The Editors Guide To The Best Autumn Candles 2019

Want to know which scented candles the editors of top magazines, blogs and websites swear by each autumn? We've rounded up the most loved home fragrances, picked by the editorial teams at Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, IndyBest, and many more.
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Want to know which scented candles the editors of top magazines, blogs and websites swear by each autumn? We've rounded up the most loved home fragrances, picked by the editorial teams at Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, IndyBest, and many more.
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As we enter candle season, the myriad choice of scents available to take our homes through the cold dark months can be a little daunting. Here at Osmology we always try our best to help you find the perfect fragrance for your home, but sometimes we understand you may want an outside opinion to decide which scent is best.


Thankfully, as soon as the trees hint at changing into their golden foliage, the top magazines, websites and blogs all create handy guides to the seasons most fashionable home fragrances. Here we’ve rounded up the candles your favourite editorial teams have highlighted as their favourites for fall – it couldn’t be easier to find the perfect autumn candle for your home.

The ELLE editorial staff are prolific candle addicts and create some of the most comprehensive guides to scent shopping for autumn and the festive season. Here, they’ve selected some of the best luxury candles for those with a taste for the finer things in life.



The Best Luxury Candles That Your ‘Bouji’ Home Needs This Year


“A subtle, unusual smell, the D.S. & Durga ‘Spirit Lamp’ candle is musky at first, but you quickly get a whiff of the peachy, sweet gingery undercurrent. This is one for the yogis among your friends.”


– Selected by ELLE Magazine | Read More…

Spirit Lamp Candle by D.S. & Durga

Subtle, mystical, and unusual, Spirit Lamp features a refined fragrance with note of sweet peach, warm ginger and musk. It’s an elegant autumnal fragrance for those with a refined sense of smell.


Over at HYPEBAE, writer Nav Gill fell for Damasque by Boy Smells, choosing it to be their go-to fall fragrance. It’s a fragrance worth cancelling plans for – a scent made for unashamedly staying at home and luxuriating in cosy alone time.



Boy Smells’ Damasque Candle Has Put Me in the Ultimate Fall Mood


“Damasque’s key notes include rose, apricot, labdanum, cardamon, oud, cistus, guiac and tobacco. While at first glance it can be jarring to imagine how those would fuse together, they work perfectly to form a scent that is both warm and nostalgic, with the sweet notes complemented by deep, smoky ones. ” –


Selected by Hypebae | Read More…

Damasque Candle by Boy Smells

Damascan rose mingles with apricot, resins of labdanum and citrus, and moody oud to create a scarlet red impression upon smelling.


Whether you call this time of year autumn, fall or candle season, we all know it’s the perfect time of year to add warm cosy fragrances into your indoor spaces. The teams at both Oprah Magazine and Country Living have picked Amber & Moss by P.F. Candle C. as one of their favourite candles for these cooler months, helping you enjoy the darker evenings at home.



30 Fall Candles That’ll Make Your Home Feel Cozier Than Ever


“Admit it: Just looking at this amber and moss candle makes you feel cozy.”


Selected by Country Living Magazine | Read More…


20 Best Fall-Scented Candles That Smell Like Sweater Weather


“A handcrafted soy candle with hints of amber and moss will keep you cozy and lasts for 40 hours of burn time.”


Selected by Oprah Magazine | Read More…

Amber & Moss Candle by P.F. Candle Co.

With a unisex scent filled with fresh mossy notes and warm amber, this candle smells as cosy as it looks. Pairs perfectly with a Pendleton blanket and mug of coffee.


It’s time to celebrate the arrival of a new season, and the team over at POPSUGAR have rounded up the best autumnal candles available, from fall classics to new fragrance favourites.



These Are the 12 Editor-Approved Candles You Need This Autumn


“The Anya Smells Lip Balm Candle will fill the room with a fruity combination of dark cherry, plum, and pomegranate, while vanilla, tonka bean, and musk lend a hint of masculinity.”


Selected by POPSUGAR | Read More…

Lip Balm Candle by Anya Hindmarch

The perfect candle for romantics who enjoy kicking up fallen leaves while holding wooly gloved hands! Featuring the scent of plump fruity plum and dark cherry, alongside a combination of deep florals and sweet musky notes.

Lip Balm Candle by Anya Hindmarch

With autumn just around the corner it’s time to start spending a lot more time at home. The team at Vogue have rounded up their top homewares to warm up your living spaces and make them the perfect setting for hibernation.



15 Fall Decor Ideas to Warm Up Your Home


“Perhaps the easiest fall decor tactic is to light a few fresh scented candles on your coffee table like Boy Smells’s Cinderose.”


Selected by VOGUE | Read More…

Cinderose Candle by Boy Smells

This fragrance is a perfect choice for those who enjoy traditional floral scents reimagined. It combines the elegant floral notes of rose, orange blossom and jasmine with woody cedar and birch, before overlaying smoky depth.


As the team at Insider point out, one of the simple joys of fall is having a meteorological excuse to stay inside all day. It’s time to dig out your cosiest blankets and spend the blustery days warming yourself by the fire.



The 13 best fall candles to buy for your home


“This candle mixes apples, cider, and cedarwood for a delicious outdoor aroma. And the subtle packaging will go with all of your fall decor.” – Apple Picking by P.F. Candle Co.


Nutmeg and hazelnut bring autumn energy to this candle, while a surprising note of bitter orange spices it up. And the purple hue gives it a mystical edge that would work well as Halloween decor. – Philia by Boy Smells

Selected by INSIDER | Read More…

Philia Candle by Boy Smells

Philia is a deep, flora drenched tonic—softend by ambrette seed and bitter orange. Sweet, musky bouquets of orris and cassis fruit are added to create a sensual and highly sophisticated fragrance.


Apple Picking Candle by P.F. Candle Co.

Freshly harvested apples, mulled cider, warm toasted cinnamon, and a hint of damp autumn leaves. Combined, they create a wonderfully nostalgic fall scent. Spicy undertones of nutmeg, orange, and cedar brighten up this seasonal candle.

Apple Picking by P.F. Candle Co.

Over at Byrdie, their autumnal fragrance of choice is fall favourite Pumpkin. With a scent that’s warm, homely and inviting it’s a no brainer! They’ve also rounded up their top woody scented candles because autumn is all about cosy smells. 



These Pumpkin Candles Are Basically Fall in a Jar


“The brand has three sizes of pumpkin spice candles, but we’re partial to the largest, in the spirit of really leaning into the season. The natural soy candle is hand-poured into apothecary-inspired jars, and the rich, buttery, pumpkin pie scent a blend of phthalate-free fragrance oils.” – Spiced Pumpkin by P.F. Candle Co.


Selected by Byrdie |


30 Warm, Woody Candles Because It’s Fall and We’re Excited


“At first smell, the candle smells musky and sexy, with notes of leather, pepper, and tobacco. Then, it goes into a hint of orange, amber, and sandalwood blended together with teak, cedar wood, and patchouli. It’s a fall dream and it’s the company’s best-selling fragrance for a reason.” – Teakwood & Tobacco by P.F. Candle Co.


“This spicy, woodsy candle is made from a velvety blend of coconut wax and beeswax, infused with white musk, juniper berry, sawdust, and cedar.” – Cedar Stack by Boy Smells.


Selected by Byrdie | Read More…

Spiced Pumpkin Candle by P.F. Candle Co.

A best-selling seasonal scent only available during Fall. It features the fragrance of ripe pumpkin, creamy butter, and brown sugar, topped with toasted cinnamon and nutmeg. Delicious.


Teakwood & Tobacco Candle by P.F. Candle Co.

A real cult favourite. The fragrance is sweet and musky thanks to the balanced combination of tobacco, leather, patchouli and teak. Pepper, sandalwood and a hint of orange elevate the base, adding warmth and perfectly finishing off the scent. 


Cedar Stack Candle by Boy Smells

Featuring a warm, woodsy scent thanks to its combination of cedarwood chips, dried tobacco, bay leaf and crushed peppercorn. This is a slightly more feminine version of the log cabin candle, with the sweeter notes of juniper and white musk accentuating the sawdust highlights.


Over at Red, the lovely Anya Meyerowitz has made your life really easy by rounding up the best cult candles your home needs this autumn.




“Plenty of new scents have been released this season, many of which come in beautifully designed holders, that will have even the most hardened interiors fan racing for the matches.”


– Selected by RED | Read More…

Smoke & Musk Candle by Earl of East

The Smoke & Musk Candle by Earl of East London is inspired by the great outdoors. With a unique blend of green balsam fir sitting alongside wood smoke and musky patchouli. This scented candle creates a sense of being in a beautiful rustic cabin in the woods.


Gorse Candle by Laboratory Perfumes

Combiningbright top note of citrus with exotic creamy coconut. Additional warmth comes from a hint of cardamom, the spice adding depth to the fragrance. The result is a refined summery scent, fresh and crisp with an ability to both energise and relax, not unlike the best kind of holiday.


Pippa Bailey over at The Independent’s IndyBest knows her candles, and in her latest roundup of autumnal scents she’s picked six Osmology candles out of the ten featured. Pippa says “From woody, earthy aromas to sweet floral notes, bring the hibernating scents of the season to your space” – and we couldn’t agree with her choices more!




“We’ve picked our favourite seasonal candles to make your space cosy and inviting, paying special attention to how well the scent diffused throughout the room, and how long it lingered after the candle had been extinguished.”


– Selected by INDYBEST | Read More…

Hygge Candle by Skandinavisk

The homely scent of this candle features delicate notes of warm tea and freshly baked strawberry cake, rose petals and wild mint. Light it to create a cosy environment, perfect for reflection, contemplation and friendship.


Tonka Candle by Laboratory Perfumes

Building upon a warm base of pink peppercorn with their floral fruitiness and heat, Laboratory Perfumes layer on notes of energising mandarin and creamy tonka-bean. The result is a clean earthy fragrance, with plenty of depth and warmth to fill your home.


Pippa also chose the Apple Picking Candle by P.F. Candle Co. and Cedar Stack Candle by Boy Smells, both of which have been chosen by a number of other editors. 



“This is a proper woody, smoky scent, with tobacco, pepper and cedarwood notes, but elevated and accentuated by juniper and white musk. The result is a slightly more feminine, sweeter take on the log fire candle. The scent fills the room within 20 minutes of lighting.”

– Cedar Stack by Boy Smells, via IndyBest



“It doesn’t get much more autumnal than apple picking. This has a spicy, warm, mulled cider-like fragrance – we get nutmeg and orange notes – that reminds us of damp leaves underfoot. We found we got more from the scent when we burned it in an enclosed space, such as a bedroom, rather than an open-plan living area.”

– Apple Picking by P.F. Candle Co, via IndyBest

Baby Candle by Eym

A gentle and pure scent, perfect for bath time. This 100% natural candle features the calming and soothing notes of sweet orange, camomile & lavender. It’s the perfect candle to light after a hectic day when you need a moment to reconnect with yourself. This fragrance will leave you feeling renewed, relaxed and recuperated.


Rama Won’t You Please Come Home Candle by D.S. & Durga

Inspired by the ancient Hindu legend of Rama. Filled with the scent of North Indian forest tree flowers and earthy woods, this enchanting fragrance captures the light and spirit of Diwali.


The team at Elle Decor know a thing or two about making indoor spaces beautiful. Their expertise will help keep your home’s interior perfectly in line with the current season and the candle choices in their fall roundup reflect the harvest festival of early autumn.




“Layers of texture, earthy hues, and comfy areas for lounging are key once the fall season comes around. But before you begin planning your upgrade for the season, consider the impact a unique fall scent can have on your space.”


– by ELLE DECOR | Read More…

Stalker Candle by Boy Smells

A fresh fragrance that’s both botanical and earthy, thanks to its roots in parsley and purple carrots. Cumin, oud, and patchouli mix with peppery top notes, while blackberry and saffron round out the middle. 


As the team at Cosmopolitan point out, now’s the perfect time to drink apple cider, break out all your chunky knit sweaters and, most important, light up ALL the fall candles. Featuring lots of warm, cosy fragrances, the team have chosen some great scents including the bestselling Teakwood & Tobacco by P.F. Candle Co. already mentioned above.





“Not as summery as oranges and other citrus scents, fig notes are a bit more woody and great for fall weather. Combined with vanilla, oakmoss, and plum, this five-star-rated candle, which burns for 50 hours, is a must-grab for the season.” – Prunus by Boy Smells


“Even if it doesn’t quite feel like fall yet, when the warm musky scent of tobacco fills up your space, it definitely will.” – Teakwood & Tobacco Candle by P.F. Candle Co.


– by COSMOPOLITAN | Read More…

Prunus Candle by Boy Smells

Blending oriental yuzu and Asian plum to create an interesting and lively scent. Grounded by earthy oakmoss, and with vanilla and fig providing sweetness, it’s a fragrance that remains feminine and lush.


Elizabeth Buxton at Refinery29 decided to take a different tact with the collection of autumnal candles she selected, choosing “the top-rated candles filled with only the softest and coziest fall scents — NOT the ones that smell like a PSL fever dream.”





“This luxury candle — filled with notes of pine to cedar, ash oak, and birch wood — as one Amazon reviewer frankly put it, really does smell like a wood fire.” – Portable Fireplace by D.S. & Durga


– Chosen by REFINERY29 | Read More…

Portable Fireplace Candle by D.S. & Durga

The authentic scent of pine wood burning alongside cedar and oak ash creates a delicate smokey fragrance, perfect for your humble hearth-less abode. 


Who’s dream job is testing 41 autumnal scented candles? Well, the lucky Lindsey Lanquist over at StyleCaster got to do just that – and then she compiled an amazing list of fall fragrances so you can burn a different cosy scent every night of October and beyond if you want.


As Lindsey says “it isn’t really fall until you’ve purchased a veritable plethora of fall candles, thoughtfully placed them around your cozy autumnal abode, and lit them all, at once, overpowering your nose with the aromatic equivalent of hygge.” I think Lindsey might fast become one of my favourite fragrance writers – just read the descriptions of the candles below to know what I mean.


Top autumn candle Apple Picking by P.F. Candle Co. came high on the list, as did P.F.’s Spiced Pumpkin and Spruce. Skandinavisk’s Hygge candle also got a great write up.





“Visions of apple orchards and fall festivals will undoubtedly dance in your head as you light this aptly named candle.” – Apple Picking by P.F. Candle Co.


“An absolute dream come true. Spiced Pumpkin smells like pumpkin bread dipped in spiced apple cider. It’s fresh, it’s bright, making it a perfect fit for anyone who appreciates an autumn aroma.” – Spiced Pumpkin by P.F. Candle Co.


“Take one whiff, and you won’t know whether you’re smelling your family’s Christmas tree or this adorable little candle. No-nonsense evergreen vibes abound—and they’ll surely make the transition from fall to winter a little more delightful.” – Spruce by P.F. Candle Co.


“Scandinavisk’s Hygge smells like a warm bath full of bubbles, and oils, and bath bombs, and all the other stuff you whip out when you really want to treat yourself. It is sheer coziness.”  – Hygge by Skandinavisk


– Chosen by STYLECASTER | Read More…

Spruce Candle by P.F. Candle Co.

An autumnal favourite. The fragrance is fresh and invigorating, capturing the scent of dense, old-growth forest with notes of blue spruce and cedar. Bright citrus notes add a refreshing element.


Here at Osmology we continually hunt out the best scented candles from around the world. We will be adding even more scented candles to this editor’s selection as their autumnal favourites are published.


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