The Best Holiday Candles According to HGTV Editors

The hunt is on! We tapped HGTV editors to find the best holiday scented candles in the game, and they had a lot to say. Your comprehensive 2019 guide to holiday candle shopping awaits.

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
November 14, 2019

It’s finally candle season — holiday candle season to be precise — and while I could pretend that I haven’t been counting down the days until it’s socially acceptable to break out all my favorite festive scents, I won’t. Instead, I’ll admit that I already have Paddywax’s ever-merry Holly Leaves and Cranberry burning beside me as I write this.

So, as I come to terms with my unnatural love for holiday candles, I thought, why not hunt for the best ones in the game? And I’m not just talking scent — I want the whole package: a winter candle that smells dreamy and amazing, plus looks perfect burning on kitchen counters, bookshelves and fireplace mantles.

So, get your matches and lighters ready, because I asked HGTV editors to spill all the dirt on their favorite holiday candles and they had a lot to say. Read their top 12 picks (in no particular order) below.

If you’re looking for all-natural, Laura James, Digital Commerce Editor for recommends this simple soy candle made from clary sage, black pepper, coriander and cedar. It’s part of P.F. Candle Co.’s Terra collection, which features plant-derived fragrance oils, 100% soy wax and cotton-core wicks. “The smell reminds me of Christmas trees, but it’s subtle and not too holiday-specific, so I don’t mind burning it into January.” Bonus: Once the candle is finished, you can use the terra-cotta jar to hold plants, pens or other small items.

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“Cue all the heart eyes because this candle is the perfect combination of freshly hewn pine trees and subtle hints of the holiday season," says Ellie Sanders, Assistant Newsletters Editor, "And the jar? It’s a work of green and gold genius that blends seamlessly into my decor. If I could buy stock in this scent, believe me, I would.” And while we’re on the topic, there are few things I love more than an Anthropologie candle. My personal favorite is Anthro’s Capri Blue Volcano candle. It smells exactly like the inside of Anthro’s home section and sets the perfect cozy-up-in-a-corner-with-book mood — plus you can use it all year round. And, if you’re totally obsessed with the Volcano scent (same), check out the Capri Blue Volcano Advent Calendar — it is literally a dream (I can personally attest).

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“There’s something special about Twisted Peppermint’s fresh scent. It’s layered with sweet undertones that make it a holiday staple for me,” says Lizzie Simon, Assistant Visuals Editor, HGTV Magazine. Even better: It's pink. Need we say more?

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Extended family time calls for Prosecco, right? Or at least a Prosecco scented candle. "This one's great because it's not too sweet smelling, but makes you feel fancy like New Year's Eve!" says Kathleen Knowles, Editorial Assistant, HGTV Magazine. "And the jar looks super pretty on your nightstand."

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Hand poured in the U.S. with soy wax? Yes, please. “Burning this Black Cypress candle makes you feel like you’re walking through a wintry evergreen forest. Paired with notes of woody sage, it gives the perfect hint of Christmas without making you feel like you’ve opened a pine tree-scented car freshener,” says Noelle Paredes, Assistant Home Editor, HGTV Magazine. Okay — I’m sold.

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The hard truth of it is not everyone loves traditional holiday candle scents (*gasp*), so if you need a crisp respite from all the holiday mania, Ellen Seidman, Editor at Large for HGTV Magazine, suggests the Votivo Island Grapefruit candle. “This is my go-to treat,” she says. “It has a super fresh, tropical smell that gives me chill summer vibes during the season’s whirlwind of shopping and parties.”

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Major style points for this totally trendy candle by Paddywax, but it's not just good looks that got it onto our list. "I'm a die-hard Paddywax fan, and the Evergreen and Embers has just the right amount of fresh, crispness to balance out spicy, smoky notes," says Molly Miller, Assistant Editor, Plus, the holder doubles as a raman bowl, so once the candle is gone, eat up!

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Looking for a reliable holiday staple with tons of street cred? “Call me basic, but I LOVE Yankee’s evergreen scents,” says Keri Sanders, Editor, “Balsam and Cedar is my all-time fave, and this earthier option is my go-to when the cooler weather starts to roll in.”

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Fact: HGTV editors love Cire Trudon candles — so chances are you will too. This stunning, handcrafted Christmas scented one is a splurge, but totally worth it. “I can’t have a fire in my apartment, but this smells even better,” says Jami Suspic, Home Director, HGTV Magazine. And if you're on the hunt for a cleaner, sans-holiday scent, Anne Jenson, HGTV Magazine Copy and Research Chief suggests Cyrnos. "It smells so unbelievably clean and welcoming, just lighting it makes our apartment seem ready for company," she says.

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“I absolutely adore the rich, comforting scent of this warm tobacco pipe-scented candle,” says Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor, and Travel “It's subtle, a little masculine, with a hint of patchouli and leather that adds the perfect ambiance to a cool night.” Plus, this minimalistic jar will look extra festive nestled in holiday garland atop a mantel.

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“It’s pretty much a Christmas tree in a jar. You get the best part of a tree (that crisp, woodsy scent) minus the worst (sweeping up all those dried out needles),” says Kate Doherty, Market Director, HGTV Magazine. And if you’re looking for some extra green to add to your holiday decor, this fir candle comes in a beautiful translucent holder that’ll give you major festivity points.

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Last (but truly not least), I highly recommend the Bath and Body Works Merry Cookie candle. Take a minute to really enjoy the scent; you can almost taste the sugary goodness. Warning: This candle smells so realistic it will make you want fresh baked cookies. Luckily, it’s the holiday season so no guilt necessary.

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