It’s time to light your favourite winter candles and fill your home with warm notes of toasted spices and cosy woods. Lighting one of these seasonal favourites will help keep the chill outside at bay, enveloping your home with snug notes including winter favourites pine, cinnamon, amber, mulled wine, vanilla, ginger, pumpkin, and more.
Outside might be a glittering wonderland of icicles and pillowy snow, but inside is where we get to fully embrace the cosy joy of year’s end. We’ve rounded up our favourite warm and spiced winter-ready candle scents to see you through till spring’s thaw.
The Best Winter Spice Candles
Full of the nostalgia and traditions associated with Scandinavia at Christmas. It’s the warming fragrance of roaring fires, hearty food, warming drinks, and at the center of it all, the family home. A richly spiced scent with bold notes of baked gingerbread, melted honey, cloves, and warm glogg.
Cosy up with a seductive combination of pink peppercorn, warm raspberry, creamy tonka, and tobacco. Cedar notes ground the scent, while spice and eucalyptus elevate making this the perfect candle to light when you want to set the mood.
Festive notes of fir, camphor, pine, clove, cedar, patchouli, tonka bean, and smoke. It’s the “Well I guess I’m not leaving my house again today” candle you didn’t know you needed.
Nothing welcomes winter more than a steaming cup of apple cider, garnished with a cinnamon stick (and some bourbon, of course). Infused with natural cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange, and cedarwood essential oils, it’s crisp and cosy — all the things you love about this season.
A comforting blend of pumpkin, spice, and everything nice. It features the perfect scent symphony of toasted pumpkin seeds, cardamom, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon notes.
Inspired by the dazzling North Star, burning bright across velvet black skies, lighting the way on a winter’s night. The scent features top notes of black pepper and cinnamon married with a mysterious base of oud, maple and tobacco.
A modern twist on a holiday tradition. Bright bitter orange, decorated with clove buds, nestles in the warm richness of fresh cinnamon. The inviting fragrance lets you know the holidays are near.
Filled with the fragrant celebrations of the festive season. Wild orange and Sicilian lemon are spiked with amber, angelica, clove, and cinnamon to create a welcoming, warming scent – a tonic on the cold days of midwinter.
Piquant black pepper and desert primrose notes weave with tonka bean, cedar, and cinnamon. Reminiscent of winters spent in a cosy lodge amid the high Californian desert.
As soon as the days hint towards darker evenings a slew of editor-approved candle lists come out. At Self.com Anna Borges kicked off the candle round-ups with her list of the “17 Cozy Scented Candles to Get You Through the Rest of Winter”. Top of her list was Otherland’s Silk Pyjama’s candle – part of their winter collection, the candle features crystal ginger, bergamot zest, and spice yuzu.
Cire Trudon’s Gabriel Candle also gets a shout out thanks to it being “a winter afternoon in a jar, with notes of cashmere, cedar, birchwood, and candied chestnuts.”
Every year, Abi from the These Four Walls blog updates her top candle choices for winter. This year a slew of Osmology favourites made the list including Hobo & Co’s Orange Spice Candle and the Jul Candle by Skandinavisk.
At Cosmopolitan, Siena Gagliano and Lauren Adhav teamed up to compile their collection of the “12 Winter Candles That’ll Make Any Room Feel Oh-So Warm and Cozy”. Boy Smells’ Cedar Stack Candle gets a lot of love thanks to its woody warmth, while other woody fragrances from Tom Ford, Byredo and Apotheke round out the list.
Elle Turner at Glamour always pulls together a wonderful wishlist of fragrances, this year being no different. In “The smell of Christmas in candle-form: These are the best scents to choose from” she picks a range of candles from bargain supermarket burners to luxury candles by brands like Diptyque. We would have loved to see a few more indie brands make it onto her list though.
Overall, we probably had the most in common with Roberta Schroeder’s winter candle collection, written for Harper’s Bazaar. The “best winter candles for Christmas” list features “classic spiced scents to bracing pine-needle blends and a few modern, unexpected twists on tradition”. Bella Freud’s Peace & Love Candle with its “undeniably festive, but with a very sophisticated slant” got top billing, while D.S. & Durga’s Portable Xmas Tree scent, with its “hyper-real pine needle and soft, sophisticated cedarwood” wasn’t far behind.
Erin Fitzpatrick is a self-confessed “sucker for any and all winter-themed candles that remind me of the holiday season.” At WhoWhatWear you’ll find her list of the “21 Best-Smelling Winter Candles I’ve Ever Purchased” which includes candles like Amber & Moss by P.F. Candle Co which Erin says “I’ve owned multiple scents from P.F. Candle Co., and I’ve enjoyed them all. However, I’m quite partial to the Amber and Moss version that smells like a lovely forest.”
Every winter we have amazing new candles launch, crafted to make home even more cosy. You can check out the latest candles and new winter scents here.