The 12 Best Fall Candles of 2023
Woodsmoke, cinnamon and pumpkin spice — oh my! Set the tone for the season with these top-rated fall fragrances.
Dim the lights, break out your matches and have your wick trimmer at the ready, friend! Candle season is officially upon us, and we’re here to dish all the best fall fragrances on the market in 2023.
We spent hours comparing top-rated and best-selling scents from trusted retailers to bring you a definitive list of 12 crème de la crème candles to set the tone for fall in your house this year. And don’t worry — we’re covering all the bases (and price points) with classic fragrances like pumpkin spice and autumn leaves to moody and dimensional scents like charcoal, leather, cedarwood and blackened cherries.
Ready to envelop your entryway, bedroom or den in unparalleled coziness for the season ahead? Read on to get the 411 on the 12 best fall candles and shop your favorite scents in the links below.
Celebrate the richness of the season with this best-selling fall scent from NEST New York. The Autumn Plum Classic Candle is gorgeous and gift-worthy, packaged in a frosted aubergine glass vessel with gilt stripes and premium wax in the same deep purple hue. All looks aside — this luxurious candle will swathe your sitting room, office or kitchen in an enchanting aroma of cinnamon, wild plum, fallen leaves, cashmere wood and patchouli that lingers throughout the season. Snag the stunning scent in one of four sizes with burn times ranging from 20-120 hours.
Pumpkin spice lattes are synonymous with the season, and the Voluspa Spiced Pumpkin Latte Candle leaves the delicious seasonal scent lingering in the air long after burning. The top-rated candle boasts notes of coconut crema, kabocha pumpkin and cinnamon-spiced brûlée, delivering a fragrance that strikes the perfect balance between spicy and sweet. Each hand-poured coconut wax blend candle is 18 ounces, encased in a fiery embossed orange glass vessel and offers a generous 100-hour burn time.
Ignite autumn nostalgia and cozy up your casa in one fell swoop with the help of the Homesick Autumn Hayride candle. The captivating candle is equal parts warm and woody, boasting base notes of Tonka, oakmoss and patchouli layered with nutmeg, maple bark and birch. Hay, clove and amber top notes round out the fall-forward fragrance, wrapping your home in a warmth ideal for escaping brisk fall eves. Each Autumn Hayride candle is hand-poured soy blend wax with a minimalist glass jar, cotton wick and a 60-80 hour burn time.
Spiced cider warms you from the inside out, and the Capri Blue Spiced Cider candle offers the same cozy effect for your home. The richly-scented candle wraps your home in sweet notes of sparkling berries, harvest apples, grapes, vanilla, cinnamon and Canadian fir. The celebrated seasonal candle comes in two sizes, offering between 85 and 105 hour burn time, and is hand-poured in a lustrous brown glass jar with a metal lid.
No fireplace? No problem. The WoodWick Black Cherry candle offers the same soothing sounds of crackling logs while enveloping your kitchen or living room with decadent notes of ripened cherries, pomegranates, lime and blackberry preserves. The fruit-forward candle is a top-quality soy-paraffin wax and burns for up to 130 hours.
Usher autumn into your entryway with this fall favorite: the Autumn Wreath candle from Yankee Candle. The classic fragrance welcomes guests with top notes of apple and green leaf and invites them to stay awhile with its intoxicating mid notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. A woody vanilla base note rounds out the 20-ounce candle with a balanced sweetness that feels distinctly homey. The wine-red soy-blend wax comes encased in a lidded glass jar with two cotton wicks.
Add the APOTHEKE Charcoal Candle to your fall collection to fill your family room or foyer with opulent smoky scents. The full-bodied fragrance boasts notes of cedarwood and sandalwood layered with oud and amber to deliver a rugged yet refined aroma suited for the season. The inky soy-blend candle is 11 ounces, comes in a matte black jar and burns between 60 and 70 hours.
Infuse your home with soulful hints of bourbon and palo santo with the help of the celebrated Speakeasy candle from Harlem Candle Co. The signature fragrance from the black-owned, woman-owned candle company stands apart from the rest with decadent cardamom, incense, bourbon and pimento berry top notes layered with saffron, licorice, tobacco leaves and plum blossom middle notes. Palo santo, dark chocolate, patchouli and vanilla serve as the base to the richly-scented candle, delivering a smoky-sweet fall fragrance into the room with each burn.
Bundle your bedroom in warmth with the creamy Birchwood Molasses candle from Lafco. The decadent, clean-burning candle comes poured in a handsome toffee-brown, hand-blown glass vessel and burns for up to 50 hours. The exquisitely fragranced wax blends top notes of birchwood, tobacco, bergamot, and mandarin with molasses, violet, cedar, cardamom, and nutmeg middle notes. Musk and cumin notes serve as the base of the candle, delivering an unwavering coziness throughout fall.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and inspire your next batch of home-baked autumn treats with this Amazon favorite: the LA JOLIE MUSE Cinnamon Pumpkin candle. The top-rated candle captures classic fall flavors with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel and butter. That’s right — butter. (Is your mouth watering yet? Same.) Each natural soy wax candle is poured into an elegant, orange glass jar with embossed details and purs for up to 90 hours. Bonus: It comes with a wood wick that crackles as it burns for the ultimate coziness in your bedroom, den and beyond.
Looking to splurge on an extra-special scent for fall? The Trudon Ernesto Classic Candle in Leather and Tobacco will not disappoint. The luxurious designer candle is layered and dynamic, promising to blanket any room in your house with a show-stopping fragrance unlike any other. The hand-poured candle boasts complex notes of moss, leather, amber, oak, patchouli, bergamot and rum. Each Ernesto Classic candle features an olive glass vessel adorned with Trudon’s signature foiled label and comes gift-ready in a foiled embossed box.
Skip the cinnamon and pumpkin scents and set the tone for sophistication this season with a moody, spiced-floral fragrance. The Jo Malone London Dark Amber & Ginger Lily candle invites an understated warmth and sensuality into a space without feeling saccharine. The luxury candle layers notes of black cardamom with black orchid, kyara incense, dark amber, ginger and water lily for a one-of-a-kind fragrance that will earn compliments galore the moment guests walk through your door.