Harvey Nichols / Barneys NY

Scented candles are an unquestionable home essential. Not only do they smell good — they’re also an inexpensive way to brighten up the home, and they can actually have some physical benefits too.

A good candle has the power to bring the ultra-snug vibes when it’s too cold to leave the house. When picking the right scented candle, however, bare in mind that not all scents are born equal. Orange and citrus are known for boosting energy, while lavender can help you relax and fall asleep.

Some of our favorite brands, including Boy SmellsCOMME des GARÇONS, and Tom Ford are serving up the scents we need during the winter gloom — bringing amber, wood, chestnut, and other enticing aromas to our homes in small but mighty packages.

View all of the best winter candles below.

Boy Smells Coin Candle

Coin Candle

Boy Smells

Buy at Barneys NY

Unusual perhaps, but Boy Smells’ candle is really supposed to smell like a coin. Evoking scents of scorched earth and corroded copper, this candle comes with notes of saffron, copper, rust, and tobacco.

Tom Ford Amber Absolute Candle

Amber Absolute Candle

Tom Ford

from $73
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Amber is always a fail-safe fragrance for winter. With notes of incense, woods, and vanilla bean, this amber candle from Tom Ford is the perfect mix.

MALIN+GOETZ Tobacco Candle

Tobacco Candle 260G


from $47
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MALIN+GOETZ’s candle is handmade in Brooklyn from eco-friendly wax. Notes of basil, chestnut honey, tobacco leaves, and vanilla fill the room with rich and velvety fragrances. With 60 hours of slow-burn time, this candle should last you a while.

Bella Freud Psychoanalysis Candle

Psychoanalysis Candle

Bella Freud

Buy at Matchesfashion

Sigmund Freud’s granddaughter, Bella Freud, may be known for her work as a fashion designer, but she recently expanded into homeware too. This candle by Bella, no doubt named Psychoanalysis in reference to her grandfather, comes with earthy notes of cedarwood, as well as neroli and lilac flower.

COMME des GARÇONS 2 Scented Candle

2 Scented Candle


from $41
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COMME des GARÇONS’ candle is based on its iconic fragrance from 1999 of the same name. Inspired by Japanese calligraphy, the piece arrives in a brown glass with a “2” sketched on the front and gives off notes of mandarin, magnolia, cedar, patchouli, and tea.

Perfumer H Smoke Candle

Smoke Scented Candle

Perfumer H

Buy at Matchesfashion

Inspired by the smell of burning wood, Perfumer H’s candle combines cade, patchouli, and wild herb aromas. Coming in an elegant mouth-blown glass, the candle can burn for up to 80 hours, so it should stick with you all winter long.

Tom Dixon Earth Candle

Earth Scented Candle

Tom Dixon

Buy at Luisaviaroma


Part of Tom Dixon’s Elements collection, this Earth candle is simple yet mysterious. As the name suggests, it’s all about earthy scents, from green leaves and mint to resin and cedarwood. Its distinctive glass container is also an added bonus.

19-69 Purple Haze Candle

Purple Haze Candle


from $64
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Unfortunately, this candle doesn’t smell like *that* Purple Haze. However, its aromas of bergamot, rose, vanilla, patchouli, and musk make this candle smell just as good. Handmade in Italy, this white candle has 48 hours of burn time and is also available as an Eau de Parfum.

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