak candle experience. There’s just something about this season of scents: spicy cinnamon, warm vanilla, and—most importantly—the familiar and comforting, subtly sweet smell of pumpkin. I truly can’t get enough this time of year.

If you need to replenish your supply for the season, read on for the fall candles our editors keep burning throughout the whole season. You’ll find everything from our budget-friendly faves to splurge-worthy scent masterpieces. 



Under $20

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia
Harvest Spice Candle

scent description: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and other spices topped with creamy notes of vanilla

This is the fall candle for those who don't like firewood or pumpkin and instead want something fresh, sweet, and spicy—and this delivers.

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Autumn Harvest Candle

scent description: coconut, peach, and cinnamon

Don't let the coconut and peach fool you! The cinnamon in this candle takes center stage while the other notes keep it grounded instead of too spicy.

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Heritage Pumpkin Candle

scent description: pumpkin, cream, and coconut

This isn't your typical pumpkin scent. It's a little sexy and antique, making it smell like we're baking pumpkin treats on a sunny day whenever it's burning.

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Yankee Candle
Macintosh Pillar Candle

scent description: crisp McIntosh apples, clove, and musk

Sometimes you just need a Yankee Candle in your life. Affordable and ultra scented, the Macintosh scent is a classic. You’ll feel like you’re living inside a red delicious, and it’s not a bad place to be.

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Sweet Water Decor
Leaves Candle

scent description: apples, red berries, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, nectar, and white musk

Who knew the scent of literal leaves would be so compelling? This smells exactly like stepping out your door to a perfect fall day, when there’s the slightest chill in the air and golden leaves crunch under your boots. It’s not too intense of a scent, so it’s perfect to burn for hours at a time (no scent headaches).

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Sweet Water Decor
Pumpkin Spice Candle

scent description: pumpkin, cloves,
buttercream, cinnamon, smoke embers, and vanilla

This is what a PSL should smell like: not too sweet, not sticky, and not artificial. This scent is warm and soft with a hint of sweetness. You'll be burning it all day long.

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Warm Cider and Cinnamon Candle

scent description: clove, cinnamon, orange, apple cider, and nutmeg

For those who like to burn a candle for the entirety of their workday and don't want to spend a lot of money on it, this one will make your entire space smell like how I imagine the tent in The Great British Bake Off smells during the holidays.

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Kai & Co. Candles
Egyptian Amber Candle

scent description: fresh greens, warm spice, earthy patchouli, blooming lily, sandalwood, musk, warm amber, and vanilla

If you prefer to embrace the season in a more subtle way, this scent is for you. Think of it like Southern California in the fall. Filled with earthy tones and just a hint of amber and musk, this candle is a year-round burn.

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Boulangerie Pumpkin Soufflé Jar Candle

scent description: orange, ginger, almond, clove bud, vanilla, and tonka bean

Historically a team-favorite, this pumpkin-scented candle smells like pure nostalgia. It's like waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of your mom baking pumpkin bread—sweet and oh-so-comforting.

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P.F. Candle Co.
Spiced Pumpkin Soy Candle

scent description: nutmeg, pumpkin, brown sugar, and cinnamon

With a strong scent throw and a spicy-sweet fragrance, this is the perfect fall candle to light ahead of a cozy movie marathon or any time you want to get in the fall spirit.

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P.F. Candle Co.
Teakwood and Tobacco Candle

scent description: leather, teak, and orange

This is the essential tobacco scent—it might even be one of the closest dupes you’ll find to some of Tom Ford’s most famous scents. It smells exactly like drinking mulled wine in a cottage while someone you would really like to see naked smokes a cigar next to you. It’s not too strong either, so it’s the perfect candle for a bathroom or small space like your desk.

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Paddywax Candles
Tobacco and Patchouli Candle

scent description: cinnamon, patchouli, and tobacco

This Amazon find is delicious—let it transport you to a beautiful Hallmark-style log cabin getaway, complete with crackling fire and a sexy innkeeper. It’s woodsy with the tobacco, and the patchouli and cinnamon keep it sweet without going too musky.

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Bath and Body Works
Marshmallow Fireside Candle

scent description: smoldering woods, fire-roasted vanilla, and crystallized amber with essential oils

This candle is literally what you’d imagine sitting around a campfire and roasting marshmallows would smell like. It’s sweet, but the warm, fire smell keeps it from being too overwhelming. It’s the perfect hybrid between a sweet smell and a quintessential winter firewood smell.

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Bath and Body Works
Pumpkin Apple Candle

scent description: red delicious apple, fall pumpkin, fresh ground cinnamon, and clove buds with essential oils

This is one of the most underrated candles at Bath and Body Works. It’s the perfect blend of pumpkin and apple, the season’s two reigning champs when it comes to scents. It’s great for fall, but it also has a little cheeriness that works through the holidays too.

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Bath and Body Works
Leaves Candle

scent description: crisp red apple, golden nectar, and warm clove spice with essential oils

Is there fall without this candle? With scents of apple and clove spice, this is the pinnacle of fall scents without being too much.

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Brooklyn Candle Studio
Apple Cider Candle

scent description: natural cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange, and cedarwood essential oils

This candle will instantly transport you to apple picking in New England while the leaves are changing. Guests will enter your apartment searching for fresh cider donuts. The underlying cedarwood helps elevate the scent and keeps it from smelling too sweet.

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Brooklyn Candle Studio
Toasted Pumpkin Candle

scent description: toasted pumpkin seeds, cardamom, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon notes

Sometimes you just want to stick your face in a PSL and take a deep breath. This candle is exactly that with a hint of toasted marshmallow and a bit of depth from the clove and nutmeg.

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Frères Branchiaux
Vanilla Spice Candle

scent description: soft vanilla and cinnamon

This is the perfect fall and winter twist on a classic vanilla scent. It has distinct notes of vanilla but with warm, spicy scents of fall mixed in.

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Baltic Amber Candle

scent description: amber resin, sandalwood, cedar, and vanilla orchid

With notes of amber resin, sandalwood, and vanilla orchid, the Baltic Amber candle is the perfect mix of earthy and woodsy scents while still being subtly sweet. It will remind you of cozying up by the fire and staying warm under piles of cozy knit blankets on a crisp autumn day.

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Dappled Wood Candle

scent description: sandalwood, toasted walnut, and sweet hay

This vegan candle (one of the only on this list) is ideal for cuddling up with a fall book and your favorite fall beverage, thanks to its warm, light scent. If you love Rattan, Otherland even considers this an "autumnal riff" on their classic fragrance.

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Capri Blue
Pumpkin Clove Candle

scent description: pumpkin, orange zest, savory vanilla, and cinnamon

Capri Blue's iconic Volcano scent is a favorite year-round, but in the fall, we like to swap it out for this Pumpkin Clove option. It's the perfect creamy, decadent fragrance for fall, and the scent is strong enough to fill a whole room (or two). Plus, the jar designs are gorgeous and highly reusable as decor.

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Boy Smells
Cedar Stack Candle

scent description: cedar, labdanum, juniper berry, sawdust, and white musk

This is one of the most sophisticated candles we’ve ever smelled, as it’s sweet and musky at the same time. You really smell the cedar and wood, but the juniper berry makes this an all-year-round favorite. It’s a really layered scent that just smells expensive.

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Matcha Business Candle

scent description: hazelnut coffee, almond milk, honey, lavender, and vanilla

We know many people hate sweet scents, but they’re so lovely to use in your kitchen to make it smell like you’re always baking something delicious. This doesn’t necessarily smell like matcha, so if that was your worry, fear not. Instead, it leans heavily toward hazelnut coffee, vanilla, and a little bit of honey. Burn this in the morning when you’re brewing coffee, and it’ll be the perfect morning pick-me-up. Plus, this jar is huge, so it’ll last forever.

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Cashmere Candle

scent description: chamomile, amber woods, and patchouli

"Cozy" is the best way to describe this cashmere-scented candle. It's the kind of candle you want to light when you're winding down on a chilly fall evening, preferably wrapped in your softest blanket with a mug of warm cider in hand.

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Charcoal Candle

scent description: chestnut, charred-maple, orange-blossom, clove, cinnamon, embers, cedarwood, and guaiac

You know what’s instantly sexy? A pure black candle—ultra vampy and chic. This one smells exactly like what a black candle called “Charcoal” should smell like: lots of smooth smoke, like the back corner booth at a speakeasy.

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NEST New York
Pumpkin Chai Candle

scent description: wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon

If fall had an influencer-approved candle, it would be this one. The smell is classically intoxicating, and the pumpkin notes are comforting, not overwhelming. The spice notes elevate this traditional scent and make it a splurge you’ll be happy with every time you strike a match.

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Harlem Candle Company
Renaissance Langston Luxury Candle

scent description: nutmeg, clove, leather, jasmine, cade, vanilla, sandalwood, and amber

This intoxicating scent will make your home smell like a million bucks (without spending it). It's sexy and tough with the leather and cade, but hints of nutmeg and vanilla keep it sweet, while jasmine rounds it out with a fresh note. It's so layered and unique that you're bound to get asked where you bought it.

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Matriarch Candle

scent description: flowering clove bud, tobacco leaf, cassia, and warm sugar

Warm and comforting, this candle scent combines a soulful blend of spices with just a hint of sweetness. We love that the tinted, smokey gray glass jar gives it a slightly more elevated look than your everyday candle.

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D.S. & Durga
Portable Fireplace Candle

scent description: dwarf pine wood, atlas cedar, smoke, oak ash, cedar, birch, birch tar, and copaiba resin

This candle is the cabin in the woods. It is literally the exact scent that gets all over your clothes after a bonfire and you spend hours trying to get it out, but that’s what makes it so good. It instantly transports you to a camping trip or post-tailgate bonfires. It’s only a one-wick, but it is strong as hell, so keep it in a bigger area and don’t let it burn too long (this makes the price worth it since it’ll last forever).

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Maison Margiela
Replica Jazz Club Scented Candle

scent description: pink pepper, primofiore lemon, neroli oil, rum absolute, clary sage oil, java vetiver oil, tobacco leaf absolute, vanilla bean, and styrax resin

If you've ever wondered what the VIP area of a speakeasy in December of 1927 smelled like, I'd reckon this is it. Tobacco and rum mix with vanilla bean and pink pepper to create one of the sexiest, coolest scents you've ever smelled. If you love the perfume, you'll love this candle just as much.

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Vanille Candle

scent description: vanilla softened by smooth, woody accents

It may be called “vanille,” but don’t let the sweet name fool you. The main scent is vanilla, but it’s from black vanilla pods, so it’s a little more like earthy vanilla than what you use to bake cookies. Add in layers of leathery, smoky, and woodsy accents, and you have a complex, luxurious aroma you’ll want to burn until spring. It’s like lumberjack-cozy with a little extra elegance and sweetness.

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Feu de Bois/Wood Fire Candle

scent description: birch, juniper, and cade

If you're dreaming of spending a weekend in a snowy cabin with nothing but a burning fire and a good book to keep you company, you'll want Feu de Bois burning in your home immediately. It smells like dried, burnt wood, and it makes your home feel warm and cozy—no blankets or old radiator heat required.

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Midnight Strike Scented Candle

scent description: malted pumpkin, almond butter, ambergris, cashmeran, coconut shell, sandalwood, tobacco, cinnamon bark, patchouli, vanilla

Our Fashion Editor Maddie calls this the best-smelling fall candle she's ever encountered. It's the perfect balance of pumpkin that's not too sweet with a bit of an edge thanks to the base of sandalwood and tobacco. Plus, the glass it comes in is food-safe and dishwasher-safe, so you can use it as a chic drinking glass when your candle is done!

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